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Carrie H. Wallace introduced youth to camping

Feb. 05, 1921 - June 26, 2016

Feb. 05, 1921 – June 26, 2016

Mrs. Carrie Hoffman Wallace passed away at the grand age of 95, living to become a great-great-great-grandmother. She was survived by her son-in-law, Art Frazier, grandchildren Autumn Frazier (Mike Cotten), Shelleye Williamson (Tony Williamson), Arthur Frazier (Anita Frazier), Charles Wallace, Tony Tompkins and Tracy Anderson, nine great-grandchildren and a host of great-great-grandchildren. She will be missed dearly by the Minneapolis community she nurtured.

Mrs. Wallace was born in Fergus Falls, Minn. and was raised in Minneapolis by John and Hattie Hoffman. She was married to Robert Wallace (deceased) and they had one daughter, Meredythe Frazier (deceased) and one son, Larry Anderson (deceased).

For more than 35 years, Mrs. Wallace spent her career as an administrator at Phyllis Wheatley Community Center. During the summer months as an employee of Phyllis Wheatley, she was the program director for Camp Katherine Parsons. Located in Watertown, Minn., Camp Katherine Parsons was the only African-American owned camp in the state of Minnesota.

Mrs. Wallace and Cozy Breedlove (director) taught many inner-city youth all aspects of camping, including canoeing, boating, identifying nature, campfire building, teamwork and more. Mrs. Wallace, as she was affectionately called by many, drove the bus from South Minneapolis to North Minneapolis picking up kids that were interested in camping. This was not in her job description, but her love for children made sure that no child was left behind.

Her hobbies were raising dogs and cats, gardening, listening to the Twins baseball games and enjoying a nightcap of brandy and Coke. Mrs. Wallace was a member of St. James A.M.E. Church, and was a member of the choir. She resided on 36th Street and Snelling Avenue in Minneapolis for more than 78 years. Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) featured Mrs. Wallace on a special called “The Minneapolis Past,” which chronicled the Black families that lived on Snelling Avenue.

Mrs. Wallace was active in the Warblers singing group. In addition to her love for singing she loved gardening.

A celebration of her life was held at Minnehaha Falls on Aug. 20. Per Mrs. Wallace wishes, there was no funeral service held.

August 18, 2016
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