Carol Harms, 85, died peacefully at home, on Jan. 25. She was born Aug. 2, 1929, the eldest daughter of Arthur Durband and Mary Goetzinger Durband of Evanston. She attended Marywood School and was awarded “Outstanding Catholic High School Student Honors” for the entire Chicago area in 1947.

Mrs. Harms was an avid gardener and spent many happy hours landscaping her Evanston home. She always made time to help out neighbors with their gardening projects. In addition she worked tirelessly to improve the National Park grounds at Hanauma Bay in Oahu, Hawaii, where she and husband, Louis, were recognized for 30 years of outstanding contributions and service with a bench inscribed in their honor. The two were considered “family” by the staff at Hanauma Bay.

Mrs. Harms is survived by her husband of 66 years, Louis C. Harms and their children, Jeffery Harms and wife Laura; Robert Harms; Linda Harms; Eric Harms and wife Sarah; grandchildren Lauren Loftis, James Harms, Brian Beadles, Carolyn Beadles, Max Harms and Doug Harms and three great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a date and location to be announced.

The family is grateful to North Shore Hospice, who provided great comfort and relief to Mrs. Harms, enabling her to remain in her home surrounded by friends and loved ones.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the North Shore Hospice Foundation at