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Caren Ambrose

December 11, 1954 August 7, 2021
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On August 7, 2021, surrounded by loved ones at her home in Longwood, FL, Caren Morgan Ambrose, peacefully departed this world after an 8-month battle with cancer. She was 66.


If you spent any time talking to mom, you inevitably heard her ask/tell you to, "Write that down for me." Something was so important, so meaningful that she needed it recorded forever. So, mom, I write this down for you...


Caren was born on December 11, 1954 to Harold and Barbara (Hart) Morgan, both of whom preceded her in passing. After spending her first 6 years as an only child, she welcomed a baby sister, Deidre. Four years later, after being offered a choice between a puppy or a baby, her brother, Patrick, arrived. She thought of them as her own and loved them very much. They both survive her.


In high school, she was a cheerleader and loved track. She met a boy, married young, and had me, her only child, Chris, at 17. I was the love of her life and, no matter what happened along the way, I never doubted that. She was my fiercest advocate and she worked hard her whole life to provide better for us.


Her maternal grandparents, parents, sister, and brother helped take care of me so that she could go to school. She earned an AS in Nursing and began what was to become a very successful career. Whenever she had occasion to talk to a new nurse she would say, "You may not know what you want to do next, but you definitely know what you never want to do again.” Her journey saw her climb the ranks from Geriatric Staff Nurse to Manager of Open Heart ICU. Along the way she found a calling and passion in Pediatrics and, later, Cardiology. She did all this while taking night classes whenever possible, eventually earning her BS in Nursing and, ultimately, her MS in Nursing Administration from George Mason University where she delivered the commencement speech for graduating 1st in her class.


After 23+ years in nursing, her career turned to pharmaceuticals when she was recruited by Abbott Labs. Her clinical knowledge, professionalism, intelligence, and drive, partnered with her never knowing a stranger due to fearless extroversion, produced incredible results. From the get go, she helped guide her teams to #1, earning trips, awards, and accolades along the way. Most significantly, she co-created and successfully implemented the "Florida Method" for teaching hospitals to change their entire approach to sedation. This method helped bring a new class of drug, Precedex, to the world which permanently changed the practice of sedation and, with it, the lives of the countless patients.


From friendships going back almost 50 years to those she just made, she was blessed with several friends that had a meaningful and lasting impact on her life. She made friends that were destined to be lifelong. They stuck with her through thick and thin and she cherished each of them dearly.


For all her success, she wasn't so lucky with men. Despite swearing off marriage, she longed for someone special to share in the things she enjoyed; traveling, socializing, the arts...whatever the day brought was fine; she just wanted a steadfast companion alongside. About 8 years ago she found that with Chuck Moffatt. They loved each other greatly and he was with her, holding her hand until the very end.


Mom, big sister, daughter, aunt, Caka, mine, friend, family, bestie, cheerleader, fearless change agent, energizer, advocate, believer, nurse, trainer, teacher, partner in crime, love, motivator, sounding board, advisor, clinical expert, director, manager, provider, angel...so many things to so many people, taken too soon. She is deeply loved and will be sorely missed.


In lieu of sending flowers, please donate in her memory to battle the disease that took her from us. The web address is https://fundraise.glioblastomafoundation.org/For-Caren



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