Dorothy M. Carter

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Alaskan pioneer Dorothy M. Carter, the daughter of Rev. John Holliday and Lula Augusta Holliday, was born in Independence, La., on January 4. Her Homegoing Celebration will be on July 15, 2017, at Shiloh Baptist Church, with viewing from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., and Celebration at 1 p.m.
She met her forever husband, Mack Carter, in Yakima, Wash., and came to Anchorage, Alaska, in 1952; they were married for 57 years. Dorothy, affectionately known as the Da Chief, Mama C and Big Dot, was truly an inspiration to her children, her siblings, her church family, her forever friends and many children she has fostered over the years.
Dorothy owned and operated Gadabout Travel, was a beloved instructor at SST Travel schools, President of the Original Smart Set, Illustrious Commandress and Deputy of Oasis, volunteer for Special Olympics and a world traveler. Dorothy enjoyed ultimate shopping, dancing, listening to gospel music, was a magnificent cook, a lover of road trips and originator of family reunions.
A powerful motivator, organizer and mentor, Dorothy leaves a great lasting spiritual legacy to all she touched and lived by her lifelong slogan, "find the good and praise it." Dorothy was a member of Church of the Redeemed (COTR) CME, and accepted the splendor of the Lord at an early age and enjoyed serving as Chairman of Prayer Warriors, President of Youth Board and Mother of COTR.
Dorothy departed this earthly life on July 1, 2017. She leaves behind to celebrate her homegoing seven children, Eric F. Carter (companion Lyla), Jeanne Carter, Washington, Darance Carter, Tracy Carter, Kevin Carter (LaRonda), Perette Carter and Caylin Law; and daughter-in-law, Toni Carter; siblings, John Holliday Jr. (Harriet) of Nevada, Jessie L. Holliday, Gloria Wellmon of Oregon, Dolly Slider of Oregon, and Delores Holliday of New York; grandchildren, Chris Carter (Tonya) of Washington, John Carter (Charlie) Perette Smith (Curtis), Qoia Walker of Atlanta, Ga., Shay Carter of Washington, Erica Bates (Cordero), Dorothy Carter Jr., Grace Clayton, Onnalisa Carter of Wisconsin, and Tevin and Akria Carter; and 17 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by husband, Mack Carter Jr.; mother and father, Lula and John Holliday; son, John A. Carter; daughter, Peggy A. Carter; brother, John Holliday Jr.; and sister, Ruth Shaw.
Dorothy lived by daily affirmation such as this, "The light of God surrounds me, the love of God enfolds me, the power of God protects me, the presence of God watches over me; where I am, God is."
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Cremation Society of Alaska
7216 Lake Otis Parkway
Anchorage, AK 99507
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on July 12, 2017
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