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Fannie Carpenter went home to be with her parents and her son on August 12, 2013.
Fannie was born Fannie Margaret Fletcher to Ralph and Laura Fletcher on October 16, 1934. Fannie was the youngest of eight children. She spent the first part of her life in Massachusetts helping her parents and taking care of her nieces and nephews. Fannie was born loving children and all she ever wanted was a family of her own. At the age of 14 she and her entire family packed up and moved across the country to Washington.
Fannie attend Marysville Schools where her love of reading and passion for books and education helped her excel in her pursuit of education. Fannie not only ranked at the top of her class but she also had an amazing singing voice. Fannie participated in not only the school choir but the church choir as well. The church was just as important to her as her education. Fannie's heart was always filled with a passion of Faith from an early age and continued with her through all the years of her life.
Fannie continued on through the Marysville School District to then graduate from Marysville High in 1953. During her years in high school she met and fell in love with Orville Lary. They were married after she graduated in 1953. Fannie and Orville made their home and family in Marysville, WA. They bought there first home after they were married, to raise the family that Fannie dreamed about for years. Fannie's oldest daughter, whose name was chosen by Fannie at age ten, was finally born.
Fannie gave birth to four children, her son, Orville Jr. who went home to be with the Lord when he was just an infant. Then there were her three amazing daughters, Laura-Jane, Margaret, and Susan. Fannie was a stay at home mom for 15 years during which time she did everything for her girls. She did all the cooking, baking, sewing, cleaning, farming and more. Fannie was a Sunday school teacher and the girls' baseball coach. She was not just a mother to her daughters but she was also a surrogate mother to many of the girls' friends. Fannie was always the woman who would take care of those in need any way she could.
Years later, after Fannie and Orville got divorced she symbolically adopted her fourth daughter, Shirley aka "Sis". Through the years she continued to not only be a mother to her daughters but also she was a mother to her oldest granddaughter, Laurissa. Fannie was an amazing woman and amazing influence in not only her family's lives but also her friends. Fannie taught all of us to care
deeply and passionately about life and the people you love, and those lessons will never be lost.
Fannie was a wonderful mother but an even more amazing grandmother. After her oldest granddaughter was born her oldest grandson, Tyler was born. She always said he was the only one that looked just like her father. Fannie was later blessed with four more grandchildren: Nichole, Ian, James, and Tia. Her blessing, however, did not stop there. She was blessed to see the births of her three great-grandchildren: Xander, Zoe, and Isabella.
Fannie lived every moment of her life with love, passion, and faith. She will be dearly missed by all whose lives she touched. However, the love she bestowed upon us will keep her spirit and memory alive in the souls of the people she loved.
The family has chosen to have a private family memorial for her. However, if you would like to send any thoughts and prayers to the family you can send them to P.O. Box 1965, Mount Vernon, WA 98273.
Fannie would also love if you were so moved to make a donation to any children's charity in her honor. Thank you and God Bless from her loving family.
Published in The Herald (Everett) on Aug. 16, 2013