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Mar. 1, 1936 - May 21, 2014

Marcia Carter, 78, of Calipatria passed away May 21, 2014 in Palm Desert.
She was born March 1, 1936 in Eayerville, IL and was married to the late Henry Allen "Sonny" Carter on June 16, 1954 in Edwardsville, IL. Marcia received her BA in education from SDSU in 1972. She began subbing in the Imperial Valley in 1971-1972 and was still able to share exciting stories about those sub jobs.
In 1973 she was hired by Brawley Elementary School District where she had 17 successful years at Phil Swing. Six or seven of those years were spent in 5th grade regular Ed in the back far wing. By 1979 Marcia decided the children that needed extra help needed her full time. She returned to school at San Diego State and earned a SPED Credential. She went on to teach RSP at Phil Swing until 1990, when she moved over to Witter School RSP. During her years with BESD, Marcia was always involved with BETA and Uniserve. She was a true, caring, involved member, willing to work hard to improve education and all that goes with it. As a member of the SPED staff at Phil Swing, many afternoons and early mornings were spent in Marcia's room. Those were good times. Marcia trained and assisted staff in Special Ed. She listened, gave advice, fought for them and encouraged them. Marcia has helped and encouraged many others through her job as a teacher, BETA or Uniserve leader. She was also a member of Delta Kamma, American Legion Auxiliary, Calipatria Planning Commission, Calipatria Athletic Boosters, Calipatria School District Board of Trustees from 2005-Present.
Marcia was a positive, cheerful, up front, tell it like it is, type of person. Her theory was to learn from the past then forget it and work for the future, and if it needs doing - do it! Marcia was always been willing to "stick her neck out" to get things improved and to help those in need of assistance. She believed in everyone until they dig their own hole and pull the dirt in over themselves. She and Hank helped and were there for more people than anyone knows. Only those who have been assisted know the depth that Marcia would go to for them. Marcia was very inventive and persistent in a good cause. Marcia had the gift of seeing the whole picture augmented by a lot of phone work, foot work, listening and organizing and one would know this if they tried to call her. She's always taken her positions seriously including the needs of her family and worked hard to fulfill everyone. Thank you Marcia for being there for all of us, for being such a good example of service to children and adults. We salute you, you truly are a "great one"!
Visitation will take place tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. at Frye Chapel and Mortuary in Brawley. Graveside service, officiated by Pastor Mike Hurtado, will be held Thursday, May 29 at 10 a.m. at Riverview Cemetery.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John William and Mildred Mason Allan; daughter, Kari; husband, Henry; nephew, Mick Allan; and brother, "Jeep" John William Allan Jr.
Marcia is survived by her children, Lorlein Carter, Gregg Carter, Cynthia Walker, and Allan (Diana) Carter; grandchildren, Jerod Wexstten, Brett (Valerie) Wexstten, Davis (Erin) Singh, Devin Singh, Dylan Walker, Edward (Elsa) Lopez, Sammy Bruno, and Alexis Bruno; great- grandchildren, Briley Wexstten, Carter Wexstten, Colin Wexstten, Delilah Correa, Angel Felix, Alyssa Singh, Autumn Singh, Edward Lopez IV, Alexis Alvarez, Natelie Lopez, and Elijah Lopez.
The family suggests memorials to American Legion Auxiliary #135 and Calipatria Community Church.

Published in Imperial Valley Press Online on May 28, 2014
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