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Rosaline Whitaker Carter was born July 6, 1921 in Seymour, Texas and passed away Friday, November, 13th at her San Antonio home. Rosaline was the third of five children born to Lora Scott Whitaker and Sim Whitaker who later relocated the family south of the Uvalde area. Rosaline met her husband, Phillip Carter, while working as a waitress in a café. Later, she worked at Kelly Air Force Base until her retirement. While working at Kelly, she was diagnosed with diabetes and gratefully embraced that diagnosis as a life-changing opportunity to improve her health. She worked diligently to maintain proper diet and exercise, setting a positive example of the active lifestyle diabetics can lead. She loved her job at Kelly and was also an avid horse enthusiast who volunteered for many years on various committees of the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. She and her husband Phil were long-term members of the Jack Sellers' Bexar County Palomino Patrol, skillfully riding their horses adorned with silver saddles in countless grand entries at the Joe & Harry Freeman Coliseum. She loved western music and country dancing, and was a regular at the Farmer's Daughter in its heyday. In later years, atop one of her beloved palominos, Rosie proudly carried the US or Texas flag as she led many community parades throughout the area and sponsored tables at annual fundraising events for the Stock Show & Rodeo. Rosie was an independent spirit who loved people and was known to "do anything for anybody." She especially loved going out to breakfast with friends and family, enjoying her favorite pecan waffles at eateries like Jim's or the Dairy Queen in Hondo. Her fun-loving nature will be missed. Ms. Carter was preceded in death by her husband, Phillip Carter, sister, Estelle Smith and brothers, SE Whitaker and Ray G. Whitaker. She is survived by special friend, David Dickenson; sister, Henrietta "Peaches" Pike and husband Jimmy of Uvalde; sister-in-law, Ruth Whitaker; daughter, Shirlene Quipp of San Antonio; granddaughter Lora Neill, her husband Jason and their son Nathan of San Antonio; nephew, Doug Whitaker, along with wife Kookie and sons Lucas and Logan of Lytle, Texas; as well as numerous other nieces and nephews and their families. The family would like to offer special thanks to Rosie's neighbors, as well as Dr. Greg Guzley and his staff for their attentive and compassionate care. The funeral service will be at 12 noon, Wednesday, November 18, 2009, at Mission Park Funeral Chapels North with burial to follow at Mission Burial Park North. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo scholarship fund. You may sign the on-line guestbook at www.missionparks.com under the obituary section.
Published in Express-News on Nov. 16, 2009
Mission Park Funeral Chapel - North
3401 Cherryridge San Antonio, TX 78230