Elizabeth Jepson Carta
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On May 15, 2012, Elizabeth Beth J. Carta of Southport, Connecticut, died of natural causes at the age of 92. Beth was the daughter of the late Raymond and Florence Jepson of Detroit, Michigan. Mr. Jepson was the lead architect for Ford Motor Company during World War II and served for decades as the Chief Architect and Engineer for the City of Detroit. Beth's fondest childhood memories were of the many summers she spent on her grandparents' farm in Centerville, Michigan.
Beth graduated from Wayne State University with both a BS in Nutrition and a Masters of Arts and with her six-year degree from Fairfield University. Beth's love of learning led her to participate in innumerable graduate level courses ranging from theology to architectural design. As one of her sons remarked, Until her seventies, I do not recall a year in which Mom was not enrolled in some course and excited to share what she was learning.
Beth met her late husband, Tris M. Carta, of Middletown, Connecticut, while he was serving in the Air Force and stationed briefly in Willow Run Airport, Ypsilanti, Michigan. When Tris returned to North Africa to serve his second tour of duty, he persuaded his crew to name their B-24 bomber the Michigan Queen in honor of his red-headed beauty. On June 9, 1945, they were married and moved east to Fairfield, Connecticut. The Cartas were married for 63 years until Tris died in 2008.
Both Beth and Tris began their long careers in education teaching at Fairfield High School. After having her four sons, Stephen, Mark, Tris and Matthew, she resumed her career as an educator at West Rocks Junior High School in Norwalk. She was quickly promoted to an administrative position on the Norwalk Board of Education where she was responsible for hiring and supervising all of the City's Home Arts department's faculty and staff. In this position she pioneered curricula on early childhood development, value clarification and nutrition.
As a gourmet chef and baker, Beth loved to entertain and was a heralded hostess. Her enthusiasm and inquisitive nature led her to perform numerous roles including co-owner of Windward House Antiques, CFO of the All-Star Baseball Camp in Fairfield and CEO of the Carta household. Beth also enjoyed bridge, golf and travel. As a former Buyer for J.L. Hudson's in Detroit, she prided herself on her classic fashion sense while always staying current with new styles.
Much to her delight, Beth's four sons provided her with six granddaughters, who were all too happy to shop for and model the latest fashion trends. As a grandmother, Beth was a patient teacher and loyal confidant. She celebrated her grandchildren's accomplishments, be it a birthday, dance recital, school play, sports victory or report card with immense pride and endless encouragement. Holiday and weekend gatherings were warmly hosted by Grandma Carta. She would appear at the door when her grandchildren pulled into the driveway, as if she had been waiting there expectantly since they left. The lessons her grandchildren learned from her about tenacity, devotion and caretaking will go far beyond her 92 years.
While she remained a devout University of Michigan follower, she became an ardent Yale football fan where Tris was an Assistant Coach. Always a mid- westerner at heart, she also loved the New England seasons and was always invigorated by the scent of the sea air. Her positive energy, kind spirit, compassion for others, diplomatic skills, never ending support and abiding faith will be greatly missed by her four sons, their wives, her nine grandchildren and many friends.
Beth is survived by Stephen M. Carta, his wife, Polly and their children, Chad Carta and his wife Carey Carta, Katherine Carta Lindemann and her husband Bradly Lindemann; Mark R. Carta, Esq. and his former wife, Sally and their children, Sarah, Anna and Nicole; Tris John Carta, D.M.D., his wife, Angelee Diana Carta, M.D. and their children, Raymond and Carolyn; and Matthew W. Carta, his wife, Julie and their children, Brandon and Kayla.
The Carta family would like to thank the staff at Peregrine's Landing in Clinton, Connecticut and Vitas Innovative Hospice Care in Glastonbury, Connecticut for taking such warm and loving care of our mother. Funeral services will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to
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Published in The Hour on May 26, 2012