Mary Carter

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Mary Alice Carter was welcomed into the loving arms of the Lord on May 25, 2014. She was surrounded by her family that loved her so very much and fought for her comfort until the end. Now Jesus will be able to coat her in a soothing balm of comfort and calm, never again to face the savage rage and crippling effects of severe rheumatoid arthritis and Lewy Body Dementia. She will be remembered for the beauty of her heart and the grace she possessed while fighting the crushing blows of these devastating diseases.

Mary was born in Cookeville, Tennessee on November 19, 1937. She was educated in the public schools of Putnam County culminating with her graduation from Central High School, Cookeville in 1956. In 1957, Mary and James M. Carter were wed while he was attending Tennessee Tech University and together they moved to St. Louis, Missouri in 1960. Mary and Jim were blessed on April 23, 1962 with the birth of their only child, Marsha. In 1971, the family moved to Memphis, Tennessee and in 1974, they moved to Pascagoula, Mississippi taking on a new challenge as co-owners of Coastal Rubber and Gasket Company. Another highlight in Mary's life was the marriage of her daughter, Marsha, to Brad Meltzer. In 2000, Mary and Jim were blessed with their only grandchild, Rachel Elizabeth Meltzer. In 2005, they made their final move to The Woodlands, Texas to be closer to their family.

Mary is preceded in death by her parents, Lattie Frank Burris and Lucille Burris and two brothers, Carl and Jerry Burris. She is survived by her husband, James M. Carter; one sister, Joanne Scarlett; her daughter, Marsha Carter Meltzer; son-in-law, Brad Meltzer; granddaughter, Rachel Meltzer and several nieces and nephews.

Mary was an active member of the Baptist faith and attended Crossroads Baptist Church in the Woodlands, Texas. Mary was also a member of The Order of the Eastern Star No. 151, Jophia Temple, The Daughters of the Nile, all in Biloxi, Mississippi, and a life-time member of the Conroe VFW Ladies Auxiliary No.4709. She also held many offices in the Business and Professional Women's Club of the Gulf Coast. Despite the many accolades and awards that Mary received during her life, her greatest blessing was the time spent with her daughter, granddaughter, son-in-law, and loving husband of 56 years. They were a team to the end.

The family would like to invite all friends and acquaintances of Mary to join in a remembrance and celebration of her life at Forest Park - The Woodlands Cemetery, on I-45 S in the Woodlands, Texas starting with visitation on Saturday, May 31 at 1:00 pm, followed by a funeral service officiated by Rev. C. Richard Broome from 2:00 - 3:00 pm. A reception will be held after a short committal ceremony at 3:00.


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Published on yourconroenews.com from May 28 to June 10, 2014
Arrangements under the direction of:
Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home
18000 Interstate 45 S | The Woodlands, TX 77384 | (936) 321-5115
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