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Carrie Ida Horton


1921 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Carrie Ida Horton Obituary
Carrie Ida Horton November 2, 1921 - November 26, 2017 San Diego, CA Carrie Horton beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, renowned student advocate, and the lady with the beautiful hats, passed away peacefully in her sleep on November 26, 2017. Carrie Horton was born November 2, 1921 in San Franciville, Louisiana to Albert and Margret Miller. Carrie's father was a share cropper, who worked hard to care for his family. Carrie left home at the age of 17 and moved to Coronado, California, to work as a nanny. She met her late husband, Willie J. Horton, Sr., on the Coronado Ferry, and they married a few months later in Yuma, Arizona.Carrie and Willie raised four children and one grandson: Ida C. Horton-Costin, Willie J. Horton, Jr., Margaret A. Horton-Carter, the Late Mary F. Horton-Scott, and the grandson, Benji McElvaine. In 1965, Mrs. Horton began working as a lunch assistant at Stockton/King Elementary School (now known as King/Chavez). She held that position until the end of 2002. Over the years, Mrs. Horton served as an extended mother to four generations of children who attended Stockton/King; first as PTA President, and as a working member of that Association from 1947-1970. She also served as President of the PTA at Memorial Junior High and San Diego High School respectively.Mrs. Horton's accomplishments at Stockton/King Elementary School can be traced back to the late forties when her children Ida and Willie enrolled in then what was called Stockton Elementary, after transferring from the Fairhaven Elementary School located on 32nd Street in the old Navy Housing Projects. Mrs. Horton collected March of Dimes contributions, worked on Halloween carnivals, coordinated field trips, assisted with administering polio shots to students, and worked door-to- door on a school bond issue to build new schools. Mrs. Horton worked with Dr. Ralph Dillard, Superintendent of San Diego City Schools, on the Superintendent's Council, which had oversight for seven elementary feeder schools to Memorial Junior High.Carrie Horton has left a rich legacy of enthusiastic leadership, love, and affection to so many children and families of the Greater San Diego Community. Carrie's funeral service will be held Monday, December 4, 2017 at 12 noon at Bethel Baptist Church, 1962 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, 92105. A viewing will be held on Sunday, December 3, 2017, from 4-7 pm at Anderson-Ragsdale Mortuary, 5050 Federal Boulevard, San Diego, 92102.
Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Dec. 3, 2017
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