Louise Carter was a profoundly stubborn woman. She insisted on living alone and did so successfully until she was almost 101 years old — no worries, she was not so bull headed about driving herself because she really like to walk. Once, while traveling with her grandchildren in London, they exited at the wrong tube station for their destination by five blocks and she insisted — at the age of 83 — on walking those extra blocks — despite her granddaughter’s protests which included “in these shoes? REALLY?”
Stubbornness was not the only secret to her longevity. Dessert after each meal (breakfast included) was a necessity — chocolate and 2 percent milk definitely did her body good.
She will be remembered to being a beast at playing 42; loving animals (but never in the house); and cooking (she could ring a chicken’s neck and have it prepared for dinner in such a way the KFC would be envious). She was progressive in regards to equality for women in the workforce, equal educational opportunities and made sure that her son as well as her grandchildren could become and accomplish anything with a good educational foundation and hard work. We appreciate her dedication to our futures.
She rolled with change — incorporating some things more than others (much to the chagrin of her family — hearing aides and email were not embraced). She liked to travel, especially with her sisters (who also lived into their 90s). Interestingly, her will to travel stopped around the age of 95, because at that point she became suspicious that each trip was actually a ploy to move her to one of her grandchildren’s homes. Her family honored her wishes and she wasn’t moved to assisted living until she truly could no longer live alone, and per her wishes she never moved in with family as doing so would have impinged on her sense of independence.
Her resume is as follows: She was born into the Manning family — one of three girls (Opal, herself and Gay). She graduated from Sam Houston State University. She met her husband — the fabulously funny Gaston Carter — on the day that he decided to have his portrait taken, so lucky for him he was looking spiffy. Although I am sure that she married him because after weighting the pros and cons she felt that it was a rational decision — she was extremely practical to her core. She was a teacher in Midway in a one-room school house and then in Madisonville, while simultaneously helping Gaston run the ranch and raising her only child Jerry. She loved her family dearly and was very generous to everyone around her. She is preceded in death by absolutely everyone other than her devoted daughter-in-law Betty Carter; her three grandchildren (Ron Carter, Dr. Kimberly Carter and Jill Spearman) and her four great-grandchildren (Colby, Ben, Aiden and Sloane).
Once she transitioned to assisted living she decided that enough was enough, that she had lived a healthy and meaningful life and was now done. She passed peacefully in her sleep as she wanted — fully embracing the new adventures to come. She was a profoundly loveable woman and we will miss her, but we certainly enjoyed our time with her — all 101 years, 1 month and 15 days of it.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at Allphin Cemetery in rural Madison County.
Walters Funeral Home in Centerville was in charge of all arrangements.