Norma Rose Carter passed from this life on Friday, December 4, 2020 in Wellington, having attained the age of 88.
Graveside services took place at 11 a.m. Monday, December 7, at Memorial Gardens Cemetery with Rev. Joe Stewart, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Seminole officiating. Arrangements were by Adams Funeral Home of Wellington.
Norma was born January 3, 1932 in Charter Oak, Iowa, to Arthur and Hilda Amstein Kiepe. The granddaughter of German immigrants was raised in theLutheran Church which gave her the foundation of her Christian faith. When Norma was 2, her brother died and 10 days later, her father died also.
In 1943, she and her mother moved to Colorado Springs, Colo. where Norma later worked at the Broadmoor Hotel and as a telephone operator. As a teenager she loved to roller skate.
She moved to Texas in 1947 to join her mother who remarried a Texan named Roden Smart. Norma began working at the Palace Drug Store in Wellington making $12.50 a week with every other Sunday off. It was here where she met Sam Carter who had just returned home from serving in the Army.
Together they joined the First Baptist Church and were united in marriage at the parsonage on September 1, 1951 by Rev. Howard Jones.
In 1953, they moved to Samnorwood to farm and joined the Samnorwood Baptist Church. They bought their home in Lutie in 1975. During this time they were blessed with three sons, Ronald, Brad and Tony. Sam and Norma returned to Wellington in 1991. He preceded her in death in 2001.
Due to health issues, Norma moved to Seminole in 2012 to be near Tony and returned to Wellington in 2018 to reside in the Wellington Care Center.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brother Willis, a son Ronald and her grandson Lucas.
Her survivors include two sons, Brad and his wife Debbie and Tony; her daughter-in-law Rosa; two grandsons, Levi and his wife Brooke and Micah and his wife Magen; two granddaughters, Mari Eccles and her husband Les and Meagan Saldana and her husband Reuben; 10 great grandchildren; and a host of cousins and friends who she valued dearly.
The family suggests that memorials be made to the First Baptist Church Lottie Moon Christmas Fund or the Wellington Cemetery Association.
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