Judith Carol Carter, 56, of 513 Armit Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Monday, March 9, 2009 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.
She was born March 31, 1952 in Fort Frances.
Judy graduated from Lakehead University in 1972 with a library technology diploma. On May 6, 1972, she was united in marriage to Lawrence Carter. Following their marriage, they settled in Thunder Bay for five years before returning to Fort Frances and raising three daughters, Rebecca, Hannah, and Rachel.
In 1978, Judy started working as a library technician for the Rainy River District School Board, where she was employed for many years. Judy also was employed at Canada Safeway, where she was admired and loved spending countless hours helping and talking to her customers.
She also was a life member of Knox United Church in Fort Frances, and had been very active with the United Church Women.
Judy loved being around her children and grandchildren, and loved their cabin on the lake. She was young at heart, cheerful, and will be dearly missed in the hearts of her family, co-workers, and many friends.
She was predeceased by her maternal and paternal grandparents; and parents-in-law, George and Maxine Carter.
Judy is survived by her husband, Lawrence Carter of Fort Frances, Ont.; her parents, Bert and Marjorie Smeeth; three daughters, Rebecca (Robert) Tolen of Rainy River, Ont., Hannah Carter (David Allchin) of Grimsby, Ont., and Rachel (Scott) Foster of Fort Frances, Ont.; and seven grandchildren, Zachary and Abigail Tolen, Kayla and Kassandra Michl, and Alexander, Julia, and Dusten Foster.
She also is survived by three sisters, Patricia (Maurice) DeGagne, Catherine (Randy) DeGagne, and Beverley (Michael) McCoy, and one brother, Donald (Sylvia) Smeeth, all of Fort Frances, Ont.; mother-in-law, Dorothy Carter; sisters-in-law, Diane (Gary) Weiss and Pamela (Lorne Sholter) Carter, and brother-in-law, Derek (Dorothy) Carter, all of Thunder Bay, Ont.; brother-in-law, Randy Carter of British Columbia; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Family and friends may visit Thursday, March 12, 2009 from 7-9 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances.
Cremation will take place at Rainy River Cremation Services in International Falls, Mn.
A memorial service to celebrate Judy’s life will be held Friday, March 13, 2009 at 3:30 p.m. at Knox United Church in Fort Frances, with Rev. Barbara Miller and United Church minister Peggy Mason officiating.
Inurnment will take place at Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances at a later date.
To Those I Loved and
Those Who Loved Me
When I am gone, release me, let me go,
I have so many things to see and do.
You mustn’t tie yourself to me with tears,
Be happy that we had so many years.
I gave you my love, you can only guess
How much you gave to me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you each have shown,
But now it’s time I travelled on alone.
So grieve a while for me if grieve you must,
Then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It’s only for a while that we must part,
So bless the memories within your heart.
I won’t be far away, for life goes on;
So if you need me, call and I will come,
Though you can’t see me or touch me, I’ll be near.
And if you listen with your heart, you’ll hear,
All of my love around you soft and clear.
And then, when you must come this way alone,
I’ll greet you with a smile and say,
“Welcome home.”
In lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations may be made to either Tamarack House, Medical Centre, Suite 501, 984 Oliver Rd.,Thunder Bay, Ont., P7B 7C7 or Knox United Church, 340 Church St., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 1E1, or c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
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