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Fae Elizabeth Carter, 92, of Columbia City, widow of Ralph B. Carter, Sr., passed away at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor, Columbia City. She had been a patient there for the past two years.
Mrs. Carter was born in Fort Wayne April 27, 1920, a daughter of Ruben Clyde and Veronica Elizabeth (Ness) Butler, Sr., and spent her formative years in the Arcola area. On March 11, 1937, she was married in Warsaw to Ralph B. Carter, Sr. She had lived at Blue Lake for a period and had also resided in Gainsville, Fa.
In 1984, she moved to the family farm in Lake Township with her brother and lived there until moving to Columbia City in 2001.
She had assisted her husband in farming for many years and later worked as a nurseâ€™s aide at Whitley County Hospital. She earned her LPN while living in Gainsville, worked at a hospital there and later did private duty nursing.
She had been a member of the Cornerstone Wesleyan Church in Merriam for more than 20 years, where she served as a Sunday school teacher, and also a teacherâ€™s aid at the Cornerstone Christian School.
A member of the Red Hat Society, she also enjoyed wonderful times at the senior center, playing Bingo and reading.
Mr. Carter preceded her in death Dec. 30, 1976.
Surviving relatives include her children, Larry P. Carter of Roanoke, Stella Egolf of Huntington and Ralph B. (Marcia) Carter of Columbia City; two sons-in-law, Mahlon Peters of Churubusco and David Perry of Alabama; a daughter-in-law, Barbara Carter of Roanoke; 25 grandchildren; 60 great-grandchildren and 22 great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three children, James L. Carter, Pat Peters and Catherine Hilton Perry; three brothers, Jesse Earl Butler, John Fredrick Butler and Ruben C. Butler, Jr.; two sisters, Freada Sutorius and Edna Mae Sherman; and four grandchildren, Tammy Egolf, Dennis Peters, Darren Peters and Ronnie Carter.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Cornerstone Wesleyan Church in Merriam with Pastor George Cecil officiating.
The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and at the church one hour prior to the service Friday.
Interment will be in the South Whitley Cemetery at 2 p.m.
For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Cornerstone Wesleyan Church, American Heart Association or Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana. To leave an online condolence for the family in Mrs. Carterâ€™s memory, go to www.sheetsandchilds.net.