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Iola M. Carter

August 23, 1935 — November 7, 2016

Iola May (Myers) Carter, 81, of rural Morrowville, KS, passed away Monday, November 7, 2016 at Linn Community Nursing Home in Linn, KS. Iola was born August 23, 1935 to Alven E. and Lillian F. Myers on the family farm near Longdale, OK. She attended grade school in Longdale until 1945 when her family moved to rural Washington, KS and then rural Morrowville, KS. She attended Silver Cliff Country School and Blocker Country School through 8th grade, later attending one year at Morrowville High School. In 1950, the family moved to Seiling, OK where Iola finished her last three years of high school. Upon graduation in 1953, she moved to Fairbury, NE to live with her sister, Rosella. While there, she worked at Hested’s Soda Fountain and learned accounting while employed at Great Plains Construction. In 1955, she moved to Lincoln, NE and worked at Russell Stover’s as a Candy Dipper. On February 11, 1956, Iola married Louis L. Carter at the Catholic Cathedral in Lincoln, NE and they moved to his family farm, where they resided for the last 60 years. To this union were born four children; Darrel LeRoy, Larry Edward, Deborah Ann and Bruce Alan. Iola enjoyed farm life, including fieldwork, managing the farrowing barn, tending a large garden, mowing the yard, planting flowers, canning tomatoes & peaches. She created a good home for Louis and their children including preparing endless home-cooked meals made from scratch. She had many, many favorite cats and three favorite dogs – Sandy, Taffy and Goldie. Through the years, she also enjoyed volunteering at the Coleman Township Election Board, as a 4-H Leader, in the Haddam Grade School lunchroom, as a server at the Linn American Legion Chicken Fry, and in the Belleville Nursing Home. She was also a member of the Rock Dorcus Club for 60 years. In February of this year, Iola and Louis celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary surrounded by family. Iola previously fought a courageous battle with cancer in 1974 and won. She will be fondly remembered for her poise, values, hard work, caring nature and selfless providing for her family. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Herbert E. Myers; and an infant granddaughter, Christina Carter (daughter of Darrel & Debbie Carter). Survivors include her husband, Louis of rural Morrowville; sister Rosella (Myers) Cline of Fairbury, NE; sons Darrel Carter (Overland Park, KS), Larry Carter (Salina, KS), Bruce Carter (DeSoto, KS); daughter Deborah Herrman (Overland Park, KS); their spouses – Debbie Carter, Cindy Carter, Bryan Herrman and Lori Carter; and 8 grandchildren – Franklin Carter, Christine Carter, Kailee Carter, Kylee Carter, Grant Herrman, Carter Herrman, Chandler Carter, and Chase Carter. Public visitation was Thursday, November 10 from 4 to 8 p.m. with family receiving from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Ward Funeral Home in Washington, KS. An all faith funeral service was held at 2:30 p.m., Friday, November 11 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Washington. Burial was immediately following at the Washington City Cemetery and the public was invited to a lite meal at the Catholic Church. Pallbearers were grandchildren Grant Herrman, Carter Herrman, Chandler Carter, Kailee Carter, Franklin Carter, Chase Carter, Christine Carter and Kylee Carter. Honorary pallbearers are Johnny Myers, Jeff Sweetser, Mike Uhlrich, Rustin Nanninga, John Hiesterman, Loren Potts and Mike Kidder. A Memorial Fund has been established for Meadowlark Hospice in her name. Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral Home, 115 West 2nd Street, Washington, Kansas, 66968. To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Iola M. Carter, please visit our flower store.


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