Lucile Mae Carter |

Lucile Mae Carter

Lucile Mae Carter of Clifton, a former resident of Garfield County and the Roaring Fork Valley, died Tuesday, July 29, 2003, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. She was 83.

She was born May 22, 1920, near Spalding, Neb., to Ora Sronce and John Schack. She spent her childhood in the Spalding area and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In 1933, her family bought a farm near Grainton, Neb. She graduated from Grainton High School in 1937, and later attended the Beauty Academy in North Platte, Neb.

She married Donald Laverne Carter on Nov. 25, 1940. They farmed near Grainton until 1968, when they moved to El Jebel and later to Basalt. While living in Basalt, Mrs. Carter worked for the Snowmass ski resort.

The Carters later moved to Rifle, Parachute and finally to Clifton.

Mrs. Carter was a kind and loving person, always willing to help anyone in need. She loved to play the piano as family members sang along.

Mrs. Carter dearly loved being surrounded by relatives and friends, and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were a great source of pride and comfort in her later years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Don Carter; by her parents; by infant sisters Irene in 1922 and Francis Janette in 1936; and by an infant granddaughter, Kari Lee Rebel in 1971.

Mrs. Carter is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Gene and Ann Carter of Hayes Center, Neb.; by a daughter and son-in-law, Cathy and Jim Dowd of Clifton; by brothers and sisters-in-law Dick Schack of Arvada, Harry and Doris Schack of Lakewood, and Gene and Shirley Schack of Littleton; by 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; and by many friends and relatives.

Cremation is planned.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at the Grand Junction Masonic Lodge. Service will also be held in Nebraska at a later date.

Mrs. Carter’s remains will be placed alongside her husband’s in Elsie Cemetery in Elsie, Neb.

Montrose Valley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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