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August 10, 1944 ~ December 20, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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Mary Lois Carter, born on August 10, 1944, to Milton and Lettie Mae Neal in Longview, TX, peacefully departed this life on Wednesday, December 20, 2023. Her legacy of love, dedication, and service will forever resonate in the hearts of those who knew her.
Mary's early years were marked by resilience and sacrifice. Raised in Holis, OK, she attended school until 8th grade but chose to contribute to her family's livelihood by working in the fields, pulling and chopping cotton. Despite this early sacrifice of education, Mary's commitment to learning never wavered. In 1978, she earned her GED and went on to achieve an Associates of Arts from Southwestern College OKC in 1980. Continuing her educational journey, she enrolled in Central State University in Edmond, Oklahoma, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Sociology in May 1983.
On February 6, 1986, Mary married the love of her life, Overton Carter, Sr. From this union, three sons were born. She was an integral part of her community, serving as a faithful member of New Bethlehem Temple and later Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ. Her commitment to her faith was evident through her roles as Sunday School secretary and usher board member. She continued her service even after relocating to Hobart, OK, assisting with the construction of a new church and organizing various fundraising efforts, including bake sales, barbeque sales, and car washes. Mary was known for her annual Dare Program, encouraging others to "Try Jesus."
After returning to Oklahoma City in 2000, Mary reunited with New Bethlehem Temple and later joined Set Free Ministries under the leadership of Bishop Clyde C. and Lady Debra K. Cook, where she served until her passing.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Milton and Lettie Mae Neal, husband Overton Carter, Sr., sisters Daisy B. Tate, Marilou Shaw, and Mildred Neal, brothers Obie, Juard, Calvin Sr., and MJ Neal, and a daughter, Allison Nicole Carter.
She leaves behind a lasting legacy of love and kindness, cherished by her three sons, Overton Len (Cecelia) Carter of Oklahoma City, Russell Lawrence (Kamryn) Carter of Hutchison, KS, and Corey (Leslie) Carter of Burns Flat, OK. Mary will also be remembered by her special nephew/son, James Ray Carter of Lincoln, Nebraska, two foster sons, David and Joseph Lambert of Broken Arrow, OK, brothers, sisters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, numerous foster children, and a host of nieces, nephews, and close family and friends.
A celebration of Mary's life will take place on [Date] at [Location]. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to [Charity of Choice]. Mary's indomitable spirit and love for others will continue to inspire and guide those who were fortunate to know her. May she rest in eternal peace.