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Betty Merle Baker Carter

Betty Merle Baker Carter of Stratford, Texas died on August 19, 2022.

Betty was born on April 14, 1935, in Dalhart, Texas. She attended Hedley High School before marrying T.J. Carter on June 8, 1950.

She is survived by two sons: Tommy Carter (and wife Cyndy Carter) and Neal Carter (and husband Erwin DeBord); two grandchildren: Teresa Carter (and spouse Willow Everlong) and Christian Carter; three sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband T.J. Carter, and daughter Katharine Carter.

Betty spent most of her life as a homemaker but also worked many years at the Ranger Motel in Stratford. She enjoyed quilting and crocheting, especially in her later years with the Crochet and Painting Angels in Stratford. She also loved and looked forward to getting together with all her extended family at the annual Carter Family Reunion, attending every year since it began in 1983.

Visitation will be Monday, August 22, 2022 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at Beeson ~ Morrison Funeral Home in Stratford. Graveside services will be Tuesday, August 23, 2022 at 2:00 PM at Redden Cemetery in Redden, Oklahoma.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Coldwater Manor, P.O. Box 1189, Stratford, TX 79084; or Stratford Angel Tree, P.O. Box 540; Stratford, TX, 79084.

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What a special lady your mother was Ron! We did have the pleasure of meeting her one holiday and she made a lasting impression. Keep the special memories close and let time heal. May she Rest In Peace. Our prayers and sympathy.

Joni and David Strickland Aug 23 2022 4:13 PM

Dear Neal and all the rest of Betty's family, we send our deepest sympathy for your loss.

Gerard and David Aug 22 2022 4:48 PM

Betty Carter touched many people with her generous heart and talent of quilt making. Her presence will be missed. Thank you for the wonderful memories Betty. Prayers to her family.

nola smith Aug 21 2022 6:25 AM

Sweet lady who loved to sew, quilt and spend time with friends along with always participating in SCOT activities.

Susie Spurlock Aug 20 2022 10:51 PM

So very sorry for your loss. I was friends with Katharine in college, lived next door in the dorm. And then your family moved to my home town Stratford! She often shared the most wonderful things Betty made and sent with her after visiting home. Many prayers go out for your family. She is in Heaven with Katharine and her husband.

Mary Martha Chesmer Aug 20 2022 10:03 PM

Betty and I first met while working together at the Ranger Motel. She was such a sweetheart and a hard worker. You are missed. My friend, Betty!

Vicki Gore Aug 20 2022 9:18 PM

I am so sorry for your loss Ron. I am also so sad that I never got to meet this lovely lady I heard so much about. She must have been sweet and stylish just like you Ron. Bon Voyage Ms. Carter until we meet again. I will watch out for boy. Kelly Holt

Kelly Holt Aug 20 2022 7:18 PM

So sorry for your loss!! Betty was always so nice!!

LaRenda Blain Haggard Aug 20 2022 5:01 PM

Condolences to the family

Patty Akins Aug 20 2022 3:43 PM

My deepest sympathy to Tommy, Neal, and their families. Mrs. Carter was such a sweetheart and she will be missed.

Pam McReynolds Tollison Aug 20 2022 3:24 PM