Nov. 20, 1919 - March 29, 2006
Laura Winnifred Pace Carter was born November 20, 1919 in Orange, Texas where her father was engaged in ship building. She was the oldest of eight children. The family moved to Rochelle, Louisiana where Winnifred entered school in 1925. The family next moved to Morton, Mississippi with two more children in 1927. That is where she met Robert Earl Carter, whom she wed ten years later. She graduated from Morton High School in May of 1937.
Bob received his first appointment to the Marksville, Louisiana Charge in 1943 where Winnifred had her first encounter with the Women’s Society of Christian Service. She would devote herself to the organization until her health began to fail in 2000. She participated in the WSCS on the local, district, conference and national level. She was an official delegate to the conference in Lincoln, Nebraska, where the Women’s Society of Christian Service became United Methodist Women. She was devoted to the church and gave it her best as long as she was able.
After a marriage of sixty-eight years and six months, she died in her sleep at 8:00 A.M., March 29, 2006 at age 86.
Mrs. Carter was preceded in death by two sons, Robert Eugene and James David; brother, Roy O. Pace and sister, Dixie Vermelle Carter.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Earl Carter (retired, Shreveport District) of Vivian, Louisiana; son, John Mark Carter of Tampa, Florida; daughters, Bonita Rae Davis of Vivian and Elizabeth Irene and husband, Charles Ackerman of Frierson, Louisiana; sisters, Elaine and husband, Ernest Dunn of Georgetown, Louisiana, Mary Chandler of Jonesboro, Louisiana, Dorothy Sue and husband, David Harris of Mapleton, Utah; brothers, Laine and wife, Barbara Pace of Hodge, Louisiana and Herbert Pace of Jonesboro, Louisiana; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Source: Louisiana Conference Journal, 2006