Willie Maye Carter
Peninsula resident Willie Maye Carter died Saturday, Sept. 21,
2002, in her son's home in Seaside, Calif., surrounded by her children and
grandchildren. She was 84.
Mrs. Carter was buried next to her husband at
El Carmelo Cemetery in Pacific Grove, Calif.
She was born June 1, 1918, in Chico, Texas.
Mrs. Carter was a longtime Nikiski, Kenai and
Soldotna resident. She moved to Alaska with her husband, Cecil in 1971. Her
children and grandchildren were living in Alaska at that time. Her son, Frank
Carter, and her grandson, Matthew Carter, were the last of the family to leave
Kenai. A grandson, Eddie Shannon, and family still live in Healey.
She enjoyed quilts and crocheting beautiful
pieces for family and friends.
Mrs. Carter was a great cook and cooked at many
of the early restaurants in the area. She cooked at the Port Inn, now the North
Star; Royal Redoubt, now the Merit Inn; old Kenai Airport; the Lighthouse;
Harborview and The Katmai.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 30
years, Cecil Carter; her daughter, Margaret Carter; and two sisters, Susie
Hudson and Juanita Ward of Texas.
Mrs. Carter is survived by four sons, Bennie
Cooper and Billie Williams of Seaside, John Williams of Monterey, Calif., and
Frank Carter of Deer Park, Wash.; daughter, JoAnn Shannon of Gresham, Ore.;
brother, William H. Alexander Jr. of Texas; 11 grandchildren; 17
great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Source: Peninsula Clarion, November 1, 2002