Stella Carter, 99, of Baker City, died Sept. 1, 2005, at Meadowbrook Place.
Her funeral was at noon today at the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Pastor Tony Brandon officiated. Vault interment was at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Stella was born on May 13, 1906, at Mabton, Wash., to Pearle and Edson Sharpe. Her childhood years were spent with her three brothers and two sisters in the Horse-Heaven Hills. She attended college at Ellensburg, Wash., earning a teaching certificate.
She began her teaching career in the Horse-Heaven Hills area where she met Carl. Stella and Carl were married on Nov. 12, 1927, at Sunnyside, Wash. They were married for 59 years before Carl’s death in 1986.
In 1948, the family moved to Baker County where they operated their farm on Sutton Creek until their retirement in 1970 when they moved to Baker City and lived on Foothill Drive.
During her life, Stella was a teacher, nurse, wonderful mother, grandmother and friend. For many years she enjoyed volunteering at the Seventh-day Adventist Church and St. Elizabeth Hospital.
Stella enjoyed writing and authored many articles of the Bickleton news for the Sunnyside Sun. She was the communication secretary for the Seventh-day Adventist Gleaner and the local newspapers for many years. She also wrote many poems for the enjoyment of her friends and family.
Survivors include her sister, Ruby Brown of Grandview, Wash.; children, Elvin and Mary Jean Carter of Baker City, Mary Jean and Grover Mann of Lincoln City, Dean and Rosie Carter of Nampa, Idaho, Ruby and Bill Hohensee of Gresham, Larry and Diana Carter of Salem and Pearle and Paul Stover of Nampa, Idaho; 22 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren; and 26 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Carl; children, Vernice Naught and Wilburn Carter; and great-grandsons, Joe and Danny Mann.
Memorial contributions may be made to Pathway Hospice through Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, September 9, 2005
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor