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Margaret (Patrick) Carter
© Tahlequah Daily Press
Tahlequah, Oklahoma
June 02, 2010
Submitted by: Jo Aguirre

TAHLEQUAH -- Margaret (Patrick) Carter was born in Tahlequah on Sept. 19, 1914. Margaret passed from this life May 30, 2010. She was the daughter of Teddy and Florence (Wallace) Patrick.

Margaret and R.C. met in Tahlequah, and it was truly love at first sight. After some time dating, the two decided to spend the rest of their days together. The young couple rode from Park Hill to Qualls on horseback to be wed by Justice of the Peace Levi P. Dunn, on June 9, 1934.

Margaret was an adventurous person, loved the outdoors, and was a very avid fisherwoman. She especially loved spending her days on a pond bank with the people she loved the most, just cutting jokes, telling stories, and teaching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren what she knew about fishing. Actually catching fish was just a plus.  On any given day, you could see Margaret either sitting on the front porch, waving at the people she knew driving by, tending to her garden, or sitting on the back porch, keeping a close eye on the cattle and enjoying the simple things in life. She also loved to sit and visit with anyone.

Within moments of meeting her, she could tell you your entire life story and your family tree. She also loved getting the family together at her home in Park Hill, and spending the day visiting with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and homemaker for many, many years.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; five sisters; two brothers; a daughter-in-law; an infant son, in 1935; and her loving husband, R.C., in 1997.

Those left to cherish her memory are: three children, Patsy Smith and husband Ronald of Tulsa, Jerry Carter and wife Charolette of Park Hill, and Ronald Carter and  wife Janice of Park Hill; three sisters, Jean Helm of Dallas, Texas, Lenora Taylor of Tahlequah, and Evangeline Cine of Tahlequah; five grandchildren, David and Rebecca Carter of Park Hill, Lacey and Heather Carter of Park Hill, Ryan and Lisa Carter of Park Hill, Merry Carter of Park Hill and Galen and Shannon Carter of Farmington, N.M. Her legacy will also continue to live on in her 14 great-grandchildren: Shane Messinger, Dustin Butler, Alisha Carter Rice, Hannah Carter, Josh Carter, Thomas Carter, Ashton Carter, Katie Carter, Bridget Carter, Hanah Dougherty, Emma Carter, Olivia Carter, Lacey Carter, Maggie Carter and also in her three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday June 2, 2010, at the Reed-Culver Funeral Chapel with Brother Nelson Cummins officiating. Interment will follow in the Park Hill Cemetery under the direction of Reed-Culver Funeral Home. Visit www.reedculver.com to leave online condolences.

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