Thelma Carter, a long-time resident of Walla Walla passed away July
22, 2010 following a long illness. In death as in life she was
surrounded by her loved ones.
Thelma was born April 19, 1925 in Genesee, ID to William and Ina
Stackpole. She attended schools in Lewiston, ID. Prior to her senior
year of high school, the family moved to Walla Walla where she
attended and graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1943.
Thelma joined the Catholic Church as a teenager. She was devoted to
her faith and St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Mom was always willing to
help and support in a multitude of ways on different committees and
ministries of service. Thelma was a Providence Associate with Sisters
of Providence. Their mission, through the work of God is to minister
with complete compassion to those in poverty, need and suffering. She
was masterful at giving of herself and her time.
Thelma attended nursing school earning her LPN status. Her career was
mostly with St. Mary's Hospital and the Veteran's Administration
Hospital in Walla Walla. Thelma's passion for caring for others was a
quality that proved her to be an excellent nurse and mother. Following
a back injury, she retired from nursing and pursued her love of art
through painting, carving, sewing and a small framing business, which
she worked and trained through The Decorator Center and Darrah's
Framing. Thelma belonged to Walla Walla Wheat & Sweet Painters.
Thelma married David G. B. Smith, a most handsome man in an army
uniform with a charming MiSSissippi accent, August 4, 1945 at St.
Patrick's Church in Walla Walla, W A. Together they raised 8 children
and remained together for 23 years. She later married Terry O. Carter
who loved her deeply, and thus renewed her happiness and helped in the
rearing of her 5 youngest children.
Thelma is survived by her cherished sister Fern (Richard) Lane of
LaConner, WA., 8 children, daughters; Mary-Margaret (Don) McCoy,
Catherine M. (Michael) Spanish, Anne E. (David) Hull, all of Walla
Walla, and Sara J. (Brian) Sept of Plymouth, WA., sons; David G.
Smith, J. Michael Smith, Robert E. Smith, Mark J. Smith, all of Walla
Walla, She was also blessed with 20 grandchildren and 24
great-grandchildren, 3 nieces and 2 nephews. Family was the center of
her universe for whom she tirelessly gave of herself to provide for
everyone's needs and joys. Her parents, one brother, her husbands, and
one infant son preceded Thelma in death.
There will be a rosary at Herring Groseclose Funeral Home at 7:00 p.m.
on Thursday, July 29,2010. Viewing will be from 3:00 p.m. till the
close of the rosary on Thursday, as well. The funeral Mass will be
held at St. Patrick's Catholic Church Friday, July 30th at 10:00 a.m.
Burial will follow Mass at Mountain View Cemetery.
The family is requesting Memorial Contributions be made either to
Sisters of Providence, or Walla Walla Community Hospice through
Herring Funeral Home. In addition, we deeply thank the special
caretakers at Regency at the Park and Walla Walla Community Hospice
who showed genuine love and compassion for our mother.