Memorial service tonight for Mrs. Maudie Carter

By Rozella Hardin
STAR STAFF
rhardin@starhq.com
Mrs. Maudie Carter, who, with her husband, Nick, owned and operated a furniture store in Elizabethton for a number of years, died Monday night after a brief illness.
Mrs. Carter, who lived at 2166 West G Street., had been a patient at the Ivy Hall Nursing Home for the past month. She lived for a number of years on State Line Road.
Loved and adored by her family, Mrs. Carter had a host of friends and was well-known in the community. A native of Ontario, Canada, she had grown up in Tampa, Fla., where she met her husband. "The two were high school sweethearts," said her son, Harold.
The Carters moved to Elizabethton in 1947 and opened a furniture store on Elk Avenue. Mrs. Carter worked with her husband in the store, serving as office manager, and often attended furniture sales with him. She retired from the furniture business, and, afterward, her husband closed the store, and he and his sons opened Nick Carter Aviation in Elizabethton.
"She was a beautiful person inside and out," said her daughter-in-law, Mona Carter. "She never met a stranger, and she loved to talk. She would talk about anything and everything to anyone," Mona said.
Mrs. Carter celebrated her 87th birthday on Sept. 19. Family members recall many fun things she enjoyed doing. "She loved to fly and to travel, and she also liked to shop. She dressed nice, and always looked nice. She liked to feel good about herself," said Mona.
Her son said that, only a couple of years ago, she went jet skiing on Watauga Lake. "Life was an adventure for her," said Harold, noting that his mother liked to drive fast and do "wheelies."
"I can't recall her ever saying anything bad about or to anyone," said Mona.
Mrs. Carter was an active member of the Elizabethton Woman's Club and for a number of years volunteered as a "pink lady" at the old Carter County Memorial Hospital. "She enjoyed her work at the hospital, and just this past spring after being hospitalized for a few days had indicated when things got better, she would like to again do volunteer work at the hospital," family members said.
Mrs. Carter also loved the Elizabethton Senior Citizens Center. In fact, she requested that when she died, instead of flowers, that donations be given to the Senior Citizens Center, "so that they can have a good time like I have had."
Mrs. Carter also enjoyed painting and was a member of the Watauga Valley Art League. She had painted with Urban Bird and Rev. William Swafford, among others. "Few people knew that she painted, but I think she was excellent," said Mona.
"She was an amazing woman, the wind beneath our wings," her daughter-in-law exclaimed.
At her request, Mrs. Carter will be cremated. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Grace Baptist Church, where she was a member.
"She did not want a funeral. She wanted her passing to be a happy time. In fact, she probably would have preferred a big party be thrown," said Mona.
Mrs. Carter was preceded in death by her husband, Harold "Nick" Carter. She was the mother of two sons, Harold Carter, Jr. and Robert "Bob" Carter, both of Elizabethton.
She is also survived by five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.