Grace Evelyn North Carter was born 94 years ago near Mt. Vernon, Ohio. Her parents were Perry “Max” North, a circuit minister with Native Americans, and Dora (Rehs) North. After her father’s death in Oklahoma she returned to Mt. Vernon at age 16. She married her childhood sweetheart Ray Carter in Russell, Kentucky on October 19, 1940. They both worked at Shellmar Bettner which became Continental Can Company. Everyone who knew them loved them. Ray had built a cabin north of Mt. Vernon and many people came to visit with them.
In 1959 they bought a resort at Houghton Lake and called it Carter’s North 40 Resort. Many of their Ohio friends visited. The resort was such a huge success since they were good hosts. She and Ray were very close and happy until he died on August 15, 2002. They were always best friends. You could not find anyone with bad things to say about them.
In 1943 their daughter Joan was born. In 1963 their daughter Renae was born. They were wonderful parents. They idolized their grandson Kurt, who spent summers at the resort. When they retired from the resort they bought a lovely home near the Au Sable River in Roscommon. Family loved to gather there. When Ray became ill, and before he died, they moved to the Brook Retirement Community. This is a wonderful place and Grace lived there until her death on Thursday, December 15, 2011. Her faith was strong, “She had the faith of Job”, and she loved animals.
Throughout their life they enjoyed their children who survive them. Renae Carter, D.O. lives and works in the Corunna area. Joan Durling and grandson Kurt Durling both work for Mental Health in Corunna. She is also survived by Kurt’s wife Karen, and a great-grandson, Hayden who reside in East Lansing, and dear friends Cheyenne and Chessie. She was preceded in death by herhusband, son-in-law Keith Durling, and her parents.
Memorials would be appreciated to Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 149 W. Robinson Lake Rd., Roscommon, Michigan 48653 or Shiawassee Humane Society, 2752 W. Bennington Rd., Owosso, Michigan 48867.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, December 18th from 12-2 PM and 4-6 PM, and funeral services will be 11:00 AM Monday officiated by Rev. Eric D. Kieb at Walsh Funeral Home in Roscommon. Burial will be at Pioneer Cemetery.