Paula Carter

Paula Carter

Thursday, December 25th, 1930 - Thursday, March 28th, 2019
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Paula Ross Carter, age 88, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away Thursday, March 28, 2019, at the Capital Region Medical Center.

Paula was born December 25, 1930 in Huntington Tn., the daughter of Victor Hugo and Emily Pauline (Clanton) Ross.

Paula graduated from Jackson High School in Jackson, Tn. She went on to earn a degree in art from Stephens College in 1950 and graduated from the University of Missouri in 1952. While attending Stephens College in Columbia, she met her future husband, Harold.

She was married on December 29, 1951 in Jackson, Tn. to Harold Gene Carter, who preceded her in death on January 9, 2019. After 67 years of marriage, Harold and Paula are reunited in Heaven after only 78 days of being apart.

Harold and Paula moved to Richmond, Mo. where Paula became an art teacher at Richmond High School (1952-1954). They later moved to Kansas City and that is when she had the opportunity to be a creative designer for Hallmark Cards to help design different greeting cards (1954-1957). Once Harold and she started a family, Paula became a homemaker until she became Harold’s receptionist for the three years before his retirement in 1992 from dental practice.

Paula’s main passion in life was being a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was selfless in taking care of her family and being their biggest cheerleader. She supported all her kids in their activities growing up, becoming a Girl Scout Leader and driving them continually to all their practices and games. She never missed any of her grandchildren’s sporting events attending numerous softball, baseball, soccer, basketball and football games. Some of her favorite memories were the joy of family gatherings and cooking for her entire crew at Sunday dinners. She loved to try new recipes and truly became a gourmet cook.

Paula cherished traveling and could be talked into going anywhere on a whim. She cherished her trips to Italy, Greece, beach trips in Mexico, skiing in Colorado, boating at the Lake of the Ozarks, floating the scenic rivers of Missouri, and sailing in the Virgin Islands. She grew up in Tennessee and always appreciated visiting her family at their cabin on the Tennessee River. Many times it was quick day trips with family and close friends.

Paula was a gifted artist and enjoyed playing bridge. Golf was a sport the entire family enjoyed and Paula treasured playing with family and friends. While wintering in Florida, she was known to play golf numerous times in a week and attended golf schools with her daughter, Cathy, in Alabama and Florida.

With her outgoing personality, Paula was involved with numerous organizations. She was a 50 plus year member and past president of P.E.O., Chapter JB. She was a past president of the Central Missouri Dental Society Auxiliary, a proud member of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, First United Methodist Church and the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. With her love of golf, she was a longtime member of the Jefferson City Country Club where she participated in the Jefferson City Country Club Ladies Golf Association, Missouri Women’s Golf Association, and Missouri Senior Women’s Golf Association.

Survivors include: three children, Cathy Carter of Jefferson City, Mo., Hope Copas and her husband Brion of Lohman, Mo., and Ross Carter and his wife Judy Dawson of Jefferson City, Mo.; three grandchildren, Meghan Copas-Peterson and her husband Steve, Angela Copas-Basham and her husband Bryan, and Jennifer Copas; one great-granddaughter, Brynlee Basham; three nephews, Jim Ross and his wife Cheryl, Jon Ross and his wife Sini and Jamie Ross, all of Mn.; and her grand-dog, Gracie.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Dr. Harold Carter; one brother, Jim Ross; and one grandson, Nathan Ross Carter.

Visitation will be held at Freeman Mortuary from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 6, 2019.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 6, 2019 in the Freeman Chapel with the Reverend Dr. Stephen Buchholz officiating. Graveside service and interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the American Brain Tumor Association at 8550 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 550, Chicago, Il. 60631 or the Missouri Women’s Golf Education Association (MWGEA), 1616 Oil Well Drive, Jefferson City, Mo. 65101 to help fund women’s golf scholarships.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, April 6th, 2019 | 9:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, April 6th, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am
    Freeman Mortuary
    915 Madison Street
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  • Service

    Saturday, April 6th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, April 6th, 2019 11:00am
    Freeman Chapel
    915 Madison Street
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  • Interment

    Riverview Cemetery
    2600 West Main Street
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Cheryl Beatty

Posted at 12:18pm
Hope, Brion and family, I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I know it must be especially tough after just losing your father. Yet what beautifully lived lives that they are back together again smiling down from heaven. Find comfort in all the memories that will forever keep them close to you. With deepest condolences, Cheryl Beatty

carol kuensting-lochhead

Posted at 10:00am
Cathy, Hope, Ross and family.
I am very sorry for the loss of your mother.
I can't imagine what you are going through with losing both parents
this close together. Loved your mom and dad, always smiling and kind,
I worked across the hall at Dr. Thompsons office. Prayers
Carol Kuensting-Lochhead

Krystal Conm

Posted at 08:59pm
Hope-I wanted to find an arrangement beautiful like your mother. I love you.
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Hugs, Pamela Gibbs-Hunter & family

Posted at 01:30pm
We are sending Love to all of you. I am there in Spirit.
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Annie Jarrett

Posted at 11:34am
Cathy, Hope and Ross, so very very sad to see the passing of your sweet mother. Many wonderful memories growing up in good ole Schellridge years ago. Loved her so much and always enjoyed visiting with her in the past years. Beautiful lady inside and out! She will be greatly missed by all those that were blessed to know her! Deepest sympathy to you all, love and hugs. Annie Jarrett

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