Ima Elizabeth Carter, 98, passed away Thursday, December 6, 2012 in her home in the Portland area surrounded by her loving family.
Ima E. Carter, daughter of Frank and Anna Crowson, was born August 12, 1914 in Ashland, Ore. She graduated Ashland High School in 1932 and married Tom Carter in 1934. Together they had four children. She ran a local nursery in Ashland for a number of years, and in 1980 she moved to Gresham, Ore. to live with her oldest son, Tommy, who is blind.
Ima enjoyed bowling, gardening, knitting, and playing cards, especially pinochle. She drove her own motorhome for 27 years, and, after joining Good Sam's, she and Tommy went motorhoming all over Oregon. Also, from 1984-1990 she was an area director for Good Sam's. In 1993, Ima and Tommy took a 5-month trip across the U.S. with her daughter and son-in-law, Anne and Don Ritter. They visited a total of 15 states. Ima and Tommy had visited all 50 states by the time she hung up her keys for good in 2000.
In June of 2012, she received a standing ovation at her 80th high school reunion for being the oldest graduate of Ashland High and also received a plaque for having the most family members attending who were also Ashland High graduates. She had yearly birthday celebrations/family reunions since 1987 and always had great turn-outs. She had a great sense of humor and cared dearly for her family. She is survived by her four children, Janice Anders, Tommy Carter, Anne Ritter, and Kent Carter; her niece, Maxine Kinkade; one granddaughter and seven grandsons; two great-nieces and two great-nephews; 23 great-grandchildren; and 17 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Anna Crowson; her two brothers, Max Crowson and Clarence Crowson; her three sisters, Elsie Bussey, Bess Carey, and Pearl Stafford; her husband, Tom Carter; one great-grandson, Chris (Ritter) Stoner; six nephews; and one niece. A memorial service will be held at the Presbyterian Church in Phoenix, Ore., 121 2nd St., Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choosing.
Mom...you will be missed, and will always be
present in our hearts...we love you!