Cherokee Louise Seiler Carter



Cherokee Louise Seiler Carter died on June 19, 2009 at her home in Eureka, Calif. She was 89 years old.

Cherokee was born on Feb. 1, 1920 to John and Mayme Seiler in Medford, Ore. She attended Medford schools and graduated from Medford High School in 1937. She received a teaching certificate from Southern Oregon Normal School in Ashland and a Bachelor's Degree from Southern Oregon College, now Southern Oregon University. She did graduate work at Western Washington College in Bellingham, Washington, University of Southern California, Riverside and San Bernardino and Pepperdine College.

She taught at Gardiner, Ore., Howard School in Medford and Calimesa School in the Yucaipa School District in California.

In 1943, she enlisted in the S.P.A.R.s of the United States Coast Guard where she did recruiting in Oregon. Later she attended Chaplain's School in Williamsburg, Va. She was stationed in Atlantic City, N.J. as Chaplain's Assistant. There she met Bob Carter and they were married in 1946.

Cherokee enjoyed sewing, crafts, reading and swimming. She spent many hours reading, making crafts with her children and camping with her family. She always had a song in her heart and was often singing to her children and students. She had many old standards memorized and amazed her family with knowing all the verses to many songs. She played the piano and strummed the guitar.

She belonged to the Table Rock Bible Church, Gideons International Auxiliary, Zeta Master of Beta Sigma Phi and the Y.M.C.A. She was also involved throughout her life in scouting and Sunday school.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters; one brother; and her husband, Bob Carter, to whom she was married for 62 years.

She is survived by two daughters, Diana Jones, of Cole Camp, Miss. and Judy Phillips, of Eureka, Calif.; two sons, Jimmy Carter, of Live Oak, Fla. and Doug Carter, of Yucaipa, Calif.. Cherokee had 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Cherokee's children are proud of their mother for being a Native American (Cherokee), WWII Veteran and a dedicated wife, mother and teacher. She will be missed.

There will be a graveside service for friends and relatives at the Eagle Point National Cemetery on June 29th at 10:30 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice or to Gideons International, P.O. Box 82, Medford, OR 97501.

There will be a reception immediately following at the Holiday Inn Express in Central Point.

Arrangements are under the care of Pierce Mortuary, 707 H Street, Eureka, CA 95501, 707-442-3751.