Services: 11 a.m. Friday, June 7, at First Baptist Church, Houston.

Martha Lou Carter, 89, passed away June 2, 2019, during her stay at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mo. She was born Jan. 2, 1930, in Houston, Mo., to Irvin and Mae (Stricklin) Capps.

Martha married Willard Rosco Carter on Aug. 5, 1947, and had four children, Danny, Karen, Judy and Tom.

Martha was a sweet, loving mother and grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with family, trips for ice cream and driving through downtown Houston. Martha spent many years painting ceramics and enjoyed giving them to family and friends. She enjoyed spending time and attending events at the Houston Senior Citizens Center. She loved volunteering at the TCMH Auxiliary and was excited to help at the hospital. Her auxiliary jacket is with her now as a resemblance of her pride for the auxiliary.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Houston. She taught Sunday school for the Loyalty Ladies class for a long time. She took many trips to Branson with the XYZ club and enjoyed watching the Branson shows. She had a great love for reading. Danny and Karen were always on a massive search for her latest books. She shared her love of reading by passing her books onto her friends.

Martha is survived by her children, Danny Carter of Houston Mo., Karen Scott of Houston Mo., Judy Akers of Raymondville, Mo., and Tom Carter of Houston Mo.; her siblings, Jessie Townley of Houston Mo., Mildred White of Forsyth Mo., and Sue Mateer of Parson, Kan.; six grandchildren, Denise Wilson, Ronnie Bell, Brent Carter, Deneta Nichols, Melena Carter and Nick Carter; and several great- grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Willard; her father and mother; sister, Irene Adams; daughter-in-law, Lois Carter; grandson, Donald Carter; great-grandson, Brandon Wilson; and one great-great granddaughter, Addison Carter.

Visitation is 10-11 a.m. Friday, June 7, 2019, at Houston First Baptist Church with services beginning at 11 a.m. with Pastor Russ Stigall officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Pallbearers are Brent Carter, Kody Carter, Nick Carter, Joshua Carter, Aidan Nichols and Cole Nichols.

Memorials may be made to the Houston Senior Center.

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