Lola Joyce (Russell) Carter, age 70, of Holt, MI, died January 30, 2015 in Holt, MI from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Joyce was born an only child to Herbert B. and Flora G. Russell on August 1, 1944 in Little Rock, AR. Joyce married Frank L. Carter in Jonesboro, AR on Sept. 12, 1964. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in Sept. 2014. Joyce is survived by her husband Frank of Leslie, MI, two daughters, Susan (Chris) Fata of Holt, MI and Andrea (Chris) Fleming of Hillsborough, NC, and 5 grandchildren, Spencer, Cameron and Luciana Fata of Holt, MI and Adalyn and Bennett Fleming of Hillsborough, NC.

Joyce graduated with high honors from the University of Arkansas and is a lifetime member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. Joyce was an excellent seamstress and her passion was fabrics, designing and making her clothing. She developed a line of patterns and later traveled nationally as sewing consultant for Bernina Sewing Machine Company.

A memorial celebration will be held 3:00 p.m. Friday, February 6, 2015, at the Holt United Methodist Church, 2321 N. Aurelius Rd., Holt, MI 48842. A second memorial service will be held later at Booneville, AR.

Instead of food and flowers, please make donations to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Alzheimer’s Foundation. Joyce had some happy times at Forster Woods Adult Day Care Center and donations are welcome to further their ministry. Their address is 4656 N. Meridian, Williamston, MI 48895. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel.

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    Patricia Fowler Sanders Says:

    Farewell, friend of my girlhood. We went to junior high and high school together and were frequent guests in each others’ houses. I always felt welcome at Joyce’s house. I haven’t seen her in thirty years but I remember her with love. We laughed together, went to Girl Scout Camp together, and I always had better grades when Joyce and I did homework together. My deepest condolences to the family. Rest in peace, my friend.

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    Chris Wilsey Says:

    It has been many years since I last saw her, but I will always remember Mrs. Carter as a bright, beautiful, smart and spunky lady. May she rest in peace. All my best to the family.

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    Brenda Gordon Ferralasco Says:

    Even though we are miles away now, I remember Joyce as a very dear friend in junior high & high school. Joyce, Becky L., & I shared lots of happy times together. May Joyce have the ultimate healing & rest in peace. This comes from Jonesboro, Arkansas.

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