Joyce (Russell) Carter

  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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Mark and Debbie Davis
February 2, 2015 at 6:43 pm

Thinking of you and remember we are right next door if you need anything. A big hug to you all.

sally & leslie carter
February 2, 2015 at 9:06 pm

we loved joyce very much….she accepted me as sister in law 2004.
and she and Frank, gave homeage to us thru devastating hurricaines rita and ike at their lovely lake home in heber springs ark.

Joyce once told me “we married good” & she was correct.

We watched Frank take wonderful care of her over the past 7-8years., along with daughters Susan and Andrea.

Loving prayers of healing.

Sally & Leslie Carter

Frank Carter
February 2, 2015 at 10:32 pm

A saying from the Social Meems web site is appropriate at his time. It reads ” The saddest moment is when a person who gave you the best memories, becomes a memory”. Joyce gave me 52 years of memories to draw from. She was the best wife, partner, mother, advisor, and confidant that a man could ever ask for.
When she could only say a few words, she clearly said “Frank, I have always loved you”. I always loved her too, and I will always will. I will miss her greatly! May she rest in peace.

Janice Seastream
February 3, 2015 at 7:19 am

I am so sorry for the loss of this very special person.
Prayers go out to the family and friends of Mrs Carter.

Richard Zaehringer
February 3, 2015 at 10:29 am

Please accept my condolences and heartfelt sympathy to Frank and the entire family. I was deeply saddened by the news that Joyce had died. Her genuine kindness, generosity, and selflessness has made an impact on me personally. I will always remember her for those attributes and the welcoming, friendly smile Joyce offered every time I saw her. Joyce was genuinely a gift from God to her family and those who had the distinct pleasure to meet her.

Brenda Gordon Ferralasco
February 3, 2015 at 4:43 pm

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.

Chris Wilsey
February 5, 2015 at 8:32 pm

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.

Patricia Fowler Sanders
February 6, 2015 at 8:55 am

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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