A celebration of the life of Mary E. Carpenter will be 2:00 p.m., Monday, Dec., 23, 2013 in the Chapel of the Garden at Rice Funeral Service. Burial will follow at Floral Haven Cemetery in Broken Arrow. Visitation will be Sunday from 1-5 with family receiving visitors. Mary passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 18. She was 79.
Born on June 26, 1934 in Prue, Okla. to Bill and Elsie (Lay) Dixon, Mary was an extraordinary person. Mary married Richard Carpenter on June 6, 1976 and their union was gifted with seven children. Mary was a homemaker and an exceptional mother and grandmother. A wonderful cook, Mary loved to prepare her many special recipes for her family.
Some of her family’s favorites include her fried apple pies, chicken and dumplings, rolls and dressing. Mary especially enjoyed sharing the Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts because that’s when all the family would gather around. Even the exterminator set aside extra time when called the Carpenter home so that he and Richard could finish a pot of coffee and enjoy Mary’s famous fried apple pies.
Mary was an independent and strong person, always taking care of her home and family. Mary’s family said you couldn’t do things for her because she would go back and do it herself anyway.
The family said they could not have asked for a better mother that loved any harder than Mary. They also said she was “a one of a kind person” and “they don’t make them like her anymore.”
A spirited woman, Mary loved to dance or “shake a leg” as she called it. She was also a lover of nature and the outdoors, taking many opportunities to enjoy fishing in Winganon on Oologah Lake. She liked to garden and one garden was not enough so she made another. Mary would can what she could from the garden and freeze the rest to share and enjoy later. Mary also cared for many animals including cows, pigs, chickens and rabbits as means to sustain her family.
As a loving grandmother, Mary excelled. Her many grandchildren were gifted with her undying love. Mary had a special bond with her autistic grandson Bruce Edward Carpenter, Jr. who sat vigil by her bedside patting her to give her comfort.
This loving mom and grandmother will be missed by all whose lives she touched. Mary is survived by her children Judy Moore and husband Jerry, Deorah Cassidy, Bruce Carpenter and wife Rene, Donnie Carpenter and wife Jeannie, Forrest Carpenter and wife Sherrie, Sherri Horacek and Larry Carpenter and wife Vickie; brothers George Andy Dixon, Richard Goodman, Harold Goodman and wife Barbara, Clifford Goodman; sister Bessie Andrews and husband David; grandchildren Kenneth Lee James Horton and wife Sheila, Mary Ellen Clare and husband Gary, Teresa Acree and husband George, Jerry Lee Moore and wife Amanda, Skylar Dean Porche, Bruce Edward Carpenter, Jr., and Weston Hunter Carpenter; great grandchildren Paige, Jace, Bailee, Colton, Hudson, Justin, Karie, Braden, Wyatt, Clint and J.D.; great great grandchildren Darius Allen Devant Hendricks. Mary is preceded in death by her parents, husband Richard, brothers Roy Gene Dixon and Ivan Goodman, sister Effie Vandever, children Dale Edward and Kenneth Lee Horton.