Margaret Ella Lanford Carter, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother peacefully passed away on February 8, 2024, at the age of 95.
Born on October 20, 1928, she was the youngest and only daughter of the late Memory L. and Lila McAbee Lanford.
Margaret, fondly known as “Pearly” to her family and friends, grew up in the close-knit Brandon Community. She was the youngest and only daughter among her six siblings. It was her brother, M.L. “Tootsie” Landford’s, best friend, Ray Brooks Carter, that would later become her best friend and soulmate. They married in 1945 and shared 64 years of life together.
With a spirit of adventure Margaret has traveled all over the world. Her favorite places and memories would be the family vacations to Daytona Beach which brought her great joy as she basked in the warmth of the sun and her loved ones’ company. One of her favorite pastimes was playing bridge. She excelled at the game and it allowed her to showcase her sharp mind, strategic thinking, and amazing memory. She remembered those that came to spend time visiting and reminiscing, something that brought her so much comfort.
Deeply devoted to her faith, Margaret was a charter member of the Edwards Road Baptist Church. She found solace, strength, and guidance in her faith and cultivated a strong sense of community within the congregation.
Margaret’s memory will forever be cherished in the hearts of her loving son and caregiver, Michael “Mike” R. Carter; her precious granddaughters, Tonya Carter Harrison and husband, Tyler, Shelley Carter Webber and husband, David, Stephanie Baker, and Christina Carter; as well as her precious great-grandchildren, Ava, Lilly, Lauren, Alivia, Carter (the first and only boy!), and Ellie Baker.
To celebrate Margaret’s remarkable and blessed life, the family will enjoy a private meal consisting of her favorite foods.
As Margaret was a charter member of Edwards Road Baptist Church, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Edwards Road Baptist Church in Margaret’s memory, furthering her devotion to her faith and the community she held dear.
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Margaret Ella Lanford Carter will forever be remembered for her kind and loving spirit, her zest for life, and her unwavering faith. Her legacy will continue to inspire and touch the lives of all who had the honor of knowing her.