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Katherine Elizabeth Carter

September 22, 1912 - March 16, 2011

Our hearts weigh heavy in the loss of our beloved family matriarch Katherine Elizabeth Carter, who went home to the Lord March 16, 2011. With her family by her side she passed away peacefully at home. Preceded in death by her beloved husband of over 30 years, Charles Arthur Carter, brothers Francis, George and Donald R…read more

Our hearts weigh heavy in the loss of our beloved family matriarch Katherine Elizabeth Carter, who went home to the Lord March 16, 2011. With her family by her side she passed away peacefully at home. Preceded in death by her beloved husband of over 30 years, Charles Arthur Carter, brothers Francis, George and Donald Roberts, sons Charles Robert and George Frederick Carter and Grandson Andrew Hale, James Carter and Granddaughter Kelly Carter. She is survived by her brother Ernest Roberts, daughters Veronica Lortz, Jeannie Carter, numerous nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Katherine Carter was born September 22, 1912 in Modesto, California to Frederick Orland Roberts and Verona Anna Mindrup. She was the second eldest to four brothers. After making their way from Modesto via horse and carriage to San Pedro, her father owned and operated a creamery there until after the depression. After graduation in 1930 from Torrance High School, where she was a member of the Scholarship Society, Katherine attended business school. She soon found out it was not to her liking. Instead she helped her father with the family business and delivered milk to the local residents. The family then headed west where they finally settled in Lomita. In 1949 Katherine and her husband Charles opened up Carter’s Horseman’s Corral and Feed Store on Narbonne Avenue in Lomita. Providing rare feed, hay and quality western wear to the local residents of the South bay. After Charles passing in 1966, Katherine continued to run the feed store with the help of her family. Almost everyone in the family received their first on the job training at Carter’s Feed. For over 40 years, it was a place everyone knew and recognized. Family gatherings were almost always held at “Monie’s” as she was known to the family. She always made sure you had enough to eat and even when you were full she was still pushing another plate in front of you. The yearly traditional get togethers at Vince’s Spaghetti House or Arturo’s Mexican Restaurant around Christmas time was her way of bringing the family together. Katherine always made everyone feel special and always had an interest in those she came to know. At least twice a year, Katherine, with some of her family, made visits to Las Vegas and Stateline where she would have very good luck at the slot machines. She would have 5 going at one time and everyone couldn’t help but watch her excitement. She knew how to draw a crowd and when she would win, everyone shared in her good fortune. She was intelligent, sharp and extremely witty; “Come When You Can” was her famous line to everyone that came to visit her. She had an infectious smile and a heart of gold. A rare gem. As we saw her sweet smile in our midst A smile so gentle and kind Our lives were brightened and enriched Another like her we’ll never find. Private services to be held.

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