Carolyn Jean Minter

26 September, 19528 January, 2020

Carolyn Jean Minter was born September 26, 1952 in Tyler, Texas to Edgar Allen Mills and Bobbie Fay Mills (nee Marsh). Growing up in Tyler, she graduated from Robert E. Lee High School. In Tyler, she also met and married Albert Minter, with whom she raised two sons. Carolyn gave birth to their first son, Anthony “Tony” Hall Minter, on December 10, 1970, in Tyler. She had her second son, Eric Blaine Minter, on March 29, 1974, in Irving, Texas.

Carolyn loved to travel. She lived all over the State of Texas, migrating from the Piney Woods to Coastal Plains. When Carolyn reached the ocean in the Houston area, she jumped across, moving to London, England. From Texas, she made frequent excursions to Cancun and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. She toured the European continent on several occasions. She spent time in France, Italy, and Russia. She was also the first American woman invited to meet the president of Kazakhstan. Carolyn was especially fond of Honolulu, Hawaii. She said that of all the places she’d seen Hawaii was the most beautiful.

Carolyn’s faith and the struggles of her early life made her a life-long advocate for those in need. She obtained her master’s degree in psychology in December of 1988. In her career she helped women on probation and parole overcome addiction and reintegrate with society. In her church, she was involved in the Stephen’s Ministry, offering counseling and support to her brothers and sisters in Christ experiencing hardship and pain. She volunteered with the Bay Area Turning Point Women’s Shelter helping battered women and children escape abuse. In her later life, Carolyn volunteered with Heart to Heart Hospice as a companion to people nearing the end of life. Carolyn often said, “It is the responsibility of those less broken, to take care of those who are more broken.”

Carolyn Jean Minter passed in Corpus Christi, Texas on January 8, 2020, from metastatic breast cancer. She was surrounded by family and friends. She leaves behind her sons, Tony and Eric Minter, and her three grandchildren, Taylor, Tristan, and Caleb Minter. She is also survived by her mother, Bobbie Fay Mills and brother, Chris Mills.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, 1 February , 2020


Carolyn Jean Minter

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