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Catherine I Carte

April 2, 1930March 30, 2021

Catherine Isabelle (Kitty) Carte, age 90 of Cartersville, GA passed away on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. She was born in East Gulf, WV on April 2, 1930 to the late William Francis Clark and Golda Freeman Clark. Kitty is preceded in death by her husband, Jerald Lynn Carte, and her son-in-law Perry Waits. She is survived by her son, Alan (Cindy) Carte; Daughters, Jana (Gray) Lindsey, Mary Anne Waits; grandchildren Jason Carte, Melissa Shaw, Justin Carte, Matt (Jenny) Lindsey, Jake Lindsey; great-grandchildren, Hannah Shaw, Ryan Shaw; niece, Mari (Jim) Smith; several great nephews and niece. Kitty was a graduate of Charleston General Hospital Nursing Program. She opted for a life of marriage and family, and mostly used her nursing skills for the benefit of her family and neighbors. After moving to Cartersville in 1965, she became well known for her volunteer work in the community and was able to use her nursing background volunteering at the Tonsmeire Community Clinic in its early days. Kitty was a 55-year member of Sam Jones Memorial United Methodist Church and loved her Marco Sunday school class. Any time the church called for volunteers Kitty was ready and willing, with Meals on Wheels being a particular passion. Ringing a bell for the Salvation Army was a tradition at Christmas. From the early days of the establishment of the Community Church Shop she was a member of the Board of Directors and a tireless volunteer, working 30 hours a week at the age of 87. Kitty was also very active with the Red Cross for many years, serving on the Board of Directors. She was active in disaster relief, responding to families burned out of their homes, and ran a shelter in the fellowship hall of Sam Jones Church during the blizzard of 1993. She volunteered at Red Cross blood drives every month until the age of 88. Kitty was recognized for her contributions to the community by receiving numerous awards. In 1996, the American Legion of Bartow County named her as a finalist for Citizen of the Year. In 2002, Bartow Women at Work named her Woman of Excellence (Star of the Past). She was also recognized by the United Way for outstanding leadership and service to people of the community. A Graveside Service will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at Oak Hill Cemetery with Rev. Kevin Lobello officiating. The family will receive friends at Owen Funeral Home on Saturday, April 3, 2021 from 12:30 pm until 1:30 pm. Please visit to leave on-line condolences for the family. Owen Funeral Home 12 Collins Dr., Cartersville, GA is honored to serve the Carte family.


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    Saturday, April 3, 2021


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Lucy Bertrand

April 5, 2021

My deepest sympathies to all the family.
I worked with Kitty at the Church Shop for many years. She was always there working and would take work home with her. She would give me fabric to make pillows that we sold in the shop, etc. I knew that she had other volunteer jobs, too.
The world could use more Kitties.
God bless you all,
Lucy Bertrand

Donna Wooten

April 3, 2021

Deepest Sympathy to the Carte Family. Lynn and Kitty were Loved by all of Us! Sorry We could not attend the funeral. Love Donna and Wooten Family

Laurie Showalter

April 3, 2021

Pete and I only met Mim once, what a beautiful lady. I know her through her lovely daughters Mary Anne and Jana whom I love and cherish. If Mim was anything like them, then oh what a wonderful lady she was. We wish the peace of the living Lord to the family now and for the days to come.

Tina Shadden

April 2, 2021

I met "Miss Kitty" because I work at the Bartow History Museum. Miss Kitty was one of the museum's great supporters. She was always looking for either things the museum could use or an opportunity that might be helpful. I always looked forward to seeing and talking with her at our monthly lectures. It was really sad that I didn't see her this past year because of Covid restrictions.
I will miss her greatly and remember her most fondly.
Condolences to all the family.

Dellie Kay Noble

April 2, 2021

Happy first Birthday in heaven, Mim!!! I know you were welcomed into the arms of Jesus with His words, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant!" You are sitting at the feet of Jesus, with the love of your life, your son in law, and many friends and colleagues, especially members of the Marco Sunday school class. I bet Lewis Hickom is teaching, Deloris Hickom is providing food, Betty Pierce is playing the piano, Carolyn Pye is taking roll, and my mother is probably counting the money! You have a new body and a new mind! You are healed! You were so loved as you loved so much and gave to others! Thank you for your life here on this earth! You will be dearly missed and fondly remembered.

Dellie Kay Noble

April 2, 2021

Kitty, Mim, my other mother....she goes by many names and wore many hats. She, "J. L.." Alan, Jana, and Mary Anne moved to Cartersville, and more specifically, to our same street, when Mary Anne and I were about eight years old. We were at each others' houses; we danced, sang, and twirled batons on their balcony. We vacationed together. We ate together. Mim was my chauffeur until I could drive on my own. We shared church together. Even when I was grown, I spent Christmas evenings at their house playing "Santa" handing out gifts. She was the most selfless, giving, caring person I know. She gave to her church and community until she could no longer serve (around the age of 88). She will live in my heart always, as well as her husband, who was a former Cartersville Mayor. They were such inspirations to me growing up as well as all my adult years. They were people to definitely look up to and admire. They will be dearly missed and fondly remembered. Alan, Jana, and Mary Anne, you are like siblings to a matter of fact probably closer to me than my own siblings. You are special to me. Please know how much I loved both of your parents. I am praying for you during this difficult time. May God give you peace that only He can give. And may you treasure the precious memories you shared with your mother. I love you!

Mari Smith

April 1, 2021

Dearest Mim,

You were there for me when I really needed you. I have so many memories of you and photos to treasure. I will miss you all of my life. You will always be an inspiration and my children will lovingly recall times together. See you on the other side.
Love forever,
Mari (aka Big Red)

Beth Mathison

March 31, 2021

Condolences to this family. Kitty Carte was a busy, organized, no nonsense woman. She gave tirelessly to our community with the Red Cross, the Church shop and in her church just to name a few. She and Lynn were quiet a team. Our community is blessed because of their dedication. RIP, Kitty. Rest In Peace and Rise in Glory.

Jay Humphreys

March 30, 2021

Marsha and I send our deepest sympathy to Jana, Alan, and Mary Ann and their families. I wish we could come for the funeral but commitments here at home this weekend prohibit the trip. We have wonderful memories of Kitty and Lynn. Kitty's quick wit kept us laughing. She was a treasure. Prayers for her family and friends. With love, Jay