Charlotte Mildred (Nelson) Carter

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Charlotte Mildred (Nelson) Carter
1929 - 2017
PITTSTON - Charlotte spent 88 years and eight months on earth, taking her last breath Saturday morning, Dec. 2, 2017, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, after a brief and sudden illness.
Born March 17, 1929, Charlotte graduated from Gardiner High School in 1947 and married Kenneth Carter in 1960. During the 70s, 80s and into the 90s, Charlotte worked as a school lunch lady in the Gardiner area, where she served good, hot meals to hundreds of school children, mostly at the Randolph Elementary School.
She lived most of her life on the Nelson Road in Pittston, where she raised her family, and as one of the "neighborhood moms," welcomed countless kids into her home night and day.
Charlotte lived a very humble life, enjoying her pets, gardening with her husband of 33 years, feeding the birds (except those damn turkeys), and watching the Red Sox (she especially loved Pedro, pronounced PEE-dro, Martinez).
Charlotte was predeceased by her husband, Ken; her parents, Eva and Marnus; brothers, Ray and Alfred; and sisters, Thelma and Avis.
She is survived by her two children, Karen and Mike; close, dear friend and niece, Natalie; several cousins, nieces and nephews; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be held Wednesday, Dec. 6, from 10-11 a.m. at Staples Funeral Home, 53 Brunswick Ave., Gardiner, followed by a service at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in the North Pittston Cemetery, beside her husband.

Born during the Depression, Mom was thrifty every day of her life, pinching pennies relentlessly in any way possible, recycling before recycling was cool. In trying to abide by what we know would be her wishes, her service will be simple and we ask that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to the Bread of Life Soup Kitchen in Augusta, where we know that they, too, pinch pennies to serve hot meals to those in need.



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Staples Funeral Service
53 Brunswick Avenue
Gardiner, ME 04345
(207) 582-3102
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Published in Central Maine on Dec. 5, 2017