In 1934 Mabel graduated salutatorian from Lake Center High School and attended American Business College in Omaha, Neb. On Christmas Day 1937, Mabel was married to Elmer Roy Carter. They moved to a farm north of Marathon, Ia. for the next 17 years. In 1942 their son James L. Carter was born. In 1954 Mabel and Elmer had a farm sale and with their son Jim moved to Berthoud where Mabel lived the rest of her life. Mabel greeted customers and served as the bookkeeper in Elmer's Shamrock and Phillips 66 stations in Berthoud and Loveland for numerous years. She also worked for Straights Hardware and in 1964 she accepted a job with the Berthoud National Bank as head bookkeeper from which she retired in 1986. She continued working as the bookkeeper for family businesses (Carter's Trucking and JLC Enterprises) until 2005.
Mabel was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Berthoud. She served as a church trustee from 1961 to 1976 and an elder from 1967 to 1973 and 1974 to 1980. Mabel also served as church financial secretary for 21 years. Mabel was active in the Order of Eastern Star where she earned her 50 Years Membership Award while a member of Columbine Chapter No. 11 in Longmont, Colo. She served as Worthy Matron in Terrill, Ia. in 1950-1951 and in Berthoud, Colo. for the Laurel Chapter No. 44 in 1986-1987.
Mabel loved spending time with family and friends. She took exceptional pride in her grandchildren and great grandchildren and loved telling them stories of how things "used to be." She was an avid gardener and residing at Apple Leaf Assisted Living allowed her to continue with this passion.
She is survived by her half-sister, Norma (Bob) Drake of Spencer Ia.; half-brother, Ernest Hansen of Dickens, Ia.; sisters-in-law: Jaunita Hansen of Wheelersburg, Ohio, and Wilma Hansen of Sioux Rapids, Ia.; daughter-in-law, Ruth Fletcher-Carter of Berthoud, Colo.; grandchildren: Suzette Hedrick of Johnstown, Colo., Gregory (Jennifer) Carter of Walden, Colo., and Matthew (Tawnya) Carter of Craig, Colo.; great-grandchildren: Seth Merril, Jenna Hedrick, Kaitlyn Carter and Teryn Carter; in-state nephews Dennis Drake of Ft. Collins, Colo. and David Carter of Loveland, Colo.; and numerous out-of-state nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Mary Hansen; step-mother, Nellie Hansen; husband, Elmer Carter; son, James L. Carter; brothers: Lewis and Edgar Hansen: half-brothers: Henry and Charles Robert Hansen; half-sisters: Elma Chase and Clara Carter; and daughter-in-law, Kay Carter.
Her funeral will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Berthoud on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at 10 a.m. A reception will follow at the church and internment will be at 2:30 p.m. at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Ft. Collins.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Longs Peak Council of the Boy Scouts of America or the First Presbyterian Church of Berthoud in care of Kibbey Fishburn Funeral Home.
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