Katherine Carter

October 9, 1942 ~ July 12, 2020 (age 77)


Katherine (Kathy) (Kitty) Ann Carter, (nee Fenimore) was born in Chicago, IL in 1942, lost her life to the Coronavirus on Sunday, July 12, 2020 in Cape Coral, Florida. Kathy obtained her Bachelor’s degree, and was successful in business, working for Mobil Oil for numerous years. She held various titles of leadership, such as President of the West Suburban Board of Realtors. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roosevelt Carter, and parents, Earl and Helen Fenimore. Katherine (Kitty) was survived by her sister, Joan Marie Friedman (Jeffrey); niece Mariann LaLicata (Thomas); nephews David Friedman (Jeanine), Stephen Friedman (Sandra), John Friedman (Gisella), Michael Friedman (Rachel), Douglas Friedman; great nieces, Lily Friedman, Amelia Friedman, Grace Friedman, Melina Friedman, Julia LaLicata, Bella LaLicata; great nephews, Benjamin Friedman, Brandon Friedman, Noah Friedman, Oliver LaLicata; step-daughter, Lauretha Thompson, (Roy); step-sons Roosevelt Carter Jr. (Gwen), Lorenzo Carter; grandchildren Nichole Montgomery, Jevita Thompson (Robert); great-grandchildren Kenny Lewis, Tony Montgomery, Analisa Montgomery. A virtual Funeral will be held at Fuller-Metz Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Kathy will be laid to rest in Building Memory III Section 4B Level 6 Mausoleum Space 5524 at Coral Ridge Funeral Home and Cemetery adjacent to her husband, Roosevelt (Space 5523).

An Eulogy for Katherine Ann Carter We all loved Katherine (Kathy or Kitty as many called her), or we never bothered with her again. No one would tell her what to do. Actually, it was quite the reverse, she would tell you what to do. Yet, she had a certain way about her, a charisma of her own, with her demeanor that could be interpreted by others as being very harsh or insensitive, If you grew up with Kitty or got to know her, you overlooked those characteristics as her personality, and accepted it. You accepted it because the love she displayed came through, and you realized she was more bark than bite.

Kitty had a heart that was always there for you. Although she was rebellious, she was there for her parents as confidants, and a generous heart. She was there for her sister many times, losing her in the flower shop while she went to get ice cream for her; assisting her in selecting her dog, Duke, so boots , her cat, could have company. She had books that introduced Joan to Shakespeare, Poe, and other literary writers at a young age. She would accompany Joan on events, and paid for her entire Florida vacation when she was 10 years old.  Through the years, she would listen to her stories, help with various project, pay for her wedding photographer, and the list continues.

She was there for Joan and Jeff when Jeff was in a car accident, and his eyes were full of glass, or when  they had situations that needed someone else's intervention. She was there for their children, helping for almost two months one time when they needed a break or when she had a couple of them over to visit in Florida for a week or two weeks.  She was there to listen to their complaints or inquires through the years. She was always there caring about others.

When Kathy married, she was always there for her husband, her step-children, the grandchildren, and the great-grandchildren. She helped with raising all the children , providing parenting.  When Laura was struggling with a difficult time in her life, Kathy intervened. She helped by raising her stepson, Lorenzo, so that he would have a stable home. When she had health Issues, there she was nursing Rocky when her had to have his foot amputated. She offered a home for other people when she had her own issues. She would care for others when she needed care herself. That was Kathy. She was always looking out for others, seeing if there was a way that she could help and assist.

Kathy was there for her friends, too, many of them who have passed. However, there were only a few who she eventually was closer to over the years. She would socialize , but was more dedicated to her family.

Kathy was extravagant at times by  being very generous to give to others, which made her happy. With that characteristic and her good heart, unfortunately, there were people that took advantage of her, utilizing that heart of gold for their own benefit. With that being said, she eventually mellowed to enjoy nice things, but to be happy with the minimum, enjoying a simple, quieter life.

She completed her degree, and worked for numerous years for Mobil Oil, until they moved. Then , she pursued Real Estate, gaining professional recognition in various areas, eventually as the President of the West Suburban Board of Realtors in Illinois.  Kathy was an avid reader for many years, enjoying math, soduko games, scrabble, card games, creating her butterflies and many other crafts, her gardening, and being with family making them happy. She loved to bake, and we all agreed no one outdid her in that area. Having many pets displayed her nurturing, caring, and love for them. She loved God, and actually almost became a Nun when younger. She wore her scapular directly from Italy given to her by her nephew and his wife for years, and might have had it on to the end. We will never know.

This woman was life the rest of us, imperfect. However, she had that special way that we will always remember. She was the butterfly lady.

Butterflies signify a new beginning. She is now in a new beginning in Heaven with God. She will probably be asking God if she can help Him with anything. Of course, she will have to remember that He will always be in charge. God blessed us by allowing us to know her. We know that she loved us. We love you, Kitty. We will miss you very much. May God Bless You Always.   

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