Maxine Pearl Carter passed away July 26, 2017, at her home in Hood River, Ore. She was born Feb. 2, 1926, and was 91 at the time of her passing.
Maxine was born in Hood River to Walter T. and Lula B. (Steelman) Swyers. She married James Carl Carter on Nov. 24, 1942, in Stevenson, Wash., and they were blessed with five children. During the war, she was a welder in the shipyards in the early ‘40s. She was co-owner with her husband of J.C. Logging Company until their retirement in the 1990s.
Maxine was an active mother and homemaker. She taught her girls to sew, volunteered with 4-H and was a Camp Fire leader. She was involved in the PTA when her children were in school. Maxine loved gardening, working with her flowers and canning fruits and veggies … somewhere along the way she was given the nickname “Pickles.” In addition to all of this, Maxine worked in the fruit industry until retiring at age 70. She enjoyed camping, fishing and going to the Oregon coast. In her later years, she and a friend, Norma Cannon, enjoyed walking and cleaning up Portland Drive.
“She really loved the time spent with her grand, great and great great grand kids. She really enjoyed her newest one, Alan Wayne. Our mom was always there for us with love and support. We miss her dearly.”
Maxine is survived by four children, Susan Schreiter and husband Larry of Lake Oswego, Ore., Kay Sheirbon and husband Joe of Hood River, Dennis Carter of Hood River, and Janice Carter-Claxton of Hood River, 12 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Lula Swyers, sisters Myrtle Morrison and Eileen Skofstad, brothers Matthew, Daryl, Wesley and Fritz, baby daughter Wendy, grandson Larry Schreiter Jr. and her husband of 69 years, Carl.
Memorials are encouraged to be made in Maxine’s name to Multiple Scleroses (MS) or to a charity of your choice.
A service to honor Maxine’s life and mourn her passing is planned for 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12 at Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River. Maxine will be laid to rest with her husband at the Pine Grove Butte Cemetery following her service and reception. Visit www. AndersonsTributeCenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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