Anna Mary Carter, 62, of Hardyville

Arizona – Anna Mary Carter, born April 1, 1955, passed into the loving arms of our Father Jesus on October 11, 2016, following an extended illness.  There will be a Celebration of Life Memorial held on April 1, 2017 at Zion Baptist Church in the Rex community at 10:00 am, central time.  All are welcome.  Following the service, birthday cake and punch will be served.

Anna Mary was the daughter of the late Juanita Payton Carter and William Glenroy Carter and was raised in the Rex community of Hardyville, KY.  As a young girl, Anna Mary spent many months over her young and formidable years at Kosair Crippled Children’s Hospital in Louisville, KY where her parents visited countless Sundays.  Later Anna was an in-patient at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in Lexington, KY and Eastern Kentucky Rehabilitation Hospital near Harlan, KY.  She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church, Lexington, KY.  As a young woman, Anna flew alone to San Diego, CA, with one acquaintance and lived in that area several years.  California had much more to offer a paraplegic as their sidewalks and facilities were equipped for those born with challenges early on.  Later Anna Mary moved to Tempe, AZ and remained there until her death.  Over the years she worked at various call centers and spent a great deal of time in Volunteer work.  One particular volunteer job was being taped reading books so that the blind could have more options.  Facing many more challenges than able bodied persons, she was quite the early pioneer for people with physical disabilities, and set an astounding example for many.  In 1998 Anna Mary joined with Michael Stepp in Christian marriage in Tempe, and they were together for many years until Anna’s passing.

Anna’s earthly body was cremated and will be interred at Horse Cave Cemetary, Horse Cave, KY prior to the service.  In addition to her parents, Anna was preceded in death by one brother, Joe Thomas Carter and her precious, “Kitty”.  She is survived by her life mate, Michael Stepp, her brothers, Tony Lynn (Darlene) and William Edwin Carter (Debbie) and her sister, Glenda Carter Brown (Rodney).  She is also survived by four nephews; Michael Glen Carter, (Pam), Christopher Thomas Carter, Jason Timothy Carter and Carter Randall Brown, (Kaycee); a niece; Michelle Lynn Coffman, and four great nieces and a great nephew.  Expressions of sympathy are asked to be in the form of donations to cover the cost of Anna’s burial and stone, or to the Kentucky Easter Seal Society or Kosair Children’s Charities.  Special thanks go to Richard McInteer of Lexington, nephew of Sarrah McInteer Bekker, whose trust bore the costs of cremation.  Local arrangements are being made by her sister, Glenda.  Anyone with questions having to do with the service may contact Glenda at glendabrown@embarqmail.com.

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