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Nancy S. (Stevens) Carter

Nancy S. (Stevens) Carter, 71, of Clark Road, Ipswich, died  Wednesday November 25, 2009 in the Ledgewood Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in  Beverly following a long illness.

Born in Olney , Maryland January 5, 1938, daughter of the late Howard C. and Ruth E. (Mandley) Stevens, she was educated in local public and parochial schools. As a young woman she worked in Washington for  several years as a legal secretary . Married to Richard T. Carter in January 1960 at Andrews Air Force Base, the Carters made their home and started  their family first in Suitland , Maryland, later Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany, Long Island, New York and Fairfax, Virginia, before moving to Ipswich in 1968. For the past nineteen years they wintered in Marco Island, Florida.

Nancy enjoyed most spending time with her family. With a young family she served  as a den mother for Cub Scouts and troop leader for Girl Scouts. She enjoyed sailing with her family on the coast of Maine , cooking and entertaining for family and friends, and the special time with her beloved grandchildren.

She was a member of the Winglets Club of Marco Island and the Ipswich Bay Yacht Club.

In addition to her husband of fifty years she is survived by two sons, Robert L. Carter and his wife Margaret of Dover, NH and Kurt S. Carter and his wife Kristen of N. Andover; a daughter, Dianne Carter O’Keefe and her husband Timothy of Wexford, PA; six grandchildren, Shannon O’Keefe and Timothy O’Keefe, Jr. both of  Wexford, PA, Lauren and Caroline Carter both of Dover, NH and Katherine and Andrew Carter both of N. Andover; a sister, Barbara L. Smith of Manassas, VA and many nephews and nieces. She was the sister of the late Chester C. Stevens  of Edenton NC.

Her funeral service will be held Monday, November 30, 2009 at 11 am in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich followed by interment in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich . Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Sunday 4 to 7 pm. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Ipswich Caring, c/o First National Bank of Ipswich, 31 Market Street, Ipswich, MA 01938 .

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