Claire (Gabry) Carter, 82, wife of Richard C. Carter of Apple
Street, Essex, died Sunday, January 7, 2018 in the Hunt
Rehabilitation Center in Danvers.
born in Gloucester on October 27, 1935, the only beautiful child
of the late Chester E. Gabry, a stone mason, and his wife the
late Beatrice Vera (Roberts) Gabry of West Gloucester. Pat was a
bright, funny, sociable, headstrong girl who loved animals,
nature, music, stylish clothes and her myriad aunts, uncles,
cousins and close friends. As a girl, she ice skated (inspired
by one of her idols, Sonja Hennie), played some piano, sang
popular music with a few of her Gloucester school friends, and
took swimming, dance and horseback riding lessons. She adored
being out in the sun and the beach in the summer. She was a
highly energetic person and always enjoyed staying physically
active. Following her 1953 graduation from Gloucester High
School, she went on to complete a secretarial program at the
Chandler School for Women in 1954. After Chandler, Pat worked as
a secretary at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Boston and
also waitressed at her uncle Chubby Woodman’s Diner in Essex,
which is where she met her husband, Richard of Essex.
raising three children, she studied landscape architecture at
Essex Aggie. Later, she delivered the mail for the town of
Rowley, eventually working in the Essex Post Office and rising
to the rank of Postmaster of the South Hamilton Post Office, a
role she dearly enjoyed for many years. After retiring from the
post office, Pat launched into refinishing wooden furniture and
selling antiques in her own shop in downtown Essex. In her spare
time, she served as a volunteer at Beverly Hospital.
addition to her loving husband of sixty-one and half years she
is survived by her two daughters, Terri P. McLaughlin and her
husband David of Florida, Laurel J. Nicholas and her husband
Thomas of Essex; a son, Keith Carter and his wife Sheila of
Essex and seven grandchildren, Kevin, Craig, and Melanie Carter
and Jacqueline, Victoria, Alexandria, and Catherine Nicholas
all of Essex.
Her funeral service will be held 11 am Friday in the
Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich followed by
interment in the Spring Street Cemetery, Essex. Family and
friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours will be 4 to 7
pm on Thursday. Following burial there will be a memorial
reception held at the Manchester
American Legion, 14 Church Street Manchester MA 01944.
Memorial contributions in
her name may be made to the Cure Alzheimer's Fund, 34
Washington Street, Suite 200, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481.