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Mamie Carpenter
A service was held Tuesday at Lakewood Memorial Park for Mamie Carpenter, 105, of Ceres. She died May 21, 2008.

The Colonial Chapel of Franklin & Downs was in charge of arrangements.

Born Nov. 21, 1902, Mrs. Carpenter was born in Hamburg, Ark. When she was just nine, her family moved her to Oklahoma by covered wagon. She grew up there and later met and married Clint Carpenter. They moved to a farm in central Oklahoma where they raised five children.

In 1944 Mamie and Clint came to California, traveling in a 1936 Chevy. They found work in fields and canneries until they were offered a job to be caretaker of the county animal shelter at Laird Park. Mamie kept the books while Clint cared for the dogs and cats.

They purchased a home on Glenn Avenue in South Modesto. After his death in 1974, she continued to live on her own into her 90s. She raised tomatoes in her garden and made chocolate cakes from scratch. Then she fell and broke her hip and could not live on her own. Mrs. Carpenter wanted to come to Hale Aloha back in June 2000.

Mamie was a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses for over 60 years, and enjoyed spending time with the brothers and sisters of the church and going out to visit Laird Park with her grandchildren.

She leaves behind fourchildren, Winnie Raney of Riverside, Margaret Meeks of Shawnee, Okla., Leon Carpenter of Wewoka, Okla., and Ruby Ingram of Oakdale; and 14 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

-Ceres (Calif.) Courier /May 28, 2008