Wilma Louise Carter

Wilma Louise Carter

April 13, 1931 - January 11, 2013

Wilma Louise Carter

April 13, 1931 - January 11, 2013


MISSION VIEJO Wilma Louise (Walker) Carter passed away Friday, January 11th, 2013.

Wilma was born April 13, 1931, in Meridian Idaho, a daughter of John Lorin and Amy Louise (Thompson) Walker. Wilma and their family moved to Perry, Utah in 1941 where she attended Box Elder Jr. High and High School. Following graduation she worked as a waitress at Maddox’s in Perry.

Wilma married Shirl F Carter, whom she had grown up with in Perry on August 11, 1951. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Wilma enjoyed serving in many callings as she and Shirl raised their 4 girls. She also did extensive genealogy work with her sister Cleo, transcribing millions of records for the Family Search Transcription program.

Wilma was a very talented painter, an accomplished golfer, and worked as a model after her girls graduated high school. She won many golf trophies playing with her husband in tournaments from Monterey California to Rosarito Mexico. Wilma developed her incredible painting skill through beautiful landscape oil paintings. In the 1980’s, she put her talent to use in a craft business that she and Shirl started. For over 14 years, Wilma expertly designed & painted many wooden holiday statues and ornaments that were cut and assembled by Shirl in their garage. She created many family heirlooms and memories through her service and talents. Her greatest legacy came through her love for her large family. She never failed to remember a birthday or special event.

Surviving are her husband Shirl, Mission Viejo; four daughters, Janis Smith (David deceased) of Lindon UT, Jodie Stoddart (Chuck) of Victorville CA, Julie Theobald (Paul) of Livermore, CA, Krista Anderson (Scott) of La Crescenta, CA; two brothers, William Walker and Dave Walker of Perry Utah; one sister, Cleo Powers of Mission Viejo; 23 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents, one brother and one sister.

A viewing will be held Saturday, January 19th, 10 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint, 23850 Los Alisos Blvd, Mission Viejo. Graveside service and internment will follow at El Toro Memorial Park.

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7 responses to Wilma Louise Carter

  1. I am Wilma’s daughter, Julie’s, cousin by marriage. I have had the unfortunate opportunity of never meeting neither Wilma nor Julie, but I see thru photos and the social media more than one generation who seem to be very loving and family oriented.

    My deepest heartfelt sympathies…..Claudia Lesnick (Paul Theobald’s cousin)

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  4. Janis, So sorry to hear about your mom. My goodness, Girl, you are having some challenges. I so miss our conversations and friendship.
    Sheryl Dekker

  5. Grandma Carter has been and will continue to be an example of kindness and light. She wrote me a few letters on my mission and her words were always encouraging. She believed in me and had great hope for my success. I relies on that hope many times through my hard times. I will always remember her for her love for lighthouses. My mom often used lighthouses as a symbol of the gospel and Jesus Christ. I’m grateful that these two women in my life, as a mother and her daughter, pointed their grandson and son to light and Christ. I love you Grandma. Thank you for living a life that brought light into mine.

    Your grandson,
    Alex Theobald

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