WILMINGTON — Catalina Almanza “Clara” Carter, 87, died Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCare Center.
She was born April 2, 1932, in Santiago, Panama, to the late Delfina Baptista Almanza and Jacinto Almanza. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Nathan David Carter Sr.; and son, Nathan David Carter Jr.
Nathan David Carter Sr., serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, was stationed in Canal Zone in Panama. Eventually, they married on June 6, 1954, there at Canal Zone and moved (back) to Wilmington, where Mr. Carter was born and raised.
Mrs. Carter became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1961. She was very proud of her American citizenship and felt very blessed to live the majority of life here in the United States.
Mrs. Carter was a gifted seamstress all her life and owned her own tailoring store for many years, Rholey Tailoring, which was located in downtown Wilmington.
She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and St. Mark Catholic Church and also attended Myrtle Grove Presbyterian Church for many years.
She had an avid love of gardening and was the most at home puttering amongst the flowers in her own backyard at her home in the Lake Forest area, where she lived most of her life.
She loved animals and especially so, her little dog “Shiloh.”
Surviving are her daughter, Monica Carter Henderson; daughter-in-law, Renee Holliday Carter (John); extended family, Kevin and Denise Holliday, and their children, Will and Lauren; sister, Lidia (Juan) Abrego of Panama; many other relatives in Panama; and a nephew and two nieces in the Northern Virginia area.
Many thanks to the friends, family, neighbors, those in the medical profession, and Lower Cape Fear Hospice who have walked life’s journey with the Carter family, most especially in recent years.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Basilica Shrine of St. Mary with Bishop Bernard “Ned” E. Shlesinger III officiating. Interment will follow in Oleander Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the Mass.
Share online condolences with the family at Andrews Mortuary & Crematory.