Margaret C. Carter

Mar 07, 2017
Margaret Carter

Portland — Margaret C. Carter, 88, formerly of the Eastern Promenade and Atlantic Street, died peacefully Sunday, March 5, 2017, at the Maine Medical Center with her loving family by her side.

Margaret was born in Portland Jan. 19, 1929, the daughter of Frank T. and Barbara (Blodgett) Coughlin, who predeceased her. She graduated from Deering High School in the class of 1947. She then earned her LPN nursing degree from the Maine General Hospital School of Nursing.

On Sept. 12, 1950, she married Robert E. Carter Sr. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Robert and Peggy made their home and raised their family on Munjoy Hill.

She was a lifelong communicant of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland.

Peggy worked as a nurse, starting her career at the Jewish Home on Munjoy Hill, and then went to work at 75 State Street, retiring in 1994 after more than 28 years in nursing. In her spare time she volunteered at the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen, enjoyed Schooner Fare concerts, cooking, knitting and taking many many pictures of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Being proud of knowing all of the kids in the neighborhood, it was only fitting that Peg was a huge fan of high school basketball; whether attending games or watching on the television, she loved watching the game.

Peggy was predeceased by her husband, Robert E. Carter Sr.,  April 30, 1984, and a brother, James Coughlin. She is survived by three daughters, Mary Elizabeth and her husband, Francis Herbert, of Peaks Island, Kathleen J. Carter of Westbrook, and Ann Marie and her husband, Daniel Pickering, of Portland; five sons, Robert E. Jr. and his wife, Jennifer Carter, of Standish, John M. and his wife, Theresa, of Portland, Thomas W. Carter and his wife, Laurey Greider, of California, Joseph F. Carter of Portland, and Richard L. and his wife, Karen Carter, of South Portland; a sister, Barbara McVety, of Hallowell; 15 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visiting hours will be held Friday, March 10, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Home, 172 State St., Portland. Prayers will be recited at the funeral home at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, March 11, followed by a noon Mass of Christian Burial at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress St., Portland. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Broadway, South Portland.

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