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Doris Merle Carter

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Doris Merle Carter


“For now, we see a poor reflection as is in a mirror. But then we shall see face to face.” Corinthians 13: 1:12

Doris Merle Carter passed away from pneumonia on September 7, 2021, in San Antonio, Texas. She was 79 years old. 

She was born Doris Merle Roe in Frederick, Oklahoma, in 1942 to Dora Lou (Case) and William Roe. Merle treasured her role as a wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother, teacher and friend.

Merle will continue to live through her husband of 57 years, Virgil R. Carter; daughters Catherine Jean Tucker and Caroline Lee Carter; brother William Glen Roe and wife Georgia; sister Bobby Lark Edminster; grandchildren Haylee Tucker Presley, Caroline Avery Annis and Samuel Carter Tucker; great grandson Caysen Reid Davis; as well as by numerous loved nieces, nephews and their families.

A passionate learner (and debater), Merle was a graduate and top student of Phillips High School (Texas). She continued her education at Oklahoma State University, where she graduated with a bachelor of business administration degree, and continued on to West Texas State University, where she received a master of business education degree.  She also studied literature and editing at Georgetown University. Merle was a consummate bookworm who loved to read and pursued continuing education.

Professionally, Merle was a teacher of English and business, teaching in the Houston school system, worked in business administration, and also helped manage her own personal businesses with her husband.

She met her husband, Virgil R. Carter, at OSU in 1961, and devoted herself to supporting his career as an Army captain, an architect, the head of the school of architecture at OSU and various other association management positions. They lived a life full of adventure and career moves, living in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois; Palo Alto, California; Stillwater, Oklahoma; Falls Church, Virginia; Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania; and even New York City for six years before retiring and moving to Boerne, Texas. 

They traveled around the world together, from their honeymoon in Italy, Greece and Turkey in 1964 to business trips as far as Shanghai, Sydney, Melbourne, London, Brussels and Switzerland. Her favorite trip was to the small B&B that she and her husband frequented as much as possible in Provence, France. She enjoyed meeting her wanderlust daughter, Caroline, overseas in cities such as Paris, France and Granada, Spain.

Merle settled into retirement with her husband, near her beloved daughter, Cathy, and grandchildren, in Boerne, Texas.  She was thrilled to live her last years in this wonderful community, near her family.

Merle’s true loves were her faith, family, community and music. She was an accomplished piano player and vocalist, coming from three generations of very gifted musicians. She sang beautifully in competitive groups in her youth and every church choir she could until late in life. Her soprano voice was a true gift that many will remember and treasure.

Merle was always very active in her churches, leading bible studies, charity drives and volunteering. She was thrilled to find Trinity Presbyterian Church in Boerne and Pastor Allen Taha.

Merle was a survivor, overcoming many health challenges over the years, including breast cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Her faith and love for her family was her sustenance and constant source of strength.

But perhaps most of all, Merle’s greatest gift and accomplishment was her infinite kindness and compassion. To know her was to know true, unconditional love.

A memorial service will be held on September 11, 2021, at 10:30 am. at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Boerne, Texas. Memorials may be given to Trinity “All for Jesus” Life Center at 31 Ammann Road, Boerne, TX 78015.  

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Arrangements with Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home of Boerne.