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Hester June Carter

Born: 11/08/1932 Died: 07/05/2009 Maiden Name: Cook Honorific: n/a

Hester June Carter passed away on July 5, 2009, after a 9-month struggle with lung cancer. She was born November 8, 1932, in Konawa, Oklahoma, to Marvin J. Cook and Linnie Mae James Cook. She lost her mother when she was two and spent many of her early years with various family members. June attended Mount St. Mary’s in Oklahoma City and later worked at Tinker Air Force Base where she met and married the love of her life, a pilot, James L. Carter, on May 5, 1951. In 1965, June and her family moved from Edwards Air Force Base to Oklahoma to be close to the love and support of relatives while her husband served in Vietnam. In February 1966, the Air Force reported Jim missing-in-action which remained unchanged for 38 years. She never remarried and raised three sons to adulthood providing many pearls of wisdom along the way. After living in Shawnee and Tulsa, she moved to Norman in 1970. June earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma School of Social Work. This prepared her to work at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Oklahoma City for 17 years, retiring in April 1995. Continuing a lifelong need to help people, June joined the Peace Corps in 1998. She was stationed in St. Kitts where she provided guidance and assistance to the local social services agency. She returned two years later to Norman and friends. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, James L. and Grace Carter of Shadow Hills, California; John and Pam Carter of Norman; Joseph and Dee Ann Carter of Richland Hills, Texas; grandchildren, Shelby and husband Wes Hixson of Keller, Texas, Jena Carter of Boston, Massachusetts, Lindsey Carter of Richland Hills, and Matt Carter of Norman; and great-grandson, Preston Hixson of Keller.