Charlotte O. Carter

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Charlotte Carter died at home on April 17, 2021, surrounded by her loved ones, at the ripe old age of 84 after a long battle with metastatic breast cancer. Charlotte was born on March 14, 1937, in Long Beach, CA, to Lucille and George Lasley. As the daughters of a hard rock miner, Charlotte and her sister had a nomadic childhood filled with adventures, moving around to various mining towns. Left on their own to explore these rugged locales, the girls spent their days catching and riding wintering pack horses and burros, shooting a bighorn sheep, ice skating on tailings ponds, squeezing pollywogs between their toes, and gasping at scorpions running under the arches of their feet. The family finally put down roots in the Eastern Sierra in 1946. Charlotte and her sister attended high school in Bishop, CA. In 1953 Charlotte married Dave Carter and the couple made their home in Bishop. After losing their first child, Pershing, in 1962 shortly after his birth, they raised two daughters, Cassie and Stacie. Charlotte went to work for the USDA Forest Service in 1958. After time off to raise her children, she began to climb the ladder with fierce determination. To break through the glass ceiling in Bishop, she transferred to the Black Hills of South Dakota in 1992; Wenatchee, WA, in 1998; and Susanville, CA, in 2004. She relished the outdoors and enthusiastically explored all the beautiful places where she was lucky enough to live. Charlotte retired from the Forest Service in 2010 as a Contracting Officer and moved to Winters to enjoy her grandchildren. Although she made so many dear friends wherever she lived, Winters felt like her true home. She volunteered at her grandkids’ schools and for local charitable organizations. She loved being near her kids and grandkids, loved the community and adored her new friends. Her passion was making her home and garden ever more beautiful; she spent treasured hours perfecting her yard. Many in the community called her simply “Grammy.” She was known for her spunk, humor and positive attitude. Even as her health failed, she always found something to smile about. Charlotte was preceded in death by her son Pershing Carter, her parents Lucille and George Lasley, and her sister Lanita Reber. She is survived by her daughters Cassie Carter and Stacie (Troy) Grinbergs, her grandchildren Kalyssa and Trevor Grinbergs, and her best friend Joyce Neeley, all of Winters. The family is grateful to Yolo Hospice. Graveside services will be held at the Winters Cemetery on May 7th at 10AM. In lieu of flowers, please take a friend out to lunch or plant a flower in your yard in Charlotte’s honor.

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