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Dateline: Albia, Iowa.
Madelyn Carter

Madelyn May Carter, age 87, of Albia, passed away November 20, 2015 at the Monroe Care Center in Albia.

Madelyn was born June 22, 1928 to Albert and Florence (Koerner) Palmer in Avery, Iowa. She grew up and attended school in Avery and later attended school in Albia. On January 6, 1947 she married William Carl Carter in Ottumwa, Iowa, and to this union 5 children were born, Carl, Gary, Darrell, Michael, and Steven. They shared 68 years of marriage before Bill's passing on March 20, 2015.

Madelyn worked at Chamberlain's for several years and later worked at Hawkeye Molding for 13 years before retiring in 1998. She was a member of the Avery Methodist Church. Madelyn enjoyed singing Christmas carols with her church group; traveling to California, Branson, Las Vegas and all over the United States; watching baseball games down in St. Louis; and in her younger years she would ride the doodlebug train into Albia to watch the shows. She enjoyed going to casinos; laughing; and life in general.

She is survived by her 5 sons, Carl (Connie) Carter of Albia, Gary (Bonnie) Carter of Albia, Darrell (Faith) Carter of Avery, Michael Carter of Albia, and Steven "Wolf" (Donna) Carter of Melrose; 7 grandchildren, Bill (Kristine) Carter, Tina (Steve) Beary, Brian (Becca) Carter, Toni (Barry) Smith, Clint (Brooke) Carter, Scott (Nickie) Carter, and Todd (Amber) Carter; 17 great grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Carolyn Teno; a sister-in-law, Janet Palmer; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; her parents, Albert and Florence Palmer; a great grandson, Zachary Beary; and 4 brothers, Virgil, Harold, Junior, and Earl Palmer; and 2 sisters, Evelyn Wells and Marilyn Gliem.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at the Tharp Funeral Home in Albia. Burial will follow services at the Oak View Cemetery in Albia.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Monday, November 23, 2015 at the Tharp Funeral Home in Albia, with Madelyn's family present from 6:00-8:00 p.m.