Lillian Marie (Armagost) Carter

1926-2021

Lillian Marie (Armagost) Carter joined her beloved husband in Heaven, reunited again, on September 3, 2021.

We already miss a devoted mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend, her warmth and nurturing spirit, who have known immeasurable love.

Lillian was born in Sac County, Iowa on May 24, 1926 to Golda and Clair Armagost. At the age of 3, his parents moved to the Kansas City area. Lillian graduated from Merwin High School in Merwin, Missouri in 1943 and immediately began working for a Kansas City defense contracting firm after the Pearl Harbor attacks. While it was an honor to serve your country in this way, the hours were long and the work was physically demanding. Under the guidance of her doctor, she accepted a job in an office as an office manager where she learned invaluable skills in accounting and shorthand, which made her a successful typist.

On June 7, 1947, she married the love of her life, Lee Carter, of Atchison County, Missouri. Lillian would travel by train from KC to Dotham, Missouri to visit her aunt and uncle where she met Lee Carter.

In 1950, the Carers bought land in Skidmore, Missouri, forming the Taylor / Carter Feed Company with Paul Taylor. They later bought out the partnership (1964) and formed the Carter Fertilizer Company by moving the office and warehouse close to their home so that Lillian could take over the bookkeeping in a big way while being close to home to his sons. When they sold the business in 1981, Lillian stayed in the office for a year to help with the transition and ensure the success of the new owners. The Carter’s spent many winters enjoying Las Vegas and many fishing trips at Gavins Point. Lillian loved to play cards, which earned her the nickname ‘Diamond Lil’.

The couple were lucky enough to have two sons, Roger and Rick Carter. Lillian was a loving mother who played an active role in the PTA, serving as a roommate and deputy head of the Cubs. A woman of strong faith, she taught the Junior Boys Sunday School class at Skidmore Christian Church for many years.

After losing her beloved husband, Lillian moved to Maryville to be closer to her family. She found great joy in helping where needed and worked many hours alongside her son Rick at the Carter Pharmacy. She attended First Christian Church in Maryville, was a member of the Order of the Star of the East for over 50 years, and found peace in the widowed group. She had a passion for service and volunteered for Auxiliary St. Francis, organizing gift shop teams. Recognizing the importance of the boutique and the comfort the freebies would bring, Lillian would often fill up for hours to make sure the doors would stay open for visitors to the hospital. Passionate about sports, she has attended numerous games with the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals and Northwest Bearcats.

She was predeceased by her husband Lee, her parents, her son Roger Carter, her brothers Larry and Vernon and her sisters Evelyn Plencner and Helen Carter.

She is survived by her brother Alvin Armagost of Bigfork, Montana; son Rick (Tamra) Carter; stepdaughter Teresa Carter; grandsons Dallas (Katie), Christopher (Gabby) and Alex Carter; and a granddaughter Dakota Carter. She is also survived by her step-granddaughter Christy and her step-grandson Jerod. Her special 4-legged friend Abby has provided her with great comfort for many years. Dedicated to staying close to the family she cherished, her legacy lives on in their hearts.

Services 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at Price Funeral Home. Hillcrest Burial Cemetery, Skidmore, Missouri. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, September 6 at the funeral home. The family suggests memorials to the St. Francis Foundation.

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