MARILYN KAY CARTER, (Wafer) AGE 61, was born in Dayton, Ohio April 26, 1958 to the parentage of the late James, Sr. and Effie R. Wafer (Watson). Marilyn accepted Christ as her personal Savior at the early age of 10 years old at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, where she participated in the Sunshine Band and the 4H Club. Marilyn then received the gift of the Holy Ghost when the family later joined Bethel Church of God in Christ. Marilyn increased in her musical talents while attending Bethel COGIC; she played the piano and directed the little children’s choir. God gave Marilyn many songs and poems, of some she shared with the congregation. Marilyn would go on to play piano at Light House Church of God and Gethsemane COGIC.
Marilyn graduated from Patterson Co‐operative High School (1976) concentrating in Medical Terminology, she went on to work as a Nurse Aid in one of the Dayton Area Hospital; she worked at the VA for several years as a Pharmacy Technician. Marilyn also took some College courses at Sinclair Community College majoring in Art and Information Technology and Central State University in Biology. Marilyn had a yearning for knowledge. Although her constant health issues would hinder her from obtaining the degree, she would continue to rise above her illness many times and take up the mantel.
Marilyn met and married LC Carter at Bethel COGIC (1977). They later started a church in Xenia Ohio, New Hope Church of God in Christ. Marilyn excelled as the First Lady as an
excellent speaker and teacher. Sadly, they later separated, but Marilyn went on to conquer new endeavors. Marilyn was also an entrepreneur, she started her own business working with adults with physical and mental disabilities; her sister Mary Louise was her first patient, she later added staff and more patients to her growing business. Marilyn was dedicated and successful in this job for many years until her health took a turn.
As a Mother, Marilyn Loved her children deeply, she was also known as the neighborhood Mom. Marilyn would make sure her children participated in many activities, oratorical; pageants; plays and community choirs; to name a few. When her children and their friends wanted to go to the pool or any other activity, Marilyn would pile them all in her vehicle and make several trips there and back. Marilyn would also witness to the neighborhood children, not by judging them, but by feeding their spirit, soul and stomachs.
Cherishing Her Memory: Four Loving Children: Marleda Carter, Christina Carter, Christopher Carter, Jasmine Smith; Three Siblings: Carolyn M. Page, Mary L. Wafer, James Wafer Jr.; Grandchildren: LaVan Stark, Jared Jones, Jr., J’Marlen Jones, Jacari Jones, Isaac Carter, Cassandra Carter, Carissa Carter, Mieyell Carter, Byron Bevely, Ja’ron Bevely, Brianna Beverly, Jay’Breon Bevely; Proceded in death by parents; James Wafer, Sr., Effie Wafer
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