Eileen Mae (Elpers) Carter of Fort Branch died on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at Deaconess Hospital.
She was born in Fort Branch on May 9, 1928 to the late Christina (Emge) and Conrad “Coonie” Elpers.
Eileen graduated from Fort Branch High School and the IU School of Nursing. After working as a nurse in Denver, Colorado for a time, she returned to Indiana to work for St. Mary's Hospital in Evansville. Later, she would devote her time to being a homemaker and raising her five children and being a positive influence in her grandchildren's lives. She was involved in organizations such as the Gibson County Extension Homemakers and Psi Iota Xi in Fort Branch. She was an avid bridge player since college and always looked forward to her bridge group gatherings over the years. She was also an active member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Fort Branch, helping with many ministries of the church and school.
Eileen married Carl Carter in 1956, and together they were raising five children until his death in 1984. She was also preceded in death by her parents and her brothers Donald and Roger “Pete” Elpers of Anderson, IN.
Eileen is survived by her children Keith (Louise) Carter and Susan (Chris) Simpson of Evansville, IN, Cindy (Tom) Andres of Floyds Knobs, IN, David (Becky) Carter of Charlotte, NC, and Barbie (Gary) Rexing of northern Vanderburgh County. She is also survived by her brother Robert (Doris) Elpers of Fort Branch, sister-in-law Margie Elpers of Anderson, and Carl’s siblings Joy Schneebeli of Seattle, WA, Patsy Carter of Santa Monica, CA, John (Barbara) Carter of Tucson, AZ, Ann Scheider of Claremont, CA, and Judy (Bob) Gardiner of Woodbury, MN.
Eileen was well loved by her sixteen grandchildren. They looked forward to Grandma bringing her baked goods to family gatherings and the time she would spend enjoying their company and keeping up with their activities. She will be sorely missed by Mia Carter; Joshua, Kara, Logan, and Makayla Simpson; Kevin and Stephanie Andres; Ryan, Bradley, Jason, Kristin, and Amanda Carter; and Kendra, Erica, Carter, and Ian Rexing.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm CDT Friday, August 30 at Stodghill Funeral home in Fort Branch, Indiana. There will also be visitation at the funeral home from 9am to 10:40 am CDT on Saturday August 31, with a funeral Mass at 11 am CDT at Holy Cross Church in Fort Branch. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Fort Branch.