|Birth: ||Jul. 13, 1921|
|Death: ||May 21, 2007|
Helen Louise Carter, 85, of London Road, passed away May 21, 2007 in Gulfport, Miss., after a courageous nine year struggle with Alzheimer's. Helen was born on July 13, 1921.
A pioneering spirit, she was the first African American woman hired by the Duluth School System, eventually securing her Masters Degree from St. Scholastica. A woman of devout faith, her family and her young students were her passion. Helen held the roles of President and Director of the Afro-American Institute, as well as elected Secretary of the NAACP, a lifelong member. She was also a den mother for young scouts, a three year host for an AFS student, and active in area ministries.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Tommy and Daisy Lewis; brother, Major Lewis; and sister, Alva Johnson.
She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Matthew; children, Anthony, William, and Kai; brothers, Thomas Lewis, Cornell Lewis, Herbert Lewis, Clark Lewis, Melvin Lewis, Maurice Lewis; and sisters, Elois Toney, Mary Frances Buchannan, and Martha Raines; grandchildren, Mario, Sheneall, and Ava Helen; cousins, nephews, nieces and hundreds of friends and students whose lives she touched over the years.
Special thanks to Dr. Paul Sanford, St. Benedictine, St. Luke's Hospice, Nurses That Care, and Gulfport Memorial Hospice for their compassionate care.
VISITATION:10 a.m. Tuesday, May 29, in St. Michael's Church, 4901 E. Superior Street. Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11 a.m. Burial at Calvary Cemetery, 4820 Howard Gnesen Road. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Michael's Lakeside School. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home (218) 727-3555.
Duluth News Tribune
May 27 2007
St. Louis County
Created by: Laura (Matten-Johnson) S...
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