Lillie Marie Carper

February 12, 2014
Lillie Marie Carper

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Marie Carper, 80, of Williamsburg, passed away on February 12, 2014. Marie was born on September 11, 1933, in Cameron, NC, to Derwood and Louise Mason. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Education, Masters of Education, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Education from the College of William & Mary. Subsequent to graduation from William & Mary, she was actively involved and held numerous positions in the William & Mary Alumni Association. After teaching elementary school in York County for ten years, Marie held the position of School Psychologist in Hanover County for twenty years, retiring in 2004. For more than 30 years, Marie took an active role in St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, touching all ministries including the Pastoral Care Committee, Funeral Reception Ministry, and Order of St. Luke. Active in Bible studies, prayer retreats, and spiritual companionship, Marie was the embodiment of quiet grace. Survivors include her three children Michael H. Carper of Lubbock, TX, Steven M. (Cathy) Carper of Virginia Beach, VA, and Linda (Steve) Laeger of Jarvisburg, NC, and five grandchildren: Chelsea (Matt) Avery, Hudson Butterfield, Cody Laeger, Hudson Carper, and Campbell Carper. Also surviving Marie is her beloved sister Betty Thornburg of Chesapeake, VA, her brother James Mason of Louisa, VA, along with nieces Cindy Thornburg and Vicki Surface, and nephew Ronnie Thornburg. Marie was preceded in death by C. Hudson (Bud) Carper to whom she was married for 45 years, maintaining a loving and caring relationship of even after separation. They would have been married 60 years on October 10, 2014. Marie was also predeceased in death by siblings Sara Dickens, and Derwood Mason. Marie lived a life of wisdom and integrity. She truly valued education, having put her husband through college and raising her children before going back to college herself. Her choice of occupation as a teacher and school psychologist reaffirmed her core values and beliefs. She dedicated her life to teaching and helping children obtain a quality education. Marie devoted her life to others. Her strength and compassion were an inspiration to all those who had the good fortune to cross her path. She was simply an amazing person. Funeral services will be held 11:00 am on Saturday, February 15, 2014, at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 1333 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg. Reception will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to St. Martin’s Episcopal Church

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  • February 17, 2014
    Jack Schwolow says:
    I had the pleasure of knowing Marie through the tennis club at Kingsmill. She always had a warm smile and was fun to play with and against in the mixers. Godspeed Marie. With sympathy,