OSKALOOSA — Evelyn Joan Carter passed away surrounded by her family on Sunday, March 9, 2014, to be with her Lord and Savior, at the age of 84, while being cared for at MHP Hospice Serenity House.
Evelyn was born on April 13, 1929, at Rose Hill, to Clarence and Doris (Pearson) Winegardner. She attended the Rose Hill School. She married William Perry Carter on July 28, 1946. They started their married life in the Lower Grove area, where their sons, Jimmy and Danny were born. After living in New Sharon and other central Iowa towns, they eventually moved to Oskaloosa in 1962. You’ve heard the saying, “the glue that holds the family together,” Evelyn, with her savior, was that glue. She believed in the power of prayer and truly was a prayer warrior in the Carter family. Evelyn was a faithful member of the 1st Assembly of God Church in Oskaloosa and taught Sunday School for many years.
In Oskaloosa Bill and Evelyn opened Carter’s Steel Supply and Fabrication, later named Carter’s International Material Handling Equipment. Evelyn was the office manager for 25 years. During this time they began talking about developing a shopping mall in Oskaloosa. Evelyn’s remark was “without Christ it will not be possible.” As the dream became a reality, ATPIC (All Things Possible in Christ) would become the name of the shopping center that Bill and Evelyn designed and built in the 1970s. One important place that they made sure to have in the mall was a non-denominational chapel, which could be used by everyone. Bill and Evelyn retired in the ‘80s and started RV ing, which they both enjoyed very much.
Evelyn, being married to a Carter, was naturally a race car fan, with Tony Stewart being the one she cheered for every week, even up to her last days at home. She fought the good fight, finished the race and her reward is waiting for her in Heaven (1 Corinthians 9:24).