"Well, law be, I've just done what anyone else would do," she said. "That's the way the world works. You get and you give. You learn and you teach. Simple as that."
As the morning sun shone through the glass door of the
A lifelong resident of
"When I came to Athens seven years ago, Mama was one of the first people I met," said
Sitting in her living room surrounded by photographs of her two children, three grandsons and
"I love this county and being here. All you have to do is ask someone to do something and they'll step up," said Carter, 71. "I had a job that allowed me to be of some help to the community that raised me."
Born and raised in the small
"Times weren't like they are now. If I got a spanking at school, I would get another when I got home. That might have happened a time or two," Carter said with a slight smile. "My parents taught me to be responsible for my actions. I always acted right because I never wanted my family to be ashamed or embarrassed of me."
At 17 years old, Carter, who attended Elkmont and
"The one thing I want to tell parents is to teach your kids to be responsible for their actions and to spend time with them. Whenever Vicky or John were practicing or playing I was there," Carter said.
The running family joke became, if Vicky or John shot marbles, Carter would watch. She coached Vicky's softball team and sat through storms to watch John play baseball.
"I'm not one of those ooey-gooey mushy types, but my kids know I love them. I tell them plenty. They know if they need anything, by hook or crook, I'll get it," Carter said.
As her children entered middle school and needed her less, Carter landed a part-time job as secretary at the
"I have been the luckiest person. We have helped people who were hungry and lonely. We were there to make a difference, and I think we did," said Carter, who spent 30 years with the
The lesson took rook in Vicky and John.
"She is so passionate about helping the elderly, I developed a deep respect for senior citizens at an early age and I have passed that down to my sons,"
"The biggest thing she taught me is to help people who are need," Dowd said. "She has the biggest giving spirit. If you needed anything, she would do it."
Along with the
Match the quote with the famous person who said it.
1. "When your mother asks, 'Do you want a piece of advice?' it's a mere formality. It doesn't matter if you answer yes or no. You're going to get it anyway."
2. "I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life."
3. "Some mothers are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together."
4. "If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?"
5. "Our mothers always remain the strangest, craziest people we've ever met."
6. "I know how to do anything -- I'm a mom."
7. "Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother."
8. "It would seem that something which means poverty, disorder, and violence every single day should be avoided entirely. But the desire to beget children is a natural urge."
9. "All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his."
10. "Mothers are all slightly insane."
B. J.D. Salinger
1. Which U.S. president issued a proclamation declaring the first national
2. According to Guinness World Records, the 'most prolific mother ever' was the wife of
3. What is the official flower for
4. In the Catholic faith, who is the patron saint of mothers?
5. According to the most recent
6. Name the only mother and daughter that have won Oscars.
Matching: 1. G; 2. C; 3. J; 4. A; 5. H; 6. D; 7. I; 8. E; 9. F; 10. B.
3. Red Carnation
4. Saint Monica
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