Carter, Jacquelyn Faye (Hale) (September 18, 1927 - July 19, 2009)

Jacquelyn Faye Hale Carter

1927 - 2009

Douglas Budget - July 29, 2009

Funeral services for Jacquelyn Faye Hale Carter will be held at Bustard's Funeral Home at 10 a.m., June 27. Burial will follow at Memorial Gardens.

On June 19, Jacquie suffered a fall and was taken by life flight to Wyoming Medical Center. On Sunday, July 19, surrounded by family and close friends, she passed peacefully into that mysterious realm.

Jacquie was born in Battle Creek, Neb. on Sept. 18, 1927. She was the older of the two daughters of Lumby H. Hale and Faye Wright Hale. Both girls were born in Nebraska at the home of their maternal grandparents. Her mother was a former teacher in Nebraska; home schooling began early. Jacquie then attended school at the Willowdell County School in Boxelder Park through the eighth grade. She rode to school on horseback. Many days weather kept them inside the home where their mother, Faye, helped pass the time with music instruction and academic tutoring. The music stayed with Jacquie throughout her life. Like her father and mother, she was an accomplished musician. She attended high school in Glenrock and graduated with the class of 1945. Following high school, Jacquie left the ranch for further education. She attended colleges in Nebraska and Wyoming, taking classes in business and secretarial skills.

While working and attending school in Casper, she played music and attended country dances. She met her husband of 45 years, Roland Dale Carter, a musician, while attending one of these dances in Thermopolis. Dale and Jacquie were married August 22, 1953, in Worland. They purchased a home in Casper.

Jacquie worked for the accounting firm, McGladry and Pullen, as a bookkeeper. After 40 years, Jacquie opened her own office in the Townsend Hotel and continued to serve businessmen and ranchers as clients until her death.

Jacquie and Dale returned to work on and manage the family after her father's death in 1968. She continued to live at the Elk Street home and work in Casper during the week. She joined Dale and her mother at the ranch for work whenever time was available. Weekends were also extra busy for Jacquie and Dale as they played in a country band, Jacquie Carter and the Western Tune Tossers. The band played for weddings and special occasions in dance halls and supper clubs. The Western Tune Tossers rang in the New Year for more than three decades.

Jacquie cared for and assisted many people with declining health throughout her life, including her parents, husband, many friends and their long-time employee, Harry Moss. Harry worked for Jacquie and Dale for more than 20 years; when he became disabled, he continued to live as a family member until his death. Eventually Harry had to be cared for at a nursing home and Jacquie was left to keep the ranch going by herself with only part-time help.

At the age of 81, Jacquie had not yet retired. Her ranch is still in full operation with the help of friends, neighbors and the loyal dedication and hard work of her ranch of her ranch manager, Doug Kafka. She lived her life with courage and valued the pleasures of life and hard work. She was proud to be an American. Jacquie the seasons of Wyoming; she welcomed the blanket of winter and the promise of new life in spring, which included the return of her hummingbirds.

Jacquie was preceded in death by her father (1968), her mother (1996), her husband (1998) and her sister Karen "Punky" Phillips (2004) and through the years many beloved pets. She is survived by her first cousin and family friend, Raynard Hale of Blacksburg, Va., a great niece Annie Kouri of Arizona and other relatives in Virginia and Nebraska. She also leaves behind a life time collection of many friends.

The family wishes to thank the medical people and all those who have contributed to her health care and happiness during these last few months. Memorials in Jacquelyn Carter's memory may be made to the Casper Humane Society or the Laramie Peak Humane Society in Douglas.

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