Carter, Lilly Emma Louise (Meyer) (February 25, 1895 - August 18, 1976)

Last rites held for Lilly Carter

Douglas Budget - September 2, 1976

Lilly Emma Louise Meyer was born at Churdan, Iowa on February 25, 1895 and died at Sac City, Iowa on August 18, 1976, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was 81 years of age.

Lilly was raised in Greene County, Iowa, the youngest of thirteen children, born to William and Marie Heinz Meyer. She left home in 1919 to attend the international Christian Bible College (now named Minnesota Bible University)in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she met Harry Fred Carter to whom she was married on August 25, 1920 in Greene Co., Iowa.

She is survived by her husband, sisters Emma Caine, Frieda Nahnsen and Minnie Stolley, all of Iowa, a daughter, Mrs. Raymond Gurnery of California and one grandchild, Mrs. Robert Horton of Minnesota and many nieces, nephews and their children.

Lilly was a minister and youth worker in the Church of Christ for over fifty years, serving pastorates in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming with her husband.

Funeral services will be held at the Worthington Church of Christ at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 25. In lieu of flowers the family prefers contributions to the Dakota Bible College at Huron, South Dakota.

Lilly joined the Church of Christ in her late teens and decided to spend her life in service to Christ. To prepare herself, she attended one of the few Bible Colleges that existed at that time.

After their wedding, she and Harry moved to Sublette, Kansas, where Harry had accepted a call. It was there that she preached her first sermon. Over the years, her role in the work of the church was many faceted. She taught people of all ages in Sunday School, she trained teachers, she taught leadership to young people through the Christian Endeavor, she planned and directed daily vacation Bible schools, she conducted childrens worship services illustrating the lessons with a flannel-o-graph and encouraging participation in worship by use of choruses. For many years she served on the faculties of youth summer camps, at Minn-Ia-Dak, here in Worthington, at Farm Island in South Dakota, and at Four Corners, Wyoming. The weekly Christian Standard has printed some of her teaching suggestions.

Lilly loved music and participated in that ministry of the church as well. She played several musical instruments. She led the congregational singing at Sunday worship and for the many evangelistic meetings that she and her husband held.

For many years Lilly preached regularly as she and her husband accepted multiple pastorates. She will be especially remembered in Western Nebraska at Bayard and Minatare, in Iowa, at Sheldon and Bobley, in South Dakota at Sturgis and Edgemont, and in the mission churches of Glenrock, Lusk, Newcastle and Douglas in Wyoming.

For many years Lilly felt that the people of the sparsely settled states such as the Dakotas, western Nebraska, and Wyoming could not establish and maintain churches without Bible Colleges in those areas. She devoted much of her time in recruiting and counseling. She spent the school year of 1955-56 at the Dakota Bible College where she taught Christian Education, and assisted with the clerical work.

Lilly was a merry person. She loved people. She enjoyed a long happy immensely fulfilling life. She was a full partner with her husband, not only in their marriage but in their ministry. She was proud of being a member of a large family and kept in close touch with her brothers and sisters and their families. She was a loving mother. She was a friend to thousands.


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