Doris A. Carter, 89, Lititz, retired secretary, was champion roller skater in her youth

By on June 25, 2014

Doris A. Carter, 89, went home to glory May 7, 2014 at her home in Lititz, where she resided with her daughter and son-in-law.

Doris was born in Philadelphia, the daughter of John and Alva Cavanaugh. Shortly after birth, Doris’s mother passed away. She and her brother, John, and sister, Mildred were raised by their Nanny and Grandpop, Charles and Kathleen Sullenberger. Doris later had two half-sisters, Barbaranne (Marion), Geraldine (Stillwell) and a half-brother, Gerald Cavanaugh.

During her formative years, Doris loved to roller skate. She and her dance partner entered and won many competitions in the Philadelphia area. During World War II, Doris worked at the Philadelphia Naval Base.

In 1946, Doris married Harold St. Clair Carter Jr. They were married 10 years before Harold was killed in an automobile accident. They had two children: Donald (married to Nancy Werner) and Nancy (married to Terry Hoffman). Doris devoted her life to raising her children. She moved to Mt. Nebo with her in-laws, Rev. Harold and Lillian Carter, so they could help with childcare while she worked.

For the first few years, Doris worked at Buck Company as a secretary. In 1968 she went to Safe Harbor Water Power Corporation to work as a stenographer in the Operations Department. In 1979, Doris became secretary to the vice president. She retired in 1990 after 22 years of service.

Doris loved the Lord. She was known to her family as having a “direct line to God” and used her relationship with Him to lift her family up daily in prayer. Doris read her Bible daily proclaiming often of her love and faith in Jesus. She was a member of Colemanville United Methodist Church. When Doris moved to Lititz to be with her daughter, she attended Burning Hearts Community Church. She was also a cottage holder at Rawlinsville Camp Meeting where she worshipped her Lord each summer.

The joys of Doris’s life were her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She is survived on her son’s side by: Richard (Jennifer Horton) Carter and their children, Julia and Elizabeth, and a granddaughter, Deborah Carter. From her daughter’s family, Doris is survived by granddaughter Heather (Mark Burkholder) and their daughters Megan and Allison, and a grandson Matthew (Christa Lora) and their son, Dylan.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Doris’s Life Celebration Memorial Service at Colemanville United Methodist Church, 210 Colemanville Church Road, Conestoga, on Saturday, June 28 at 11 a.m. The family will receive friends 45 minutes prior to the service.

If desired, memorial contributions may be sent in Doris’s name to RCM Victory In Jesus Campaign, P.O. Box 94, Conestoga, PA 17516.

Spacht Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To share your fondest memories of Doris, visit

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