In Loving Memory of Irene Carter: 1929-2022


Irene Carter went to her heavenly home on Sept. 18, 2022, at the age of 93 in Olympia, Washington. She was born July 1, 1929 to Amasa (Nick) and Hazel Nichols. 

She met the love of her life Clyde Carter, who was home from leave in the U.S. Army during WWII, and they married in 1947. They raised five children together and created lots of fun memories for their children and grandchildren. 

Irene loved to be outdoors, camping, clam digging, shucking oysters, sitting around a good campfire or just traveling anywhere she could in her motorhome. She also loved God, horses, dogs, country music, watching Wheel of Fortune, Price is Right, and Gunsmoke. She was a liberated, (before it was cool) strong willed woman who taught her children to be independent and strong too. 

She was preceded in death by her husband Clyde, her grandson Mike, and seven of her siblings. 

She is survived by her children Jan Silva, Dana Caywood, Kelvin (Terri) Carter, Tami (Kevin) Howard and Teri (Bud) Willard, as well as her 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, her sister Pearl, and brothers Clyde and Pleaides. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Oct. 7, 2022, at the Toledo Cemetery where she will rest peacefully next to her husband Clyde. A reception will follow at the Toledo Senior Center. 

Funeral arrangements are under the directive of Fir Lawn Funeral Home in Toledo, Washington.