Marjorie Jane (McLeod) Carter

Marge was born in Seattle, Wash. to John and Winnie Mcleod on Halloween 1947. She grew up near Jackson Park Golf Course and graduated from Ingraham High School in 1965.

Blessed with the voice of an angel, she was part of Ingraham High School’s touring choir. This group raised enough money to do a month long tour of Japan. Summers were spent outside of Langley at Bell’s Beach, which was named after her grandfather, Dave Bell. Suntanning and water skiing with her many cousins created lasting memories

After high school, it was on to Bellingham, where she graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in education, minoring in music. Armed with her degree, she secured a teaching position with the South Whidbey School District, which she held for 35 years, retiring in 2011.

In 1992, she was named Teacher of the Year. Just last spring, she attended the graduation of her last group of fourth graders, then seniors.

In 1980, she married Dan Carter and they began a family, starting with Josh in 1981, and Kevin in 1985. In 1986, Marge fell in love with the view in Hilltop Terrace, and convinced Dan that they should build a house there. Marge lived in that house until she passed away.

For many years, Marge was the lead vocalist with the Generation Gap, led by Dick Tilken. The band was composed of students, retired music instructors, and local musicians. They performed at many a Harvest Moon Ball, held in the pole building at the fairgrounds as a fundraiser for the Island Arts Council, now known as WICA.

Marge was a longtime member of both Useless Bay Golf & Country club and the Nightcrawlers Garden Club. Marge loved being around people, and people loved being around her.

Marge was preceded in death by her parents, John and Winnie Mcleod. She is survived by her brother, John Douglas Mcleod (Mary), of Langley, Wash.; sister, Bonnie Mackenzie (Jerry), of Tucson, Ariz.; sons, Josh Carter (Anne), and Kevin Carter (Emily Wandres).

At her request, there will be no service. However, when it’s safe to gather this summer, there will be a celebration of Marge’s life.

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