Lota A. “Chris” Carter (Mrs. Robert)

Born  in St. Paul, MN. Died 08/22/2020 in Northfield, MN. Chris grew up in St. Paul, loving her summers with her siblings at “the farm”  and at “the cabin” An accomplished equestrian, she attended Stephens College, Columbia, MO, then the University of Minnesota where she met her future husband, Robert E. Carter, at the university library. Her love of New Mexico began when she and Robert moved to Los Alamos, where they were both involved in the Manhattan Project.  When Robert retired as dean of the University of Minnesota Duluth Medical School in 1976, they moved to Corrales, New Mexico to hand-build an authentic adobe house and establish an orchard. Chris was very involved in the arts, politics and community affairs. She loved her fruit trees and her volunteer time at the Corrales Public Library. Since 2014 she resided in Northfield, MN, enjoying new friends and a full schedule of activities and local concerts. She is remembered for her positivity, supportive personality, patience,  loving kindness, and never-ending desire to grow and learn even into her nineties. She served as “mom” to many, from Mississippi to Minnesota to New Mexico. She loved opera and the symphony, horses, and socializing with others. She is survived by her 3 children, Jonathan, Ann, and David (Esther Wang) and 4 grandchildren (Christopher, Rosie, Allison, and Andrea).The family plans a private memorial service in the future. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Robert E. and Lota A. Carter Scholarship Fund, University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth, MN.

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