Pamela Ann Carter

Pamela Ann Carter, of Concho, Ariz., loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, and friend, returned home to our Heavenly Father, Sept. 14, 2013, after a lengthy trial with Cancer. She was 64.

Pamela, affectionately known as "Pam," was born to William Johnson and Johnita Johnson, Oct. 27, 1948, in Oskaloosa, Iowa. She graduated from Pima High School in 1966 and married Jack Carter in 1965. Enjoying the country life, they relocated to numerous friendly small towns in Arizona, Montana, and Nevada during their 48 years of marriage. These towns include Pima, Glenbar, Snowflake, Wenden, Salome, Oracle, and more recently Red Lodge, and Elko, Nev.

A cowgirl at heart, Pam loved all aspects of her country lifestyle. She was equally at home working cotton fields in Wenden, running her own landscaping company in Oracle, bottle feeding baby lambs in Elko, riding her horse Duke, and one of her proudest accomplishments, being the first female President of the Red Lodge Rodeo Association. Most importantly, Pam brought her beautiful smile, nurturing compassion, and Johnson intellect to each of her endeavors. Through each phase of life, one constant for Pam was her eternal love for her family. A mother and friend in the truest sense, Pam's family extended beyond the typical and included walking partners, coworkers, neighbors, ward and branch members, and strangers in need.

Pam was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She loved to attend services and took great pleasure in sharing her lovely voice while singing her favorite hymns. To know Pam is to also know her talent and love for decorating. Each of her houses considered itself lucky to have Pam move in and adorn its walls and floors with an awe inspiring assortment of hand crafted art, western relics, and spiritual messages. Much like her decorating skills, Pam had a green thumb that could grow and maintain delicate plants in the harshest environments. Pam was preceded in death by William Johnson and her son Jason Carter; and is survived by Johnita Johnson; Jack Carter; and her four children: Penny Whetten, Darcey Whiting, J. Clint Carter, and Tiffaney Blank. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren.

Funeral services for Pamela will be conducted Saturday morning, Sept. 21, 2013, at 10 a.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Desert Wells Chapel, 20415 East Chandler Heights Road in Queen Creek. The family will receive friends Saturday morning from 9 a.m. until 9:45 a.m., at the Desert Wells Chapel Relief Society Room.

Pamela will be laid to rest Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m., at the Pima Cemetery in Pima, Ariz.