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In Loving Memory

Karen Diane Carter

January 2, 1953 – November 30, 2020

Karen Diane Carter, 67 of Friendswood, Texas passed to Heaven on November, 30th, 2020. She was born on January 2nd, 1953 in Fort Benning, Georgia to John L. Carter and Mary Ann Gaston Carter.

Growing up predominantly in the Houston area she graduated from Sam Houston State University in 1975 with a degree in social work and would later go on to earn an MBA from the University of Houston – Clear Lake in 1979 where she met her husband, Michael Jeffrey. They were married in 1980 and raised two sons while living in the Houston and Baton Rouge areas.

Along with her husband, friends, and family she traveled all over the world including all of North America, Western Europe, Russia and South America. She was especially proud of the fact that she climbed Machu Picchu. She was an advocate for international students, proudly hosting multiple exchange students and encouraging her own children to live abroad as well. After retiring she spent her days enjoying family, friends, grandchildren, and volunteering at Hope Village, a home for adults with intellectual and developmental challenges. She was active with the United Methodist Women group in Friendswood, Texas. She took great pride in exploring different cultures and helping those in need. 

She is survived by Michael Jeffrey, her husband of 40 years, eldest son Neil Jeffrey and his wife Lauren, their two sons Jacob and Jared, younger son Galen, his wife Mary, and their twins Evelyn and Ian, her brother Brian, and mother Mary.

A visitation will be held at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, Texas 77546 (281) 992-7200 on Monday, December 7th, 2020 at 1:00 P.M. followed by a memorial service at 2:00 P.M with Rev. Sam McRae officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests you make a donation to any charity in her name.

Condolences may be sent to the Carter family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

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12 thoughts on “Karen Diane Carter”

  1. Maryanne McCurdy

    Dear family of Karen, you are in my thoughts and prayers in this time of loss. Karen was an awesome person with singular gifts. My prayers go to her family, Mary, Bryan, and her sons and their families and to her husband especially.

  2. Constance Bulawka

    Dear family of Karen,
    We are so sorry hear about your loss of Karen who was a wonderful guiding spirit in your lives. We especially send our condolences to Mary Frances and Galen during this sad time. We know that they will always have fond memories of her. Sending our prayers and sympathy to all the members of Karen's family.
    Connie and Bohdan Bulawka

  3. Rebecca Quiocho

    Dear beloved family of Karen, we are so sorry for your loss. Karen was such a dear friend of mine for over 55 years and we will miss her and her wonderful, bright spirit. She was always such a giving and kind person. We made many memories together growing up throughout the years. She will never, never, ever be forgotten and we look forward in seeing her again "at the pearly gates!" Our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers to her loving family. God bless!
    Beckie and Jeff Quiocho

  4. I will miss you, Karen. You were one of my best college friends and I always enjoyed getting together with you when we could. We had some amazing times! These memories of you and our wonderful friends will always be in my heart forever. You are loved very much
    Laurie Stubbblefield

  5. Mary and Jim Vogas

    We are so so sorry about Karen's passing. Hope Mike, Galen, Neil and their families and her mom and brother find peace of mind in the wonderful memories you have of Karen. Mike, you were a wonderful husband to Karen. You did everything possible to help her. Karen holds a deep spot in my heart. Her friendship was a real treasure to me. She had a wonderful disposition and will be deeply missed. I will look forward to seeing her one day in Heaven. My prayers are with Karen and her wonderful family.

  6. Tamara Zurawski

    I will miss Karen. Her forthright manner, her quick wit, her generosity. I am glad I got to know her a bit these last 10 years. She has left a permanent impression on my life.
    Mike, my condolences go out to you and your family. There are no words.
    In friendship,
    Tammy and Bob Zurawski

  7. To Karen's Family,
    You are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through your hours of sorrow. Karen was a wonderful friend, alway generous and helpful to others. We are left with a lasting impression of her humor, insight, and sharing.
    I pray God will bless you all and keep you in the palm of His hand.
    Barbara Holt

  8. DEAR MIKE and family….I am so deeply sad for you and your family. You know I adored and loved Karen…we had so much fun together….going from ""party"" to another. One of our laughed was from a bathroom in Paris…We laughed and laughed…another was listening to Elvis sing at restaurant in Friendswood…She was special .She was my friend. My life was richer because of KAREN.

  9. Mike & family,
    We share such fun memories of Karen with you. She was the master daquari maker at our New Years Day lunches! She got us all together for good food & fellowship at Moreno's. She made every game we played so much fun! She was a spark of fun on our Lost Boyz/Found Girlz vacations!! (Remember "The Big Pink Bus" in Nashville) 😂. She collected our "what nots" to take to Hope Village for her little store for the residents to get their loved ones gifts. Her smile and laugh will forever be in our minds and brings us comfort during this time of grief. We pray warm memories flood your hearts, minds and souls to provide you comfort too!
    Sheryl & Mike Murphy

  10. To you Mike Jeffrey and your family :
    Our condolences go out to you. I so enjoyed sharing many years with Karen in our Friendswood Library Book Club. I so enjoyed
    sharing our mutual love of our worldly travels, and many adventures.We mutually shared a love for working with international
    students as well as those individuals with intellectual and developmental challenges. I vividly remember with Karen as my partner in Book Club trying to show our intelligence by trying to decipher Stephen Hawking's SIMPLER VERSION of A Brief History of Time. We gave up…I so admired Karen's
    zest for life….her positive attitude and spirit , tenacity and courage. Karen will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her including me.

  11. Karen and Jon Akkerman

    Dear Mike and Family,
    Karen was such a dear and generous friend to us. We so enjoyed her loyal and steadfast friendship with us for forty years. We most admired her ability to connect with everyone she met, and how she kept up with her many friends through hurricanes, moves, all of life's events and her illness. She loved life, and we thank God for sharing Karen with us. We have so many fun and happy memories of Karen which we will treasure as long as we live.

  12. Janine and Mike Kenley

    To Mike and Family

    Will miss Karen- my longest friendship. She moved in down the street when I was in junior high. She did the work to keep up with me during college and beyond. A wonderful soul.

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