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Mary Francine
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July 20, 1951 – November 19, 2018

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Obituary for Mary Francine Carter

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Mary Francine Deputy-Carter, “Aunt Fran” as she was affectionately known by most, daughter of the late John W. Deputy and Grace Fountain-Deputy was born July 20, 1951 in Harrington, Delaware. She attended Wilmington Public Schools and graduated from Howard High School in 1973. Her class reunions did not get started until she arrived.

She loved softball and played on a number of teams in Wilmington. Upon graduating, she began her career at Wilmington Hospital, then on to Delaware Division and finally retiring after thirty-six combined years of service mostly at Christiana Care.

Aunt Fran had a love for people; she would give you the shoes off her feet if you needed them. She had plenty of them. Her collection would rival that of Imelda Marcos. Auntie made it her business to get to know everyone by name. She was an organizer and was famous for her bi-annual Michael Kors shopping excursions to N.Y. City. Every Saturday before Thanksgiving weekend, she would round up the troops and get on the bus (before Spike Lee made that saying famous). Somebody be sure Spike sends her some royalties. Her hobbies included: baseball, shopping and of course ‘dressing to the nines’. Her “home away from home” favorite shopping places included Macy’s and anywhere Michael Kors was sold. She was believed to have keys to the store as she was there so much. “Shop ‘til you drop”; yes, that was Aunt Fran. She was introduced to elephant collectibles by the late Hick Anderson. A special thank you to all who contributed to that collection.

The only thing that could pull her away was a slick haired, smooth operator named Larry J. Carter. They were inseparable. Wherever you saw one, there was that other one. In June of 1980 it was made official and they were married. They traveled everywhere together.

Her passions, besides shopping, her husband and her family, included her Boyz. No, not B-O-Y-S, but Boyz. You guessed it...Those Dallas Cowboys! She committed an entire room to them and was known to get autographs and make trips to Dallas to cheer them on win or lose.

Francine will be deeply missed by her Harrison Memorial family, where she was a faithful trustee for many years, her co-workers, neighbors, friends, and a large immediate and extended family. She was preceded in transition by her late husband, Larry J. Carter.

She is survived by Gretchen Collins, Charlene Dorsey (Paris), Emory Goodman, Darneise Goodman, Stewart Goodman (Starla), in-laws, Mildred Deputy, Rev. William L. Carter (Darlene), stepson Larry Ponzo, a host of nieces, nephews, godchildren and cousins.

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First Visitation

When Friday, November 30, 2018 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Location
Evan W. Smith Funeral Services (Wilmington)
Address
201 N. Union Street
Wilmington, DE 19805
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Second Visitation

When Saturday, December 1, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Location
St. Paul U.A.M.E. Church
Address
3114 N. Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19802
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Service Information

When
Saturday, December 1, 2018 9:00am
Location
St. Paul U.A.M.E. Church
Address
3114 N. Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19802