Marilyn C. “Mitzi” Carter

January 20, 2023

Marilyn C. “Mitzi” Carter, 91, of Frankfort passed away January 20, 2023 surrounded by family at Wesley Manor. She was born on November 7, 1931 in Ottawa, Illinois to James C. & E. Claire (McCormick) Gaffney. She married her high school sweetheart, Fred Carter on April 20, 1952 and last year celebrated their  70th wedding anniversary. Mitzi graduated in 1949 from Frankfort High School. She attended Butler University and was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. She was a devoted wife, mother, and homemaker. Mitzi was a member of the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Past President of Tri Kappa, Clinton County Hospital Foundation, Pink Lady Auxiliary, and Clinton County Kappa Alpha Theta Alumni. Mitzi loved spending time at Carter’s Cabin on Lake Shafer with the entire family, making miniature doll houses, playing bridge, reading, sewing, teaching her great granddaughter to knit, playing school, board games, and attending the children’s activities. Mitzi will be remembered for her beautiful smile. Her greatest joy was her family and being called “Mitzibo”.


The service will be live-streamed at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 24, 2023.  To participate, please click the link below:

Visitation and Services

Visitation will be 4:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, January 23, 2023 at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St. Frankfort.  Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 24th at the funeral home. Pastor Kelly Kurth will officiate. Burial will be in Green Lawn Memorial Park.  Memorial donations may be made to the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 352 W. Clinton St., Frankfort, IN  46041 or the Clinton County Community Foundation, 215 W. Sycamore St., Kokomo, IN  46901. 

Survived by:

her husband Fred Carter of Frankfort, two daughters: Cindy Chambers (Ron) and Debbie King (Jim) both of Frankfort. A Sister, Carol Dupler (Joe) of Frankfort, five grandchildren: Kyle (Leslie) King, Kara (Kerk) Kesler, Kreig (Emily) King, Amber (Shane) Thomas, and Ashley (Chase) Miller all of Frankfort, eight Great-Grandchildren: Scout, Rory, Kaydence, Kinley, Harper, Avery, Willow and Hudson. A cousin, Ron (Joan) White of Colorado, special friend Sue Irwin of Florida.

Preceded by:

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter.


Leave your Condolences

21 Condolences for “Marilyn C. “Mitzi” Carter”

  1. Jan Kersey January 22, 2023 at 3:02 pm

    Her smile and sweetness will be so missed. My sympathy is extended to all the family. Prayers and love. Jan Kersey

  2. Lori January 22, 2023 at 6:09 pm

    Rest in peace, the best step grandmother in the world. I loved you so much. Thank you for always taking time with me and Shari when we were children. I’ll love you always.

  3. Amy Harshman January 22, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    I am so sorry to learn of Mitzi’s passing. She always seemed to carry such a beautiful peace and happiness everywhere she went. You are all in our prayers.
    Love, The Harshman Family

  4. Jessica Mitchum January 22, 2023 at 8:49 pm

    We love Mitzibo so much! Our lives are forever blessed by her love, her faith, and her smile. We look forward to seeing her in Heaven and that hope is as solid as every one of God’s completed promises. We will miss Mitzibo so much and want to be there for all her family. Our prayers are with you and we will see many of you tomorrow.

    Love Always,
    The Mitchums

  5. Susie Surber January 22, 2023 at 10:59 pm

    Cindy thinking of you and sending thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Hugs my dear friend I was handling the information about her long full life which I had the joy of being a part of was doing ok until I saw her nickname Mitzibo only a few called her that!! Just know you and the family are in my thoughts and prayers, blessings to all, pass it on to your Dad.

  6. Carolyn Ellis January 23, 2023 at 10:23 am

    Fred I was so sorry to read this. I’ve known you & Mitzi for many years. She was such a sweet lady. She will be missed by many. Sending prayers to you & the family.

  7. Brian Bohm January 23, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    Fred, Cindy and Debbie,

    So sorry for your loss. Remember her coming to my mom’s flower shop. She was a very special lady. She will be missed.

  8. Sally Lanum January 23, 2023 at 2:00 pm

    Debbie I was so saddened to learn of Mitzi’s passing, she was a wonderful lady and I will remember her fondly as my “second mom” during our teenage years. My heart goes out to you during this difficult time. God bless!

  9. Steve Davis January 23, 2023 at 3:58 pm

    Fred, Cindy, Debbie and Families,

    So very sorry to hear of Mitzi’s passing. Please accept our sincere condolences and know that we are thinking of you at this difficult time. Sorry that we can’t be there for the services, but we are in Costa Rica for the winter. We’ll raise a glass in Mitzi’s memory today and toast to the health and healing of your whole family.

    Steve and Lori Davis

  10. Doug and Kathy Montgomery January 23, 2023 at 5:09 pm

    Mitzi was a beautiful Lady with a beautiful smile. She will be missed in this life and welcomed into God’s Eternal Kingdom.

  11. Andrea Shriver January 23, 2023 at 5:39 pm

    Enjoyed Mitzi at Church to talk to. She was so friendly. Praying for her family who will miss her.

  12. Kim Pettit Amonett January 23, 2023 at 7:04 pm

    So sorry for your family’s loss, praying for comfort.

  13. Janis and Don Cooper January 23, 2023 at 9:50 pm

    We are so sorry to learn of Mitzi’s passing. She was such a sweet person.. Praying that God will bring you comfort and peace at this very difficult time.

  14. Janet Jacks Knox January 24, 2023 at 12:38 pm

    Cindy, I’m so sorry for the loss of your Mother. The video was a beautiful tribute to a beautiful woman. Love the smile she wore and the contentment that was surely in her heart. I pray you feel God’s loving embrace as you go through this sad and trying time.

  15. Ed and Marilyn Baer January 24, 2023 at 5:46 pm

    So very sorry to hear of Mitzi’s passing. She was a beautiful lady and always had that infectious smile and humor about her that I remember from our high school days. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Fred and your family at this difficult time.

  16. Gregory P Aaron January 26, 2023 at 12:48 pm

    On behalf of the Clinton County Community Foundation’s staff and board members, I would like to express our sympathy on the passing of Mitzi.  I would also like to share our sincere appreciation for memorials directed to the Clinton County Community Foundation.  This is a difficult time for the family, and it is a significant kindness that you took the time to support your community through the Foundation.  Mitzi’s kind and generous spirit will have a positive impact and live on forever. 

    Greg Aaron
    President, Clinton County Community Foundation

  17. Chuck Smith January 26, 2023 at 12:50 pm

    Fred – was saddened to recently read of Mitzi’s passing. Prayers for you, your family and her sister & my classmate, Carol.
    Chuck Smith, Bonita, CA

  18. Ron Best January 28, 2023 at 9:02 am

    She was a great person. She always treated me with such respect.

  19. Ted and Reggie Rokita February 9, 2023 at 7:28 pm

    Fred and the wonderful Carter family, Memories are such precious moments. We rely on the ones that warm our hearts and bring tears of joy. Our memories of Mitzi at the lake are those of laughter and true companionship. We solved many of societies problems sitting on your deck. She certainly will be missed but never forgotten. She left behind many warm memories for us.

  20. Glenn Gaffney March 2, 2023 at 8:43 am

    We just returned from Florida to hear the message from Debbie, so I’m sorry to not have reached out earlier. We are very sorry for the loss of Mitzi. I always will remember our visits to Frankfort and how warm and loving the family along with the laughs and great cooking of Aunt Claire, Mitzi and Carol. Mitzi was such a joy to be around and made everyone so comfortable. I’d love to plan an afternoon visit with Fred, Carol, Joe and the family whenever it is convenient for you. Also, you are always welcome to come visit here or we could meet up for a Purdue or Hoosier game. I’d love to bring a few younger Gaffney’s with me, so they can also experience how much we admire and appreciate our relatives from Frankfort. I’d also like to share some old photos. I have your address but no phone number but my email is listed here.

  21. Doug Gaffney March 2, 2023 at 9:20 am

    Fond memories as a child visiting Uncle Jim and Aunt Claire’s house when Mitzi, Fred and family would also stop by. She was a special person to have in our lives.

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