Marian Delores Carter, of Dover, went to be with the Lord, Saturday, November 12, 2011 at Pinnacle Rehabilitation & Health Center, in Smyrna, DE.


Marian Delores Carter, of Dover, went to be with the Lord, Saturday, November 12, 2011 at Pinnacle Rehabilitation & Health Center, in Smyrna, DE.  She suffered a long and courageous illness for many years. Her trust in God and commitment to prayer were the attributes that carried her through some tough times, and caused her to be the special lady we all knew and loved.

She was born July 21, 1933 in Dover to the late Benjamin R. Durham Sr. and Anna Mae Durham.

 In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, James H. Carter (Shimmy) in 1995, five sisters, and three brothers: Harriett Durham of Dover, Elizabeth Coker of Dover, Nellie Pritchett of Dover, Bertha Durham of Fairton, N.J., Lillian Coker of Dover, Johnny Durham of Dover, Benjamin Durham of Hartly, and Lawrence Durham of Dover. Her grandson, Matthew W. Sammons Jr., is also deceased. Marian always spoke of her grandson with special affection for he died at an early age.

 She is survived by a daughter, Suzette Coker Lozada and her husband Carlos Lozada. A loving granddaughter Michelle N. Sells and her husband Robert Sells (Bobby) and their son Matthew P. Sells all of Dover.  She also held a special place for Matthew W Sammons Sr. of Dover.  She also has many nieces and nephews whom she cared for deeply.

 Marian was first a member of Immanuel Union United Methodist Church and later joined Central Baptist Church of Dover.  She was a member there for 47 years.  She held the position of Church Clerk for 42 years. She was also a Deaconess, Trustee, and member of the Pastor’s Aides.  She had at one time or another, served in almost every auxiliary at Central Baptist Church including; president of the Missionary Society, member of the choir, Sunday school teacher, and treasurer of the James and Marian were entrepreneurs in the poultry industry.  Every year they would work to get the chickens ready for the market, and as soon as this was done, they would head for the highway driving the Amish.  They retired from the family business in 1993.  Marian also worked for Fleischer’s Bakery in Dover for over 45 years as their front manager.

Funeral services will be 12 p.m. Saturday, November 19, 2011, at Torbert Funeral Chapel South, 1145 E. Lebanon Road (Route 10), Dover, DE.  Friends and Family may call two hours before (10 a.m. - 12 p.m.).  Interment will be at Immanuel Union United Methodist Church in Cheswold.

In lieu of flowers, Marian requested that donations be made to Central Baptist Church 1616 Central Church Road, Dover, DE 19904.

Letters of condolence may be sent, and guestbook signed at torbertfuneral.com.