Rowena Carter's Story
Rowena Carter Warren passed away peacefully on August 10, 2017 surrounded by the love and comfort of her family.
Born in Charlotte in 1933, Rowena was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, John Duncan Warren; her sister, June Carter Votik; her parents, Harold Bozeman Carter and Allene Harrison Carter; and her beloved grandmother, Roena "Ma" Bozeman Carter.
She is survived by her brothers Harold Bozeman Carter Jr. and James (Jim) Harrison Carter; nieces, nephews, and her faithful dog companion, Ginger.
A graduate of Central High School, Rowena was a lifelong resident of Charlotte until her later years when, after combining homes with her brother, Jim, and his wife, Leslie, they relocated to Albemarle, NC. Here she was able to enjoy small town life along with the pleasure of living near her nephew Harrison Carter and his wife Lindsay.
Although she did not have any biological children, she was a mother and helper to many people and animals. She was always ready to help with the children in her family and spent much of her life caring and providing for the young people around her. Rowena was another mother to brother Jim and Auntie Mame to nephew Harrison. She was generous to her loved ones and family and could be counted on to have the back of her friends. She loved and admired dogs, often saying that "dogs are the nicest people." Her compassion toward animals was exemplified by her keeping a credit card account open with her vet to be used when necessary treatments for injured or sick pets could not be paid for otherwise. She personally adopted several dog friends over the years, and helped place many more animals in good homes. She would often provide fencing for adopters that did not have enclosed yards.
Her personal accomplishments were many. As a young woman she was employed by Allstate Insurance Company and Eastern Airlines where she was the executive secretary to the head of Charlotte operations. She took leadership positions, including being the president of the Mecklenburg Young Democrats during the John Kennedy era, attending his inauguration. Rowena maintained her interest in politics throughout her life including the disappointment and fear in Donald Trump being elected president.
Rowena was an integral part of her husband's law office, and her expertise was depended upon by both experienced and young lawyers. She "mentored" new lawyers who moved into the building, giving them both advice and confidence.
Always ahead of her time, Rowena was also involved in constructing and owning an office building in downtown Charlotte, which she leased and managed.
She was known as "That Lady" by the trades and maintenance workers she employed because of her no-nonsense demanding style and refusal to be treated like a "stupid broad" (her words). She, however, ultimately gained their respect because of her intelligence, fairness, and kindness.
Rowena had a distinctive glamour and class about her, reminiscent of the golden age of Hollywood. She enjoyed listening to live jazz, drinking vodka, watching football or basketball, talking with friends, and spending time with her family and dogs.
She received loving care in her last months by the staff and nurses of Stanly Manor, Spring Arbor Assisted Living, and Hospice of Stanly & The Uwharrie for whom the family will always be appreciative.
A gathering of friends will be held to celebrate her life. Memorial contributions can be made to Homes of Hope, 1816 E Main St Albemarle, NC 28001 or the Stanly County Humane Society, 2049 Badin Rd. Albemarle, NC 28001.
Published on August 18, 2017