Mrs. Cheryl Lynn Carter, age 56 of Greenwillow Drive in Saint Marys, Ga. passed away Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at her residence after a valiant fight against cancer.
Mrs. Carter was born on November 8, 1958 in Honesdale, Pa. She is the daughter of Jennie Boersma Furbeck and the late Robert G. Furbeck. She had a remarkable passion for her family. She did everything in her power to create the perfect home; every fine detail mattered. As a navy wife and mother, she was endlessly supportive and loving over their 27 year naval career. She gave her daughters Jessica and Emily all of her support, allowing room for their hearts to grow. She was a passionate home decorator and the world’s best cook that filled the family’s warm home with love and comfort. She was a smart, strong, and independent woman that always placed family first.
Even with the challenge of moving every several years as a navy wife, the Carter house always looked like they had lived there for years. During the holidays, Cheryl used her talent in house decor to create a winter wonderland or spooky haunted house just in time for her daughters to come home from college. She loved the ocean. It was her life’s ambition to retire on a yacht in the mountainous regions of the Pacific Northwest, and to travel around the world with her husband, John. Although her heart yearned to visit Italy and other countries of Europe, she knew it was more important to stay close to family, especially with her mother, Jennie, living her twilight years. She had an extraordinary sense of humor, even in illness, and her laugh could make any room brighter. Her fighting spirit was inspiring and unbroken, even in her final days. She continues to fill the hearts of all that knew her – she will never be forgotten. She is loved and missed dearly.
Mrs. Carter is survived by her beloved husband, Captain John P. Carter, USN, her dear daughters, Jessica Amanda Carter & Emily Ashley Carter both of St. Marys, Ga.; her mother Jennie Furbeck of Slingerlands, NY; her sister and her husband, Pam & Arnie Laforty of Hoosick Falls, NY; her brother, Jeff Furbeck of Slingerlands, NY and her mother in law Margaret Glunt of North Huntingdon, Pa.
A celebration of Mrs. Carter’s loving life will be held in the New Scotland Presbyterian Church in Slingerlands, NY at 10:00 AM on Friday, September 12, 2014 with Mr. Carter’s close friend Navy Captain Mark Steiner presiding. Interment will follow at 2:00 PM at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville, NY where her father was laid to rest.
The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorial contributions be made in her honor to the American Cancer Society/ 3011 Hampton Ave, Suite 361- Brunswick, Georgia 31520.
November 8, 1958- September 3, 2014