Medical 05

Mary Carter

July 19, 1957 ~ January 22, 2022 (age 64)

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Mary Louise Carter, nee Suskie, was born July 19, 1957, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to John and Melba Suskie during his time in the Air Force. She passed away on Saturday, January 22, 2022, at her home in Leonard, Texas surrounded by family and her beloved animals.

Mary was the eldest of six children growing up in Little Rock, Arkansas. She graduated from Parkview High School in 1975 and graduated from Texas Woman’s University with her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2000 after raising her children in Plano, Texas. Mary found her true calling in helping countless people on their journey to healing. Her passion for helping others created a positive impact on numerous lives, both professionally and personally. The healing touch and calming demeanor she provided rivaled those of an angel. She retired to Leonard, Texas in 2018 enjoying the laid-back lifestyle of the Stoy Ranch.

Nursing is a calling, a lifestyle, a way of living. We honor Mary and her devotion to caregiving by remembering her soft-spoken, kind, nurturing demeanor. Many have shared the deep and lasting impact she had on their care by staying connected long after their hospital stay. She will be profoundly missed by so many.  

Mary is survived by her children, Kenneth Carter, Jr. (Colleen), Cheryl Stoy (Kent), Jason Carter (Chelsea),grandchildren, Mary Alice Carter, Jacob Chavez, Amelia Carter, Hannah Stoy, Leah Stoy, Ellison Carter, siblings, Anne Pinyan (Rob), Renee Kovach (Stephen), John Suskie (Neddie), Bruce Suskie (Kelley), Paul Suskie (Erica) and numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and family. Mary is preceded in death by her parents John and Melba Suskie.

There will be a Mass of Celebration for Mary’s life on Tuesday, February 8 2022, at 10:00 a.m.. at Christ the King, 4000 N Rodney Parham Rd, Little Rock, AR. With a private family inurnment following.  

If you wish to view the memorial service via webcast, please visit:

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mary’s name to: 

-Texas Woman’s University foundation at

-Home Hospice of Grayson County at

-The City of Bonham Animal Shelter – donations can be made via PayPal to 

“When a calming, quiet presence was all that was needed, 

She was there. 

In the excitement and miracle of birth or in the mystery and loss of life, 

She was there. 

When a silent glance could uplift a patient, family member or friend,  

She was there. 

At those times when the unexplainable needed to be explained,  

She was there. 

When the situation demanded a swift foot and sharp mind,  

She was there. 

When a gentle touch, a firm push, or an encouraging word was needed, 

She was there.  

In choosing the best one from a family’s “Thank You” box of chocolates, 

She was there. 

To witness humanity – its beauty, in good times and bad, without judgment, 

She was there. 

And now, that it is time to be at the Greater One’s side,  

She is there.” – Duane Jaeger, RN, MSN 


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Memorial Service
February 8, 2022

10:00 AM
Christ the King
4000 N Rodney Parham Road
Little Rock, AR 72212

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