Paula “Elaine” Carter Phillians passed away peacefully while in the hospital on November 6, 2015. She was born February 23, 1947 at Eglin Field, Florida to CWO Eugene Carter and his wife Marie. Her father’s military service allowed her to live in various locations, most notably for a period of time in Germany. She graduated from Goldsboro High School in North Carolina and eventually settled in Mount Dora, Florida.
She married her husband, Jerry, of 48 years on July 1, 1967. And their family was made complete with the addition of two daughters.
As time permitted, Elaine was active in the Jaycee Wives Auxiliary and the IceHouse Players of Mount Dora. She was well known for her homemade lemon bars and her catch phrase “Do-Be”. She enjoyed knitting, playing slot machines, but her greatest joy came from spending time with her family.
She retired from the Sprint Telephone Company after 35 years of service and then proceeded to go to work for the Lake County Sheriffs Department as a booking clerk in the jail until her health began to decline.
Elaine is preceded in death by her father, Eugene Russell Carter. She is survived by her mother, Marie Carter, and her husband, Jerry Phillians and her two daughters, Jennifer (Bill) Barningham and Karla (Tony) Hart. Having come from a large family she is also survived by her brothers Rick (Eve) Carter and Charles (Julie) Carter as well as by her sisters Jeanne (Paul) House, Cindy (Hank) Scott, Janet (Jim) Hart and Suzanne (Kelly )Dollins. Her life was made better by her grandsons, Liam Barningham, Logan Barningham and Lincoln Hart and granddaughter Peyton Hart as well as many nieces and nephews.
While the last few months of her life were medically a struggle for her, she was resilient and was able to participate in family activities which left us with lasting memories. And, for that, we are grateful.
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