Obituary for Linda “Kathy” Carpenter

Ponca City Now - November 29, 2021 4:40 pm

Linda Carpenter

September 19, 1943 – November 28, 2021

Linda Kathryn “Kathy” Smith Carpenter, of Ponca City, OK, passed away on November 28, 2021 at the age of 78 years. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, December 2, 2021, at Grace Episcopal Church, Ponca City.

Kathy was born in Okemah, Oklahoma to parents William “Earl” Smith and Goldie Kathryn “Kay” (née Blackman) on September 19, 1943. When Kathy was very young the family moved to Ponca City, Oklahoma where she attended school and graduated Ponca City Senior High School Class of 1962. She went on to earn an Associate Degree from Northern Oklahoma College, and she also attended classes at University of Central Oklahoma. Kathy lived for a short time during the mid1960s with her mother and step-father in Houston working at Sharpstown Hospital.

Kathy married Thomas Logan Carpenter on July 14, 1967. Kathy and Tom enjoyed a 46-year union and made their home in several Oklahoma cities including Perry, Norman, Ponca City, Blackwell, and Stillwater. Kathy always felt most at home in Ponca City and welcomed the opportunity to retire there with Tom.

Kathy had an eye for numbers and worked at several different jobs over the years. She served her family as a homemaker; worked alongside Tom as a bookkeeper at Carpenter-Cannon Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC in Ponca City; worked at Frontier Federal and Heartland Federal in Ponca City; and as the manager of a loan office for Pioneer Bank in Perry.

Kathy is preceded in death by her father, Earl Smith, her mother Kay Blackman Smith Stansbury, step-father Max E. Stansbury, and step-brother Thomas Stansbury. She is survived by one brother Lynn Smith and his wife Lou Ann of Enid, Oklahoma, and one sister-in-law Sharon Bentley of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and a step-brother Michael Stansbury of Monterrey, California. She is also survived by daughter Tiffany Mann and husband Brett of Prosper, Texas; daughter Patricia Long and husband Mark of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; and two grandchildren Patrick Mann and Claire Mann of Prosper, Texas.

Kathy was a woman of deep faith and she enjoyed a lifetime of worshiping at Grace Episcopal Church in Ponca City. She served on various ministries at Grace Church including serving as a Sunday School teacher, a member and past president of ECW, and as a member of Daughters of the King. She was also happy to serve God at St. Mark’s Episcopal, Perry, Oklahoma and the First Presbyterian Church in Blackwell, Oklahoma.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Grace Episcopal Church, 109 N 13th St, Ponca City, OK 74601.

Source: Trout Funeral Home