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“RULY, JUST HEARD OF MRS. MARYS DEATH TODAY. ANN AND MYSELF THOUGHT ALOT OF HER. ROBERT ”
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Mary Kaye Carpenter passed away at home in the presence of her family on March 14, 2012.

She was born in Louisville, Kentucky on September 11, 1917. Mary Kaye, pronounced "Koye" and also known as "Mosie" to family and friends, was the daughter of the late Ethel and Zack Phelps. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert R. M. Carpenter, Jr., her sister, Jane M. Krieger, and her son, Kemble duPont Carpenter.

Mosie grew up in Wilmington as her father pursued a successful career with the DuPont Company. In 1937, she met Bob Carpenter. They were married on June 18, 1938, and enjoyed 52 wonderful years together until his death in 1990.

Over the last 70 years, Mosie helped start or lead many successful organizations and events in our community. In 1956, she was instrumental in the creation of the Pilot School that over 50 years later is thriving in its mission to help children who are struggling in traditional teaching environments. In the mid 1960's, Mosie opened Bootiful, a successful shoe store in Greenville. She helped start the Holly Ball and served on community support organizations such as Christiana Care's Junior Board, the Junior League, and The Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens with Intellectual dis-Abilities (DFRC). In 1996, Moe was awarded the Medal of Distinction by the University of Delaware.

In addition, she was a member of the Wilmington Country Club, the Vicmead Hunt Club, the Bidermann Golf Club and a past member of the Rehoboth Country Club. Her circle of friends stretched across the country, from Clearwater, Florida and her times with the Phillies in Spring training, to Greeleyville, South Carolina and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Mosie loved spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren, extended family and friends.

Mosie will be greatly missed by her daughter, Coo Murray and her husband, Jamie; her sons, Ruly Carpenter and his wife, Steph, and Keith Carpenter; her grandchildren, Bobby Carpenter, David Carpenter, Cinda Cattermole, Bree Wellons, Allison Carpenter and Laura Carpenter; and her great-grandchildren, Morgan Carpenter, Abigail Carpenter, Travis St. Clair, Logan Carpenter, Olivia Carpenter, Zack Cattermole, Katrina Cattermole, Josephine Wellons and Kemble Wellons.

Funeral services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Pilot School, "Mary Carpenter Circle of Friends", 100 Garden of Eden Road, Talleyville, Wilmington, DE 19803.