Martha Louise Carty passed away peacefully March 4th at 12:40 AM. She was surrounded by her family who loved her so very much. She was not in any pain and was lucid to the very end.
Louise was 93 years old, born June 9, 1927. She is preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Carty, their infant son, Bryan, and their eldest son, John Carty. She also lost her eldest sister, Maxine, her youngest sister, Betty, and her only brother, Charlie. She is survived by her sister Georgia and four children: Connie, Scott, Candice and Randall.
Louise grew up on a small farm in Salem, Missouri and met Wayne while attending school there as kids. They were married before he left in the Navy for the South Pacific. Wayne and Louise were married for 54 years.
They moved to Seattle where Wayne went to work for Boeing as an electrical engineer and she went to work for Corry Manufacturing as a bookkeeper.
In 1962 seeking a suitable charity for the Community Baptist Church to support, Wayne and Louise toured The Griffin Home for Boys in Renton, Washington. While there, Louise caught the eye of one of the young boys, John, who was giving her group the "tour". There was an instant connection and soon John was living with them in their newly acquired house on Lake Sammamish, near Issaquah, Washington.
In June of 1965, Louise read an article in the Seattle Times about a young boy, Scott, whose mother was dying of cancer and had no place to go. At first their intent was to foster Scott; however, a few weeks later his siblings, Candy and Randy, and later their older sister, Connie, were part of the Carty household. Louise suddenly had to learn to cook for six or seven instead of two or three. She was an excellent cook and was more than capable of that challenge. The kids were officially adopted a short time later. This single selfless act changed not only their lives but generations to come.
Louise loved garage sales and had a knack for buying used furniture and other items which she would refinish and sell for a nice return on her investment.
She was also very active in other service organizations in Issaquah and was instrumental in the creation of a street fair Issaquah Salmon Days. While the first couple of years had sparse attendance, the fair today has easily 150,000+ people during the weekend event and is the largest festival in the state.
When Wayne took a job within Boeing to become an airline service representative, their first assignment was London, England where they lived for three years. Their next assignment was Amman, Jordan for another three years and lastly Bogota, Columbia for two years. At each location they took full advantage of the unique opportunity to live in these countries. They collected many works of art, rugs, pottery, etc. from each location.
When they came back after eight years abroad, Wayne retired from Boeing and they moved from Seattle to the sunshine in Wickenburg, Arizona.
Louise, as was her nature and an artist herself, quickly became involved with the Wickenburg Art Club. While president in 2001, she was instrumental in the purchase of a small building to house the art club, which is still in use today.
Her wishes are to be cremated and placed next to Wayne and Bryan in the Carty family burial plot in Salem, Missouri.