Death Notices

Mary E. Carter, 75

Mary E. Carter, 75, of Riggins, passed away from cancer in Lewiston, Idaho, September 29, 2009. 


Mary Eva Evans was born in her Grandfather Evans’ house on July 20, 1934, at Orrick, Ray County, Missouri, to George Hall and Margaret May Clements Evans. She was their only child. Her family moved frequently throughout her childhood, by her count nearly 40 times, but never without her piano. She graduated as Ontario (Oregon) High School’s Valedictorian in 1952.


After graduation she worked as a bookkeeper at Marshall’s Furniture in Payette.  She married Leonard J. “LJ” Vaughn in Boise (later divorced). She then worked for First Security Title Company and was later assistant manager for a First Federal Savings and Loan branch in Boise. From 1967 to 1969, she worked as a personal assistant for the Director of Management Services for the State of Idaho under Governor Don Samuelson.  In 1969, she moved to Michigan and married William A. “Bill” Carter. There she worked as a personal assistant to attorney Thomas Lott and was office manager for his large law firm in Detroit. In 1977, she and Bill bought the fledgling Miners business in Riggins, Idaho, selling professional equipment and tools to exploration geologists worldwide. She remained as owner of Miners Incorporated from 1977 until her death, serving as its president for the last 17 years.


Mary was an active member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Grangeville, Idaho.


She liked gardening and was an avid reader. She was also accomplished as a seamstress and was a great cook. She served as treasurer for Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Grangeville and was recently the secretary for the Salmon River Rural Fire Department.


She is survived by her children, Cindy  (John) Sangster of Grangeville, Idaho, Jim (Vonnie) Vaughn of Riggins, Idaho, and Dan (Paula) Vaughn of Madison, Georgia; stepchildren, Teresa Seng of Grandview, Idaho, Kathleen Bruni of Boise, Idaho, Patricia Travis of Idaho, and John Carter of Nampa, Idaho. In addition, 6 grandchildren, 15 step-grandchildren and several great-grandchildren survive her. 


Her parents preceded her in death. Her husband Bill passed away in November 2008.


Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2009, at 11:30 a.m. PST, at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Grangeville. Burial will follow at 2:30 p.m. MST, at the Riggins Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 311 S Hall St., Grangeville ID 83530 or Shriners Children’s Hospital of Spokane, 911 W. 5th Ave. Spokane, WA 99204.


Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville.