Carol Lyter


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Carol Ann Lyter passed peacefully on July 22, 2023 at the home of her daughters in South Carolina. She was 93.
Carol was the daughter of Viola and Earl Ginster. She married Duker D. “Duke” Lyter in1950. The couple spent the next 69 years running their farm and raising their family.

Carol was the mother of six children, whom she taught to love reading, to think creatively, to be polite, and to care for animals. She enthusiastically encouraged each child in the development of their respective talents.

Carol graduated from Quincy High School, and attended Quincy College where she majored in journalism. She was an avid reader with a great interest in local history and family genealogy. She instilled a love of books and good writing in her children. Education was important to her, and she supported all her children in completing higher education.

An industrious and creative partner in the farm, Carol served as bookkeeper, and occasionally drove the farm trucks and tractors. She tended a large vegetable and flower garden every summer, and was an accomplished cook. From the beginning of her marriage, she was responsible for planning and cooking a noon meal for as many as a dozen people daily. Noon meals included her family and several farm workers. Her midday meals were so substantial her family called them “dinner.”

During the years in which her husband held the position of Levee Commissioner, Carol worked as secretary and bookkeeper for the Indian Grave Drainage District. She also served as President of the Quincy Women’s City Club for many years.

Throughout her life she loved dogs, and gave many of them a loving home. Most of them were rescues, and more than once she picked up strays along the roads. Those lucky pups enjoyed their forever home, basking in her care.

Carol was a vivacious person with a clever wit. She enjoyed playing canasta with her friends and having regular lunch dates with her former classmates.

Carol is survived by four daughters, Lynda Kerr (Robert); Karen Brumbaugh (Kurt); Sara Lyter (Jim Sherbahn), and Teresa K. Lyter (Andrew Walters); a son, Timothy Luke Lyter; six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and her beloved Beagles.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Mark Allyn Lyter; and her parents.

A private funeral service is planned.
Memorial donations may be made to the Quincy Humane Society at

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