Ramona Lee Bannert Carter, 62, was called to rest by our Lord and Savior on February 28, 2022.
A memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 3, 2022 in the chapel of McMullen Funeral Home and Crematory with Rev. Bud Rupel officiating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
She was born on October 28, 1959 in Berywn, IL to Adolph Weldon Bannert, Jr. and Mary Lou Francis Keillor Bannert.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Adolph and Mary Lou Bannert, and her stepson Robert Newton Carter, Jr.
Left to cherish her loving memory are her husband, Dr. Robert Newton Carter, Sr. of Phenix City, AL; her stepson Robert Seth Hutchinson, his wife Mary Dorian and their son Brady of Cumming, GA; her sisters, Linda Lou Joy Miller (Gerald) of Los Fresnos, TX and Kathleen Mae Zepeda (Robert) of Los Fresnos, Texas. Her nephews and nieces: Benjamin Weldon Miller (Adriana) of Conroe, TX; Jennifer Erin Reasner (Dan) of Round Rock, TX; Joshua Matthew Miller (Jessica) of Los Fresnos, TX; Tessah Louise Zepeda of Los Fresnos, TX; Robert Damian Zepeda of Houston, TX; Kaylah Michelle Zepeda of Los Fresnos, TX; Isaiah Robert Zepeda of Los Fresnos, TX and Jacksen Laine Capan of Phenix City, AL; four great nephews: Curtis, Easton, Garrett and Zander; two great nieces: Amelia and Arie; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Ramona grew up in the small town of Los Fresnos, TX. She graduated from Los Fresnos High School in 1977 and continued her education at Southwest Texas State University, in San Marcos, Texas. As a Sophomore at SWTSW, she entered the last class of respiratory therapy in the State of Texas that was a two week classroom study, a State test and then employment. At that time, she had the highest score in the State of Texas on that test. She then was employed at Parkway Hospital in Houston, Texas where she had on the job training. Her sister, Linda would drive her to Houston early Saturday morning for her to work 12 hour shifts on Saturday and Sunday and return to San Marcos to attend classes on Monday morning. Mona graduated from Southwest Texas State University in 1981 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a minor in Marketing.
It was while she was attending college in San Marcos, Texas that she met and fell in love with Dr. Robert Newton Carter a/k/a Dr. Bob. Upon graduation, she worked at Foley’s in San Antonio, Texas in retail marketing. She then moved to Harlingen, Texas where she worked for Southwest Airlines as a ticket agent, making sure that Dr. Bob and herself traveled by the incentive of “free travel” as an employee of Southwest Airlines.
Prior to moving to Phenix City, AL, Dr. Bob and Mona got married at First Baptist Church in Los Fresnos, Texas. She went to work at Travel World in Columbus, GA and subsequently managed the travel agency for approximately 16 years. She managed all corporate travel for major companies such as, Tom’s Foods and Swift Textiles until Travel World closed their doors.
Mona then went to work for Victory Development as a commercial leasing agent, where she was known as “The Deal Maker” and her license plate reflected that title. She also worked for Mortgage Masters as a Mortgage Broker. Her last job before retiring was with Capital Tax Management, where she worked for the last 15 years. She started as a tax preparer, then managed a tax office, and lastly worked at the corporate level in Technical Support. As you can see from her various job professions, she had a wide variety of skills that set her up for success in whatever she set out to accomplish.
In August of 2022, Dr. Bob and Mona would have celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary. They loved the beach and would travel to Panama City Beach, FL with friends to enjoy the sand, sun and friendships. They enjoyed going to NASCAR races in Florida and in Atlanta. She particularly liked the car types and the colorful sponsors reflected on the race cars. Dr. Bob and Mona would regularly visit the Smoky Mountains in North Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee. They spent many Sunday afternoons with her best friend for the last 27 years, Jodi Capan, J.J. and Jacksen in the sunshine by their pool. Their life together was rich and full of love for adventure and each other.
Mona loved her family and her friends deeply…and she had many, two special friends, Roberta McCardle and Alicia Parks. She was the type of friend that would do anything for you. Everyone who knew her loved her and her wild spirit. She had a penchant for living life to the fullest and creating memories – including directing traffic in her Wonder Woman costume in her college days and spending Christmas morning at home in Texas with her family. She will always be our Georgia Peach.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Columbus Hospice in Mona’s memory.
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