Montgomery loses a leading lady

Margret Carpenter
Margret Carpenter

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Montgomery has lost one of its leading ladies. Margret Carpenter is being remembered for her vision, intergrity and grace.

"A lot of good things happened in Montgomery because of Margaret Carpenter," said Mayor Todd Strange.

She was a member of the Montgomery County Public School system for 12 years, and a mentor to current school board member Melissa Snowden. "The way she held herself. A graceful lady and yet she had such passion for the children," said Snowden.

Businesswoman. "She was the first female chairman of the chamber, and first female chairman of the Committee 100," Mayor Strange said.

Carpenter's youngest son Dan Morris remembers a lady who never stopped giving. You name it, she just about did it. Carpenter was heavily involved in the early days of Jubilee. "She was a fun mom. She was fully on board. One of the most driven people I knew. Always going 90 to nothing," said Morris.

It was full-speed ahead in the little red car she drove around in. It was Margaret Carpenter who along with her late husband started a type-setting business, long before the days of computers. And it was Carpenter who initially pushed the idea of developing the riverfront in the late 70s.

Margaret Carpenter spent the last few years of her life in a Montgomery nursing home. Family members say she died peacefully in her sleep Monday night, 10 days shy of her 85th birthday.

"She was a fabulous woman," Morris said.

Carpenter's funeral is set for Thursday morning at 11 at the First United Methodist Church in Cloverdale Park. The family says the burial will be private.