Mary Bethia Carter

Posted November 29, 2012 at 11:35 am

Mary Bethia Carter, 50, died suddenly July 31, 2012, in Zurich, Switzerland, as beloved friends held her hands and wished her peace and a safe journey to her well deserved rest. Mary was the daughter of Jo-Anne Carter, who preceded her in death.

For the past 11 years Mary was Secretary General at the Claims Resolution Tribunal in Zurich, Switzerland. She was responsible for the assessment of thousands of claims relating to assets deposited in Swiss banks by victims or targets of Nazi persecution prior to and during the Second World War. Such was her commitment to this labor that she rarely took time away from work. She was painfully aware that claimants were dying every day as the years dragged by and she believed that justice delayed was indeed justice denied.

Mary battled tirelessly throughout her life to seek justice for people who were unable to fight for themselves. Additionally, she was a great advocate for animals, rescuing many from the streets of Brooklyn when she lived there. Tragically, the forgotten and the marginalized have lost a committed advocate.

Mary was a true friend, a woman possessed of remarkable intelligence, ironic wit and a broad-ranging intellectual curiosity. Although she was preceded in death by her biological family, Mary had a rich chosen family comprised of dear friends all over the world. Her big brown eyes and her smile will be greatly missed by all who loved her.

Preceding Mary in death were her mother, Jo-Anne Carter; and three brothers – N. Daniel Carter, L. Timothy Carter and Arthur William Carter.

There will be a visitation in memory of Mary Carter from 10-11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home. At 11:30 a.m. Mary’s remains will be laid to rest in Moore Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.