Mary Bethia Carter

Posted September 13, 2012 at 2:56 pm

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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.

She graduated from the El Dorado Springs High School as valedictorian in 1980, attended college in Seattle and was a member of the New York Bar Association since 1999.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Dan and Tim, and her mother,

She was a true El Dorado school success story.

Mary had complications from surgery on her throat which required her to remain on a ventilator. This led to pneumonia and sepsis from which she never recovered. The dog in the picture with Mary is Ginger and she meant the world to Mary.

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.

Donations in her memory may be sent to Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital at 365 7th Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11215