Anna B. Carter, 88, church organist

November 25, 2005

Anna B. Carter, a former church organist who played during countless weddings for more than 40 years, died Monday of complications from gall bladder surgery and a stroke. The Glen Burnie resident was 88.

Born in Southwest Baltimore and raised on Tacoma Street in Westport, the former Anna Brock Foerster was the youngest of 11 children.

She married Charles C. Carter in 1936 and the couple lived across from what was then Swindell Methodist Church on Tacoma Street.

Having played piano as a child, Mrs. Carter took organ lessons at a music store in downtown Baltimore in her 30s, then started playing organ for her church.

When the church was torn down to make way for an expansion of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, the congregation merged with Christ United Methodist Church in Baltimore Highlands, where Mrs. Carter played organ until the 1980s.

On Tacoma Street, where she lived for 75 years before moving in with her niece in Glen Burnie 13 years ago, Mrs. Carter kept an organ in the front room.

"Her husband had bought her an organ so she could practice at home rather than just practice at church," said Mrs. Carter's niece, Charlotte L. Chambers, who survives her.

Mr. Carter died in 1966.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Loudon Park Funeral Home, 3620 Wilkens Ave.

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