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Dovie J. Carpenter

September 1, 1934 — January 26, 2023

Shelbyville, Indiana

Dovie J. Carpenter


Dovie J. Carpenter, 88, of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday, January 26, 2023, at her home.

She was born September 1, 1934, in Franklin County, the daughter of Wiley Haze and Janie Gladys (Carey) Priddy.  On July 21, 1956, she married Charles F. Carpenter, and he preceded her in death on May 7, 2003.

Dovie is survived by her sons, Mike Carpenter and wife, Debbie, of Shelbyville, and Bruce Carpenter and wife, Vivian, of Monticello, Illinois; daughters, Carol Grant and husband, Michael, of Shelbyville, and Janet Harvey and husband, Ray, of Waldron; 12 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to Charles, Dovie was preceded in death by her sons, Mark Lloyd Carpenter and Ronald Ray Carpenter; brothers, William Priddy and Charles Priddy; and sisters, Della McPherson and Mary McFarland.

Dovie graduated in 1952 from Laurel High School.

She formerly owned and operated Dovie’s Log Cabin in Laurel, from 1993 until retiring in 2003.

Dovie was an excellent quilter.  She began quilting at the age of 9 years old, with the scraps from her mother’s projects.  Dovie went on to make quilts for all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren for various events in their lives, such as newborns, graduations and weddings.  She also sold some of her quilts and kept a log of whom they were sold to and where they went.

She also enjoyed gardening, canning and crocheting.

Dovie loved her family, she especially enjoyed being a grandmother.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, February 2, 2023, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, February 2, 2023, at the funeral home, with Rev. Michael Coyle officiating.

Interment will be at Winchester Cemetery in Shelby County.

Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice of charity.

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