Dec. 22, 1923 - Oct. 13, 2016 OKLAHOMA CITY Dorothy Cariker Cart was born Dec. 22, 1923, to Howard and Sara Garton in Kingston, AR. Dorothy graduated from Kingston High School, then followed the path of her older brothers by volunteering for military service in World War II, joining the Army Air Corps. After training in New England, Dorothy was sent overseas to Pakistan, working as an officer's aid in the China-Burma-India Theater. It is there she met the love of her life, Staff Sergeant Ken Cariker, from Gary, TX. After the war ended, Dorothy and Ken married and settled first in Texas, and then in Oklahoma City. They had three children, Lynn, Mark, and Carla. Ken was a popular TV broadcaster and Dorothy worked as an executive secretary for Exxon Oil. Ken died suddenly in 1970, a tragic loss for her and her family. Dorothy was a talented writer who published a number of books and poetry collections. In her later years, she owned a miniature horse farm in Binger, OK, which was a favorite meeting spot for her many relatives, friends, kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. Dorothy lived a full and adventurous life. Without exception, she loved people and people loved her. Flamboyant, funny, sweet and wonderful Dorothy leaves this long life greatly loved by her family and well-remembered by all who knew her. She is survived by her children; grandchildren, Blake Reeves, Jessica and Sydney Blackshaw, Mariel and Kasey Cariker; great-grandchildren, Mason and Kinsley Reeves; brothers, Fred and Keith Garton; and sister, Mona Villines. She was preceded in death by brothers, Norman, Herbert, Kenneth and Wayne Garton; and sister, Doris Grigg. Services are at Church of the Servant, Chapel of the Cross, Oklahoma City, on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, at 11 a.m. under the direction of Smith Funeral Home in Anadarko, OK. Memorials may be made to the VA hospital.
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