Annette Lynn Morel Carter (44) of Bay St. Louis passed away Thursday, January 12, 2023, surrounded by loved ones after a brief and sudden illness.
She was born November 3, 1978, to the late Louis John Morel, III, of Buras, Louisiana, and Kathleen McGinity of Bay St. Louis. She spent her first four years living in Buras, Louisiana. Following her father’s death, she moved to Waveland with her mother, brother and sister. She attended Bay Catholic Elementary and graduated from Our Lady Academy (OLA) in 1997. While at OLA, she enjoyed spending time with her friends and playing soccer.
Following high school, Annette attended University of Alabama where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity. In 1999 she married her husband Mark Carter. She and Mark had their first of five children in 2002. When her older children were school-age, she resumed her full-time studies graduating cum laude from pharmacy school in 2014. After becoming a pharmacist, Annette worked at the Slidell Memorial Hospital Regional Cancer Center where she maintained a deep commitment to patient care, working until the day before she went into the hospital.
Annette enjoyed fishing and crabbing with her children, seafood boils, big family get-togethers, big friend get-togethers, and sharing culinary experiences. As a child, when oysters were in season, she’d be by her father’s side eating them as fast as he could shuck them. At family gatherings, she’d often stake her claim to the last ham hock in the gumbo or the final piece of fried liver (or any other organ meat). From those gatherings with family and friends, a simple conversation or an off-hand comment would set Annette’s wheels turning. Loyal, conscientious and thoughtful, she would respond or follow up later with insights into a prescription or side effects. Despite being the St. Stanislaus Homecoming Queen, Annette never enjoyed being the center of attention. She actively practiced her faith and was a loving and dutiful wife and mother. Her family, friends, co-workers, and all who knew her will forever miss her beauty, grace, dignity and strength.
Annette attended Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church and raised her family in the faith.
She is preceded in death by maternal grandparents Patrick and Eunice McGinity, paternal grandparents J and Martha Morel and Jeraline Dennis, step-father Bill LeBlanc, father Louis Morel, and brother Shawn Morel.
She is survived by husband Mark Carter, children Sam (20), Thomas (18), Abe (7), Sonny (5) and Lainy (2); mother Kathleen McGinity LeBlanc; sister Lesli Morel Toepfer (David); and numerous close family and friends.
Memorial services will be held at Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church on Monday, January 16, 2023. Recitation of the Rosary at 9am. Visitation will begin at 9:30am followed by a mass of Christian burial at noon.
Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church, 228 S. Beach Blvd., Bay St. Louis MS 39520 or Rachel’s Vineyard, Diocese of Biloxi, 1790 Popps Ferry Rd., Biloxi, MS 39523.
Edmond Fahey Funeral Home and Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Homes is honored to serve the family of Annette Morel Carter.