March 20, 1941 – Feb. 17, 2016
Konda Lane Carter was born in Lebanon, Kan., March 20, 1941 to goodly parents, Meryle Delwyn Carter and Betty Lee Van Cleave. She was the eldest of five siblings.
She graduated summa cum laude from Barstow Union High School in 1959. She then attended Whittier College on a four-year, full-tuition scholarship in economics. Instead of going on to pursue a master’s degree, she started her own business and never looked back.
She married George W. Foster in 1971 and they had one child, Michael Carter Foster in 1979. Together they lived in Greece, Spain, Puerto Rico and Alaska. Though they divorced in 1986, their son remained one of the greatest gifts of her life. She and Michael moved to Whidbey Island in 1988. “The most beautiful place on earth.”
She met and married Regnar R. B. Kearton on Whidbey Island in 1989. Through their union she gained the gift of another son, Kristian Kearton and later his wife Malene Kloth Kearton and their twin sons. Regnar predeceased her in 2007. She continued operating their business but it stopped being fun without her partner Regnar, so she closed the business and retired in 2010. She was now free to enjoy more time with her many friends, which she did.
Konda was active in her church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and her wonderful Red Hat Club and remained dedicated to her many beloved friends that she made selling real estate, all of whom made her life joyful and she brought much happiness to them.
A special thanks to all who gave of their time, talents and caring at Providence RMCE and at home on Whidbey Island with hospice care during her final days.
She is survived by her sons, of whom she is very proud, Michael Foster of San Diego, Calif., and Kristian Kearton of Chesapeake, Va., whom both served with honor and distinction in the U.S. Navy for many years. She is also survived by her siblings Gary W. Carter and his wife Patty of Livermore, Calif.; brother Keith Leroy Carter and his wife Debra of Modesto, Calif.; and her sister Sharon W Bristow of Bakerfield, Calif. She wished to thank and acknowledge her special friend, fiancé and caregiver, Richard T. Williams of Langley, Wash.
A service and life celebration in her honor will be held at 1 p.m. on Feb. 27, 2016 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 5425 Maxwelton Road Langley, WA.