Marilyn D. Carpenter, 59, of Hamburg, died January 23, 2014 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences hospital in Little Rock.
Mrs. Carpenter was a native of Crossett and a resident of Hamburg and the Prairie Grove community, north of Hamburg, for most of her life. She graduated from Hamburg High School with honors in 1972. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary and Secondary Education and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration in 1987.
She was certified to teach Kindergarten through 12th grade across many subject areas and enjoyed it as much as anything else in her career. She obtained a Superintendant’s certificate in 1990 and served in the roles of elementary and secondary principal, curriculum coordinator, and assistant superintendent for several school districts in Arkansas.
She received a Doctorate of Educational Administration from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1993.
Mrs. Carpenter was certified in many educational leadership styles and numerous instructional methods. She was also a successful author and published A Feather for My Wing; a personal narrative detailing the account of recovering from a stroke, reconnecting with life and becoming a master quilt maker.
In 2004 she started her own company, Quest Education and began developing her own instructional methods. These were innovative teaching strategies and leadership concepts that were adopted by hundreds of schools around the nation and utilized by thousands of teachers and administrators.
She also co-developed social and emotional learning programs in collaboration with Yale University and edited instructional textbooks with some of the nation’s foremost educational researchers. Her extraordinary life and career was a reflection of her ultimate purpose; helping others realize the vitality in themselves. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Monticello.
She is preceded in death by her father, Jack Doss in 1993 and a sister, Glenda Doss Evans in 2009.
She is survived by her husband of 42 years, David Carpenter of Hamburg; a son, William Marcus Carpenter and his fiancé, Candace Bailes and her son Logan, all of Maumelle; her mother and step-father, Clotine LaGrone Keen & William H. Keen; a brother, Gerald Doss all of Crossett; a sister, Vickie Keen Farler of Mabelvale and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held January 26, 2014 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Monticello with Rev. Bruce Venable and Dr. Bobby Pennington officiating. Burial will be in the Hamburg Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Chris Davis, Jerry Woodall, Randy Laper, Chuck Hoover, Harry Crossett Sr., Daryl Grey, Jimmy Price and Floyd Killough. Honorary pallbearers are the Deacons of the First Baptist Church of Monticello,
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 413 N. Main, Monticello, AR 71655.