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In Memory

Margaret Elizabeth 'Sis' Munson (Carter)

Margaret Elizabeth 'Sis' Munson (Carter)

Margaret Munson Carter - May 15, 1950 - November 21, 2011

An avid sportswoman and gifted teacher, Margaret left Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin to join the first graduating class of Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, where Ponce de Leon sought the fountain of youth and Sis Munson, as as she was known, truly found hers.  After college Sis earned a master's degree in special education at Florida State and shortly thereafter went to work in special education at Coral Shores High School in the Florida Keys.  She earned a devoted following of students whom she respected, loved, and entertained with field trips on her mother and father's fishing boat in the ocean.  Sis had a pied piper, Peter Pan like talent for attracting and guiding children.  When visiting her brother and his family in Chicago a crowd of 20 plus neighborhood children would surround her, captivated by her stories, games and affection. Sis was also a world class salt water fly fishing tournament competitor and was invited by top fly fishing guides to compete in international tarpon tournaments where she had great successes.  A devoted angler she fished with her mother and father on their boat, the Margaret, for decades successfully catching and releasing many sought after game fish like sailfish and marlin.  Sis had a generosity of spirit and compassion for people that led her regularly to reach out and comfort the helpless, regardless of her own situations or cost to her.  She had legions of friends from a huge range of society who thrived on her life force and true interest in them.  The loves of her life were her daughter Annie and grandson Connor, on whom she doted. Margaret is also survived by two nieces- Ingrid and Elizabeth, two nephews- Garrett and James, and a brother James.  Following her father and mother, Margaret's ashes will be scattered at sea off of Islamorada, Florida this winter.  To express condolences and/or make donations Visit PalmBeachPost.com/obituaries

Published in The Palm Beach Post from Nov. 26 to Dec. 3, 2011

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11/05/18 11:40 AM #1    

Ray Monnat

Photo from Spring senior year - Sis asked me to take some portrait photos for her to use, which included the following. Her mother upon seeing these said she looked tired and should have slept more in prep. This would not have been possible as a high school senior!

If anyone knows how to conatc Sis's son, let me know to pass these photos along, found while searching for Bryds concert photos for the Reunion.

Ray Monnat


11/06/18 06:36 AM #2    

Julie Guten (Best)

A really beautiful photo...thanks for sharing!

11/06/18 06:31 PM #3    

Mary Elizabeth Gaynon (Gray)

Rest in Peace, Sis. 

What wonderful times we had with you and Dick Lindley - boating and water skiing on Lake Michigan as well as visiting you in St. Augustine...and of course, taking in all the usual tourist sites  together in Florida so many years ago. 

You had such a winning way with my 2 year old son who, cute as a button, charmed the socks off of every adult who came his way. You adored my little boy in his OshKosh overalls, Norwegian red reindeer cardigan and a mop of honey-colored curls.  I loved watching you two interact together... He really liked you!  So, it's no surprise that you had winning ways with the kids you helped in your teaching capacity.  You left us far too soon, Sis.  That is terribly sad and a great loss for  your friends and family and for all the future students you would have helped to excel in their studies.

Mary Elizabeth Gray



11/07/18 04:45 PM #4    

Charlie Blaney

Beautifully said Mary, Sis was a lot of fun and I can hear her laugh from where I sit at this moment. A laugh that said this is a wonderful moment in time and I'm reveling in it. Thank you Ray for the picture that shows her soulful face and eyes!  So glad I came to this reunion. A great vibe and up lifting as I had anticipated but went beyond all my expectations.

Charles Eugene Blaney 



07/04/22 12:52 PM #5    

Mary Elizabeth Gaynon (Gray)

I'm still missing you, Sis, and recalling all the joy we shared together when I was a very young mother.  My little boy was captivated by your charms...it's clear that you truly loved interacting with him  & with children in general.   In their company, your own inner child came out to play, dance and revel in the sunshine.  

As a mother, I delighted in how you engaged with my elfin child who instantly bonded with you...it was a treasured & magic time which I relive over & over again.

May we meet again one day in another world.

RIP, Sis.

Mary Elizabeth Gray - July 4, 2022



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