WINTHROP - Margaret B. Carter, 82, of Sturtevant Hill Road died peacefully in her home in the presence of an angel on Sunday, May 15, 2005. \r\r\n\r\r\nShe was born Sept. 29, 1922, in Jefferson, the daughter of Scott and Margaret (Ingersall) Bowden. \r\r\n\r\r\nAs a child, she lived with her family in the Historic Britt House and was educated in Augusta public schools. On Dec. 20, 1941, she married Shirley Carter of Winthrop. \r\r\n\r\r\nHer life's work was as a licensed foster mother and day care provider. She was a surrogate parent as well as a legal guardian for her 'special child,' Danny. \r\r\n\r\r\nShe led a life of service and volunteerism. She served in a lookout post in the town of Winthrop during World War II for enemy planes, and was an American Red Cross 'gray lady.' She taught Sunday school, was a Girl Scout and 4H leader, a therapy clown and a Hospice volunteer. \r\r\n\r\r\nMargaret was very artistic and wove her creative talents into a variety of areas throughout her life. Her hobbies included rocks and minerals, bowling, sewing, cake decorating, playing cards and horse racing. \r\r\n\r\r\nShe was a member of the Mary Kelton Dummer/Patience Stanley Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution and a past member of the Winthrop grange. \r\r\n\r\r\nShe was predeceased by her husband, Shirley; her son, Joseph; her brothers, Oral, Benny, Scotty and Lloyd; and her sister, Doris. \r\r\n\r\r\nShe is survived by her daughters Sheila Kinney and her husband, James, of Franklin, Barbara Mangin and her husband, Joe, of Winthrop, and Jackie Blodgett and her husband, Kurt, of Winthrop; her daughter-in-law, Margaret Carter Jackson of Marlborough, Conn.; her sons, Darron and his wife, Laura, of Macedon, N.Y., and Danny Bowman of Farmingdale; 11 grandchildren, Daniel Carter of San Jose, Calif., Tami Sarra of South Windsor, Conn., Stephen LaChance of Portland, Brian Labbe of Winthrop, James Mangini of South Portland, Lee Bilodeau of Broomfield, Colo., and Nina Bilodeau and Sherri Spencer of Augusta, Tabatha, Kurt Jr. and Jonathan Blodgett of Winthrop; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Lucienne Carter of Fresno, Calif., Lilla Carter of Chelsea, Irene Bowdoin of Hallowell and Jerry Bryant of Winthrop; lifetime friend Lawrence Kaherl; special friend Irene Kaherl; close friend and Hospice volunteer Sandy Coleman of Winthrop; and several nieces and nephews. \r\r\n\r\r\nThe family wished to thank the staff and Maine Veterans Home and Heritage Day Program for the love and quality care given to her by them. We also thank her Hospice team for the same. \r\r\n\r\r\nRelatives and friends may visit from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Roberts Funeral Home, 62 Bowdoin St., Winthrop, where a celebration of Margaret's life will be held at 10 a.m. Friday. Burial will follow in Glenside Cemetery, Winthrop. \r\r\n\r\r\nThe family requests that memorial donations be made to Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter, 163 Lancaster St., Suite 160B, Portland; Maine Veterans Home, A Company, 310 Cony Road, Augusta 04330; or HealthReach Hospice and Volunteers of Kennebec Valley, P.O. Box 829, Waterville 04903-0829.