Fredericka Boyd Carter
Fredericka Boyd Carter
  • September 2, 1923 - July 17, 2017
  • Metairie, Louisiana

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On July 17, 2017 Fredericka Boyd Homberg Carter passed away peacefully at age 93.

“Teddy” and her twin, Clark, were born on September 3, 1923 to L. Clark and Fredericka M. Boyd. Teddy is survived by her three children, Fredericka Homberg Wicker (T. Carey), Suzanne Homberg Skorge (Finn), and Ritschard P. Homberg (Tracey). She is also survived by her six Homberg grandchildren, Fredericka T. Wicker (Jeffrey R. Bashaw), Alexander V. Skorge, Thomas C. Wicker IV, William B. Wicker, Christopher V. Skorge and Nicholas R. Homberg, and her two Carter grandchildren, Regina Carter and Victoria Carter Chen, numerous nieces and nephews and many folks whose lives she touched including many Boyds, Kramers, Gearys, and Seijas’.

Teddy was predeceased by her parents, her husbands, William J. Homberg and George Carter, her twin, Clark, and a host of dear family and friends.

Teddy grew up in Florence, N.J., along the maple tree lined banks of the Delaware river, where her parents, “Doc” and “Fred” Boyd owned Boyd’s Pharmacy. She graduated from Bordentown High School, and, in December, 1941, following the bombing at Pearl Harbor, she became a lab assistant at the John A. Roebling Steel Mill lab, in support of the war effort. On September 3, 1944, on her twenty-first birthday, Teddy enlisted in the United States Navy, to join her twin, Clark, in fighting for her country. Teddy, a pharmacist’s mate, was stationed at the U.S. Naval Hospital at St. Albans, Long Island, New York, for the duration of the war, where she assisted naval psychiatrists in treating sailors who suffered from what we now know was combat related post- traumatic stress disorder. On August 26, 1946 Teddy was honorably discharged from the navy.

Teddy thereafter enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania in the dental hygiene program. She graduated from Penn in spring, 1946 and joined the staff of the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in the department of oral surgery.

On October 22, 1949 Teddy married Bill Homberg. The couple moved back to Florence where they raised their three kids and were active members of the chamber of commerce and other civic groups. After the couple moved to Florence, Teddy became employed at McGuire Air Force Base hospital in the oral surgery department.

In 1954, after her first child was born, Teddy and her mother, “Fred” Boyd opened “The Lamp Post”, a women’s and children’s shop, which, along with Boyd’s Pharmacy, became a town hub. Teddy and Bill raised their three kids, alongside the Boyd, Kramer and Geary kids in Florence surrounded by family, both by blood and by love. Such funny, glorious, fun filled stories of the Florence years are frequently told. In 1969 Teddy sold the store and returned to dental hygiene practice. After Bill Homberg died in June, 1970, Teddy continued to raise her kids on her own, surrounded by family and friends.

On December 6, 1986 Teddy married George Carter after a long loving courtship. Teddy, of course, became grandmother to Regina and Victoria Carter, and a dear friend to George’s son, Bruce, and his daughter in law, Junko. Teddy and George enjoyed a long, loving marriage filled with travel, family, and “Camp Nana”, her grandkids’ annual treks north. In 2003, following George’s death, Teddy, at age 80, moved to New Orleans to be close to her daughters, Ricky and Susie, and to many of her grandchildren.

After Teddy moved to New Orleans, Sinceria Fletcher Haynes became her great friend and companion. As Nana aged Sinnie took loving care of her. When Teddy could no longer live on her own the folks at Sunrise Assisted Living Center made Teddy’s life happy and fun for the last five years. We can never thank either Sinnie or the folks at Sunrise enough for everything they have done for “Nana Pots” for many years. They truly loved our Nana.

Teddy and Bill Homberg raised their three kids to have a deep and abiding love of family and country, to understand that they are responsible for the world around them and to take care of each other. Teddy made her three kids, along with many other children, believe that they could do anything they set their minds to, that the world is wonderful, and that life is a grand adventure. Teddy was fiercely independent even into her senior years, always “paddling her own canoe.” Lucille Ball had nothing on Teddy. Nana, “May the wind be at your back and the sun shine upon your face” as you sail into heaven to join all of those wonderful people who have been waiting for you.

We will joyously celebrate Nana’s life on Tuesday, August 1st at the tiny St. Mary’s Chapel of St. Alphonsus Parish 1516 Jackson Avenue, New Orleans. Visitation will take place from 11:00 a.m. with an intimate funeral mass thereafter. Following mass folks will gather at the Wickers’, 2600 Labarre Lane, Metairie to share our tales of Nana.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to “Food for the Poor” a Catholic organization which provides aid to Central American and Caribbean countries.

Food for the Poor, c/o Father Thomas R. Bouterie, P.O. Box 56907, New Orleans, La. 70156.