Mrs. Artha Blair Carleton died on Feb. 20, 2012, at home following a lengthy illness.
Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, Feb., 24, 2012, in Polk Street Methodist Church, Amarillo, Texas with Dr. Burt Palmer and Bishop Dan E. Solomon officiating. Interment will be at 10:00 a.m. (MST), Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Carlsbad, New Mexico. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Born Artha Blair Crutchfield on Dec. 12, 1913, to the Reverend and Mrs. Finis A. Crutchfield in Henrietta, Texas, Mrs. Carleton moved to Craig Memorial Methodist Retirement Center, Amarillo, Texas, with her late husband in 1997.
In 1935, Mrs. Carleton received a B.A. from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, and then in 1936, she was awarded an M.A. by the same university. While at S.M.U. Mrs. Carleton met her future husband, the Reverend Bishop Alsie H. Carleton, during his attendance at graduate school there. She also pursued post-graduate study at Boston University School of Theology.
After her marriage to Bishop Carleton in 1936, she joined him in many years of faithful service to the United Methodist Church. Following pastorates in both east and west Texas, with her help he presided over the Northwest Texas-New Mexico Conference. An accomplished musician, exemplary teacher and superb hostess, Mrs. Carleton was known for her vibrant leadership in the United Methodist Women and for her tireless efforts in support of the mission of the church. With her love of adventure she relished travels with her husband in Europe, the Middle East, Central and South America. Mrs. Carleton had an abiding passion for New Mexico and Texas history and will be remembered for her gracious manner, quick wit, and ready laughter.
Mrs. Carleton was a member of Sigma Kappa sorority and an active member of P.E.O. for many years.
Mrs. Carleton is survived by her daughter Carolyn Carleton Campsey, and her husband, Billy, of Amarillo, Texas, two sons, Dr. Thomas B. Carleton and his wife Chizuko of San Angelo, Texas, Jonathan Carleton, and his partner Alexander Gancarz, Jr., of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and by one grandson, Tatsuhiro Carleton, of Singapore.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to the Carleton Memorial Scholarship Fund, McMurry University, South 14th Street and Sayles Boulevard, Abilene, TX 79697.