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Memorial services for Jo Ann Matthews Carpenter, 64, of Ada are at 2 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Scott White will officiate.
Dr. Carpenter died Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at an Oklahoma City hospital. She was born Sept. 26, 1952, in Elmhurst, Illinois, to Byron Stewart and Katryna Staunton Matthews. She graduated from Tulsa Central High School and came to this area in 1980 from Oklahoma City.
She received her bachelor's degree in 1973 and her Doctor of Medicine degree in 1977 from the University of Oklahoma. She served her residency in family medicine from 1977 until 1980. Dr. Carpenter began her private practice in 1983 and continued that practice until her death. She also served the Carl Albert Indian Hospital from 1980-1983 as the U.S. Public Health Service senior assistant surgeon, Valley View Regional Hospital from 1980 until her death, with Mercy Hospital on the Board of Directors, and as a local nursing home physician and hospice care physician.
Dr. Carpenter's membership and activities included the Oklahoma Medical Association; the American Medical Association; the Oklahoma Academy of Family Physicians; the American Academy of Family Physicians (Fellow); and the American Board of Family Practice.
She was also a member of the Valley View Regional Hospital Board from 2004 until her death; a Care Cottage team member from 2008 until her death; the medical director for the Pontotoc County Health Department; the chief of staff at Valley View Regional Hospital from 1996 to 1998; the board secretary of Ada Boys and Girls Club from 1990 to 1995; the past president of the Oklahoma Academy of Family Physicians from 1991 to 1992; a delegate from Oklahoma to the American Academy of Family Physicians Congress of Delegates; a volunteer physician for Ada Public Schools, Latta Public Schools and the Special Olympics; a Charter member of Soroptimist International of Ada; the past teacher of pathophysiology for health iInformation management at East Central University; a board member for Mama T's; a volunteer at Compassion Outreach; Honorary chair for Juliette Low Leadership Society for The Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma, Relay for Life; the Family Health Foundation of Oklahoma presidents club; the United Way gold award leadership circle; Chairperson for Physicians Manpower Training Commission from 2001 to 2002, the Oklahoma Physicians Resource/Research Network; a volunteer in missions with United Methodist Church, serving people in remote Coatepegue, Guatemala; Learn and Earn at East Central University Upward Bound program, as volunteer faculty for University College of Medicine and ECU Wesley Ministry.
She received several awards including the Ada Rotary "Community Services Volunteer" Award in 1994, Oklahoma Education Association "F.D. Moon" Award in 1991, Ada Education Association "Friend of Education" Award in 1990, Women Helping People Award in 1982, and United Way Physicians Service Hero Award and eighth grade Cherry Pie Champion.
Dr. Carpenter was a member of First Presbyterian Church, where she taught adult Sunday school, was an Elder at church on session, and involved with Children's Music Ministry.
Survivors include her companion, Jerald Ford; one daughter, Kimberly Ann Misamore and her husband, Michael, of Mansfield, Texas; one son, Scott Carpenter and his wife, Amanda Brown Carpenter, of Moore; four grandchildren, Camden, Colby, Parker and Travis; one sister, Karen Martin of Los Angeles; and a brother, Daniel Matthews of White Heath, Illinois.
She was preceded in death by her father, Byron Matthews; her mother, Katryna Matthews; her sister, Jean Matthews; and one brother, Timothy Alan Matthews.
The family suggests memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 301 E. Kings Rd., Ada, OK 74820; Mama T's, P.O. Box 2739, Ada, OK 74821; Compassion Outreach Center, 1124 Cradduck Rd., Ada, OK 74820; or CASA (Care Cottage), 514 E. 10th, Ada, OK 74820.
Published on May 24, 2017
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