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01-23-2006, 09:43 AM
Despite heroic attempts to save her life, Janette Carter, 82, beloved matriarch of the Carter Family, passed away at 6 a.m. (EST) Sunday, January 22, at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tennessee. She had been unconscious since Tuesday evening (January 17), when her health took a major downward turn. She had endured a combination of chronic illnesses, several surgical procedures over the last several years, and Parkinson's Disease. Prior to being rushed to the hospital's emergency room Tuesday, she had been undergoing physical therapy in a nearby rehabilitation facility following a fall in her home Christmas day.

Daughter Rita Forrester reported Thursday that her mother, while still critical, had begun showing some signs of improvement. Other complications overnight Friday, however, required emergency surgery Saturday despite Janette's weakness and medical instability.

Over the next 24 hours, two Code Blue events occurred. A team of physicians revived her after the first event but were unable to bring her back after the second.

Final arrangements will be handled by the Scott County Funeral Home in Weber City, Virginia. Those arrangements will be announced later, according to Rita Forrester.

As for the future of the Carter Fold, Rita Forrester says her mother's objectives, policies, goals, and ambitions will continue as before.

Janette Carter was one of three children born to A. P. and Sara Carter. A. P. Carter was the founder and leader of the history-making trio that began recording in 1927. Three daughters born to Maybelle Carter, the other member of the original trio, have also passed away. With the passing last March of her brother Joe, Janette remained the last surviving child of members of the original Carter Family.

Janette followed her father's last wishesóto do all she could to preserve not only Carter Family music but also the old-time folk and country music of the Appalachiansóby presenting country music performances at the site of the general store her father operated in his final years. Over the next several decades, those performances grew, becoming the Carter Family Fold, centerpiece of the not-for-profit Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Inc. The Saturday night performances have become the region's top visitor attraction.

Janette's lifetime of hard work and struggles brought her countless awards and phenomenal national and international recognition. The latest honor, and among the most significant, occurred last September when she was presented the Bess Lomax Hawes award from the National Endowment for the Arts in recognition of her lifelong efforts in the preservation and performance of Appalachian music.

Janette Carter's parents, A.P. and Sara, and her Aunt Maybelle Carter produced a musical legacy internationally regarded as pivotal in the establishment of the country music industry and have been in the Country Music Hall of Fame since 1970.