Isabelle Ruth Carter, a former city Health Department worker who was known in her East Baltimore neighborhood for her willingness to help neighbors, died Wednesday of kidney failure at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was 72.
Mrs. Carter, whose maiden name was also Carter, retired from the health department in 1986 where she had worked conducting surveys on elder and foster child care for about a year.
Earlier, she had worked as a physician's assistant from 1980 to 1985 at the East Baltimore Medical Plan facility at Ensor and Aisquith streets, at the time the city's oldest and largest health maintenance organization. She began her nursing career in 1960 as a labor and delivery technician at Church Hospital, where she worked until 1979.
A lifelong East Baltimore resident, she attended city schools and graduated in 1941 from Carver Vocational and Technical High School. After working as a cosmetologist for several years, she studied nursing in Washington. She was active in the United Baptist Church and in recent years had been a member of Winston Avenue Baptist Church.
"She was a friendly and warm person who always was willing to act as a listener to her neighbors' problems. Her door was always open," a daughter, La Fern Carter of East Baltimore, said Saturday.
Mrs. Carter liked collecting elephant figurines and friends would give her examples made of wood and ceramic.
Services are planned for 6:30 p.m. today at Winston Avenue Baptist Church, 500 E. 39th St.
In addition to her daughter, survivors include two sons, Maurice G. Carter and Antionio Carter; another daughter, Michelle Carter, all of East Baltimore; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland, 1107 Kenilworth Drive, Suite 202, Towson 21204.