She was born February 11, 1918, in Moran, to Otto and Lena Mae (nee Foote) Luepnitz. She was graduated from Rudyard High School in 1936.
She married John Lyons and they had three children. After her husband’s death, she worked at the Lutheran Children’s Home in Andover, Illinois, as a cook and seamstress.
She married Kermit Roylance Cartwright June 21, 1953. They settled on a farm in Rudyard, where Mrs. Cartwright enjoyed driving the tractor to cut and rake hay, and to plow a straight furrow. In the late 1960s, their farm became a gathering place for hundreds of sand hill cranes each year. They even started planting extra wheat for the large birds and provided wagon rides for people to get a closer look. When Mr. and Mrs. Cartwright retired from farming, they traveled extensively in their fifth wheel camper, visiting many friends and seeing sights throughout the country.
She was an longstanding active member of the St. James Lutheran Church in Rudyard. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, knitting, and especially enjoyed flower gardening. Mrs. Cartwright loved the company of her family and pets. She took special care of her sister, Carrie, who was in long term care for many years. Mrs. Cartwright had a wonderful sense of humor and was quick to smile.
She is survived by one son and his family, Patrick and Mari-Lyn Lyons of Georgia; a daughter-inlaw,
Marcia Lyons; seven grandchildren: 12 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are three brothers and their families, August Luepnitz of DeWitt, Albert Luepnitz of Longview, Texas, and Carl and Helen Luepnitz of Temple, Texas; a sister, Ethel Lovegrove of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Cartwright was preceded in death by her husband, Kermit, in 2005; a son, John Lyons; a daughter, Kathy Weibeck; a brother, Otto Luepnitz; three sisters, Esther Lawlor, Carrie Luepnitz, and Minnie Kievit, and her first husband, John Lyons.
A memorial service was held Saturday, August 11, at 11 a.m. at St James Lutheran Church in Rudyard. Pastor Mike Mannisto conducted the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 132 West Spruce Street, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan 49783.
Reamer Galer Funeral Home in Pickford assisted the family with arrangements.