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On June 25, 2020, Maggie Selina Carter Butler, 88, entered into eternal rest to be with the Lord. She was born to the union of Joseph Carter and Alberta Stalk Carter on February 5, 1932. She was raised by her aunt, Lillie B. Cornish, having lost her mother in childbirth when she was 4 years old. Maggie was baptized at Hopeful Baptist Church in Hilleryville, LA and graduated from Lowery High in Donaldsonville, LA. She also attended Leland College (now Grambling University). She relocated to New Orleans and worked at Eye, Ear, Nose, and Throat Hospital. Maggie met and married Joe Leslie Harper, a merchant seaman, and to this union, one daughter, Jo Ann Harper, was born.
Maggie worked as a teacher's assistant in local public schools (James Weldon Johnson, Lawrence D. Crocker, and Carter G. Woodson) in special education dealing with students with autism and behavioral challenges.
Maggie was preceded in death by her mother and father, her brothers, Samuel Carter, Arthur Carter, and James Carter, her husband's John Butler and Joe Harper.
She leaves to mourn her passing, her loving daughter, Jo Ann Harper Davis, a grandson, Justin Rogers Davis and a granddaughter, Jessica Selina Davis, and two great-granddaughters, Janiyah Harmony Davis and Mariyah Selina Davis, and Rogers Davis, Shante Wade, Marie Landry and stepsister Monica Harris and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the Funeral Service at Nazareth Baptist Church, 9108 Pritchard Place, New Orleans, LA 70118 AT 10:00 am on Friday, July 3, 2020. Visitation will start at 9:00 am- 10:00 am. Rev. Marc A. Napoleon, officiating. Arrangments entrusted to D.W.Rhodes Funeral Home, 3933 Washington Avenue, New Orleans, LA. Interment: Lake Lawn Metairie Mausoleum and Cemeteries, 5100 Pontchatrain Blvd. New Orleans, LA. Due to Covid-19 all those in attendance are required to wear a face mask and to practice social distancing. Please visit to sign the online guestbook