Meredith L. Carpenter Meredith Lee Carpenter of Neodesha, KS, died Saturday, April 14, 2007, at the Wilson County Hospital. She was 78. At the familys request, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2007, at the First Christian Church under the direction of Penwell-Gabel Loran Fawcett Chapel. Inurnment will take place at a later date. The family will receive friends at the church following the service. The daughter of Walter Jake Owen Greer and Docia Edna Rumbeck, she was born January 13, 1929, in Kansas City, MO. She moved to Neodesha with her family at an early age and was a lifelong resident of Neodesha. Meredith graduated from Neodesha High School in 1947. She was united in marriage to Jerry Carpenter on April 29, 1949, Neodesha, KS. He survives at the home. In 1973, she became employed by Cobalt Boats and served in many capacities including that of Personnel Director and was affectionately known as Mother Cobalt. She retired from Cobalt in 2003. She was a member of the First Christian Church, the Wilson County Hospital Auxiliary and the New Beginnings Board of Directors. She was a former member of the Great Plains Federal Credit Union Board of Directors and the Fredonia Golf Club. Meredith and Jerry were avid supporters as well of all the activities in which their children and grandchildren participated. In addition to her husband, she is survived by four children, Rick Carpenter, Kent Carpenter, Julie LaBarr and Kelle Pierce, all of Neodesha; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She is preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Margaret Anne Garrett. Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or the First Christian Church and may be left at the funeral home. To leave a special message for the family, please visit www.PenwellGabel.com.