Cara Lou Whittecar Hauter, 89, died June 16, 2020, at her home in Medina Township, Mich.
Cara was born Feb. 12, 1931, in Dover Township, Fulton County, Ohio, to Clair and Flossie (Bingmann) Whittecar on the Whittecar family farm that dates back to 1869. As a student at Chesterfield School, she made many childhood friends that she would continue to stay in contact with throughout her life. The school band was one her many interests.
She married Charles William (Bill) Hauter Oct. 23, 1948, and they moved to Medina, Mich., to live on the Hauter home farm. To say the least, things were a little different then. With a small flock of chickens, she was able to sell enough eggs to pay the hospital bills for the delivery of their children. She liked to plow the fields with her Ford Ferguson and two bottom plow. Bill preceded her in death Aug. 9, 2015, after 67 years of marriage.
Cara was employed at Stauffer Chemical in Weston, Mich., and later at Anderson Development in Adrian, Mich. She was employed by Anderson for more than 30 years, serving in accounts payable and as payroll administrator. With the inception of personal computers, she was the resident computer person for her family farm, utilizing farm accounting software.
Cara was well known for her holiday dinners, as everything tasted so good that everyone was willing to risk his or her life for just one more bite. Her many interests included quilting, gardening, bird watching, antique furniture and dishes, along with watching her family grow. She belonged to several organizations throughout her life, but her time with the Medina Extension Club and Medina Bunco Club seemed to be her greatest joy.
She is survived by children Ron (and Jan) Hauter and Linda (and David) Arno; grandchildren Dave (and Dawn) Hauter, Ryan (and Gretchen) Arno and Kim (and Brian) Bazen; great-grandchildren Jacob Hauter, Katie Hauter, Chris Arno, Brad Arno, Tyler Bazen and Hanna Bazen.
Funeral services are planned at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 20, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Morenci. Interment will follow in Medina Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 19, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the charity of the donor’s choice.