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League Legend Passes

Published on 5/6/2019

Remembering Phoebe M. Carpenter



Phoebe Carpenter, one of the LWVOC’s most senior lifetime members, passed away May 1 in Orlando.  A Celebration of Life is set for noon May 18 at First Congregational Church of Winter Park. 


Phoebe Miller Carpenter was born Feb. 3, 1930, in Orlando.  She joined the Orange County League of Women Voters on Feb. 1, 1955, and thus was the second eldest of the LWVOC’s living lifetime members, in terms of tenure.


Phoebe and her mother, Edna Miller, were LWVOC leaders who devoted much of their lives to improving the lives of children. They spearheaded initiatives that ultimately restructured Orlando’s juvenile detention home and program. Phoebe recalled getting death threats during that controversial campaign. 


Phoebe was also founding director of the 4C (Community Coordinated Care for Children) program, served in many child-focused endeavors, and received numerous awards for her work.


Oral history video from Phoebe was captured during our historical research.  Watch below or click HERE for longer version of her interviews.