Tessah Elizabeth Carter, 35, passed away on November 7, 2023, in Cincinnati. She was born on February 3, 1988, in Ipswich, England, to Prentice and Elizabeth Carter.
Tess was tough on the outside, fragile on the inside, exceedingly kind, highly profane, lively, fun-loving, artistic and unconventional.
Tess had a tender heart for dogs, the underdog and outsiders. If an animal was hit by a car, she was the person who stopped to carry it tenderly to the side of the road and cry over it. If someone on the street asked for a cigarette, she handed them half her pack without judging them. If they asked for a dollar and all she had was a $20, that’s what she gave them. Just a few weeks ago, she stopped when she saw someone outside on a cold day and gave them a blanket from her trunk. We laughed because she saw the same person the next day and he thanked her and gave her the blanket back.
She loved milkshakes, donuts, a good manicure, flowers, shoes, reading, surprises, podcasts, true crime, pink, sharpies and post-it notes, giving the perfect gift and a big gesture. She hated spiders.
Tess engaged with the world. Even as a child, she had a sharp eye for anything funny, weird or hypocritical.
She was the ultimate survivor all the way up until the day she wasn’t. She will be missed forever and is loved completely.
In addition to her parents, Tess is survived by her brother, Samuel Carter; her closest friend, Rob Thrun; and her half-sister, Lisa Kreischer (Bill Sullivan). She was preceded in death by her beloved Grandma Rose, Grandma Lola and Uncle Wayne, among others.
An informal visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Monday, November 20 in the Creativity Center on the sixth floor of the Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th Street, in Cincinnati. In lieu of flowers, please consider doing something kind for a homeless person, an outsider or anyone suffering – just like she would have done.