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Queen Ester Foye Carson was called home to glory while at Long Island Jewish Hospital in Nassau County, New York on Monday, January 15, 2024 after battling COPD for several years. She also had a white blood cell disorder, for which she underwent chemotherapy for a few years. She also required frequent blood transfusions which was quite tiresome. In addition to these ailments, she contracted COVID-19 twice, Norovirus, several infections, more recently the RSV virus and had damage to the liver and kidneys. In spite of all these obstacles, she still managed to maintain a positive outlook.
Queen was born on June 9, 1941 in Jones County, North Carolina to the late Alvis and Mary Sue Gooding Foye. She was the 6th and youngest child from this union.
After graduating from Adkin High School in Kinston, NC in 1960, she traveled to New York, where she met her future husband, Claude Carson. They were married on December 19, 1965 until his passing on December 21, 2019.
"Queenie or Miss Queen", as she was affectionately known to friends and family, was a devoted wife to husband, Claude of 54 years, loving mother, doting grandmother, loyal friend and committed woman of God with a selfless heart. She had a flair for style, was an excellent cook and a fantastic baker. She was smart, kind, funny and ever so willing to impart knowledge and offer friendly advice. She was a straight shooter and didn't hold back.
In the late 1960's and early 1970's Queenie worked at various companies such as law firms and insurance companies. In 1971 she landed employment with Columbia Broadcasting Systems (CBS Television). There she worked in Payroll Department for nearly 30 years, until her retirement in 1999.
Queenie and Claude enjoyed cruising and traveling, particularly to the Caribbean Islands and Mexico to serene waters and sandy beaches, as well as various states. Queenie and Claude relocated to Durham, North Carolina in 2011 and then to Bear, Delaware for a few years. Missing their home turf so much, they returned to Queens, New York in 2017. Queenie was a dedicated member of Macedonia AME Church in Jamaica, New York (originally located in Flushing, New York), where she served on the Stewardess Board. Even with declining health, she would still manage to make it to church services and eventually mastered the virtual process.
Queenie was preceded in death by parents Alvis and Mary Sue Gooding Foye, husband Claude Carson, brothers Alvis, James, George, Johnny Foye and sister Tessie Foye Dawson.
She leaves to cherish her memory: daughter Kathleen Constant, granddaughter Kimberly Wright, two sisters-in-law: Brenda (Jimmy) Ellis, Patricia Carson, two brothers-in-law: Marion (Doris) Carson and E.J. Carson, a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.