Charlotte Faith See Pruter
Charlotte Faith See Pruter, 84, of Orange passed away Sept. 30, from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Charlotte was born in St. Louis, MO. on July 6, 1927 to parents Ethel Gilfillan See and Charles Earl See.
She was a graduate of Blewett High School in St. Louis. She attended Washington University in St. Louis before transferring to The University of Texas at Austin where she earned her BS degree in Education in 1947. She was a fifth grade teacher at Terrell Elementary in Port Arthur in the 1950’s. It was in Port Arthur that she met her late husband, James Pruter, on a New Years Eve blind date.
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Orange, for over fifty years. During that time, she served as a deacon, Women of the Church president, publicity chairman, and member of the Chancel Choir.
Her passion for sports was widely known and no doubt stemmed from her father’s love of baseball. She was a member of the St. Louis Cardinal’s Knothole Gang watching Dizzy and Daffy Dean with her father through the 1930’s. She was an avid Astros’ fan, listening to their games as she took her nightly walks through the neighborhood. More than anything though, she was a Texas Longhorn fan through and through, and attended games as often as she could. She was an avid golfer and longtime member of Sunset Grove Country Club and the Ladies Golf Association there.
She played bridge and poker and enjoyed the many groups that she played with. She loved music and learned how to play the piano at an early age. She performed with the St. Louis Symphony as a teenager. She sang and danced in countless Orange Service League Follies, serving as rehearsal pianist when needed. Into her 80’s, she was more than happy to provide a rousing version of “Happy Birthday” for her friends and family. She supported the arts in Orange by serving as president and publicity chairman of the Orange Community Concert Association for many years.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend who will be missed dearly.
Her parents and her husband, James Roberson Pruter, preceded her in death.
She is survived by her daughters Ann Pruter Seals and Susan Pruter Swan; their husbands Henry Seals and Bobby Swan, all of Orange; her grandsons Dr. Bobby Seals of Austin and James Swan of Orange; and by her niece Scott Pruter and her partner Carol Harriman of Reno, NV.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, Oct. 14 at 2:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Orange with the Rev. Mike Umbenhaur officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The James and Charlotte Pruter Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Orange County Texas Exes, 2613 Champion Drive, Orange, TX 77630 or First Presbyterian Church, 902 Green Ave, Orange, TX 77630.