Dru Ann Carter was born on January 8, 1957 in North Hollywood, CA to Vernon and Dorothy Lankford.  She attended Francis Polytechnic High School where she graduated in 1974.

Of the things that mattered most to Dru, family was definitely at the top of the list. She wore her heart on her sleeve when it came to family and she would light up whenever she talked about them. On June 26, 1982, Dru married her husband Larry Carter. Their union produced two children, Andrew and Lauren. “Juice,” as she was affectionately known to the family was often the glue and backbone that held everyone together.

Anyone that was fortunate to have a personal relationship with Dru knew how big her heart was and that she always had your best interest at hand. Dru touched so many people with her kind and authentic spirit. She had a genuine love of people, and could sit and talk to anyone for hours.

Along with family, her hobbies included: gardening, traveling, and spending time with her dog Grady.

Dru is survived by her husband Larry, her children Andrew and Lauren, her extended family and friends, and of course her dog Grady.

Family Sentiments

To the one my heart bleeds for, because I know that
I will never see those beautiful blue eyes again.
The years we spent together were the best years of my life.

Void, empty, hollow inside
My dreams have fled, my hopes have died.
You were my life, my hope, my love
All is gone, passed by thereof
The hurt is such no one should bear
What’s to life, why should I care? 
I love you Dru……
~ Larry

Mom I just want to thank you for making me the man I am today. You taught me so much about life. There are so many memories that I will always have of us. You were my best friend and biggest fan.  You were one of the few people that got my sense of humor and you always helped me stay positive regardless of the situation. I love you and will miss you so much!
~ Andrew

My mom, better known to us as “Juice” was the most amazing woman I have ever known. Saying that she was the strongest person I have ever met is an understatement. Her strength and courage were incredible, and she never once complained about ANYTHING. My mom’s positive outlook and caring manner were contagious to everyone she encountered. Every time she would walk into a room it was like she lit it up with her pretty blue eyes and inviting smile. I hope that one day I can be an amazing friend, wife, and mother just like she was. She will be loved and missed dearly in all of our hearts.
~ Lauren

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