Lequeta Joy "Jody" Carlos

COLUMBIA — A meat wrapper at Schnucks for 28 years, Lequeta Joy “Jody” Carlos was known for her ability to work fast.
“She’d wrap against seven men, and she’d stand there waiting on them, saying, ‘Come on, I don’t have all day,’” said her sister, Elaine Hagar-Brandenburg.
Ms. Carlos of Columbia died Monday, Oct. 15, 2007, at her home. She was 74.
She was born May 13, 1933, in Columbia to James and Ruby Coleman Carlos.
Ms. Carlos graduated from Hickman High School in 1950. She worked in the meat department at Schnucks until her retirement in 2001.
Ms. Hagar-Brandenburg said her sister was a high-spirited and compassionate woman.
“I knew a woman who’d moved from St. Louis, and she didn’t have a place to stay. We had a basement apartment, and my sister offered the woman the place rent-free until she found a job,” Hagar-Brandenburg said. “She was just that type of woman.”
The two sisters lived with each other and would often watch television together. Ms. Carlos’ favorite movie was “Caddy Shack,” and her favorite TV show, “CSI.” Most of all, though, Ms. Carlos was a sports lover.
“The last thing she did was watch the Chiefs game the other night,” her sister said. “She said, ‘I told you they’d win. I told you.’”
Ms. Carlos was also a pet-lover; she leaves behind a two-year-old Beagle named Casey.
“The last two dogs came from the Humane Society,” Hagar-Brandenburg said. “She’d say, ‘Why not get them from some place that really need a home?’”
Ms. Carlos is survived by her sister.
One brother died earlier.
A gathering for family and friends will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Central Missouri Humane Society, 616 Big Bear Blvd., Columbia, MO 65202.
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