‘I Think Her Whole Life was a Celebration of Life’

  By Dawn Onley Verlia Carter was not diminished in her darkest hour. She illuminated. In late October, Ms. Verlia enlisted the help of her children and threw herself a belated birthday bash for the ages. In a packed room inside one of the¬†poshest restaurants in town, her family, former co-workers, classmates, church and childhood…