DeLoach, Carolyn Dawson BEDFORD -- Carolyn Dawson DeLoach of Bedford, Texas, passed away peacefully in her sleep Sunday night, Feb. 3, 2013. She celebrated her 100th birthday this past December with family and friends who had traveled from across the country to be with her at Elmcroft Senior Living in Bedford, where she had been living for the past year. A Graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Restland Cemetery in Dallas. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Forest Ridge Funeral Home in Hurst. Born on Christmas day in 1912, she was the youngest child of Carolyn and Lyndon P. Dawson of the small town of Haynesville, La. near Shreveport. A long-time Dallas resident who moved to Bedford several years ago to be closer to her daughter, she is the widow of Jimmy DeLoach (1909-1997), a former staff reporter and photographer for the Dallas Morning News and advertising agency executive. Mrs. DeLoach grew up in Haynesville with her parents and two older brothers. Upon graduation from high school, she wanted to attend college at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Her eldest brother Errol, worried his younger sibling would be swallowed up by university life, contacted a friend of his from nearby Sarepta, La., and asked him to "look after" his baby sister. Errol's friend did exactly as asked and looked after Carolyn, and by the end of her first semester, Carolyn and Jimmy eloped and were married at the courthouse in Shreveport. Sunday, Dec. 23 was their 81st wedding anniversary. Part of the greatest generation, Mrs. DeLoach experienced two world wars, the Great Depression and rapid change in our country. She was proud that she did not have a wayward child, grandchild or great-grandchild and reveled in her role as family matriarch, constantly instructing "her kids" on how to lead a more successful life. She was an avid Dallas Cowboys and LSU Tigers football fan, following both teams closely. She loved sports overall, especially football, golf and baseball. She also loved to play board and card games, especially Bridge. The family also wishes to thank the wonderful, caring staff of Elmcroft Senior Living - Carolyn appreciated everyone there for the kindnesses they extended to her. She is survived by her daughter Ann DeLoach Vowell of Bedford and son Jim and daughter-in-law Diane DeLoach of The Woodlands; grandchildren Julie Vowell Ramirez (Carlos) of Sugar Land, Jim Vowell (Carole) of Denver, Don Vowell (Vicki) of Fort Worth, Bill DeLoach (Nancy) of Downers Grove, Ill. and Zachary DeLoach (Renee) of Eureka, California; and great-grandchildren Carolyn and Enrique Ramirez and Kathryn, Adriana, Christopher, Sam and Tom DeLoach.
Published in Dallas Morning News on Feb. 5, 2013