Carolyn Christine Bock McBride, 73, of Kerrville, TX, passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, in San Antonio, TX. She was born in Austin, to Caroline Battersby and Carl Edward Bock, on April 15, 1938. She married the Rev. Douglas H. McBride on July 23, 1960. Carolyn was a graduate of Stephen F. Austin High School and the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. She is survived by her husband, Douglas; her 3 daughters: Melissa McBride of Columbus, OH, Keri Sutter (Frederick) of Columbus, OH, and Christy McBride of Kerrville, TX; her sister Carol Sue (Bock) Gonzalez (Hernan) of Gainesville, FL; her granddaughters: Erin, Kristin, Hannah, and Caroline Sutter; and extended family members. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 31, at 10:30 a.m., at First Presbyterian Church of Kerrville, Texas, with the Rev. Rob Lohmeyer officiating. Interment will be at the Oakwood Cemetery in Austin at a later date. Carolyn lived her life enthusiastically and passionately. She was an exceptionally caring wife and mother, who enjoyed the challenges those roles presented. In addition, she became an accomplished musician and composer; an educator of elementary through college levels of Spanish, English, and art; a popular retreat and conference speaker on matters of faith, prayer, and Bible Study; an author of two books; a genealogist; and a highly respected artist. Carolyn enjoyed using her leadership skills in churches and community organizations of many kinds. Her most recent book, Fireflies in a Jar: Stories of Growing Up in Austin, 1938 - 1956, reveals her vibrant, adventuresome, and creative spirit. Memorials may be given to the Kerrville Arts and Cultural Center of Kerrville, TX, and the Hill Country Arts Foundation of Ingram, TX. The family invites you to send condolences at: grimesfuneralchapels.com by selecting the Send Condolences link. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Mar. 31, 2012