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Carol H. Anderson Obituary
Anderson, Carol H. Carol H. Anderson passed away on November 8, 2009. Carol was a fifth generation Texan whose ancestors came to Texas when it was still part of Mexico. Her great great great grandfather, Colonel W. Lochridge and his son-in-law, Carol's great great grandfather, Colonel G. W. Crawford, were both Texas Rangers. Colonel Crawford was known as the "Nicaraguan Hero" for his exploits in the Nicaraguan revolution during the 1850s. Colonel Crawford was heavily involved with Sam Houston in the early days of the Republic of Texas. He later was a member of the Fifth Legislature of the State of Texas. Carol was preceded in death by her parents Judge C.C. Randle (Carol's role model in life) and Mrs. CC (Adelaide) Randle, her former husband of over twenty-four years, J. Patrick Houren, and her late husband, L.S. (Max) Anderson. Valedictorian of her high school graduating class, Carol received her BBA and MBA in finance from Southern Methodist University, where her Great Aunt, Nona Hay, was one of the early Dean of Women and happened to introduce Carol's parents (both of whom were young students at SMU at the time). Carol's Great Uncle, S.J. Hay was an early mayor of Dallas. Carol was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority at SMU and later served as President of the Dallas Alumnae. She was a Duchess to the Neches River Festival and Duchess to the Texas Rose Festival. Carol was one of the early female members of the National Association of Securities Dealers Principals in the United States and was the owner and president of Balanced Investments Securities Company. Carol also worked as a real estate broker for the Henry S. Miller Company. Carol was written up in Who's Who in American Women, Who's Who in the World and Notable Women of Texas. Carol was a former member of the Tax Advisory Committee for the City of Dallas. Carol was active in politics for many years. She chaired the Reagan Bush Victory Party in 1980 for over 5500 people at the Loews Anatole Hotel, a major and pleasurable undertaking of which Carol was quite proud. Carol chaired many benefits, fundraisers, headed up many charitable organizations, and served on numerous charitable and corporate boards over the years. Some of the organizations for which she served as a member of the Board of Directors are Champion Life Insurance Company, Northwood University Board of Governors, and Dallas Ballet Board of Trustees. Carol, along with Mrs. William Plack Carr and Juanita and Henry S. Miller, Jr. founded Lone Star Adagio, the support group for the Dallas Ft. Worth Ballet. Carol was a former member of the Board of Directors of the Dallas Council on World Affairs, TACA Board of Governors, Dallas Board Member of the Dallas Arboretum Womens Group, Chairman of the Women's Board of the Dallas Opera, Board Member of the Dallas Theatre Center Guild, Board Member of the Womens Group Dallas Museum of Art, Board Member and Past President of the Creative Learning Center, also past board member of Le Femmes du Monde and Past President of the Womens Group of the Church of the Transfiguration, to name only a few of the causes and activities in which Carol showed great interest. Carol was a member of the Knife and Fork Club, Mes Amies, former member of Trippers Dance Club. Carol was a great mom, Mamie and friend and believed she was truly blessed with a wonderful family. She is survived by her son, Jay Randle Houren, daughter-in-law Lisie Howell Houren, granddaughters Elise Marie Houren, Catherine Adelaide Houren and Carolyn Louise Houren, all of whom live in Houston, daughter Laura Marie Houren, and friend, David E. Box, both of Dallas, brother, Stephen G. Randle of Lake Livingston and nephews, Tim Randle and Greg Randle, and niece Claire Martinez and their respective spouses and children of Austin, Texas. Carol would like to thank all of her good friends for their great caring and friendship. She would especially like to thank her best and closest friend and companion, Chuck D. Leabman for being so supportive during this last difficult year. In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to the Performing Arts Group of your choice. Services will be private.

Published in Dallas Morning News on Nov. 9, 2009
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