Carol Heideman

Carol Lewis Heideman of Houston, Texas, a devoted wife, mother and daughter, passed peacefully from this life to eternal life on October 2. Born on June 23, 1945, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, she was the only child of Rupert Stackhouse Lewis and Ruth Adams Lewis, the oldest grandchild of William Richard Adams and Nina Orr Adams, and the only grandchild of Rupert Lewis and Hallie Patterson Lewis. After graduating from Randolph-Macon Woman's College and completing a graduate degree in biochemistry at the University of Illinois, Carol came to Houston to work at Baylor College of Medicine, first in the Department of Pharmacology and later in the Departments of Neurology and Medicine.

It was at this time that she met John Clark Heideman, whom she married June 1, 1974. Their family was made complete with the arrival of Diana Ruth in August 1981 and Paul Rupert in November 1985. Her family stood foremost above her many other interests. She stands now among us remembered for her kind and giving disposition, loving heart, inquisitive mind, creative talents and courageous spirit.

Carol was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Houston and in past years was active in volunteering her time to teach Sunday School and co-chair and teach Vacation Bible School. She also gave tirelessly to improvements in her neighborhood, chairing a major tree planting project of 300+ live oak trees on the esplanades, chairing the first improvement to Karl Young Park, initiating a neighborhood recycling program, and serving on the board of Stella Link Redevelopment Association. As her children grew older, she found time to pursue other interests, first teaching at School for Little Children and later becoming certified to teach Pilates, which she taught privately and in the open studio at Pilates Concepts of Houston. These were happy times, and she formed many lasting friendships.

Carol is survived by her beloved husband, John; her dear daughter Diana and husband, Andrew McClure; her dear son Paul and wife, April; dear grandchildren Constance Elin Heideman and Rhett Paul Heideman; her beloved mother, Ruth and Ruth's sister, Wilma Adams Wright, as well as cousins whom she remembers very fondly: Taylor Wright, Wayne Wright, Randall Wright, Steven Wright, David Wright, and Ann Wright Tarpley, Murfreesboro, Tennessee; James Wright, Knoxville, Tennessee; Alfred Goldthwaite, Jr., Mary Goldthwaite Perry, Montgomery, Alabama, Ellen Goldthwaite, Tuscaloosa, Alabama and many second cousins in Tennessee and Alabama. Her family wishes to remember her nurses and doctors at M. D. Anderson, especially Dr. Jeffrey Lee, Dr. James Yao, Dr. Vickie Shannon, Dr. Josiah Halm, and Dr. Diane Bodurka, who cared for her through this final illness.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, October 5, at 1 pm in the Chapel at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer Road, Houston, Rev. Linda Christians officiating. There was also a graveside service at the Jones Cemetery in Utopia, Texas, at 2 pm on Sunday, October 6. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that consideration be given to making donations in Carol's memory for Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Cancer Research at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center (P. O. Box 4486, Houston, Texas 77210); Children's Ministry at St. Luke's United Methodist Church;, School for Little Children at Bellaire United Methodist Church; Camp Periwinkle at Texas Children's Hospital, or the .

Published in the Montgomery Advertiser on Oct. 18, 2013