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Lillian Carol Hensley Webster, 80, passed away Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, in Artesia. She was born Oct. 3, 1930, in Temple, Okla., to Owen D. and Winnie Bea (White) Hensley.
In 1938, Carol and her parents moved to Artesia. Carol was only 8 years old at the time. She attended Central Elementary School and graduated from Artesia High School in 1948.
At one time, Carol, her parents and her grandfather, John White, all lived in the back of the Midwest Auto Supply store on Main Street in Artesia. That store is now the east section of the Wellhead Restaurant.
While in school, she was active in just about everything: orchestra, band, Honor Society, Latin Club, president of the Glee Club, secretary homeroom, junior play bulldog staff, Dramatic Club and president of the Pep Club. She took music lessons, twirled the baton and was the majorette for the high school band.
In her high school annual, she listed her ambition "to be a foreign missionary" and her hobby "playing the accordion." She was very active in the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls and was elected to the position of grand worthy adviser for the state of New Mexico. She attended the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, Hockaday Finishing School for Girls and then Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
She was a theater and drama major and presided as president of the drama club while attending SMU. She left SMU early to get her MRS degree, marrying A. A. "Web" Webster Jr. Carol's mom and Elizabeth Webster Fairey conspired together to introduce Carol to Elizabeth Fairy's brother from Fort Worth, Texas. They fell in love and married April 12, 1952, then moved to Las Cruces. After two years in the military Web, Carol and their two sons moved to Alamogordo.
While living in Alamogordo, Carol was busy with a family of four active children. She was a den mother, active in the Women's Sorority Club and president of the Junior Women's Club. She taught Sunday School, missionettes, was a member of the choir and sang specials at First Assembly of God Church.
Carol was a devoted wife and mother and would even go on camping trips with the family … something that we don't think they covered at Hockaday. She loved watching classic movies, listening to music and eating butter pecan ice cream. The 1939 movie, "Gone With the Wind," was her all-time favorite. But her greatest joy was spending time with her family.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Owen and Winnie Hensley, of Artesia; her husband A. A. "Web" Webster Jr., of Alamogordo, and her son Owen David Webster, of Alamogordo.
She is survived by two sons, Arthur A. Webster III, of Longmont, Colo., and Van A. Webster, of Artesia; daughter Katherine Winnie Webster, of Augsburg, Germany; three grandsons, Jesse Webster, of San Antonio, Texas, Daniel Webster, of Tulsa, Okla., and Benjamin Webster, of Artesia; two granddaughters, Katy Webster, of Artesia, and Diana Webster, of Longmont; nephews Webster Dean and Heagan Bayles; and nieces Giselle Miller and Holly Seethaler.
Memorial services for Carol will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, at First Assembly Worship Center with Pastor David Crispin officiating.
Pallbearers include Jesse Webster, Daniel Webster, Benjamin Webster, Arthur Webster III, Van Webster, David Norris, Jerry Mooney and Brian Trieber. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerri Stevens, Roger and Barbie Simmons, Daniel Graham and James Dominguez.
Interment will follow at Monte Vista Cemetery.
The family will greet friends at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, at the church before the service.
The Webster family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the funeral services.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Jan. 8 to Jan. 10, 2011
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