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Barbara Kidd Caserta

Tyler, Texas

Aug 25, 1932 – Mar 23, 2021 (Age 88)


August 25, 1932
March 23, 2021
Tyler, Texas


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Burks-Walker-Tippit Funeral Directors - Tyler Obituary

A graveside service in celebration of the life of Barbara Kidd Caserta, 88, of Tyler, Texas, will be held on Friday, March 26, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at Rose Hill Cemetery, with The Very Reverend M. L. Agnew, Jr. officiating under the direction of Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Directors. 

Barbara, our beloved mother, passed away peacefully Tuesday afternoon, March 23, 2021.  She was born in Tyler on August 25, 1932, the eldest child of Hubert E. Kidd, Sr. and Opal Lowry Kidd.

Barbara was a 4th generation Tylerite who started learning life’s lessons at Kidd’s Dairy and Ice.  She graduated from Tyler High School in 1949, Tyler Junior College in 1951 and THE University of Texas at Austin in 1953, where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority.  She served as a Lady in Waiting in the Tyler Rose Festival in 1952.   Barbara married Harry L. Caserta, Sr. (Booty) on March 3, 1956 and they had two children,  Harry L. Caserta, Jr. and Kay Kidd Caserta.

After college Barbara started her career with her dream job at Humble Oil and Refining Company in Houston.  Later, she had a vast and varied business life in Tyler, from founding Caserta Realty, where she took great joy in helping so many find their dream home to finding a great stock or oil and gas investment.  She was a wise, enthusiastic, kind, joyful, generous, hard- working and gracious lady who helped many young people find their path in life.  She loved people from all walks of life, and they loved her.

Barbara was a current member of Christ Church, Tyler Junior Garden Club, Junior League of Tyler, Pi Beta Phi Tyler group and Willow Brook Country Club.  Her favorite pastimes included playing bridge with her lifelong friends, Ann, Bitsy and Jo Ann, charcoaling steaks for her incredible Friday night dinners and watching Longhorn football.  Barbara loved the Lord and influenced many with her faith throughout her life.

She was predeceased by her parents; husband; and brothers, L. Lee Kidd and Hubert E. Kidd, Jr. (Hoopy); and nephews, Lex Lee Kidd and Trant Lowry Kidd.  She was survived by her children; her nieces, Kimberly Kidd Maddox, Melissa Kidd Heidrick, Carolyn Opal Nicole Kidd, Victoria Lee Kidd; nephew, Hubert E. Kidd, III and their families; numerous cousins and many incredible friends.

Pallbearers will be  Robert Bailes, Hal Bertram, Kevin Eltife, Don Garrett, L. F. (Francis) Kay, Clay McCain and Dr. Clayton Whitney.  Honorary Pallbearers will be:  Dr. Dwayne Andrews, Dr. Douglas Coltman, Dr. Ramon Kumar and Dr. Allen Wegener.

A heartfelt thank you to all of the incredible people who took such special care of Barbara during her last illness and over the years, especially Graciela Lemus and Randy Bawcum.

For those desiring to send a gift in Barbara’s memory, please direct donations to the Hubert Kidd Children’s Eye Clinic at St. Paul’s Children’s Services, 1358 E. Richards Street, Tyler, TX 75702, or the charity of your choice.

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Kay and Harry, so sorry for you loss. Your mom was a sweet lady that always wanted to know how life was treating us despite her own issues. Her perspective was always looking to eternity. We will never forget her kindness. God Bless

Harry and Kay, I will miss your mom-sometimes when someone passes I go home from work and sit in the dark. Today I will do that-she was the greatest

Kay Kidd Caserta & Harry L. Caserta,
You have my deepest sympathy and prayers are going out to you and up for you. I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. Just remember that Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.
May GOD continue to Bless you. Ruby N. Thomas

Barbara has been an inspiration in my life. She aiways knew what to say to make life liveable. Love and hugs for Harry and Kay, my heart is with you.

Kay my deepest condolences to you my friend. I know your mom's light is shining just as bright in heaven as it did here on earth. Hugs to you sweet friend.

Kay, thinking of you and your sweet mom.

Barbara was such a delight. She was such a beautiful and gracious lady. It was always a pleasure to visit with her. I will miss her so much, but so glad I got to visit with her last week. She knew where she was going and she was excited to be going there. Love you Barbara!