Late in the evening of August 29, on the birthday of her late sister Mary Louise, Bertha Elizabeth Anderson Carmichael, known as Bea to all, left us and joined her parents, sister and brothers.
Born in Houston on July 8, 1935, as a 5th generation Texan, as the youngest child of Mary “Lois” Nelson Anderson and engineer James Settle Anderson, Bea enjoyed a full and long life, always affecting those she encountered in a good, caring and positive way during her journey through life. Wife to Alan, mother to Ron, Wayne and Anna, Nanna to Logan and Lindsey, Bea will continue to live on through them.
Bea studied at University of Texas where she met Alan in November of 1953. “He asked me to go to the party at the Campus Guild,” she explained in an interview with her granddaughter Lindsey in 2009. “I started down the steps in my high heels, and they slid out, the heels came right off.” She laughed and explained, “I thought he was a nice guy. I fell in love with him, didn’t I? I think both of us have felt like we were very fortunate. Because we did definitely fall very, very much in love with one another.” They married on Sept. 25, 1954, in Mineral Wells, Texas.
She has lived in Houston, Austin, Mineral Wells, Puerto Rico, Germany, Corpus Christi and Sabinal, but called Uvalde home.
For 44 years, she worked beside her husband in their beloved Uvalde Rexall’s Drug Store where she oversaw the 30+ seat soda fountain and wonderful gift section. For many decades it was a place for all ages to gather in friendship over coffee, taco salads, and chocolate sundaes. She made sure there was something special for everyone who came in.
Bea was raised in the Episcopal Church and called St. Phillip’s in Uvalde her spiritual home. Her weekly prayer groups and their members are still going strong after decades together and are a source of deep comfort and strength to each other.
Her eldest brother Arthur loved researching their family genealogy and inspired Bea to do the same. She was an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, The Daughters of the Republic of Texas and the Huguenot Society. Bea’s love of family, stories, and history inspired her granddaughter Lindsey to study genealogy for her History degree at the University of Texas.
Bea has always been an animal lover and was involved in the founding of Uvalde’s first humane Animal Shelter.
She was an avid reader but her biggest love, shared with her husband Alan, was travel. The entire family loved ski trips, canoe and rafting trips in central Texas and the canyons of Big Bend, and traveling throughout the United States.
Shortly after their marriage, Alan was stationed in Augsburg, Germany during the 11th Airborne Division’s two-year deployment. During this time Bea and Alan traveled extensively throughout Germany and visited Switzerland, Austria, Italy, France, and Monaco. They also enjoyed exploring throughout Mexico by train and car, as well as England, Wales, Scotland, Canada, and Greece.
She was preceded in death by her siblings: Arthur Gloster Anderson IV, Mary Louise Anderson Smith, and James Arthur “Buddy” Anderson.
She is survived by her husband of nearly 63 years, Alan Carmichael Sr. and their children; A. Ron Carmichael Jr. and his wife Gina of Lago Vista, Texas, Wayne Carmichael and his wife Rhonda of Fort Collins, Colorado, and Anna Carmichael of Uvalde. Bea also leaves her grandchildren, Logan Rowe and Lindsey Carmichael Blackwell and husband, Jonathan Blackwell, as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church, 343 North Getty St, Uvalde at 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, with reception to follow at St. Phillip’s Grace Hall. Her ashes will be entombed in the Columbarium at St. Phillip’s immediately after the service.
The family thanks all of Uvalde for the concern, condolences, and support shown, and requests that in lieu of sending flowers, that donations be made to St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church or to the charity of your choice.
The preceding is a paid obituary.