Charlotte Karrer Terry, 83, a resident of Kerrville, Texas passed away peacefully on Monday evening, October 2, 2017 at her home in the Summit.
Charlotte was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico on September 8, 1934, the daughter of Walter H. Karrer and Hilda Yates Karrer. She enjoyed a unique childhood visiting the sugar cane plantations which her father managed, playing with her pet monkey and enjoying excursions to the beach and mountains with her sister Frances Karrer Robb of La Porte, Texas.
Charlotte was worried about the recent devastation which Hurricane Maria had inflicted on the people and island she loved. After completing her early education in Ponce at the Liceo Ponceno girls school, graduating on June 10, 1948, she travelled by boat to Texas to live in Orange, Texas with her grandmother Florence Stewart Yates, widow of Dr. J.D. Yates, to attend Lutcher Stark High School, graduating May 29, 1952. While a student at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas she was introduced to Don Dewitt Terry, a native of Paris, Texas, graduate of the University of Texas and an employee of DuPont Corporation. Don and Charlotte were married on July 26, 1957 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Orange. Charlotte graduated from Lamar University with a BS in Elementary Education and began teaching 3rd, 4th and 6th grade.
Early in their marriage Don began working for Gulf Oil Corporation and it was not long before Charlotte was joining Don on business trips to Europe and Asia. This was just the beginning of a life time of global travel with her husband. Don's eagerness for Charlotte to join him on his business trips was a testament to his devotion to her and while he attended meetings, Charlotte visited museums, cathedrals and cafes on her own, a testament to Charlotte's independence, insatiable curiosity and thirst for knowledge, especially history and culture. Charlotte would later instill these qualities in her daughter Kathryn Elizabeth Greig, born November 24, 1963 in Orange, Texas.
Charlotte would leave teaching in 1968 to focus on raising her daughter, joining the Daughters of the American Revolution, charitable work with St. Paul's Episcopal Church and developing her skills at bridge. Her sharp mind and wit made her an especially popular bridge partner. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution for 30 years and both the DAR and bridge remained life-long passions. Later, she would enjoy teaching her grandchildren how to play bridge over the Christmas holidays.
In 1976, Don was transferred to Taipei, Taiwan as Vice President of Asia Polymer Corporation. This provided another opportunity for Charlotte to explore the world and she immersed herself in Chinese culture, joined the Anglican congregation of The Church of the Good Shepard and made many new friends.
Charlotte and Don lived in Taiwan for many years eventually returning from overseas to Marietta, Ohio, where Don continued his career. Don retired in 1982 and moved with Charlotte to their lake house in Texas on Toledo Ben. Their daughter Kathryn attended Garrison Forrest School in Baltimore, Maryland, a girls boarding school and Mount Vernon College in Washington, DC, eventually working as curator of the State Department's Art in Embassies Program during George H.W. Bush's administration and later at Sotheby's in NYC. Charlotte enjoyed travelling to DC and NYC to visit her daughter. She was thrilled when Don took a consulting position in Antwerp, Belgium where they relocated for a year.
In 1996 Charlotte and Don moved to Kerrville, building a home in the Summit. Charlotte felt as if she was coming home as her father Walter Karrer had been raised in Hondo. Charlotte was a sixth generation Texan and descended from a number of early Hill Country settlers such as the Bendeles, Fohns and Karrers. She was an enthusiastic member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas as a descendent of Adam Lackey Stewart who immigrated to the Republic of Texas in 1836 and was also a member of the Castro Colonies Heritage Association.
While Charlotte's daughter Kathryn was working in NYC, Kathryn was introduced to Geordie Greig, an Englishman working as the American Correspondent of the London Sunday Times. Kathryn and Geordie married on Nov 25, 1995 and live in Notting Hill in London, England. Geordie is an author and Editor of the Mail on Sunday newspaper.
As an avid Anglophile, Charlotte was delighted with the union and enjoyed many holidays with Don to England and Scotland to visit their daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren, Jasper Louis Carron Greig born April 30, 1998, Monica Kathryn Greig and Octavia Charlotte Greig, twins, born June 11, 2000. She especially enjoyed attending chapel services with her grandson who attended Eton College.
Don and Charlotte recently celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary. Charlotte will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Kerrville, Texas on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 2 PM.
Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at Kerrville Funeral Home. (830) 895-5111
St. Peter's Episcopal Church
320 St. Peter Street
Kerrville, TX 78028
Saturday, November 11, 2017
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