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Liedeker, Carolyn Fox

Female 1928 - 2011  (83 years)


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  • Name Liedeker, Carolyn Fox  [1
    Born 11 Jul 1928  Houston, Harris, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    _UID 2A33CEBC326C4767B88325221E9B7A614949 
    Died 8 Sep 2011  Houston, Harris, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Beth Israel Cemetery, Houston, Harris, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I25878  My Family Tree | Weiss Lang Family Branch
    Last Modified 1 May 2020 

    Father Liedeker, Louis Lawrence,   b. 7 Feb 1893, Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1952, Houston, Harris, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Mother Westheimer, Leona Elsa,   b. 6 Aug 1899, Houston, Harris, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1984, Houston, Harris, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 21 Jan 1924  [1
    Family ID F24147  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Epstein, Robert A. 
    Married 31 May 1947  Houston, Harris, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Children 
    +1. Epstein, Lauren Lou
    +2. Epstein, Ross Allen
    +3. Epstein, Neal Evans
    Last Modified 1 May 2020 
    Family ID F24145  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • CAROLYN FOX LIEDEKER EPSTEIN, departed this earthly life on September 8, 2011. She was born on July 11, 1928, a third generation Houstonian , a direct descendant of the founding family of Congregation Beth Israel, to Louis Lawrence Liedeker and Leona Westheimer Liedeker. Carolyn always had a wonderful, glittering smile, bright flashing eyes and a happy word for everyone. She never uttered a mean or unkind word about anyone and all who met her were captivated by her sparkling personality. She attended San Jacinto High School and the University of Texas where she majored in Art Appreciation, developing a skill and a knowledge of design and space which she brought into her home. There was a place for everything and everything was in its place and she constantly fiddled and adjusted the placement of each and every piece on any table or on the wall so that it was exactly right. She was an experienced knitter and served as President of The Knit Shop, a well known art needlework shop operated by the Epstein family, and founded by her husband's mother. Her creations still grace many corners of her home, as well as those of many of her friends and family. She was a tireless shopper and meticulous bargain hunter and coupled with her artistic background, she was always a stunning vision at any event she attended. Carolyn met her future husband, Robert A. Epstein, on a blind date on October 12, 1943, arranged by her mother and Bob's mother who after meeting her at a WWII USO center where she was serving as a hostess for visiting troops, Bob's Mom decided that she was the one for her son. When Bob came home on leave as a brand new 2nd Lieutenant, they met for the first time and they developed their relationship by mail while Bob was in the South Pacific. When he returned, they married on May 31, 1947 and spent their first year of marriage at Texas A & M while Bob finished his degree. She raised three wonderful children, Ross, Lauren and Neal and saw to it that they grew up in a happy home with good values, and great cooking developing favorites which they have all attempted to duplicate to this day. Frequently the phone would ring and one of her kids would begin, "Mom, how do you make……..?", requesting the recipe for one of her signature dishes. Carolyn was a great organizer which went right along with her neatness and while she was in demand as an organization leader, she chose to spend her time in the home supporting the family activities. She did serve as President of Avodah Chapter B'nai Brith Women, and was a Life Member of Hadassah, but her priorities were with her family. She had a knack of putting together scrapbooks memorializing events in her life and made one for each of the many world trips that she and Bob made throughout their lives. Bob's business and social activities took him all over the country and often abroad and Carolyn dutifully followed him making many new friends. She enjoyed sightseeing and shopping but she longed for the quiet solitude of her home on the beach in Galveston where she loved to spend lazy days and hours curled up with a book and her cat. She would go there for a day, a week or all summer. When she was there, it was impossible to pry her out. She loved to cook whatever her family caught in West Bay or snared in the traps in front of the house. Carolyn is survived by her husband of 64 years, Robert A. Epstein, son Ross Allen Epstein (Janet), daughter Lauren Lou Epstein Scharf, son Neal Evans Epstein (Susan), seven grandchildren, Rosalyn Perci Scharf, Evan Allen Epstein (Courtney), Cyvia Ann Scharf Star (Jon), Jillian Hannah Epstein Teague (Glenn), Hillary Epstein Conforti (Paul), Patricia Epstein and Rebecca Epstein, five Great Grandchildren, Isaac, Josie, Charlotte Belle, Eli, and Porter.

  • Sources 
    1. [S326] FindAGrave.com.

    2. [S1992] Obit, for Carolyn (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S677] houston jewish herald, (ancestry.com).