Carol “Oma” Lee Townsend went to be with the Lord on Aug. 11, 2018. Carol was born July 31, 1942, in San Jose, Calif., to parents Melvin and Helen Kanzenbach. She married Daniel “Dan” Leckie Townsend Oct. 8, 1962, and had four sons together, Brian Leckie Townsend, Curtis Leckie Townsend, Philip Leckie Townsend and Jeffrey Leckie Townsend, the center of her beautiful life. Carol was a former resident of Noel, Mo., where she raised her family.
Carol spent many years in the nursing field and later retired from CHI St. Joseph’s Health Madison Hospital in Madisonville. After retirement, Carol built a beautiful home on the family homestead at the 4T Ranch in Grapeland, joining her oldest son Brian. She enjoyed the slower pace of the country life, the animals, gardening, canning and quiet evenings on the porch enjoying good conversations.
Carol loved life and lived every minute to the fullest. She treasured the times spent with her beloved family on the 4T or elsewhere. She always instilled in the younger generations the importance of being a family and making wonderful memories to pass on. She was truly the matriarch and was always there to comfort, listen, or lend a helping hand with the most beautiful smile and positive radiance.
After the passing of her husband Dan, Carol spent time on Lake Jacksonville where she made many friends, enjoyed dancing, porch gatherings on the water and met the second love of her life, Jerry Beddow, who quickly became a beloved family member.
Carol is survived by her sister, Marjorie Schmidt; son Brian Townsend; son Curtis Townsend; son and daughter-in-law Jeff and Lisa Townsend; seven grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Carol was preceded in death by her husband, Dan Townsend; son Philip Townsend; her parents, Melvin and Helen Kanzenbach, sister Kathy Weinstock; and brother James Kanzenbach.
A Celebration of Life for Carol will be held at Liberty Hill United Methodist Church on Sept. 29, 2018, at noon with a meal and gathering following in the Community Room at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a memorial can be made in Carol’s name to Liberty Hill United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 689, Grapeland, TX 75844.