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Dana G. Carver

November 29, 1927 - August 4, 2017

Obituary


Dana Gibbs Carver died the morning of Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, at her home in San Antonio. She was 89. Dana was born Nov. 29, 1927, in Rayville, Louisiana, to Sarah Veloice Allbritton Gibbs and Wesley Waits Gibbs Sr. Growing up primarily in Memphis, Tennessee, she attended Randolph Macon Academy in Front Royal, Virginia, which is where she met the love and light of her life, the man who would be her husband, George O. "Tex" Carver Jr. Thus, she began the life of a military wife, with a variety of stations, most memorably in...

Dana Gibbs Carver died the morning of Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, at her home in San Antonio. She was 89. Dana was born Nov. 29, 1927, in Rayville, Louisiana, to Sarah Veloice Allbritton Gibbs and Wesley Waits Gibbs Sr. Growing up primarily in Memphis, Tennessee, she attended Randolph Macon Academy in Front Royal, Virginia, which is where she met the love and light of her life, the man who would be her husband, George O. "Tex" Carver Jr. Thus, she began the life of a military wife, with a variety of stations, most memorably in Japan, a period of time which the stories are legion. She taught First Grade for two years at St. Mary's Hall before she and Tex began their family, at which time she retired to be a housewife and mother to their three sons. Upon Tex's retirement as a helicopter pilot for the U.S. Army, the couple settled in his hometown of San Antonio where he went to work for Holt Caterpillar. In the early 1970s, the couple followed their passion and built a coast house in Port Aransas, where they enjoyed the beach, the fried flounder at the Island Café - a ritual when they arrived in town -- the summer breeze and cocktails on their deck facing the water. Dana's love of the coast never failed, even decades after Tex's passing and when it required someone else behind the wheel to make the trip. Dana also enjoyed her ladies bridge group that, until only recently, had endured for decades. She also assisted a neighbor in caring for stray cats, which included capturing them to be spayed or neutered, feeding and watering them. The cats, however, became Dana's undoing when they conspired to cause her to fall and break a hip. Dana prevailed, however, and survived to see to it that anyone but her kept those cats supplied. An avid reader always, Dana often read until the wee hours, and slept in at her leisure, something for which she did not apologize and required anyone providing a service to work around. Family was paramount to Dana, who kept in close touch with her sister and brother in Tennessee and Florida, respectively. Her sons and/or granddaughters were daily presences in her life, by choice and for the pleasure of her company. Preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Dana is survived by her sons, George O. Carver III of Austin, David W. Carver of Houston and Doug S. Carver of New Braunfels; her granddaughters, Tara R. (Harley) Stewart of San Antonio and Jennifer L. Carver of San Antonio; her sister, Martha Ann (Bob) Hurston of Memphis, Tennessee; and her brother, Wesley W. (Sandra) Gibbs Jr. of Melbourne, Florida. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at Sunset Funeral Home, 1701 Austin Highway, San Antonio, with a reception to follow at her home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Port Aransas Education Foundation, P.O. Box 95, Port Aransas, TX 78373.