Fri. Nov. 17, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Jude Shrine
3103 N. Main Street
Stafford , TX 77477.
Fri. Nov. 17, 2017
7:30 pm
St. Jude Shrine
3103 N. Main Street
Stafford , TX 77477.
Sat. Nov. 18, 2017
9:00 am - 10:00 am
St. Jude Shrine
3103 N. Main Street
Stafford , TX 77477.
Sat. Nov. 18, 2017
10:00 am
St. Jude Shrine
3103 N. Main Street
Stafford , TX 77477.
Sat. Nov. 18, 2017
11:30 am
Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery
6900 Lawndale Avenue
Houston , TX 77023.
In Memory of
Carol Ann Felix
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Carol Ann Felix

 

December 25, 1952 - November 11, 2017

 

Requiéscat in Pace

 

 

Carol Ann Giuffré Felix, age 64, beloved sister, aunt, great aunt, Godmother, and friend, departed this life after a long illness on November 11, 2017, in Houston, surrounded by members of her family.  She was born on Christmas Day, 1952, and will forever remain her family’s special Christmas Carol.  She was the fifth child and first daughter of seven children born to Sam William and Lois Hope Giuffré.

Carol attended Corpus Christi Catholic School, Albert Sidney Johnston Junior High School, and Westbury High School, all in Houston.  She was a 1976 graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English.  She was fond of literature, especially the works of Charles Dickens and F. Scott Fitzgerald, among others.  Her command of language was evident.  Every personal note she wrote was crafted with warmth and affection.  Her unfulfilled dream was to write, illustrate, and publish children’s stories – a pursuit in which she would have undoubtedly been successful.

Following college graduation, Carol worked in the energy, financial, and retail industries in Houston before moving to Jacksonville, Florida in 1979.  There, she was employed by Lincoln Financial Group, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, and the United Way of Northeast Florida.  She was well-suited for the not-for-profit sector, as she cherished the interactions and friendships with the donors, benefactors, and philanthropists that made the missions of the organizations she worked for, possible. Carol was a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, participating in the construction of several homes.

In 2003, she returned to Houston where she assisted her brother, James Giuffré, with his law practice. In 2005, her vocation would change, turning to the constant care of her ailing mother until her mother’s death in 2011. 

Considering herself an amateur naturalist, Carol reveled in the majesty and beauty of our national parks that she visited, including the Great Smokey Mountains, Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Painted Desert, Petrified Forest, Rocky Mountain, and Yosemite.  She was also a “rock hound” and frequently visited museums and traveling exhibits to learn as much about, rocks, minerals, and precious stones as she could. In her travels, she endeavored to visit our state capitals and great cities, including New York, San Francisco and St. Louis.  She also enjoyed some of our uniquely American treasures such as the Biltmore House, the New Orleans Vieux Carré, the Mississippi River plantations, Hearst Castle, Lake Tahoe, and Napa Valley.  While still living in Jacksonville, she was a frequent visitor and explorer of the historic cities of St. Augustine, Florida, Savannah, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina.

From her early teens, Carol maintained a passion for hand made crafts and folk art.  Throughout her life she dabbled in knitting, cross stitch, hand looming, quilting, embroidery, crewelwork, wood finishing, Tole decorative painting, and crow quill pen calligraphy.  She constantly searched for new media to experiment with and especially favored lost or forgotten arts such as quilling, first practiced by Italian and French nuns and monks of the Renaissance.  She also pursued a life long quest for knowledge.  Even when her health precluded attending classes, she broadened her learning in multiple disciplines, especially in history, art, and the sciences, through the Great Courses program.

Carol took delight in the accomplishments of her numerous nieces and nephews and frequently attended their artistic and sporting events. She was always eager to visit with them, and regularly participated in their birthday celebrations.  She was quick to teach any willing (or unwilling) student a dance step or two from a bygone era.  She thoroughly enjoyed  the time spent with her family during holidays and sporting events, such as the Triple Crown horse racing series, the Indianapolis 500, and the Super Bowl.  She derived great satisfaction in always finding the perfect gift for her loved ones - something with which she was certain they would be thrilled.

Carol had a great affinity for animals, and she looked upon every one of God’s creatures with a sense of awe, wonderment, and kinship.  She spoke to animals as equals, fully confident that she would be understood, just as Saint Francis of Assisi would have done.  In both Texas and Florida, she was diligent in feeding birds and ducks wherever she lived.  She championed the causes of animal advocacy groups, and donated to their support, sacrificing her own well-being at times.  Carol had many pets throughout her life.

Her love of music and singing in many ways defined who she was.  Her interests were varied and she embraced genres from ancient music to movie scores to country and western ballads.  But her favorites were Baroque, Renaissance, and the music of the Church.  As a child, she would pick out melodies of her favorite compositions on the piano, gradually adding more texture and nuance until she achieved her own arrangements.  The zither, hammered dulcimer and recorder would be added to her repertoire of instruments as the years went by.  She also loved the themes of Broadway, and enjoyed performing in musicals during high school.  In later years, she never missed an opportunity to attend stage productions of her favorite shows.  From her childhood and for more than half a century, Carol served our Lord at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as a choir member and director.  She led choirs in both Florida and Texas.

Carol held devoutly to her Catholic faith.  She had a particular devotion, as a soldier of the Church Militant, to the needs of the poor souls in Purgatory.  She often meditated upon their sufferings and prayed for their repose.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents, and by her brothers, Ronald and James Giuffré.  She is survived by her brothers, Dennis and wife Mary Giuffré, Gary and wife Diane Giuffré, Richard Giuffré, and by her sister, Sharon Keith, her uncles Henry, Jr., Robert, and Rodney Schneider, her aunt, Betty Lou Schneider, and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation will take place on Friday, November 17, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, with the recitation of the Rosary at 7:30, at St. Jude Shrine, 3103 North Main Street, in Stafford.  Visitation will continue on Saturday, November 18, at 9:00 AM, followed by a Requiem Funeral Mass, offered by Father Louis Campbell at Saint Jude Shrine, at 10:00 AM. Burial services will follow at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery, in Calvary Section 50.

For those who unable to attend the Saturday Morning Funeral Mass, a streaming video of the 10:00 AM  services may be viewed live, while an archived video will be accessible afterwards at:

 

saintjudeshrine.yourstreamlive.com

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We love you very, very, very, very much Aunt Carol