Carolyn V. McKee – Leader of Uvalde

Carolyn V. McKee

Carolyn Vickery Biediger Barnes McKee, 79, passed away promptly on Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022, which is fitting since Easter crowns Holy Week, when we celebrate the life, death, resurrection and our salvation of Christ in Christ.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 24 at Hillcrest Cemetery in Uvalde, Texas. Everyone is welcome. Your presence is a gift for those who love Carolyn.

Carolyn lived a full life with many chapters, all marked by kindness, generosity, creativity and grace (tempered with candor when she thought you needed it!).

Born in San Antonio to loving Great Depression-era parents, Carolyn had a father who went barefoot to school in Robstown, Texas, and rode an Indian motorcycle to Texas A&I when he wasn’t. couldn’t afford a car. Her mother, from Fort Worth, worked her way through TCU by operating the campus switchboard and sharing textbooks in the library.

Carolyn learned to be grateful, thrifty, and always a good steward. The Vickery family moved to Uvalde, added two younger brothers, and expanded from a seed business to vegetable growing and John Deere dealership.

Carolyn graduated two years early from Uvalde High School and attended Texas Tech University.

She met and married Jim Biediger after posting a note on a bulletin board seeking a ride home from college. After Jim graduated from Texas Tech, their marriage began with sharing a three-room ranch with his new in-laws, quite the challenge!

Carolyn completed her BS and MS degrees in psychology by attending St. Mary’s University in San Antonio while raising a young family. Although she was accepted to Baylor University to pursue a doctorate, she gave up this dream to take care of her family.

Whether it’s getting the kids up and giving them a hot breakfast for a 7 a.m. school bus or putting them to bed at night with a prayer that God “keep them and bless them, love them and guide them”, Carolyn gave her everything as a mother. She drove all over South Texas in a green and white Volkswagen pickup truck, with a shifter and no air conditioning, ferrying her kids and others to 4-H meetings, events and stock shows.

She balanced her long 32-year career teaching psychology at Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde at various times with night classes at Del Rio and Eagle Pass, while leading 4-H sewing groups, d and nutrition and photography. There was also a monthly women’s ‘Bridge Party’ with friends, although there was always more socializing than playing cards! Having a mom who knew everyone in Uvalde, 4-H, and who had taught nearly every teacher and law enforcement officer in the area was the ultimate small-town education. Carolyn’s kids couldn’t get away with anything. This chapter sadly included the loss of his eldest, Lynne, in a tragic accident.

In the 1980s, Carolyn discovered a new passion for personal computers, starting with an Apple II computer and later with the first Apple Macintosh computer. She learned to write programs and opened a small computer store in Uvalde where she taught programming to children in a “summer camp”. She even used her computer skills to write and print a cookbook that she shared with family and friends. With the help of her family, friends and colleagues at Southwest Texas Junior College, Carolyn fought and won a battle with breast cancer.

Carolyn V. McKee

Over time, Carolyn divorced and then later married William “Bill” Barnes IV. After retiring from Southwest Texas Junior College, she vigorously undertook extensive research on any subject that interested her. With Bill, Carolyn traveled the country and moved to Houston and then to San Antonio. Carolyn loved spending time with Bill and his son “Cinco”. Carolyn also fused her creativity and computer knowledge, buying a computer-controlled embroidery machine and creating her own designs.

After Bill’s passing, Carolyn ventured to Marble Falls for her final chapter. After she lost a ring, a friend from church told her that Jack McKee had a metal detector. Carolyn and Jack couldn’t find her ring, but Carolyn said she “lost a ring and found a husband!” She adored Jack, and he kept their lives interesting with swap dates and trips to Texas, making sure she had everything she wanted. Weekly domino games, church activities and volunteering at the Marble Falls Library thrift store kept her busy. Carolyn’s creative outlet was designing for her new, larger embroidery machine and craft projects made from silk men’s ties and fabric samples. (Does anyone need HUNDREDS of old ties? If so, let us know!)

Carolyn fought with Jack’s help to recover from a stroke and was doing well, but a second stroke and complications from surgery suddenly ended her life story.

As a family, we thank from the bottom of our hearts all those who have filled Carolyn’s life with joy and companionship – her friends, her bridge club, her dominoes competitors, her church family, her students, her colleagues. and its associates. Carolyn loved people and appreciated everyone’s successes and shared everyone’s losses.

Carolyn was predeceased by her parents Oscar and Laura Vickery, her daughter Lynne Biediger, her second husband William Barnes IV and her sister-in-law Elaine Vickery.

Carolyn is survived by her husband Jack McKee, her brothers Oscar Vickery and Virgil Vickery, her sister-in-law Melonie Vickery, her son Jay Biediger, her daughter-in-law Valerie Biediger, her daughter Kathy Warner, her son-in-law Ernie Warner, her daughter Kaete Biediger-Edington and her grandchildren Stephanie Biediger, Matthew Biediger, Caleb Warner and Declan Edington.

Carolyn is also survived by her first husband Jim Biediger, Bill Barnes’ son “Cinco” Barnes and Jack McKee’s children Debbie Kay Idler, Darla Quick, Marty McKee, Randy McKee, Audie McKee and Greg McKee.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Marble Falls Library or your favorite charity.

The above is a paid obituary.

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