Carla Eugenia Bownds

March 18, 1947March 7, 2019

Carla Eugenia Bownds, age 71, of Grand Prairie, Texas passed away on Thursday March 7, 2019. Carla was born March 18, 1947 in Dallas, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mildred E. and Carl L. Bownds and is survived by a host of cousins and friends.

Carla attended Crockett Elementary, Lee Junior High School and graduated from Grand Prairie High School in 1965. In 1970 was a part of the first class to graduate from Dallas Baptist University at the Mountain Creek Campus. She received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree. Carla taught elementary school and special education for 29 years.

Carla was a member of Frist Baptist Church of Grand Prairie, where she grew up attending every time the doors were open. Carla loved her church and was very involved in Serendipity Choir. She was a team leader of the benevolence committee team. . She was also a member of the Women's Club and Retired Teacher's Organization.

When Carla retired from teaching she continued to teach by helping women through the Christian Women's Job Core. She was excited about every woman who graduated and would always help to make sure the graduation ceremony was perfect by providing food and decorations for every graduation.

In the Down Memory Lane at First Baptist Church in 2015 Carla wrote, "Even now as I have become the only one left in my family I still feel the love, peace and joy of Christ in this church family. In good times and bad this is home, I could not have made it without them. I truly believe the best is yet to come as we serve God in our new building."

The family request that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the First Baptist Church Grand Prairie Building Fund or to the Serendipity Choir Missions Trip.

A memorial service for Carla will be held Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 2:00 PM at First Baptist Church of Grand Prairie, 950 W. Mayfield Road, Grand Prairie, TX 75052.


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, March 13, 2019

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Linda Bowerman Meyers

March 12, 2019

Upon moving to Grand Prairie in 1953, Daddy loaded us up and took us to First Baptist Church. I was shy and afraid. This little girl came up and said, “hi , I’m Carla”. Our friendship was formed. We were 6 years old. I met her mother and daddy. They were lovely people. Mr. Bownds took us everywhere. He was such a cut up. Carla had a good teacher. We graduated high school and went on to DBC (now DBU). She would pick me up in her ‘55 blue Chevy and we were off. There was no bridge across the lake. We had to go out undeveloped Camp Wisdom. What fun we had! Through laughter and tears we remained friends. I will miss you greatly my dear friend.

Betty Canales

March 12, 2019

Carla has been a great BFF to me for many years. People would always ask what kind of trouble we were getting into. I will miss our happy times and great friendship. Rest in peace with God.

Michie Webster

March 12, 2019

I always enjoyed talking with Carla at Bible Study Fellowship and Women's Club. She sometimes said what she thought and often what she said was funny. Carla had a servant's heart, helping many people in our community. We will miss her.

Janette Ross

March 10, 2019

Ms Bounds was my fourth grade teacher at eishenhower elementary school in the late 80s. She was so sweet over the years I often thought of her and the kindness she showed this shy student from California. I remember how thick her southern accent was and how hard of a time I had understanding her. Keeping her family in my thoughts and prayers

Judy Humphrey

March 10, 2019

Carla was my first forever friend in Grand Prairie. What a treasure! My children call her Aunt Carla. She has been a member of the family.


March 10, 2019

Many years of great times in school. Carla was one of my best friends. Seems like when we were together we were always in sweet peace Carla.

Naulene Pittman

March 9, 2019

I have known Carla for many years. She was a genuine person who always had something positive to say along with a great sense of humor. I will miss our chance encounters and conversation at Theo's. Rest in peace my dear friend.

Gary Baker

March 9, 2019

I've known Carla Bowds and her folks probably as long as anyone in my life outside my own parents. I knew the family from church and Carla would occasionally babysit us when we were young, she must have been about junior high age at the time. Always loved and respected Carla and her sweet family. She will be greatly missed.

Jorja Briggs

March 9, 2019

She was my first grade teacher 46 years ago. I remember her as clear as if it was yesterday.

Betty Young

March 9, 2019

I am sorry to hear of Carla's passing. We were friends all through elementary school, jr. high and high school. Carla could always come up with something funny to say or do. She always had a positive attitude and fun to hang out with. May she rest in peace.