Carmalee DeGeorge

June 23, 1926April 28, 2014

Carmalee DeGeorge, third generation Houstonian, passed away on Monday, the 28th of April 2014. She was born on the 23rd of June 1926, to the late Gasper Michael DeGeorge and Josephine Pinto DeGeorge.

She attended Ward-Belmont Jr. College in Nashville, Tennessee, Rice University in Houston, and the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

Carmalee was gifted with many artistic talents. She studied oil painting at the Museum of Fine Arts as a young child, but she remembered her father’s teachings to understand business and give back to the community.

She volunteered and served numerous organizations such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Theatre Under the Stars, Houston Humane Society, Leukemia Society, Watercolor Art Society, University of Houston Moores School of Music, Women’s Institute, Rice University Historical Society, Girls Cotillion of Houston and the Houston Grand Opera.

In 1991, Carmalee was selected as the recipient of the Northwood University Volunteer of the Year Award where she was also honored as one of their Distinguished Women of the Year. She then became chairman of the Houston Women’s Board. In 1993, the Women’s Club of Houston honored her as one of “Houston’s Pioneer Women and Today’s Leaders.”

She earned a Texas real estate license in 1975. After many years of designing, she coordinated the construction of her former home on Pelham Drive.

Her civic involvement has encompassed politics. She was a member of the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society, the Magic Circle Republican Women’s Club, the Houston Property Rights Association, Citizen’s for Immigration Reform, and was a frequent Harris County election worker.

Carmalee had a strong passion for cooking and entertaining. To pursue her interests in foods, she attended Cordon Bleu Cooking School in London, England. She had a special interest in her home and flowers. She was a member of the River Oaks Blossom Club, having served as president in 2002-2003. She was also a member of the Garden of the Season Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Michael J. DeGeorge, her sister, Ursula DeGeorge Simpson, her sister-in-law, Bernice DeGeorge, nephew, Michael Wayne DeGeorge and a niece, Sandra Lucas Malone. Survivors include her brothers, Gasper M. DeGeorge and James B. DeGeorge. Nieces, Gayle DeGeorge, Sharon DeGeorge Dawson (Gary) and Cynthia DeGeorge Muncie (Alex); nephews, James B. DeGeorge, Jr. (Jane), Gregory A. DeGeorge (Becky), Lance C. DeGeorge, Sam J. Lucas (Melanie) and Lynn K. DeGeorge (Jamie). Other survivors include numerous grandnieces, grandnephews and their children.

The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to Clarewood House for the care given to Carmalee in the last two years. A special thanks to the administrators, nurses and care staff of the extended care unit.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from five o'clock in the afternoon until seven o’clock in the evening, on Thursday, the 1st of May, in the library and grand foyer of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.

A funeral service is to be conducted at one o’clock in the afternoon on Friday, the 2nd of May, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, with Rev. Douglas J. Guthrie, Parochial Vicar at St. Michael’s Catholic Church officiating.

A private family entombment will be held in the DeGeorge Family Mausoleum at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.

In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be directed to Baylor College of Medicine, One Baylor Plaza, MS160, Houston, TX, 77030; The Museum of Fine Arts – Houston, 1001 Bissonnet, Houston, TX, 77005; or the charity of one’s choice.



  • Visitation Thursday, May 1, 2014
  • Funeral Service Friday, May 2, 2014


  • Private Family Entombment

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Pat Van De Mark

May 3, 2014

Carmalee was one of the first friends I met when I moved to Houston in 1954 and didn't realize how important she would become in my life at that time. She introduced me to her brother, James B. DeGeorge and we married in 1955 and had two beautiful sons. Even though our lives were parted by divorce she always kept me included in family affairs and treated me like her sister-in-law in the family. I will always treasure knowing and loving her as my good friend and for all she did for me. May she obtain the solace now and feel the love she surely deserved.

Susan Focke

May 2, 2014

Dear DeGeorge Family,
I feel priviledged to have been in the company of your beloved Aunt on a few special occasions. She personified the meaning of a beautiful woman of independence and grace. She will be missed.
Susan Focke

Jane DeGeorge

May 2, 2014

Carmalee was a lovely person and I am blessed to have known her over the last 20 years. I admire her passion for and involvement in the causes she supported. We have many fond memories of the fun holiday and family parties she hosted in her home. She will be missed but her legacy will live on.

May 2, 2014

Carmalee, we will miss your caring and fun-loving nature. You are so appreciated for the many times that you hosted family parties and made those unbelievable desserts, especially your pumpkin and pecan pies. We will greatly miss the times spent with you and we are so proud of the way you spent your life helping others. Jimmy DeGeorge Jr.

Charli Schauseil

May 2, 2014

I have lost a very good friend and Houston has lost one of its true "movers and shakers" who not only made things happen but made them work. She enriched all of our lives. We will all miss her.

May 2, 2014

I remember Carmalee had such great style, and always something interesting to say-. The first time I went to her home she gave me a wonderful tour, treated me just like royalty- telling me wonderful stories about how she had acquired each item in her home or why she had selected the Brunswick and Fils wallcovering use in the master suite. She was one of the founders of the single woman's social club in Houston, which is still active with members today- " LTG". The history of the club still credits Carmalee with the forward thinking to create such a group. Amilee Wendt

Marianne Giammalva

May 2, 2014

Dear Family of Carmalee, I always enjoyed talking with her on Pelham. She was always so nice and friendly to me! She always loved telling me about her trips to Italy and she always loved my little dog! I will miss her as a neighbor! Her mother and my mother and father were friends a long time ago! My condolences to her family!


May 1, 2014




Sharon DeGeorge Dawson

May 1, 2014

Aunt Carmalee you taught me so much and you were so important in my life. I have thousands of fond memories that I will always chersih. You will be missed but I know you are in a better place and finally in peace. You gave me encouragement to spread my wings when I moved from Houston. You were supportive and always gave wise advice. God bless you. Love, Sharon

Caroline Dessain Russell

May 1, 2014

I am deeply saddened for Carmalee's family in their time of loss.

Carmalee was very dear to me. I shared many special times with her and she was always a great supporter. She was so talented, intelligent and truly beautiful inside and out. She is always on my mind and in my heart.

I send my heart felt sympathy and love to the family that was so precious to her.

Rest in peace, Carmalee. May those of us left here to remember you be comforted by the many fond memories of a life well lived.

You will live forever in the hearts of those who loved you!