November 5, 1949 – July 16, 2018
Ms. Carolyn Branda, of Houston, Texas, born on November 5, 1949 in Galveston, Texas, to Marilyn Branda Wood and the late Floyd Branda, passed away at age 68 on July 16, 2018. Family and friends will remember Carolyn's wit, intelligence, love of conversation and her huge heart. A voracious reader and lover of the arts, Carolyn had a passion for classical piano, especially Schubert, Chopin, Bach and Mozart, and graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in music. Carolyn is survived by daughters, Elizabeth Green and Sarah Sharp and son-in-law Andrew Sharp; her son, Matthew Walter and daughter-in-law Whitney Eulich; former spouse Bernard John Walter; brothers, James Branda, Brian Branda, Michael Branda, and Thomas Branda; sisters, Terri Branda Carter, Susan Branda Martin, and Ellen Branda Hamilton; grandchildren, Jacob Buchanan, Olivia Green, Alistair Sharp, Stella Sharp, Angus Sharp, and Josephine Walter; and 16 nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, Carolyn asked that donations be made in her name to support literacy. Those who wish may donate to roomtoread.org, or to other nonprofits that support literacy in their communities. Friends and family members may attend the memorial service on Friday, July 20 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of St. Basil at the University of St. Thomas, 1018 W Alabama, Houston. Heights Funeral Home is handling arrangements, 1317 Heights Blvd, Houston, 7138628844.
- Memorial Mass Friday, July 20, 2018
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July 18, 2018
I will miss you aunt Carolyn, it's been too long since I've seen you. You kept your optimism in the face of such adversity, a testament to the human spirit. In many ways I think you were more human than many of us, experiencing the full range of human emotions - most importantly, love. You were always so loving and happy to see your family. You've inspired me to keep taking on my own issues without ever giving up or losing sight of the light at the end of the tunnel. I'm glad to know you've made it to the light, where you came from and where you belong. Love, Kevin
July 18, 2018
Carolyn was an incredible pianist and I was blown away by her total command of the piano and beauty of her music. I loved to sit and talk with her at family gatherings, I will miss her. She loved her family deeply.
July 18, 2018
Carolyn had a generous heart, and I enjoyed discussing books, movies and TV shows with her. She was always a fixture at family gatherings, holidays and weddings. I am happy to have known Carolyn and appreciate her welcoming attitude of me into her family. Goodbye to a very Texas lady. May your spirit experience the dreams you had for this world.