Charlotte Eddings Ware, 85, went to be with her Lord Jesus on June 5, 2020 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Memorial service: An online memorial service will be hosted by Cliff Temple Baptist Church on July 1, 2020 (go to clifftemple.org/memorial to request an invitation).
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the TB Maston Foundation, Royce Rose, Treasurer at 5414 Clover Ct, Fort Worth, Texas 76132 or any non-profit of choice.
Charlotte was born in Houston on March 29, 1935, the only child of John Loyd Eddings and Daisy Drake Eddings. Raised in Texas and Arizona, Charlotte graduated as valedictorian of North Phoenix High School in 1951. At Hardin-Simmons University, she was named University Queen, graduating in 1956 with a Chemistry degree. During graduate study at Baylor University, she met the love of her life, Weston Ware, in February 1957. They immediately fell in love, wed and enjoyed a wonderful marriage lasting 62 years. Their life and service together took them to Hawaii and Panama, where she learned to speak Spanish fluently. Later assignments included time in Puerto Rico, New York City, and back to Texas in 1974.
She always found a way to serve others and share her faith, opening her home to young Peace Corps volunteers in Panama, teaching Sunday school to immigrant workers in Puerto Rico, teaching Vacation Bible School in New York and helping resettle Vietnamese refugees in Texas. Charlotte taught science and math at Dallas Health Special High School, then a public school for pregnant teens. She had the gift of being remembered, and later in life was often recognized and approached by young women whose lives she had touched. She was always deeply involved with the life of her church, especially at Cliff Temple Baptist Church in Oak Cliff where she taught, served as a deacon, and supported social services. She was a founding board member of the TB Maston Foundation in Fort Worth. Her personal testimony included talking about her struggle with clinical depression and the importance of help she received through counseling and medical treatment. She wanted everyone to understand that depression is not a personal or spiritual failure but a treatable disease.
Charlotte was also an artist, known to many for her original linoleum block Christmas card prints. Having worked with multiple art mediums, she became serious about printmaking after retiring from teaching and studied many years under Linda Ridgway at Cedar Valley College. Charlotte’s works include religious themes and playful visual ideas. In her 70s Charlotte began to suffer the gradual memory loss which eventually took her life. In memory care, her smile never ceased to win friends and bring joy to her husband.
She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Caroline Brooke Ware.
Survivors: She is survived by her husband Weston, her children Cameron (wife Wendy) and Keren Ware Cummins, and five grandchildren.