Charlotte Eddings Ware, a longtime Sunday school teacher and deacon at Cliff Temple Baptist Church in Dallas, died June 5 in Fort Worth. She was 85. She was born March 29, 1935, in Houston to John Loyd Eddings and Daisy Drake Eddings. She graduated from Hardin-Simmons University with a degree in chemistry and went to work at the federal scientific installation at Los Alamos, N.M., before beginning graduate studies at Baylor University. At a Baylor Theatre event in February 1957, she met Weston Ware, then a seminary student in Fort Worth. They married six months later. While her husband completed his seminary education, she taught school. In 1958, Convair Aircraft manufacturing company, a predecessor of Lockheed and General Dynamics, named her one of the top five public schoolteachers in Fort Worth. In 1961, the family moved to Hawaii, where her husband served as director of Baptist student ministries. They moved to Dallas in 1964 before moving to Panama in 1966 when her husband became director of the Peace Corps there. Assignments to Puerto Rico and New York followed before returning to Texas in 1974. At each stop along the way, she found a way to teach 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 with Vietnamese refugee resettlement in Texas. When the couple returned to Dallas, she taught at Health Special High School, a public school for pregnant teens, where she again was recognized as a top teacher. In addition to her service as a Bible teacher and deacon at Cliff Temple, she also was involved in the church’s social service ministries. In her early 70s, she became an accomplished artist until she began suffering from gradual memory loss. She was a founding board member of the T.B. Maston Foundation. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Caroline Brooke Ware. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Weston; son Cameron and his wife Wendy; daughter Keren Ware Cummins; and five grandchildren. An online memorial service will be hosted by Cliff Temple Baptist Church at 6 p.m. on July 1. To receive a Zoom invitation, click here. Memorial gifts may be made to the T.B. Maston Foundation c/o Royce Rose, treasurer, at 5414 Clover Ct., Fort Worth, TX 76132 or another nonprofit of choice.
Obituary: Charlotte Ware
June 12, 2020