Carol Bewley Dalhouse, beloved sister, mother, grandmother, and friend died on October 5, 2013. She was born in Johnson City, TN on March 26, 1935, to the late James O. Bewley, Jr. and Marion Bayless Bewley. The family lived in Johnson City, TN, on the shores of Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela, and in Charleston, WV before settling in Roanoke when she was in the ninth grade. Though she traveled extensively, Roanoke and her beloved Vero Beach were always home.
She was predeceased by her sister, Janet Bewley Edmunds, in 2008. It was a loss Carol felt daily.
She is survived by her brother, James R. Bewley and his wife, Patricia, of Fairfield, PA, and her two daughters, Ann Lauren Dalhouse Saunders and her husband, John H. Saunders, of Roanoke, VA and Julia Lea Dalhouse Caldwell, and her husband Stokely G. Caldwell, Jr. of Charlotte, NC.
She adored her grandchildren and cultivated a unique and special relationship with each one. She is survived by five grandchildren, Ann Henley Saunders of Princeton, NJ; James Martin Saunders and his wife, Karina, of Washington, DC; Stokely Gray Caldwell, III and his wife, Abigail, of Denver, CO; Lauren Ross Caldwell and her fiancé, Max M. Harnett, of Charlotte, NC; and Edwin Carroll Saunders of Roanoke, VA.
She is also survived by her much beloved nephew and nieces: Gavin S. Willhide of Charlottesville, VA; Anne Brookfield Willhide of Washington, DC; Curry A. Blanton of Charles Town, WV; Cameron H. Carlin of Powder Springs, GA; and Tammie B. Pumphrey of Seneca, SC.
She graduated from Hollins University with a BA in English. The power and beauty of words and language were a lifelong passion. She was a member of the English Speaking Union. She was a kindergarten teacher and a preschool teacher for neurologically impaired children. With two of her dear friends, she went on to own a decorator fabric shop called Buy the Yard.
Carol appreciated the arts. She was the founding director of The Arts Council of Roanoke. She served on the board of Opera Roanoke and was currently serving as a Consulting Trustee. She was a member of the Vero Beach Art Museum where she attended a lecture series on the history of film each spring. She served on the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the Alumnae Board of Hollins University.
Carol had a deep and abiding faith. She was a member of Second Presbyterian Church where she was an Elder and a Bible teacher. She began teaching circle lessons in 1960 and taught several Disciple Bible Studies. She served the Presbytery as a member of The Committee on Ministry and was a delegate to the General Assembly in Denver, CO in 2003. She was also on the board of Good Samaritan Hospice.
Kiki, as she was affectionately called, understood community and saw its value. She built communities everywhere -- from home to church to the Blue Ridge Cancer Center to the tenth floor of Roanoke Memorial Hospital. We will miss her dearly and forever feel the light of her warm love. Thanks be to God for His good and faithful servant, Carol.
There will be a memorial service on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, at 11:00 AM in the Sanctuary at Second Presbyterian Church led by Dr. George C. Anderson and Dr. William R. Klein. A reception will follow in Fellowship Hall. It was Carol’s wish that in lieu of flowers, donations in her memory be made to Second Presbyterian Church, 214 Mountain Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24016 or to Opera Roanoke, 20 Church Ave. SE, Roanoke, VA 24011. Online condolences can be made at www.oakeys.com