November 27, 1920 - October 30, 2014
Carp, Alma Lilly (nee Sevier)
Alma ( 93) , known as MiMi, died October 30, 2014, peacefully at home. She was born Nov. 27, 1920, in Texarkana, TX, to Mary Helen Fountain and James Rector Sevier.
Alma graduated from Forest Ave. High School in 1939. Also that year she married her high school sweetheart, Robert Mason Carp. Together they had seven children: Victoria Ann, Judith Elaine, Elizabeth Louise, David William, Robert Mason, Marion Evelyn, and Edwin Abraham Carp., and she had one step-daughter, Lucy Gose. Alma had three sisters: Magaret (Pat) Lay, Joann Masters, and Jerry Frazier.
Alma was a housewife for many years until she and Robert divorced in 1957. She then worked at Texas Instruments, completed secretarial school and took a position as secretary with TI. She interrupted her career at TI with a hiatus during which she worked several different types of jobs.
Alma attended Collin County Community College during this hiatus, where she took several classes and tutored students in English as a Second Language. Her prized pupil was Ivy, with whom she stayed in touch for many years.
She returned to TI and remained in their employ until her retirement at age 70. She then worked a temp position into a full time position with David Ward Agency. She worked there for several years then finally was employed by Bryan Drazner, MD., at NJZ Medical as a Medical Records Clerk from which she retired at 85.
She was a devoted mother, a dutiful and loving wife, a beloved sister and daughter, and loyal friend. She was a blessing in the lives of each and every person she met. Her zest for life was surpassed only by her generosity and love of family and friends.
Alma was a long-term member of Temple Emanu-El and taught religious school for many years, helping to develop a drama program for the students. She also was a proud member of the Temple Emanu-El Choir and a life member of Hadassah.
Today the light in this world is just a little dimmer, but her legacy will live on in her good deeds. Alma was predeceased by her children Victoria Daniel, David William Carp, Robert Mason Carp, Jr., and step-daughter Lucy Gose. She is survived by her children Edwin Carp, Marion (Francisco) Quinones, Elizabeth (Keith) Cooper, Judith (Adam) Nieto, and seven grandchildren: Edward & MacAdam Nieto (wife Brandi), Amy Cooper Swafford, Joshua Quinones (wife Ivy), Teresa Hatfield, Dawn Nanez, and Aaron Daniel; 24 great-grand- children, numerous great-great grandchildren, and her life long friend , Adele Davidson.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 14 at 1:00 p.m. at the Temple Emanu-El Cemetery in the Mausoleum Chapel at 3430 Howell Street, with a gathering of family and friends to follow with the location to be announced at the memorial service.
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