Douglas “Doug” Carter Brandes died May 13, 2016, in New Braunfels, Texas. She was born in Westhoff, Texas on August 10, 1920, to Roy and Nichol Pearce Carter. She graduated from Southwest Texas University aka Texas State University in 1941, taught school in Weimar, Texas during World War II where she met the love of her life, Leslie E. Brandes. They have been married 69 years.
Doug was active in PTA for many years, was an adult leader for 4-H activities, took an active role in county fair events and was a volunteer for American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association. Doug joined the Alicean Study Club in 1950, served as President twice, and was the Mistress of Ceremonies for the 30th, 40th, and 50th celebrations and served in other capacities.
Doug was very active in the First United Methodist Church of Alice, in Alice, Texas. She was President of UMW, circle chairman several times, served on the Administrative Council and Board of Trustees. In 2000, she was the driving force in getting the First United Methodist Church of Alice Endowment Fund started, which she served as President of once it became a reality in November 2001. Later in 2001, she was awarded the District Discipleship award by the McAllen North District. Doug had two main passions; one was playing bridge, and was a member of two clubs in Alice. She was always glad to substitute as well in other clubs when a player was needed. The other was cooking, which she loved to do daily and especially when company was invited over.
Doug is survived by her husband, Les, son Richard and daughter in law, Lynda, from New Braunfels, Texas, son, Russell from Sugar Land, Texas, two step grandchildren, Josh Holden and Jessica Paige Rollins, niece Debbie Rix Coleman of Nixon, two great nieces, Stephanie Coleman Quinn and Jessica Coleman Caglia, three great-great nieces, two great-great nephews, and many life long friends.
Visitation will begin on Wednesday May 18, 2016 at 9 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Nixon followed by funeral services at 10 a.m. at the First United Church of Nixon with Pastor Rhonda Troll officiating. A memorial graveside burial will be at the Westhoff Cemetery in Westhoff, Texas. In lieu of flowers Doug has requested donations be made to the First United Methodist Church of Alice Endowment Fund, 111 N. Adams St, Alice, TX 78332 or the American Cancer Society. You are invited to sign the guest book at www.treshewell.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Tres Hewell Mortuary, 165 Tor Dr., Seguin, Texas, 78155, 830-549-5912.