Carmen Ardis Burdick Boyington, 1949

Carmen Ardis Burdick Boyington died at her son's home on Sunday, Sept. 8, surrounded by her family. She was born on October 6, 1929, in Mason City, Iowa, to Clarence "Bub" Burdick and Merle Tapager Burdick.

Carmen graduated from Lake Mills High School in Lake Mills, Iowa, and Luther College in Decorah.

After a year of teaching second grade, Carmen and a girlfriend went to Galveston on a summer vacation where she met her husband of 56 years, William H. "Bill" Boyington. For the next 31 years, the couple called Galveston home, raising their children, serving their church and actively participating in the community.

In 1982, they retired to Bandera where Carmen continued her lifelong dedication to community and church. She was involved with the Flying L POA, Spirits of Christmas, Methodist Church Cut-Ups, Fine Arts Club and several bridge groups and book clubs.

Carmen is survived by her daughter, Cathleen Boyington Elliott, of Southbury, Connecticut; son William B. Boyington and wife, Yvonne, of Huntsville, Alabama; grandson Jacob Creswell Boyington of Birmingham, Alabama; granddaughter Elizabeth Elliott Morgan and her husband, Nick, of Brooklyn, New York; brother Jim Burdick and his wife, Brigitte, of Excelsior, Minnesota; sister Mary Joy Norton of Seattle, Washington; and sister-in-law Jean Bluemner and her husband, Ervin, of Franklin, Wisconsin, as well as by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; brother Ronald T. Burdick; and her loving husband, Bill Boyington.

Carmen will be remembered for her faith, tenacity and curious mind.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Bandera United Methodist Church. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bandera County or the college scholarship fund of the Bandera United Methodist Church.