Candida Meriwether died quietly at home on January 30, 2013, at the age of 89. She had lived a full, active and well-travelled life as the wife of a career military physician. She was born in Hong Kong in 1923 to Anne and Fernao Henrique de Carvalho, of colonial Portuguese descent, and attended boarding school at the Sacred Heart convent school in Shanghai. Her family moved to Australia to escape the Japanese invasion during WWII. In Sydney she trained to be a nursery school teacher and taught for several years in Australia before taking a position as the director of a nursery school serving the children of American forces in post-war Tokyo. There she met and married Capt. William A. Meriwether MD in 1954. Her peripatetic military married life, raising their six children, included postings to the Presidio in San Francisco, Fort Sam Houston, Landstuhl (Germany), and Fort Lewis, Washington. Due to her sociable outgoing nature, Candida made strong and lasting friendships wherever she went. After retiring from the military, her husband took a faculty position at the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio. After 20 years in military quarters, Candida finally had her own house and garden. She became active in the San Antonio Symphony League, Daughters of the British Empire, Sacred Heart Alumnae Association, AFS International Student Exchange program, Pan American Round Table, was a stalwart volunteer for the St. Peter and Joseph Thrift Shop, and supported many charities. She loved art, theatre, and music, and imparted her strong belief in the value of the international perspective to her offspring. Her home hosted many foreign visitors over the years. She is survived by her husband, Colonel (Ret.) William A. Meriwether MD, her twin sister Fernanda of Sydney, Australia, her children David Meriwether of San Antonio, Anna-Maria Phelps MD of Corvallis OR, Michael Meriwether of Austin, John Meriwether of Issaquah WA, Susanna Meriwether of San Antonio, and Julia Kennerly of Ramstein AFB, Germany, their spouses and thirteen grandchildren. The family is very grateful to Katie Galvez, Candida's devoted caregiver. Visitation will be on Monday, Feb. 4 from 6-9pm, Rosary at 7pm at Sunset Funeral Home, 1701 Austin Hwy. Funeral mass will be on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 2pm at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 102 Lorenz 78209, reception at the church hall to follow. A private burial will take place at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Society of the Sacred Heart Retirement Fund, Mission Advancement Office, 4120 Forest Park Ave, St Louis MO 63108.
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Published in Express-News (San Antonio, TX)on February 3, 2013