Carol Whiteside, 91, passed away on April 30, 2006 at Rambling Oaks Courtyard Assisted Living, Highland Village, Texas. She was born in El Dorado, Kansas on July 28, 1914 to Alice Belle Yelley and Frank Henry Steiger.
Carol was a member of the National Honor Society in high school, graduating third in her class from El Dorado High School in 1932. A life-long accomplished musician, Carol began taking piano lessons when she was in first grade. She accompanied many musical groups and soloists during her school years, played cello in the high school string quartet and orchestra and sang in the Girls' Glee Club.
In 1936, Carol received her Bachelor of Music degree with a major in organ from Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas. While attending Ottawa, she was elected a colleague of the American Guild of Organists, and was a member of the Ottawa University Chorus, the Women's Glee Club, was a soprano in the college Mixed Quartet and played cello in the University Orchestra. Additionally, she played organ for the Episcopal Church on Sunday mornings and at the First Baptist Church Sunday evenings. Following graduation, Carol taught orchestra and vocal music for one year at Nortonville, Kansas. In 1971, Carol received a Master in Music Education with a major in voice from Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas.
On June 26, 1937, Alice Carol Steiger married David Edward Allison, the son of Perna Marie Diebolt and Burl Allison, Sr. The wedding took place on the twenty-fifth wedding anniversary of the parents of the bride. David preceded her in death on October 20, 1972.
Carol and David lived in Augusta, Kansas all of their married life. She was the organist at the Augusta Methodist Church for thirty-five years from 1938-1973 and taught elementary vocal music at Lincoln and Robinson Elementary Schools for twenty-one years in the Augusta Public School System. She was also a member of the Women?s Society for Christian Service, member and President of Sorosis Club and completed the term on the library board of her late husband.
Following the death of her husband, Carol moved to Bella Vista, Arkansas in 1975. While there, she met Fay Allen Whiteside, the son of Alice Carrie Bates and George Alfred Whiteside, and they were married in Bella Vista on September 30, 1979. They lived in Bella Vista until Allen's death on December 13, 1998. While there, Carol was a member and served as President of the Alpha Delta Kappa (National Teacher's Sorority); Secretary and President of Association of Concordia Residents in Bella Vista; President of Bella Vista Organ Belles; President and Soloist, Bella Vista Women?s Chorus; member, Northwest Arkansas Chorale and American Guild of Organists. She also served as organist of the Bella Vista Community Church for fourteen years and was a member of the choir there for twenty years.
In 2001, Carol moved to Flower Mound, Texas where she lived at Atria Assisted Living until moving to Rambling Oaks Courtyard Assisted Living in May, 2005.
Survivors include, daughters, Patricia Carol Matheson and husband Dennis of Pearland, Texas; Joyce Allison Hutter and husband Andy of Council Grove, Texas; son, Jerald Robert Allison and wife Fay of Anchorage, Alaska; daughter-in-law, Karen Elaine Allison of Pilot Point, Texas; step sons, Victor Allen Whiteside of Dallas, Texas and Earl Roger Whiteside of Owasso, Oklahoma; and brother Frank Robert Steiger of Fresno, California.
Survivors also include 10 grandchildren, David Edward Allison, III and wife Tammra of Argyle, Texas; Katherine Carol Claycomb and husband Bob of Frisco, Texas; Sherrill Leigh Matheson of San Leon, Texas; Paul Dennis Matheson and wife Karen of Tomball, Texas; Allen Kirk Matheson and wife Coleen of Friendswood, Texas; Jennifer Michele Matheson and husband Jens of Honolulu, Hawaii; Alyson Jeanne Gindler and husband David of Georgetown, Texas; Kyla Janeen Elston and husband Greg of Highland Village, Texas; Stephanie Louise Allison and husband Kerry of Juneau, Alaska; and Tracy L. Allison of Anchorage, Alaska and twenty-four great-children.
She was preceded in death by her husband and the father of her children, David Edward Allison, Sr., by Fay Allen Whiteside, husband, and by her son, David Edward Allison, Jr.
A Memorial Service will be held May 4, 2006 at Rambling Oaks Courtyard Assisted Living, Highland Village, Texas at 2:00pm. Interment of ashes will be June 7, 2006 in August, Kansas.
Memorial contributions may be made to Compassionate Hands Hospice, 9150 N. Royal Lane, Suite 160, Irving, Texas, 75063 or Rambling Oaks Courtyard Assisted Living, 110 Barnett Boulevard, Highland Village, Texas, 75077.