Carol H. Carranza passed away early Tuesday morning, May 19, 2020 at the age of 69. She was born in Houston, Texas on November 15, 1950 to Bill and Charlene Hardy. She was raised in Houston, Texas where she graduated from Galena Park High School in 1968. After graduation, she worked at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston as a secretary, where she helped geologists studying the lunar rocks. Carol met her husband, David L. Carranza, at the Unity Church in Houston and they were married on October 30, 1974. In 2019 they celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. Carol deeply cherished her husband, relatives and her dear friends.
David had always been inspired by a puppeteer named Louis Parsons who performed at various elementary schools and when he discovered that Carol also had memories of these puppet shows they began creating their own shows. They started with hand puppets and eventually evolved into marionettes. David wrote original music for the shows, hand-crafted the puppets and marionettes while Carol designed and sewed the costumes as well as designed and painted the backgrounds for the stages. They recorded the script for each show, often using their own voices. This was the beginning of a husband/wife team: CARRANZA PUPPETS. This became their dream come true and they traveled the state of Texas performing for elementary schools, day cares, libraries, parties, festivals, etc.
Carol enjoyed traveling and was able to visit two of her favorite destinations: Greece and England. She began painting with water colors and perfected her craft by attending several water color workshops in Coupeville Island, WA, Bend, OR, Utopia, TX, and many others. She created some beautiful pieces and after retiring, she joined the Houston Northwest Art League and began submitting her work for competition. The result was several first place and best of show ribbons! Carol was also a beloved member of The Art Ministry at Cypress Creek Christian
Carol loved her pet dogs and was a wonderful, loving momma. She gave generously of herself to family and friends. She will always be remembered for her dedication to her craft, her high standards, her talent, her tenderness and her kindness. She was a loving wife, daughter, sister, aunt and friend.
Carol is preceded in death by her parents Bill and Charlene Hardy, two brothers Bill Hardy Jr. and Kenneth Hardy. She is survived by her husband, David L Carranza and her niece, Samantha Berotti.
The family members would like to express their gratitude to family and friends for their prayers and condolences.
There will be no public service for Carol.
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