Funeral services for Carrol Lea Wodtke were on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2023, at 11 a.m. at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague. Bro. Roy Prather officiated.
Visitation was held prior to the services on Tuesday beginning at 10 a.m. Mrs. Wodtke was cremated following the services.
Carrol Lea Allen Wodtke, beloved mother, grandmother, and sister, passed away peacefully at Hillcrest hospital in Waco, surrounded by her family on Oct. 18, 2023, at the age of 76.
Carrol was born to Dorothy Allen Clark and Kenneth Allen in Wichita Falls on Jan. 23, 1947. Her childhood years were spent being raised on Waggoner Ranch in the 1950’s, where she developed a love for horses.
It was her fondness for horses and the athleticism she portrayed that helped shape her into an advanced horse rider. Most of her school days were spent at Lockett School, outside of Vernon, where she was an avid cheerleader and twirler, who also belonged to the basketball and softball teams.
After school, Carrol remained in Texas and began creating her family, while following her passions in life. Her life was centered around loving and raising her three children, Tobi, Becky, and Rob.
She later married husband, Dennis Wodtke, and gained two children, Amanda and Brian.
In the 1960’s, Carrol was recognized for her stunning look and charm by being a featured model in print magazines. After modeling, Carrol began working as a tech in respiratory therapy in the early 1970’s in Huntsville, while developing her biggest passion - cooking and baking.
In 1979, she pursued her own baking business and opened Special Occasions by Carrol in downtown Teague, specializing in homemade breads, doughnuts, and elaborate wedding cakes. Her love for food and serving others continued while also working in the deli at Barger’s Grocery Store.
As a resident of Teague, it was here that Carrol planted her family roots and made life-long friends. She was also a member of Eighth Avenue Baptist Church.
Carrol had a loving and caring spirit with a personality that was entertaining to all. “DeeDee”, as she was named by her grandchildren, loved her people tremendously and never met a stranger in sight.
She adored any and all animals that crossed her path. One of her best traits was her quick-wit and humor.
She loved to crack jokes and make people laugh.
It was her infectious personality that will be missed most by loved ones.
Despite all the health challenges she faced in her life, her positive mindset always encouraged others to smile. After the loss of her husband, Dennis, she resided at skilled care in Mexia for the last three years and always offered candy to anyone who walked through the door.
Carrol touched hearts of many and it is here within our hearts where she will remain, always.
She is survived by three children, Becky Hullum and husband Jason of Teague, Rob Moore of Burleson, and Amanda Mendez of Marquez; 10 grandchildren, Kori Guerrero, Sarah Dawson, Haley West and husband Dustin, Macy Guerrero and fiancé Cameron Castles, Ethan Yoder, Ethan Hullum, Caiden Hullum, Jacob and Jason Moore and their mother, Becky Moore, and Alexa Mendez; one great-granddaughter, Emery West; son-in-law, Luis Guerrero; one brother, Tom Allen and wife Linda; other relatives and friends.
Mrs. Wodtke was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis Wodtke; her parents, Dorothy and Ed Clark; her father, Kenneth Allen, one daughter, Tobi Guerrero, one step-son, Brian Wodtke; and one brother, Barry Allen.
The family requests that memorials be made to Eighth Avenue Baptist Church, 201 S. 8th Ave, Teague, TX 75860.
Please visit our website at www.bowersfuneralhome. net to sign the online guestbook or leave a message for the family.