God’s choir has gained another voice. Charlotte Ruth Kinsey Raybon, our sister, mother, grandmother, aunt and dear friend passed away surrounded by her children on Saturday, May 4, 2019 after a valiant battle with pulmonary fibrosis. Charlotte was born on Jan. 23, 1941, the third child of Gaines Alford and Velma James (Wright) Kinsey.
She is survived by her sister, Julia Romig; daughter, Denise Raybon; son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Donna Raybon; three grandchildren, Jennifer Brodsgaard, Dane Brodsgaard and Ross Raybon; nephew, Alan Romig and a host of dear friends.
Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Glyn Kinsey.
Charlotte was a 1959 graduate of El Campo High School, and Wharton County Junior College (WCJC). At WCJC she studied nursing and worked at various times as an LVN. She and her husband owned the Montgomery Ward franchise in El Campo and later worked for Edward Jones Investments. Her most rewarding career though, was when later, in life she trained and worked as a licensed massage therapist.
Charlotte took great joy in singing with the choir at First United Methodist Church until her health prevented her participation. She also loved riding through the country during Bluebonnet season and was known to distract her driver with exuberant exclamations over particularly beautiful displays of flowers on the road side. Charlotte was a proud Texan and very interested in history and enjoyed tracing her family tree. She was a member of the Daughters of American Revolution and Daughters of the Republic of Texas.
Charlotte was very organized and never wanted to be a burden. She left her loved ones with very explicit instructions regarding this chapter of her life, and in accordance with her wishes, she will be cremated, and a memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25 at First United Methodist Church in El Campo. One of Charlotte’s few regrets was her inability to attend church over the past few years due to the flowers aggravating her breathing condition. With respect to this, and in accordance to her very explicit request, the family asks that no flowers be sent to the memorial service. Donations can be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation pulmonaryfibrosis.org, the First United Methodist Church of El Campo, the Wharton County Library or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences for the family may be left online at www.triskafuneralhome.com
Arrangements are under the direction of Triska Funeral Home, El Campo.