Carolyn Ann “CA” Hagerman died Feb. 19, 2015. CA was born to Clifford B. Hagerman and Betty W. Hagerman in Dallas on May 3, 1958. She was loving, funny, feisty, competitive and athletic. Like her sister, Betty Sue (Hagerman) Welch and her brother, Bobby Hagerman, she loved playing tennis and was actively involved in Special Olympics for many years.
One of her prouder moments was in the early 1990s when she and her sister won the Special Olympics state doubles competition after CA hit a winning backhand past two male opponents. While she loved tennis, she also competed in Special Olympics basketball, as well as track and field. CA’s spirit and love for others was effusive; she was not shy and loved to wave to the onlookers whenever she received a medal. In addition to tennis, she took tap dance lessons in the late 1970’s. She even performed a routine in a dance recital, and loved every minute of it.
CA loved animals and for many years had a “job” walking neighbors’ dogs around the block. She also worked at Citizens Development Center and at a Black-Eyed Pea Restaurant where she assembled perfectly-arranged salads – she was also a perfectionist! She simply loved being part of the stream of life and connecting with people. Her favorite TV shows were Family Feud, Hogan’s Heroes, I Dream of Jeannie and Bewitched. (She would imagine herself as the female star and the leading man, IF he were cute, as her husband!)
CA never met a stranger, and she had the remarkable trait of never judging others. She knew what she wanted to do, and what she didn’t want to do, sometimes being a bit feisty to make it clear that she wasn’t going to do something!
CA expressed love unconditionally and she was a joy to be around. She taught our family a lot, and for that we are very grateful. She is survived by her sister, Betty Sue Welch, her brother, Bobby Hagerman; her aunt, Helyn Eitelman, brother-in law, David Welch and sister-in-law, Jeanne Hagerman. Three nieces, Lindsay Sibal, Lee Hagerman a nd Liza Hagerman and two cousins, Vickie Cosson and Laurie Schubert, also survive her. Her parents, Betty and Cliff Hagerman and her brother, Clifford “Buddy” Hagerman, preceded her in death.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, at Restland Funeral Home, at 13005 Greenville Ave., Dallas. If desired, donations may be made to Seventh Church of Christ, Scientist, Dallas. (Mail to Seventh Church at 6414 Abrams Road, Dallas, Texas 75231); or to Special Olympics Texas with “A10 Tennis Clinic” on the memo line (Mail to SOTX – Area 10, 400 So. Zang, Suite 926, Dallas, Texas 75208).