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Carol Lee Boerner

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Jan. 1, 1943 – Dec. 25, 2018

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Carol Lee Curle Boerner passed from this life on Christmas night, Dec. 25, 2018. She was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1943 to Margaret Belle Farrell and John Edward Curle. They lived in the Baltimore area during World War II where her father worked in the shipyards in support of the war effort. In 1945 they moved to Front Royal, Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley where they had extensive family roots. She had many memories of wonderful times with an abundance of aunts, uncles and cousins gathering together for picnics and holidays along the Shenandoah River and in the Blue Ridge National Park. She was a popular student and was a member of the high school marching band and the elite majorette team. Carol graduated from Warren County High School in 1961 and attended Madison College in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

In 1964, she married 2nd Lt. Roger Boerner at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi and they set off on the great adventure to see the world. They enjoyed assignments in Mississippi, Massachusetts, Virginia, North Carolina, Texas and Washington D.C., but particularly those coastal assignments on Cape Cod, Carolina Beach and the Gulf of Mexico. She never lost her great love and fascination for the seashore and reveled in the many years they owned a seashore condominium on Mustang Island – a wonderful retreat and the gathering place for the entire family and many friends.

Carol had a great love and talent for art and began art classes at Old Dominium University in Norfolk, Virginia, while the family was assigned with the US Navy for three years. She continued to grow her art talents throughout her life. While in their second assignment in San Antonio, she began substitute teaching in the public elementary schools and was lovingly pulled into a long career in education. She attended Texas Lutheran College in Seguin and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in elementary education and a minor in art. She taught in Coronado and Spring Meadows Elementary Schools in the Judson ISD, and then at Curington, Fair Oaks and Kendall Elementary Schools in the Boerne ISD. She retired from teaching in 2002 with 21 years of service. In retirement, she continued teaching with one-on-one tutoring just for the love of it. She touched and was touched by hundreds of students who continued to show up at unexpected times to reminisce about their days together. She was an avid, enthusiastic, dedicated and happy teacher and was twice recognized as Teacher of the Year.

Her greatest joy and pride was her family and she was blessed with a close and loving relationship with her daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren throughout her life. The family regularly vacationed together at locations around the United States building wonderful, sustaining memories. Retirement years were spent travelling abroad and throughout the United States, playing golf, enjoying her family and friends, soaking up the sun on Mustang Island and serving the community. She leaves an abundance of loyal, faithful friends and a legacy of service.

Carol loved the Lord and His people and taught Sunday School at many Air Force chapels and shared her abundant talents in many Methodist churches. She was a member of the Boerne United Methodist Church since 1993. Carol was a kind, generous, forgiving, gentle soul who loved Hallmark movies and happy endings of all kinds. She was intensely inquisitive, read every word, listened to every comment in a conversation and constantly asked, “Why? Why? Why?” She kindly stifled her annoyance at her husband’s tendency to skim articles, half listen and accept things at face value. A teacher to the end!

Carol is survived by her loving, adoring husband Roger; daughters Lisa Avila and husband Art and Amanda Ternan and husband Doug; and grandchildren Emily Brand Rangel and husband Russell, Zoe Brand and partner Brayden Boren, Joshua Brand, Kimberly Ternan and Jack Ternan, all of San Antonio. She is also survived by her brother John Curle and partner Beverly Whitlock; sister-in-law Prudence Mathews of Front Royal, Virginia; aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces; and a young lady who was like a daughter, Mary DeGrave Anthony and husband Nick of San Antonio.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to Nurse Next Door, Opus Hospice caregivers and wonderful friends who all so lovingly cared for Carol.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Boerne First United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. on Jan.

12. A private family burial will take place at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to the ALS Association, Texas Chapter, 4939 DeZavala Rd., Ste. 105, San Antonio, TX 78249 or online at To leave condolences for the family and to view a video of Carol’s life, please visit and select obituaries.

Arrangements with Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home of Boerne.