- April 9, 1959 - October 11, 2016
- Corpus Christi, Texas
of Charlotte's Passing
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Charlotte Walker Spaulding lost her courageous four-year battle with breast cancer on October 11, 2016 surrounded by her husband, her two sisters and other loved ones.
She was born in Corpus Christi Texas April 9, 1959 to Charles and Sue Walker and was a "surprise" baby who was lovingly cared for and co-raised by her two older sisters, Linda Mareth and Wanda Walker.
She was a graduate of King High School and Delmar College where she was chosen outstanding art student (and also met the love of her life Greg Spaulding), then completed a year at Arizona State University continuing her study in fine arts and then finished at University of Texas where she was awarded a bachelor's of fine arts in painting. She then pursued her Texas teaching certificate at Corpus Christi State University, student teaching at Flour Bluff high school with the person that would become her mentor in teaching, Connie Vallie. Flour Bluff apparently recognized in her those qualities that make a great teacher since they hired her before her student teaching was over. Flour Bluff is the only district Charlotte ever taught for and where she touched hundreds of lives by instilling them with an exemplary work ethic and a solid foundation in the visual arts. This led to many of her students going on to great success in different fields of the fine arts as well as other fields, and every year she was visited by dozens of former students who wanted to visit their "Ms. Walker" and update Charlotte on their progress and other events in their lives. To put it simply, she was much loved by her students & this love was most generously reciprocated.
Charlotte's talent was that she always put her students first, often staying after class long hours to foster and guide progress for those willing to put in the extra work. She regularly had gold medal winners at the yearly statewide Visual Arts Scholastic Event, otherwise known as VASE, and ALWAYS had students pass the local event so that they could compete in the statewide portion. In the South Texas district for VASE, this was a rarity. For many years she served as regional chairperson that selects the judges and helps put the local part of the event together. Even after she was no longer chairperson her opinion was frequently sought out regarding potential jurors for this very important event.
For years her students also participated in the Congressional Art Competition which at that time was sponsored by Congressman Solomon Ortiz, and on at least three occasions her students were the grand prize winners and had their artwork shown at the National Rotunda in Washington DC with the other 49 state's winners of each congressional district.
Charlotte was first and foremost interested in improving her teaching style which was the main reason she applied for, completed and was awarded National Board Certification in her specialty. Flour Bluff is proud to claim many faculty members as NBCTE "board-certified", Charlotte was one of them.
As further testament to Charlotte's dedication to her students at Flour Bluff high school, she was at work the day before she passed away.
Charlotte was also a successful artist in her own right with many shows & exhibitions to her credit in Corpus Christi as well as in Houston & other metro areas, and her hand colored black-and-white photographs have been featured in magazines and made the cover of Art Lies, a respected Houston arts publication. Many of her works reside in noted private collections. Charlotte also has several pieces in the Permanent Collection of the Art Museum of South Texas.
Charlotte loved to travel and made many adventurous excursions by car with her husband throughout Mexico (two trips from Corpus Christi to Cozumel with many areas in between as well as several trips to Veracruz, the Mexico City area and San Miguel de Allende) with the ultimate destination being SCUBA diving along the Riviera Maya and especially in Cozumel where she learned to dive with the fishermen who simply adored "Carlotta's" skill, fearlessness and sense of humor. Because of her training with men who make their living at it on a daily basis, Charlotte was an extremely accomplished SCUBA diver and dove in places some would never consider due to swift currents and rather unfriendly marine life. She knew that diving with the locals and not some tour company, gave her a safety net most don't have when diving rarely visited reefs with 4 knot currents. Charlotte's ability to make lifelong friends on the island regardless of and in spite of language barriers (she constantly studied Spanish and became functionally fluent) inspired her to return again and again to Cozumel, a magical place she fell in love with on her honeymoon.
Charlotte Jean Walker Spaulding made a difference in her part of the world with her loving and caring attitude, which is why she so wanted to vote in the upcoming presidential election. Charlotte was extremely worried about the danger posed to our country as well as to the educational system, both state and national if the Republican nominee is elected, so vote with her in mind if you care about the future of our children as much as she did.
Charlotte is survived by her husband of 33 years Greg Spaulding, her two older sisters Linda Mareth & Wanda Walker, her nephew Scott Mareth and his wife Donna, their children Colton Mareth and Courtney Davis, and her aunts and uncles, Ralph and Doris Walker, Carolyn Finley, Len and Jo Bridges, Johnny and Edna Bridges, Shirley Bridges, Jane and Lonnie Tucker and numerous much-loved cousins, great-nieces and nephews.
On her husband's side, she is survived by Greg's mother Jean Horton, his sister Kimberly Rowe and her husband Keith, her son Jason Castle, Greg's father William Joseph Spaulding and his wife Margaret Spaulding, his sister Tanya Spaulding-Hagedorn and her husband Hans Hagedorn.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church.
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