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Brockette, Carmella

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January 30, 1938 - January 16, 2018

Brockette, Carmella

Carmella was born in Dallas, Texas to Mary Belle Carson Shields and Patrick Thomas Shields.  She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School and went to work for Solomon Brothers as a young woman.  Carmella met her husband of 56 years, Joe Brockette, while attending First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, where she was an Elder, Sunday school teacher, youth leader, and Bible study moderator.

A deeply devoted wife and mother, Carmella’s greatest passion was her love for her family, but she had many other passions as well.  She loved to paint… painting and decorating fine china as well as water color painting.  She loved to sing…singing in the church choir with her dearest friends for many years.  She loved to entertain… always welcoming guests into her home for any occasion.  She loved to nurture… reaching out to those who needed love and support.  She loved to cook…creating marvelous meals and desserts with ease.  She loved to serve…working diligently on church committees, school parent groups, and other volunteer opportunities.  She loved to share God’s word…always knowing who could use a caring mentor or just some inspiration from a Bible verse.  She was genuine, loving, kind and selfless.

Carmella is survived by her husband Joe, son Patrick and his wife Michele, and son Jefferey and his wife Kristin.  She is also survived by five grandchildren:  Allison, Ryan, Carson, William and Kathryn Brockette, and by her brother Patrick Shields and her niece Ellyn Morgan, husband Ralph and daughters Sarah and Angela Morgan, and her nephew Terry Shields and wife Benjin.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, January 20 at 1:30 pm
in the chapel of First Presbyterian Church of Dallas.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to First Presbyterian Church of Dallas Foundation or Presbyterian Village North Foundation.


Arrangements are under the direction of:
Aria Cremation Service & Funeral Home
10116 E. Northwest Highway
Dallas, Texas 75238

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The Duncan's

January 26, 2018 7:59AM

With Heartfelt Sympathy to the Brockette Family,

May you rely on the God of all comfort to help you to endure the days ahead.

"God is our refuge and strength"
(Psalms 46:1)

June and Kendall Lees

January 18, 2018 6:54AM

Dear Pat, Please accept our sincere condolences as you mourn the passing of your sister. May memories of time spent together ease your sorrow. Carmella's spirit will always be with you and one day you will enjoy everlasting life together with our Father in heaven. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. With love, June and Kendall.

Marianne Remschel

January 18, 2018 1:32AM

My sympathies to Joe and all of Carmella's family. She was such a sweet and lovely friend for so many years.

George A. Roark

January 17, 2018 6:26PM

I am so sorry about this. The sadness I feel is eclipsed by my memories of this great Lady. I met both Jeff and Kristin at Trinity in Grad school. When I first met Carmella, she was on full alert with me. Clearly concerned about the guy Jeff was hanging around (military, country boy from Alabama), she asked me a lot of pointed questions. It was like a MTI-- Mini-Texas Interrogation. The whole time she was quizzing me she overwhelmed me with a pleasant Texas charm. I remember her laughing with me but establishing some boundaries for little Jeffy. I recently spent time with Jeff and Will in Atlanta. We did a lot of fun things, the highlight of the trip was when Jeff said his mom still remembered me. It just took me back to our little banters in grad school. Carmella you were a treasure, and I knew but a few layers of you.