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Posted: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 3:21 pm

In Memoriam

Because we have always been and will forever be a family who depended too heavily on its matriarch, whom we absolutely did not deserve and have struggled greatly in her absence, we are a year late with her obituary, something that is unforgivable to continue to leave undone.

We in the Carman and Tyra families, as well as all of you who knew and loved her, lost Patricia Tyra Carman on Nov. 17, 2016 after a long battle with breast cancer.

If you knew Pat, you know that she was a fantastic woman, giving far more than she ever received and never seeming to notice the imbalance.

For 24 years, she was a registered nurse, the last 12 of them caring for those in this community as a home health nurse.

You may have seen her riding her motorcycle with the sidecar through the Hill Country, always either wearing her red scrubs, her Gypsy Motorcycle Club's golden colors or both.

Pat loved music, both listening to it and making it.

Luckily for those around her, she found ways to make music that didn't involve her singing voice.

She played in the Bandera United Methodist bell choir with her mother and, for a time, her daughter and nieces. Pat also played the flute in the Helotes City Marching Band along with some fellow alums of Marshall High School in San Antonio, Texas.

She also enjoyed reading, spending time with her friends and family, and volunteering.

She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Dale Carman; her parents Joe and Janet Tyra; brother Scott Tyra; son Erich Carman and his wife Zadie; granddaughter Alice Carman; daughter Dana Carman Rodriguez and her husband Zachary; daughter Mackenzie; 10 nieces and nephews; and many, many friends.

On this day, remember Pat by caring for those around you, beings big or small, as she always did.

Might we also suggest throwing out some nuts for the squirrels to honor the memory of our beloved Squirrel Whisperer, Pat Carman.

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