Westbury endows fund in wife’s memory

  • Thursday, July 25, 2013

From left back, Brunson Westbury, Board member Jimmy Waring, Board chair Skip Williams, Board member Larry Shaffer, second row from left, Board members Faye Croft, Chris Czarnik, and Wilma Burgreen, ARK Executive Director Peg Lahmeyer, Board members Pixie Melfi and Marlena Myers, front row from left, ARK Development Director Cheryl Moniz, and NOAH Coordinator Cathy Morton, pose with a portrait of Carolyn Westbury, which will hang in her honor at The ARK. ELLEN PRIEST/JOURNAL SCENE


The late Carolyn Westbury never had any children, but her husband Brunson wanted to make sure she was remembered. And so on Tuesday at 5 pm, a group of friends gathered to honor Carolyn at the ARK, Alzheimer’s Family Support Services.
During the short ceremony, it was announced that Westbury has seeded an endowment with a $25,000 donation in Carolyn’s memory, with a pledge of $45,000 total to the fund.
According to Cheryl Moniz, Development Director for the ARK, the endowment is a designated fund endowment, which means anyone can add to the fund at any time.
Westbury says he wanted to see Carolyn’s legacy carried out and to see that she was remembered.
ARK board member Marlena Myers spoke of how Carolyn grew up in Holly Hill, one of four children, and how she treasured that family and spoke with her siblings every day.
After she married Brunson, she worked beside him to found Westbury Veterinary Clinic in 1960, and grow the business.
When her parents needed her care, she phased out her work at the clinic to care for them until their passing.
Myers spoke of Westbury as “…a woman of many talents: seamstress, gardener, cook, devoted church member, and Sunday school leader” who mastered any task she undertook.
“Carolyn Westbury loved life, and she loved the trips she and Brunson undertook.”
Myers then spoke of the “thief” (Alzheimer’s disease) that starts with the little things, such as being forgetful, and then moves on to the bigger things, such as robbing sufferers of their memories.
But through it all, Brunson stayed by her side.
Brunson told Myers it had been “a pleasure to take care of his wife, because she was so grateful for all that he did for her.”
Brunson said although Carolyn was never able to have children, her legacy would be to take care of the participants of the ARK’s programs who suffer from Alzheimer’s as she did, with the endowment.
The ARK provides a range of services to families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and related memory disorders. The endowment will help provide scholarships for respite care and other services to families who otherwise could not afford it.
Carolyn Westbury passed away in February 2011, but her life and her legacy will live on. Brunson has taken care of that.
As he loved and cherished her in life, her husband Brunson continues to cherish her memory and her legacy two years after her passing.
His generosity will benefit those in need of the ARK’s services for many years to come.
Friends of the Westbury’s, those interested in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and the public are invited to contribute to the Carolyn R. Westbury Endowment. The endowment will be managed by Coastal Community Foundation (CCF). For information contact CCF, (843) 723-3635.
For information on The ARK, call 843-832-2357 or email info@TheARKofSC.org.


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