Carita A. O達rian, 83, of Ovilla passed away Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, at her residence surrounded by her family. She was born to the late James J. and Charlotte Coulter Coleman on April 23, 1927, in Odessa, Texas.

Carita was an avid gardener. She enjoyed volunteering at Baylor Medical Center and teaching adults to read. Her passion in life was academia and the arts.

She is survived by her children, Maureen Higgins of Glenn Heights, Charles Higgins Jr. of Ovilla, Kathleen Higgins of Lancaster, Kevin Higgins and his wife, Barbara of Austin, Douglas O達rian and his wife, Tammy of Southlake; her sister, Roberta Howard and her husband, Richard of North Thetford, Vt.; and her grandchildren, Meredith Pond, Madeleine O達rian, Ethan O達rian, Coleman O達rian and Jackson O達rian.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Avard O達rian.

The family will host a memorial to celebrate her life from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, at 625 William Drive in Ovilla.

Donations to Carita痴 favorite charities, St. Jude Hospital, National Wildlife Federation and literacy programs, are preferred in lieu of flowers.