Today, at 5:42 PM, Congressman Blake Farenthold (TX-27) released the following statement:
“I was deeply saddened to learn that longtime family friend, Michelle Carey Charba, was a casualty of the devastating floods that wreaked havoc over the weekend in Wimberley Texas. I remain hopeful and prayerful that the others missing will be found. Members of my family have been assisting the victims’ families and both my office and I stand ready to help as needed. Please keep these families in your prayers.”
Michelle was 43 years old and had a 4 year old son named Will, who was with his mother when the Blanco River swept over its banks destroying the house they were vacationing in. Will is still missing, as is his father, Michelle’s husband, Randy Charba. Please continue to pray for the safe recovery of Randy and Will, and for their family and friends as they grieve and search for answers.
The Corpus Christi Caller Times wrote a beautiful depiction of Michelle’s personality:
Laura McCullough, senior development manager for the American Cancer Society in Corpus Christi, described Michelle Charba as a “phenomenal person,” who had a heart for giving and helping others.
Charba was heavily involved with the American Cancer Society locally. Her in-laws, the Careys, are connected to the Larry and Pat McNeil Foundation, which has provided restricted funds for the local patient transportation program the last 15 years.
Charba served on the organizing committee for the Cattle Baron’s Ball, an annual event that raises money for cancer research and support programs. She also put on other VIP parties for major donors.
“She was very charismatic and philanthropic,” said McCullough, who spent Tuesday in Wimberly joining in the search. “She was very dedicated to what she believed in. She wanted to continue the efforts that her family began 15 years ago.”
A GoFundMe account has been set up to assist in search expenses. You can visit it here: http://www.gofundme.com/vf7f26s. Ashley McCombs, the sister of Laura McCombs, another victim, is also raising money to fund the search: http://www.gofundme.com/vh35pg.