Carolyn McLaney, At 95, Turned Her Beaming Toward The Lord, Passing Away Peacefully

I knew Carolyn as the sister of courtly society photographer Ray Muniz, who taught me how to take pictures in dim lighting. "Walk six steps forward and then back up. You'll be six feet from your pictured people."

Ray shot society people with such elan that they relaxed and posed as he proposed. His photos not only were featured in local society sections but magazines begged for his presentations. Joe Ann Batcheller, the first woman to preside at the Surf Club, enjoyed Ray and his sister as good friends. He was always clicking away in Miami Beach social surroundings. 

Carolyn belonged to La Gorce Country Club but was not snooty. An active member of the Women's Cancer Association and was a perpetual president. A loyal friend, she enjoyed dancing, gardening, golf,  travel, Mardi Gras and always a good joke! When together, I kept her wreathed in smiles.

Both of them virtually "lived at" Bayshore Lutheran Church, which my dad helped to build on the northside of BayPoint. I was a member of the choir and Sunday School teacher, was confirmed with the pastor's son, George WIlliam Schuster and my brother Paul. Carolyn and Ray devoted their lives to Bayshore, Ray becoming the key carrier for the church.


She arrived in Miami from New Orleans with her husband Mike and young son Mickey in 1951, the place of her birth. Three grandchildren and great grandkids survive, in addition to daughter-in-law Phyllis in Miami and Mary Muniz, Mary and John Silvernagel. who reside in New Orleans.

A memorial service will be held at Bayshore Lutheran Church on Sunday, April 7, at 3 p.m. Burial will be in New Orleans. Instead of sending flowers, the family hopes mourners will treat the church to their largesse.