Carol V. Smelley
Carol V. Smelley
  • December 20, 1938 - December 21, 2017
  • Houston, Texas

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Carol Vincent Smelley went home to be with the Lord on December 21, 2017. She was born at St. Joseph Hospital, December 20, 1938. She has always been a happy girl who enjoyed people and loved being the center of attention. Carol grew up in West University attending Pershing Jr. High and Lamar High School. She was always a leader: at West University Baptist Youth Group, President of Niwauna Social Club at Lamar, where she was also Duchess in the May Fete. Carol was part of the Lamar Drama Club which won State in One Act Play Competition. She attended Baylor University where she was Vice President of her sorority, Pi Phi. She was on the Editorial Board of the Baylor Newspaper serving as Reporter, and she majored in Journalism at Baylor.

Her hobbies included bridge, leisure learning, needle point sewing, oil painting, tennis at Houston Racquet Club where her calendars were always full, and golf at Lakeside. Following a quadruple Bogie she said, "Can't wait till we are poor so we can drop this Country Club. Then I can quit this stupid game." Most importantly Carol is a committed Christian, she loved Bible study and taught for many years in Baptist Sunday schools. "We must travel while we are young." So Carol traveled all over the world. Travel, travel, travel. Just a little short term memory loss. Diagnosed with Alzheimer's twenty years ago. Just another opportunity to make New Friends.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents William Vincent and Frances Gage Vincent. She is survived by her loving husband Dr. James Smelley; her two wonderful daughters, Kim Cremer and husband Frank, and Laura Visage and husband Tony; her three loving grandchildren, Paul Cremer and wife Bella, Joey Cremer, and Abbye Cremer; and her brother Gage Vincent and wife Debbie, and their daughter Angela.

A visitation will be held at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77079, on December 27, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. A Memorial Celebration of Carol's Life will be held at Second Baptist Church Chapel at 1:00 p.m., on December 28, 2017.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Star of Hope, 4848 Loop Central Drive Suite 500, Houston, Texas 77081, or Second Baptist Church, 6400 Woodway Drive, Houston, Texas 77057.