Carol L. Winters (Rockelli)
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SALISBURY — Carol L. Winters (Rockelli), 79, passed away Thursday, July 5, 2012, after a brief illness. Carol was a native of Washington, graduating from Eastern High School and living most of her life in the city before moving to Oxon Hill, Md. Later, she moved to Salisbury with her longtime partner, James Riser.
Carol was an excellent homemaker and mother. A skilled seamstress, she lovingly handmade many of her children's clothes throughout the years. Known for her creativity, especially with flowers, she kept beautiful gardens and was an accomplished horticulturist. She was a member of the Town and Country Garden Club at the time of her death, and previously belonged to garden clubs in Oxon Hill and Camp Springs, Md. She participated on numerous occasions in assisting with White House decorations and displays at the U.S. National Arboretum.
Carol worked for a time at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and at the National Gallery of Art. She loved art and music, particularly classical music, and was a patron of the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra, the Community Players of Salisbury and the Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council. She supported Friends of Poplar Hill Mansion and was a member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church. She took great pride in the fact that three of her children graduated from Salisbury University.
Carol particularly loved nature and all God's creatures, and instilled this within her children. She made sure to feed the birds, water the plants, spoil the dog and revel in the splendor of flowers from the garden, fruit and vegetables from local farms, and seashells from Assateague Island and various other beaches.
Carol was predeceased by her beloved mother, Dorothy Winters Evans; beloved brothers, Ronnie Winters and Donald Winters; and her ex-husband, Jerry Rockelli.
She is survived by her sons, Jerry and Rick Rockelli; her daughters, Laurie Rockelli and Linda Simpson; her granddaughters, Gina Simpson and Amy Rockelli; her grandsons, Logan Simpson, Alex Rockelli and Andy Rockelli; many cherished relatives in the Winters family, the Milton family and the Rockelli family; and many friends.
In lieu of funeral services, the family is planning a celebration of life to be held in the Washington area and will notify family and friends of the event.
Donations, instead of flowers, may be made in her honor to Coastal Hospice, PO Box 1733, Salisbury, Md. 21802. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to 625 Pine Bluff Road, Salisbury, Md. 21801.
Published in The Daily Times from July 7 to July 9, 2012