Marinell Brooks Traylor Marinell Brooks Traylor passed away on December 20th after a courageous battle with cancer. She is survived by a son and daughter, Clayton and Holly; a brother, John; three grandchildren, Davidlee, Brittany and Sam; and a great granddaughter, Aaliyah. Her husband, William Traylor preceded her. Marinell was born in Beaumont, TX on August 16th 1935 to Alton Howell Brooks and Nella Somerford Brooks. Marinell was raised in Hempstead, TX where she was a standout athlete at Hempstead High School. She attended the University of Texas and received a degree in Elementary Education. She was a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority. Marinell taught elementary school in Mathis, Houston and Katy, TX. While attending summer school at Blinn College, Marinell met her future husband William (Bill) E. Traylor, Jr. They enjoyed fifty years of love, laughter, adventure and challenges together. Marinell believed in volunteering. She taught part-time at the Houston School for the Blind, was a Board member of the Southeastern Pennsylvania chapter of the Alliance for the Mentally Ill and worked at the Settlement Home for Children in Austin. She was also a volunteer greeter at Austin Bergstrom Airport. Marinell cherished the many, many close friendships she established over the years with her fellow volunteers. Marinell was a great adventurer, who moved the family to Ulsan South Korea, Quito Ecuador, Katy, TX, and West Chester, PA as her husband's career required. She set an example for all on how to embrace change; always finding the positives in her new environment and quickly making new friends. In 1991, Marinell and Bill retired to Austin, TX where she got to keep a close eye on her beloved Longhorns and re-connect with lifelong friends. Marinell was a deeply devoted Christian who found great strength in her faith. She was proud to call herself a "cradle to grave Episcopalian." For the past 18 years, Marinell was a member of St Luke's on the Lake Episcopal Church in Lakeway, TX where she established a program to greet new visitors and welcome them into the Church. Marinell was a proud member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and the Order of the Daughter's of the King. A memorial service will be held at St. Luke's on the Lake in Lakeway TX on Saturday, January 5th at 11:00a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in Marinell's name to The Children's Settlement Home, www.settlementhome.org.
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Published in Austin American-Statesman on Jan. 4, 2013