Carol Smelley
1938 - 2017
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Carol Vincent Smelley
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. 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 Alzheimers twenty years ago… Just another opportunity to make New Friends.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents William 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, and her three loving grandchildren, Paul Cremer and wife Bella, Joey Cremer, and Abbye Cremer.
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 pm. A Memorial Celebration of Carol's Life will be held 1:00 pm, December 28, 2017. The service will be held at Second Baptist Church in the Chapel.
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.

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Published in Houston Chronicle from Dec. 26 to Dec. 27, 2017.
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December 29, 2017
Dr. Smelley,

I am very sorry to hear of your loss. It is especially difficult to lose loved ones around the holiday season. I hope you will be able to find comfort and strength through this difficult time.

God Bless,

Shannon Gibson, daughter of Dr. C. Mike Gibson, D.D.S.
December 29, 2017
I don' t know what I can say, my feelings are beyond words. Carol was my best friend through Baylor and through our time of raising families in Houston and as neighbors and retirees in Santa Fe. What a glorious and fun person Carol was always. She was blessed with Jim and together they lit up our lives.
Barbara Johnstone
December 29, 2017
Carol and I were close friends at Baylor, particularly as co-officers of Pi Phi. Her sweet smile and enthusiasm for everything she did were contagious. When she left a semester early in 1960 to marry the love of her life, I remember her saying, "I just want to be with Jimmy," and indeed that devotion and commitment led to the most beautiful Christian union one could imagine. Carol will be missed dearly, but the sweet memories of her lifetime will most certainly live on forever.
Susan Beggs-Lambert
December 29, 2017
Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. May God's love be a source of comfort to you in the days ahead.
December 27, 2017
My deepest sympathy to you and your family for your lost. May you find comfort in the God of all comfort because he cares for you. 1 peter 5: 6,7
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December 27, 2017
So very sorry for the loss of Carol. I think the last time I saw her was when we went to a Super Bowl game together at Rice Stadium way back in the 1970s. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I only wish we could have attended the visitation. God bless you all! Barbara and Terry Sanderson
December 27, 2017
I send you via this message and prayer-my deepest sympathy. God will be with you as you move ahead in your lives-as he was with you during yours together.
God Bless!
Shirley Schoener
Shirley Schoener
December 27, 2017
December 27, 2017

May the "God of all comfort" comfort you all at this time. 2 Cor.1:3
December 27, 2017
To the Smelley Family: My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends during this difficult time. I hope that the promise in 1 Thessalonians 4:14 can bring comfort. Knowing that there's a hope for the ones we have lost in death can be so reassuring.
December 26, 2017
My sincere condolences for your loss. As you endure this difficult time of sorrow, please turn to the Most High God for comfort as his word assures us at Jeremiah 29:12,13 "you will call me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you."
December 26, 2017
Peter and I are with family in Lake Tahoe area and regret we will not be in Houston to celebrate Carol's life on Thursday. Our sincerest condolences to all the family. We will miss her.
PS. I also remember Carol is the only woman I know who made a hole in one!
Nancy and Peter Thompson
December 26, 2017
My sincere condolences. May the God of all comfort strengthen you all during this difficult time. Rom 15:4

December 23, 2017
We are sorry for your precious loss. May the God of all comfort strengthen the family. John 3:16.
December 23, 2017
May the God of all comfort never leave your side as you mourn the loss of your loved one (Psalms 119:76).
Kayla Bell
December 23, 2017
Happy are those who mourn,since they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4
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