Carolee Summers Merrell passed away peacefully at 7:28 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, 2019, in Austin, Texas.

Carolee Summers Merrell passed away peacefully at 7:28 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, 2019, in Austin, Texas.

She was born in Seminole on March 26, 1930, to Ryans Samantha Davis Summers and Noel Malcolm Summers. She had one older brother, Philip B. Summers. Additionally, her cousins Robert “Bobby” Davis and Louann Davis Chamblee (survived by husband George Chamblee) were more like siblings to Carolee.

She graduated from Seminole High School and attended Oklahoma State University where she followed her interest in biology and science. She married and returned home to raise her three children deShawn Merrell, Brett Merrell, and Kirk Merrell.

When life changed directions she returned to work in 1976. She enjoyed working with her boys at the cable company or selling fashion with her ladies at the Vogue store downtown. She was a quick and loyal friend and also an ornery rebel. She loved cooking from her recipe catalogue and visiting with her friends from the neighborhood. She was a zealous Presbyterian, devout Democrat, committed gardener, rock and roll enthusiast and avid animal lover. Most of all she deeply loved her children and their children.

She is survived by her daughter deShawn Merrell and son-in-law Andrew Easterling of Murfeesboro, Arkansas; her son Brett Merrell of Edmond; her granddaughters Samantha Lee Penturf of Austin, Texas, and Lydia Riane Penturf of Lawrence, Kansas; Murphy Merrell, McKenna Murphy and their mother Laura Beth Murphy of Oklahoma City; and LeeAnn Wilkins, the widow of her youngest son Kirk Merrell.

The family intends to have a graveside memorial at Maple Grove Cemetery in Seminole in late spring of 2019. Please contact rocknrollcarolee@gmail.com if you would like more information about the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Carolee’s honor to the Seminole Humane Society/Seminole Animal Shelter, the Oklahoma Democratic Party, AGE of Central Texas or plant a pansy in her memory.