Carol Smith Easley, 85, of Austin, TX, passed away Friday, February 10th, 2023, with family by her side. Carol was born in Proctor, VT, to Harley R. Smith and Mary P. Smith on August 19, 1937.
Carol graduated from George Washington High School in Alexandria, VA in 1955. She went on to attend college at Mary Washington College and then Pennsylvania State University. Carol obtained her certification and license as a Laboratory Technician. Carol married her high school sweetheart, Rex, on August 31st, 1957. Soon after, they moved to College Station, TX, where Rex attended Texas A&M University.
Carol was a dedicated Officer’s wife in the United States Air Force, as well as a devoted mother of three. While military assignments took them to many locations in the states and overseas, Carol always assured consistencies were maintained with each move. In particular, a wall in every living room with the same paintings and other art work. They lived in several locations throughout the U.S. and world. They resided in multiple states such as Mississippi, Florida, Alaska, Oklahoma, Utah, Maryland (x2), Massachusetts and Texas. Internationally, they resided at Royal Air Force (RAF) Croughton in England. In addition to living in several wonderful locations, Carol and Rex were joined at the hip for adventures throughout the U.S. and world: the unpaved Alaska-Canada (AlCan) Highway, car train trips within Alaska, Hawaii, Japan, England, Italy, Romania, France, Hungary, Transylvania, Russia, Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada, Israel, Mexico and Panama.
Carol had a wide variety of interests, hobbies and skills. She was a talented artist and quilter. She was a member of numerous painting groups and quilting guilds across many states. Carol’s talent for Bauernmalerei Folk Art Painting (German Bavarian Folk Art), on woodwork and furniture, was admired by all and coveted by many. Quilting was another way she expressed her creativity. Her quilts ranged in size from a small table square to quilts the size of a king bed. Carol’s choice of colors in both her painting and quilting were exceptional and a sight to behold.
Carol is survived by her brother David A. Smith and wife Carol of Sikeston, MO, daughter Susan E. Francis and husband Robert of Spring, TX, daughter Sheryl E. Morrison and husband Bruce of Austin, TX, son Keith D. Easley and wife Judy of San Antonio, TX., grandchildren: Kaleigh and Blake Beeson, Olivia Potter, Christopher and Heather Francis, Riley and Julie Morrison, Claire Morrison, Abigail Easley and Alexander Easley, and great-granddaughter, Harper V. Beeson. Carol is preceded in death by the love of her life, Rex C. Easley, her parents Harley R. and Mary P. Smith, Rex’s parents Louis T. and Bonita E. Easley, and sister-in-law Rita E. Percival.
A celebration of Carol’s Life will be held on Sunday, February 19, 2023 at 4:00 p.m., at Dripping Springs United Methodist Church located at 28900 Ranch Road 12, Dripping Springs, TX, 78620. ‘For friends and family unable to attend Carol’s celebration of life in person, a livestream link is provided in the Service Details section below.’
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to The Salvation Army.