Carolyn Raye Kerley
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A memorial service for Carolyn Raye (Woods) Kerley, 75, will be at 5 p.m. Saturday at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home, 500 West Barton Ave., Temple. A private family graveside service will be at Hillcrest Cemetery in Temple, where she will be laid to rest alongside her husband, Robert L. Kerley.

Mrs. Kerley died Feb. 12, 2018. She was born Aug. 6, 1942, at Lee Bottom (Horseshoe Bend), near Mother Neff State Park in Coryell County, to Omer Cleveland Woods and Angero Susan (Lee) Woods.

She spent her early years around Moody, until the family moved to Temple in 1956, where she met Robert (Bob) Kerley at Memorial Baptist Church and they became Temple High School sweethearts. Mr. and Mrs. Kerley were married in January of 1960 and remained married for 37 years until his death in 1997.

Family always came first with Mrs. Kerley, and friends a close second. She loved family get-togethers and reunions. Mrs. Kerley was also dedicated to family history and genealogy. She also enjoyed art, gardening and computer technology.

She was a very talented administrator and manager with various companies and positions beginning in Austin in the early ’60s, to Virginia, back to Austin, then Killeen, and finished as business manager of The Pointe at Cedar Park. Whenever health permitted, she loved attending Baptist services at the different places she lived.

Mrs. Kerley made friends easily and had a great sense of humor. She had the quality that made people feel like they were her best friend. She was the glue that brought people together and could be counted on by everyone, especially family and friends. She was a talented historical researcher and thoroughly enjoyed helping people with their genealogy and whatever historical problems they had.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father; brother, Joe Claud Woods of Taylor; and husband, Robert Lawrence Kerley of Austin.

Mrs. Kerley is survived by her sister, Joyce (Woods) Cox of Taylor; her brother, Reginald Eugene Woods of Taylor; her sister, Rita (Woods) Etherton of Austin; two daughters, Deborah Denise and son-in-law Joe Pedigo of San Antonio, and Carolyn Elizabeth Kerley of Leander; and three sons, Robert Lee Kerley of Killeen, Bryan Cleveland Kerley of Pflugerville, and Christopher Lawrence Kerley of Driftwood. Additionally, she is survived by 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Honorary pallbearers are: Jocob Kerley, Eric Starlin, Robert (Robbie) Kerley, Damien Martinez and Andrew Starlin.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home in Temple, which is in charge of arrangements. Phone: 254-773-4564.

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