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Carol Deane Kalteyer Merritt

Obituary for Carol Deane Kalteyer Merritt

December 10, 1943 - October 3, 2017
San Antonio, Texas | Age 73


Carol Deane Kalteyer Merritt passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on October 3, 2017. Born December 10, 1943 Carol was proud to be a sixth-generation Texan with deep family roots throughout central Texas. Her father, Walter Kalteyer, served as a naval officer in the Pacific in WWII before establishing a successful career as a petroleum engineer. After a number years moving from one small Texas oil town to another, the family finally settled in Corpus Christi. Once settled, her mother, Sue Kalteyer, also went on to establish a successful career, serving as the personal assistant to May Dougherty King for 30 years.

After graduating from Ray High School in 1961, Carol studied Interior Design at the University of Texas for a year before moving to New York City and attending the Katherine Gibbs School.

After graduating from Katherine Gibbs in 1963, Carol returned to Texas and in 1964 married Lynn Merritt of Robstown, Texas. After 1 year in College Station while Lynn completed his MBA (long enough to turn the Longhorn into a lifelong Aggie), she left Texas again when Lynn began a career with Ford Motor Company. Over the next 33 years, they moved eleven times, had sixteen addresses, lived in nine houses, and raised two children. In 1980, Carol founded Design Directions, an award-winning interior design firm that specialized in serving as a liaison between builders, architects, and clients, which continued to grow and flourish despite their frequent moves.

Carol was passionate about helping others and chose to apply her gifts for organization to a number of causes. In 1992, she and Lynn joined a small church in Bloomfield Hills, MI called Kensington Community Church. For the next six years, Carol worked as a full-time volunteer, helping grow the church from fewer than 100 members to over 1500 members. Today that church has over 10,000 members in seven locations across Michigan.

When Carol and Lynn settled in San Antonio following Lynn's retirement from Ford, Carol continued to donate time and attention to charitable causes, including the San Antonio Food Bank and Haven for Hope.

In 2004, Carol was first diagnosed with cancer. For the next 13 years, she fought with grace and courage. Complications from spinal surgery in 2014 left her in a wheelchair, but could not touch her determination or her positive attitude.

Carol is survived by her husband of 53 years, Lynn Merritt; her sister, Susan Harms; her children, Lisa and David Merritt; her daughter-in-law, Kristin Merritt; and her grandchildren, Charlie and Michael Merritt.

Carol chose to donate her body to the University of Texas Health Science Center for medical research, continuing her life of service even after her death.

The family will hold a memorial service celebrating Carol's life at University Methodist Church at 1:00 PM on November 2. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the San Antonio Food Bank in Carol's name.

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