Carolyn Peters, 71, was born Carolyn Sue Robbins in Lindsay, Oklahoma, on February 24, 1946 to C.M. ‘Rob’ Robbins and C. Ruth Hart-Robbins. She passed away at home on July 6, 2017 in the presence of her loving husband after battling metastatic breast cancer.
Carolyn grew up in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, and graduated from Pauls Valley High School, where she made lifelong friends as part of the Class of 1964. She studied accounting at University of Oklahoma in Norman, and with her first husband had two sons, Mike Fleming of Atlanta, Georgia, and Mark Fleming of Katy, Texas. Through truly unconditional love, she managed to both support and instill a sense of self and independence in them that they will carry always.
The family moved to the Houston area in 1970, where Carolyn finished her education, making straight A’s at the University of Houston. A quick study and master organizer, Carolyn worked her way up to become an oil and gas accountant for Texaco, but she considered being a wife, mother and home manager her most sacred duties, and spent much of her energy mastering them.
Over the decades, she also became a Platinum Life Master in the American Contract Bridge League, where she met countless friends and one Tom Peters, now of Houston County Lake, the man she regularly told friends and strangers alike was “the love of my life.” They were married in 1984, and their commitment and genuine enjoyment of each other became an example to everyone who saw them together.
The Peters spent a few years working in New Orleans before returning to Houston. After an early retirement to their Houston County Lake home in the 1990s, they traveled by RV much of each year playing in bridge tournaments and seeing friends and family across the whole of North America. They also saw much of the rest of the world, including coveted experiences in Australia, New Zealand, and Spain. By all accounts, theirs was a charmed, wonderful life.
Like her father before her, Carolyn had an uncanny intuition and ability to draw people and make each one feel special. With an infectious laugh and smile, she said hello to strangers on the street, and she even made lasting connections via social media with folks she never met. She believed with her whole heart that even random people who crossed her path were her “angels,” each with a specific purpose in her life, and that she in turn was theirs. It is joked that, to her, people may have been second only to dogs, of whom she loved many, rescued some personally, and never met one she didn’t like.
Her guiding principles were in Scripture, in an absolute faith in the hereafter, and in a lifelong trust in the perfect power of prayer. She faced a four-plus-year battle against cancer with a positivity that left even those who knew her in awe. The family’s greatest comfort in missing her is knowing that she is where she wants to be now, in the loving arms of her Lord, and with family members including her parents, parents-in-law, sister-in-law and nephew, who left this life before her.
Carolyn is survived by her husband and sons; brother Lloyd Robbins and his children of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma; stepsons Mark and Kevin Peters and their beloved families of Austin, Texas; as well as numerous in-laws, cousins, and hundreds of friends close to home and around the world. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Cancer Society in Carolyn’s name and precious memory.