Carol Clark Walker DeTello, "Carey", of Meadville, PA, was reunited with her beloved parents in heaven on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.
Carey was born on August 7, 1948 in Cleveland, Ohio to Joseph Clark and Edith Jean Walker of Dorseyville, Pennsylvania. Carey was raised in Dorseyville, graduating from Fox Chapel Area High School in 1966. Carey later attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she studied sociology obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree. Carey dedicated the next forty years of her life to social work, offering her fierce love and tender care to those most in need. Carey was a long-time employee of TouchStone Solutions in Meadville, PA.
Carey was the proud mother of three beautiful sons, Steven P. DeTello of Allentown, PA, Joseph V. DeTello (husband Mike) of Meadville, PA, and Daniel A. DeTello (wife Colleen) of Hellertown, PA. Carey absolutely adored her four grandchildren; Carey was "Mim" to Sadie and Tommy and "Memaw" to Daniel and Brynnly. They were the greatest joys of her life.
The oldest of five siblings, Carey is survived by her two sisters, Linda Jo Albertson of Allentown, PA and Barbara Jean Walker of Pittsburgh, PA, and her two brothers, George Walker of Fredericksburg, VA and Clifford Walker of Bethlehem, PA. Carey had three nieces, Cassie Heckert (Josh) of Pittsburgh, PA, Melody Polk, also of Pittsburgh and Cameron Parrish of Fredericksburg, VA; three nephews, Jesse (Marcie) and Ryan (Lauren) Albertson, and Dylan Macasevich of Bethleham, PA; four great nieces, and one great nephew, all of whom she loved dearly.
Carey provided care and companionship to two very special individuals, a vibrant young man named Gerry Gonzales, who preceded her in death, and her friend and roommate of twenty-three years, Rudy Bauer.
Those closest to Carey knew, loved, and celebrated her for many reasons. She was a nurturing mother to not only her own children, but so many others along the way. She was a loyal and compassionate friend. She had such a big heart, and she was unwaveringly generous. Her famed red hair was as vibrant and flamboyant as her personality, and she could make instant friends with anyone. Carey was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan and enjoyed hosting backyard BBQs and fireside evenings. She loved rock'n'roll music, especially The Rolling Stones. She was a regular viewer of Dancing with the Stars, Japanese anime, and dog shows. Carey committed her time to volunteering for Toys for Tots and never missed an opportunity to cheer her "folks" on at Special Olympics. She was a life long advocate for equal and civil rights as well as the LGBTQ community. She was a true caregiver at heart with an undeniably warm spirit and could always be counted on for words of encouragement or a much-needed laugh. Carey delighted in her three dogs, Ghenghis, Beedee, and Buddy, who always uplifted her.
Carey will be deeply missed by all those lucky enough to love and be loved by her.
Published on May 20, 2017