Carolyn Elizabeth Melanie Roth Spillers | Obituary
Carolyn Elizabeth Melanie Roth was born on October 16, 1935 in Winters, Texas to the Reverend Carl Nathaniel Roth and Elner Marie Ottilie Mueller Roth. She passed through death at Eternal Life in Austin on Sunday, November 7, 2021 weeks after celebrating her 86th birthday.
Carolyn grew up in Winters until her father took up a position in Seguin as the District President of the Southern District of the Lutheran American Church.
Carolyn graduated from Seguin High School in 1954, where she excelled in the dramatic arts and served as the drum major for the Fighting Matador Band. She attended Texas Lutheran College and transferred to Trinity University to pursue studies in interior design. It was there that she met the love of her life, Roger Spillers, in a house building class.
Carolyn always noted that “her colors” were blues and greens while Roger’s were browns and reds!
She worked at Joske’s and then Frost Brothers in advertising, creating designs and layouts for newspapers.
Carolyn and Roger were married on December 22, 1959 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bulverde, Texas.
Carolyn’s love for art has led her to many projects and endeavors. She owed a thread and sewing store, “The Happy Square”, where she designed and taught all kinds of needlework. Her first post chronicled her grandmother Elizabeth Roth’s many needlework projects in the 1880s. From custom framing to her boutique, Custom Crafts, she taught and developed new techniques such as Capplique and Craft Batiks. Roger spent many hours producing his wood cutouts. His next adventure was as the owner of Sir Speedy, a printing house, with help from John. She helped write and publish the book “God Would Not Let Me Go…”, her father’s life story.
Carolyn and Roger shared a passion for classic cars and you could often find Carolyn designing presentations or newsletters for one of their many car clubs!
She is survived by her husband, Roger, her sons Carl Spillers and his wife Cathy and their son Brandon, John Spillers and his wife Nona and their sons Patrick and Robert Spillers.
A memorial service will be held at Zion Lutheran Church in Seguin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 19, 2021.
If you would like to honor Carolyn, the family recommends donation to the Texas Lutheran University Roth Scholarship in Seguin. Online donations can be made at TLU.edu by clicking on Donate> Make a gift and choosing Other as the Gift allowance. Write in the Roth Scholarship in memory of Carolyn Roth Spillers.