ALBANY - Merien Delores Morris Townsel, 85, of Albany, formerly of Saranac Lake, went home to be with Jesus on Sept. 30, 2012.
She was born in Petersburg, Va., on June 9, 1928, the only child of Robert F. and Lunette Smith.
She attended Petersburg schools before the family relocated to White Plains, where she graduated with the class of 1944. She lived in NYC and worked with social service and community-based agencies for over 35 years. She ended her service career being recognized by Albany County Senior Services in 1999 having served over 5,000 volunteer hours that year.
She was predeceased by her husband of 35 years, LeRoy Townsel Jr.
She is survived by her great-aunt Virginia Rose of Baltimore, Md., and a sister-in-law, Barbara Womack of White Plains. She is the mother of nine children: the eldest daughter Robin S. Clark (predeceased) and her husband Charles, son LeRoy Townsel III of New Rochelle, son Kevin M. Townsel and Annice Townsel of Largo, Fla., son Donald B. Townsel (predeceased) and his life partner Robert Rokoz of New York City, son Bruce J. Townsel and Debra Townsel of Albany, son Kim T. Townsel and Anne K. Townsel Largo, Fla., Neal K. Townsel and Denise Townsel of Schenectady, LuAnna Townsel McCallop and Willie N. McCallop (predeceased) of Albany, and daughter Cathy Ann Townsel of the Bronx.
Mrs. Townsel is survived by 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
She has been relevant in the time of need and crisis for people, young and old. She has been a willing servant, translating with clarity God's supreme love for us all.
A family viewing will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the First Church at 110 North Pearl St. in Albany, followed by time for friends and family at 10 a.m. and a public service from 11 a.m. to noon. Call 316-463-4449 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on services.