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Marlene Carole, WRAL-TV 'weather girl,' has died

Posted January 28, 2016 5:19 p.m. EST
Updated January 29, 2016 11:57 a.m. EST

Marlene Carole Klett Shumate, the first woman to present the weather on WRAL-TV, died Wednesday at the age of 80.

In her appearances on WRAL-TV during the 1960s, she went by her maiden name, Marlene Carole, and was known for signing off after her forecast with a wink to the viewers.

Shumate had a long career in Raleigh that included work for Myrick Realtors and Ammons Pittman.

She is survived by a daughter who lives in Wilmington.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1500 Glenwood Ave. in Raleigh.