Carol Jean Fricke

July 3, 1947June 19, 2016

After a courageous battle with cancer, Carol Jean Kelm Fricke died in her home on June 19, 2016, in Austin, Texas, at the age of 68.

She is survived by her soul mate and husband, John; daughter, Mindy Walker of Austin, and her children, Blake and Grace; and son, Kyle Fricke of Austin. She is also survived by her parents, Harvey and Bernice Kelm of Thorndale; siblings, Randy and Sandra Kelm of Burleson, and Fred Kelm of Beaumont; six nieces and nephews and five great-nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her sister, Connie.

Carol was born on July 3, 1947, in Houston, Texas, to Harvey and Bernice (Hengst) Kelm. She was baptized on July 10, 1947, at Trinity Church in Houston, Texas, by Pastor Harms. She was confirmed on March 26, 1961, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Thorndale, Texas, by Pastor Appel.

Carol grew up in Thorndale, Texas, graduating salutatorian from Thorndale High School in 1965. She earned her associate degree from Concordia College in 1967. She married John, the love of her life in 1968. She worked for the Texas Community College Teachers Association for over 37 years. Her children remember her as a kind, gentle, patient, and loving mother who ceaselessly encouraged and supported them.

Carol was a driven professional with a deep love for her family and her pets. She greatly enjoyed gardening and had an exceptionally green thumb. When diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013, she remained a brave, tough, iron-willed woman full of grace and kindness, even throughout her final months.

A celebration of life is scheduled for Friday, June 24,2016, at 2:30 P.M., at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church. Pastor Paul Meyer will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Carol's life.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Head for the Cure Foundation.


  • Celebration of Life Friday, June 24, 2016

Carol Jean Fricke

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Patricia Klaras

July 4, 2016

I was thinking of Carol all day today for her birthday. She and you all are wonderful neighbors and Carol continues to be an inspiration to me as I am helping care for my Godmother in Waco who is in hospice. You all continue to be in my prayers daily.
With love and prayers,
Patricia Klaras

Cheryl Petty

June 27, 2016

John, I am saddened to here of your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

Ron Welch

June 26, 2016


I am so sorry to hear about Carol's passing. It's been a long time since I have seen you but I remember how close the two of you seemed to be. I know you will miss her terribly. My best thoughts and prayers go with you. God Bless you and you family.

Rodney Guinn

June 24, 2016

John, I am truly and extremely saddened by your loss. My thoughts are with you.

Bob Wallace

June 24, 2016

John, we just learned of Carol's passing. Our most heartfelt prayers for you and your family. Carol was beautiful inside and out. May our Lord's love surround you and bring you comfort.

Bob & Jeanne Wallace

Lisa Laky

June 24, 2016

John, my heart goes out to you and your family at this sad news.

Ray Kelm

June 24, 2016

Being a first cousin of Carol, I have many fond memories of her. She was a very beautiful woman with a great spirit and heart. She was easy to talk to...very grounded and down to earth. She was a woman that made you feel comfortable and easy to talk to. Easily one of my favorite cousins...a relative and friend for life. I will miss her smiling face.

June 23, 2016

I am so sorry to hear this sad news. I went to school with Carol in Thorndale. She was always a pleasure to be around and was liked by everyone. My sincere condolences to the family.

Donna Doss White (Lexington, TX)

Claire Martinez

June 22, 2016

We are very sorry to learn about Carol's passing. What a graceful, beautiful, and courageous woman. We will miss seeing her gardening in the yard. May God bless the Fricke family.

With heartfelt sympathy,
Sergio & Claire

Kris Parker

June 22, 2016

From the Parker family to yours, we are deeply saddened by the news of your mother's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. XOXOXO - Mark, Kris, Sutton, Emerson & Tripp