Carol Irene Notbohm

September 13, 1934April 22, 2021

Carol Irene (Ellis) Notbohm, of Columbia, passed away on April 22, 2021. She was 86 years old. Carol was born September 13, 1934, in Janesville, Wisconsin, the daughter of Walter and Luella Ellis. She married Rex Notbohm, her high school sweetheart, on September 11, 1954.

Carol was devoted to early childhood education and founded Countryside Nursery School in 1979. The school became of labor of love for Carol and Rex as they transformed the Old Methodist Church into the perfect little school for young minds to learn, explore and develop a lifelong love of learning. Countless children flourished under her watchful eye. She retired in 1999, and the school still thrives today.

Carol turned her passions to gardening in retirement and lovingly cultivated many prize winning flowering plants. She was a member of the Columbia Garden Club and volunteered at the United Methodist Church library.

Due to Covid restrictions, a private graveside service will be held on Monday, May 10th. The Service will be livestreamed with a link that will be posted through Memorial Funeral Home, A public Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date.

Survivors include her husband Rex; her children: Debbie (Christopher) Hawf, Diane (Joseph) Stratmann and Dawn (Thomas) Dugan; her grandchildren: Adam (Lauren) Hawf, Matthew (Clare) Stratmann, Katherine (Ian) Buckler, Reagan Dugan and Ryan Dugan; her great grandson Alexander Hitt Hawf; and her sister, Elizabeth Shuman.

She was preceded in death by one son, Dean Notbohm; one grandson, Scott Hawf; and her brother, Robert Ellis.

Memorial contributions are suggested to First Chance for Children,


10 May

Private Graveside Service



  • Memorial service will be held at a later date


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Mark Hahn

May 4, 2021

Rex, Debbie, Chris, Dawn and Diane,

I grew up just up the street in Woodridge when you moved here from Wilmette. Dean and I were very close during high school years, and his mother was always quick to offer a sandwich or refreshment after our endless frolics in the forests or skateboard sessions. While Dean and I went separate ways after he graduated, it's so neat to hear that Carol had an impact on so very many children. The world is a better place from her presence.

I wish you all the very best in peace, healing, and fond memories.

Harriet & William Yelon

May 2, 2021

We are eternally grateful for the care and concern Carol gave to our son Sasha during his illness and his time at Countryside Nursery. The school was and is a treasure of Columbia and Sasha loved every minute he spent with Carol & her staff. It was the best of times for him and we never forgot Carol, and her kindness after his passing.

Dora Thackery

May 1, 2021

Carol Notbohm Family:

On behalf of her church family, we are so sorry for your loss.

Missouri United Methodist Church Care Connection