Carole Warene Diehl
May 4, 1936 – March 26, 2021
Carole Diehl, of Leavenworth, KS, formerly of Kansas City, KS, passed away Friday, March 26, 2021. Some may say heaven gained an angel, but we believe they simply got her back; she was the purest form of an angel on earth. Her love was beyond unconditional, truly something unimaginable for most.
Carole was born in the Armourdale area of KCK, on May 4, 1936. Other than traveling as an Army ‘brat’ while her stepfather was in the service, she lived her life in the Kansas City area.
Carole, as a child, never experienced the home, family, and white picket fence life, so when she and Floyd were married, it was important to her to see that her family enjoyed all the things she missed as a child. She and Floyd provided these things for their family and showed them what a true love story looks like.
Carole spent many years volunteering and doing community service, sitting on boards, and joining groups to try and make a difference. For the last 25 years, she was the president of the Strawberry Hill Neighborhood Association after she and Floyd moved back to the Strawberry Hill neighborhood, just houses from his childhood home. She loved the Hill. She wrote her own byline for The Kansas City Kansan for 4 years, “From the Hill” with her own “Remember When” addition, passing on the history of the Hill.
Carole was an avid bowler, bowling in leagues for many years. She eventually had to give it up, due to health problems. She made many friends, and even became the mascot for another team, once she was no longer able to bowl.
When the children grew up and left the nest, Carole started a monthly family gathering called Diehlfest, which continued to her death. Her sole purpose was to keep the family close-knit and loving, and for the grandkids to know and love each other. Family was very important to them both, and they succeeded in building those strong family ties she wanted so badly. She and Floyd always put family first and did their best to make everyone else's lives better or easier. Carole never got over the loss of her husband of 61 years, but the love and support of her family kept her going.
Carole was preceded in death by her soul mate, Floyd B. Diehl. They were the proud parents of four children, whom she would likely deem as ‘wonderful’; James Diehl, Ron (Sandra) Diehl, Sheila Wright and Lori (Kevin) Neeley, who in turn gave them nine beautiful grandchildren: Corey, Lindsay, Alan (Lindsey), Stephanie (Danny), Bennett (Amy), Ryan, Curtis, Brandi, and Darrick (Ashley). These children gave them 17 great-grandchildren. She also had many ‘adopted’ children, as she called them, who were loved as much as her own. Many of her children’s friends still call her Mom. They are a very close-knit family, with much love and happiness. Carole has left a legacy for her family; one of love, kindness, strength, and support. She taught us that family is the most important ‘thing’ one can have, and that with that, we are all the wealthiest people on the planet. She will never know how many lives she touched, and how many people’s paths were changed by her unconditional love and support. She has left a hole in the hearts of all who loved her.
These words fail to do her justice. She will live on in the many memories and pieces of wisdom passed down (even if in mixed metaphors). And always remember to never “bite a bull horse in the back”!! She is probably volunteering and bowling in heaven with Floyd right now. Carole will be interred at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Kansas City, KS. A graveside service will be held April 17 at 9:30 a.m., at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, where she will be interred with her true love, and all are welcome to attend. A celebration of life ceremony will be planned for later this summer when we can all gather as normal.
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Carole Warene Diehl
April 2, 2021
I only had the pleasure of knowing Carole for 4 years, but she welcomed me into the family with open arms. She loved all of us so much and it showed. What a classy, sassy lady with a wonderful sense of humor. She will be greatly missed!!! Love you grandma
March 30, 2021
Enjoyed many years of bowling with Carole and Floyd at Sunset and KC Bowl. She was a delight. May you Rest In Peace Carole. God Bless.