OBITUARY

Carol Kelley

October 6, 1954November 1, 2019
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Carolyn Sue (Cain) Kelley, 65, of Blue Springs, Missouri passed away at Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, Missouri on November 1, 2019. Carol was born in Kansas City, Missouri on October 6, 1954 to Preston Lavern Cain and Edna Charlene (Fuller) Cain.

She graduated from Truman High School in Independence, Missouri in 1972. Carolyn married Fred Roger Kelley on February 3, 1973. Carol graduated with her undergraduate degree in education from UMKC in 1975. She later earned a Master’s degree in counseling and guidance from UMKC in 1982.

Carol was a history teacher and then a high school counselor in the Independence School District for 31 years. A good portion of that time was spent at William Chrisman High School where she developed many lifelong friendships with fellow educators and staff.

Mrs. Kelley’s passion for learning and education extended her entire lifetime, even after she retired from the Independence School District in 2010. After retiring she took jobs as a substitute teacher and a testing coordinator. She was also active with NEA, INEA, the Retired Teachers Association, AAUW, Independence Young Matrons, and the University of Missouri Extension Council. Most recently she took a position working at Hallmark Cards primarily for the discount, so that she could buy cards and gifts for her friends, family, and grandkids.

She was proceeded in death by her parents, her brother Donald Cain, and daughter Megan Kelley. She is survived by her brother Preston (Stephanie) Cain, sister in law Kerry Cain, niece Rhonda Atkinson, son Brendan (Katharine) Kelley, and son Andrew (Elizabeth) Kelley. She also leaves behind two 18-month-old grandchildren Bennett and Joshua Kelley, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Carol lived the majority of her life in Independence, Missouri, but spent the last two years living in Blue Springs, Missouri. She loved her family and her two grandkids more than anything in the world. She was very active in the community and was always in constant contact with her friends, most days eating each meal with a different group of friends. She enjoyed attending plays and musical performances with her sister in law Betty Kelley. Carol always cared more about other people than herself, taking on her sons interests to spend time with them at sporting events and fishing. She loved to travel and took numerous trips with her sons and other family over the years.

The visitation for Carol Kelley will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. The funeral will be held on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at noon, with burial immediately following the service. Both services will be held at Newcomer’s Floral Hills Funeral Home and Cemetery located at 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64133. In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to The Independence School District Scholarship Foundation, 201 N. Forest Ave., Independence, MO 64050.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, November 5, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, November 6, 2019
  • Committal Service Wednesday, November 6, 2019

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Gwendolyn Freytag Zumalt

November 7, 2019

We were heartbroken to read of Carol’s passing! Carol always made a special effort to help my Mom (Catherine Freytag) work the sweet shop for IYM Holly and Mistletoe Tour. She always made sure someone was available to help Mom receive food from the buffet at IYM meetings. Mom recently has been in and out of the hospital suffering a fractured spine, a shoulder injury, four blocked arteries, deteriorating heart valves and 4 heart diseases. Carol’s card arrived the day before we learned of her passing. We are tied to Carol through IYM, Independence School District and Hallmark Cards! Our thoughts and prayers are with her family! Sincerely, Catherine Freytag, Brian, Gwendolyn (Freytag), and Kera Zumalt

Anna Nelson

November 7, 2019

My heart hurts hearing this. She was an amazing person and one of the most gracious people I have ever met. She had the gift to make you feel welcome and heard always. I am thankful my life crossed paths with hers and I know the impact she left on so many people will live on. Praying peace over your family❤️.

Todd Hartwell

November 7, 2019

I have many thoughts on Carol today. As sad as her passing brings,all my memories of her over the past 44 years, were surrounded by the welcoming and positive energy which was also accompanied with witty humor. Carol conveyed this personally to me as well as those that were in every room that she entered! My observations over the years, was that she was the "catalyst" in all the groups of people and family that she traveled to in her life. A very unique and special soul in this life! It was a privilege to have been a small part of her life.

Lin Stuckmeyer

November 5, 2019

I am a retiree from the Independence School District. I never taught in the same building with Carol, but I came to know her first as an educational leader in the District and later as a fun and generous person with a great sense of humor. Carol positively impacted the lives of so many in education and the community with her leadership and volunteerism. I feel fortunate that after retirement I continued to have occasional contact with her at activities for retired educators, AND this past year my frequent stops at the Hallmark store were much more enjoyable when I encountered Carol there.

My prayers are with Carol's family and all of us whose lives she blessed.

Amanda Hempfling

November 5, 2019

I am so grateful for Mrs. Kelley and her tireless efforts to inform students of their options and resources for after high school. She was probably the main reason I felt empowered to take the path I did. She would never know it but I wouldn't have figured it out without the information and guidance she shared. While I'm sure other staff and instructors played a part, Mrs. Kelley is the one I remember making a difference.

Class of 2006

Dannielle Wells

November 4, 2019

Mrs Kelley was such a positive force during my High School years at Chrisman. She will be missed. Class of 95

Sara Eckhardt

November 4, 2019

So very sorry to hear of the passing of this wonderful person. She was a great support to myself and other students at William Chrisman (late 80s/early 90s). She always knew the right thing to say and I always felt like an equal when talking with her, not just a kid talking to an adult. The world is poorer without her in it.

Jolee Wyatt-Due

November 4, 2019

Mrs Kelley was a favorite teacher of mine <3 She could relate & understand no matter who the student was & I will forever remember her in high regards! My thoughts & prayers go out to her family in this time of grief. She will be dearly missed!

Tony Pulford

November 4, 2019

All I can remember is her smile. It was infectious. She always saw the best in students, was always willing to listen and was always kind. I didn’t interact with her much at William Chrisman high school, but her positivity and kindness really impacted me. She will be missed.

Andrea Horn

November 4, 2019

Mrs. Kelley was a rock for me in high school. She was always so encouraging, so supportive, so friendly and always made you feel as if you were the most important person at that moment. She made a difference in the lives of everyone that she encountered. I have thought of her a lot since high school and whenever I did, it always brought a smile to my face. She was a light to so many. She was a truly unique and wonderful person. May God comfort your family during this difficult time.

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