Hillside Funeral Home West

2929 West 13th Street North, Wichita, KS


Carol Sue Benoit

January 20, 1957March 6, 2020

Carol Sue (Thornburg) Benoit of Wichita, peacefully passed away surrounded by family and friends on Friday, March 6, 2020. Carol was born January 20, 1957, the daughter of Kenneth “Dale” and Ann Maurice (Coleman) Thornburg, in Wichita, Kansas. Carol, along with her sisters, Karen and Deborah, grew up in the family home built by Dale on Redbarn Street. Carol graduated from Wichita West High School in 1975 and went on to attend Brown Mackie College in Salina for court reporting. Later, Carol received her associates degree which lead her down the path to become a Legal Secretary.

Carol was introduced to Dan Benoit at his going away party and they were married for 7 years. Their greatest joy was becoming parents to Matt in 1989 and Kaiti in 1991. Although they were married for a short time, they remained close with their main focus and friendship revolving around raising their kids. After working numerous memorable part-time jobs and for other prestigious law firms, Carol found her home at Foulston Siefkin in July of 1994 where she remained until her passing. Carol made friends wherever she went, so it was natural that she picked up several life-long friends along the way. She was dedicated in every aspect of her life. It was no surprise when she was home recovering that she asked Kaiti and Matt daily if work knew she was not going to be in.

Carol, Matt, and Kaiti were quite the trio and went by the name “The Happy Bunch”. Growing up Carol gave her kids everything in life, no matter what the cost, because she wanted them to pursue their greatest passions. You would often hear Carol referred to as “Mizzle” or “The Miz”. (An outcome of the kids growing up in the 90s and early 2000s). The name became legendary and she is still referred to as “The Miz” today.

Over the years Carol enjoyed concerts, sporting events, crafts, walking, gardening, and anything that got her up and outside. It takes a gentle soul to buy plants from the 25 cent rack at Lowe’s and turn them into beautiful thriving flowers. In Carol’s eyes, everything deserved a second chance, which is how she ended up with countless amounts of yard art and four cats.

To know Carol was to love her and this was apparent in the relationships that she surrounded herself with. Carol was the definition of an optimist and had a contagious positive spirit that could not be altered. If you were around her for any period there was no doubt you heard her favorite line, “Every Day Is a Holiday!”.

Carol would not want to be defined by her struggles and trials during her 19 month battle with cancer but this is what made her a hero to us all. Carol’s true spirit and fight shined so bright that it touched every soul around her, regardless of who you were and how you knew her. Carol’s greatest moments in her life were spent with her family and friends who will keep her legacy alive and spread the word to others about how she brought such joy to all.

Carol S. (Thornburg) Benoit is survived by her father, “Dale” Thornburg; son Matt Benoit; daughter Kaiti Benoit; sisters Karen Mikesell and Deborah McDonald. Carol also leaves behind nieces, nephews, cousins and many great friends to cherish her memory. She was preceded in death by her mother, Ann M. Thornburg and brother-in-law Joseph I. Mikesell.

Celebration of Life Service is scheduled for 10:00am on Friday, March 13, 2020 at Central Community Church Chapel. 6100 W. Maple, Wichita, KS 67209.


  • Celebration of Life Service Friday, March 13, 2020


Carol Sue Benoit

have a memory or condolence to add?

Steve Fields

March 13, 2020

My condolences Matt to you and your family.

Teresa Scholl

March 12, 2020

Carol was one of the first people I met when I started my new job at Foulston Siefkin 4 years ago. She was so friendly and her smile made me feel so welcome. I soon learned that Carol loved to walk and would walk at lunchtime as I often did. Each time I would pass her desk throughout the day she would always ask, "How many steps do you have?" as we often compared our progress and of course she was always ahead of me. She never once rubbed it in, but instead always encouraged me. I am glad that we crossed paths in this life if only for a short time. Carol will be missed and was loved by all!!

Jan Green

March 10, 2020

Carol and I grew up 2 blocks apart. Since she was in brother's class we didn't know each other well, but I always looked up to her and have fond memories of the way she said hello to my brother. We reconnected a couple years ago when my brother passed. She always had a friendly smile for anyone, which is how I remember her at West High. Prayers for her family :)

Pam (German) Hair

March 10, 2020

I've known Carol (or Carol Sue, as we knew her then) my whole life. Our families lived catty-cornered from each other in Country Acres: Carol's family on Redbarn Lane and ours on Jennie. Carol was exactly one month older than I am (my birthday is 2/20/57), and for much of our young lives we were inseparable.

Though our live paths took us different directions through the years, and we lost touch, I remember my childhood friend fondly. My condolences and best wishes to Dale, Karen, and Debbie.

Lorie Wall

March 10, 2020

I bought the "house" across the street from Carol 3 years ago. She greeted me the second day I was there. She and I instantly became friends and shared a love of gardening. We spent many hours discussing and laughing about everything. 1 day last summer, she and I were in our yards working and chatting across the street. A woman drove by and stopped. She lavished praise on me for all my work I had done to the house and how pretty the flowers were. As she drove away I looked at Carol who was standing watching her drive away. Flowers in her hands dirt on her knees and she exclaimed "What about my yard, I've spent years working on it". A few minutes later a car came by with a dog hanging out the window. I said "Hey Carol, that dog said my yard looks good". We laughed for hours and still did everytime we saw each other. It became our running joke. I am so lucky to have had in her in my life. If only for a short time.

Cyd Gilman

March 10, 2020

Carol was the first person I met when I came to work at my new job at Foulston Siefkin in 2013. She was so friendly and vivacious, she immediately made me feel at home! She helped me find my new office, which fortunately for me, was very close to hers. She truly took me under her wing and showed me the ropes. Carol's personality was so big that it filled a room, and everyone always wanted to be near her to share in the fun and to get great advice. There are a few people who are larger than life- they shine just a little more brightly, and care just a little more deeply than the rest of the world. That was Carol. The world needs more just like her right now!

Ray Herzberg

March 10, 2020

I only had the pleasure of meeting Carol a few times. Supporting her children while rucking for Carry the Fallen. I was able to talk to her a bit and what stands out is the joy she had every time I talked to her. Matt and Katie, I am sorry for your loss.

Caroline Haly

March 10, 2020

I had the distinct pleasure of calling Carol my friend. I met her when I worked at Foulston Siefkin over 20 years ago. We used to workout at lunch together and talk about anything and everything. After I was gone from there, we continued to keep in touch and when I was going through the worst time watching my son suffer with cancer, she would always come by and spend time with me even though she was doing treatments herself and when my son passed away, she showed up for me to give me support even though was fighting her own battle. She was a great friend and person and I will miss her terribly.

Christi Grimes

March 7, 2020

Carol made me smile whenever I was tired just by coming up to me and saying "Hello" Christi, she was always happy to see me! She would hug me always as if she knew I needed a cheerful pick-me-up. So she know's this time I will look towards Heaven and say "Hello" Carol, I am with you, rest, and "God" will give you the best hug ever! Love you Carol, Christi:)