In Memory

Carolyn Jenkins

Carolyn Jenkins

Carolyn I. Jenkins

June 8, 1941 ~ July 20, 2015


Carolyn I. “Karrie” Jenkins, 74, returned to her heavenly home on July 20th, after a valiant battle with cancer. Her devotion to her family, friends, and her firm belief in God supported her in her struggle and ultimately gave her peace.

Carolyn was born to Elmo and Janet Jenkins, a cabinetmaker and a homemaker respectively, in Kansas City, Missouri on June 8, 1941. She is a graduate of Northeast High School and graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia. She received her Library Science Degree from Emporia State University and accepted a position as a librarian at Hocker Grove Middle School and Shawnee Mission Northwest High School.  Except for the three years she took care of her mother she lived most of her adult life in Overland Park.  Carolyn “Karrie” was very active in her church and many various groups.

Carolyn is preceded in death by her parents and her brother Evan. Carolyn was blessed with a large and loving family and is survived by two sisters, Katherine Sue (Jerry) Walters and Nancy Kerr; her two nephews, Mark Walters and Chuck Kerr; her two nieces, Karen Fitzsimmons and April Nesbitt; her six great-nephews, Henry and Harrison Walters, Steven Archer, Jimmy Russell, and Daniel and Boaz Fitzsimmons; and her great-nieces, Sydney Walters, Charli Archer, Ariel, Phoebe, and Chloe Fitzsimmons.


A Celebration of Carolyn’s Life will be held on Tuesday, July 28 at 7:00 p.m. at the Unity Church of Overland Park located at 10300 Antioch Road with a reception to follow.  A private family service will be held at Mt. Washington Cemetery in Independence, Missouri.


She requested that a love offering in her name be given to the church in lieu of flowers.

She was a lifelong friend of everyone she met and will be dearly missed by many, who celebrate the fact that she is at peace.


If you knew Carolyn and would like to place a kind memory here, please follow the instructions on this page (click on "post comment"). 

Mac McDaniel and Jan Klein, Site Administrators


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07/26/15 11:59 AM #1    

Bill Ray Lewis

I will always remember Carolyn as one of the kindest and most gracious women with whom I have ever become acquainted!  She was very intelligent, well-organized and possessed a high degree of personal and professional integrity wherever she went!  I will always remember Carolyn to be humble, caring and one who always placed others before herself!  Carolyn's life--and the way she lived her life--is proof, to me, that there is a God.  No other Being could have made such an individual who possessed all of the fine qualities which Carolyn possessed and exhibited.  She was a treasure too good to be left here on Earth and, thus, was carried to Heaven by her own private Angel to help make that Heavenly Home even more beautiful for those of her friends and family members who will someday join her for that Great Homecoming!  Thanks, Carolyn, for your presence and friendship in my life and for allowing me to get to know how special you really are!  I would appreciate hearing from Carolyn's family members.  Dr. Bill Ray Lewis  870/741-1269 (h) or 870/365-6990 (c)

07/27/15 08:53 PM #2    

Janet (Jan) Butler (Klein)

I think there are very special, caring people who do so much in the background to make everything run smoothly....we all benefit from the efforts of the best of our teachers, school librarians, principals, school board members, and school administrators.  Some are the leaders that helped imprint us with their finest qualities and helped us know who we, in turn, wanted to be there for our children.  We may not have had a personal relationship with all members of SMNW staff; however, we were most fortunate to have them in place to watch over us when we were young and vulnerable SMNW students.  Thank you Carolyn Jenkins for being one of those exemplary people in our lives and Godspeed.

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