Carol E. Heaton
Carol E. Heaton, 83 passed away February 4, 2018 after a 4-year battle with LBD (Lewy-Body Dementia).
Carol was born in 1934 in the height of the great depression. Her parents Ralph and Alice (Beger) Leibundgut cherished their little girl after having lost their first-born child, Joan. Carol grew up as the apple of her father’s eye. Her middle name, Evelyn, came from her god-mother, Auntie Ev. (Evelyn and Arthur Wurdack). They too loved to spoil this little girl, especially after she sang and danced for them, modeling after Shirley Temple.
Carol loved to sing. She joined the church choir and sang in Cleveland High School’s acapella choir, singing solo in the school play. Maybe it was that beautiful voice or the curly brown hair that caught Jim Heaton’s eye in their home room class. But quickly, those two fell in love. What Carol wanted more than anything else was to be married and to have a family. And in the middle of their senior year in 1952, Jim and Carol got married.
Cheri was their first child, Jim Jr. (Jimmy) 2 years later, then Karen 2 years after that, and the straggler Kenny, 5 years after Karen; 4 children by 26 years old. Carol was an amazing mom. Not only did she love and nurture those babies, she was a talented homemaker making the little things stretch into great things. She made the best apple pie and chocolate chip cookies the world has ever known. And if she had a couple of yards of material, she could make matching outfits for the girls and matching accessories for herself. Room mother, Campfire Girl leader, Cub Scout Leader, and did we say she made the best Pie!
Although a full-time mom in every sense of the word, Carol occasionally worked part-time during the holiday season. When the family relocated to Overland Park however, she began to manage a clothing shop selling the latest fashions purchased through manufacturers’ samples. A true gift of hers was the ability to match the taste and needs of every client with just the right item. It wasn’t a job, it was another way she served.
Carol and Jim loved to travel together, Mexico, Hawaii and Florida. Experiencing new places was a delight but the best thing of all was just being home.
Carol was a woman of faith. She was a long-time member of Knox Presbyterian Church and most recently at Westside Family Church. In these last years of her life, she faced the challenge of LBD with firm faith that her final home would be with the Lord. On February 4th, we said our “Good byes for now” as she transitioned to the life the Lord has prepared for her. She will be deeply missed by her friends and family.
Carol is survived by her loving husband Jim, of 65 years, 4 children, Cheri (Kirk) Johnson of Port Angeles WA, Jim Jr. (Pam) Heaton of Overland Park KS, Karen (Rob) Page of Bellville IL, and Ken (Cynthia) Heaton of Williamsburg IA. Carol and Jim have 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren. Services will be held at Westside Family Church, 8500 Woodsonia Dr., Lenexa, KS on February 17. Visitation is at 11 AM followed by a Celebration of Life at Noon.