Carolina (Larios) Coleman

Carolina (Larios) Coleman 75, of Ottawa, Kansas, died November 3 surrounded by her beloved family at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. She succumbed to serious injuries sustained after she fell unexpectedly.

A nurse for 35 years at the Edith Nourse Veterans Hospital in Bedford, Massachusetts, she had a long career caring for sick and injured veterans. She graduated from St. Lukes Nursing School in Kansas City, Missouri. She launched her career as an ER nurse at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass., and later specialized in respiratory care and geriatrics as a nursing manager.

She was inspired to help others and was sought out for her nursing management expertise as well as her career advice mentoring younger nursing staff.

After she retired and returned to Kansas, she volunteered at Ransom Memorial Hospital in Ottawa.

Carolina was also an expert needlepoint sewer, cross-stitch enthusiast, crocheter, knitter, and painter. Her creativity and eye for design resulted in winning numerous blue ribbons at local fairs on the East Coast where she lived for 40+ years.

She idolized French cuisine and infused its savory character into all her everyday creations especially her Mexican family dinners.

She is best remembered as a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter and friend.

Carolina leaves her husband Richard, her son Mark Coleman and her grandchildren Kyle, Alec, Davis and Callie, as well as her daughter Lisa Lauducci and son-in-law Joe Lauducci. She also leaves her sisters Marcelina Baer (husband Rod Baer), Cristina Coomer (husband Dan Coomer), and Elizabet Huff; her brothers Delfino (Sonny) Larios (wife Senida) and Jose (Butch) Larios; her aunts Gloria Alfaro and Rachel Cortez; and many nieces and nephews.

A private memorial service is planned at the family’s home on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to:

American Diabetes Association
P.O. Box 11454
Alexandria, VA 22312


  1. Richard Coleman on March 7, 2014 at 9:03 am

    7 Mar 2014

    Dearest Carolina:

    It is four months since we lost you. You were the star of the show. Everyone misses you very much, and it has been hard for everyone to get over the grief. I just wanted to say that I will always love you.


  2. Maureen Topping on February 26, 2014 at 1:45 am

    I have just stumbled across this most saddening news about Carolina. We worked together in Albany,NY at Memorial Hospital many years. She will remain one of my most unforgettable friends. Although very late in sending condolences, I am most sincere in my sadness. She taught me about dinner parties, wonderful cooking, decorating and mostly how to be gracious.

  3. Sue Cunningham Scaccia on November 24, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    It is with a heavy heart to learn of Carolina’s passing.
    I haven’t seen her since our days of training at St Luke’s…she was so cute, little, smart, happy, adorable; a perfect little student nurse.
    Richard, thank you for sharing her proffesional and personal accomplishments .
    Yes, you and your family will miss her very much.
    My prayers and heart go out to you.

  4. Richard Coleman on November 17, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Carolina and I were married for 53 years and seven months. I will miss her very much. Professionally she was a very good nurse, and for most of her life as a nurse she enjoyed her work and got deep satisfaction from it. I remember in the early 1970’s when she first went to the VA Hospital in Bedford, almost immediately she was chosen to start up their Respiratory Care Unit and was the Nurse/Manager of that unit for several years. The Bedford VA was phasing out acute care medicine. Carolina was an excellent cook and very recently after many tries had mastered making good matzo balls. She also made very good and very crisp pickles. She was just beginning to try making kimchi. She had spent several years doing tole painting, and we still have many examples of her art. She did many needle craft specialties and had won blue ribbons for her counted cross stitch work at the Topsfield Fair in Massachusetts.

    She raised two children she was proud of. There are four grandchildren now in Arlington MA that she is also very proud of. I just wanted to put in some personal things that I remember well among many others.

  5. Paula Torti on November 7, 2013 at 9:42 am

    I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Carolina. Carolina was a good friend and mentor to me at the Bedford VA. She was knowledgeable about nursing and about the VA system and was always willing to share her knowledge with her coworkers. Carolina was well known for her great potato salad and made sure her staff would enjoy holiday parties to build morale during the holiday season. She was a very good friend and I will miss her.

  6. Judy Moore Gaffney on November 5, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Carolina and I shared an apartment after we graduated from Saint Luke’s in 1959. She was fun, cute, smart and she could cook (and I couldn’t). My deepest sympathy to the family.

  7. Judy George on November 5, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    My condolences to all of the Larios family, special thoughts go to Cristina and Sonny.

  8. Larry M. Day on November 5, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Carolina and I were classmates from grade school through high school. She was always a first class person and I will miss her. May God bless all of you in this time of grief.

  9. Pat Hulett Wicke on November 5, 2013 at 9:38 am

    So sorry to hear that we have lost Carolina. I remember her at St. Lukes . She was a smart and kind classmate.

  10. Jan Parks on November 5, 2013 at 9:15 am

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. I so remember Carolina from nursing school! We had an awesome class and many had stellar careers once they graduated! Carolina certainly was inspired to greatness both in career and in life. God Bless!
    Jan Parks
    St. Luke’s Class of 1959

  11. Reba Salsbury Bennett on November 5, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Dear Coleman family.
    I’m so sorry to read about your wife, mother etc. has passed away. I remember as an outstanding kind person, even in high school, when kids weren’t always kind to one another. I will be praying for your family in the difficult time.

    Reba Bennett

  12. Vincette Hubbard on November 5, 2013 at 8:32 am

    I had lost track of Carolina till about a year ago. She was my roommate in nursing school and we had many good times . i remember her fondly and admire her devotion to nursing and family and envy her a little for her work with veterans. She will be remembered well.

    Vincette Tellejohn Hubbard

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