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Obituary For

Carol Ann Fairbank

02/06/1937 - 08/26/2018

Carol Ann Fairbank of Independence, went to be with the Lord on August 26, 2018 at Jane Phillips Hospital in Bartlesville, OK. She was born on February 6, 1937 in Hays, KS. She was the daughter of Jack and Dorothy Coolbaugh. She graduated from Dodge City High School in 1955. She continued her education at Dodge City Community College and the completed Bachelors degree and Masters degree at Emporia State University

She married Paul Fairbank on July 28, 1956, in Dodge City. They lived in Dodge City, Hays, Montezuma and Ashland, KS before moving to Independence in 1966.

Carol served as the Cherryvale High School librarian for 29 years, retiring in 1996. As a teen-ager she se set her goal to be a librarian and being the self-driven woman  she was, accomplished this goal. She was a highly organized woman, devoted to her family, the students she served and to the organizations she belonged to.

She was a multitasker long before that was a word and seemingly could handle anything that came her way. She efficiently ordered her world, which allowed her the extra moments to spend on the things she loved: her boys sporting events, square dancing with friends or sitting with a cat on her lap, a book in her hand and a musical playing on the television.

She was a member of several educational organizations among them being the Cherryvale-NEA, Kansas NEA and the Kansas School Librarians Association. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Independence, Triad Club, and the EWA Bridge Club. She volunteered with the American Red Cross Disaster Services and responded to several nationally declared disasters including the 9-11 terrorist attack in New York City. She also served on the Board of the Independence Public Library and with the Friends of the Library.

She gave her heart and boundless energy to her family, her friends, the bricks she collected from her travels, her plants, her kitties.

Survivors include her husband Paul of the home, and sons Bruce (Mikel) of Topeka, Douglas (Misti) of Wichita and Daniel of Andover, 8 grandchildren; Jonathan (Teresa) Allison (Brian), of Lenexa, Amy of Independence, Danielle of Andover, Christina and Lindsey of Wichita; 9 great-grandchildren and brother, Jack of Thailand. Carol was preceded in death by her parents.

A celebration of life services will be held 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 31, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church, Independence. Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery. A Viewing will held on Thursday August 30 from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Webb and Rodrick funeral home.

The family suggests memorial contributions can be made to the Independence Public Library, or the First Presbyterian Church in Independence, or to the charity of the donors choice.




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