Carole Elizabeth Files Dibben, 68, Lawrence, lost her life Sunday after a long but courageous battle with cancer.
She was born to Charles and Ladine Files Oct. 4, 1943, in Kansas City, Mo. Carole graduated from Shawnee Mission North High School and attended Baker University on an academic scholarship for three years before graduating from Emporia State College with a bachelors degree.
She married David Lee Dibben of Junction City, KS, and taught in the Shawnee Mission School District for four years before pausing her career to raise their three sons. Years later she returned to college and received her Master’s Degree in Library Science from Emporia State. Carole will be remembered for her continual positive attitude especially in some difficult times.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her infant daughter, Kathleen Elizabeth Dibben. Carole is survived by her sister Gail Files Duke of Mesquite Nevada; three sons and their families, Jake and Monica Dibben, Lawrence; Eric Dibben, Destin, FL; Clint and Caralee Dibben, Layton, UT, and three grandchildren, Craig, Savannah and Joseph Dibben. She also leaves her close friends Eleanor Cowell, Topeka, and Janet Lewallen, Colorado.
A celebration of Carole’s life will be for friends and family at 7 p.m., Saturday (July 7) at her cousin’s vineyard, BlueJacket Crossing, Eudora, KS. Services will be 11 a.m., Sunday (July8) at Warren-McElwain Mortuary; burial will follow in Hesper-Friends Cemetery, Eudora. Memorials are suggested to nationalbreastcancer.org.