Carolyn Wagstaff

 Carolyn Campbell Wagstaff, 77, formerly of Lawrence, Kansas, died peacefully on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at Village Shalom in Leawood, Kansas. A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 9, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence. A private inurnment will be held before the service in Oak Hill Cemetery.
 She was born on July 12, 1932 in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of William J. Campbell, Jr. and Ardelle Britt Campbell and the sister of Margaret Campbell Fligg. She was a graduate of Sunset Hill and received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Bacteriology from the University of Kansas. She was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.
 On October 9, 1954, Carolyn married Richard H. Wagstaff, Jr. in Kansas City, Missouri. She lived in Mission Hills, Kansas for more than 20 years before moving to Lawrence in 1984. While living in Kansas City, she was a member of the Junior League of Kansas City and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and she was a former member of Mission Hills Country Club. During her years in Lawrence, she was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, PEO, the Bert Nash Mental Health Center Endowment Board, the Countryside Garden Club, and Lawrence Country Club.
 Carolyn was preceded in death by her husband, Dick, who died on September 26, 2006.  She is survived by her son, Richard H. Wagstaff, III and his wife Bridget; two daughters, Carolyn Gerwick and her husband, Charles; and Jennifer Arbanas and her husband, Michael; six grandchildren, Richard H. Wagstaff, IV, Britt and Hannah Gerwick, and Jake, Frank and Luke Arbanas; her sister and brother-in-law, Kenneth I. Fligg, Jr.; her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Joanna W. Kline and Duane M. Kline; and a brother-in-law, Charles G. Wagstaff; and many nieces and nephews.
 Carolyn’s family is very grateful to the staff at Village Shalom and the Kansas City Hospice for the gracious, loving, and compassionate care that she received during the last few years. Her family suggests memorials to Village Shalom, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Kansas City Hospice, or Trinity Episcopal Church and they will receive friends at the church following the service. Online condolences may be extended at .


8 Condolences

  1. George Wiley on April 6, 2010 at 12:00 am

    I am happy that I got to spend almost 30 years with Dick and Carolyn in church at Trinity. They always made me feel loved. What wonderful folks. I’m grateful for their lives.

  2. Don Hatton on April 6, 2010 at 12:00 am

    As I walked to the Parish Hall on Easter, I remembered Carolyn and Dick , fondly. What great people! I was so blessed to help in their care and to call them my friends. I miss them as I know you do, but they left us lasting and wonderful memories. Don

  3. Janine Cox on April 6, 2010 at 12:00 am

    One of the finest women you could ever know. She and Dick were the very best. We at Trinity Episcopal Church were blessed to have them with us for all these years.
    Rest in peace, Carolyn.

    Janine Cox

  4. Lynn Anderson on April 7, 2010 at 12:00 am

    At Trinity, Dick and Carolyn were among the most gracious, warm, and welcoming of friends. They were classy and earthy, the best possible combination. We’re all grateful that they were in our lives.

  5. Jim Carr on April 9, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Carolyn: When we ran into each other at the SME basketball game I recall that you said your mother wasn’t doing well. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. I know this is a difficult time. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Jim

  6. Chris Wally on April 9, 2010 at 12:00 am

    I am so sorry to learn about Mrs. Wagstaff. I have such fond memories of being with both your parents over the years. Especially the time we visited them shortly after they made the move to Lawrence. Your mom insisted on making peanut butter and honey sandwiches for us. I know it’s a sad time but you will always have special memories of a special woman.

  7. Ray and Marian Wilbur on April 10, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Dear Richard, Carolyn, and Jennifer,
    We were so sorry to hear about Carolyn. She and your father were such a wonderful couple.
    Dick and Ray worked together on painting jobs around Trinity. Dick always made sure the job was done right. Carolyn was such a nice person. She always seemed to have a smile on her face and was always so pleasant.
    We will keep your family in our prayers.
    Ray and Marian Wilbur

  8. Lisa Jerry on May 8, 2010 at 12:00 am

    In the many houses we have lived in since we moved from 1401 Engel Road, we have never had neighbors who could compare to your parents. They were the most gracious, warm friends, and I think of them often.
    Peace, Lisa

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