Carolyn “Sue” Noe

Carolyn Sue Noe was born to Ruth Alice Durr Noe and Warden L. Noe on October 16, 1944 in Holton, Kansas. She passed away on Dec. 4, 2015.

Sue lived most of her life in Holton, Kansas, attended Holton Public Schools, enjoyed swimming, riding her pony, listening to music, volunteering at the Holton Senior Center, getting to take family vacations, including visiting relatives on the East and West coasts, and spending time with family and friends. In 1996, she moved with her parents to Lawrence, near her sister, Beth Berg, husband Charles, their son Nathan, and their dogs of whom she was especially fond. After the passing of her parents, Sue continued living in Lawrence and expanded her activities to include attending theater productions in Lawrence, Topeka and Kansas City, maintained a strong interest in KU Jayhawks sports, and rarely missed the bookmobile to check out her favorite mysteries. She received much pleasure and appreciative responses from her neighboring residents who often remarked on Sue’s smiling, positive countenance, saying they could “count on Sue to turn around a bad day,” and they “knew each day was better when Sue was near.”

A kind presence, Sue always approached and greeted people with unbounded cheer, found ways to help her fellow residents with their shopping, bringing in their newpapers, and making someone’s day sparkle by greeting them by name with her winning smile and a sincere “how are you doing today?” Sue also enjoyed card games, Bingo and getting to participate in Diane Lazzarino’s writing class.

Following a fall at her residence, Sue’s health deteriorated.

Sue leaves the following families to cherish fond memories, two sisters, Beth A. Berg and husband Charles M., and Sara Noe Harris and husband James A. Jr.; two nephews, Nathan Charles Berg and wife, Yuki Watanabe, sons Calvin Kei Watanabe Berg and En Berg Watanabe, and Jay Warden Harris and wife Maureen Foelber Harris, daughter, Cecilia Elizabeth Harris and son, Grant Warden Harris; one niece, Sara Briggs Harris and fiance Patrick Manda; uncle Gordon Schneider; and cousins, Jack McManigal, Nena Lovinger, Kris Bowerman, Russell Norberg, Ronald Norberg, Joanne Bond, Joe Silliman, Norman Silliman, Noel Silliman, Carol Johansen, Keith Silliman, Sharon Veith, Lisa Schneider-Shaw, Lee Noe, and Don Noe. Aunts and uncles preceding Sue in death are Margaret Silliman, Joe Silliman, John and Beth Durr, Lillian Schneider, Barbara and Harold Norberg, Ruth and Wallace Duncan, Evelyn and Wes McManigal, Marie and Henry Lading and Jed and Ann Noe. Cousins preceding Sue in death are Wallace Wayne Duncan, Cameron Duncan, Douglas Duncan, Malcolm Duncan, Bert Lading, Jed Noe, Tim Noe and Grace Amber. Her cherished long-time friend Beverly Carothers was there for Sue in uncountable helpful ways. Sue’s parents preceded her in death.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Sue’s name to the Beck Bookman Library, Holton, KS, or to the Lawrence Public Library Book Van, Lawrence, KS, and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwayne Mortuary, 120 W. 13th St., Lawrence, KS 66044.

Plans for a memorial gathering have yet to be decided.

Sue is sorely missed, never forgotten, and forever loved for her warmth, helping others, and her sense of fun.



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  1. Daryl Roller on December 6, 2015 at 6:43 am

    So sorry to hear of Sue’s passing. I enjoyed reading her life story. Since it has been awhile since I saw Sue, it reminded me of just how happy she always was.

    With Sympathy and Love, Daryl Roller

  2. Barbara Paris on December 9, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Just returned from visiting my family in SC and was shocked to hear of Sue’s death. She was my neighbor. My sympathies to her family and many friends.

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