Catherine Carol Carlisle, 78, passed away from heart failure in her daughter’s home surrounded by family January 5, 2022. She was born August 21, 1943, to Mary Craig Markwick and Gail Schubert Markwick. She graduated from Lamar High School in Lamar, Missouri in 1961 and was at the top of her class.
Carol graduated from Washburn University with a bachelor degree in English and minors in French, math, and history.
In the early 1980s, Carol became certified as a court reporter and began working on the desegregation trial in Kansas City. After the trial, she began working for a law firm as a legal secretary and retired from an industry she loved in 2016.
She married Larry Carlisle in 1965 and after four years, had her first child, a son Travis. In 1972, she had her second child, a daughter named Natasha. Motherhood was her everything. She was an excellent, loving and doting mother to her children. However, there was something better to come. When Carol became a grandmother, she told many, “The reason for parenthood is to one day become a grandparent.” Her grandchildren were her greatest joys in her life. Her greatest love and pride were her grandchildren. She expressed this repeatedly to anyone who would listen for the last 21 years. Her children and grandchildren loved her very much. She was precious to them all.
Carol Carlisle was a woman of great integrity. She was immensely loyal, dedicated, consistent and forever private. In her high school yearbooks, the messages all said she was the “smartest girl they knew.” Her late husband, Larry, referred to her as an “angel” and loved her dearly.
She is survived by her sister, Rosie Levra (John) and brother, Mark Lee; children Travis (Beth) and Natasha (Chris); and grandchildren Ramsey, Tatum and Bailey, as well as niece, Gina Levra and nephew, Craig Levra. Carol is also survived by her Carlisle nieces and nephew; Mindy, Chrissy, and Brian. Carol had the great fortune of spending the last 10 years of her life living close to her best friend and sister Rosie, who was fiercely protective of her, and they adored each other.
Carol will be laid to rest on March 14 at 9:00 am at Resurrection Cemetery 8300 Quivira Rd., Lenexa, Kansas 66215. Donations may be sent to The American Heart Association and The Arthritis Foundation.
My condolences to all. Carol was like a second mother to me-always kind, empathetic, and caring. She will be greatly missed by all.
My Aunt Carol was the kind of person who makes you feel seen and known. She role modeled how to honor and respect someone. I didn’t get to see her as often as I would have liked. But the few times we did visit, she made me feel important and beautiful. In this life she will not know how important her influence was on my life. Maybe she will be told by Jesus Himself in heaven. A brilliant light is gone from us for now but she is certainly lighting up the heavens. Love you Tasha and Travis and families!
I just loved Aunt Carol. In my young teen years I say for hours during visits and she listened so thoughtfully and carefully to all my ideas and plans. I always felt like she and uncle Larry believed in me. A kinder person Has ever walked the earth. And she was strong and fierce. She was deeply loved by many – most especially our grandmother Ada who always spoke sweetly about her. I love you Travis and Natasha and feel connected to you both. Keep im touch with us as we will with you, love, mindy
Thank you Mindy!!! Sooo sweet. xoxo
Carol was my dear friend and the best legal secretary a person could ever hope to have! She put up with me on a daily basis for nearly 25 years, and in that time, we shared so many life experiences. Carol was fiercely private and intensely loyal, highly intelligent, inquisitive and unfailingly professional. She loved words and grammar, and discussing the news of the day. She could keep a secret better than anyone I’ve ever known! She had a great sense of humor and we’d sometimes take to fits of uncontrollably laughter. Carol was like family to me and there’s a void now, knowing she’s no longer in this world. I miss her and will never forget her!