Carol Lee Farmer, 80, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born October 3, 1942, in Kansas City, Kansas, the daughter of Clyde W. and Stella V. (Preddy) Davidson. She was welcomed into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior on Monday, May 22, 2023.
Carol Lee was proud to be a 1960 Argentine High School graduate. Her Mustang family always held a special place in her heart. They gathered together annually to celebrate class reunions. More frequently, a group of them gathered for evenings of food, fun, and fellowship. She truly treasured those times.
Carol Lee was united in marriage to Bruce Lee Robinson on June 14, 1963. Together they had two children, Brenna Lee, and Derrick Lee.
On April 25, 1970, she was united in marriage to Henry Lee Farmer in Kansas City, Missouri. Together they had two children, Jacinda Lee and Travis Lee and raised four children. Their marriage wasn’t perfect, but they pushed through the trials together. They were playful with each other and could often be caught kissing in the kitchen. Their love and devotion to each other was inspiring to witness. After retiring, they enjoyed traveling and seeing parts of the world together. Carol and Henry were married just shy of 45 years.
Throughout her life Carol found joy in diverse careers, but she was always a homemaker. While in high school she was employed as a Soda-Jerk for the Katz Drug Store in Kansas City, Kansas. She worked at Hallmark. She was a beautician at Johnny’s Salon in Brookside, supporting two young children. She babysat children in her home. She made ice cream cakes at Baskin Robbins to supplement the income of her growing family. Later she worked as a cafeteria manager for the Raymore-Peculiar School District and Longview Community College. She finished her career working at Wal-Mart in the toy and floral departments before retiring in 2003. After retirement, she found a new role as a caregiver to her sister-in-law and eventually her husband, who were both affected by Alzheimer disease. She was compassionate and sacrificial in her care for them.
As a girl, she was active with Camp Fire Girls, an organization she also introduced her daughters to. She hosted a number of foreign exchange students through AFS. She attended various churches over the years, but really found her home at Crossroads Bible Fellowship in Anderson, California.
Carol truly enjoyed baking. Many can attest to her wonderful cinnamon rolls. When her children were younger, they always had beautifully decorated birthday cakes that she poured her love and talent into making. In her leisure time, (if there is such a thing in a family of 6) she enjoyed playing board games with her family, reading, working puzzles, and traveling. She especially cherished the time spent with her grandchildren.
Although “Dessert First” was her passion, Carol had an obsession with all things chocolate! Tootsie Rolls and chocolate ice cream were two of her daily rituals. She periodically deviated to indulge in Strawberry Slushes from Sonic.
Christmas was her favorite holiday. However, Christmas Carols weren’t relegated to the season! She relished making her famous holiday treats, including peanut butter balls, coconut balls and fudge!
One of the most wonderful things about Carol was her personality. She was kind, generous and empathetic to all. She was helpful, grateful, selfless and authentic. She had quick wit, was sharp as a tack and never missed a beat. She loved to tease anyone in a playful manner. Words used to describe her are: fun, humorous, sassy, silly, sweetheart, caring, fantastic, a light, special, kind, quite a woman who brought joy and laughter to all around her. She was the life of any party as displayed by her black with white polka dot glasses she wore. Carol was definitely full of spunk and spark. We knew she was happy when she hummed to herself... hearing her humming softly to herself was the sweetest sound and is already missed.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry on January 31, 2015. She was also preceded in death by her parents and seven siblings.
She is survived by four children, Brenna Lee (and Gary) Lile of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Derrick Lee (and Tara) Robinson of Louisburg, Kansas, Jacinda Lee Farmer of Pleasant Hill, and Travis Lee (and Susan) Farmer of Manchester, Maine; along with her French son, Christophe (Pascaline) Guilbert of Hazebrouck, France; multiple grandchildren, Makiya Lile, Jordan Robinson, Aidan Robinson, Colin Robinson, Kolton Robinson, Hayden (and Jadalyn) Farmer, Tessa (and Sebastian) O’Brien, Liam Farmer, Eli Farmer, Gary (and Melissa) Lile II, Adam (and Trisha) Lile, Kurtis (and Katrina) Lile, Meredith Schiffke, Judy Genisio, Baptiste Guilbert, Anna Guilbert and many other relatives.
A Celebration of Life was held Saturday, June 3, 2023, at Abundant Life Church, Lee’s Summit. Family and friends were welcome to stop by at their convenience. Carol’s favorite color, red, was encouraged to be worn.
Her family would like to extend a special thank you to her care givers over the past 14 months that enabled her to maintain her independence in the home. Thank you: Alexa Watters, Brenda Williams, Jadalyn Farmer, Jordan Robinson, Makiya Lile and the staff at Amedysis Hospice.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Friends of the Cass County Library and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.StanleyEdenburn.com
Arrangements: Stanley-Edenburn Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 805-1118