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Carol Jean Harlin

 

 

Carol Jean Harlin, 70, Gladstone, Missouri, passed away Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Kansas City.

Carol was born July 21, 1948, in Lexington and graduated from Lexington High School in 1966. After being widowed at a young age, Carol met Richard Harlin, and the two married Sept. 26, 1968.

After starting their life together in Henrietta and Olathe, Kansas, Carol and Richard, along with their sons, settled and lived the majority of their years in Richmond. The family was active in the Richmond Christian Chapel. Carol was a stay-at-home mother to her sons and as they matured, she ventured into the workforce.

Her favorite jobs were as a paraprofessional for special needs students in the Richmond School District and as a human resources employment representative at Harrah’s Casino. After retiring from Harrah’s in 2004, Carol’s focus was on spending time with Richard and her grandchildren. She was a strong advocate for children, spending lots of time volunteering and organizing efforts for Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Richmond Parent-Teacher Organization, Awana Ministries for Children and other activities. Carol is a devoted Christian and was an active member in her church communities in Richmond and Kansas City, at Tower View Baptist.

Carol was preceded in death by her husband Richard; mother and father, Eva (Fletcher) and Horace Parker; as well as her oldest son, James Charles (McGinnis) Harlin.

Carol is survived by her two sons: Jeff Harlin and wife, Amy, of Smithville, Missouri; and Todd Harlin and wife, April, of Kansas City.

Carol leaves behind six grandchildren that she simply adored with all of her heart: Nicholas, age 15; Sleiman, 14; Alicia, 11; Eden, 9; Ava, 8; and Dorsey, 7; in addition to many nieces and nephews. Carol is lovingly remembered by her sister Janet (Parker) and her husband, Ramon Williams, of Independence; and her brother, Jim Trainer and wife, Pat, of Odessa.

Carol was also cherished and loved by her extended family, the McGinnis’ of Richmond; including her sister Beth (McGinnis) Hughes and husband, Ed; and brother Phillip McGinnis and wife, Judy.

Visitation will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, at White Chapel Funeral Home, 6600 N.E. Antioch Road, Gladstone. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. with Pastor Darin Smith officiating. Burial follow the service at 1 p.m. in Memory Gardens Cemetery, Richmond.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to the Awana Ministry for children at Tower View Baptist Church, 7301 N.E. 50th St., Kansas City MO 64119.

Condolences may be left at the White Chapel Funeral Home website.

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