Carol L. Mead 64, died Friday, June 20, 2014 at Schowalter Villa – Hesston, Kansas. She was born May 9, 1950 in Concordia, Kansas to Albert and Lois (Douce) Ryser, and was the youngest of four children. Carol and her brother and sisters grew up with a love of music and singing, and prayed together every morning before catching the bus to school. Carol met Stephen Mead and married her best friend on June 5, 1971, a day she described as the happiest in her life. Carol and Steve had two children, Jay Mead and Angela Mead. Steve, Carol, Angela and Jay built their home in Hesston, Kansas from the ground to the roof. Carol considered herself fortunate to have a home she could share and family to love in it. Carol and Steve collected many things in their home, and Carol’s most prized possession was the many fond memories made there. It was that collection that mattered to her most, and which connected Carol to the goodness of life and God’s presence in it. Carol enjoyed nurturing her children, family and friends in that home, filling it with love. Carol’s nurturing personality was expansive, she used her talents to build relationships and connect with others as a member of the Alter Society at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Newton, Kansas, and as a receptionist at Knudson Monroe where she worked for 18 years. Carol loved to give good gifts; and always knew that even the simple gift of her warm smile could make the difference for family, friends and clients. Through the trials that Carol and her sister have handled with grace and fierceness, they have earned the nicknames Pansyana, Pansylene, and Pansylou. Carol and her sisters knew that the pansy only appears to be fragile. It is however the heartiest of flowers with lots of personality, able to weather the bitterest of winters with beauty. Carol, like the pansy, endured a battle with brain cancer with a humble courage that was inspirational to friends, family and others fortunate enough to know her.
Carol is survived by her Husband Stephen Mead of the home; a son: Jay Mead of Memphis and his Wife Anne Mead and their daughter Madeline Mead, and a daughter: Angela Mead of Austin, TX; a brother Charles Ryser of Haddam, Kansas; two sisters: Mary Ann Fox of Ft. Collins, CO and Ilene Roy of San Antonio, TX . Carol is preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with The Reverend Jim Mainzer presiding. Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday evening with the Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:30 p.m. at Petersen Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends following the Rosary. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Newton, Kansas
In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the St. Mary’s Alter Society or Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in care of Petersen Funeral Home.