Carolyn Wilson


Carolyn was born on May 23, 1943 to William (Bill) and Alberta Leeper in Holton, Kansas.  She had an older sister, Joyce Yvonne and a younger brother, Robert William, both of whom she adored.

She graduated from Holton High School in 1961 and attended Kansas State University.  She belonged to Kappa Delta sorority.  She graduated in January of 1965 with a degree in Elementary Education.  She later received her master’s degree from the University of Kansas. 

Upon graduation, she taught elementary school in Cypress, CA for 2 ½ years.  Returning to Kansas in 1967 to teach for District 49 before the small districts unified to create the Shawnee Mission School District.  She taught six years at John Diemer Elementary School.  She returned to teaching in 1976 and taught at Dorothy Moody until her retirement in 2008. 

She was married to Sloan Richard Wilson in 1969.  The couple had one son, Michael Sloan Wilson, in 1973.  He was the joy of their lives.

Upon retirement, Carolyn volunteered for Meals on Wheels, the Village Presbyterian Food Pantry, the Johnson County Library at Cedar Roe, the Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City, The Village Church Food Pantry, and Old Mission Methodist Church in Fairway, KS.

She is survived by her son, Mike, of Long Beach, CA; Joyce Alley of Little Rock, AR; Bob and Linda Leeper of Lenexa, KS; her niece, Cindy and Bret Hotchkiss and family of Dallas, TX; and nephew, Chris and Kimberly Leeper and family of DeSoto, KS.

 In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to “Make a Wish” or Old Mission United Methodist Church.


  Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 13th from 1:00 to 2:00 PM at Old Mission United Methodist, 5519 State Park Rd, Fairway, KS 66205.  A memorial service will immediately follow at 2:00 PM. 


In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to:

“Make a Wish” Foundation                   or                  Old Mission United Methodist Church
7000 W 105th St                                                                           5519 State Park Rd
Overland Park, KS 66212                                                        Fairway, Kansas 66205

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5 Comments on “Carolyn Wilson”

  1. Barbara Stoll Says:

    What a wonderful teacher Mrs. Wilson was. Our son, Nick, learned to love reading because of her–and the Pizza Hut prizes. He discovered similes because she rewarded him with Tootsie Rolls every time he found one. She often spoke of her son and his innovative car ideas–which inspired Nick–who is now a Transportation Engineer. Carolyn Wilson touched many lives. Thank you.

  2. Mark and Jerre Sardou Says:

    Carolyn was certainly a sweet person who exemplified service and love for others. We are privileged to have known her and her son Mike. Sending sincere condolences for the family.

  3. Julie Fahrmeier Says:

    So sorry about your sister’s passing and thanks for posting the obituary. I enjoyed meeting her and I know all of you were there to help
    and support her.

  4. Randy Hairgrove Says:

    Mrs Wilson was my 5th grade teacher. I loved her… my favorite teacher ever! Sorry to hear of her passing. She definitely positively touched a lot lives.

  5. Scott Lawder Says:

    I remember she passed me on to 6th grade after a rough year and very generous C’s. I remember her saying, “from my heart I have decided I am passing you on to 6th grade because I know you can do it.” Later in life I was diagnosed with ADHD but that wasn’t known back in the early 70’s. By the time I was in 9th grade I acquired a colossal work ethic and was getting A’s and B’s. I was always thankful that she didn’t me hold me back and make an impairment even worse. I got the chance to thank her a couple times as an adult. I am sure I was one of many students she impacted like this. I thought about her in the last couple of years since my diagnosis and wondered if I would run into her again and be able to tell her what was really going on with me. Like most boys I had a crush on her back then. I also loved her warmth and understanding. She made a difference in my life. Thoughts with the family.

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