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Mary Carriker

January 21, 1931 — June 15, 2020


Mary Elisabeth Lindsey Carriker

January 21, 1931 — June 15, 2020

Mary E. Carriker, 89, passed away on June 15 at Caney Guest Home Estates.

A long-time resident of Caney, Mary was born on January 21, 1931 in Peru, Kansas, to Paul J. and M. Rovilla Heidemann Lindsey. She attended grade school in Peru, high school in Caney (Class of 1948), and college in Bethany, Oklahoma. She worked for Foster Petroleum, Phillips Petroleum, and Continental Can Company for several years before marrying Willard M. Carriker, also of Caney, in 1960.

Willard, Mary, and their six children lived for a year in Mountain Home, Idaho, before settling in Neosho, Missouri (1962 - 1967) and in the St. Louis area (1967 - 1984), where Mary worked in human resources for several companies and Willard worked in quality control for McDonnell Douglas. They returned to Caney for retirement in 1984.

All of her life, Mary loved to read and write and play the piano. Upon returning to Caney, she played for both the Church of the Nazarene and the United Methodist Church. She completed an Associate of Arts degree in 1995 at Coffeyville Community College, volunteered for the high school debate team, and delivered Meals on Wheels.

Mary is survived by her children David (Marion) of Independence, Peggy Rosenbluth, Bruce, Kitti (Gerry McCartney), Diane (Tom Burrows), and Aaron (Pam); nine grandchildren: Hans (Chantel) Carriker, Jerrod (Amanda) Rosenbluth, Daniel Rosenbluth, Anna (Joe) Lesher, Sara Carriker, Ben (Cathleen) McCartney, Sam McCartney, Aaron Burrows, and Jessica Kimbrel; and twelve great - grandchildren, with two additional great - grandchildren expected later this summer; and many loving nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Willard (in 1987) and their infant daughter Hope (in 1964); also her brothers Dwight, John, and Earl; her son - in - law Ron Rosenbluth, and grandson - in - law Dave Kimbrel.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. To leave the family a special message of condolence, please visit

The family wishes to thank the staff of Caney Guest Home Estates for their compassionate care.

Memorial contributions can be made to
The AWOL Humane Society of Independence
P.O. Box 290
Independence, KS 67301

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