Betty Carroll, 74, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away Sunday, June 1, 2014. She was born November 27, 1939 in Gloucester, England to Reginald W. and Elsie (Pearce) Fenemore. Betty was educated in England, moved to the United States in 1964 and became a citizen of the United States in 1969.
Betty spent the majority of her working years as a secretary for civilian contractors. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. In her spare time she enjoyed researching family history. Betty was an active member of the Daughters of the British Empire since 2002 and served as the second vice-president of the Kansas Chapter the past four years. Betty also belonged to the Transatlantic Brides and Parents Association for many years.
While overseas in Saudi Arabia with her husband John “JC”, she served as the Women’s Cancer Society Treasurer from 1993-1999.
As most people know Betty followed JC overseas for approximately 20 years working for TWA with Saudia in Jeddah Saudi Arabia and Boeing in Riyadh. JC always says, “Betty was the wind beneath his wings.”
When stationed in Jeddah, Betty never sat still. She made art and craft figurines and sold them at compound sales and birthday cakes of all types. She also worked for the Saudia Housing Dept. until western women could no longer work there. When this position ended she went to work for the Australian Embassy. One of her proudest moments was making the Marine 207 birthday cake for the embassy in Jeddah. It was three foot by four foot.
While in Riyadh, she worked with the Cancer Society and the United States Military Training Mission.
Betty received several awards in those few years.The one she was most proud of was, COMMANDER’S AWARD FOR CIVILIAN SERVICE. She was a secretary for General Marcello. Betty was also commended for superior performance by Major Gen. Riley, and received several other certificates of achievements.
She married John J. Carroll on February 20, 1964 in Kansas City, MO. He survives of the couple’s home. Additional survivors include five children, Stephen Stewart (Aileen), Jill Simmons (Mark), Richard Stewart (Crystal), Kerry Petersen (Jeff) and Tammy Barbieri (Michael); a brother, Robert; four sisters, May, Joan, Sylvia and Carol; 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, a son, James Stewart and three siblings.
The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville. A funeral service celebrating Betty’s life will be held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at the funeral chapel. A committal service will follow at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Alliance Against Family Violence, % Sister Jane, PO Box 465 Leavenworth, KS 66048. Memories of Betty and condolences may be viewed at meyersfuneralchapel.com.