Obituaries detail

Isabel Quezon Sarmiento Traner Carr
Jun 23,1924---Jan 09,2018

Isabel Quezon Sarmiento Traner Carr, beloved mother, left this earthly plane for another adventure on Tuesday, January 9. “Grammy” and “Kay” to many, Isabel to many more, lived an amazing life, with at least five different vocations throughout her 93 years. Her early years in Kansas City included work at Employer’s Reinsurance, restauranteur, secretary at Apache Elementary, Personnel Manager, Dit-Mco, owner of the Overland Park Secretarial Service, and insurance auditor for White & White which was acquired by Equifax. Isabel worked for Equifax well into her 80’s conducting audits in central Florida.


From 1974 until 2007 Isabel resided in Memphis, TN and attended the First Unity Church of Memphis where she taught Sunday school for many years. When the church relocated the new Sunday School building was named “Isabel’s House.” In 2007 Isabel moved to Brooksville, FL. There she became a member of the UU Church in the Pines. Isabel was a gifted story teller and wrote several books of poetry. A self-taught sculptor, piano player, dulcimer player, and organ player, she decided early in life that she could do anything she put her mind to. In addition to her incredible work ethic Isabel donated her time to causes she believed in, particularly alternative beliefs where she met many friends from around the world and beyond.


Isabel was preceded in death by husband David E. Carr, her parents, Luis Sarmiento and Elizabeth Jordan Mulkey. She is survived by her children, Ron Traner and Jim Stephens ; Janine Joslin; Dennis and Bonnie Traner; Grandchildren, Jaclyn Joslin, Aaron Joslin, Amanda and Luca Steiner; Christine Traner and Daniel Traner, Amy and Doug Kjellin and great grandchildren Erik Kjellin, Andrew Kjellin, Adam Kjellin and Lusia Joslin.

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Marjorie Haire Jan 15 ,2018

Long time friend ,Martin ,Tennessee

I know you are in a good place, exactly where you always wanted to go. Enjoy all the Divine Blessings forever. My condolences to all of the family members who grieve. Marjorie Haire from Martin, TN>

Angela Fasci Jan 21 ,2018

Friend at John Knox Village ,Lee's Summit ,Missouri

As leader of our Poetry Group at JKV, I just want to offer condolences on behalf of our group who loved knowing Isabel and reading some of her poems in our meetings. We enjoyed hearing her stories and having her tell us about her writing career as well as her life. At our next meeting we are going to remember her by re-reading the more than a dozen of her poems we have looked at previously. Isabel was a bright and positive light here in our retirement community; I will hang an ornament on the Hospice Memory Tree next December, as well including her name at the Dia de Los Muertos celebration held annually at the Nelson Art Gallery in Kansas City next fall. I truly loved and will miss her vibrant spirit. My sincere sympathy on your loss.

LeeAnne Hays Jan 22 ,2018

Friend ,Kansas City ,Missouri

What a wonderful tribute to a beautiful lady and a unique spirit! May her travels be blessed. Wishing much love and blessings to you, Janine, and to all of her descendants.

Patrice E. Carlson Feb 03 ,2018

niece ,Beavercreek Township ,Ohio

I’m sorry about your mother’s passing. She was always friendly and had a positive attitude. Once she gave Jim, my older son, a tea set and a collection of Beatrix Potter books. I’ll miss her.