Cecilia Carol (Thomas) Carter, born April 23, 1951 in Webb City, MO. Daughter of Cecil C Thomas and Etta Mae (Roberts) Thomas. Cecilia spent most of her life living in North Kansas City, graduating from North Kansas City High School in 1969. She passed from a long battle with dementia.
Cecilia was married to Jack Carter in 1971. She was proceeded in death by her Mother and Father. She survived by her husband Jack, daughters Kelly (Rodney) Kraus and children Crystal, Abby and Zack and great grandson Nicholas. Angie (Brent) O'Donnell, children Casey (Jen), Brady, Rosie, Dylan and Olivia, Chasity (Jimmy) Krueger, children Sophia and Sasha, and son Kevin Carter. She is also survived by siblings Celisa Tafala, Cindy Oliver and Tom Thomas, many cousins, friends, in-laws, nieces and nephews.
Cecilia was a dedicated wife, Mother, Grandma, homemaker and was active in many 12 Step programs, church, PTA and women's groups. She helped many people and loved her cars, sometimes being accused of having a “lead foot:” as she drove to the beat of her favorite country songs.
Life with Momma meant you could expect swimming and swimming lessons alongside skating and skating lessons. These are some of the things she deemed should be part of our life. Every fall we would be treated to a shopping spree of epic proportions, as she wanted to make sure our clothing needs for the new school year were met. We followed that up with a school supply trip (I’m sure I tried to throw in “bubblegum” as one of my essentials). How my father‘s heart must’ve raced as his lovely wife and three daughters grabbed and picked all their hearts’ desires on these trips.
When at home, she focused on making it just so. She was a fabulous decorator and an amazing cook—three-course meals every night, and the house was always kept spotless. As kids, we would watch our dirty laundry disappear and reappear folded and ready the next morning.
She was also so much fun. She loved to turn her radio up loud and sing along with Patsy Cline, only needing a kitchen spoon to transform herself from mom to star. She danced at every wedding she attended, and at home, and in backyard barbecues. She shared her love of many good things with us: late-night shenanigans, scary movies, mint chocolate chip ice cream, and trips to the Metro North Mall for Topsy‘s Popcorn and watching the balloons.
She became a grandma just as she got our baby brother into kindergarten, and she stepped in to care for her first grandson during the day. We would never know daycare life, TV dinners, going without, or missing the joy of the holidays. My mom gave us all she had to give and blessed our lives with her beauty and love. We will all miss her tenderness, her sense of fun, and the goodness of her love. She told our father in her last days, “I picked you, and you picked me. One day in heaven we will be together again.” Thank you Mom for picking Dad and starting what has become our family.
Sister in law ,Lenexa
Beautiful tribute to your mother! She will always be remembered as a loving person who put her family first. We are so sorry for your loss. Thankful you have wonderful memories to treasure.
Brother In-Law ,LENEXA ,Kansas
That was a beautiful obituary, written with true love. Cecilia surely served her vocations in life as wife, mother, grandmother and friend in a loving, caring and exemplary manner. Our love and prayers are with you all.
High school buddy of Jack’s ,Houston ,Texas
I’m so sorry for you loss. I regret never meeting Cecilia. I wish you the best and I’m always available should you need anything.
friend ,kansas city ,Missouri
I met Cecilia through the friendship of our sons(Kevin and Vinni) 25 years ago. at the time I would of never guessed we also would begin a friendship that would last a lifetime. We shared a sisterhood with our kids and families. But the one thing that we shared the most was our faith we shared.Long hours till sometimes dawn.Trips to see Joyce Meyers and other Christian shows. I find myself asking God why he would take the person I share him with away. I will long for our long conversations thru tears and thank God I had her in my life.