Carol Lee Reed's love of life did not come to an end upon her death, as her loved ones find peace in knowing that her memory will live on through the countless people she has touched. Carol, 50, passed away in Shawnee, KS on Wednesday, December 30th at 2:53 PM after losing a sudden battle with ARDS and Pneumonia relating to COVID-19.Carol was born on Saturday, January 23rd, 1971 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri to her mother, Sandra McCoy and father, Gary E. Diercks. She grew up as the youngest of her siblings alongside her brother, Dan Diercks and sister, Angela Cunningham. Some of Carol's earliest memories included trips to Lake of the Ozarks with her numerous cousins and friends. She was always the life of the party and reflected that in every social setting.After graduating from Grandview High School in 1989, Carol worked at Hen House, and spent a short time at National Credit before starting her career at Special Beginnings Early Learning Center in 1991. In July of 1994, she had her first child, Charles Reed, and decided to establish her own at-home daycare. Her second child, Erin Reed, came in July of 1997, and she spent two more years at home before returning to Special Beginnings in 1999. Carol's children became her pride and joy and she enrolled them both into daycare at SB where she continued to work for many years, touching the lives of an innumerable amount of coworkers, children, and families all over.In 2011 Carol got a job at Baker University as an Associate Registrar, until 2016 when she became an Academic Advisor, adding the role of Adjunct Faculty in 2018. She maintained both of these important roles until her passing. She began working towards her Associate degree in 2012, then in 2015, she acquired her Bachelor; her Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership in 2018, and graduated with her Master of Business Administration in 2020. In 2018, she began teaching Intro to Undergraduate Studies. Her impact on students and faculty during her time at Baker is immeasurable. She found great joy in helping students to achieve the goals that she, herself, worked so hard to accomplish and was so proud of accomplishing.One of Carol's most beloved passions lied in music, and she took great pleasure in concerts, music festivals, and most importantly, Train cruises. Everywhere she went, she created a family of her own, including her Sail Across the Sun Family, whom she loved dearly and was grateful for to have all the new friendships that each year brought. Some of her favorite artists included Boston, Led Zeppelin, REO Speedwagon, Bad Company, Journey, and many more. In her final months, Carol began collecting vinyl records and lit up with joy when she got her turntable. Putting on her favorite records and baking or cooking on a Sunday morning was one of her favorite things to do.Carol lived with her two children, Charlie Reed and Erin Reed; her two dogs Maizey and Buddy, and her cat Mya. Her kids were the most important thing to her, and she absolutely loved her Maizey-Moo and Bu(oo)dro. Just like she did with everyone else she cared for and loved, she put her children at the top of her priority list in any circumstance and always assured them of how much they were loved. She was there for every milestone event to date; every school event, birthday, holiday, and more. Carol was a rock to her kids, and they are going to miss her dearly. She was the epitome of an outstanding mother and not only shared that special quality with her own kids, but to a whole community of kids, teenagers, young adults, and even younger students and peers. She carried the title of "Mother" in the most loving, caring, and respectable way.Although Carol's body has left this world, her spirit has not. We will continue to remember her as the beautiful, strong, successful, and supportive woman that she was. Her presence has shown meaningful in every relationship she built throughout her life, and her memory will not be forgotten. Carol is with her Dad now, someone who she felt incomplete without since his passing in 2011. We can all find peace in knowing that her suffering and her struggle has come to an end, and while she isn't down here to walk this earth with us any longer, she will always be in our hearts.
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Friday, January 21, 2022
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Muehlebach Funeral Care 6800 Troost AvenueKansas City, Missouri 64131