Carole Lee Surface, 80, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, passed away on February 7, 2023 at home with family.
She was born on May 26, 1942 to Clifford Lee and Esther Mae Morris in Kansas City, Missouri. Carole was an only child who graduated from Paseo High School in 1960.
As a student, she loved to read, write, and socialize.
She was treasurer of the Paseo Literary Society, the Cynthians, and also involved in Pep Club and Y-Teens, a youth service organization.
After high school, she worked for the Kansas City Star.
As a creative young woman, she loved the sights and sounds of the city.
She married her late husband Donald Surface, a Navy and Army Reserve veteran in 1978.
The two were together for 36 years until he passed in May of 2014.
She had three children: Leslie Maschger (Mark) and Daniel Kenyon (Robin) by birth and Keena Surface by marriage.
She had seven grandchildren.
She was an Avon Representative for a number of years who developed a successful business, which included qualifying for President’s Club, and winning a number of “Mrs. Albee ” Awards for outstanding service.
Later, she worked for Red Door Children’s Center lovingly caring for babies and toddlers.
In 1991, she and Don built their dream home on land that was homesteaded by her family in Kingsville, Missouri.
Family heritage was very important to her.
She lived on the farm until 2015 when she returned to Lee’s Summit.
She was a life-long Methodist and attended UMC Church of the Resurrection in Blue Springs.
She loved gardening, bird watching, and crocheting.
Her grandchildren were everything to her.
She loved to attend their school programs, sports activities, band competitions, and art exhibits.
She loved country music, her cat Angel, collecting antiques, and hosting family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
She was dearly loved.
Family and friends are welcome to attend a celebration of life, which will be held at Campbell-Cast Funeral Home in Holden, Missouri on Sunday February 26 from 6 to 8 p.m.