Carol Ann Fairbank of Independence, went to be with the Lord on August 26, 2018
at Jane Phillips Hospital in Bartlesville, OK. She was born on February 6, 1937
in Hays, KS. She was the daughter of Jack and Dorothy Coolbaugh. She graduated from Dodge City High School in 1955. She continued her education at Dodge City
Community College and the completed Bachelors degree and Masters degree at
Emporia State University
She married Paul Fairbank on July 28, 1956, in Dodge City. They lived in Dodge
City, Hays, Montezuma and Ashland, KS before moving to Independence in 1966
Carol served as the Cherryvale High School librarian for 29 years, retiring in 1996.
As a teen-ager she set her goal to be a librarian and being the self-driven woman
she was, accomplished this goal. She was a highly organized woman, devoted to
her family, the students she served and to the organizations she belonged to.
She was a multitasker long before that was a word and seemingly could handle anything that came her way. She efficiently ordered her world, which allowed her the extra moments to spend on the things she loved: her boys sporting events, square dancing
with friends or sitting with a cat on her lap, a book in her hand and a musical playing
on the television.
She was a member of several educational organizations among them being the
Cherryvale-NEA, Kansas NEA and the Kansas School Librarians Association.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Independence, Triad Club,
and the EWA Bridge Club. She volunteered with the American Red Cross
Disaster Services and responded to several nationally declared disasters
including the 9-11 terrorist attack in New York City. She also served on the
Board of the Independence Public Library and with the Friends of the Library.
She gave her heart and boundless energy to her family, her friends, the bricks she
collected from her travels, her plants, and her kitties.
Survivors include her husband Paul of the home, and sons Bruce (Mikel) of \Topeka,
Douglas (Misti) of Wichita and Daniel of Andover, 8 grandchildren; Jonathan (Teresa)
Allison (Brian), of Lenexa, Amy of Independence, Danielle of Andover, Christina and
Lindsey of Wichita; 9 great-grandchildren and brother, Jack of Thailand. Carol was preceded in death by her parents.
A celebration of life services will be held on Friday, August 31, 2018 at 10:30am at the First Presbyterian Church, Independence. Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery. A Viewing will held on Thursday August 30 from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Webb and Rodrick funeral home.
The family suggests memorial contributions can be made to the Independence Public
Library, or the First Presbyterian Church in Independence, or to the charity of the
I will always be grateful for the times I shared with Carol on our way to and from Cherryvale High School when I did my student teaching. Carol imparted so much wisdom to me about high schoolers and life in general. I loved her personality--full of practical advice, straight forward in her manner, a sense of rescue for the underdog, and a perpetual eagerness to learn more. Her heart was so big. I have been praying for all the men in her life whom she fiercely loved (Paul and sons) and her grandkids, friends and family members who will miss her laugh, love and compassionate embrace. May God bless you all and give you comfort during this difficult time. Love, Brenda Hughes Blanchard
Brenda BlanchardSchertz, TX
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I worked closely with Carol on many library projects and admired her dedication to our community. She will be greatly missed.
Haley DunnIndependence, KS
This is what I LEARNED from my friend Carol..
"Life is about attitude, a state of mind, a place of grace --a window of opportunity and a HOPE that MIRACLES can and still do happen... I always viewed this wonderful- class act - as the MIRACLE! May your journey be peaceful...with much love-
RJ LevinTucson, AZ
I will be thinking of you and praying God’s peace will carry you through this very difficult time.
I am traveling out of the US and will not be able to attend services in body but will be with you in spirit.
Gerald EytchesonAfton, OK
Paul and Family, you captured Carol's beautiful, indomitable spirit in her obituary. God love each of us as we learn to carry on without Carol by our side!
Sue LandwehrIndependence, KS