In Memory

Carol Ann Huggins

Carol Ann Huggins

Carol Ann Smith was born in New York in December of 1948. She was the oldest of four children. She and her family moved to Kansas in 1952. Carol attended schools in the Shawnee Mission School District and graduated from Shawnee Mission West. Carol then went on to study teaching at Kansas State University. In her last year of school she married the love of her life, Jack Smith, in Hawaii while he was on R&R from Vietnam. Carol graduated from K-State with her Bachelor of Arts, moved to Parkville with Jack and began teaching in the Park Hill School District. After teaching for eight years she became more and more interested in Jack's profession in the Pharmaceutical field. She went back to school and graduated from UMKC's Pharmacy School with her Bachelor of Science. During this time Carol and Jack expanded their family having 2 daughters, Jackie and Kelly. Jack and Carol owned their own Pharmacy, Smith Drugs, in the Northland for over 10 years. After selling their stores Carol went to work in the Home Health Industry. Carol also wanted to be more active in the Park Hill School District. In 1990 she was elected to the Park Hill School Board where she served for eight years. Becoming President for part of her service on the School Board. She was instrumental in getting many of the new schools in Park Hill opened. Carol also helped plan and organize the first "After Prom" celebrations to be held at the school for students to have a safe atmosphere to be with friends after the prom. Carol was always very proud of her time on the school board. After her children went to college, Carol continued to climb the corporate ladder now taking positions allowing her to travel throughout the United States. At the end of her career she was the National Director of Hemophilia Services for McKesson Corporation. A position she had worked towards for many years. In 2000 the first of her four grandchildren was born. "Her babies" as she referred to them heard from her everyday and knew they were very special to her. Carol lost a four year battle with Carcanoid Cancer at KU Medical Hospital on July 23rd. She was at peace and her family was with her. Preceding her in death are her father, Arthur Huggins and her in-laws, Harry and Opal Smith. She is survived by her husband, Jack Smith; her mother, Carolina Huggins; her daughter and son-in-law, Jackie and Joe Malena; her daughter and son-inlaw, Kelly and William Bonikowski; her sister, Michele Chauncey; her brothers, Bob and Dennis Huggins; and her four grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Palliative Care Services at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, KS. Carol had a great love for life and will be deeply missed. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, July 29, 2006 at Redemptorist Catholic Church, 3333 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City, MO. Burial in Mt. Moriah South Cemetery. A visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, July 28th, at Heritage Funeral Home, 401 Main St., Parkville, MO, 816-7410251.


Published in Kansas City Star on July 26, 2006

Provided by Karen Lyerla

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04/02/16 10:08 AM #1    

Kris Lively (Petzold)

Carol was a fun loving person.  I remember her as always being a great friend in high school.  Met her later at one of the reunions, she said she was a pharmacist and so was her husband.  I believe she lived in Parkville.  She will be missed.

04/22/16 12:39 PM #2    

Phil Estes

Carol and I dated when we were just graduating.  We went our separate ways to college and lost track of each other.  I was very saddened when I read her obituary in the class website.  She was a loss to all that loved her and I am sure there were many.  

I was pleased she had a great marriage and children that loved her.  She led a good life.

She was smart, funny, a woman of faith and a great friend.  I will miss her too. 

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