Paula I. Carney
Paula Irene Carney, age 92, of Manhattan, passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, October 30, 2016.
She was born on May 10, 1924 at the family home on a farm in the Deep Creek area of Manhattan, the daughter of Paul and Eva Anna Yaege. Paula had one sister Ruth (Glenn) Klimek and one brother Ernest (Dorothy) Yaege.
Paula was baptized on June 15, 1924 and confirmed on April 2, 1939 at St. Luke's Lutheran Church where her parents and Yaege family were founding members and pillars of the congregation for decades.
Paula attended school at a rural, one room school house near the family farm. Later she also attended school in Manhattan. Like most children growing up on a large family farm at that time, Paula would help with the chores. Among these many tasks included cooking on a wood burning stove, which she began doing as soon as she was old enough to stand on a chair to reach the top of the stove. She would cook for the extended family on a daily basis, as well as for other friends and neighbors who would especially come to help out on the farm during harvest times. She attributed those early responsibilities as how she learned her cooking skills and it brought her great happiness to serve and share God's bounty with others.
Paula met Charles Carney in Junction City at a church event and they were united in marriage on February 15, 1942. Together they were blessed with four children: Donald, Patricia, Erwin and Rebecca.
God blessed Paula's life with many special people, and will be remembered as a gentle, kind-hearted, caring woman. She loved her many nieces and nephews like they were her own. She tried to make sure no family member's birthday went by without a celebration singing the birthday song, which included several verses written many years ago by a longtime family friend, Helen Carlson. Of course the celebration would also include a cake she would bake for the occasion with candles and ice cream. She had a special recipe for chocolate syrup for the ice cream. Paula is remembered for the wonderful meals she would serve a houseful of loved ones and especially for her delicious homemade pies.
Paula had a great love of nature and a deep appreciation for God's creation. She enjoyed tending her vegetable and flower gardens and watching the birds come to the feeder. Rarely was the family table without a bouquet of flowers she had picked from her abundant collection.
Paula's Christian faith was always an important part of her daily life. She taught Sunday and vacation bible school. She also spent countless volunteer hours at St. Luke's Church, serving meals following funerals and setting up for wedding receptions. Paula also served as Secretary for the Aid Association for Lutherans for many years. It would often bring her comfort to play her organ and sing hymns. Even in her last moments on the earth she was doing her best to sing "Jesus Loves Me" with her daughters.
She is survived by daughter Patricia Roland of Manhattan, son Erwin Carney of Parkville, Missouri and daughter Rebecca Carney. Also her grandchildren: Laurie Roland of Manhattan, KS; Richie Roland and wife Michell of Wichita, KS; and Sheri Roland of Topeka, KS; her great-grandchildren: Kolton Hanifan of Manhattan, KS and Malinda Roland of Wichita, KS; her sisters-in law: Evelyn Costigan of Olathe, KS, Dorothy Yaege, of Zeandale, KS, and Sharon Carney of Topeka, KS. Plus many cherished nieces and nephews she held dear in her heart.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Carney; her son, Donald Carney; her brother, Ernest Yaege and sister Ruth Klimek.
The family will greet friends during a visitation from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. Thursday November 3, 2016 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home in Manhattan.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday November 4, 2016 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Michael J. Schmidt officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery in the Deep Creek Area.
In lieu of flowers donations may be contributed to Good Shepherd Hospice House or The Kansas State University Gardens. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.
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