Carol Brower


March 31, 2011 - 12:00 AM

Carol Beth Adams Bishop Brower, 81, of Iola died Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at Windsor Place Nursing Center in Iola.
She was born on the family farm a mile south of Carlyle on Oct. 8, 1929, to Elmer E. and Lydia (Dreyer) Adams. She attended North Maple Grove Grade School for seven years and Iola High School graduating in May 1946. She attended Chanute Junior College for one year then returned to the Iola Junior College for the remaining year after it opened again following the war.
While attending high school and college, she was employed at S & H Kress and Iola Wholesale Grocery.
On Sept. 25, 1949, she married Harry C. Bishop Jr. at the First Methodist Church in Iola. They lived in Pittsburg for two years while he attended the State Teachers College. He was then employed by the school districts at Coffeyville, Fredonia and Independence until 1979 when he accepted the position of assistant superintendent of schools at Iola. She was employed by Gates Rubber Company as secretary for several general managers for the following 16 years until she suffered a light stroke and had to retire.
Harry died Feb. 10, 1981. She later married Dene Brower of Iola on April 23, 1989, in the Carlyle Presbyterian Church.
She liked to play bridge and also liked to travel. She belonged to the Carlyle Presbyterian Church, Iola American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 15 and was a member of Laureate Beta Sigma Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi which she joined in 1982.
She is survived by her husband, Dene; a son, Barry Bishop and his wife, Cyndee; granddaughters, Brianna and Cassie; great-granddaughter, Kailey; great-grandsons, Kaden and Easton, Kearney, Mo.; a daughter, Susan Hall and her husband, Tim, Shawnee; and several cousins.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel in Iola. Chaplain Lloyd W. Houk will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery in Iola.
Memorials to Carlyle Presbyterian Church may be left at the funeral home. Online condolences for the family may be left at

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