Obituary-Shirley Carpenter

Shirley A. Carpenter, age 85, formerly of Concordia, KS, passed away on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at the Hillsboro Community Hospital, Hillsboro, KS. She was born at home on Jan 19, 1937 in Randalia, Fayette County, Iowa to Chester True & Alice Winifred (Treat) Hall.

She graduated from Neola High School in 1955.  She married H. Corvon Carpenter on Sept. 2, 1956 in Neola, Iowa.  They moved to Concordia, KS from Omaha, NE on Nov. 9, 1963 when Corvon started the Schendel Pest Control Company. He preceded her on Oct. 10, 2003. Shirley was the bookkeeper for Schendel Pest Control and later the corporate bookkeeper for Bon Marche for years. She eventually began her own business, Payroll Plus, in 1990.  She served as secretary and treasurer for the First Presbyterian Church until her retirement.

Shirley derived the greatest pleasure from making others feel special; one way was by creating over 300 personalized birthday cards a year for immediate and extended family members and friends for four decades. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, P.E.O. Chapter EV and Eastern Star where she was active and served in several officer roles throughout her life. She volunteered as treasurer for the Arion township. Shirley and Corvon had a passion for raising dogs, especially Alaskan malamutes, and other breeds. They were instrumental in beginning Sing Out Cloud County.

She is survived by her children, Sheri Parker (Rick), Moundridge, KS; Connie Markovich (Brian), Paola, KS; Randall Carpenter (Stephanie), Moundridge, KS; & Corliss English (Ted), Topeka, KS; 12 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; sisters, Jean Leonhart, Cheyenne, WY & Kelly Piepmeier, Cookeville, TN & a brother, David Hall, Austin, TX.

She was preceded by her husband, Corvon; her parents; a grandson, Mark Bledsoe & a brother, Robert Hall.

Funeral services will be 1:00 pm, Friday, July 29, 2022 at the First Presbyterian Church, Concordia with Pastor Bob Frasier officiating.  Burial will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Concordia. Visitation with the family will be from 11 am until the service time on Friday, July 29, 2022 at the church.  The family suggests memorials to the P.E.O. Sunflower Grants or the Cloud County Genealogical Society in care of the funeral home. For online condolences, please visit

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