Carolyn Register

March 28, 2014 

Carolyn “Carol” Register

April 11 1944-March 19 2014

Carolyn “Carol” (Callaway) Register, 69, died Wednesday, March 19, 2014. It was a beautiful day with temperatures in the upper 40s, a blue sky with scattered wispy clouds and a slight breeze ... one that Carol would have been sure to enjoy sitting on her deck watching the birds at the feeder and eating grapes and drinking her morning coffee. In contrast, it was a stormy night and they were unable to get Carol’s mother to a medical facility so she was born to Charles and Ardyce (VanDyke) Callaway on April 11, 1944, on the kitchen table of an antebellum house, which was located on the southeast quadrant of the intersection of M7 and what was then spelled “Colburn” Road. Carol was a 1962 graduate of Lee’s Summit High School. It is impossible to adequately describe Carol because the attributes that defined her are locked away in the individual hearts of those who knew her.

Carol was the loving wife of Dallas Register; mother of Julie Everly, Beth West and Shawn and Scott Register; grandmother of Meghan and Sadie Everly, Valerie Ouderkirk, Christopher West, Zachary and Mariana Register; and the great-grandmother of Kate Waters. Carol was a dedicated shepherd (at one time having 85 head of sheep) and spinner/weaver. A simple yet complex woman (once referred to as “The Boogie Lady”), she enjoyed singing “Old Dogs and Children and Watermelon Wine” and “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” with her grandchildren, dancing, local day trips and travel, good food and wine, curing and smoking her own hams and bacon, times at her keyboard, and listening to the likes of Johnny Hartman, Miles Davis, Tom T Hall, Charlie Rich, Andrea Bocelli and Rod McKuen and the San Sebastian Strings.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents and one brother and also is survived by one brother and one sister.

While we are planning a future celebration of Carol’s life later this spring at Missouri Town 1855, which includes the house where she was born, the log church where she was married on April 18, 1975, and sheep descended from rams that she loaned to the park, we are also paying tribute to the commitment shown by the staff of the Midwest Cancer Care Belton RMC, Hematology/Oncology Clinic, the Belton RMC Surgical team and the second floor staff, the Research Medical Center Radiology and fourth floor staff and the KC Hospice and Palliative Care. These are the dedicated men and women who supported Carol during the last eight months ... those reciprocal times during the exchange of appreciation, sincere affection and concern.

A person should not die with no good coming of their passing and, if this were the end of Carol and her legacy, it would truly be a tragedy, but there is more ... a lesson to be shared and learned by those of you who are reading this and who might eventually share it with others.

If Carol were still alive, she would tell us that, if you are unwilling to commit and give of yourself in a truly unselfish manner to another person, you have no business getting married. And if you are unwilling to commit to another in marriage, you have no business conceiving and bringing another life into the world.

God Bless you, Carol, you are truly loved.

In lieu of flowers, Carol’s family requests that contributions be made to Soldiers Angels or the American Cancer Society.

Online condolences may be made to

Arrangements: Atkinson Funeral Home, 600 W. Wall, Harrisonville, MO 64701; 816-380-3268.

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