Reverend LaDonna Ruth Carey
Reverend LaDonna Ruth Carey, 91, Topeka, passed away Tuesday, September 29, 2015.
LaDonna was born in 1924 in Bronson, KS, the first child of Claude F. and Marie Clemings. She graduated from Bronson High School in 1941. She completed her A.A. degree at Evanston Collegiate Institute in 1944 and attended Baker University, earning a B.A. in 1946.
LaDonna married Robert Carey in 1946 in Baldwin City, KS and they made their home in Denver, CO. They served as youth leaders at Trinity Methodist Church until their departure in 1950. To prepare for missionary service in Liberia they attended Hartford Seminary in CT. During the years from 1950 to 1976, she served in the educational programs of the Methodist Church in Liberia. From 1978 to 1983, she was Director of Student Financial Aid at Union College in Barbourville, KY. In 1984, she began preparation for pastoral ministry in the United Methodist Church at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, MO and was ordained in the Kansas East Conference in 1988. Her appointment was for five years at the Moline and Grenola Churches in the Chautauqua Hills Parish. Retiring to Baldwin City in 1993, she continued her connection to the church in the Kansas East Conference of the United Methodist Church. She also served as visiting pastor at Lowman United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband of 69 years; sister, Letha Lenhart; brothers, Francis L Clemings and Marion (Vera) Clemings; children, Anne Marie (Ron) Westgate, Baldwin City and John Robert (Janelle) Carey, Lecompton; grandchildren, Heather (Ronald) Reed, Mark (Krista) Westgate, Devin Carey, Chandler Carey; and great-grandchildren, Skylar, Masen, Emma, and Brooklyn.
Memorial services will be held at 2:30 pm on Friday, October 9th, 2015 at Trent Plaza at Aldersgate Village, 3124 SW Landsdown, Topeka, KS. Private family inurnment will be at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Fund. At Aldersgate Village, 7220 SW Asbury, Topeka, Ks. 66614
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