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Obituary of Carolyn Ruth Anderson (Kumorek)

Carolyn Ruth Anderson (Kumorek), 71, of Karbers Ridge, IL went to be with her Heavenly Father on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. She was born on May 11, 1949 to Joseph and Patsy Kumorek (Crafton) in Herrin, IL.
Carolyn started her life growing up in Stiritz (Johnston City), IL and later her family moved to the place she came to love in Hardin County, IL. She graduated from Cave-In-Rock High School in 1967 and followed on to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale in 1973.
In 1968, Carolyn married Deneen Anderson, who was the love of her life for over 40 years. They had two children, Christy and Jason, and six grandchildren.
Carolyn then began what became more than a career as she helped educate the young minds of the children of Hardin County, first at the former elementary school in Karbers Ridge, IL then transferring to the Hardin County Unit School District. She enjoyed teaching and coaching girls’ basketball at all grade levels. Carolyn defined the very nature of what a teacher should be, showing not only the mentorship and caring in the classroom, but within her community. She eventually retired after devoting over 30 years to the “future of Hardin County” as she would say.
Anyone who knew Carolyn would say her free time was devoted to two loves, horses and people. Carolyn loved riding her horses and during the summer would normally be found on a trail in Southern Illinois or at the Nine Day Trail Ride, which she attended for many years. As her family would tell you, she never met a stranger. Carolyn was a very outgoing person who thrived on the conversation with others and the love of family. She was always one of the first people to step up to assist within anyone in her community that fell on hard times.
Carolyn is survived by her daughter; son; six grandchildren; brother (Michael Kumorek); and sister (Kim Dowdy).
She is also survived by her three nieces and one nephew that she adored.
She is preceded in death by her husband; parents; and brother (Thomas Kumorek).
Visitation will be Saturday, April 10, 2021 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hardin County Funeral Service, 6 Stone Church Road, Rosiclare, IL.
Funeral services will be on Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 2 p.m. at the Hardin County Funeral Service with a family graveside service to follow.
The family would like to thank: Star Church and The Roads Church for all the love; Reflections assisted living for the amazing care Mom received; Saline County Ambulance and Air Evac for their timely and accurate emergency care; and the Harrisburg Medical Center for the perfect and compassionate medical care in a difficult situation, making a difference by making us feel like family every step of the way. Lastly, we would like to thank the people of Hardin County for the blessing they have been over the years to our mother and our family. There is truly no place like home.


  1. Teresa E Sobery on March 29, 2021 at 6:35 pm

    I am so sorry to hear this. Carolyn and I were very good friends in high school.
    My condolences to her family.

  2. Teresa E Sobery on March 29, 2021 at 6:37 pm

    I m so sorry to hear this. Carolyn and I were great friends in high school. My condolences to her family.

  3. Kaydee Miller on March 30, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    I personally loved her with all of my heart. She was a great person and a wonderful teacher. I loved her couching basketball and keeping me in line. She was also the very first fluorspar queen. It would be awesome if the newspaper could find an article and republish this for everyone who loved her to share her beauty again. I know her loved ones will cherish it.

    • Editor on March 31, 2021 at 11:15 am

      Hi Kaydee, We published this article in October 1, 2020 with the rest of the history of the first Fluorspar Festival. Here is the article:

      Miss Fluorspar #1
      Carolyn Kumorek

      Reprinted from the
      October 20, 1966
      Hardin County Independent

      Tears of Joy: Miss Carolyn Kumorek, Elizabethtown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kumorek, couldn’t control the tears last Friday night when the judges named her Miss Fluorspar 1966-67.
      Miss Billie Kay Dixon of Ridgway, Miss Shawnee Hills, presented the 1st place trophy to Miss Kumorek and crowned her Miss Fluorspar. Miss Carolyn Kumorek, a Senior at Cave In Rock high school was selected Miss Fluorspar 1966-67. 14 young ladies competed for the title.
      The 1st runner up was Miss Cathy Blair, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Blair of Cave In Rock. She is a Sophomore at Cave In Rock high school.
      Miss Congeniality, selected by the contestants, was miss Sandy Grounds, daughter of Mrs. Carlene Grounds, Elizabethtown, a Sophomore at Rosiclare high school.
      Mike and Mitch McDowell, twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon McDowell, Cave In Rock, assisted Miss Shawnee Hills with the presentation of awards.
      Mrs. Elaine Shetler did not reveal the ratings of each girl but stated the judging was very close. The girls competed in bathing suits and formal dress. They were rated on points on face, figure, posture, charm, personality, and stage presence. The judges were Mrs. Bill Gilbert of Herrin, Paul Miller of Metropolis, and George F. Harris of Salem, KY.

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