Carol Dinsdale Worth

Carol D. Worth, 83, Lawrence, passed away Friday, July 19, 2013, at Brandon Woods at Alvamar.

Mrs. Worth was born on August 24, 1929, in Chicago, the daughter of David A. and Gertrude O. Dinsdale. She graduated from Hyde Park High School in Chicago in 1946, and received a B.A. (1950) and an M.A. (1952) from the University of Illinois at Urbana. While a student at Illinois, she earned several major academic awards, including election to the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies and inscription of her name on the Bronze Tablet designating the top Illinois undergraduates. After coming to Lawrence in 1955 and raising her two young children, she resumed her graduate studies in German at the University of Kansas, and received her M. Phil. Degree in 1973.

Mrs. Worth taught at Baker University from 1956 to 1958 and again from 1976 to 1983 and at the University of Kansas from 1966 to 1970, in 1972-73, and again in 1986-91.

Until impaired by declining health, Mrs. Worth was very active in Lawrence community affairs, including the University Women’s Club, the Lawrence-Douglas County League of Women Voters, the Unitarian Fellowship, the Emergency Service Council, the Human Relations Commission (of which she was appointed chair in 1977), and the board of the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra. In addition to teaching and working with individual students, she enjoyed being with family and friends, travel, photography, gardening, reading, and listening to classical music.

She married George Worth in Chicago on March 17, 1951. He survives. Other survivors include her daughter Theresa “Terry” Wilkinson and husband Mark of Lawrence, her son Paul and wife Diane of Wichita, four granddaughters (Lisa, Lauren, Claire, and Hayley), and her sister Jean Baldwin of Columbia, MO.

The family would especially like to thank the Arbor caregivers at Brandon Woods, as well as the Visiting Nurses Association hospice staff. Donations in Mrs. Worth’s name may be made to the Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association, sent in care of the funeral home.

A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. this Saturday, October 5th, at the Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence, 1263 N. 1100 Road, Lawrence, KS. 66047.

Messages & Condolences

From Bob Bechtel...

Dear George, My thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family. There are no words that are adequate when a loved one is lost. You have spent many, many hours through the years with your faithful visits with Carol each day.
I have felt truly honored to have had time to spend with Carol and you. I will be out of town Sat. or I would be there for the service.
Bob Bechtel, Hospice Vol.

From Ellen Kroeker...

My great sympathy to you at your loss.

Ellen Kroeker

From Lucy Remple McAllister...

Those of us associated with the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra (initially known as the Lawrence Chamber Players since its founding by Jessie Branson in 1972 through 1998) send our heartfelt sympathy to George and the family. We are grateful for Carol’s many years of sharing and service in the 1980’s and ’90s with George. Many of us knew her well and have wonderful memories from those days. Thank you, Carol and George.


God gives and God takes. George you are wonderful Husband who kept his promise to his wife Carol we will live to remember that great love shared. We will miss Carol.

From Conrad Henderson...

Dear George and Family:
I want to express to you my sadness on learning of Carol’s death. I know it has been a hard time for all of you during these last few years of her illness. May you find solace and peace in your many memories of her.
Sincerely, Con Henderson

From ray & martha souza...

Dear George,

We wish to express our condolences for the enormity of your lost.

We hope that time, the healer of sorrows, will help you to move from how Carol came to her end, to how she lived her life. And what a rich life it was!

With warm wishes,

Ray & Martha Souza

From Jerry and Martha Masinton...

Dear George:
We were saddened to read of Carol’s death. She was a lovely person, of whom we have many fond memories from the evenings we spent at your home. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

Sincerely, Martha and Jerry

From Le-Thu Erazmus...

Dear George, Terry, and Paul,

I am very sorry for your loss, but know Carol is at peace and watching over all of you and smiling.

George, you and dad (Ed) have the same dedication to their spouses. Your dedication and love for Carol was amazing to witness…watching you visit Carol every single day to sit with her. You give new meaning to ‘unconditional love.’

Thank you for being such an inspiration for couples who continue to give unending love for their partners.

Hold close the fond memories you have of Carol and always know she’s forever in your hearts.

Peace and hugs,

From Milissa...

Wow, I’m honored to see that you guys have recognized the Arbor. We definitely enjoy our job and all the residents we care for. I’m deeply sorry for your loss. I’ve never seen a love like carol and George shared. Mrs. Worth will definitely be missed.

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