Carol Lynn Jones Amsberry

Carol Amsberry passed away peacefully with her family at her side on February 26 after a long bout with cancer.  She was 64 years old.  She is survived by her husband, Kent, and son Grant of Lawrence, KS, son William of Lenexa, KS and brother William Jones and sister-in-law Sandra of Reading PA. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Carol was born on January 4th, 1960 in Muskegon, MI to John Daniel Jones and Patricia Tait Jones. She grew up in Port Clinton Ohio attending elementary school and high school there. After completing high school, she attended Ohio State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1982. Following graduation, she entered the workforce as an Assistant Manager at a Kroeger’s grocery store in Columbus, Ohio. After a few years in that position, she joined State Farm Insurance as an underwriter and eventually moved to Fire Claims Adjustor. She worked in that role for the remainder of her 14 year career at State Farm leaving in 1999 after starting a family. While working for State Farm, she lived in Columbus, Ohio, Saratoga Springs, New York and Rye, New Hampshire. She frequently volunteered for storm duty which took her to Florida for Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and Los Angeles for the 1994 Northridge earthquake. While working the Northridge earthquake, she was part of a team managed by Todd Osborne who had a high school friend named Kent Amsberry. Since Carol lived in New Hampshire and Kent in Boston, MA, Todd thought it would be good if they met each other. After dating for a while, they married on October 21, 1995 at Carter Memorial United Methodist Church in Needham, MA and took up residence in a beautiful 1899 Victorian home in Newton, MA.  They had two boys, William Todd born in 1997 and Grant Talmon born in 1999.  In 2000, the family moved to Kansas City for a new job opportunity and to be closer to family. Over the next 24 years, the family lived in Kansas City, Indianapolis, and Seattle before returning to Kansas City in 2016. In Indianapolis and Seattle, Carol re-entered the workforce as a para-educator in various school systems allowing her to work while being close to her boys.  She mainly worked with special needs children that being her particular passion. 

Carol played the piano and flute and enjoyed music. Chicago was her favorite rock band. She enjoyed gardening and loved her many dogs and cats over the years. She was an avid reader and particularly enjoyed Romance novels. She liked playing board games and doing puzzles with her family. She also enjoyed cooking, and hosting various kinds of gatherings in her home. The HGTV channel was a favorite of hers and she applied her knowledge from home claims adjusting to the renovation of two homes with Kent. She was a devoted wife and mother spending countless hours helping her boys in any way that she could.

A visitation will be at 1:00 P.M. with a memorial service to follow at 2:00 P.M. Friday, May 17 at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home in Lawrence, KS.  Memorials to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation are suggested.

Messages & Condolences

From Susan and Kevin...

May memories bring you comfort

From Matthew Mermey...

My deepest condolences to you and your family and my apologies for not responding sooner. I will send a donation and if I have any questions, I will let you know!

From Andrea Paulson...

Kent, So sorry to hear of Carol’s passing. I recall our times in the Boston area. You and Carol were both so generous in offering friendship and hospitality to many of us trying to navigate the big city for the first time. Carol had a genuine openness to bringing others into her social sphere. Her kindnesses were appreciated. My condolences to you and the boys for your loss.

From Pam Riley...

Kent, Grant and Will, So sorry to hear of Carols passing. May your many happy memories shore you up through these difficult times

From Florence Ndikum-Moffor...

May the Lord grant you and the boys the strength that only He can during this difficult period.

From Rachel Medearis...

Kent, I’m very sorry to hear of Carol’s passing. I pray for healing and comfort for you and your family during this time. God bless you.

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