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Iva Carolee Goetz passed away Thursday, June 13, 2013 in Sun City, Ariz.

Funeral service are planned for 1 p.m. Monday, June 24, 2013, at the Eddy-Birchard Funeral Home, 203 Main St., Osawatomie, Kan., with burial to follow at Highland Cemetery, Ottawa.

She was born in 1918 in Ottawa, Kan., the daughter of Henry and Freda Ferguson.

Carolee graduated from Ottawa High School in 1937 and then attended Emporia State Teacher’s College.

After teaching several years she received her bachelor’s of science degree in elementary education from Pittsburg State University and continued to teach in Kansas for another 27 years.  

arolee married Harry Goetz in 1943 and she and her husband owned and operated a Dari King Drive In at Osawatomie for 10 years. They also owned the Kansas City Star paper route and were distributors for more than 10 years, plus continuing to farm. During this time, they adopted and raised two children, Alan and Carolyn.

In 1979, Carolee and Harry retired in Sun City, Ariz. They became members of The National Air Stream Trailer Club and traveled with the group throughout the United States with their Airstream Trailer in tow. They also were active members of the Willowbrook Methodist Church where she and Harry made many friends and always helped others in need.

Carolee was preceded in death by her husband, Harry, in 1998; three sisters, Helen Lovitt, Dorothy Harrison and Marjorie Baxter; and a brother, Russell Ferguson.

Survivors include her son, Alan Goetz; daughter, Carolyn Giles; and seven grandchildren, as well as nephews, David Baxter, Shelton Baxter, Armand Harrison, Myril Harrison and Donald Lovitt.

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