Friday, December 19, 2014



Carolina (Larios) Coleman, 75, Ottawa, Kan., died Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, surrounded by her beloved family at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. She succumbed to serious injuries sustained after she fell unexpectedly.

A private memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at the family’s home.

A nurse for 35 years at the Edith Nourse Veterans Hospital in Bedford, Mass., she had a long career caring for sick and injured veterans. She graduated from St. Lukes Nursing School in Kansas City, Mo. She launched her career as an ER nurse at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass., and later specialized in respiratory care and geriatrics as a nursing manager.

She was inspired to help others and was sought out for her nursing management expertise, as well as her career advice mentoring younger nursing staff.

After she retired and returned to Kansas, she volunteered at Ransom Memorial Hospital in Ottawa.

Carolina also was an expert needlepoint sewer, cross-stitch enthusiast, crocheter, knitter and painter. Her creativity and eye for design resulted in winning numerous blue ribbons at local fairs on the East Coast where she lived for 40-plus years.

She idolized French cuisine and infused its savory character into all her everyday creations especially her Mexican family dinners.

She is best remembered as a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter and friend.

Survivors include her husband, Richard; son, Mark Coleman; grandchildren, Kyle, Alec, Davis and Callie; daughter, Lisa Lauducci, and son-in-law, Joe Lauducci; sisters, Marcelina Baer (husband, Rod Baer), Cristina Coomer (husband, Dan Coomer), and Elizabet Huff; brothers, Delfino (Sonny) Larios (wife, Senida) and Jose (Butch) Larios; aunts, Gloria Alfaro and Rachel Cortez; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria VA 22312.

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