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In 2004 Carol said she had very few photos.
Then after a couple dozen or so emails she sent a bunch.
Here are the pictures she wants to share.
Images of Carol
From Grade School to Grad School
Grade school
Grade School Friends
Shirley Fenton - Sandra Eisen
Eleanor Kerr - Carol
KU Graduate
Southeast Senior
U of I Grad School Actress
Carol's 7th Grade Class at Pershing Elementary School - 1949
Pictures Carol Didn't Send Us!
 Two photographs of "Pin-Up Carol" sent to us by one of her friends.
The friend said "Carol will kill me for this!"
Girls' Sports
 I really enjoyed sports in those days and was on the volley ball team, the hockey team (remember those ridiculous bloomers), and the basketball team. Girls sports in those days were not at all popular so the competition was not very stiff. Thus I made all the teams I went out for.
I remember going around to play the other high schools, Central, Southwest, etc. and the only folks in the stands were our mothers and one or two siblings who couldn't get out of it. When I went to KU, I was on the volley ball team my sophomore year and of course it was integrated. I remember wondering for the first time how come in high school we never played against any black girls. I think this was my first clear realization of how segregated we were.
 Stupid and naive, I know, but I just never thought about it before then.
Carol Dietz Tefft
Girls Intramural Program
Presents Athletic Awards
   A great deal of work and clean fun has been well worth its time for our ladies at Southeast.
   This year approximately 70 athletic awards were given to girls from the 8th grade to senior classes.
   Those receiving letters were Barbara Blattman, Barbara Brackney, Carol Dietz, Betty Greer, and Barbara Harris. These girls were required to participate in 4 team sports and 2 individual sports and 4 service credits, obtained through participating in Sports days, managing or refereeing.
   Shirley Smith and Kay Harkins received their gold pin, The requirements for the gold pin are the same as for the letters.
   Miss Canham has chosen 12 girls to represent Southeast at the 1954 Volleyball Sports day which will be held at Manual high school this Saturday.
   The girls who will participate are:  Betty Ulrich, Margaret Jones, Donna Kozak, Barbara Blattman, Carol Dietz, Oletha Ludwig, Betty Greer, Luann Mitchell, Barbara Boley, Sandy Brown, Shirley Smith and Kay Harkins.  Barbara Harris will participate as scorekeeper and Louise Riggs will assist the linesman.
   The girls will play two 15 minute quarter games.  The schedule of the games will be announced at 8:20 that Saturday in the auditorium where the girls are to meet.  The games will start at 8:30.
   A luncheon will be served at 12:00 for all Sports day participants and parents wishing to attend.
   All of Southeast students are invited to attend this Sports day and cheer our girls on to victory.  All parents are also welcome to come.  This will be a good opportunity to see our Southeast girls display their skill and highly rated sportsmanship.
Southeast Ladies Score
Two Victories at Central
   Southeast’s girls hockey team, urged on by a large cheering section, won two games at the all-city hockey sports day, Saturday, October 31.  East was defeated 1 to 0 and Manual 4 to 0 in games played at Central high school.
   The first half of the East game moved at a rapid pace with Southeast on the defensive most of the time.  During the second half the Ladies, led by Barbara Blattman and Betty Ulrich, pushed across the only goal of the game.
   Southeast started off with a rush against Manual and scored soon after the opening whistle. Betty Greer and Betty Ulrich were the big guns in the attack, each scoring two goals.
   The defensive play of the team was excellent and the girls were congratulated by the officials on their fine sportsmanship.
   Southeast’s players were:  Barbara Blattman, Kay Harkins, Betty Ulrich, Betty Greer, Edell Schaefer, Peggy Bedell, Nancy Cooper, Carol Dietz, forwards; Barbara Boley, Barbara Brackney, Sandy Brown, Shirley Macy, halfbacks; Delores Hanna, Margaret Jones, Shirley Smith, fullbacks; Donna Kozak, Goal-keeper; Louise Riggs, score-keeper.
   Our Southeast girls do not play for a championship, but for the sport.
All of these articles came from issues
of the Tower published our senior year.
 Carol at the Southeast 45th Reunion
Gaylord and Carol -1995
Son Gavin - 2003
Sherwood with Carol's mother.
Carol has more photos to show you
and some humorous "Grandkids Tales"
That special presentation is at the bottom of this page.
Carol at the 2004 Reunion
Post Reunion Comments
It was really wonderful seeing old friends and family.
We had a blast! Some of the things I learned on this trip:
Kids from my high school class turned out to be pretty fine folks, after all.
I can’t stay up until 2:00 in the morning talking over old times and bounce back the next morning like I used to.
Winstead’s Drive In is still open all hours and still full of teenagers who look much younger than we ever did.
The freeways in Kansas City are nuts (as in 435 E, 435 W, 435 N, and 435 S). Well I did learn that this numbering means it loops the city but I still think it’s confusing.
My old high school (Southeast) looks much the same, a little older and a little more worn -- but can’t that be said for us all?
Belton Missouri has gained a ton of new restaurants including what has become my personal favorite, Ruby Tuesdays.
The 2006 Birthday Cruise
Where Southeast Knights and Ladies celebrated their 70th Birthdays
See the entire Birthday Cruise multimedia presentation
It is listed on the Home menu
Carol and Gaylord gathering in a ship hallway
with other fellow classmates on the Birthday Cruise.
Carol and Gaylord in Key West Mary (Hammond) Eberhardt and Carol
Carol playfully hiding behind Kay as the group gets ready to go on tour.
Gaylord, Bev Jones, Kay (Harkins) Gangel, Carol, Jean Anne (Dawson)Tom Williams and Shannon Jones
Ready for the Birthday Party
Lois (Garner) Hightower and Carol Getting ready for the knighting ceremony
The Knighting Ceremony
Gaylord is knighted as an official Southeast Knight and member of the Class of 1954
Carol, Gaylord, and Bev Jones   -  Jean Anne (Dawson) Williams, Carol, Gaylord
Shirley (Peterman) Wheatley. Betty (Moehle) DeWitt,
 Mary (Hammond) Eberhardt, Lois (Garner) Hightower and Carol
Glenna (Ellis) Marshall, Carol, and Carol (VonDemfange) McNabney
Phase ONE - The Luncheon in Kansas City
The 55th Southeast Reunion - 2009
See the entire 55th Reunion multimedia presentation
It is listed on the Home menu
Carol with Beth (Fowler) Hite, Mary (Hammond) Eberhardt and Donna (Hargis) Kissinger
Carol and Gaylord offering you a toast.
The 55th Southeast Reunion - 2009
See the entire 55th Reunion multimedia presentation
It is listed on the Home menu
Carol with Betty (Moehle) DeWitt and Earl Crawford
Gaylord approves of breakfast.  But didn't explain why his shirt color changed from blue to green!!
Carol outside the Yakov show by the large head with
Doug and Georgia Mattenlee and Margie and Earl Crawford
Taking the Do-Wop Quiz On the Branson Belle Showboat
The Pershing grade school gang looking pretty
Lois (Garner) Hightower, Betty (Moehle) DeWitt, Carol, Mary (Hammond) Eberhardt, Donna (Hargis) Kissinger, Earl Crawford, Shirley (Richardson) Scammahorn, Leroy Ganser, Kay (Harkins) Gangel, Shirley (Peterman) Wheatley
Carol Dietz Tefft
passed away in 2013
Carol's death came as a shock to her many friends who had known her since our days together in grade school and high school
On October 25, 2013  I received this email from Carol's Family
To our Dear Friends and Family:
As some of you are aware, Mom's services and funeral will beheld this Sunday the 27th at Beulah Cemetery here in New Britain, Pa.  We plan on an intimate and reflective service, centering on who Mom was and how deeply she affected those in her life.
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free
I'm following the path God has laid you see
I took his hand when I heard him call
I turned my back and left it all
I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work, to play
Tasks left undone must stay that way
I found that peace at close of day.
If my  parting has left a void
Then fill it with remembered joy
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
Oh, Yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow
My life's been full, I savor much
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief
Lift up your hearts and peace to thee
God wanted me now; he set me free.
Carol spoke often of her Grandchildren
in personal conservations in her weekly emails
Those who got Carol's weekly Friday Humor emails know all about the exploits of her three grandchildren and especially the "Infamous Nick."
So no tribute to Carol's life would be complete without sharing those tales with you.
Click on this picture to hear Carol tell the tales of the family she loved.
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