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Carole Anne (Kuhns) Smalley

July 30, 1941 — June 22, 2023


Carole Anne Smalley died in Noblesville on June 22, 2023.  She was born on July 30, 1941, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, to Peter David Kuhns and Arlene Kohlhaas Kuhns.

Carole attended public schools in Allentown and graduated from Allentown High School.  She attended Endicott Junior College in Beverly, Massachusetts, and graduated from Cedar Crest College in Allentown with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology in 1964.

Carole married William E. Smalley at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on September 12, 1964.  Carole and Bill have two daughters, Michelle Lynn and Jennifer Anne, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Carole practiced her profession as a Medical Technologist at hospitals in Boston, Pennsylvania, and Maryland, and in medical offices in Maryland.  She retired permanently as a Medical Technologist when Bill was elected to be the Episcopal Church’s Bishop of Kansas in 1989.

Carole has had many ministries over the years, many while also working full-time and raising her daughters.  A graduate of the “Kerygma Bible Study Program,” she facilitated groups in this study for several years.  Carole also graduated from the four-year “Education for Ministry” program.  She has served as a reader of the “General Ordination Examinations” of the Episcopal Church.  Carole is a member of the Order of the Daughters of the King, and has served as Trainer for several Chapters begun or revived in the Diocese of Kansas.  In Indiana she began chapters of this order at St. Christopher Episcopal Church in Carmel and Trinity Episcopal Church in Anderson.

She has led many retreats and workshops, especially on Benedictine spirituality.  She was an Oblate of the Order of St. Benedict, associated with the Mount Saint Scholastica Monastery in Atchison, Kansas.

One of Carole’s special ministries was helping people who are ill or shut-in.  She served as a volunteer for Midland Hospice in Kansas, and also served on their Board of Directors.  Carole worked to establish the “Community of Hope” program to train people to serve as “Lay Chaplains” to those who are ill or shut-in.

Carole Smalley always sought ways in which her many gifts could be used in the service of God, family, and all of God’s people.  She has made a significant contribution to the life of the community and the Church in all the places she has lived.

Carole was a member of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Carmel.

Carole is survived by her husband, Bishop William Smalley; her daughters, Michelle Lynn Atkins of Indianapolis and Jennifer Anne Anderson of Verona, Pennsylvania; her sister, Sharon Frankenfield, of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; and her grandchildren, Kendall Atkins of Indianapolis, Nicholas Atkins of Carmel, Timothy Cook of Verona, Pennsylvania, William Cook of Newman, Georgia, and Carolynn Vucic of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 8, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 1402 W. Main St., Carmel.  Those attending are asked to dress in festive clothing for the celebration.

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