Obituary of Carol Carnes

Carol Jean Carnes passed away September 18, 2021 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Maryland. She was born December 9, 1957 in Stafford, Kansas to Kenneth and Earline Costley Carnes.

She grew up in Wellington and on a farm near Weir, Kansas. Graduating from Columbus Unified High School, she received her B.S. and M.S. at Pittsburg State University in Economics.  Earning her Doctorate in International Economics at Kansas State University, Carol moved to the Washington, D.C. area to take a job at the United States Department of Commerce.  Shortly after moving, she was employed by the US. Treasury Department as an international economist, attending world economic conferences and analyzing foreign currencies, from 1985 to 2012.  Since 2012, she had been employed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, where she began work as a Senior Cross Border Specialist, in the Office of Complex Financial Institutions.  In her most recent position, she was a Senior Complex Financial Institution Specialist, within the Division of Complex Institution Supervision and Resolution.  In her current position, Carol analyzed complex financial information and applied analytical tools, models, and methodologies, to help maintain the stability of the U.S. financial system.

Carol married Lawrence Nathan Heller October 12, 1997 in Washington DC.  He survives as well as children Laura Katherine and William John Henry Heller, of the home.

She was known for her love of family, friends, reading and gardening.  A lifelong learner,  she had many interests and earned her Chartered Financial Analyst charter in 2011.  Her faith was very important to her and a source of strength and comfort during her battle with leukemia.

Carol was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth.

She is survived by her husband and children, her mother, and a sister, Suzanne Hildebrand(Don), of Stafford, Kansas sister-in-laws Susan Heller and Ruth Catan of Bethesda, Maryland and many nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 P.M. Tuesday, September 28th at the Evergreen Cemetery in Ft. Scott, Kansas.

Family and friends may meet at the Cheney Witt Chapel on Tuesday prior to leaving for the cemetery at 10:45 A.M.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, Kansas.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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  1. So sorry to hear of Carol’s passing. She was a classmate from CUHS, class of 1975. Sympathy and prayers for her family during this difficult time.

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