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Wayne Wagner
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Nancy Fitzgerald
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Carol Jessen
B: 1948-01-23
D: 2020-07-28
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10610 Manchester Road
Kirkwood, MO 63122-1308
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Carol Jessen
In Memory of
Carol Ann
Jessen
1948 - 2020
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Condolence From: Kathleen Dombrink
Condolence: Although teaching English was Carol’s “day job”, painting was her passion. She was amazingly prolific, even “knocking out” a painting while doing her laundry in a given evening. Because an art instructor in college discouraged her from pursuing art, she became an English teacher, to the benefit of so many students at McCluer North High School. I remember her encouraging a basketball player from Kinloch, who was insecure about his ability to write. She also encouraged her fellow teachers, for example urging me to apply for the “Teacher in Space Program”. (I had to confess to her that I didn’t do well with heights . . .) When the principal Larry Kreyling retired, Carol immediately volunteered to help plan his retirement party. She was a selfless, compassionate woman, and her presence always brightened a gathering. Carol will be sorely missed, but fortunately her paintings will serve to remind us of her contribution to our lives.
Saturday August 08, 2020
Condolence From: Russell R. Tuck
Condolence: My wife, Marjorie Tuck taught Carol in Jr. High in Kirkwood when she was 13 and Marjorie was 26. They frequently walked home from school together and became fast friends and have continued that relationship until this day. Their relationship varied from time to time as teacher, mentor, sister, mother, and always as best friends. Carol has always been in our lives by telephone calls, letters (a long time ago), emails and visits. She appears frequently in our family photos, and our home is filled with her paintings which we purchased from her and many that she gave our family or were special paintings on handwritten thank you notes and Christmas Cards. I always told her that we saved everything for the museum. Marjorie and Carol were always encouraging each other, and their love spanned the years.
Now, Marjorie is in a care facility and I have become our family member who communicated with Carol. We talked often on the phone and by email and I have done my best to maintain our relationship, but I have only been a substitute for Marjorie.
Carol was wise, funny, a deep thinker, a great teacher, a great artist, and an amazing friend. We love her more than I can express and am thankful for the joy that she has brought into our lives as the dearest of friends. We will miss her, and it is difficult to comprehend that she is gone.
Russell and Marjorie Tuck

Wednesday August 05, 2020
Condolence From: Lois Ward Wolford
Condolence: I met Carol Jessen in the 1980’s at a Skip Lawrence Workshop in Maine.We hit it off from the very beginning. The next number of years we continued to meet in Maine for Skip’s Workshop. Eventually we just started meeting in Maine to paint on our own. In the later the years we met in Baltimore ,my city, and Apalachicola to paint. Our last visit was a few years ago in Maine. I am so glad we had that time together. In-between our meeting we kept in touch with phone visits, some long-some short. We never ran out of things to talk about, art ,family ,friends and politics. Carol was a great friend, smart, talented and entertaining. Her stories, whether written or told, were the best stories. I so enjoyed reading her travel logs and will miss seeing them in my in box. I also enjoyed reading Carol’s Watercolor blog. I can’t begin to describe the many adventures and laughs we shared over the years. Carol was like a sister I never had. She was loved. She will be forever missed.
Lois Ward Wolford
Wednesday August 05, 2020
Condolence From: Linda McElvey
Condolence: I met Carol at the coop art gallery in downtown Boothbay Harbor in 2001. She heard me tell someone I was living in Apalachicola, Florida (where she went each winter) and immediately walked across the room and introduced herself. After that we had many great visits in the summer in BBH and in the winter in Apalachicola...and plenty of talk time in between.

I will remember Carol for her love of art and her great talent for painting and teaching. I will remember our lively conversations about national politics, and I will be forever grateful we were on the same side of the aisle. There was never any doubt where she stood on issues or people! I will remember her love of literature and treasure the authors she introduced me to. What I will remember most about Carol is the love she had for her friends and how she actively treasured each one. I feel like I feel like I know so many of you who will read this because of her shared stories.

The world has indeed lost a great artist, teacher, and friend.
Wednesday August 05, 2020
Condolence From: Donna Wadsworth-Brown
Condolence: I once asked Carol what special traits empowered her to create beautiful paintings. She said, "It's the way I see." True. Along with her wonderful sense of humor, her ability to make British lit come alive, her strong opinions on just about everything - Carol's view of the world made her a special person to know and a highly respected member of the faculty at McCluer North. I'm glad our paths crossed. . .
Wednesday August 05, 2020
Condolence From: Catherine Tuck Parrish
Condolence: Carol was part of my family before I was born. She and my mother adopted each other when my mom taught her in middle school and she has been important to my family ever since. I loved hearing about her adventures in Maine and from her teaching years - actually I always loved her hearing her stories! I can still hear her laughter and see her face light up in my mind! Visiting her and seeing her Maine world several years ago was a highlight for us. I treasure my “early Jessen” painting that was a wedding gift and the “later Jessens” we purchased after our Maine trip. The world has lost an amazingly talented soul and so many of us have lost a dear friend.
Tuesday August 04, 2020
Condolence From: Connie Schindewolf
Condolence: I’ve known Carol since she first started teaching at McCluer North High School in 1982, but our friendship deepened when I moved away to Florida. After Carol retired, she would visit me in February and we would walk, talk, dine, drink, visit state fairs, parks, art museums, theaters, and wild life preserves. She could set up her easel just about anywhere and whip up a beautiful painting in about an hour. She loved to respond to questions of passers-by and beamed when they marveled at her talent, and talented she was. Carol was also a talented writer, and she, my daughter, Jamie, and myself would almost always write a limerick highlighting each year’s visit. Our serious discussions of life could easily turn into fits of laughter about the silliest events. I visited her for three days when she was in a critical care hospital in Tallahassee the beginning of March right before the pandemic started closing facilities to visitors. I feel blessed that we could share time together even though I had no idea it would be our last visit. A good friend to so many, she will be deeply missed.
Tuesday August 04, 2020
Condolence From: Barbara Poelker
Condolence: I met Carol in the fall of 1982 when we were both transferred to McCluer North High School. She became a close friend and our friendship continued for almost 40 years.
For the first few years that I knew her, Carol lived a double life—for nine months of the year she was a mild-mannered teacher in Missouri, but for the other three months of the year she became a Maine-iac. Every summer she travel to Maine and pursued her passion for watercolor painting.
Later Carol added a third location to her yearly itinerary: Florida. She headed south every winter for a few weeks of painting in warmer climes.
The past three years have been difficult for Carol because of health issues. The last time I communicated with her I encouraged her to focus on her accomplishments:
1. Her wonderful ability to teach;
2. Her artistic talent;
3. Her ability to make and keep friends in three states— Missouri, Maine, and Florida.
As one of her Missouri friends, I know I will miss her and I’m sure many others will also.
Tuesday August 04, 2020
Condolence From: Larry Marsh
Condolence: What a loss for all of us. Scarcely a week goes by that I don’t think of Carol, especially when reading a story, watching a film, visiting a museum or looking at one of her lovely watercolors on our walls.

Carol was a dear friend and treasured colleague in Senior Humanities at McCluer North. Watching her lead students through a work of literature was a daily masterclass in teaching. She was simply brilliant, and teaching was only one of her special talents.

Most of all, I will remember and cherish the laughs we shared, her legendary anecdotes, her passion for art, teaching and life.
Tuesday August 04, 2020
Condolence From: Eric Urban
Condolence: Mama J,

You took a chance on me as a Junior in High School and then took another chance on me as a student teacher. Know that your British/World Literature curriculum still lives on today and will as long as I am teaching the class. Your legacy is strong among many graduates of McCluer North.
Monday August 03, 2020