Anna "Carol" Kennedy, 72 of Casper, WY passed away Sunday, October 2, 2021. She was born on August 2, 1949 in Stephenville, Texas to Randolph Nelson Foster, Jr. and Anna Melba Cowden Foster and was raised along side her brother, Randolph Nelson Foster, II.
She preferred to be called by her middle name of Carol and will be always be known as Carol. Her father was a music professor and taught at many colleges in the south. Carol moved from Texas to Georgia and then Tennessee before moving to Chadron, Nebraska. She started High School in Chadron, her father got a promotion to a different college in Minot, ND. Carol then relocated with her family and she finished High School in Minot.
Carol began her college education in Minot before transferring to Laramie, WY to study at the University of Wyoming. After her time at UW, Carol followed a friend and moved to Casper, WY where she found work at what was then the Wyoming State Employment Service where she worked helping people find employment.
She met the love of her life, Michael Kennedy when he started at the Employment Service. She was Michael's boss and still is.
Before they were married she had to transfer to the state office because of state nepotism rules so Carol became the Job Bank supervisor responsible for receiving all job orders from throughout the state. She became involved in the early computerization of the local job service offices. She traveled the state installing the early computer systems. She was on the road so much that one morning she woke up and wasn’t sure which town she was in.
She was promoted to a position responsible for creating a reporting system that was used to provide the federal government with employment statistics. She was a self-taught computer programmer and designed and programmed the state reporting system.
Carol decided to retire the same day as Michael after nearly 40 years of service. She retired mainly because of her mother was needing increasing care and Carol was honored to be there for her mother.
Carol is a singer and has a beautiful voice, before she and Michael were married Carol would entertain him with several voice pieces. She was a member of Sweet Adeline’s for several years. For many years the couple would finish the day with her at the piano where she would play several pieces and sing to the lyrics of the music. As a musician she was proficient on the piano, the violin and flute. When we had our new house built she wanted a piano, so they went to all the music stores in Casper. She would try each piano to see which had the best feel and sound, she found her perfect piano for their home. Her favorite piece of music was Fur Elise.
Carol and Michael were able to take many vacation trips to all parts of the west and Canada. She walked the ice fields in the Canadian Rockies. Walked the trails in Glacier National Park, Big Bend Texas and many other trips. We were in an earth quake in Sequoia National park and her thoughts were god don’t let one of those trees fall on our cabin.
An incredibly thoughtful and caring person and always putting other people’s needs before her own. Carol was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution - D.A.R., and she will always be remembered for her love of music, reading, her incredible teddy bear collection and most of all her large collection of Star Trek memorabilia. Carol was always for a trip to a Star Trek convention.
A viewing will be held from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM, Friday, October 15, 2021 at Newcomer Casper Chapel. A funeral service will be held 10:00 AM, Saturday, October 16, 2021 at the First United Methodist Church in Casper. A private interment will be held at Oregon Trail State Veteran's Cemetery in Evansville.
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