Shirley A. Carpenter, 85, formerly of Concordia, KS, died Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at Hillsboro Community Hospital, Hillsboro, KS. She was born at home on January 19, 1937 in Randalia, Fayette County, Iowa to Chester True and Alice Winifred (Treat) Hall.

She graduated from Neola High School in 1955. She married H. Corvon Carpenter on September 2, 1956 in Neola, Iowa. They moved to Concordia, KS from Omaha, NE on November 9, 1963 when Corvon started the Schendel Pest Control Company. He predeceased her on October 10, 2003. Shirley was Schendel Pest Control’s accountant and later Bon Marché’s accountant for years. She eventually started her own business, Payroll Plus, in 1990. She served as secretary and treasurer of First Presbyterian Church until her retirement.

Shirley took great pleasure in making others feel special; one way was to create over 300 personalized birthday cards a year for immediate and extended family members and friends for four decades. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, PEO Chapter EV and Eastern Star where she was active and held several officer positions throughout her life. She volunteered as treasurer of the commune of Arion. Shirley and Corvon had a passion for breeding dogs, especially Alaskan Malamutes and other breeds. They were instrumental in starting Sing Out Cloud County.

She is survived by her children, Sheri Parker (Rick), Moundridge, KS; Connie Markovich (Brian), Paola, KS; Randall Carpenter (Stephanie), Moundridge, KS; & Corliss English (Ted), Topeka, KS; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sisters, Jean Leonhart, Cheyenne, WY and Kelly Piepmeier, Cookeville, TN and one brother, David Hall, Austin, TX.

She was predeceased by her husband, Corvon; his parents; a grandson, Mark Bledsoe and a brother, Robert Hall.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, July 29, 2022 at First Presbyterian Church, Concordia with Pastor Bob Frasier officiating. Interment will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Concordia. Visitation with family will be from 11 a.m. until time of service on Friday, July 29, 2022 at the church. The family suggests memorials to PEO Sunflower Grants or the Cloud County Genealogical Society in care of the funeral home. For online condolences, please visit

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