Celebration of Life
Carol Sue Kluck
September, 1933 - May, 2017
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Rancho Palos Verdes
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Thanks, everyone, for all your kind words and support after Mom's passing. We'll be having a celebration of her life this Saturday, May 20th, 3:00-9:00, at my brother's house in Rancho Palos Verdes, the place she called "heaven." She enjoyed her new EV family and always looked forward to joining everyone for breakfast. Everyone is welcome to attend the celebration. Feel free to come and go, or stay the entire time. We are planning on having a short slide show that we will repeat several times throughout the 3:00-9:00 time frame, and after dark, we will do a floating-candles-on-the-water celebration. If you would like to join us, please send me an email at email@example.com
so I can get a rough head count and send you the house address.
Here's her "bio" that I posted on Facebook after she passed away:
Mom started her next great adventure at 1:07 this afternoon. Her body was calm and peaceful, but I just know she was sprinting toward the white light, eager to see what lies beyond.
She lived life with an adventurous spirit. At age 16, she saw the movie “Twelve O’Clock High” and fell in love with flying. That prompted her to attend Stephens College in Missouri, the first college in the country to introduce an aviation program for women. She earned her aviation degree and her pilot’s license there and loved soaring in the beautiful Missouri sky. Always the thrill-seeker, she couldn’t believe her good fortune when she and my dad were in Hawaii a number of years ago and decided to go on a helicopter ride. She couldn’t wait to tell everyone that she and Dad didn’t have any ordinary helicopter pilot; they got a bush pilot who took them for a wild stunt ride! Even as she got older, Mom never stopped loving a good roller coaster ride. Her favorite ride at Knott’s Berry Farm was Xcelerator, a ride that pulls 4 G’s, sending riders down a nearly vertical track while accelerating from 0-82 mph in just 2.3 seconds. She was something of a celebrity exiting the ride at 80 years of age and having hordes of people snapping pictures of the grinning elderly lady who had just ridden Xcelerator. She had an enthusiasm for all things fun and loved sharing that enthusiasm.
Mom had an insatiable sense of curiosity, always eager to learn something new, and always eager to pass that knowledge on to others. She spent her life learning and teaching. When my brothers and I were young, Mom decided there must be a better way to teach reading and spelling than what was being taught in the schools. She spent countless hours researching various methods and found one that stood out above all the rest, the Carden method. She took classes on how to teach it and then taught it to my brothers and me after school. Word spread quickly about what she was doing, and in no time, she was tutoring so many children in our home that she barely had time for all of them. She even taught one little girl who was developmentally disabled with no hope of learning to read. Mom had her reading and spelling in no time. One day when Mom was introduced to another parent at our elementary school, that parent exclaimed, “Oh! Carol Sue Kluck! You’re the one who taught (insert name) to read!” That was one of Mom’s more rewarding moments, when she realized that she had been able to do something to change that little girl’s life. Later, Mom developed an interest in Touch for Health, a method of healing that involves acupressure (acupuncture without needles). She was soon teaching it in our home and was invited to lecture on it at several local high schools. She helped people feel better with some simple touch techniques. Most of her life, Mom was on a quest for spiritual knowledge, ultimately leading her to her favorite book, A Course in Miracles. She loved its messages of love and forgiveness. Although she never formally taught it, she would often use what she had learned to help people on their spiritual paths.
Family was everything to Mom. She met Dad while she was at Stephens College, and he was attending the neighboring University of Missouri. He satisfied her criterion of a man who would be a good father. Her main goal in life was to be a mother, and she couldn’t have been a better one. She was the ultimate grandmother, too, giving selflessly to her grandson and loving him unconditionally. She’s been my best friend and my “shadow,” tagging along with me most places I go.
Many friends visited Mom in the hospital this past week. There were two comments that my brothers and I heard repeatedly from various people: she was one-of-a-kind, and she had been a major influence that changed their lives for the better. She made a difference in the world. Hers was a life well-lived.