Carol Julia Kemp Buchheit, 85, died December 11, lovingly cared for by Hospice Compassus of Payson and the staff of Powell Place. Born on September 24, 1934, she died of complications from pneumonia and Alzheimer’s Disease.
She was predeceased by her parents, Edward Chandler Kemp and Josephine Alice Jackson; and her husband, Franklin Willis Buchheit. Having had no children, she is survived by her sister, Wendy Elizabeth Kemp Rose and her brother-in-law, Edward A. Rose, Jr. of Cape Cod, MA; and cousins Peter Frazier and his wife Yoshiko of the Phoenix area, Sue Frazier Lyons of Montana, Joseph W. Jackson III and his wife Linda of Tucson, Tom Jackson and his wife Jane and Dorothy Jackson Hoover in the Madison, WI area.
From the time Carol was very small, she loved horses. She always had them in her life — they were her children. Her last horse was her favorite — a beautiful quarter horse mare named Buzzie who lived a long life. When Carol’s arthritis became too severe for her to care for Buzzie, she gave her to friends who cared for her lovingly until she died at around 30 years of age. Carol also love dogs and cats and, while living in the Tucson area she raised Weimeraner puppies and Siamese kittens, always insisting on finding excellent homes for them.
After retiring from Hughes Aircraft and moving to Payson, she volunteered in a number of ways in the community (Planned Parenthood, administrative help at the local hospital and being there for her friends.) Her last several years were taken over by her battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
There will be no service. Her ashes will be cast in a favorite area of the Mogollon Rim when weather permits. Donations can be made in her name to any animal rescue association in the immediate area.