Carolyn W. McCondichie

Carolyn Dotson McCondichie, 79 of Jefferson City, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at Heisinger Bluffs.  She was born March 21, 1933 in Omaha, NE, the youngest of five children to Rev. James H. and Rebecca (Trevillion) Dotson.  She graduated from Booker T. Washington HS, class of 1951.  Carolyn received her B.S. degree in 1955, at Lincoln University, Jefferson City, MO, and a Master of Teaching Arts degree from the University of Tulsa in 1964 with additional studies at OSU.

She later married her childhood sweetheart Herbert McCondichie after a prior marriage (Hubert Stapleton).  She and Herbert raised his son Howard and her two children Donna and Hugh, and were happily married 49 ½ yrs, until his passing September 29, 2011.

Carolyn began her teaching career in 1954 in Festus and then Columbia, MO.  She later taught with Tulsa Public Schools at Douglas, Burroughs, and Frost Elementary Schools before retiring in 1987 after 20 years at Chouteau Elementary.  Her teaching career spanned 30 years, which she enjoyed and loved.  She was an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. (Gamma Epsilon Omega) and was a Golden Soror (50+ yrs).  She loved her church, Second Baptist and previously attended Paradise Baptist Church in Tulsa, before moving to Missouri, and her father was instrumental in re-building Mt. Zion Baptist Church (that “Faith” built) as pastor

Carolyn is survived by her daughter Donna Y. Cayer of Jefferson City, MO; and step-son Howard D. McCondichie and wife (Nadene) of Tulsa,, OK; one brother, James H. Dotson Jr. of Silver Springs, MD; one sister, Vivian Jones of Jefferson City, MO; two grandsons, Marques Sutton and DeMarco Howard, both of Tulsa, OK; ten great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, and adopted children (Treaka, E.J., and James), whom she loved very much.  Her sister, Mildred Dotson Mayberry, brother Winfred T. Dotson, son Hugh Stapleton and husband, Herbert preceded her in death.

Memorial Services will be held at 1:00 P.M., Friday, April 20th, 2012 at Second Baptist Church, 501 Monroe St., Jefferson City, Missouri.  Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Home, Second Baptist Church, or Children’s Diabetes Research.


  1. Brenda Brown on August 16, 2012 at 2:23 am

    My deepest sympathy for your loss. Mrs. McCondichie was my 2nd grade teacher at Chouteau Elementary in Tulsa, OK. I loved her so much. She was so caring and ready to give a big hug when you needed it. She is the reason I am teaching today! I have thought of her often and wondered where she was.
    When I was in 5th and 6th grade she let me be her “assistant”. I would do special projects foe her and watch her class if she had to leave the room.
    She was a wonderful teacher, peron and role model. I was blessed to know her. She was one of the greatest influences in my life.
    She has left a legacy with all the lives she touched.

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