Charlotte Helen McCarty

After more than 98 years on this Earth, Charlotte Helen McCarty left her awe-inspiring mark on the world and headed towards the pearly gates of Heaven. Born on February 16, 1925, to Edward and Jeannette Smith, she was destined to touch the lives of so many with her quick wit, penchant for adventure, and pure zest for life. She survived WWII, the Vietnam War, the bellbottom craze, Y2K, and even the Covid pandemic, finally passing away on September 13, 2023, from a life fully lived.

She was a storyteller, a free-spirit, and a voracious reader of books. It’s safe to say everyone who met her loved her. Especially her family. On February 7, 1947, she married her high-school sweetheart and war hero, John Milton McCarty, and together they built a life they loved. They moved about Kansas City, MO while they raised a family that included six children, before retiring to a farmstead in Mound City, MO, to live life at a more relaxed pace, where they could entertain grandchildren, ride bikes on the gravel roads, and enjoy all the peacefulness that country life had to offer. Upon the passing of her one true love in January 1999, Charlotte relocated back to Lee’s Summit, MO to be closer to family, and start yet another chapter of her well-written story.

She is now attending a Heavenly reunion by those who preceded her in death. This cast of characters include her parents, Edward & Jeannette Smith, her sister, Mary Jean Walje, as well as her children, Charlotte Ann and Patrick McCarty. She is survived by her other four children, John Michael (and Kathy) McCarty, Jeannette (and Paul) Cooke, Treasa (and Fred) Hershberger, as well as James Timothy (and Karen) McCarty. She was also blessed with 6 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren who thought she was the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Charlotte left no stone unturned when it came to living life to the fullest, and certainly made the world so much brighter with all the color and vibrance she brought to it. She was a truly incredible soul and she will be greatly missed, until we all meet again.

Services: Funeral services will be held September 30, 10am, at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Pleasant Hill, with graveside services being held the following day, October 1st, 4pm at Mt Hope Cemetery in Mound City, MO. Flowers can be sent to St. Bridget Parish at 2103 Lexington Rd, Pleasant Hill, MO 64080.


  1. James Mccarty on September 14, 2023 at 2:31 pm

    Mom was always and inspiration to me and was always there for me through thick and thin. Always encouraging me and never seemed to find fault. Even though it was clear, lol. I love woman so much and she will forever be in my ??. She was the best mom a son could ever ask for.

  2. Sharon Preston on September 25, 2023 at 12:03 pm

    We met Charlotte when Treasa and Fred hosted one of our monthly Rosaries at their home several years ago. What a lovely and classy lady she was! We were
    privileged to have met her that evening.
    Sharon and Al

  3. Teri Huggins on September 25, 2023 at 12:38 pm

    Living across the street from Charlotte was a pleasure! Although I didn’t know her well, she illuminated kindness and sincerity. She always had a loving smile, a wave and a friendly hello for me.
    What a beautiful and kind lady she was!
    My condolences to Fred,Treasa and the family.

  4. Thomas L. Flint on September 25, 2023 at 5:45 pm

    Oh how I looked forward to a chat each time I happened to be in my yard when she would be walking her dogs. She always had a ready smile to accompany her “Hello”. She was sharp as a tack as to the world around her. Thanks for the memories Charlotte.
    Prayers of comfort during this transitional period of time within the family unit.

  5. Jeannette on September 26, 2023 at 9:37 pm

    Mom gave me unconditional love and always had my back.
    I will miss her everyday of my life til the day I die.

    Love you Mom.

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