Carol Dian Allred Kennington was born December 24, 1941 to Zenneth and Wilda Allred in Afton, Wyoming, the third of seven children. She passed away April, 16, 2023 in Fresno, California. She said she was ready to go because she had, “Lived a full life in the Gospel and with wonderful people.”
Carol grew up an adventurous and active young lady. She enjoyed driving tractors and riding horses and camping on Grey’s River with her family. She graduated from Star Valley High School where she met the love of her life, Grant Kennington. They were married in 1960 in Fairview, Wyoming. Carol and Grant were later sealed in the Logan Temple. Carol and her family spent ten years in Ogden, Utah, busy with church callings and raising a family. She attended a beauty school to supplement the family income. She had three little boys, Jeff, Scott and David and was so happy when her little girl, Brenda arrived.
The family moved to Fresno, California in 1971 because of Grant’s employment. She continued serving in busy church callings, including president of the Young Women, Primary and Relief Society. She also served as a counselor in the Stake Relief Society Presidency. She was delighted when another son, Darrel (Buck) joined the family in 1974. Carol was a devoted wife and a loving, wise mother. She was a wonderful example of integrity and faith.
Carol worked at several jobs while the family lived in Fresno. She contributed to the family income to help raise the children, send them on missions and help with weddings. Some of those jobs were, sales clerk, teachers aid, warehouse manager, and a clerk for an insurance adjusting company where she worked for 11 years.
Carol loved making quilts to share with others. She was blessed with many opportunities to work with the Young Women in the ward. During those times, she made each girl a quilt for their 16th birthday. She also made many, many beautiful wedding quilts.
After the kids were gone and she and Grant were retired they decided to see the world. They enjoyed many cruises to places such as Alaska, Hawaii, South America, the Caribbean, and Panama. They enjoyed trips to Guatemala and several bus tours across the country visiting historical and church history sites. One enjoyable trip was a month-long drive to Alaska where they saw and did many exciting things together.
In 1999, Carol and Grant moved to the foothills above Fresno, Burrough Valley, into their new dream house they had built. Carol had a large garden, which required a tall fence to keep the deer from eating her crop. She had a small orchard, also fenced to protect her fruit. She raised grapes and apples. Carol continued her church service with callings in the Relief Society, Young Women, Ward Missionary, Librarian and the Teacher Trainer. Her final calling was a Family History Consultant which lasted almost 20 years.
Carol was a friend to many people, especially single sisters. She often seemed inspired to know what they needed and how to help them.
Carol is survived by her husband, Grant, her children, Jeff (Peggy), Scott (Dawn), David (Debra), Brenda (Eric) and Buck (Jenny) and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is also survived by one brother and three sisters: Ron, Luann, Debby and Cindy. She was preceded in death by her parents, Zenneth and Wilda Allred and sister, Beth and brother, Bradley.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 13, at 12 Noon in the Fairview Wyoming Cemetery.
There will also be a Memorial held on June 10 at 10am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints Meeting house in Prather, California.