Mary Carolyn Chilcote
Mary Carolyn Chilcote, 76, died Thursday, April 12, 2012 at Heartland Regional Medical Center following a four-month illness. She was a founder and 50-year volunteer at Patee House Museum. Mary was born in Atchison, Kansas, June 17, 1935. She was a graduate of Wathena High School; St. Joseph Junior College, and Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri. She and her husband, Gary Chilcote, were married in 1958, and celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary April 2, 2012. They helped preserve the Patee House National Historical Landmark, and were major contributors to Patee House Museum. Mary was a music major and taught music at Elwood, Kansas; Sherwood and Noyes Schools. She also worked as a librarian. She played with the Municipal Band at Krug Park Bowl for 25 years. Mary was active in the Alpha Nu Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa teacher’s sorority in St. Joseph. She participated in the annual Pony Express rerun sponsored by the National Pony Express Association, the group that annually rides the Pony Express Trail, and has served as a National Director of the NPEA since 1988. She was also a member of the National Association of Automobile Museums; and the Arkansas Museum Association. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Erwin and Carrie Abmeyer of Wathena, Kansas. She is survived by her husband of the home, Gary Chilcote; a son, Douglas A. Chilcote, a daughter Carolyn D. Chilcote, both of St. Joseph; and a granddaughter, Hillary L. Chilcote, a senior at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. She is also survived by a sister, Annabelle Pugh of Wallace, California and several nieces and nephews. (Services:) 10:00 A.M. Monday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home. Interment Mt. Auburn Cemetery. The Family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Saturday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home. A Celebration of life will be held at Patee House Museum at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Patee House Museum in Mary’s memory.