Carol Lynn Albertson Trexler


Carol Lynn Albertson was born July 29, 1932 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Hays, Kansas to Henry and Amelia Albertson. Carol had a close, affectionate relationship with her parents. She was very proud that Henry served in World War I under Captain Harry S. Truman and that he was the Graham County Magistrate Judge for 20 years. Amelia (Millie) was a loving mother who also served as Carol’s teacher at Glendale, a one-room schoolhouse near Hill City. Carol was very dedicated to taking care of Amelia as she aged, visiting her daily while she resided at Dawson Place. As Carol was growing up, Curtis, her older brother by four years, loved looking out for her. They formed a great bond. Through the years she enjoyed visiting him in Tucson. At the age of 14, Carol met Allen Trexler while making sodas at the local drugstore. He began walking her home and they dated off and on for the next five years. They became engaged while attending Fort Hays State College. Carol and Curtis lived with their aunt and uncle, Fred and Ruby Albertson, while they attended college. Fred was a professor at Fort Hays and the Albertson Hall on campus was named in honor of him. Allen and Carol were married February 17, 1952 in Hill City. With the help of Allen’s grandfather, they built a home four miles north of town later that year. Allen had begun farming with his dad and grandad. He was also working at the local grocery store owned by his parents, the Trexler Store. Carol worked for F&M Bank, Kansas-Nebraska Gas Company and was a loan clerk for USDA. In 1954 their first child Bradley Allen was born. Their daughter, Alynn Renee, arrived in 1958 to complete the family. Carol was active in the United Methodist Church, where she and her friend Loree began the tradition of the church bazaar. Carol liked helping her children with 4-H projects, cooking, baking, listening to Lynn sing and watching Brad’s sports activities. She especially enjoyed attending Lynn’s band gigs and listening to Brad speak while he served as the Kansas State FFA President. Carol also enjoyed working part-time at the Fashion Center and at a local floral shop. In 1976, Carol was chosen as the most beautiful, naturally gray-haired woman in a nationwide search. She was flown to Chicago and photographed there. The portrait on this program was hung in beauty shops all over the world. Allen remembers seeing her photo in a mall in Montreal when they traveled to New England and Canada in the fall of that same year. One of Carol’s greatest joys was being a grandmother to Meredith, Brittney, Gabe, and Keali. She always had a collection of bears ready for tea parties and loved baking with her granddaughters. Her signature dessert was her famous homemade apple pie. Her home was always open for sleepovers and she also had great memories of hosting many family holidays. She and Allen loved attending horse shows as Meredith and Brittney grew up. One summer they followed Brad, Kim, and the girls to 32 locations, never missing a moment! Over the last few years, Carol enjoyed spending time with her great-grandchildren: Blakeli, Briggs, Myles, and Marli. She also looked forward to family dinners at Kim’s house on the farm and on Jeff and Meredith’s deck. She and Allen made short road trips to Norton to share meals with Ty and Lynn as well. February 17, 2021, Carol and Allen celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary. Four days later, February 22, 2021, she departed this earth in Hill City. Carol was preceded in death by her parents Henry and Amelia Albertson; her brother, Curtis Albertson; and her son, Bradley Trexler. Carol is survived by her husband, Allen Trexler, Hill City; daughter, Alynn (Ty) Bruton, Norton; daughter-in-law, Kim Trexler, Hill City; grandchildren: Meredith (Jeff) Drees, Hill City, Brittney (Jerad) Johnson, Colby, Gabe Bruton, Scottsbluff, Nebraska, Keali Bruton, Norton; and eight great-grandchildren.


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