Obituary: Carol Bowling Johnson, 69, Bardstown

Carol Bowling Johnson, 69, of Bardstown, died on Friday August 12, 2022 at the Jewish Hospital with her husband and children by her side, holding her hand. She was born on July 9, 1953 in Bardstown. She retired after more than 20 years as a kindergarten teacher at Bardstown Elementary School.


Family was important to her, and she was a devout follower of Jesus Christ. She loved to keep busy and help others, and the many hats she wore included teacher, leader, mentor, book club member, holy rosary professional, obsessive recycler, gardener, yoga and walking, a beach lover, a red wine lover, a travel companion, lover of all things in life and determined to make the world a better place than she found it. She loved to surround herself with friends and family and she was always seen smiling, giving hugs and never complaining. She was a member of the Nelson County Retired Teachers and was passionate about teaching children to read. She was also a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church, where she served on the Worship and Bereavement Committee, and a sacristan. She loved her church family very much.

She was predeceased by her parents, Al and Joan Bowling.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 50 years, Jack Johnson of Bardstown; one daughter, Allison (Jerry) Johnson Sympson of Bardstown; two sons, Brian (Angela) Johnson of Clearwater Beach, Florida, and Nicholas (Erin) Johnson of Nicholasville; five sisters, Donna (Joey) Hall of Louisville, Judy (Steve) Berry of Hodgenville, Annette (Dan) Holt of Bloomfield, Etta (Albert) Thompson of Shepherdsville and Tricia (Gabe) Willett of Bardstown; eight grandchildren, Seala Johnson, Alessia Johnson, Cody Sympson, Emma Sympson, Jack Sympson, Julia Sympson, Morgan Rader and McCall Rader; and a large number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Mass is at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 17, 2022 at St. Thomas Catholic Church with Reverend Steven Reeves and Reverend Jason Harris officiating. Burial is in the church cemetery.

Visitation is from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday, August 16, 2022 and 9-10:15 a.m. Wednesday, August 17, 2022 at Barlow Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the House of the Innocents.

Barlow Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


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