Dorothy Jean Kaulbach

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Dorothy Jean Kaulbach

February 08, 1935 - October 27, 2018

Dorothy Jean Kaulbach Dorothy Jean (Carlisle) (Smith) Kaulbach passed away on Saturday, October 27, 2018, at the age of 83, after a long battle with lung disease. Jean was a resident of Sarcoxie Nursing Center. She was born in Mullin, Texas, on February 8, 1935, to William Harvey Carlisle and Mattie Leora Parker and was the oldest of eight children, one sister and six brothers.
Jean grew up in the Rogers/Avoca area of Arkansas. She married David L. Smith on July 27, 1951, and one daughter, Leanora Jean, was born in 1954.
Jean was a licensed cosmetologist and had her own salon, Jean's House of Beauty, in Diamond, Mo., for 18 years.
Her husband, David, was killed in an auto accident after 36 years of marriage to Jean. She then moved to California to care for her father, who was fighting cancer.
In July 1987, she married Robert W. "Bob" Kaulbach and in 1989 they came back to Missouri to live. Jean and Bob had a very successful Collectible Cookie Jar business here in Joplin that they operated out of their home until her illness developed in 1996. They closed the business in 1998. Jean battled and survived breast cancer. Then in July 2017, Jean was once again widowed after Bob passed away from an aggressive cancer.
Her passion was her family and she could hardly wait until the annual family reunion each year so she could visit with more of the family. She will be missed by many, especially her family.
Jean is survived by her sister, Donna and her husband, Tom, of Blue Springs; her brothers, Jerry and wife, Judy, of Washington, Larry and wife, Sharon, of Sarcoxie, Charles and wife, Patsy, of Joplin, Keith and wife, Eva, of Nevada, and Peg, wife of James, of Joplin; grandchildren, Jennifer and her husband, Shane, of Oklahoma, and Joshua and wife, Michelle, of Oklahoma; five great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother and father; husband, David; brothers, William and James; daughter, Lea; and husband, Bob.
A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date. A committal of ashes will be held at Diamond Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the American Cancer Society would be appreciated.
Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home, Webb City, Mo.
Published on October 28, 2018
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Kanakis & Lowe, LC
Oct 31, 2018
We send our deepest condolences. We offer prayers of comfort to all loved ones.