Carolyn Bailey Berneking 1915 - 2011

Paid family tribute

Carolyn Bailey Berneking, age 96, died on August 11 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Berneking was born in Kansas City, Mo., June 21, 1915. Parents were Dr. & Mrs. William H. Bailey of Oklahoma City; grandparents were Prof. & Mrs. E.H.S. Bailey, Lawrence, Kansas and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence E. Walker of Kansas City, Missouri. Mrs. Berneking graduated from the University of Kansas in 1937 with a degree in music, and later she received a master’s degree in library science from the College of Emporia. She married Christian Louis Berneking III of Trenton Mo. in 1937, who died in 1998.
Mrs. Berneking taught public school music in Elmore County, Alabama before moving to Auburn, Alabama where she was a cataloger at the Auburn University Library. She worked as a cataloger at the Elizabeth Public Library, Elizabeth, New Jersey before coming to Watson Library, University of Kansas, as a serials librarian. She became librarian at Central Junior High School in Lawrence and after retirement she volunteered at the Kansas University Archives, Spencer Research Library from 1990 to 2004. During this time, she also worked as a preservation historian. She placed several houses in Lawrence, buildings on KU’s campus, and a historic landmark site in Douglas County on the National Historic Register.
She was a member of Pi Beta Phi (social sorority), serving as president of the Alumni Club; Daughters of the American Revolution; Twentieth Century; Historic Mount Oread Fund; Lawrence Preservation Alliance; Douglas County Historical Society; Kansas State Historical Society; and the First Presbyterian Church, Lawrence, Kansas.
She is survived by two sons and a daughter: William Bailey Berneking, Wayzata, MN; Christian Louis Berneking IV and wife Elizabeth, Evansville, IN; Carolyn Berneking Kelleher, Spicer, MN; nine grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
The family suggest memorials to the Dr. William H. Bailey Memorial Award in care of the Kansas University Endowment Association. Private interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. A Celebration of Life service for Carolyn Bailey Berneking, 96, Lawrence, will be at 4 p.m. Sept. 3 at the First Presbyterian Church in Lawrence.

This information was provided to the Journal-World as a paid tribute.