Thursday, February 2, 2012


We have a friend in Emporia, Bobbi Mlynar. We met her in 2006 because she did a feature story about Millard in our local newspaper - The Emporia Gazette -  Coaxed From Wood
In 2008, Bobbi told me that her Mother-in-law had taught in Paradise. She learned that after her husband, Shannon Mlynar, was asked to write up something about his mother for the Holiday Resort (retirement center in Emporia) newsletter. Bobbi said that Shannon had mentioned in the write up all of the places she had taught -- Grainfield, Grinnell, Hope, Paradise, Mankato, Grand Island, Neb. etc.. Then he read the article to Carol after it was published. She was quiet for a moment, then she asked, "Couldn't I keep a job?" Well, actually, it was marriage, her husband moving from teaching to coaching, then moving from that to being principal that caused the moves. But they had to laugh about that wistful, "Couldn't I keep a job?" They assured her she could, and that she was a good teacher.
Holiday Resort
Carol Mlynar
Carol Mlynar was born Carol Banister on June 7, 1927, on a farm near McDonald, Kansas. Whereas her father was a farmer, it was her mother’s occupation Carol chose to pursue, that of a teacher. .After graduating in three years from McDonald Rural High school in 1944, she attended Kansas State College, now called Ft Hays State University, in Hays, Kansas. During her time at Hays, she met and married her husband Bob Mlynar. After their graduation from Ft. Hays State, Bob and Carol taught in a number of schools in Kansas. Carol has taught in Leoti, Paradise, Ransom, Quinter, Oakley, Grainfield, Milford, Grinnell, and Mankato. Bob was principal of Mankato High and Carol was teaching English and journalism in September of 1975, when Bob passed away of a heart attack at age 49. Carol finished that school year and was back in school again the next fall; however, this time she was a student at Ft. Hays State. She graduated with a master’s degree in School Counseling in 1977.
In 1977, Carol took a high school counseling position at Grand Island, Nebraska. She spent 15 years there, until she retired in 1992.

After her retirement, Carol moved to Emporia to be closer to her family.
Bobbi had sent the above to me and I asked her for a picture. At this time she had just retired (and was busier than ever) and now she is very active with the city as a City Commissioner. We have been emailing back and forth with several weeks in between. She sent this picture to me this past week and also sent an obituary for Carol.

Carol is in the front middle (orange blouse).
To her right and clock wise -
Bobbi (daughter-in-law), Shannon (son),
Rob and Courtney (grandchildren)
Carol A. Banister Mlynar died Friday, April 17, 2010, in Holiday Resort care center. She was 82.

Mrs. Banister had been a teacher and a counselor in western Kansas and Nebraska high schools before she retired and moved to Emporia in 1993, after 45 years as an educator.

Carol Arlene Banister, the daughter of Otis and Edra Lockhart Banister, was born June 7, 1927, in McDonald. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Fort Hays University.

She married Robert D. Mlynar on May 30, 1947, in Hays. He died Sept. 23, 1975.

Mrs. Mlynar was a member of and taught Sunday school at First Friends Church and had been active in Friends' organizations in the Midwest.

She also had been a member of the American Association of University Women, the Thursday Tea and Talk Club, Phi Beta Kappa, the Flint Hills Genealogy Society, Emporia League of Women Voters, Women's City Club and a western history club. She also had been a volunteer for CASA of the Flint Hills.

She is survived by one son, Shannon D. Mlynar of Emporia, two grandchildren, Robert and Courtney Mlynar; one great-grandson, Jaxson Mlynar; three stepgrandchildren, Tammy Jensen and Trisha and Andrew Birk; one stepgreat-grandson, Tanner Bolen; and a foster daughter, Tammy Wilson.

She also was preceded in death by a brother, Boyd Banister.

Cremation has taken place and a service will be held later at Mankato.

Memorial donations to the First Friends Church may be sent in care of Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home, PO Box 175, Emporia KS 66801.

I'm sure that Shannon and Bobbi would be interested to know if anyone remembers Carol Mlynar.  Please make a comment or send me an email if you have heard about her teaching in Paradise. 
I was pleased to see her name in our Paradise Directory that we get at our Paradise Reunions.  However, now her name can be moved from the L (living) to the D (deceased).


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