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Carol Forbes Olander

October 1, 1931 — September 17, 2023

Carol Forbes Olander

Carol Forbes Olander, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, entered her eternal Heavenly home on September 17, 2023. Carol was born on October 1, 1931, in Eureka, Kansas, to her parents, Thomas Cassius Forbes and Ruth Wanda Johnson Forbes. Her life was characterized by an abundance of joy, noteworthy accomplishments, and cherished memories, leaving a legacy on all who had the privilege of knowing her.


Carol's formative years were spent growing up in Eureka, where she attended Marshall Elementary and then Eureka Junior and Senior High School. Her natural leadership qualities culminated in her role as the Student Body President during her senior year. After graduating high school, Carol attended the University of Kansas, pledging to Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and forming enduring bonds with her sisters.


In her professional life, Carol ventured into diverse fields, making a meaningful impact in each. She began her career in the International Tours and travel industry before transitioning to her own successful women's clothing business. Carol's unique ability to merge her love for fashion with her remarkable hostess acumen manifested through her renowned trunk showings, creating memorable experiences for all who attended.


Family was at the core of Carol's existence. Her marriage to Jim Barnes Olander was a testament to the beauty of love, inspiring all who witnessed their bond. She took immense pride in her children: Karen Davis (Randy), Ken Olander, and Pam Bruce (George). The arrival of her beloved grandchildren brought boundless joy, and she affectionately referred to them as "her angels."


The annual tradition of spending August in Crested Butte, Colorado, illuminated Carol's devotion to family. These moments, surrounded by natural splendor, were filled with culinary delights around gourmet campfires, forging unforgettable summer memories. Carol and Jim also embarked on captivating adventures with their children and spouses, highlights which included an incredible two-week cruise along the Danube River and a week basking on the sunny beaches in Maui.


Carol's warm and inclusive nature extended well-beyond her immediate family. She was blessed to have many dear, close friends through her life. Her seemingly boundless energy, enthusiasm, and acceptance of all earned her the admiration and affection of many. With her captivating sense of humor, and smile that would light up the room, she made everyone feel valued. She loved to entertain, dazzling guests with her incredible gourmet cooking talents. Carol's gatherings were a testament to her artistry as a hostess, where all were welcomed with open arms.


Her legacy also extended to her dedicated involvement in various organizations that were near and dear to her heart. She held leadership roles, typically serving as President, in the Kappa Alpha Theta Wichita Alumnae Chapter, the Women's Advisory Council of the Institute of Logopedics, The Junior League of Wichita, and Wit and Wisdom, leaving an enduring impact on each. When Carol and Jim were married, she joined First Presbyterian Church. They were both actively involved for over 60 years in leadership roles at the church.


In her leisure pursuits, Carol found joy in gourmet cooking with several gourmet clubs, volunteering, numerous travels with both family and friends, in her Bookworms and “Stitch” girls clubs, tennis, golf, skiing-both water and snow, decorating homes built by her beloved husband, Jim, swimming, horseback riding, camping and more.


Carol was preceded in death by her best friend and husband, Jim Barnes Olander. She is survived by her beloved children and their spouses: Karen Davis (Randy), Ken Olander, and Pam Bruce (George). Her legacy continues through her cherished grandchildren: Erin Davis Moeller (Clark), Emily Davis Mangrum (Charlie), Michael Bruce (Ally), Elizabeth Bruce Foland (Scott), Ellie Davis Beckler (Dan), Caroline Bruce McAndrew (Tom), Jamie Bruce Vieitez (Jose). Her great-grandchildren, Teddy Moeller, Peyton Beckler, Davis Moeller, Eveleigh McAndrew, George Bruce, Layla Beckler, Oscar Mangrum, Palmer McAndrew, Bella Bruce, Bruce Vieitez, Samuel Bruce, Callie McAndrew, Blakely Vieitez, Tate Beckler, Peter Bruce, Asher Vieitez, and the forthcoming arrival of Elliott Foland (due October 25th), carry forth her love and spirit. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Jeremy Forbes.


A Celebration of Life service will be held to honor Carol Forbes Olander on Monday, October 2, 2023. The service will commence at 10:30 a.m. at the Central Community Church Chapel, located at 6100 W. Maple St., Wichita, Kansas, 67209. The event offers an opportunity for all who loved Carol to come together and celebrate the remarkable life she led.


To celebrate Carol’s life, the family will be wearing cheerful colors to the service.  We would love for you to join us.


Carol Forbes Olander leaves behind a legacy of love, grace, and boundless generosity. Her memory will forever warm the hearts of those who were touched by her enduring smile and gracious spirit.



In lieu of floral tributes, memorials have been established in her memory at:



8700 E. 29th St. N.

Wichita, KS 67226


Central Community Church

6100 W. Maple

Wichita, KS 67209

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Celebration of Life

Monday, October 2, 2023

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

Central Community Church Chapel

6100 W Maple St, Wichita, KS 67209

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