Mrs. Carole K. Cones-Bradfield, 67, of Thorntown, passed away peacefully at her home on Aug. 3, 2016, with her husband, Landis, and family by her side.
A loving and devoted wife and stepmother, Carole also was passionate about politics and making a difference in people's lives. She spent her career in Washington, D.C., working in both President Bush administrations, for former Congressman John Myers (R-Indiana) and as a political campaign consultant.
Using her exceptional fundraising capability, Carole also helped launch the Safe Blood Projects in Africa and Asia, which have taken safe blood practices from the U.S. to save many lives in some of the most populated areas of the world.
Carole was born in Indianapolis on June 29, 1949, to Richard and Genevieve Cones. She graduated from Thorntown High School in 1967. In 1971, she graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle. There she followed in the footsteps of her great-grandmother, Bettie Locke Hamilton, - one of the founders of Kappa Alpha Theta, the first Greek sorority - 100 years later to become president of the local Theta chapter.
Carole married Landis in 2003. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Thorntown and was very involved in the community - often as a key fundraiser for projects such as Farm Heritage Trail, the ongoing effort to establish a 50-plus-mile walking/biking corridor from Zionsville through Thorntown to Lafayette.
Strong willed like her mother, Carole fought end-stage liver disease and breast cancer for 2 1/2 years, during which time she received special care from many health care professionals, including her loving and devoted husband.
In addition to Landis, Carole is survived by four stepchildren, Sean, Chad, Nathan and Jama; eight grandchildren; and cousins (brothers), Dane and Mark Hartley.
Family and friends will gather for visitation from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8, at Myers and Hunt Mortuary, 116 W. Plum St., Thorntown. Funeral services will follow at 1p.m. Monday at the mortuary, with the Rev. Tim McKaig officiating. Carole will be laid to rest at Maple Lawn Cemetery in Thorntown.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to www.kappaalphathetafoundation.org and www.sugarcreekarts.org in Thorntown.
Online condolences may be made at www.myersmortuary.com.
Published on August 4, 2016