Kathryn Ann Carson

April 30, 1982 - May 28, 2021

Kathryn “Kayci” Ann Carson, 39, of Geneva, Il. and formerly of Wheaton, Il., passed away on Friday, May 28, 2021, at Delnor Community Hospital.  Kayci was born on April 30, 1982, in Naperville, Illinois, the daughter of Mary Jo “Jodi” Hendricksen and Garry James Carson.

Kayci will be remembered as an extraordinary woman.  From an early age, and all throughout her life, she battled many debilitating, chronic health issues with grace and acceptance.  Regardless of her constant and often seemingly insurmountable challenges Kayci was a loving, compassionate, intelligent, tenacious, gentle, spiritual and patient person.  She loved reading Stephen King books, listening to her music (loudly in her car!), spending time with family and her 3 best girlfriends (Shanna, Becca and Kelly), journaling, writing short stories, creating colorful Mandalas, cuddling with Goo and spending time with her favorite “littles”.  Kayci loved ALL children, in particular her nephew Eli and nieces Ellie & Izzy; as well as her “nieces” Clara, Emmi, Rae and Sammy.  And the children loved her.  She lit up around kids and engaged with them at a level uncommon to most adults.

Kayci wasn’t afraid of death.  She knew she would be free of pain, immersed in the love of our Creator and embraced and loved by those who’ve gone before her.

Kayci will be deeply missed by her Mom, Dad, brother Ben, Georgi and the kids, extended family and friends.  We will remember her example of courage and acceptance and try to emulate her when faced with obstacles of our own.

Be at peace, sweet girl.

Kayci is survived by her mother, Jodi Hendricksen; her father, Garry Carson; her brother Ben (Georgi) Carson; her maternal grandmother, Cele Ann Ivnik; her nephew, Eli Carson; her two nieces, Ellie and Izzy Carson; as well as aunts, uncles, cousins and her beloved companion / pet, “Goo”.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Rich Ivnik; her paternal grandparents, JoAnn Rosenmeier and Jim Carson; her stepfather, Patrick Sumner; and her uncle Robert J. Ivnik.

An intimate gathering of her immediate family and her closest friends will take place later this summer.  In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Kayci’s name to the following: Conquer Chiari Foundation at, or, Rheumatology Research Foundation at

Guest Book

  • Shanna McCormick Saying goodbye has to be the hardest thing I've had to do thus far in life. You were taken from us way too soon and I can't even wrap my head around it. You were one tough cookie and dealt with a hand of cards most of us could not even comprehend nor relate too. Your pain was eternal, with no end or hope of an end in sight. Most people had no idea what you had to live with every day. Yet with all these obstacles you managed to be there for me as a friend and be there for Samantha. You did it with a smile on your face. There are so many times I've needed to lean on you over the years and you welcomed it graciously. You are the most generous, caring person I've ever met. You were the one that would make me laugh so hard it hurt, and the one that never ceased to surprise or amaze me. I'll miss our late night chats, having you over for dinner randomly in the middle of the week, listening to your absolutely crazy stories and adventures. I know though that finally, you are at peace, with no pain. I know that I will have a guardian angel with me forever and one day, we will meet again. Love you Kayci.
  • Dan Camp Kayci and I met when we were just out of high school and remained friends for many years. She was a delightful, fun, caring woman and I'll cherish the time we had together forever. I'm glad you're pain free now, Kayci. You'll be deeply missed by everyone your life touched.
  • Marie Ivnik Kayci will be missed. May wonderful memories of the strong, loving woman she was sustain us through our grief.
  • Karen Blain I had the pleasure of living next door to Kayci for many years. No matter how this delightful young woman was feeling, Kayci always had a smile and willingness to help. My beagle, Max, loved her as much as I did. Can't imagine that big, beautiful heart not with us. Sending love and prayers to my dear friend Jodi and Kayci's loving, supportive family.
  • Meg Archambeault Lorenc With sympathy and daily prayers Jodi. Rest In Peace Kayci.
  • Alan J. August This is very touching. Thank for sharing the link. The one most pronounced part of Kayci I will miss most is Kayci’s laugh. It was truly “infectious”. When she laughed, her laugh truly ruled the room!
  • Lindsey Williams Rest In Peace Kayci. Dance, love and laugh in the heavens. Hugs and peace to your family Jodi.