Carol Julia Kiehl Memorial

Carol Julia Kiehl Memorial

The beauty of a life well lived never dies …
It continues to embrace and inspire us.

Carol Julia Kiehl was a woman glowing with grace and good cheer. She was a marvelous example of caring, compassion, honor and respect both personally and professionally.

Carol Julia Kiehl, beloved mother, grandmother, wife, friend and nurse, died after a courageous battle against pancreatic cancer. She left a legacy through both her family and her career as a nurse. Her proudest accomplishments are her five successful children and five grandchildren. In addition to being an outstanding nurse, Carol was an accomplished master bridge player and quilter and many other activities. She especially loved travelling. Carol was known as someone who always fought for who and what she believed in and it is that integrity, candor and heart that marked her career, her life and our memory.

Carol began her career as a computer programmer and later as a University IT instructor. In 1996, she found her true calling as a nurse, first at Seton Hospital as an oncology nurse, and then for ten years, at Hospice Austin, providing gentle and compassionate end-of-life care. Carol was repeatedly recognized by the families of the patients she cared for as an “angel” in their lives. In addition to the compassion she brought to every family, Carol was dedicated to the orientation and training of new hospice nurses. So much so that she authored the orientation manual and actively mentored new Hospice nurses. Carol was always a strong and outspoken advocate for patient care and nursing and especially nurse education.