• Date Of Birth: July 29, 1941
  • Date Of Death: October 20, 2017
  • State: Montana

Carolyn Kembel Ennis


Carolyn Kembel Ennis passed away on Oct. 20, 2017, at the age of 76, in Whitefish. She loved Montana, was a remarkable woman, and will be remembered as a beloved civic champion who made innovative and generous contributions to the quality of life in her city and state.

Born July 29, 1941, in Los Angeles, Carolyn was the first child of Robert and Marjorie (McDivitt) Kembel. She moved with her family to Kalispell in 1948.

After college, Carolyn married Bruce L. Ennis at St. Matthew’s Church in Kalispell. She worked at the University of Montana Law School library while Bruce attended law school.

Carolyn was actively involved in the Billings community and throughout Montana. Her lifelong dedication to community involvement resulted in the legislative campaign to pass mandatory public school kindergarten in Montana. She was instrumental in developing Billings’ first historic district. She served as board member of the Yellowstone Art Center, the Alberta Bair Theatre for the Performing Arts, the Montana Cultural Trust, and the Montana Committee for the Humanities (Humanities Montana). In addition, she supported and participated in many other civic projects. She cherished her community involvement and gave her time quietly to dozens of new initiatives.

In mid-life, Carolyn took on another challenge and enrolled in Law School at the University of Montana. She passed the bar exam in 1988. She served as executive director of the St. Vincent’s Hospital Foundation, and then began private practice in Billings.

Carolyn was pre-deceased by her parents Robert and Marjorie Kembel.

She is survived by a son, Gregory K. Ennis, and his wife Laura L. Ennis, and their children Claire L. and Theodore K., of Kalispell; and her daughter, Felicia L. Ennis, of Whitefish. She is also survived by her brother, Robert D. Kembel, and his wife Joanne; sister, Kathleen A. Douglas, and her husband William Staack; nieces and nephews, Khristine A. Gavigan, Marcella L. Stuewe, James S. Wheeler, Geoffrey E. Wheeler, Brennan L. Schwarz, Lara A. Porrini, Carolyn J. Nissley; and her former husband, Bruce L. Ennis.

The family is especially indebted to all of the remarkable caregivers and friends who offered loving support and kindness throughout Carolyn’s gracious struggle with Alzheimer’s. She was aware of those gifts and will be eternally grateful.

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