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Carol Jean Royse Thibodeau, 56, Bowling Green, KY (1963-2019)

She will especially be remembered for her passion of children's musical theatre and the performing arts, and how she brought the joy of music to young people.

Carol Jean Royse Thibodeau of Bowling Green, Kentucky, passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. She was 56 years old.

Cremation was chosen by the family. The funeral service will be held at 10amCT on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at J.C. Kirby & Son Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 820 Lovers Lane, Bowling Green, KY, with Reverend Louis Tagliaboschi officiating.

Visitation will be held on Friday, June 7, 2019, from 4pmCT until 7pmCT and on Saturday, June 8, 2019, from 8:30amCT until 10amCT.

She was born to James and Zona Royse of Columbia, KY, on January 25, 1963. She was a 1981 graduate of Adair County High School, where she was salutatorian of her graduating class and solo trumpet for the ACHS band.

She received her Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree in Music Education from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN, where she was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority.

Jean had a heart of gold and was a person of many talents. She was artistic as well as an accomplished singer and trumpeter. She was an active member of Broadway United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the praise band for many years. She was an avid University of Kentucky basketball fan. Professionally, she served as a band, choir and elementary/general music teacher in Kentucky, California, and Tennessee for 33 years.

She will especially be remembered for her passion of children's musical theatre and the performing arts, and how she brought the joy of music to young people, most recently at Lost River Elementary School and Jennings Creek Elementary School in Bowling Green, where she taught for the last 12 years.

Jean was preceded in death by her father, James Royse of Columbia, Kentucky.

She is survived by:
  • Her husband of 22 years, Glenn Thibodeau
  • Two daughters, Claire and Mallory Thibodeau
  • Mother, Zona Royse of Columbia
  • One sister, Linda Royse McGrew, of Athens Alabama
  • Two brothers, David Royse of Knoxville, TN, and John Royse of Simpsonville, KY
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to support musical theatre at Jennings Creek Elementary School, 2617 Russellville Rd., Bowling Green, KY 42101. Donations may be sent to Jennings Creek Elementary School PTO at the school address.

This obituary is a courtesy to the family by Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home.

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