Carlene F. "Cardee" Kilpatrick
1939 - 2020
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Carlene Friedrichsen Kilpatrick died on May 30 from complications resulting from Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), which is related to Parkinson's disease.

Cardee was born October 22, 1939, in Petaluma, CA. She graduated from Willits High School in CA and received her Bachelor's degree from Pomona College. She then got her M.A. in Education from Stanford University, where she met her husband Jeremy. She raised two boys, Barton Kilpatrick and the late Judson Kilpatrick.

Cardee was a tireless force in the Athens community, serving on the Clarke County School Board and later on the Athens City Council and Athens-Clarke County Commission. She was briefly Mayor of Athens in 1998-99. She also helped create the Foundation for Excellence in Public Education (establishing the Cardee Kilpatrick Chair for Middle School Teachers) and the Historic Preservation Commission in Athens. She worked on the Athens Community Council on Aging and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Athens, as well as many other organizations. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Athens.

Cardee is survived by her husband of 58 years, her son Bart, granddaughters Courtney and Kira, and brother Pete Friedrichsen.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor may be made to the Foundation for Excellence in Public Education, P.O. Box 1708, Athens, GA 30603 or to CurePSP, 1216 Broadway, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001.

The family expresses appreciation for the caregiver services provided by Home Alone and hospice services from Encompass Health.

Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in Athens Banner-Herald on Jun. 3, 2020.
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June 4, 2020
Cardee was an amazing individual who placed others before self. She and her husband Jeremy are an inspiration to all the lives they touch. We are heartbroken at losing Cardee.
Christine Franklin
June 4, 2020
I Had the honor of knowing Mrs. Kilpatrick when she served on both the City of Athens and Athens Clarke Commision. She always had a warm smile and made you feel better just by being in her presence. Service to her community was done with integrity, and compassion. May God grant you all peace during this sad time. Olivia McKinney, Retiree of ACC.
Olivia McKinney
June 3, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Myra J Blount
June 3, 2020
My condolences to Jeremy and family. Cardee was a jewel in Athens crown. She was a voice of reason and a leader who loved this city and it's people. Prayers for the family.
Beverly Logan
June 3, 2020
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
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