Carola Hortmann Sprague, 78, of Morehead, died peacefully after a brief illness, surrounded by her family at home, on February 25, 2018. She was born on May 26, 1939 to Alfred and Josephine Hortmann in New York City.
She graduated from Marymount Manhattan College and earned masters degrees in English from Morehead State University and in Liturgical Studies from Loyola-Marymount University. While working as a social worker in New York City, she met Stuart Sprague at a political campaign rally. They married less than a year later and moved to Morehead, Kentucky in 1968 after Stuart accepted a position as a history professor at Morehead State University. Together, they raised four children and remained devoted to each other until Stuart's death in 2002.
Carola was intellectually curious throughout her life. She enjoyed sharing her knowledge with her ballet and gymnastics students as well as with students she taught in her English and German courses at Morehead State University. She was an enthusiastic gardener and loved entertaining others in her home. An avid traveler, she delighted in sharing stories and laughter with others around the world. Active in various organizations, she especially enjoyed her bridge and chess clubs. Carola was admired by her family and many friends for her independent spirit, zest for life, and passion for helping others.
She is survived by her daughters, Laura Sudhaus (Eppstein, Germany), Karyn (Steven) McKenzie (Georgetown, Kentucky), and Mary (Mark Rose) Sprague (Los Altos, California); her son, Bennett (Tiffany) Sprague (Oakland, California); 10 grandchildren between the ages of 5 and 24; and her brother, Alfred (Charlotte) Hortmann (St. Louis, Missouri).
Visitation will be held Thursday, March 1st, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals in Morehead, Kentucky, immediately followed by her memorial service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (www.railstotrails.org) or the charity of one's choice.
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Published on February 26, 2018