Carol Sapp known for her gardening, interior decorating projects

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 | 5:44 p.m. CDT

Carol Sapp's life was touched by the creativity and beauty she put into the world.

She was born July 28, 1944, to Ilah (Martin) Richardson and Carrol Richardson of Ashland.

At a youth church meeting in Wilton, Carol Sapp met her future husband Radell Sapp. They married Oct. 23, 1959, and she moved to his home in Columbia.

Carol Moss (Richardson) Sapp died Friday, May 10, 2013, in Bradenton, Fla. She was 68.

Mrs. Sapp was well known for her knack for turning her husband's carpentry work into art. She spent her time working on multiple projects in and out of her home including interior decorating and gardening.

"She had a gift for taking something medium and making something beautiful out of it," Radell Sapp said.

Mrs. Sapp was often on the lookout for new projects, jumping from one task to the next without hesitation. She had a tendency to recruit family and friends to help her with her creative endeavors.

“When we were younger, we didn’t have a choice,” Mrs. Sapp’s daughter Angela Welch said jokingly. “She was always trying to find a place to make better.”

When she wasn't busy getting paint on her hands or splinters in her hair, Mrs. Sapp used a camera lens to get a good look at the world.

"She was full of life, full of energy and full of ideas," said her friend, Laura Ertz. "She lived everyday."

Her love for traveling took her and her husband to 48 of the 50 state capitals across the United States. Mrs. Sapp only missed seeing the capitals of Alaska and Wisconsin. She also loved visiting the ocean.

After retiring, she and her husband moved to Bradenton to be closer to the water.

When Ertz and her husband came down to visit the Sapps, the two women traveled to Anna Maria Island and strolled along the beach in search of shells. Ertz is well known among friends for her inability to swim. Despite this, she moved farther out into the water to scrounge for larger shells. Mrs. Sapp called out to her, but Ertz said that there were better shells in the deeper water.

“We took turns trying to keep the other out of trouble,” Ertz said.

Mrs. Sapp is survived by her husband, Raddell; children, Leisa Cline and her husband, Scott, of Fairfield, Iowa, Randy Sapp and his wife, Nancy, of Linton, Ind., and Angela Welch and her husband, Steve, of Ashland; eight grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Her parents died earlier.

Memorial donations may be made to the Harry B. Pryor, American Legion Auxillary Post 152, P.O. Box 384, Ashland, MO 65010 with a note in memory of Mrs. Sapp would be appreciated.

There will not be any memorial services, but condolences may be sent to Radell Sapp, 808, 53 Ave. E #17, Bradenton, FL 34203.

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