Kara Noel Story, a beloved resident of Odessa, TX, passed away on September 6, 2023, at the age of 35. Born on July 6, 1988, a day shared with her daddy's birthday.
Kara's dance journey began at the age of four, under the guidance of Tammie Locklar's Dance Studio, a journey that lasted until her senior year. She pursued her education at Milam and Blackshear, thriving in the Talented and Gifted Program. Kara continued her academic journey at Ector Junior High School, excelling in the Advanced Academic Program and gracing the dance team directed by the remarkable Shebra Lee.
Her journey continued at OHS, where she found her place among the esteemed Showgirls. During her sophomore year, she and her future husband experienced the exhilaration of participating in the Rose Bowl Parade. From the heart of Houston to the shores of Hawaii, she left an indelible mark on dance competitions far and wide. As her senior year unfolded, Kara's peers recognized her as Best Personality, Showgirl of the Year, in addition to being the Broncho Mascot. Her gifts extended to an Award of Excellence in Pre-employment Vocational Education. Among her educators, Jaime Anderson earned the distinction of being her favorite. Additionally, she graced the stage as a debutant for the Midland-Odessa Symphony.
Kara's talents transcended dance, leading her to captivating performances in numerous plays. Most notably, her portrayal of Ms. Hannigan in "Annie" at EJHS was a tour de force. Her commanding voice and acting prowess garnered acclaim, with "Stepping Out," the preeminent tap dance production alongside her mother, Janis, as yet another triumph. She clinched the title of Best Young Actress at the Permian Playhouse.
Kara's adventurous spirit knew no bounds, as she journeyed across the United States and ventured abroad. She commenced her higher education journey at Midland College, graced with a drama scholarship, later transitioning to Texas Tech. Her leadership shone brightly as an officer in the Women’s Service Organization (WSO). In 2010, she emerged from UTPB, her alma mater, with a major in communications and a minor in drama. Furthermore, she held a coveted wedding planning certification from the University of Texas at Arlington, orchestrating unforgettable weddings.
Kara became a certified teacher in 2014 and enjoyed her time teaching kindergarten at Blackshear Elementary, STEM Academy, and then taught dance at Odessa High School. Teaching dance was her passion, and she was absolutely thrilled to teach it at Milam Elementary School with unforgettable recitals.
In 2016, Kara met the love of her life, Jeremy. They had a beautiful winter wedding in 2018 and were overjoyed with the addition to their family, Christopher in 2019, and Jana completing their beautiful family in 2021. Her love for her family was tremendous and their many adventures together are memories that will forever be cherished.
In her final rest, Kara joins her grandparents, Bill and Nell Sheffield; her beloved mother-in-law, Deena Story; grandmother-in-law, Betty Norman; paternal grandparents, Juan and Eloria Dominguez; and paternal great grandparents Jose and Rosa Barela. She leaves behind a legacy of love, survived by her devoted husband, Jeremy Story; and their cherished children, Christopher and Jana. She is held close in the hearts of her parents, Mike and Janis Dominguez; and her in-laws, John & Linda Story of Lubbock; along with grandparent-in-laws Ed & Mary Story of Amarillo. She is also fondly remembered by several uncles, aunts, and cousins.
Family and friends are invited to pay their respects during a visitation at Sunset Memorial Gardens on September 12, 2023, from 5-8 pm. A heartfelt celebration of Kara's life will take place at 1:00 pm on September 13, 2023, at Crossroads Church.