Carol Wynn Harris, 88, passed away in her sleep on Sat., Sept. 10, 2022 at Brookdale Assisted Living Center, Pocatello, ID.
Carol was born in Maxbass, ND on July 8, 1934 to Fay T. and Helen (Heinlein) Patterson. She was welcomed home by brother, Tom Patterson, sister, Jan (Patterson) Pallansch. Eleven years later she was blessed with another sister, Judy (Patterson) Twete and two years after Judy, welcomed another sister, Kathy (Patterson) Tweet.
Carol spent her youth living in many small towns in North Dakota. She graduated from Sheyenne High School in 1952 and moved to Fargo, ND to attend Acker’s Business College. After graduation from college, she and a girlfriend traveled to Seattle, WA to see the world and find jobs. She worked in the banking business in Seattle before traveling with friends to Long Beach, CA where she met the love of her life. She met and married Billy Joe Harris in 1959. They lived in Los Alamitos, CA before purchasing their first home in Garden Grove in the early 1960s.
To this union were born Michael Edgar, Michelle Faye and Matthew Scott. Carol worked for a few years after Mike and Sheli were born and then settled into being a full time mother and homemaker. She was very active in her church. She served as secretary at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and worshipped there for many years. She also served as committee secretary for the Cub Scouts. She belonged to the Garden Grove Women’s Club for many years and was a member of the McVille American Legion Auxiliary. Carol enjoyed bowling, oil painting, sewing, crocheting and quilt making.
Bill and Carol lived in California until 1977, when they bought the Trail Motel in Soda Springs, ID. The family moved to Soda Springs and lived at the Trail Motel for a few months until they bought a home in the Cedars. Carol became very active in Hope Lutheran Church for many years and held positions on the board. She also volunteered as a Pink Lady for the Caribou Memorial Hospital & Living Center Auxiliary. She and Bill later joined the Presbyterian Church where she assisted with holiday bazaars, coordinating or preparing meals, she was always willing to help out. She was also a member of the Soda Springs Quilt Guild.
Bill & Carol purchased a winter retreat home in Yuma, AZ in the early 2000s. They continued to fly south every winter until Bill’s passing in Sept. 2017. Carol went one last winter to Yuma in 2017 and put their home up for sale the following year. They both enjoyed the warm winters, golfing and hanging out with new and old friends for many years at Araby Acres in Yuma.
Bill and Carol sold their home in Soda Springs in 2008 and bought a home in Pocatello. Carol enjoyed the warmer weather that Pocatello had to offer along with shopping, golfing and being closer to family.
Bill passed away Sept. 4, 2017 and Carol remained in their Pocatello home until Sept. 2019, when she moved into Brookdale Assisted Living Center until her passing.
Carol is survived by her son, Mike, daughter, Sheli and son, Scott, two grandchildren, Josh (Misty Noel) Stumpp and Megan Stumpp; five great grandchildren, Tanner McManus, Harper Stumpp, Payton McGuire, Preston Stumpp and Aree Stumpp. She is also survived by her sister, Judy and (Curt) Twete and brother in law, Larry Tweet and numerous nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents Fay T. & Helen Patterson, sister, Jan and (Don) Pallansch, brother, Tom Patterson and sister, Kathy Tweet.
A Celebration of Life will be held Sat., Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. at the Soda Springs Presbyterian Church, Pastor Nathan Sobers conducting services. Arrangements are under the direction of the Cornelison Funeral Home, 431 N. 15th Ave., Pocatello. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.cornelisonfh.com
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