Carole Ann Lamet
1942 ~ 2014
After a difficult battle with ovarian cancer, Carole Ann Lamet peacefully passed away January 11, 2014. Carole, the daughter of Michael and Anne Bortak, was born March 4, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan. She spent her first seven years in Detroit until the family moved to Hastings, Michigan. Carole finished grade school at St. Rose of Lima and graduated from Hastings High School in 1960. She attended the University of Michigan until 1965, first as a nursing major, then completing a Bachelor of Education degree with emphasis in Biology. It was at the University of Michigan that she met, fell in love with, and married Daniel G. Lamet. They moved to Eugene, Oregon where they lived for five years. Their first son Daniel was born in Eugene and their first daughter Julia was adopted nearby in Portland. In 1970, Carole moved with her family to Boise, Idaho and soon after their second daughter Amanda and second son Nicholas were born. In 1983, Carole entered BSU's nursing program and after graduating worked at the Idaho State Veterans Home, for over 20 years, as a gifted, compassionate, and truly competent nurse.
While raising her family, Carole was always an active community member working with the League of Women Voters and the Nature Conservancy of Idaho. She spent many summer afternoons with the Boise Peace Quilters talking, sharing, and stitching exquisite quilts to be donated to humanitarian causes around the world. She was a voter registrar who spent fall evenings canvasing her neighborhood, often volunteering at the election polls, in order to promote change in her community by increasing political awareness; especially among women. Carole was an exceptional Girl Scout leader and role model.
Carole will be remembered as an avid gardener; growing tomatoes, beans, and a variety of other vegetables. She was passionate about raising and sharing her beautiful dahlias with family, friends, and neighbors. All during her life she loved traveling and outdoor activities, especially backpacking in the Sawtooth Mountains, ending with her dream trip to France this last spring. She was a voracious reader and found pleasure in many authors and topics - she was a true book worm and Sudoku fanatic. Carole was an enthusiastic bridge player, joining with groups of beloved and rowdy friends regularly, for over 40 years. She also enjoyed birding and had a great love for all things feathered. She enjoyed evenings at chamber music, attending the ballet at the Morrison Center, exploring artist's creations at Art in the Park, and seasonal events at the Botanical Gardens.
Carole was so many things to so many people. She was able to start conversations and make friends with anyone she met, while keeping an open mind and heart. In doing this she taught her children to do the same and we will always be grateful and carry this with us. Yet most of all, Carole will be remembered for her contagious laughter, incredibly infectious smile, and reciprocating compassion to all those around her.
Carole was preceded in death by her parents Michael and Anne Bortak, and her brothers Michael and Thomas Bortak. She is survived by her husband Daniel G. Lamet IV; her children Daniel G. Lamet V and his wife Verna of Tigard, Oregon, Julia M. Willis of Salem, Oregon, and Amanda M. Lamet and Nicholas J. Lamet of Boise; four beautiful grandchildren Sarah, Jessica, Daniel, and Genevieve; her sister Natalie Wickham and her husband Ron of Foster City, California; and sister-in-law Luanne Bortak of Netcong, New Jersey. She also leaves behind numerous wonderful, endearing, and loving friends.
The family gives thanks to St. Luke's MSTI and Hospice staff for her exceptional care.
In lieu of flowers for her memorial service, Carole would have encouraged donations be made to
or volunteering for an organization close to your heart.
The time and place of her memorial service will be announced in the Idaho Statesman and on Caring Bridge as soon as they are known.
Published in Idaho Statesman on Jan. 19, 2014