Carol Elaine Wickwire was welcomed home into the loving arms of Jesus on January 3, 2016. After a long and courageous battle with cancer, she has experienced victory over death through Christ. Carol was born on December 15, 1942 in Seattle, WA to Albert and Lenore Silves and was preceded in death by both of her parents. Carol is survived by Jerry, her loving husband of 55 years; sister Shirley (Richard) Wiggins, brother Don (Nancie) Silves; daughters, Christi Brown (Chris), Arlene (Cory) Copps, and Shelly (Jim) Richner. She had seven grandchildren, Justin (Brynn) Brown, Andrea (Brian) Walkenhauer, Jesse (Megan) Copps, Kelsey Copps, Janelle, Trevor and Heather Richner; as well as two great-granddaughters, Blakely Brown and Harper Copps and many dear friends. Carol grew up in Van Zandt, WA and married Jerry in 1960. She worked as an assistant cook at Mount Baker High School for twenty years. After retiring in 1993, Carol enjoyed many years with Jerry, spending time at their river property and traveling to many of their favorite places in their motorhome. Her hobbies included cooking, sewing, and gardening. She was a member of Christ Community Church in Bellingham. Carol had a heart for the hurting and was always generous with her time and many talents. She will always be remembered for her selfless ways, positive outlook on life, and quiet strength. On Saturday, January 9th there will be a private graveside service for family and Carol's closest friends at 11:00 am at Van Zandt Cemetery, 5049 Potter Rd., Deming, WA followed by an open memorial service at 1:00 pm at Christ Community Church, 4600 Meridian Street, Bellingham, WA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Whatcom Hospice Foundation or Christ Community Church.
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Published in Bellingham Herald on Jan. 6, 2016