Carolyn Lee Huntsinger, 68, passed away of natural causes on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016 in Bozeman. She was born in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin on Sept. 16, 1947 to Gordon and Arlene (Enger) Walters. She grew up in Whitefish, graduating from Whitefish High School in 1965, and then attended Montana State University.
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Carolyn married Harry Huntsinger on March 25, 1967 in Whitefish. While her children were young she enjoyed her days as a childcare provider; together they owned and operated The Store on the corner of Main and Highland Boulevard. After selling The Store she prided herself in being Mom and Grandma.
She grew up swimming on Whitefish Lake, playing table tennis, caring for her two youngest brothers, baking/cooking with her mother and this is where her love of collecting coins and owl keepsakes with her father began. A fond memory that Carolyn always spoke of was the family trips back to Wisconsin.
As a coach's wife, she was always active in the booster clubs in her home towns, including Twin Bridges, Shelby and Bozeman. She enjoyed bowling, sewing, coin collecting, swimming, crafting, reading and collecting owls, none of which she embraced more than being Grandma. She was a proud Table Tennis Champion at Whitefish High School, which was always the source of a quality joke once her children discovered this. Carolyn was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was always proud to spend time supporting her children at football games, wrestling matches, basketball games, baseball games and track meets. She loved family game nights, spending time with the kids, and especially the grandkids.
Carolyn is survived by her husband of 48 years, Harry; daughter, Tammy (Don) Marks; sons, Tim (Andria), Travis (Nicole), and Trenton (Hiliary); grandchildren, Dillon, Derek, Dawson, Ryan, Burke, Reesa and Cadence; sister, Beverly Bonner; and brothers, Wayne and Mark Walters. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Darlene Hamilton.
Carolyn's long, courageous battle with health ailments has come to a close. Until we meet again, we know you will continue to mold us. WE LOVE YOU MOM, now is the time to spread your wings wide.
A memorial service to honor Carolyn's life will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, at Grace Bible Church.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to Bozeman Health Foundation c/o Cancer Center, 931 Highland Blvd., Ste. 3200, Bozeman, Montana 59715.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
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Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Feb. 28, 2016