Carolyn Lapriel (Clark) Bergeron (1931 - 2012)

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Carolyn Lapriel (Clark) Bergeron, 80 years old, died in Lebanon, Oregon and was promoted to heaven on Sunday, January 22, 2012. She was born December 27, 1931 in Oroville, California, the fourth of eleven children to Carl Jeport Clark and Emma (Vanek) Clark. She spent her early childhood in Nebraska and Idaho and moved to Oregon when she was in sixth grade. She attended elementary school in Sodaville, high school in Willamina, and the Merritt Davis School of Commerce in Salem, Oregon.

Carolyn married Edward Samuel Bergeron May 12, 1948 in Minden, Nevada. They were married for 60 years and 7 days at the time of his death in 2008. In 1963, Carolyn, Ed and their four children moved to Fairbanks, Alaska where she began her 27-year career in Personnel Management for the federal government. In 1964 the family moved to Juneau where they spent the next 27 years.

Carolyn always promoted and emphasized education and led by example. She continued her education throughout her career and into retirement. In 1982 AND 1989 the Juneau Federal Executive Association awarded her the Certificate of Honor recognizing her valuable contributions to Juneau as a private citizen and a public servant. She was a Worthy Matron in the Order of Eastern Star, Nugget Chapter No. 2; member of the Totem Toastmistress Club, served on numerous community boards as chairman, president or director: Alaska State Employees Federal Credit Union, Seventh Day Adventist Church, Glacier Valley and Juneau-Douglas High School PTA.

She was an accomplished homemaker, master food preserver, and seamstress. Her hobbies included quilting, genealogy, crafts, stamping, scrap booking, gardening, and camping.

Always a natural bohemian, she thrilled her children with surprise outings like Sunday campfire breakfast on the beach at Auke Bay in lieu of church. If she had a tank of gas in the car, life was good. In retirement she enjoyed travel opportunities with her family and husband.

She was co-owner of the F/V Carolyn L, Juneau, Alaska. Her retreat was a home in Elfin Cove where she and Ed hosted many friends and family to the good life.

The essence of her life were her children, grandchildren and faith in God. She is survived by her son Edward C. and Johanne (Bourque) Bergeron of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory; daughters Jackie (Bergeron) Pendleton and Lynette Bergeron of Lebanon, Oregon. Grandchildren Carl Robinson of Louisiana, Olivia (Bergeron-Long) and Michael Orsborn of Juneau, Charles Bergeron of Fairbanks, Tony Payne of Eugene, Alex and Kali (Korach) Bergeron of Anchorage, Jasmine Bergeron of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. Great grandchildren are Michael Jr., Connor, Sophia and Christian Orsborn of Juneau. Survived by sisters Lyddie Belle (Clark) Sedivy of Woodburn, Oregon and Kathryn (Clark) Bunch of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Predeceased by husband Edward S. Bergeron (2008) and daughter Marva Dell (Bergeron) Robinson (2007), and siblings William Clark, Sedaira (Clark) Weinbauer, Jerome Clark, Mickey Clark, Alinda (Clark) Chernitsky, Riley Clark, and two infant sisters.

A celebration of life service will be held later.

Her epitaph: She was a good woman
Published in The Juneau Empire from Feb. 1 to Feb. 8, 2012
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