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Carolyn Jean Hegstrom Bergeron Hibbard


1932 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Carolyn Jean Hegstrom Bergeron Hibbard Obituary
Carolyn Jean Hegstrom Bergeron Hibbard

April 28, 1932 ~ August 4, 2018

Carolyn Jean Hegstrom was born April 28, 1932 in Seattle, Washington, to Milton and Lillian Hegstrom. Roots on both sides of her family were solidly Swedish. When she was 9 months old, her father died unexpectedly. Dear friends and her extended family stepped in to surround Carolyn, her older brother Robert, and their mother with supportive, loving influence. The three of them lived in Seattle for a time with their Swedish grandparents, the Andersons. Also significant as parental figures in her life were her aunt and uncle, the Lindgrens. For all of her childhood Carolyn observed her newly-single working mother provide for them. Carolyn developed a strong work ethic. Her first job was at age 12, working in the Van de Kamp Bakery. Before she graduated from high school she had worked at a soda fountain and at King County Hospital helping the nurses with whatever jobs they delegated to her, with her responsibilities for patient care growing as her competence became apparent.

Carolyn was born with the ability to organize and lead. At Garfield High School she was president of the Girls' Club and editor of the student newspaper. Many of her lifelong friendships were formed among the Garfield class of 1950, including her dear friend Charlotte Prescott Marsden. She and her classmates continued to travel and socialize together up until today. The most important friendship from her school years became her second husband in 1993...Robert Hibbard.

But before they rekindled their relationship, Carolyn had another chapter to live as a farm wife in eastern Washington. She met Harvey Bergeron her first evening as a student at the University of Washington and pledge member of Alpha Phi Sorority. Less than a year later they were married on August 4, 1951. Carolyn worked at an insurance agency to help Harvey complete his college studies, and after his graduation they moved to the Bergeron family wheat farm in Reardan. Carolyn quickly learned the ways of rural life and became an organized and tireless worker-her 3 hot meals a day for an entire harvest crew were legendary. She became an involved member of the community. She and Harvey comprised the leadership team of Emmanuel Lutheran Church's Sunday School. They were active in county wide politics. Carolyn was appointed to serve on a county board examining mental health programs. She and her close friend Barbara Zier formed a 4-H club which provided leadership opportunities and personal growth for many of Reardan's young women. These were years of home and family, and nurturing their three children was paramount for Carolyn and Harvey.

After Harvey died suddenly of a heart attack in 1979 Carolyn left the farm and built a new life in Spokane, Washington. Her cozy home was open to her family and her many dear friends, including Bob and Willy Stuhlmiller and Glenna Zwainz. She served as President of the Deaconess Hospital Auxiliary and joined the PEO organization.

At her high school 40th reunion she reconnected with her dashing high school friend, Lt. Col. Robert Hibbard. They married in 1993 and Carolyn moved back to western Washington. She and Bob completely rebuilt a lovely home on Agate Passage, Suquamish. Once again Carolyn's home became a focus for many family events. Fourths of July on the lawn, with oysters sizzling on Bob's grill, were especially memorable. Carolyn and Bob enjoyed travel to Europe, Mexico, Hawaii, and took many cruises. During these years Carolyn had what was for her, her deepest joy: surrounding herself with extended family and a dear friend and neighbor, Nancy Naugle. Her circle grew richly with the addition of Bob's 3 children and spouses, their children and grandchildren. She was able to spend much time with the dear older brother whom she looked up to and relied upon during her childhood-Dr. Robert Hegstrom. She cemented bonds with Robert's wife, Donna, who became a treasured sister.

Carolyn is survived by her husband, Robert Hibbard; sister-in-law Donna Hegstrom; children Cathy (Robert) Bergeron Ramer, Linda (Kurt Festinger) Bergeron, Robert (Donna) Bergeron; step-children Cheryl (Tom) Hibbard Britton, Jim (Marie Mihail) Hibbard, Ken (Onanong) Hibbard; grandchildren Brienne (Daniel) Ramer Wright, Jesse (Claudia) Ramer, Megan (Matt) Ramer Higgins, Brittney (Benjamin Katz) Bergeron, Zachary (Caitlin Wasley) Williams, Shawna Williams, Luc Bergeron, Colette Bergeron; step-grandchildren Kate (Kevin) Britton Bray, Scott (Kate) Britton, Mark Britton; great-grandchildren Blake and Nathan Wright, Scarlett and Vivian Ramer, Annabelle and Wesley Higgins, Daphne Bergeron-Katz; step great-grandchildren Chelsea Britton, Emilia Bray; special nieces and nephews Carol Hegstrom, John (Beverly) Hegstrom, Edward (Gigi) Hegstrom; precious Hegstrom cousins, extended Lindgren cousins, numerous other nieces and nephews.

There will be a memorial service Saturday, August 18, 2018, 3:00 p.m. at Magnolia Lutheran Church, 2414 31st Avenue West, Seattle, WA 98199.

Memorial gifts may be made to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, 206 606 2070, seattlecca.org/donate.

An online memorial can be seen at poulsbomortuary.com
Published in The Seattle Times on Aug. 12, 2018
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