Carol Boedigheimer McDonald
March 30, 1940 - March 28, 2014
Carol McDonald, 73, of Silverton passed away peacefully at home March 28, 2014 surrounded by her loving husband of 26 years, Jim McDonald and many loved ones.
This strong woman, who told her medical providers that she was "a tough old bird", beat significant odds and remarkably survived four and a half years after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The care given by her primary care physician, Dr. Michael Gabe, and her oncologist, Dr. William Pierce, the staff at Salem Hospital's oncology ward, and Willamette Valley Hospice was nothing short of superb and compassionate.
Carol was a wonderful woman. Born in Salem in 1940 to Al and Hilda Seifer, the oldest daughter of seven siblings, including brothers Roger Seifer (Karen), Jack Seifer (Annie), and sisters Sandi Cunningham (Mike), Debbie Henjum (Mark), Kathy Hatteberg (Rick), and Kim Devito (Chris), she was the consummate big sister. She had a kind spirit and generous nature. Carol was a successful business woman as owner of the Dairy Peak that became Boedie's Drive-In. She married the late Verl Boedigheimer in 1959, and had four children who adored their mother - Lisa Bledsoe (Dixon), Scott Boedigheimer (Phillis Loh), Dina Schmidt, and Todd Boedigheimer (Tara). She gave dozens of Silver Fox teens their first start in the business world, and her philosophy was to treat all of them like she would want others to treat her own children.
In May of 1987, Carol married Jim McDonald, and they had many happy years together that included travel to Hawaii, Florida, and snow birding in Tucson, Arizona. They also enjoyed the beach in Lincoln City, where Jim would ride his bicycles and Carol enjoyed sewing and puzzles, before they would reunite for dinner at favorite seafood restaurants.
She achieved almost legendary status for her perfect pies, and gladly made one or several for almost every gathering of her immediate and large extended family for years. She was a gifted seamstress and incredible quilter, having made beautiful quilts for all seven of her grandchildren, whom she loved dearly - Briana (Ethan Hupp) and Trevor Bledsoe, Tyler and Ally Schmidt, Drew Boedigheimer, and Shannen and Sharisse Loh. She donated quilts to several children's charities such as Liberty House in Salem.
Carol was also a talented artist and gifted in design, having conceived the architectural plans for and doing the interior decorating in a beautiful home she and Jim built in Silverton and shared for years. Blessed with a green thumb, she designed the elaborate and gorgeous landscaping for the home she loved. Flowers, birds, and gardening were lifelong joys.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, and is survived by an extended family loaded with cousins, nieces and nephews.
There will be a celebration for family and friends at the Oregon Garden Resort Saturday, April 5th, from 2-5 p.m. in the Orchid Ball Room. In lieu of flowers, Carol requested that she be remembered through donations to Silverton Area Community Aid, Inc. (SACA) and Liberty House in Salem.
Published in StatesmanJournal on Apr. 3, 2014