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CAROLYNN JOY COYNE Carolynn Joy made her entrance into the household of Wayne and Darlene Rude of Bellingham, Washington on May 4, 1955. She was their first child, but a house full of siblings followed: Cathy, Danny, and Colleen. Carolynn's father died of cancer when he was 45, and her mother remarried to Carl Stratton. They took up residence in Richland. On their 25th anniversary, Darlene passed away. Carl still lives in the house they shared together. Carolynn married Theodore Evers in the early 70's and the couple had two children: Justin and Dylan. The marriage lasted eleven years, and Carolynn set out to provide for herself and her boys. Joseph (Joe) Coyne met her about eight years later. "She was the hardest working woman I have ever met," said Joe. "She was working nine jobs to make ends meet." That first meeting took place in 1988. Each had joined a dance class, and within a few months, the two were officially dating. In the spring of 1990, the couple dined at the Emerald of Siam in Richland. As they sat in the middle of the busy restaurant, Joe dropped to one knee and asked Carolynn to marry him. All activity came to a silent standstill as everyone waited to hear Carolynn's response. She said yes, and the place erupted in applause. The engagement lasted just over a year. When the couple did marry, things were a little unconventional. The wedding took place in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho on March 22, 1991, but the two kept the marriage a secret. "We didn't tell anyone," said Joe. "We kept our own houses and would call each other at night after we got the kids to bed and say, 'Hi, husband, and Hi, wife.' " Then on June 22, 1991, the two married again in the front yard of Carolynn's house in West Richland. Carolynn's household and Joe's household (which included Jonathon, Joe's son from his previous marriage) became one. The Coyne household grew over the years, adding Abraham (Abe), and Karina. When young Abe was almost a toddler, Carolynn wanted to surprise Joe for Valentine's Day. She asked Judge Yankenpal to officiate, and the couple married each other for a third time, with Abe acting as the witness. On Thursday, August 12, 1999, the Coyne family changed forever. On that day, although Joe and Carolynn were out and about in different directions as the day unfolded, each made a commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. When they rejoined, they learned that their confessions of faith had occurred within twenty minutes of each other. Trying to decide what to do next, Carolynn said, "I've heard of a church." That church was Harvest Heights. The couple went to see for themselves, but it was the lunch hour and the building was empty. "We looked through every window. We couldn't wait to go to church!" The couple has been a part of God's family at Harvest Heights ever since for over seventeen years. Joe and Carolynn shared a wonderful life with each other. After marrying Joe, Carolynn simplified her work life. She worked many years for Horizon Air Lines, then fourteen years for the State of Washington's Child Support Division, then six years for Heartland Payment Systems. After that, she helped Joe who continues to work for the company. Of all her many positions, though, she enjoyed her last the most, working at Lowe's in Kennewick in the flower department. When Carolynn wasn't working, she loved to travel with her Joe. "We went to Mexico on our honeymoon," said Joe, "and a twelve foot Sailfish is on the wall to prove it." In the years that followed, the couple returned to Mexico four more times. "Definitely Carolynn's favorite times have been in Mexico. We have also traveled to Canada, Hawaii, twice to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and in 2014 we went to Israel and toured the Holy Lands with our church family." In August of 2015, Carolynn was diagnosed with cancer. Early on in the course of treatment, she experienced a remission. The Coyne's and their church family celebrated God's goodness. In the months that followed, however, the cancer returned. Joe traveled with Carolynn seeking treatment in Oregon and in Texas, visiting family and sharing their story and God's love wherever they went. As the cancer spread, Carolynn remained optimistic, but mostly hopeful that somehow through her ordeal and time spent with family that all of her children, their spouses, and the many grandchildren, would see the goodness of God and come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. On Tuesday, January 4, 2017, Carolynn Joy Coyne was birthed into heaven. Her husband Joe and children were at her bedside. Karina described her mother in this way: "She was a spunky, colorful, and stubborn person, with a huge heart for others. Always willing to listen, she offered understanding and support. She loved to wear bright lipstick and gaudy jewelry. She liked to read in her free time, and she was an artist: painting, drawing, leather working, anything really. She loved to dance. She could groove. You could just say a random word and she would break out into a full song. Momma had a tender heart; her eyes were always wet whether it was a joyful cry or a heartfelt sad one. Momma had a great sense of humor." Carolynn leaves behind all of her five children. Her son Dylan Evers and his wife Jennifer live in Denton, Texas. Her son Justin and his wife Brianne live in Vancouver, Washington. Jonathan Coyne and his wife Annie live in Spokane, and her son Abraham Coyne and daughter Karina Coyne live in Pasco. She also leaves behind five treasured grandchildren: Ayden, Peyton, Carson, Kenzie, and Mickey. Carolynn's life is to be celebrated this Saturday, January 14, at 1:30 at Harvest Heights Church, 137205 Locust Grove Road in Kennewick, Washington.
Published in Tri-City Herald from Jan. 11 to Jan. 12, 2017