Carolyn Jean Winkler Vorhies, of Spokane, Washington, passed away Monday night after a valiant battle.
She was born at Sacred Heart Hospital here in Spokane, number 10 of 11 children to Alice and Wm Winkler. She was lively, tenacious and a hard worker. She had to be in order to be noticed.
She attended Holy Names Academy. Her life's work included ensuring the safety and security of others, and later, serving good cheer to those in her company. She entered the workforce at JC Penney's in loss prevention and then in the 1970s for Moon Security in the Tri-Cities continuing her career in theft prevention. She even packed a .38. She had an opportunity to continue her career in Fairbanks, Alaska, in 1975, so she packed up and went by herself.
She later changed careers and worked at the Past Time Bar as the lead manager where she met the love of her life, Loren "Wendy" Vorhies, on a bet. They married in 1981.
In 1982 she worked up North on the Alaskan Pipeline, most of the time at Pump 7 as a bull cook through the Culinary Union. She also worked for the Fairbanks School District at Denali Elementary as a custodian and loved it so much because of the school children. She asked to be kept on the recall list for years after she retired in 2000.
She also worked at The Elks off and on, and was infamous for her secret Bloody Mary mix. Her husband, Wendy, was a member of the Elks Club and Carolyn was involved in the Emblem Club. Her passion was helping children, and she was always the first to volunteer for any function that supported children and their needs. She received the Elks Lady of the Year 92-93 for her outstanding contribution and support of Elks Lodge 1551. There was never a time that anyone remembers in which she said "no" to them when they needed help.
Carolyn often thought of others, she was the first to listen and help solve your problems. She was always the giver and uncomfortable in the role of receiver. She was known to serve her famous lemon drop martinis to the neighbors after they finished mowing their lawns. She loved her sports, her horses and betting on them even more. She could tell a joke, feed large groups, buy your drinks and make you feel as if were her No. 1 priority.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Alice and Wm; her husband, Loren "Wendy" Vorhies; three brothers, Robert, Jack and James Winkler; and sisters, Gretchen Curalli, Martha Klunder and Constance Winkler.
Carolyn is survived by her sisters, Barbara Davey of Medford, Oregon, Mary Johnson of Oregon, Idaho, and Heleene Murphy (Larry) and Marjorie Schultz (Ted), both of Spokane; two stepsons, Kenny and Greg; her granddaughter, Tristian, whom she adored; and 31 nephews and nieces, 34 great-nephews and -nieces, and countless friends and relatives.
Her Rosary will be Thursday, March 4, 2021, at 9:30 a.m. immediately followed by her Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, Spokane, Washington. She will be laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery. Please visit her online memorial page at www.holycrossofspokane.org.
Published by Daily News-Miner on Feb. 28, 2021.