Carol Lee Forsyth, a longtime area resident, passed away peacefully on July 8, 2021, at the Tekoa Care Center in Tekoa, Washington.
She was born on Nov. 14, 1942, to Fred and Mary (Forest) Dorendorf.
Carol moved with her family to the Colville, Washington, area in the early 1950's.
Her mother purchased property on the hill above Angus Macdonald Park and turned it into a nursing home. Carol would work there for her mother making meals and helping with daily chores during her high school years.
She attended Colville High School, graduating with the class of 1962. Carol married in 1963 and welcomed three children, James, Maria and Chester.
Her marriage did not last and she formally divorced in 1970, leaving her to raise the children on her own.
Carol was a private housekeeper for many years and also babysat to make ends meet.
Maria moved back East to Pennsylvania and shortly thereafter, so did Jimmy, leaving just Chester at the home.
Carol was an excellent baker, and was constantly making delicious cinnamon rolls, cookies, and other baked goods.
She broke her arm and was unable to clean houses so she decided to go back to school and earn her degree, and she did just that by moving to Spokane, Washington and working at Zips to pay for college.
She finally received her AA degree from Spokane Falls Community College in 1996. Carol spent many years in Spokane and was an active member at Salem Lutheran Church.
She volunteered for many years both at the church and also at Second Harvest where she taught cooking classes on how to make cost effective meals.
Carol moved back to Colville eight years ago where she became active at St. Paul Lutheran Church, helping and volunteering as she could.
As her health declined, she had to be moved to the Tekoa Care Center to be cared for fulltime. Carol was a generous and giving woman. Even if she didn't have much, she would give you the shirt off her back if needed.
She was a strict but fair mother who loved her children dearly and she will be sorely missed by many.
Carol was preceded in death by sisters, Helen Shook and Lillian Brown; brother, George Dorendorf; grandson, James Frank Forsyth III; and great granddaughter, Sofia Forsyth.
She is survived by her children, James Forsyth Jr., Maria Forsyth-Fisher, Chester Forsyth; sisters, Della (Gene) Wright, Margaret (Don) O'Brien; eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and extended family.
Memorial services for Mrs. Carol Lee Forsyth will take place at 1 p.m. Friday, July 30, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Colville.
Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.
Danekas Funeral Chapel & Crematory has been entrusted with arrangements.
Memorial contributions in Carol's honor can be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Colville or to the Alzheimer's Association
of ones choice.
Published by The Statesman Examiner from Jul. 21 to Jul. 22, 2021.