March 25, 2012 in Obituaries

Obituary: Olmstead, Carol Ann


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(Age 78)

Longtime Spokane resident, Carol Ann Olmstead was born on December 17, 1933 to Richard and Pearl Horey in Wenatchee, WA. Three years later, the family moved to Spokane where Carol Ann attended St. Patrick’s Catholic School and John R. Rogers High School, graduating class of 1951. Attending Rogers High School was an important part of Carol Ann’s life. She not only made many life-long friendships there, but met her husband Lyle. She married her high school sweetheart in 1952, and they dedicated themselves to raising six children. The family spent their early years enjoying the outdoors, boating and camping in Idaho and Canada. In 1966, Carol Ann discovered the other love of her life, when she and Lyle purchased a one-room cabin at Priest Lake. Over the years they transformed it into a lakeside paradise that has brought much joy to the lives of family and friends. Carol Ann was especially proud of her many grandchildren. She devoted much of her time supporting them by attending sporting events, programs, and recitals. She was always their biggest fan, and she wasn’t shy about sharing news of their achievements. She cherished her many friendships, especially her friends with the Rogers Alumni Association. Carol Ann was also an avid sports fan. Everyone knew it was pointless to call the house when Gonzaga basketball was being televised. Carol Ann is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Lyle; and their six children, Gayle and Rick Schock, Denyse and Henry Bajczyk, Leanne and Ed Smith, Bill and Gail Olmstead, Kristyn and Mike Alm and Suanne Olmstead; twelve grandchildren, Mike and Melissa, Kelli and Matt, Staci, Joe, Jodi, Jenaye, Erin, Hailey, Chauncye, Ryan, Tyler and Jamin; four great-grandchildren, Kadyn, Jaelynn, Jacob, and Kendyl. She is also survived by brother, Richard Horey (Sharon); and two sisters, Rosemary Procunier (Jerry), and Lynda Schuerman (Dick) and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Pearl Horey; sisters Elsie Bennett and Patricia Platt; and an infant brother, Richard. The family would like to extend thanks to Cancer Care NW and Hospice of Spokane, a special thank you to Dr. Joni Nichols and her entire staff. Words cannot express our gratitude. A Rosary will be held on Monday, March 26th at 7pm at Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home, 2203 N. Division, Spokane. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, March 27th, at 11am at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 5021 N. Nelson St. Spokane. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Patrick’s Catholic School, 2706 E. Queen Spokane WA 99217. Please visit Carol Ann’s memorial at

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