Carol grew up in Spokane and attended Catholic schools including Holy Names Academy.
She graduated from Sacred Heart school of Nursing in 1962 as a registered nurse and married Jack L. McElroy of Spokane in 1962.
They recently celebrated their 53rd anniversary.
She was a wonderful wife, loving mother, and fabulous Nonny.
She played the piano and taught her girls to play the guitar.
Carol was active in crafts and macramÄ‚Ĺ and loved shopping and decorating the home, especially for Christmas.
Their daughter Toni Ann was born in Spokane and after Jack graduated from Gonzaga University in 1963, the family moved to the Tri-Cities where Jill Marie was born.
Their daughters were the focus of their lives, until four grandchildren came along.
Carol worked at several hospitals and nursing homes in the Tri-Cities including Kennewick General and Vista View nursing home where she loved working with the disabled patients.
She was a passionate and caring nurse and would often volunteer to work the holidays so the other nurses could be home with their family; her own family would join her for the day at work.
Carol also worked in Sales Merchandising with No Nonsense Fashions and Procter and Gamble.
Carol was very active with St. Patrick’s School in Pasco where Toni and Jill attended and was in charge of many school functions.
Carol loved to travel, especially to Hawaii and Mexico, and also loved going on cruises.
They would usually take the entire family on their vacations.
She and Jack became snowbirds with a second home in Green Valley AZ where their daughter Toni lives and they spend the winter months.
Carol, also known as Nonny to her grandchildren, will be reunited in heaven with many family and friends who have preceded her, including her Mother Cecilia (Anselmo) Bambino and her father Herbert G. (Curly) Bambino.
Carol is survived by her husband Jack, two daughters Toni (Wally) Howard, Jill (Kevin) Heaton and grandchildren, Ryan Levy, Joseph Haun, Emily Haun, and Justin McElroy.
Carol has surviving brothers, Rodney in Hawaii and Major Bambino in Spokane.
She has many cousins and extended family members, most of who still live in Spokane.
Please join the family at 2:30 PM Friday September 25, 2015 at Holy Cross Cemetery in Spokane, WA with a Liturgy service starting at 3:00 PM.
There will also be a Memorial Service in the Tri-Cities at Faith Assembly Church in Pasco, Saturday at 1:00 PM September 26, 2015.
Memorials or gifts in Carols name can be sent to the Tri-City Chaplaincy (Hospice) or The Mid-Columbia (Tri-Cities) Salvation Army.
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