Carol Helen Ellsworth
July 2, 1029 to April 4. 2019
Longtime West Linn resident Carol Ellsworth died peacefully in her sleep April 4, 2019. She was born in Coos Bay, Ore., to George and Emma Burger. She was raised in North Bend and graduated from North Bend High School in 1946.
After earning a degree from Portland Business College, she returned to Coos Bay where she worked as the front office manager for a law firm. She met Russell Boyd Ellsworth at a dance in 1948; they married Jan. 27, 1951 in Coos Bay, where they established their first home. The couple moved to Newport where Russell began his career with Oregon State Police and Carol managed the Lincoln County Agricultural Extension office.
Sons Dirk and Mark were born in Newport.
When Russ was transferred to the Portland Patrol Office in 1965, the family moved to Stafford and then settled in West Linn, where they resided for more than 52 years.
Carol began a 15-year career with the West Linn Wilsonville School District, serving as school secretary at Cedar Oak Park School. She loved being a part of the children's lives and helping manage daily workflow for teachers and staff.
Carol was an avid gardener with a never ending love affair with rhododendrons and geraniums. She loved boating, camping and traveling. Indoors she enjoyed sewing and culinary arts, relishing in the summer ritual of canning fruits and vegetables. She was an avid reader and member of a longtime book club made up of cherished friends. She played a serious game of pinochle with more cherished friends. She cultivated deep friendships with many over her lifetime.
She was a member of West Linn Lutheran Church and active in Stephen Ministries, women's retreats and Bible studies.
Survivors include her sons, Dirk of Tigard and Mark of West Linn; grandchildren Spencer, Hannah and Grant Ellsworth of Sherwood, and Mikayla and Juliann Ellsworth of West Linn.
An interment ceremony will be held at Willamette National Cemetery at 1 p.m. Friday, May 3.
A memorial service and day of remembrance will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4 at West Linn Lutheran Church, 20390 Willamette Drive, West Linn.
Remembrances can be made to Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation or the National Alzheimer's Association, or West Linn Lutheran Church.