Carolyn Sue Kinney
April 30, 1934 - September 21, 2010
Carolyn Sue Kinney, 76, passed away in Spokane, Washington on
September 21, 2010. Carolyn was born in Los Angeles, California on
April 30, 1934 to Norman Melvin and June Lillian (Ostling) Imbertson.
She graduated from Arizona Academy (now Thunderbird
Academy) and attended Occidental College and later Pacific University
where she met her first husband, Donald Hobart Collins. Carolyn
was instrumental in helping her second husband, Lorrin Winfred
Kinney, find the Lord and eventually enter into the ministry.
Carolyn moved to Lakeview Oregon in 1966 when her husband
became pastor of the local Seventh-day Adventist church. Soon afterward,
the family moved to a 128 acre property at the mouth of
Drews Gap where she raised her family. Over the next 30+ years she
made Lakeview and Lake County her home.
Carolyn moved to Milton-Freewater, Oregon in 1997 and then
Spokane, Washington in 2005 where she was able to live near several
of her children and grandchildren.
Carolyn always felt that her greatest accomplishment was raising
her children in a faith and love filled home. Carolyn shared with
others that it was God's blessings that allowed her the opportunity
to raise her children in the country. As a single mother of 6, she
held many jobs and owned several businesses in order to provide
for the family. Always the optimist, Carolyn was open to trying new things. She
willingly invested herself and her resources into business adventures.
Her love of animals played a part in her adventures including
raising bummer lambs and calves, raising German Shepherd dogs,
raising Thoroughbred horses and even operating a pony ring. As a
retailer in the community, she owned and operated the Economy
Grocery and, later, the Franko Gas station. Carolyn later retired
from the Lake County School District in 1996.
She never felt that what she did for income defined who she was.
Instead, she is remembered for her strong faith and love of God,
her positive outlook on life, her sense of humor and her extreme
kindness. She was a devoted member of the Seventh-day Adventist
church for over 60 years. She lived her faith openly and wanted her
life to be a reflection of our Creator. She saw only the best in people
and was always excited to share good news. She often opened her
heart and home to those in need.
After complications following a stroke, Carolyn went to sleep in
the Lord, trusting in the resurrection.
The funeral service will be 1:30 p.m., Sunday, September 26,
2010, at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military
Road, Walla Walla, Washington. The graveside service and burial
will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery in College Place. Chaplain
Larry Veverka will officiate.
She is survived by her step-sister, Jane Oftelie of Grand Rapids,
NM; sons: Eric Kinney and his wife Denise of Deer Park, WA, Terry
Kinney and his wife Kim of Battle Ground, WA, Dan Kinney and
his wife Becky of Deer Park, WA; daughters: Norma Angele of
Lakeview, OR, Heidi Pierson and her husband John of Chattaroy,
WA, Thyra Hinshaw and her husband Brent of Walla Walla, WA; as
well as sixteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
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