Carol Dawes


Carol Dawes
May 19, 1946 - Nov. 27, 2011

Carol Marie Dawes, 65, of College Place, died at Park Manor on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011.

Carol was born in Takoma Park, Md., on May 19, 1946, and was adopted at birth by Gordon and Dorothy Otter. Her parents went to Africa as missionaries shortly thereafter and Carol was raised in the countries of Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. She returned to the United States in 1964 to attend Walla Walla College.

While at Walla Walla College, Carol met Marlow Dawes. They were married on Aug. 20, 1967, in Wenatchee. Carol graduated from Eastern Washington University in Cheney in 1970 with a B.A. in education. Their daughter was born in 1970 and their son was born in 1971.

Carol returned to school in 1976 to become a licensed practical nurse and graduated as a registered nurse in 1982 from Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton. She spent the next 27 years working in the medical field. She worked in doctor's offices and several hospitals and spent three years flying for an air ambulance service in Alaska.

After she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1991, Carol and her family moved to Walla Walla to be closer to her parents. She worked at Walla Walla General Hospital until December 1995, when she became the Wellness Director for Pioneer House, an assisted living facility in Walla Walla. She loved her job and worked there until she was forced to retire in March 2010 because she developed primary brain lymphoma.

Carol had many hobbies. She enjoyed many crafts, including card-stamping and sewing, and she made a number of quilts. She also liked to camp, work in her perennial flowerbed and watch Seattle Mariners baseball games.

Carol, is survived by her husband, Marlow; her daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Bill Cote of Gray, Tenn.; her son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Karen Dawes of Walla Walla; her brother, LeRoy Otter of Olathe, Kan.; and four grandchildren, Andy and Amy Cote and Gavin and Caden Dawes. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, Mike.

A memorial service for family and close friends will be held in January at the Milton Adventist Church, where she was a member. Carol was a member of the Neptune Society and her ashes will be scattered at sea off the Washington Coast.


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