Carol Nordquist

1938 - 2014


Carol Nordquist

Sept. 11, 1938 — April 4, 2014

Carol Nordquist died at her Oysterville, Wash., residence April 4, 2014, after a valiant struggle with cancer. Born Caroline Jessie Kirk on Sept. 11, 1938, in Walla Walla, Carol completed her schooling at Sacred Heart School of Nursing in Spokane and subsequently worked for eight years as a registered nurse in Walla Walla, San Francisco, Seattle and Fairbanks, Alaska.

It was on a New Year’s Eve blind date that Carol met Robert Arlyn Nordquist, known always as “Bud,” a student at the University of Alaska when Carol followed him north, married him and settled in Fairbanks as Bud began his career with the Union Oil Company. During their lifetime together they lived in many exotic locales in connection to Bud’s work. Still, it was the Long Beach Peninsula that called insistently to Carol and, in 1978, they bought a house in Ocean Park.

Everywhere she lived, Carol became a part of things. And among her many activities she participated in the Petroleum Wives Club, and everywhere, she played bridge and mahjong.

As she and Bud began to look toward retirement, they bought property in Oysterville. The move into the Oysterville house began in 1996 and it seemed they were just “settling in” when Bud tragically drowned during a fishing trip on the Columbia River in 1997.

Carol is survived by her children, Rebekah “Becky” Ann Nordquist Henderson, Eric Robert Nordquist, and Elizabeth “Betsy” Nordquist; her grandchildren, Sarah and Joshua Henderson and Lars Nordquist; and by her cherished cats, Nuan and Noi. Also surviving are her mother, Hazel Kirk; and her sisters, Kathleen “Joey” Wickett, Joan Nordt and Rebekah “Becky” Kludt; as well as numerous other relatives, in-laws and friends.

A celebration of Carol’s life will be held Saturday, April 12, 2014, at 10 a.m. at the Oysterville Church. The family requests donations be made in Carol’s name to the Oysterville Restoration Foundation and to Rebuilding Together.

Her complete obituary and online guestbook are available at


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