1936 - 2012
Born Carol Ann Nelson on June 13, 1936 in Mankato, Minnesota to Clarence
and Anna Engergretson Nelson. She moved with her family to Walla Walla in 1943. She
attended Baker School and then Green Park School where she was in the last 8th grade
class to graduate there.
During her growing up years she enjoyed making music with her family;
Carol was the accordion player. She loved flying with her father in his airplane. When
new baby sister, Sandra Jean arrived, Carol and Donna spent many afternoons in Harry Stewart's pasture where
they had built a nest in the tall grass. They formed a secret club and
called themselves the “Silly Goose Girls”. When Carol was 14 and 15 years old, she
helped her sister, Donna, deliver the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin to the towns of Dixie,
Wasitburg and Prescott. They would drive a 1938 Buick or an older model Nash and soon
became adept at changing flat ties and driving in all sorts of weather conditions. As a teenager
she liked to attend the dances at the Walla Walla Airbase.
She graduated from Wa-Hi in 1954. That same year she married Lawrence Hussey in
Walla Walla. While raising three children, she helped her husband
build their house. She was active with Camp Fire activities and was
the leader of her daughter's Bluebird group. She worked for 12 years
at the Camp Fire office and Blue Mountain Action Council and
helped put her husband through college. She devoted many hours
to typing college papers for both her husband and her son. After her
job at BMAC, Carol took college classes at Walla Walla Community
College. She loved tending her flower garden and was a member of
the Iris Society.
She embraced her Scandinavian heritage. She belonged to the
Danish Sisterhood. Carol passed her love for making lefse on to her son, Calvin and
his wife, Bonnie, early in their marriage by taking them to make lefse on a woodstove
in her Uncle Hank Engerbretson's garage. This tradition continued as they brought
their young daughters with them. Through the years, making lefse at Calvin's house
became the new tradition with his wife and three daughters becoming expert lefse
makers. This year Carol got to see her greatgrandson,
Dylin, cook lefse like a pro at age 5.
When her daughter, Laurie, died in 1984, Carol became
involved with the group Compassionate Friends. She enjoyed
crocheting, sewing and quilting. She was always up for the challenge
of learning new quilting patterns and loved going to quilt shows in
numerous cities in the Northwest. She made numerous blankets
for relatives' birthdays, weddings and new babies. She helped her
granddaughters on numerous sewing projects over the years.
Carol became an avid genealogist. She spent many years
researching and recording family information on her and her
husband's families. She loved sharing the fruits of her labor with her
relatives at the many Engergretson family reunions she attended.
She is survived by her husband, Larry; three siblings, Donna
Christopherson, Sandra Jean Davis and Ken Nelson; son Calvin
(Bonnie) Hussey; daughter Lynn Inglis; grandchildren Shayla
McIntyre, Nicholas Inglis, Megan Eaton, Kira Inglis, Jenna Hussey;
great-grandchildrennn, Dylin and Alexis McIntrye anAmeliaia
Inglis. She was preceded in death by daughter Laurel Lee Hussey