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Carolyn Irene Ewing
02/16/1945 — 04/24/2012
From Kennewick, WA, USA | Born in Black Oak, AK
Carolyn Irene Ewing
Carolyn Irene Ewing, age 67, died at her home in Kennewick, WA on Tuesday April 26 of respiratory failure and congestive heart failure. She was born at home on the family farm in Black Oak Arkansas to Herbert Allen Junior and Artie Irene Earnhart on February 16, 1945. The oldest of three children, Carolyn grew up working on the family farm picking cotton to buy her school books and often told of doing her homework on the long bus rides to and from Monette High School where she graduated in 1963. She was very active at the Black Oak Baptist Church where she played piano and taught Sunday school classes. Carolyn moved to Arkadelphia after high school to attend Ouachita Baptist College. She helped pay her tuition working long humid summers in shoe factories and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Education and minors in both Music and Psychology. Carolyn moved back home to Black Oak and taught at Caraway Elementary before moving to Southeastern Washington in 1972. She drove the bookmobile while working as a librarian at the Mid-Columbia Library and taught as a substitute teacher for the Richland and Pasco school districts until she met and married the love of her life Richard Howard Ewing. Together they embarked on a 36 year marriage of love, laughter, and fun. With him at her side they extensively traveled the United States camping and square dancing the nights away. Alaska and Hawaii quickly became their favorite destination and they were able to organize several tours with their square dancing friends. Carolyn was a member of the square dance clubs where her husband Rick was a square dance caller, the Dust Twirlers in Basin City, WA and the Hermiston Square Knots in Oregon. After a break in teaching to raise her family Carolyn returned to school earning a Masters in Special Education from Heritage College. She went on to pursue a career teaching special education for preschoolers at the North Franklin School District in Connell and later adaptive living classes at both McLoughlin Middle School and Pasco High. Although Carolyn deeply loved all children she retired from teaching in 2007 due to health problems. In her retirement Carolyn expanded her knitting and crocheting hobby to provide blankets, hats, and leg warmers to an orphanage in Africa Carolyn was preceded in death by her father Junior Earnhart and grandchild Forrest Lee Schauss. Carolyn is survived by her beloved husband Rick Ewing of Kennewick and four children. Kimberly Myron Schauss of Kennewick, James April Ewing of Kennewick, Dawn Tony Messina of Roswell, GA, and A. Bryan Erica Ewing of Olympia; by her grandchildren Brehanna Baker-Gamin, Kristina Smith, Brek Smith, Jackson Schauss, and Mason Allen Schauss of Kennewick, Alex Messina and Elle Messina of Roswell, GA, and James Wheeler of Olympia; great-grandchildren Carter Kawai, Kiana Kawai, Amerie Contrerez, and Rahman Pleasant of Kennewick. She is survived by her mother Irene Earnhart of Black Oak, AR; sister Lynn Brian Nutt of Hampton, AR; brother Allen Judy Earnhart of Piggott, AR. Carolyn is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews all of the Southern states and one very special dog, Tinkerbell. Visitation will be at Einan's Funeral Home, 915 Bypass Highway, Richland, WA, Wednesday, April 2, 2012, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral will be at the Memories at Sunset Event Center, at the same location, Thursday, April 3, 2012, 11 a.m. followed by entombment at the Sunset Gardens Mausoleum. A gathering to celebrate Carolyn's life will be held at 2 p.m. at her home in Kennewick. If you would like, in lieu of flowers, you may make donations to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Carolyn's name, www.stjude.org/ or any charity of your choice. The family Southeastern Washington in 1972. She worked as a librarian at the Mid-Columbia Library and as a substitute teacher for Richland and Pasco school districts until she met and married the love of her life, Richard Howard Ewing. Together they embarked on a 36-year marriage of love, laughter, and fun. With him at her side, they extensively traveled the United States camping and square dancing the nights away. Carolyn was a member of the square dance clubs where her husband, Rick, was a square dance caller for the Dust Twirlers in Basin City, WA and the Hermiston Square Knots in Oregon. After raising her family, Carolyn returned to school, earning a Masters in Special Education from Heritage College. She pursued a career teaching special education for preschoolers at the North Franklin School District in Connell, and adaptive living classes at both Mcglotholin and Pasco High. Although Carolyn loved the children she taught, she retired from teaching in 2007 due to health problems. In her retirement, Carolyn expanded her knitting and crocheting hobby to provide blankets, hats, and leg warmers to an orphanage in Africa. Her father, Junior Earnhart, and grandchild Forrest Lee Schauss precede Carolyn in death. Carolyn is survived by her beloved husband, Rick Ewing of Kennewick and four children, Kimberly Myron Schauss of Kennewick, James April Ewing of Kennewick, Dawn Tony Messina of Roswell, GA, and A. Bryan Erica Ewing of Olympia; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She is survived by her mother, Irene Earnhart of Black Oak, AR; sister Lynn Brian Nutt of Hampton, AR; brother Allen Judy Earnhart of Piggott, AR. Carolyn is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews all of the Southern states and her special dog, Tinkerbell. Viewing is May 2, 2012, at Einan's Funeral Home, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; with service and entombment at Einan's Memories at Sunset Event Center and Sunset Memorial Gardens, May 3, 2012, 11 a.m., all located at 915 Bypass Highway, Richland, WA. A celebration of Carolyn's life will held at 2 p.m. at her Kennewick home. In lieu of flowers, please donate to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Carolyn's name, www.stjude.org/ .
Thanks for being my older sister and taking care of me when I was a baby. I really don’t remember too much about your babysitting skills, but I do recall you taking me fishing along with all the trips to Norfork lake we went on as a family. I want to thank you again for crashing your 55 Chevrolet and then giving it to me, just had to hammer the fender off the tire and I was good to go. I thought I was pretty cool being in the seventh grade and having my own car to drive to school. You remind me very much of our Dad by the way you enjoyed life and loved having fun.
Love You Always
Little Brother Allen
Growing up in Black Oak, Ar., where everyone knew each other, I remember Carolyn as one of the sweetest souls on this earth. We were classmates throughout our schooldays. Our families went to the same church. Although I hadn’t seen her in many years, I will always remember her sweet spirit. May God give you comfort at this most difficult time. Our loss is heaven’s gain.
I did not know Carolyn but do know her sister, Lynn.
Carolyn was raised in my old stomping grounds in Black Oak, Arkansas.
My heart felt sympathy to her family and friends who will always love her.
God bless you Lynn.
I worked with Carolyn both in the North Franklin and Pasco school districts – she was truly a very loving and caring person. She will be missed.
I will always remember Carolyn’s kindness and sweet smile. Her new journey has begun. I know she is rejoicing with her maker and loved ones.
It is the faith in our souls that comforts us.
I love all of you dearly and you are in my prayers.
In His Love,
So hard to believe that you are with Dad now, I’m sooo jealous! But it will only be a little while and we will all be together again, singing praises to our Lord and Savior. Like Allen, I remember the special things that you did for me. My 13th birthday card that said,”Happy birthday, teenager”. Made my day! And my first real makeup was a makeover you gave me at Jonesboro. I felt so grown up! I will always love you and never, ever forget your smile, laughter, and joy of living.
Your little sister,
To the Ewing family. My prayers are with you. It has been a pleasure knowing Carolyn through Kim. She made me feel like family. I know she is in your hearts and will have a special place in mine. May God give you comfort and strength in each other. Love Lavonne
i went to school with carolyn. she was always laughing and had a smile on her face . i know her family will miss her but her classmates will also. but remember she is in a lot better place, not hurting anymore. linda dunigan hardin class of 1963
The Ewing Family, Rick, Kim, we just wanted you to know that we are praying for you all and our thoughts are with you. Carolyn has meant so very much to us, I will never forget her taking time to show me around when I was in Washington. We laughed and had a great time. We are so glad we got to see her last summer. She is free now, serving God along with her Dad, and all the others gone ahead. We love you all. God will be with you. Aunt Pauline & Tim
Rick, Kim and the Ewing family we wish we could be there with you at this time of loss. Thank God He allowed us those moments together last summer. I know that visit will help Aunt Irene, Lynn and Allen with their grief. Praise God for His Glory and for taking Carolyn home! He will sustain those of us left behind till we join our Heavenly family. All our love to each of you.
Kim, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom inspired me with her spunk more than you know. You also inspired me with your dedication to family. You are a good daughter. Know that Carolyn and your dad did right in raising you. I will miss her sense of humor and mischievous smile!
Hey Mom. I love you. It is so hard to go on without you. I have to keep reminding myself how selfish I am to want to keep you from the Glory of Heaven with Jesus. I will take care of Dad for you as best I can: Love from your oldest daughter, Kim
Please accept my condolences. I graduated with Carolyn from Monette High. Although I haven’t seen her since, I remember Carolyn as a bright, cheerful and studious young lady. She impressed me as someone who was raised in a Christian environment.
I graduated with Carolyn at Monette. I attended the web service at Black Oak Baptist today. It was a very nice way to have a service for mom and family and friends. I am very sorry for your loss of Carolyn. You will have to remember all the good times. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Rick and family, We just found out about Carolyn’s death. She was a wonderful and warm woman. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers through this difficult loss. God Bless
Caroline you were a wonderful person with the biggest heart for everyone you met. You are with the Lord and out of pain. Enjoy watching over all of us as I know you will. Everyone who that had a chance to meet you was blessed.
RICK AND FAMILY, I RMEMBER WHEN YOU MET CAROLYN AND I HAD NEVER SEEN YOU HAPPIER. WHEN I SAW YOU BOTH OUTSIDE A DR. OFFICE AFTER MANY YRS. YOU BOTH STILL HAD THAT GLOW OF HAPPINESS. SHE IS AT PEACE NOW RICK AND YOU AND YOUR FAMILY WILL HEAL KNOWING HER PEACE WILL GIVE YOU PEACE. GOD BE WITH YOU AND COMFORT YOU. PAT WILLIAMS
I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to you, Kim and Myron, and all the family in the loss of your dear mother. I know that you had a very close relationship with her which makes the parting more difficult. Please know that you are in my prayers. Love, Renee