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Carolyn Raye Myers
12/22/1942 — 09/22/2020
From Richland, WA | Born in Cottonwood, ID
Carolyn Raye Myers
Carolyn Raye Myers
Carolyn Raye Myers, 77, passed away September 22, 2020 in Pasco, WA after suffering from Alzheimer’s. She was born December 22, 1942, in Cottonwood, ID to Ray and Zelda Shuck, the youngest of three girls. Born premature, Carolyn was always delicate and tiny along with being sweet, kind and compassionate. At the age of 2, Carolyn was crawling up onto a stool by herself to play the piano. She taught herself to play by ear, and after many years of lessons, went on to become a Concert Pianist and Organist.
She grew up in Pomeroy, WA and graduated from Pomeroy High School in 1962. She earned the title of Miss Pomeroy during her high school years. Carolyn later went on to attend Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa, ID and graduated in 1967. During this time she met Dean Myers, eventually getting married and enjoying 51 years together. While at NNC, she continued her love of education in music and became a teacher. Carolyn started her teaching career in the Kennewick School District as a Music Specialist from 1972-1998 at both Vista and Eastgate Elementary Schools where she shared her music background with all her students. She put on many concerts with them over the years including the 5th Grade All-City Choral Festival.
Carolyn and Dean had 2 daughters, Amber (1975) and Kim (1976). They thoroughly enjoyed the girls and considered them the biggest blessing in their lives along with having them live close by as they got older and started their own families, spending time with their 4 grandkids (and granddogs too). Carolyn was an active member and also very involved with music in our churches locally both at Columbia Community (C3) and Richland Nazarene Church. She would often play the piano or organ during church services or when people needed accompaniment. Through the years she enjoyed her baby grand piano, always practicing church hymns along with fun songs with her grandkids to teach them the love of music. She enjoyed sharing God’s word during the many prayer groups and bible studies she was a part of along with ministering to youth.
Carolyn and Dean loved to travel, spending many trips over the course of 40 years in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. This is where their heart was as they loved the sweet people and their culture and took our family several times with them. In 1994, they built their dream home together on the Columbia River, a collection of many of ideas incorporating their love of contemporary art and furnishings. Over the years, Carolyn cherished many long lasting friendships with close friends but valued family and grandkids the most! She enjoyed many walks by the river, reading her bible, our Oregon Coast family beach trips, along with the beauty of flowers in nature.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her Husband Dean Myers, Parents Ray and Zelda Shuck. She is survived by her Daughters, Amber (Tim) Rosenthal, Kim (Jeff) Coleman, Sisters Myrna Mussetter and Beverly Richardson, Grandchildren Katie (Keaton) Wrathall, Lindsay Rosenthal, Kenyon Coleman, Sawyer Coleman, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Our family would like to thank the Chaplaincy Hospice Care Team, entire staff at Rosetta Pasco, and Sylvia for all the compassion, love and support. Your kind and patient hearts were so comforting during this time of need. Due to covid restrictions the family has chosen a small celebration of Carolyn’s life. She will be laid to rest on Monday September 28, 2020 at Einan’s Sunset Gardens in Richland, WA.
Upon Dean’s passing, Mom was heartbroken and needed to continue on in heaven with him. She joined him 5 weeks later. Our hearts are saddened but our memories are forever. Love you Mom and Dad!
Dean and Carolyn were the most wonderful neighbors to us. They immediately reached out, making us feel welcomed and included. We enjoyed their warmth, kindness and concern over the years. They indeed loved their grandchildren but they adored their daughters and their families as well! One could easily tell those relationships brought them great happiness and satisfaction. I remember back in 1995 when they visited when our first child was born. We discussed the possibility of other children and Carolyn suggested the benefits of having children close together as she and Dean had with Amber and Kim. (Prior to that, we thought we would wait a few years.) We were sold and had our own children in short order. It worked out very well for us to the point that we often reflect on how fortunate we were that Carolyn put the idea in our heads.
It would be wonderful if there were more people like Dean and Carolyn in the world. It is so easy to sit here and remember their laughs, friendliness and beautiful smiles. We hope their family will be comforted by Dean and Carolyn’s on-going presence in their hearts and by many happy memories.
Amber & Kim…
A legacy isn’t about leaving something for people. It’s about what you leave in people. Your sweet mother left her image in your lives. Thinking of you and praying for God’s blessings as you grieve.
Dear Amber and Kim,
I was so saddened to learn that you lost both of your parents in such a short time span. My heart goes out to both of you. They both had terrific smiles and were so kind to me as the middle apartment dweller.
I am thinking of you and your families at this difficult time.
Amber and Kim our prayers and thoughts are with you at this sad and difficult time. we have special memories of our trip to the Oregon coast and watching the river boat races from their deck. Amber mom so appreciated your phone call