Carol Jean Mus

01/01/1941 — 12/01/2021

From Kennewick , WA

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Carol Jean Mus

Carol “Honey” Mus of Kennewick, WA was relieved of her struggle with cancer in the early hours of Dec. 1, 2021 – she fought an incredible battle and ultimately won by passing from here to eternity in heaven where she will be healthy and whole again. Carol was so strong and upbeat throughout her treatments that she became many a nurse’s & doctor’s favorite patient and an unofficial “Team Carol” developed among them. We are grateful for the love her caretakers provided that shone through and gave her encouragement.

Carol was born at home to Otto & Dorothy Heizelman in Sawyer, ND as the 4th of 5 daughters. The majority of her extended family moved to Longview, WA in 1951 seeking better employment than the ND coal mines had to offer. She graduated from Longview’s R.A. Long High School in 1959 and had subsequent secretarial training at local establishments. She worked most notably for various nuclear engineering groups at Trojan Nuclear Power Plant in Rainier, OR and the Washington Public Power Supply System in Richland, WA.

Othello, WA was called home for her and her daughter, René, from 1969-1978. In that last year she met the love of her life, Jerald “Jerry” Mus. They married after moving to Kennewick, WA in 1980 and later moved to Vancouver, WA, then on to Kalama, WA after Jerry retired from the Burlington Northern Railroad. They spent as much time as possible traveling the country in their RV, only stopping when Jerry became ill in 2010. In 2014, she moved back to Kennewick to be close to her daughter, grandchildren, and great-grandson.

Carol has many loved ones that are waiting for her in heaven: Otto, her father; Dorothy, her mother; Jerry, her husband; Gerry, her sister; Fred, her brother-in-law; a niece, Sheri; a nephew, Sam; and her best friend, Judy Johnson.

Those of us left behind, looking forward to seeing her again: Sisters Darlene, Shirley, and Donna (Regis); Brother-in-law, Dan; Daughter René (Richard); Stepchildren Josette (Jeff), Tanya (Nick), and Jerry Jr.; Grandchildren Trent (Jill), Dana (Jasen), Felisha (Reid), Shelby (Logan), and Natalie; great-grandchildren Micah and Whitney.

A Celebration of Life will be planned for the summer of 2022 in Cle Elum, WA.

If you are so moved, please send any donations to The Hospice Healthcare:

Or to the Coram Deo Academy scholarship fund where her great-grandson is a student:

Our Heavenly Father has called his lovely servant home.

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die”. John 11:25 NIV

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  • Carol was a classmate from 7th grade through our senior year. I didn’t know her well but remember that we were in the choral homeroom groups in junior high. May all the good memories comfort her family now and in the future.

    Carol Harris
    January 10, 2023
    Pasco WA
  • Carol and I had a great true friendship and the memories we shared are treasured in my heart. In the short time I knew Carol the times we were together were phenomenal and I considered her one of my best friends. We met in Yuma AZ in a store and later realized we are each living in the same community i Kennewick and we were neighbors. From there our friendship grew stronger. I miss you and never will forget our times together. I believe whole heartily she is in a better place and I later hope to be with her again.
    Love Etta Jamison

    Etta Jamison
    January 26, 2022
    Winston, OR
  • Our sincere condolences
    Nina and Sandy Okeefe

    December 25, 2021
  • I not only lost a sister but a dear friend. She was the most giving and loving person I knew. I was so glad to be able to help care for her in her final days. I will miss her so much and will look forward to seeing her again when it’s my time.

    Donna Samuels
    December 24, 2021
    Yuma, AZ
  • Aunt Honey was a wonderful , beautiful and loving lady who did always see the brights side of everything. I was lucky enough to spend my summers as a kid with her and Rene. So many memories I will truly miss her but I’m sure my mom Gerry will be happy to see her again

    December 23, 2021
  • I am so happy you are in heaven now. Like I told you, we were more like best friends than mother and daughter. It was an honor to be able to take care of you the last 3 years but the struggle is finally over! See you in heaven!

    Rene Whitehurst
    December 23, 2021
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