Carol passed to be with the Good Lord on April 14, 2014 at a local care center in The Dalles, Oregon. She carried the burden of her cross fourteen years in a long journey of health and wellness problems.
Carol was the second born to Aaron and Inga Mercer on May 5, 1942 in Dallas, Oregon. She is survived by her older sister, Katherin Christian of Seattle, Washington.
Carol graduated from The Dalles High School in 1960. She attended Oregon State University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education in 1964. Carol married her high school-college sweetheart on July 11, 1964. She and Joseph W. Craven would have been married fifty years in July of 2014. She taught third grade at an elementary school in Dallas, Oregon while her husband finished his degree in secondary education at OSU. In the fall of 1966, they moved to The Dalles, Oregon for teaching positions. Carol taught first grade for twenty-seven years and Joe was a teacher-counselor at the Junior High for thirty years. Shortly after retiring in 1999 she suffered a long journey of health and wellness problems leading to her death April 14, 2014.
Carol is survived by her husband Joseph W. Craven of The Dalles, Oregon; daughter Kimberly Johnston and her husband Matt of Troutdale, Oregon; son Joseph A. Craven and his wife Christy of Vancouver, Washington; sister Katherin Christian of Seattle, Washington; grandsons Alex and Jacob Johnston; brother in law W. Robert Craven and his wife Marilyn of Dallas, Oregon.
Private family services have been held.
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