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Carolyn A. Stender

February 19, 1939 - October 14, 2021


November 4, 2021

Carolyn A. Stender

Carolyn A. Stender

Carolyn A. Stender, 82, of Spokane Valley, Wash., passed away October 14, 2021, after a short battle with cancer. She was born on February 19, 1939, in Sacramento, California, to Edwin and Florence (Matchett) York. In 1956 she married John Stender and they had five children, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She grew up in Eastern Washington and worked as a bookkeeper and grocery clerk for many years.

John and Carolyn spent many summers on their boat with family and friends on Coeur d' Alene Lake. They also spent time traveling around the United States to visit family and friends. Most of their travels were to Arizona and Montana but they also went as far east as New York and down south to Texas.

Carolyn was known for her contagious laugh, which you could hear from across the room. She was also known for being generous, funny, and a kind person who everyone loved to be around. Carolyn loved a good glass of wine with friends, football, bingo, and the Zags. She loved being with her family and loved when her great-grandsons would visit for Twinkies and games of Uno and Go Fish. Crocheting kept her busy and she sold her crafts at craft shows. She started at shows in small towns located in Whitman County and moved to larger shows in Spokane and Pullman (mom's weekend). Carolyn was able to make friends effortlessly. Her bright and bubbly personality made it easy for her to strike up a conversation and start a friendship.

Carolyn is survived by her children Carl (Debbie) Stender of Archer City, Texas, Jay Stender, Ellen Brown, and Scott Stender of Spokane Valley, Washington; sister Susan (Kent) Gordon of Malta, Montana; her grandchildren David Stender, Ashley (Johnny) Martinez, Jason (Linda) Stender, and Rachel Stender; and great-grandchildren Kaden, Maggie, Cain, Gunner, John, and Lily. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband John, brother Donald York Sr., and son Doug Stender.

Memorial services will be held on November 6, 2021, at 3:00 PM, at Thornhill Valley Chapel, 1400 S Pines Rd, Spokane Valley, WA. Reception following services.

Donations can be sent to Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursey. Flowers can be sent to Thornhill Valley Chapel.


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