Longtime Pendleton resident Carolyn Elizabeth (Williams) Rostock passed away at Callaway Gardens Care facility in Kennewick on Dec. 13, 2017. A graveside service will be held at Olney Cemetery in Pendleton, Oregon, on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at 11 a.m.
Carolyn was born on May 1, 1926 in Oakland, New Jersey, to parents Edwin and Gertrude Williams. As a youth, Carolyn lived in Newport, California. Her family then moved to Springfield, OR where Carolyn graduated from Springfield High School. She attended Eastern Oregon College of Nursing in La Grande, Oregon, for two years and then served in the Cadet Nurse Corp during WW II.
Married in 1947 to Ernest Rostock, she resided in Pendleton for 68 years where she raised her three children. She was active in her children’s school activities and community events and supported her husband in his many activities.
After her children were out of the house she worked as a school aid at McKay Creek grade school. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, where she held many positions of leadership, the National Insulator Association and the Pendleton Frontier Collectors Club. In 1980, Carolyn and her husband, Ernie, began a second career when they opened an antique store in Pendleton called “My Wife’s Antiques.” The store provided a perfect opportunity for the two of them to work together doing something they both enjoyed.
She was preceded in death by parents, brother, Bud Williams; granddaughter, Emily Louise Hart; and grandson, Jonathan Rostock.
Carolyn is survived by daughter, Jill Banister (Cliff), Pendleton; son, Mark Rostock, Key Largo, Florida; daughter, Julie Hart (Greg), Connell ,Washington; grandchildren, Brian (Kelli) Hart, Seattle, Washington, Eric Hart (Chafen), Dallas Texas; great-grandchildren, Allie, Lucy, Andrew, Hal, Dottie and Ruthie; and her dear and long time friend Barbara Irving, Pendleton.
As a member of the greatest generation, Carolyn used her creative and artistic gifts in all areas of her life. Her passion was sharing and serving others. Her life was spent putting the needs of her family and friends first. She was an accomplished homemaker, mother, wife, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a gift to her family and will be missed by all who knew her.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.pioneerchapel.com