Born to Morris L. Sharp and Ella (Larson) Sharp.
Carolyn was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, graduated from Catlin Gable and attended Willamette University. She worked as an airline reservation agent where she met her future husband, friend and sole mate of 50 years. Her husband followed the aviation and aircraft industry and they ended up in Nome, Alaska where her daughter Kristy (before statehood) and son Randy (after statehood) were born. She was the office manager for Crowley Maritime. Over the years they lived in California and Arizona and returned to Alaska where she was a supervisor for the State of Alaska Child Support Division. She retired in 1989 and moved with her husband to Tacoma.
Carolyn was a member of St. Peter’s Church and St. Andrews Episcopal Church, both in Tacoma. She attended two separate bible study groups and until her illness was a member of Tacoma Yacht Club Shipmates as well as a previous member of The Tacoma Power Squadron. She was a descendant of the “Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)”. Carolyn had a love of flowers and gardening and a smile that brightened up a room. There was a Camellia (Carolyn S) named after her. Her love of animals led her to bring home many cats and dogs over the years from the animal shelters.
She enjoyed traveling on business and personal trips with her husband Del and had many fond memories of new friends and places including motorbike and snow machine back country trips and boating when living in Alaska. They traveled on many trips to the east coast, Florida, Canada and Mexico that included travel by small aircraft. They owned a pleasure boat that was enjoyed with the children and grandchildren up until illness halted her boating.
Carolyn is survived by her husband Del, daughter Kristy (Todd) Zalucha , son Randy Kampmann along with eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.
The family is appreciative of the medical care given to her over the years by the caring staff of Virginia Mason Medical Clinic and Hospital as well as support from Northwest Kidney Center. Her final days were supported by The Franciscan Hospice Care in a loving manner who also offered personal support to the family.
Donations in lieu of flowers could be made to Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason for the cure of diabetes 1201 Ninth Ave, Seattle WA 98101. The celebration of life will be at St. Andrews Episcopal Church at 12th. And Jackson in Tacoma at 2pm on Sunday, Jan. 6th.
Arrangements by Edwards Memorial Center 253-566-1008