Carol attended college at the University of Puget Sound where she met the love of her life, David Smith.
After marrying on August 27, 1960 and graduating from UPS, they were encouraged to serve in the new Peace Corps and gain respect for another part of the world. They were assigned to serve in Liberia, West Africa and there spent two wonderful years teaching at the school and spending time with Dr. Albert Schweitzer in a leprosy colony. This experience greatly influenced the course of the rest of their lives and gave them an enterprising and entrepreneurial spirit.
Upon their return, their eldest daughter, Cathy, was born in 1964. Their second daughter, Kristi, was born in 1965. Their third daughter, Kimmy, was born in 1968. They raised their children in Kirkland and after a short time in Virginia, they returned to Kirkland for David to get his dream job with a patrol Washington State as the first psychologist for state patrols. Carol has taught both students and parents at Kirkland Co-op Nursery for more than 30 years, followed by cross-country travel teaching early childhood development teachers with the Office of Education and Research. She also went back to school in her fifties at Seattle Pacific University for her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and ran a private counseling practice for many years. The Kirkland years were especially filled with horseback riding on our beloved horse Princess, as well as many years of taking her children to horse shows, swim practices, and swims across the country. As an empty nest, they have had many wonderful adventures traveling all over the world. A special passion was to give each grandchild a special trip to a destination of their choosing, which took them to Europe, Iceland, Africa and Alaska.
Carol died at the hands of her mother, Dorothy Soldan Weeks; Father Glenn Weeks; Stepmother Indigo Weeks; Brother Ronald Weeks; And her beloved husband, David H. Smith Ph.D.
She is survived by her three daughters, Katherine Ann Smith Connor. Kristen Ellen Smith Jenkins; Kimberly Joan Smith Gutter; her seven grandchildren, Danielle Fleischman, Melanie Schneider, Kyle Finger, Kaitlyn Connor Quincy, Alaina Connor, Emily Goeter, and Jack Gotter; and five great-great-grandchildren, Finn and Felix Fleischmann, Rhett, Sloan, and Jaeger Schachneider.
The Celebration of Life will take place in Gig Harbor, Washington, at the family’s beach cabin on Saturday, July 30th.
Instead of flowers, a donation can be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.
Arrangements for Atrell’s funeral chapels in Newberg.