January 12, 1957 June 17, 2012
Carol Bernette Adams, a life-long resident of Culver, Oregon passed away at the Hospice House in Bend on June 17, 2012, at the age of 55, after a short but courageous battle with
Carol was born January 12, 1957, in Redmond, Oregon to Eugene V. and Imogene Smith. She attended school in Culver, graduating in 1975. Playing volleyball was one of her loves as was playing the saxophone in the school band. She later played sax with the Jefferson County Community Band for 10 years and enjoyed the "big band" music.
From 1979-1983, Carol worked at Central Oregon Ranch Supply in Redmond. During that same time she dated childhood friend, Pat Adams; they were married at Smith Rock State Park July 25, 1981. They had one son, Tyler Allen who was born in 1983 in Redmond. As Tyler grew up, Carol began working at the Culver School District and was employed there for the next 28 years; first as a bus driver and Special Ed aide, and the last nine years as cashier in the cafeteria. The kids at school were very special to her and she loved interacting with them on a daily basis. She left school in January when she began treatment for the cancer. In addition to her day job, Carols outgoing personality led her into a successful career as a PartyLite Candle Consultant. Six different years she earned PartyLite sponsored trips to exotic locations for herself and Pat.
Carol surrounded herself with family and friends; many childhood friends remained close throughout her life. She enjoyed camping and fishing, playing in the local pinochle group, and riding Harleys with Pat. Many evenings were spent with friends around their fire pit laughing, sharing memories, and singing karaoke. Carol was a member of Culver Christian Church. She reached out to people and built lasting relationships.
Survivors include her husband, Pat of Culver; her much-loved son, Tyler of Prineville; step-daughters, April Clark of Crescent City, CA, and Amy Speakman of Eugene, OR; sisters, Sharion (Ronald) Rayfield of Bloomsdale, MO, Trisha (Richard) Smith-Libolt of Dallas, OR; brothers. E.V. Jr. (Kathy) Smith and Jess Smith of Culver. She also leaves two step-granddaughters and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, Imogene Violet Smith, and father, Eugene Vincent Smith, Sr.
A celebration of Carols life will be held Monday, June 25, at 2:00 p.m. at the Culver Christian Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Partners In Care Hospice House, 2075 NE Wyatt Ct., Bend, OR 97701.
Carol B. Adams