Born in Seattle to a career military father, Paul McGuinn, and mother Gladys, Carol’s family was stationed in Okinawa, Oklahoma and South Dakota before making a permanent move back to Seattle in 1962. She proudly called herself an Army Brat. She was stationed with her husband of twelve years, also career military, in Amberg, Germany, then Texas. She’s remained friends with many people from her childhood, the military, and her travels.
Back in Seattle, she held a variety of office support positions. Her amazing memory for numbers and voices plus her friendly upbeat nature made her a welcome asset everywhere she worked. She moved to Forks, WA., in 2004 and began work as a caregiver for several women who became her extended families.
Once retired Carol remained in Forks and was an active supporter of the military through a pen pal program. She wrote thousands of letters and birthday wishes to many service men and women, encouraging others to do the same. She became lifelong friends with many.
Carol was very active with Queen Anne High School alumni. She happily donated hours of her time using her remarkable memory to find many “lost” classmates, culminating in their 50th reunion this past summer. She was a driving force in making the reunion happen and had the time of her life.
She loved the beauty of the Olympic Peninsula, the mountains, beaches and wildlife. She will be remembered and missed by many for her spunk and sense of humor. She is survived by sisters Teri Beard (Greg) and Jo Strong, her cat, Miss Kitty, whom she loved dearly, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.