In Memoriam: Carolyn Elaine Brenden (Feb. 28, 1949 – March 8, 2022)

April 2022 Posted in Obituary

On March 8, 2022, Carolyn Elaine Brenden passed away quietly at home where she loved to look out her window and enjoy the view.  

Carolyn was born on Feb. 28, 1949 in Embudo, New Mexico. She and her family moved from New Mexico in 1959 to Silverton, Oregon. 

Carolyn graduated from Silverton Union High School where she met her eventual husband Miles Brenden. She attended Chemeketa Community College where she was trained as a dental assistant. She married Miles on Valentine’s Day 1971 in Silverton and together they had three boys who she cherished beyond measure. Miles and Carolyn celebrated their 51st Anniversary this year. 

After several years working as a dental assistant for Dr. Huber in Astoria, she transitioned to a Dental Receptionist, where she worked for Dr. Huber until his retirement. She continued in this role for Dr. Joseph Shawa and Dr. Rodney Katayama until she retired in 2005. 

Carolyn spent the next years of her life spending time with her husband, enjoying their beautiful home on the lake, along with her cherished family and friends. 

Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, Carl S. Harris and Dorothy Ann Henderson Harris of Silverton, Oregon. 

She is survived by her family who loved her deeply: her husband, Miles E. Brenden of Cullaby Lake, Oregon; sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Douglas Alling of Gig Harbor, Washington; three sons and daughters-in-law, Brook and Stephanie of Nine Mile Falls, Washington, Beau and Kelli of Cullaby Lake, and Brett and Betsy of Cullaby Lake; and three grandchildren, Brody, Ella, and Chloe. In lieu of a service, please honor Carolyn by sending donations to Doernbechers Children’s Hospital. She will be deeply missed. 

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