Carol J. Thorndike



Carol J. Thorndike lived her entire life in Medford, passing away on October 10, 2007.



The daughter of Carl and Edna Tengwald, she was born in a house on Elm Street on February 17, 1924. The family later moved to King's Highway, where Carol grew up while attending and graduating from Medford public schools. She then attended the University of Oregon, where she was a member of the Oregon Alpha Chapter of Pi Beta Phi. During WWII, Carol worked for United Airlines at Medford's airport, though this failed to instill a love of flying. Carol married William (Bill) Thorndike in 1948, and they raised their three sons, Bill, Dan and David in a long, red house on lower Hillcrest Road. Carol was active with the Hoover PTA, and helped to support many school levies over the years. She was also an early participant in the Mother's March of Dimes, and a long-time board member and officer of the Girl's Community Club. Carol was a member of the Colony Club for many years. She volunteered at the Rogue Art Gallery and participated in the Gold Diggers Guild of the Southern Oregon Historical Society.



She spent innumerable weekends at the family's cabin at Union Creek and cottage on Whidbey Island, Wash., as well as at friends homes in Brookings. She collected seashells, beach rocks and especially, sunsets. She loved Oregon, particularly its back roads and byways.



Carol was predeceased by her husband, Bill; and her sister, Phyllis Tengwald. She is survived by her sister, Natalie Galbraith, of Richmond, Va.; as well as by her three sons and their wives, Angela, Joan and Judy; and her five beloved grandchildren, Camila, Isabella, Trevor, Anna and Thomas (all of whom will miss their Nana very much).



No service is planned. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Rogue Gallery and Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett, Medford, OR 97501; Southern Oregon Historical Society, P.O. Box 1570, Jacksonville, OR 97530, or Crater Lake National Park Trust, P.O. Box 62, Crater Lake, OR 97604.