Carol Kemry, 71, of Eagle Point, Ore., passed away early Sunday, January 22, 2012. She was surrounded by friends and family in her final days at Providence Medical Center. She was born to Agnes and Arthur Ayer, in Grants Pass, Ore., on July 7, 1940. She spent some of her early childhood years in Tillimook, Ore., and Seattle, Wash., before returning to Grants Pass and then Medford, Ore., where she grew up and attended Medford Senior High.

Carol was a successful working mom, raising kids while waitressing, and then owning and operating the Shack Cafe restaurant in Shady Cove, Ore., for many years. She enjoyed all the people that came through the Shack in those years and made many friends.

In 1977, Carol married Vernon "Gene" House. They did a little ranching on the side and designed and built two homes together. She hiked the mountain to pick the perfect spot with a wonderful view for the second house and Gene complied. Never opposed to the idea of adding on, she loved working out what else they could do. She loved gardening and designing her landscaping and laid all the rock paths and terraces around her home by hand, with rocks she gathered from here and there. Carol enjoyed her good friends, dancing, antiques, reading and passing on early family history, and finally found some time to do a little traveling. She brought her mother home and cared for her and Gene together during his final years.

In 2006, Dwayne Kemry and she met and were fortunate enough to find in each other another deep love and friendship to share. He has been her devoted husband before and during her difficult battle with cancer this past year.

Carol is survived by her husband, Dwayne Kemry; sons, Dave, John, Matthew and Bill Florey, and Mike House; daughters, Brenda Bishop, Karen House and Mary Pfaff; brother, Bob Ayer; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

There will be a gathering for friends and family in the spring.