CAROLYN ELAINE FRANTZ SLIPPERN ~ Class of 1957
October 8, 1939 - April 10, 2016
Carolyn, 76, entered into her eternal life at Kadlec Medical Center on April 10, 2016, surrounded by her family. Carolyn was born in Big Run, Pennsylvania, on October 8, 1939, to Charles and Bess Laird Frantz.
At the age of three, her family traveled to Richland so that her father could work for the Manhattan Project. She remained a Richland resident for the rest of her life.
She graduated from Columbia High School (in 1957), Washington State University, and the University of Washington. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Studies and a Master of Librarianship. Carolyn taught at Park Junior High School in Kennewick, earning her Masters during evenings and summers. During this time, she met her future husband, William "Stan" Slippern, at a folk dance at the Richland Community Center. After courting for three months, Stan proposed. They were married November 12, 1966, at West Side Church.
Carolyn was a homemaker while her children were young. Later, she worked as the children's librarian at the Richland Public Library. Many may fondly remember Storybook Time. Carolyn also taught pre-school at West Side. Carolyn was an avid quilter, reader, and bird watcher. She served as president of the Tri-Cities Quilters Guild and made over 125 quilts; many were given as gifts to charities, family and friends. When asked why she enjoyed quilting so much, she answered "There are no rules in quilting; you can do anything you want. There is no Quilt Policy."
Family was forefront for Carolyn: vacations, holiday get-togethers, and church activities. As empty nesters, she and Stan explored the world together via Elderhostel, mission trips, and vacations with their children and grandchildren.
Carolyn is survived by her loving husband of 49 years Stan; son Eric Slippern (Sally); daughter Jennifer Nuzum; grandchildren Derek, Isaac, and Keira; and numerous dear friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to West Side Church.
At Carolyn's request, there will be no memorial service.
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Published in the Tri-City Herald on April 14, 2016.