Caroline L. “Carol Lea” Rummer, a lifetime resident of Colville, passed away on Jan. 24, 2013 in Colville at the age of 81. Carol Lea was born on April 28, 1931 in Colville, the daughter of Harry and Alice (Nyholm) Peterson.
Carol Lea was raised and attended school in Colville. While attending a dance at Waitts Lake, a young man named Loyd Rummer introduced himself. This introduction began their courtship. Carol Lea would work at White’s Grocery after school as well as summers and following her high school graduation in 1949.
On July 1, 1950, Carol Lea married Loyd Rummer at the First Congregational Church in Colville. They began their life together in Colville, but due to Loyd’s induction into the U.S. military, they resided in Texas for a time. Loyd was then transferred to Fort Knox. While there, Carol Lea worked at Ft. Knox as a secretary for the base Colonel. Upon their return to Colville, Carol Lea worked at Seafirst Bank for a short time. She then began her employment at the Stevens County Courthouse, first in the Auditor’s office and then for the Treasurer.
Carol Lea enjoyed working, but most of all, she cherished her time in care of her family as a homemaker. She supported Loyd during their 31-year ownership of Empire Auto Parts and assisted with the bookkeeping and billing. They sold the store in 1994 and began to enjoy retirement. She and Loyd wintered for several years at the Yuma Country Club, followed by their time at Lake Havasu.
Carol Lea was an avid golfer and gave much of her time to the Lady Elks and Lady Golfers clubs. She traveled to many golf courses, near and far, in compliment to the Wanderer’s golf group. Carol Lea also spent many summers with her family at Christina Lake and Lake Roosevelt and many winters snow skiing at local ski resorts. She was conscientious and loving, with “one of the greatest smiles in the world.”
Carol Lea was preceded in death by her two sisters, Adele and Lois.
She is survived by her husband, Loyd Rummer, at the home; son, Craig Rummer and his wife, Karen, Deer Park; two grandchildren, Allison and Mitchell Rummer; sister-in-law, Leora Potts, Spokane; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Colville Community Church, with Pastor Jason Upchurch officiating.
An ash committal will be held in the spring of 2013 at the Highland Cemetery in Colville.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Colville Senior Center.
Please visit the on-line memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com .
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements.