Carolyn Joy Weiser (Merrifield) August 19, 1945 – March 27, 2021
Carolyn was born to Raleigh V. Weiser and Rosamond V. Thomas in Bend Oregon. She spent all of her growing up years in Central Oregon. She graduated from Madras Union High School in 1963. After graduating from high school she moved to Seattle Washington and attended Seattle Pacific College (now University), graduating in 1967.
Shortly after graduating from college she married John (Jack) Merrifield on June 17, 1967 in Madras Oregon. They made their first home in Bremerton Washington where she taught English at Bremerton’s East High School for two years. Soon, along came her children Jeffrey and Lori.
Carolyn worked for several years as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Port Orchard Church of the Nazarene during a major building project. She would work for days if her accounting was a penny off as she said it was God’s money and she was going to find it.
Her employment a few years later was as the Executive Assistant to the Officer in Charge of the Branch Medical Clinic Bangor of the Bremerton Naval Hospital. She was the employee of the year so many times they almost quit giving it out. She received the Naval Meritorious Civilian Service Award from the Secretary of the Navy, one of the highest awards a civilian can receive. Carolyn excelled at whatever job she worked at.
Carolyn cherished the many friends in her life, especially those from The Lakes and Harbor Place in Gig Harbor. She would be found in the game room at Harbor Place playing games with her friends on an almost daily basis.
Carolyn was predeceased by her parents, and her brothers Ronald and David. She is survived by her husband Jack Merrifield, her son Jeff Merrifield (Andrea) and her daughter Lori Reed (Grover) and her grandchildren Alex and Jacob Reed and Emily and Julia Merrifield. She is also survived by her brothers Richard Weiser (Vonnie) and Kenneth Weiser (Kay Paul) and brother-in-law Douglas Merrifield as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
We would like to express our gratitude to the staff of St. Anthony’s Hospital in Gig Harbor for the care and compassion they showed to Carolyn and our family in these past few weeks.
In lieu of flowers, the family would cherish memorials made in her honor to the Washington Elks Therapy Program for Children Inc., PO Box 110760, Tacoma, WA 98411-0760.
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