Carol Joy Coombs, of John Day, passed away unexpectedly in Bend, Oregon on August 28,\n\n2021, at the age of 64. She was born in Canyon City on July 15, 1957 to Gerald and Joyce\n\nSchouten. She was the first grandchild of Dick and Elsie Schouten and was the absolute apple\n\nof their eye. She graduated from Grant Union H.S. in 1975. Shortly after graduation, she met\n\nthe love of her life and soulmate Bill Coombs. Despite some skepticism and warnings from a\n\nsenior family member, they married just 3 months later, on September 5, 1975. Proving this\n\nrelative wrong, they spent the next 46 years together as best friends, happily married and\n\nraising their family. Carol remained a Grant County resident her entire life.\n\nCarol was a loving, loyal and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. You couldn't find a better\n\ndaughter, sister, or friend, but in her role as Jerry and Krissy's Mom, she found her calling. Carol\n\nwas very proud of her family. She was very protective and loved her children deeply and\n\nunconditionally, and this love was absolutely returned to her. Carol liked nothing more than to\n\nspend time with her family and friends, always ready to visit, share a story or have a laugh (and\n\nwhat a great laugh she had). Carol was a wonderful homemaker who filled her home with love,\n\nlaughter, and great food. She was generous and inviting and would make room in her home,\n\nand in her heart, for those in need. Carol was down-to-earth and easy-going. She was very kind\n\nand never wanted to hurt or offend anyone. To know her was to love her, as Carol had a heart of\n\ngold. She was quiet and shy and never wanted to be the center of attention, but to those of us\n\nwho loved her, she will always be at the center of our hearts.\n\nCarol enjoyed camping, fishing, and was an avid hunter. She even outhunted Bill a few times,\n\nbeing the only one to fill her tag. Carol loved to go bowling and enjoyed competing locally on her\n\nbowling team. She also loved to cook, so many a Thanksgiving were spent, working off a turkey\n\ndinner, at the bowling alley. Carol loved to travel and see new places and things. The stories of\n\nher and Bill's adventures traveling, brought her great joy, so telling these stories she did. A few\n\nof them were told at Bill's expense, but always with love and respect. She was an animal lover\n\nfrom the start. Wherever Carol happened to be, there was at least one dog waiting at home for\n\nher to return. Her pets were always a special part of her family and treated as such. Carol was\n\na wonderful human being who will be tremendously missed by so many people and animals\n\nalike.\n\nCarol's love of cooking made her career choice perfect. Carol worked in the kitchen at the Blue\n\nMountain Hospital for 37 years. She was hard-working and a dependable, valued employee,\n\nwho got along with everyone. She started at the bottom, but worked her way to management as\n\nthe Certified Dietary Supervisor. She was well respected by her co-workers and will not be soon\n\nforgotten.\n\nCarol is preceded in death by her parents Gerald and Joyce Schouten. She is survived by her\n\nhusband Bill Coombs; son Jerry (Cyndi) Coombs; and daughters Kristen Coombs and Casey\n\n(Danny) Komning; and 4 grandchildren, Dalaney, Ryann, Dilynn, and Levi, all of John Day. Carol\n\nhad one sister, April (Aaron) Forrester of Tenmile, Oregon. Carol also leaves Donn Coombs of\n\nYreka, Ca; Grant (Vickie) Coombs of Oakland, Or; and Mary (Tom) Elliott of Canyon City, Or.\n\nCarol is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins who loved her greatly.\n\nA Celebration of Life will be held at a later date when good health returns to our communities.\n\nAn announcement will be made in The Blue Mountain Eagle, with Driskill Memorial Chapel, and\n\non social media. Donations can be made at Old West Credit Union in Carol's name. These\n\nfunds will be used to create a memorial in honor of Carol at the Blue Mountain Hospital.