Carol Anne (Moore) Greenwood, a vivacious woman with a quick wit, sharp mind, loving heart and deep faith, died April 5, 2017, in Edmonds. She was 82.
Born to Elizabeth (Davies) and Lawrence Moore on March 24, 1935, in Portland, Ore., Carol spent her early childhood in Lake Oswego, Ore. When she was 8 years old, she moved with her brother, David, to Fall City, to live with their grandparents, Albert and Grace (Carmichael) Moore.
Carol graduated as valedictorian from Mt. Si High School in 1953 and greatly valued reunion gatherings with her classmates over the years.
She attended Central Washington College, transferring her sophomore year to Washington State College, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in English Education in 1957. While at WSC, she joined the Kappa Delta Sorority, serving as president during her senior year. She was also active in the Lutheran Students Association, where she met her future husband.
After graduation, she taught English at Snohomish High School for two years and then at Shoreline High School for a year.
On June 29, 1958, she married Lester Richard “Dick” Greenwood in North Bend. They made their home in Seattle, moving to Shoreline in 1965.
A true homemaker, Carol raised their four children in a home filled with books, music, creativity, laughter and love.
In 1981, she began work for Women’s Aglow Fellowship. Her work there included many years as associate editor for Aglow Publications. In addition to writing Bible studies, feature articles and books, she created the column, “The Encourager,” for Aglow magazine. In 1991 many of those columns were compiled for a book, “A Rose for Nana.”
In addition, to her skillful writing, Carol was a sought-after speaker, retreat leader and Bible study teacher, who knew the power of a simple story, a gentle touch and an encouraging word. While working at Aglow, she had the opportunity to speak in many places, including the Netherlands, England, Ireland, France and Sri Lanka. She also taught a variety of classes at longtime church home, Luther Memorial, as well as Sunrise Chapel, and most recently at her church home for the past 17 years, University Presbyterian Church. There she also valued mentoring groups of women, and leading engaged-couples classes with Dick.
During the 1990s, she served on the International Lutheran Renewal Center board of directors.
Carol loved a fun adventure, time spent in nature, a lively conversation and a well-turned phrase. She poured her life and creativity into being a wife, mother, “Grammy,” and friend. Her encouraging notes became keepsakes and her hospitality was legendary.
In addition to her parents, Carol is preceded in death by her brother, David. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Dick, at the family home in Edmonds; three daughters, Anne (Alan) Cline of Marysville; Gail (Dan) Ayres of Montesano; Jane (Shane) Hansen of Gig Harbor; a son, Paul (Ginny) Greenwood of Puyallup; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandson. She is also survived by an aunt, Janet Ewing of Fall City, as well as numerous beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was interred at Fall City Cemetery. A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, April 28, at University Presbyterian Church, 4540 15 th Ave. N.E. Seattle. A lunch reception follows.
Memorial donations may be made in her name to World Vision, P.O. Box 9716 Federal Way, WA 98063, or by calling (888) 511-6519; or to Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos, at NPH USA, 1800 112th Ave. N.E., Suite 270E, Bellevue, WA 98004, or online at nphusa.org/greenwood, or by calling (425) 646-3935.
Arrangements are by Becks Funeral Home of Edmonds.