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In Memoriam:​Ethel May Carpenter, RN


Ethel May Carpenter

Ethel May Carpenter

Ethel Carpenter, a longtime and active member of the Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion, passed away in Bellingham on May 2 at the age of 91.

Ethel was born to Marvin and Eliza­beth (Christie) Hausken in Helena, MT on November 22, 1924. After gradu­ating high school, she attended Washington State College then went on to get her Regis­tered Nursing degree at Virginia Mason. Ethel was a member of the WSNA, and fought hard for nurse’s rights throughout her career.

She was an active member of the Church of the Assump­tion, Democ­ratic Women’s Club, an avid Pinochle player, and loved to garden. Ethel was preceded in death by her husband Robert in 1982 and daughter Kathleen Ann Downs in 1993. Ethel is survived by her sons Dean (Kristi) Carpenter and Mark Carpenter, 10 grand­chil­dren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

Memorials in Ethel’s name may be made to Whatcom Hospice. Services at Westford Funeral Home as follows: Vigil at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 9, 2016 and Funeral service at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Recep­tion following at Westford’s Broadway Hall. Inter­ment following at Bayview Cemetery. You may share your memories with the family at www​.westford​fu​ner​al​home​.com.