Carol Moana Oppie


image of Carol Oppie

Carol Oppie

Carol Moana Oppie, born Carol Monty August 27, 1947 in Honolulu, Hawaii, passed at home in Seattle with family at her side October 6, 2017 after a ten-month battle against cancer. She joins the Lord alongside her parents, Esther Buchholz and Edward Monty.

Carol was class of ‘65 at Ballard High School, and after a year at Western Washington University, she followed a passion for care of others to a nursing degree from Emanuel Hospital in Portland. Along the way, Carol reconnected with an acquaintance from Ballard, and a wedding date eventually became 44 years of marriage to Joseph Oppie. Carol stepped away from her career at Seattle’s

image of Joseph and Carol Oppie

Joseph and Carol

Swedish Hospital when she and Joe adopted the first of two children, and she poured her life into raising the two rambunctious kids. While she never returned to nursing, Carol became part of the Fred Meyer family in Lake City for 15 years before retiring in 2015. Her hobbies included quilting, sewing and crafts, and Carol was a devoted member and volunteer at Maple Leaf Lutheran Church and group leader of Bible Study Fellowship in Seattle. She was selfless and generous with her time and talents; a generous soul whose wish was simply to enable those around her to flourish and understand how to be kind to those around them.

Remembering Carol are husband Joseph of Seattle, son Troy Oppie (Carly) of Boise, Idaho, daughter Krista Mendoza of Elmira, NY and granddaughters Brooklyn and Sonja Oppie. Carol is also survived by sister Marian Goddard (Ken) of Los Angeles, step-father John Buchholz of Camas, WA, step-brother Mark Mount (Sandi) of Lynnwood, WA, sisters-in-law Carole Oppie of Seattle and Linda Heuckstedt (Eric) of Shoreline and many loving nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is scheduled for October 27, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. at Maple Leaf Lutheran Church in Seattle: 10005 32nd Ave NE. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be directed to Lutheran World Relief or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.



7 Responses to “Carol Moana Oppie”

  • Joan Dale Thurston says:

    Carol’s friendship was a childhood blessing. Although we lost touch until recently, her kind, sweet nature was a gift she willingly shared making me a better person. My heart felt condolences to Joe and family.

  • Joanne Dooley Scallon says:

    Carol was one of my very best friends as a child. We were classmates from kindergarten on. Her mom and mine were both Finnish, and were friends. I am so sad that we Carol and I lost touch (for decades) and I have been thinking about her lately. I wish I had been in contact. She was a wonderful friend. I’m so sorry, Joe, for you and your family.

  • Terry and Karen Vogel says:

    We share in your mourning and celebrate Carol’s life and care for others. A kind, generous and loving soul. Our prayers are with you all…

  • Joyce Hartvigson says:

    I want to share my grief with all of you in Carol’s family. Carol had a wonderful, giving spirit that permeated everything she did. I enjoyed
    all the times I was with her at church and other events. She will be missed but I know she is with our Lord God. My prayers are with you Joe. Con amor.

  • Jackie Peterson Huey says:

    Joe, I am so sorry for your family’s loss… May the Lord comfort you during this time… Great comfort to know that she is with the Lord Jesus…. Carol was one of many in our huge class of great people… Though we were only acquaintances, I am saddened to hear of her illness and passing….

  • Bruce A. Ritzen says:

    My condolences to you all. Carol was great My fondest, funniest memory of her was when I was doing shopping for the Lake City Holiday project at Fred Meyer, looking for a jacket a 14-year-old girl might like. Carol saw me wandering around the Fred Meyer, me being obviously clueless even where to start looking and eyes probably almost glazed over, and nicely helped me find something that I’m sure the child would’ve loved. Her kindness and sincerity in that moment, and many others, will always be cherished.

  • Susan Atwood says:

    My sympathy to Joe and to the whole family. Carol attended church with me at Calvary Lutheran Church and graduated a year before me from Ballard High School. She rented an apartment from my husband and I in the early 70’s in Magnolia. Carol was a wonderful person and I was happy to keep in touch with her all of these years. I have received a Christmas card from her and Joe and and update on their lives each year. I was happy to hear that she was a Bible Study Fellowhip leader. I attended BSF in West Seattle in the 70’s. Carol’s faith was an inspiration and I know that she is at rest now with Jesus. I send my sympathy and prayers to the whole family. She will be missed. (even if I hadn’t seen her in many years, she always kept my close by mail). Love, Sue (Hermann) Atwood.

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