Carolyn Gay Gerberding

November 11, 1939 ~ December 24, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old

Carolyn Gerberding Obituary

Carolyn G Gerberding, 84, of Pendleton passed away on Sunday, December 24, 2023.

A lifelong Pendleton resident, she was born on November 11, 1939, to Douglas and Margery (Graham) Gudgel. She married Orville H Gerberding on August 19, 1961, in Pendleton. He preceded her in death on March 31, 1999. Also preceding her in death are her parents and grandson, Trevor Robbins.

She is survived by three children, Delores (Jim) Swearingen of Pendleton, Debbie (Steve) Robbins of Boise, ID, and Rich (April) Gerberding of Chillicothe, IL; five grandchildren, Kelsey (Sheehan) Barnhart of Kennewick, WA, Derek Swearingen (Sydney Miltenberger) of Pendleton, Scott (Andrea) Robbins of Boise, ID, Casey Robbins of Boise, ID, and Jordan (Kylie) Gerberding of Fishers, IN; and three great-grandchildren, Bridger, Chaney, & Quincy Barnhart, all of Kennewick, WA; and a sister, Billie (Bill) Crandall of Hillsboro, OR.

After many years as a stay-at-home mom, Carolyn returned to the workforce at Master Printers, before moving and retiring from the law office of Kottkamp & O’Rourke. 

Carolyn spent countless hours volunteering over the decades. The Kiwanis concessions stand at Bob White Field, thousands of phone calls finding homes for visiting little league and Babe Ruth tournaments in town (all from a rotary phone, she would be quick to remind you), the Round-Up Hall of Fame and Pendleton Friends of the Library.  More hours than any, however, were spent in various roles around the Pendleton Round-Up, usually with other members of the family.

She also enjoyed reading, games (crossword puzzles / Sudoku / Boggle), and watching game shows and sports on TV. 

A celebration of life will be held at 1pm, Wednesday, January 3rd at Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, 131 SE Byers Ave.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Pendleton Friends of the Library or Pendleton Foundation Trust.

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Celebration of Life
January 3, 2024

1:00 PM
Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, Folsom-Bishop
131 SE Byers Avenue
Pendleton, OR 97801


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