Apirl 13, 1940 ˜ March 11, 2019

On April 13, 1940, Carole was born a preemie to Charlotte (Richter) Halkinrude and Louis Halkinrude. She grew up in North Portland, the oldest sister to Shirley (Halkinrude) Cooney and William Halkinrude. Carole graduated from Jefferson High School in 1958. She then worked for Freightliner from 1958 to 1973, ending her career as the Executive Secretary to the President. In 1972, Carole became the mother to her daughter, Michelle. She left Freightliner in 1973 when she decided to become a full-time homemaker.
Carole was elegant, thoughtful and supportive. She was kind and generous, with a loving heart. Carole had a flair for fashion and organization. She was ahead of times with holistic health and a firm believer in metaphysics. She had a passion for angels and flowers. Her hobbies included gardening, decorating and antiquing.
Carole also loved entertaining, known for her marvelous table settings. With Carole as a hostess, no small detail was left behind. No occasion was too small. Even a casual lunch with her was prepared with perfection, and full of laughter, meaningful conversation and endearment.
Carole as a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, and a faithful friend. She suffered several years with Parkinson’s disease and dementia. She is is now free from pain and will be missed by many loved ones.
Carole is survived by her husband, David; daughter, Michelle Brisbane; sister, Shirley Cooney; brother, William Halkinrude; faithful niece, Debbie Davis; and other extended family.
Remembrances can be made to Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, one of Carole’s favorite places, or Kaiser Permanente Hospice, both located in Portland, OR.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in the Columbarium section.
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Published by The Columbian on Mar. 17, 2019.
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Aunt Carole was the best Aunt you could ask for. I loved her very much and will miss her very much. She was always so kind to me and loved to hear what was going on in my life. When I was going through a hard time she was there knocking at my door saying "let's go for a walk you need to walk". She knew what I needed and knew how important it was to eat good, drink lots of water and to take vitamins. She was such a good listener and always made me feel loved and valued. She was very thoughtful. I have several angels she gave me as gifts and I cherish every one of them. She reminded me of her mom (my Grandma) who was also so kind to me. I loved how she always dressed so beautifully. Her hair, nails and make up always looked perfect. She was beautiful on the inside and out. She took me to lunch for my birthday for more years then I care to count. It was not until recently I realized how many different restaurants she had taken me to. One of my favorite things she did was mail me cards. She always had such kind and encouraging words for me. One of the last cards she send me said "Life is a journey not a destination" It was a picture of VW bug with flowers all over it. It was a beautiful card. The last one she sent me said "You are right where you are supposed to be". On the inside there was more of her loving kind words of encouragement for me. At one time I had a file folder with probably over 40 cards she had sent me. I sure wish I would had kept them all. I do have a few cards she sent me and I will treasure them as I will treasure my relationship I had with her. She truly was one the most important people in my life. She impacted me in a way I don't think she realized. I am so blessed I got to spend the time I did with her. I look forward to a reunion with her in Heaven! I have no doubt she will greet me with open arm and say "It is so good to see you honey." I loved how she called me honey.
Deborah Davis(Halkinrude)
April 9, 2019
Aunt Carole, I remember growing up and having our backyard almost right behind yours. I remember how lovely your garden and yard were, I can still envision it even though I was just a little girl. I remember going to your house for holidays and admiring how lovely your home was.
As I grew older and life got busy we would still keep in touch via email occasionally. You had sent me info on the Halkinrude family history and always said you wanted to share more with me. I hope I can continue to put all the pieces together.
I will always remember visiting Portland and getting together with you, Michelle, aunt Shirley, my sisters and mom. You loved seeing my children and holding them and rocking them. You were so good with babies and loved them so much! You had a special touch!
I do regret not visiting you when you got sick but also will always remember you the way you were when you were YOU, full of class, always dressed so elegantly, hair and nails perfect! I will always remember you that way, a wonderful wife, mother, aunt, sister and friend. May you now Rest In Peace and may the Lord watch over Dave and Michelle and help their hearts heal
With love,
Your niece Jennifer
Jennifer Uhlir
April 8, 2019
Aunt Carole, You were always loving and kind to me and I so much appreciate the positive influence you were in our family. You were always the person who wanted the best for others. I have always admired your grace and fabulous style. You loved the beautiful things in life, gardens, flowers, good food, and so much more. I am so impressed with Dave and Michelle for taking such good care of you while you battled your illness. I am glad you are no longer suffering, but so sad that you are gone. You will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing you. None of us would be the same without your wonderful, positive presence in our lives. I so enjoyed sitting with you and holding hands. I could feel the love. Dave and Michelle, I am so incredibly sorry for your loss . I hope you find peace knowing Aunt Carole is in a better place, Heaven gained another beautiful angel. Love, Tamee
April 8, 2019
My Auntie Carole will always be missed by all of us who loved her. I will remember her as the most elegant, kind, and compassionate person I have known.

I have so many cherished childhood memories of times spent in Portland. Every spring break from school I would take the bus to Portland and Auntie Carole would pick me up. I remember baking chocolate chip cookies and we ate most of the dough so Uncle Dave only got a few cookies. I remember going to garage sales looking for treasures. Everytime she prepared a meal it was delicious and beautifully presented. She had a style like no other. I think my favorite memory is spending time swimming and lounging by the pool in the summer. She would have icy cold, crunchy grapes with cheese and crackers.

I remember when Michelle was born and completed their family. She brought so much joy to the family. Now that I am a mother I can understand how deeply Auntie Carole loved Michelle.

While I am sad for Uncle Dave and Michelle and all who love her, I know she is at peace. She has been wrapped in Jesus' loving arms. She is with her parents and my cherished grammy. She will be watching over her loved ones with her amazing love.
Amy Syverson Sosa
March 30, 2019
To my dear friend, Carole! You were a bright shining star in my life and others! Your compassion, kindness, and sweet disposition shines as bright as the Angels you loved..."Friends forever"! John and I miss you till we meet again! Our condolences to Dave and Michelle.
Catherine and John Reimer
March 24, 2019
Carole, my dearest friend of so many years - I'm so relieved you've shed that awful disease and are, I believe, in a sublime and beautiful place that suits you perfectly. I miss you terribly - it's hard to believe we'll never drive to the beach, visit a plant nursery, go shopping, or talk endless and therapeutic hours on the phone again. I'll alway be grateful to your Dave and Michelle for indulging us our fun times together. Thanks so much, guys. I'm so thankful we became such good friends and made life's sometimes rough roads a little smoother for each other.

You so loved angels, were always surrounded by them, and can't help wondering if you've now earned your own wings. Have never heard of angels wearing "bling", but you could well be the first!

You were always the epitome of grace and elegance, and you added beauty to the world with everything you did. Now it's up to those of us left behind to pick up your torch by trying to add grace and style in your place as this world is so in need of it.

My heart is so sad for Dave and Michelle, but you wove a strong sense of love around your family. I wonder if they knew how happy you were that the two of them have such good times together.

Wish with all my heart we hadn't needed to say goodbye, but I know we will meet again. In the meantime, you'll be watching over your husband, daughter, sister, niece, grand niece, and you're friends. God bless you, dear Carole, with love,
Cary Lee
Cary Lee Cykler
March 24, 2019
Carole, my dearest Sister, my friend. I love and miss you. I always teased Carole about her being my
older Sister although I was only a year and a half younger. We were much alike, yet different. Carole
was the perfectionist in every detail of her life, what she wore, how she dressed, her home, her yard,
even her kitchen and closets...and,,in her every day living. She loved to entertain ......................... and
that was like a trip through the most fashionable magazine, pure beauty. We could spend hours
shopping together, time had no meaning, or in our lunches together.. Carole dearly loved her home
and when I mentioned travel, she would always say "I'm just a homebody." We could spend hours
on the phone talking about our lives, our family, events past and present, it was our treat. How do you
describe her in words, that's difficult for me....she was foremost a lady, a beautiful person, she had such caring ways, she was so helpful and kind, so thoughtful, and passionate about what she believed
in, but, most of all, the love for her family and friends. I know she is with the angels or is now one of them.
Carole will is missed by all who knew her, and by me especially. Thank you dear Sister for all your love
and for all you have done......... you cared so much. I love and miss you very much. God Bless You.

Your loving sister, Shirley

Shirley Cooney
March 23, 2019
Aunty Carole you will truly be missed. You were always welcoming and thoughtful to our family. Kylee enjoyed when Grandma Shirley would take her to visit with you. We spent many holidays with you, Uncle Dave and Michelle. I thank you for the great memories. Rest In Peace classy lady. ❤ Brandy
Brandy Cooney
March 21, 2019
Carole was one of the nicest person I have ever met. She was very special.
Carol Blevens
March 18, 2019
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