HAMILTON - Carol Lafreniere passed away peacefully on January 24th, 2020 at the age of 76 from Carcinoma of Lung.
Carol was born in Sacramento, California on December 29th, 1943 to Edward "Grumpy" Kenoyer and the lovely Nova Cotton. She graduated from El Camino high school. She was a student leader, a homecoming princess, voted nicest girl in school twice! She always had a great smile.
Carol married Ed Allen a few years later. She gave birth Todd Edward Allen in 1965, and Tyler Franklin Allen in 1969. The plan was for five boys. Two was enough.
Carol went back to college in the late 70's and got her master’s degree in child psychology. And what did she do with that? She opened THE NOB HOBEL! A year around Christmas shop. It was awesome! She was proud. In the twenty years she ran the shop it expanded four times. After the shop she co-founded the River City Small Business Chamber. Dedicated to helping small businesses succeeded and thrive in Sacramento.
A few years after her divorce she met Butch Lafreniere. The love of her life. The two eventually settled in Corvallis, Montana to enjoy retirement. Carol loved Montana. The people were kind and thoughtful, the air was really clean, and it was the first place Carol ever lived outside of the west coast.
Carol was a ferocious reader, tv always on CBS, the phone would constantly ring... friends, family, and here most hated foe. the telemarketer. Tyler moved in after Todd passed. Carol and Tyler loved the deer in their backyard... 32 deer was the record. I think they felt safe Carol.
Butch later would pass from advanced Alzheimer's. My Mom by his side. They were hard years, she never faltered, faded, or gave up hope.
The last four years Carol and her son Tyler lived together. Laughter, crazy stories, a lot of eggs benedict. She was able to discuss family history with Debbie and Erin Kenoyer. The Kenoyer women, few, beautiful and brilliant. Like Mom.
Carol was always the heart of what’s good with this world. She mattered. She made a difference. She was always an Angel.
The family would like to say special thanks to the Haven House, The Council On Aging, and all the nurses and helpers at the Hospice. Everyone's help made the last few years special and normal and wonderful. I hope she touched your hearts as much as you touched hers.
A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, March 9th at The Edge in Hamilton at 1 P.M.
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