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Carol L. Petrea

Dec 27, 1943 - Dec 15, 2017
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Carol Linda Petrea (Taylor) passed away peacefully on Dec. 15, 2017 at the age of 73.  Carol was always the woman in the room with an audience of people and animals, as everyone migrated to her, to hear her stories, quick wit, and to simply be with her.  You may have seen her in a casino, as she would state, " I could make this my full-time profession", but would then call her children from the casinos restroom asking them to transfer money to her account.  Really mother?  Her favorite things in life were gambling, smoking, and drinking Coke.  Cheetos, her hoodie sweatshirts, her puffy tan coat, reading Susan Johnson books, looking for treasures, and a travel adventure should also make this list. 

If you're wondering where your lost animal was, it was at our mother's house, as they all seem to find her home.  Once they found her, they never wanted to go home.  She would house sit for people, and ruin the family pets by feeding them McDonalds hamburgers and ice cream cones, holding them on her lap, even if they were 120-pound poodles, give them free rein of the home, and they would not mind their owner upon return.  They would sit at the door and whimper for my mom's return.  Yes, the owners paid money for this! 
Carol was a gypsy and was content wherever she was, and could live and sleep anywhere, preferably a couch.  Her day wear was her night wear, and then her day wear again.  Her winter wear would become her summer wear simply with a pair of scissors.   
She was an artist.  Her crafts were painting, sculpting, writing, creating jewelry and making every house a home.  She found humor in all things, and all things were a target.  She was very wise and had a quick wit, and there was always laughter when you were with her.  One of the best gifts she gave us, was a sense of humor. 
She loved to watch movies, play games and be with her family.  As children, we remember riding in our paneled station wagon, running around town finding yard sales and treasure hunts, then rushing home 10 minutes before dad came home to tidy up the house, as if we were home all day.  She created four expert "treasure" hunters. 
From the time we were little, she instilled confidence for each of us to be our own person, to travel our own path, while she provided guidance, support and love as she traveled with us.  She was our mother, our best friend, our confidant, our mother tiger.  We always knew we were the most important things in her life. 
She was born on Dec. 27, 1943 to William "Bill" and Florence Taylor (Bergstrom) in Williston, N.D.  She is survived by brother Richard Gardner and wife Cathy Gardner, sister Dixie Rawlins and son Shane Taylor, her aunt Lois Sosbee, daughter Danielle Briscoe and husband John Briscoe, daughter Kimberly Karstens and husband Stewart Karstens, son John Petrea and wife Barbara Petrea, daughter Shaylan Daggett and husband Kevin Daggett, 8 grandchildren Jake, Zack, Mark, Ryan, Carson, Garrhett, Alissa, and Dylan, and 3 great grandchildren Jackson, Carter, Becken and a great granddaughter on the way.  She has extensive family in southern California and North Dakota.  
Carol was raised in Southern California, where she graduated high school and began working in the hospitality industry.  At the age of twenty, she married Dennis W. Petrea in San Jose, CA., and they began to raise their family of four children.  In 1976, the family moved to Gleed, WA and then to Selah, WA in 1978.  Carol was a wonderful wife, mother and homemaker, and was dedicated to her family.  In 1982, she and Dennis divorced, and they both remained friends as they raised their children.   
We want to thank family and friends for the outpouring of love and well wishes. 
 A Celebration of Life party in her honor will be held in June 2018.  In lieu of gifts or flowers, donations can be made to the Human Society in her honor or to the local McDonalds in c/o Brookside Funeral Home (500 W. Prospect Moxee WA. 98936)

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