Carol Maughan Bendixsen of Hermiston passed away on Nov. 29, 2018 in Hermiston at the age of 88.
She was born on Dec. 24, 1929 in Alberta, Canada.
Carol grew up in Pocatello, Idaho with her parents, a sister and two handsome brothers. She was a gifted dancer and prided herself on the title of jitterbug champion in high school. While attending Brigham Young University, she met Richard Bendixsen. In September 1950 in the Idaho Falls Temple, they began building a beautiful life together. Over time the family grew to five children, 20 grandchildren and 60 great grandchildren. Throughout her life, nothing brought her more giggles and smiles than visits from her grandkids and great grandchildren. Carol had an incorrigible zest for life accompanied by a deep desire to please those she loved. She possessed immense artistic ability and an eye for the beauty of nature. She loved to laugh and enjoyed stimulating conversation. Carol had a magnetic personality and an appreciation for things done well. She made her home a place of artistic expression that included an array of her beautiful oil paintings, her colorful and tasteful decorating and endless photographs of her family. When you came to visit her, there was always a homemade treat and a cold drink to welcome you. Cooking for her family and friends was an expression of her love for others.
Her love of Jesus Christ and her testimony of Him fueled Carol throughout her life. Her embrace of the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints comforted her and gave her purpose. Her desire and ability to serve others came naturally, particularly helping those who were downtrodden or overburdened. Lifting and teaching those around her was her calling in life and one she seemingly mastered.
She is survived by her five children, Sheila Reynolds (Garry), Kristine Bennett (Jon), Sue Theissen (Donna), Kurt Bendixsen (Susie) and Jenny Bauer (Eric); and their children and grandchildren.
Carol was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Richard Bendixsen; her parents, Morgan and Eleanor; her sister, Helen; her brothers, Fred and Thomas; along with many loved nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Center, 1035 S.E. Ninth St., Hermiston.
Burial will follow at the Hermiston Cemetery.
Please leave an online condolence for Carol’s family at burnsmortuaryhermiston.com.
Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.