Obituary: Carlene (Stormes) Rodenbaugh
Carlene (Stormes) Rodenbaugh was born September 17, 1928 on a farm north of Calvert, Kan. to Clarence Samuel Stormes and Alma Mary (Leonard) Stormes. She suddenly left us on Dec. 28, 2016 to be with her husband of 60 years, Verlyn Rodenbaugh, in the company of our dear Lord.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a toddler son, brothers Herbert and Merle, sister Vona Poling and grandchildren Alicia, Josh, Shanna and Aaron. She leaves to mourn her passing two daughters, Becky (Dusty) Hughes, Sue (Russel) Smith, two sons, Pat (Gwen) Rodenbaugh, Tod (Jill) Rodenbaugh, 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She was very proud of her children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren and was blessed to have had a last Christmas season with some of them.
Carlene grew up in the Calvert community, attended elementary school there and went to high school for 3 years at Almena, Kan. She graduated after spending her senior year in Goodland, Kan. Following high school, she moved to Ore. with her parents where she attended nursing school. When Bud came home from the Army he went to Ore. and swept her away. They were married in Eureka, Calif. on the road back to Kan. on Jan. 16, 1948.
They farmed northeast of Almena, Kan. until 1969 when they moved to Kingman, Ariz.
Carlene worked in the office at Central Commercial Co. for several years; then she worked as the office manager for Dr. Paul Long until he retired.
Finally, she worked for St John’s Methodist church until she retired. Carlene was active doing volunteer work with Foster Grandparents teaching students to read and write. She went on to volunteer at Cornerstone Mission and the Kingman Food Bank.
The Food Bank was a favorite place to “work” because she could go to work at 5 a.m. and have her work done by 9 a.m.
Making quilts for family and friends occupied much of her time in later years. She was an insatiable reader in retirement, wearing out several Kindle e-readers.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Foster Grandparent Program, Attn: Nancy Rutherford, 2165 Thompson Ave, Kingman, Ariz. 86409.
A celebration of Carlene’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 at St. John’s Methodist Church, 1730 Kino Ave, Kingman, Ariz. 86409.