Carol Marsden passed away September 7, 2023 peacefully at her home surrounded by her family.
Carol was born December 27, 1932 in the small town of Firth, Idaho to Lee and Leila Mecham. She was the second oldest of five children. In her childhood, Carol accompanied her parents to weed the beet and potato fields in the local area. She also enjoyed playing in nearby orchards and riding her dad’s horse.
In high school, Carol was very involved. During her junior year, she was the class secretary. She also served as a writer and assistant editor for the school yearbook. These positions were a good fit as she was very meticulous and detail oriented in her record keeping efforts at work and home later in life. She helped cheer on the sports teams as a member of the Firth Pep Club. Carol graduated from Firth High School in 1950.
Following graduation, Carol married her high school sweetheart Ron on September 23, 1950. They began their married lives together in Pocatello, moved to San Diego for a few years and finally settled in Boise, Idaho where they raised their four children. Carol worked in the accounting departments at Simplot, Albertsons and Goodman Oil while raising her family.
Her greatest joy was giving to and caring for the people she loved. She never missed an opportunity to send a card or a small gift. Holidays were a special time for her to be with family decorating Easter eggs or baking sugar plum cake and pecan cups. Her tendency towards being a night owl served her well as she spent all night every Christmas Eve stuffing stockings to the brim.
Carol loved to travel. She visited Hawaii several times which was her favorite place. She enjoyed trips to Africa, Ireland, Scotland, England, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, Canada, Mexico and even adventuring north to the Arctic Circle. She and Ron spent months touring the United States with her sister Sharron and brother-in-law Doug in their motorhomes. Carol also found peace in the quiet beauty of time spent at their family cabin in McCall. She was an avid Boise State football fan attending home games and traveling to several away games. Her love for the Broncos started even before they played on “The Blue Turf”.
Carol was always very creative in everything she did and this was reflected in her hand made jewelry, cross-stitching and card stamping. She also had an adventurous side leading her to snowmobiling trips, zip-lining with her sister and earning a scuba certification. Some of her other passions included taking pictures and making photo albums, collecting Beanie Babies, Boyds Bears and Precious Moments, wild flowers, bowling, the Red Hat Society, camping, bird watching, geocaching, dancing with Ron, milk shakes, chocolate, Elvis and Guinness beer!
She is survived by her husband Ron of 73 years. Her children Rhonda Moser (Terry), Dirk Marsden (Peggy), Kim Marsden, and Bruce Marsden (Wendy) as well as five grandchildren Misty, Rob, Tawnya, Lukas Tanner and Hailey and fifteen great grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings, Paul Mecham, Sharron Evans and Cheri Winterbottom. She was preceded in death by her sister, Marjean Weekes, and a baby son Luke Marsden.
We would like to thank Keystone Hospice and her private caregivers for the wonderful love and care that they gave our mother.