Welcome to the memorial page for

Carol Lynne (Ingersoll) Palumbo

September 8, 1947 ~ July 1, 2017 (age 69)


It's a Wonderful Life

"A toast to my big brother George: The richest man in town."


The birthplace of California's City of Angels was a fitting start to Carol's life. After a move northward with her family in the 1950s, Portland, Oregon became the place Carol made her lifelong home.

Educated in Hosford Elementary, and then Cleveland and Washington High Schools, Carol received her degree in Education from Oregon State University in 1974. Carol then taught in Portland's Public Schools before retiring in 2003 after 30 years of service in the Public Education system, a system in which Carol passionately believed.

Forged by her religious beliefs within the United Church of Christ that everyone should be treated as an equal, Carol was a tireless advocate of human rights. As an active union member, Carol continued this advocacy through her roles as Vice­ President in the Portland Association of Teachers and the Oregon Education Association (OEA).Carol was an African-American woman, and her life epitomized a belief in the power of multiculturalism . In her role as Ethnic Minority Director of OEA, Carol developed and conducted workshops and trainings to foster minority involvement within the organization. Carol was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Incorporated, the oldest African-American sorority.

Carol was a great communicator . She loved books, newspapers and always the comics. Carol was renowned for her ability to tell stories, to engage with people, and she understood the importance of just being able to listen. Carol loved children. She loved holding and nurturing them, and sharing with them in the joy of their movies, books and games - enjoying their inexhaustible enthusiasm and spirit.

The home of Carol and Steve, her husband, was always open and welcoming, and was the site of countless family dinners and events over many decades. Each Christmas Eve, Carol and Steve opened their home to friends and Family. Carol and Steve's home was also a frequent venue for the many church groups and book clubs for which Carol was a driving force.

Carol and Steve loved to travel, a love that grew after their retirement. They drove together across Canada on Highway 1, visited museums and monuments in New York and Washington DC, and watched baseball in too many places to count. They enjoyed wonderful food in Albuquerque, Minneapolis, Louisville and Victoria BC. On their three trips to Italy, they explored and made friends across the country from Sicily to Trieste. In New Zealand, they went in search of the elusive kiwi, but instead

discovered a museum dedicated to the somewhat less elusive possum. In Dingle, Ireland, they drank Guinness to the sounds of Irish Folk music. They enjoyed whisky in the smallest distillery in Scotland, saw people 'Dressed to the Nines' at the Queen's horse race at Ascot, and witnessed the making of an episode of 'Doc Martin' in Cornwall, located in the far-reaches of South West England. Unlike George Bailey who needed an angel to show him he had a wonderful life, Carol just refused to accept anything less.

Carol passed away unexpectedly from heart trouble, and will be missed by the many people who were lucky to have been touched by her Life. Carol is preceded in death by her parents Theodore Ingersoll, Jr and Elizabeth Jones) Ingersoll, her sister Francine Roan, and her son Dana Lynn Probasco. Carol is survived by her loving husband of 32 years Steven; her daughters Darla Canda (John) and Anna Cruz (Diego); and grandchildren Damien, Brandi, Breanna, Brooklyn, Bryce, Rio, Tehya and Lorenzo; and great grandchildren Zaire, T'Keyah, T'Kiah and K'Torrah; her sisters, Janice and Mary Ingersoll and Barbara Ingersoll-Wood; her step-sister Valerie Leon and step-father Robert Simpson. Carol will be missed by her uncle, nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and many, many friends.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30am Tuesday 11th July at Highland Park United Church of Christ, 7600 NE Glisan St, Portland, Oregon.

In lieu of flowers, the Family suggests donation to Donate Life Northwest.

 Service Information

Memorial Service
July 11, 2017

10:30 AM
Highland Park United Church of Christ
7600 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97213

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