Carol McCormick

Obituary of Carol Meyer McCormick

Carol Meyer McCormick passed away November 12, 2021 at home in Tumwater, Washington.  She was born December 7, 1933, in Olympia, Washington.  She had many great memories of her early childhood, growing up on Budd Inlet and later moving to Olympia's South Capital neighborhood in her teens.


Carol graduated from Olympia High School in 1952.  She married John H. McCormick and they had three children, yet later divorced. Carol’s greatest love was being a mother; she was a loving, devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother until the day of her passing. She would always say, "Once a mother, always a mother."  She also loved her nieces and nephews as if they were her own and they loved her back as if she was their mother.


Carol was a para professional educator at Michael T. Simmons and Garfield Elementary Schools for 29 years.  She was a member of Thurston County Schools Retiree’s Association, providing volunteer and employer support.  She also was a member of the Navy League and the Employers Support of the Guard and Reserve.


Carol loved to travel and had a lifelong fondness for Hawaii after taking a family cruise aboard the SS Lurline to Honolulu as a young girl to visit her grandfather. Their trip was cut short by her father, who thought the United States was about to enter WWII. After arriving home, Pearl Harbor was attacked on her birthday a few months later.  This was one of her favorite stories to share. Hawaii was always her ultimate place to vacation.  She also loved weekend getaways to the ocean and Mount Rainier.


Carol took pride in her beautiful penmanship and calligraphy. She also enjoyed drawing and sewing in her free time. She loved gardening, flowers, birds and animals, and photography. She also loved to decorate her whole house for all of the holidays; Christmas was her favorite.


Everyone knew Carol had a great sense of humor, and enjoyed making others laugh. She absolutely loved to put smiles on others. She loved God and going to The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd and made many great friendships during her time there.


She is survived by her companion, Burt Backman of Tumwater; her daughter, Cheryl Lynn Christensen, and her husband, Scott, two grandaughters, Lynn (and great-grandson, Christian) of Olympia, and Lauren of Lacey, Washington; and son, Jeffrey H. McCormick of TumwaterShe was predeceased by son, Brian C. McCormick in November 2014; former husband, John H. McCormick in March 2018; and her sisters, Patricia Hoagland of New Jersey and Marlene Beatty of California.


Special thanks to Providence SoundHomeCare Hospice, and caregivers, Donna and Chloe.


Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 30, 2021, 11:00 a.m. at South Sound Manor, 455 North St. SE, Tumwater, WA 98501.  A graveside service will follow at 12:30 p.m. at Masonic Memorial Park.


Memorial donations may be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (, or charity of choice.


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