Carol was born on Dec. 31, 1953, to Leo and Avis Pankey in Prairie City, Ore.
She married Isaac D. Garcia on Dec. 12, 1975, and to this union were born two sons, Isaac Martin and Thomas Arthur Garcia. Carol later met and fell in love with Jesus Jose Montenegro while playing Bingo in Hermiston, Oregon.
They married on June 19, 1999. Jesse was a gift from God as he loved and cared for her throughout her illness, never waivering no matter how challenging the medical care became. He took care of "Momma" better than anyone could have. During times of good health, Carol could be found side-by-side with Jesse fishing streams throughout Idaho and Oregon.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents, her oldest brother Arthur Pankey, and Twin siblings Leo "Bub" Pankey and Pearl Padgett. She is survived by her sons Isaac (Chelsea) Garcia of Caldwell, Idaho, and Thomas Garcia and his children, her beautiful grandchildren Xandria and Dayon of Jerome, Idaho. She is also survived by her adoring sisters Beverly Follett of Meridian, Idaho, and Bonnie Limburger of North Pole, Alaska, who shared in her frequent shopping trips, even between her multiple hospital stays.
They delighted in her ability to shop even when home bound in order to purchase her favorite things (besides her sons and grandchildren!) ‹purses, jewelry and perfume.
Carol was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. A special thanks to all of the staff at St. Lukes in Boise, Idaho who treated and cared for Carol during her many stays and for providing comfort to the family through a very difficult time.
A viewing for family and friends will be held on Tuesday evening, June 30, with services and burial on July 1, 2009, in Hermiston, Ore. Arrangements are under the direction of Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon.