She met the love of her life, William Ashcroft Buzza, in Malibu, CA. They were married on September 21, 1972. They had an admirable and beautiful marriage until William died on August 24, 2003. Carole and William shared 5 children, Randy, Kelly, David, Kristie and Bree.
After moving to Oregon in 1976, Carole became adept at country living. She excelled at home making and was known for her hospitality, welcoming everyone she knew into their home. She loved making friends and family feel cherished.
Carole taught high school drama at Damascus Christian School. The yearly productions were inspiring to students and the community. Carole was a kindergarten teacher for many years. Children were a delight to her. She believed every child should know they are loved.
Carole traveled to Sudan, Africa to teach English in small villages. Helping children learn to read was a joy for her!
Carole married Melvin Erickson on April 3, 2011. Carole’s surviving family include her husband, Melvin Erickson; son, David (Summer) Buzza; daughters, Kristie (Ken) Calhoon, Bree (Tim) Watt; step-children, Kelly (Brian) Hauser; Randy (Chris Ann) Buzza; brother, Mark Wardlaw; 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.