Carole Elsen

08/17/1940 - 07/29/2018

Obituary for Carole Elsen

Longtime Portland resident, Carole Elsen died at her home on Sunday, July 29, 2018 with her daughter and sister by her side. She was 77.

Carole Lee Robertson was born on August 17, 1940 in Portland, Oregon to Louis and Norma (Thompson) Robertson. Carole grew up in Portland and attended Madison High School. In 1958 she Married Anthony Pappas and relocated to California while he served in the military. They had three children, Nicholas, Kelli and Terri. They later divorced.

Carole moved back to Portland and in 1971 she married George Elsen. They later divorced.

In April 1975, Carole met longtime companion and the love of her life, Whitey Coker.

During her working career she worked for several freight line companies as a claims examiner. The most recent being Stor-Dor Forwarding Company and USF Reddaway, where she retired from.
Carole had many hobbies. The years she spent with Whitey were full of adventure. They spent time camping, fishing, rafting and going on road trips to the beach and to the mountains. The two of them were up for just about anything. She was artistic, liked to paint, and at one time, designed clothing, just for fun. She was an avid reader, often reading several books at one time. She loved pajama parties with her cousin Alexis and friend Lindy, where they would stay up all night watching movies. She and her friends kept in contact by meeting monthly at Stanfords for their "happy hour" get togethers. She loved jazz and enjoyed attending blues and jazz festivals. By far, her favorite pastime was shopping. She loved buying gifts for loved ones, as well as clothing and accessories for her fashionista self. She had great taste and was always dressed impeccably. She especially loved purses and had a large collection.

Carole had a very positive attitude, felt that holding a grudge was a waste of energy and was always happy and smiling. Carole was very charitable and sometimes went without so that she could help others. Above all, Carole loved her family. Her grandchildren would say that she was the best grandma ever. When they were small she often had sleepovers at her house, which usually included arts and crafts projects. And of course there were shopping trips with Olivia and Isabella! Her grandchildren meant everything to her and she was very proud of each of them.

She was a loving daughter, mother, grandmother, sister, auntie and friend. She will be greatly missed.

Carole was preceded in death by her mother, father, son Nicholas, daughter Kelli, sisters Judy Wiese and Billie Paetel and companion Whitey Coker. She is survived by her daughter Terri Daschel of Clackamas, brother Bill Elliott of Estacada, sisters Linda Main of Estacada, Debbie Elliott of Sandy, Katie Policar of Camas, Washington, 5 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends....all of whom loved her dearly.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, November 3rd at Sah-Hah-Lee Golf Course, 17104 SE 130th Ave, Clackamas, Oregon, from 1-4pm. Please feel free to bring photos and stories to share.
Private interment at a future date.



Funeral Service

01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Sah-Hah-Lee Golf Course
17104 SE 130th Ave
Clackamas, OR
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My family goes back a very long way with Carol and her family. I remember fondly the trips to her house, the many parties and get togethers and of course her frewuent visits to her mothers home in Estacada. She was always kind, accepting and inclusive. She looked so very much like her mother, whom she was very good to. We wish to express our sincere, heartfelt sorrow to all her family... whom we consider our extended family for your loss. Carole was wonderful and will be truly missed. We love you and our prayers are with you all. Be Well, Anna and Bill xo - Anna Morrow of Redmond, OR
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Dearest family, I loved my beautiful cousin so very much! Growing up she, Lexie, Judy and I had lots of fun times together! As adults, it has been even better! She was loved, and will never be forgotten...your obituary is wonderful....a beautiful lady with a beautiful spirit! We will not be able to attend the memorial celebration, but know that all of you will be in our thoughts and you all so very much...Farewell my dear friend, Carole, you will always be in my heart... 1 - Darlene Johnson of Arizona
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I didn't know Carole personally, but am a friend of her sister Linda Main. I am so sorry for her passing as I know she was dearly loved. - Robin Stretch of Boring
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Oh Carole....What can I say? I don't have the words. I wrote your obituary last week. I never thought I would do that. It was hard. It falls short. I had to stop as I knew I could not write a book. I just wanted people to know how special you were. You had the biggest heart. You were always so positive. And smiling. And fun. You were more than a sister. You were my friend. My heart is breaking. Truly, truly breaking. I miss you so much. I hope you know how much you were loved. You will always be in my heart. Sis. - Linda Main of Estacada
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Carole, My dearest friend for 70 years. We met in Miss Dill's second grade class at Glenhaven grade school. On to Washington and then the new Madison H.S. Wow ! All the fun and trouble we would find these 7 decades as BFF. The hot summer night we climbed out the upstairs window and I fell in the flower pots. Then you were too scared to jump off the roof, so I had to get a ladder out of the garage for you to climb down. We were on our way to Scotties to dedicate "Wake up little Susie" to our sleeping parents. We both lost sons and you saw me through the toughest days of my life. I am missing you everyday. You and I are the last of the "honey bb's" all the others have gone on before us. I have always loved you and will keep you in my heart and mind till we meet again in Heaven. Rest in peace dear one. - Diana Grant-Finley of Reno, Nevada
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