Carol Gladys Picking, 87, passed away Nov. 22, 2015, at Samaritan Evergreen Hospice Hospital in Albany, Ore. Carol was born Feb. 7, 1928, in Hood River, Ore., to Erwin and Clara Lippman.
Carol graduated from Odell High School in 1946, where her father “Cap” (Erwin), a local orchardist, was also the high school custodian. She went on to attend the University of Oregon and graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Upon her graduation from college, she married her fiancé since high school, Vernon Picking, in August of 1950. Carol had been introduced to Vernon by her best friend Mary Ellen Wirrick, who had been dating Vern’s older brother, Chuck. The two best friends married the two Picking brothers and became sisters-in-law.
In 1954, with a loan from Carol’s father, they built the Pine Grove Texaco service station on Highway 35.
Carol and Vernon had four children: Ginny, Steve, Jeanne and Stuart. Carol was very involved in her children’s activities, including serving on the local PTAs and on the Hood River County School District board. She was a 4-H club leader, a den mother for Cub Scouts, a member of the Amicus Club and a member of the Hazel Rebekah Lodge.
Besides co-owning the family service station, she worked summers in the packing houses and for the OSU Agricultural Experiment Station.
Carol and Vernon lived for 50 years in the house that Vernon built on Paasch Road in Pine Grove, until they moved to Corvallis in 2000 to be closer to where their children lived.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Vernon Picking, of Corvallis; their children: Ginny (Rick) Taylor, of Corvallis, Steve (Liz) Picking, of Albany, and Jeanne (Dan) Hodges, of Glide, Ore.; her grandchildren: Christi (Vince) Pontier, Ryan Hodges, Caitlin Taylor, and Rand Taylor; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Carol was preceded in death by her son Stuart Picking and her sister, Virginia Cunningham. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Her family was her priority and she was always ready to help in any way she could.
Services will be held Saturday, Nov. 28, at 1 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
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