George and Yvonne Carambot celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary with a family reunion in College Place, Wash.

George Carambot and Yvonne Becker were married on July 5, 1959, at La Sierra College Church in Riverside, Calif., before heading to Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich., where George received his Master of Divinity, minoring in biblical languages while Yvonne worked as a certified nursing assistant.

George began his pastoral career in Arizona, where they also began raising their family. After their third son was born, they accepted a call to the Netherlands Antilles Mission, which consisted of Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire islands. George worked as a pastor, evangelist and departmental secretary. Four years later, the Carambots moved to Venezuela, where George was president of the West Venezuelan Mission. After a brief furlough, the couple finished their mission service with George as the president of the Columbia/Venezuela Union office.

After 12 years in the mission field, the Carambots, now a family of five boys and one girl, spent time in Angwin, Calif., where George was the director of student finance at Pacific Union College. Transitioning his career, the family moved to Pleasant Hill where George became a trust officer and spent time at the Northern California Conference (1981–1985), Loma Linda University trust services department (1985–1989) and Upper Columbia Conference (1989–1993). He finished his career at the North Pacific Union Conference before retiring in 2004.

Dedicated to health care services, once the Carambots were home from the mission field, Yvonne’s career moved forward as a home health aide. She spent 10 years in hospice providing safe and compassionate care for those in need. In the early 1990s, Yvonne transitioned to owning and operating her own business for 20 year. She was committed to providing outstanding 24/7 elder care in her adult foster homes. In her spare time, Yvonne had a passion for creating beautifully catered events, helping fellow church members by sewing wedding dresses and decorating cakes, and coordinating a network of women to support the Lord’s work.

George and Yvonne began their retirement in beautiful northeast Washington, where they built and lived in a log cabin on the Pend Oreille River in Ione, Wash. George volunteered at the Ione Church, and Yvonne assisted the local museum with their donation network during their free time. Then, in 2012, George and Yvonne moved to College Place, where they live near two of their sons.

George and Yvonne Carambot are the proud parents of six, grandparents of 12 and great-grandparents of five. In honor of their 60th wedding anniversary, the family hosted a reunion celebration in Walla Walla, Wash., where George and Yvonne were honored for their dedication to each other, to their family and to their church.

September 09, 2019