Carol E. (Fischer) Bunds celebrated her 90th birthday with her new church family in Cottonwood, Ariz., on Jan. 10, 2015. Both of her daughters, Karen Mercer of Cottonwood and Bonnie Lass of Thompsonville, Ill., attended. Carol was born Jan. 9, 1925 in Hilight, Wyo., to Edward and Ina Fischer. The family moved to McMinnville, Ore., in 1942.
Carol graduated from Portland Adventist Academy in 1943 and attended Walla Walla College for one year. She worked as a medical assistant until age 83, when she suffered a fractured femur and was unable to continue working.
After moving to the Portland area, Carol first attended the Gresham (Ore.) Church, then Rockwood Church in Portland, then helped with starting the Pleasant Valley Church in Happy Valley, Ore. She and her husband, Frank, helped with building Hood View Junior Academy, and Frank’s entry, "Hood View," for the school's naming contest was the winner.