CARRIE MAE SPURLOCK, 84, formerly of Van, West Virginia, passed from this life on November 11, 2021, into the Gates of Heaven, where she was welcomed into the open arms of her Savior, Jesus Christ. Carrie made her home in Lynnwood, Washington, but was born and raised in Van. She was the daughter of the late Harrison and Delores Spurlock and the seventh of 12 children. Those gathered to welcome her Home were her beloved parents; sisters, Vickie, Ann, Betty, Jeanette, and brothers, Clarence, Howard, Lawrence, Edward; and great-grandson, Jacob. Carrie is also survived by her sister, Mary Bowlby of Washington, and two brothers, Arthur of Georgia and Dual of Wisconsin. Those she treasured most and who brought her overwhelming joy were her four children, Deanna, Carol, Sheree and Steven, and her 10 grandchildren, Jessica, Logan, Sara, Sam, Emily, Ben, Jacob (deceased), Josh, Dylan and Chloe, and her two beloved great-grandchildren, Riley and Cody.
Carrie participated in many activities while attending Van High School, where she graduated in 1954. She was a Cheerleader, Assistant Editor of the Van Courier, the Assistant Editor of the Vanguard and “Best Dancer” for two years. Carrie left WV after graduation for Washington, D.C., which eventually took her to Germany and then to Washington State, which became her home.
Over time she had several different careers, but most notably was the time she spent at Qwest Communications, where she was a Manager in Human Resources. With Carrie’s love of learning and a heart for those who struggled with the everyday challenges of life, she went on to graduate with honors from Western Washington University with a degree in Counseling. She was a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, served as a volunteer Chaplain at a local hospital, a volunteer Counselor and Bereavement Facilitator at her Church, a volunteer at New Beginnings Rehab Center for Adolescents and a Discipleship Dynamics instructor, to name only a few.
Carrie’s life consisted of an unshakeable faith and trust in Jesus. She strived to live her life for something that would outlast it, and today she reaps the rewards. She did not say goodbye to her family and friends, but all could hear her words as they faded, “I will see you later.” Her heart’s desire was that all whom she loved and cherished would find a place in their hearts for Jesus, praying none would leave this World without Him. We miss you, Carrie, but we know you are now with your Heavenly Family, and that warms our hearts and brings smiles.