Carolyn June Niezen, 66, of Orange City, Iowa died at the Orange City Area Health System Hospital in Orange City.
She was born to Swannie (Munneke) Schaafsma and Thomas Schaafsma in Artesia, Calif. She attended a Christian school and graduated from Valley Christian High School in Calif. before going on to cosmetology school.
She married Jerry Niezen, Dec. 30, 1963, in Bellflower, Calif. The couple lived in Wallowa County for 13 years of their marriage.
Carolyn was a homemaker and worked as a hairdresser at an army post in Maryland and at the Inland Christian Home in Chino, Calif.
She enjoyed playing cards, entertaining friends, cooking, working with and riding horses, and she especially liked spending time with her five granddaughters.
While living in Wallowa County, she attended the Enterprise Christian Church. At the time of her death, she was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church in Orange City, Iowa.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Loren Schaafsma.
She is survived by her husband Jerry; daughters Kathleen Swart and husband Steve of Colorado springs, Colo., and Kerrie Melville and husband Kevin of Joseph; son, Dan Niezen and wife Mara of Orange City, Iowa; five grandchildren; sisters, Rorene Hilarides and husband Ronald of Oakdale, Calif. and Rosie Van Essen and her husband Gene of Bellflower, Calif.; brother, Tom Schaafsma and his wife Lori of Joseph.
Interment was at West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City.