Carolee A. Engelson

Nov. 17, 1943 –– April 23, 2017

Carolee Ann Engelson, 73, of Union, died April 23, 2017, in Vale, Ore. A celebration of her life will be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 20 at the Island City City Hall.

Carolee was born Nov. 17, 1943, in Pendleton, to William Donald Strobel and Delores Ruby Williams. She graduated from Wallowa High School and received a nursing degree from Blue Mountain Community College in 1979.

She worked at and retired from Grande Ronde Hospital in the OB department. She also taught certified nursing assistant classes assisted by two of her granddaughters.

Carolee enjoyed delivering babies, but most of all she loved being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. After retiring from the medical field, she took up long-arm quilting.

She was not afraid to be creative with her designs, which led to a high demand for her quilts. Quilt-making was Carolee’s passion and her family says it put a smile on her face that would light up the room.

Survivors include her sons, Darren Dixon and Dee Dixon; four sisters; and seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger Engelson, and eldest son, David Dixon.

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