Carol Junella Erickson
Carol Junella [Gudim] Erickson, age 92, died at Manor Care in Lynnwood, Washington on Monday, August 7, 2017. She was born February 20, 1925 in Wahpeton, North Dakota, to Hans Brunhoff Gudim and Helga Sophie [Hanson] Gudim and joined her brother, Orlin Gudim. She was baptized in 1925 at her parent's home in Wahpeton, North Dakota by Rev. Lars Stalsbraatan. She was confirmed in 1938 at Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church in Fergus Falls, Minnesota by Pastor E.M. Strom, her uncle. She attended Lutheran Brethren Schools High School (later named Hillcrest Lutheran Academy) and graduated in 1942 and from Lutheran Brethren Bible School in 1944. On December 3, 1943 she married Bennett Norman Erickson.
Carol, along with Bennett, felt called by God to go to the mission field and served as missionaries in Chad and Cameron, Africa from 1950-1966 with the Church of the Lutheran Brethren Missions. They returned from the mission field in 1966 and made their residence in Seattle, Washington until they retired and moved to Lynnwood, Washington. Carol worked at King's Press (later named Crista Press) in the camera department from 1968-1988.
Carol was a member of Rock of Ages Lutheran Brethren Church in Seattle. She was a strong woman in many ways - a great hostess when people dropped in to visit, she somehow could put out a spread of food with seemingly nothing in the refrigerator. She was a life-long student of the Scriptures, a capable women's Bible teacher and a faithful prayer warrior. She raised her five boys from infancy to know and love the Lord.
Survivors include her four sons and their wives, Norman and Gloria Erickson, Cam and Barbara Erickson, Forrest and Julie Erickson and Lanel and Susan Erickson, her grandchildren, Drew Erickson, Dana and Aaron Repp, Kjirsti and Ryan Nilsen, Ronda and Brian Clark, Lance and Caroline Erickson, Lori and Brian Barth, Jeremy and Kim Erickson, Steven and Shannon Erickson, Joel and Kathryn Erickson, Ryan and Kristin Erickson, Nathan and Jessica Erickson, Nat and Courtney Erickson, Chad and Cheryle Erickson, Brent and Sarah Erickson and 41 great-grandchildren. Carol was preceded in death by her husband, Bennett, her brother, Orlin and Marjory Gudim, her son, Owan, Doreen and Timothy Erickson, grandson, Jay and Katrina Erickson and great grandson, Braaten Nilsen.
Carol was loved and respected by all who knew her. Her strong love for the Lord and love of His word will always be remembered and greatly missed by her family and friends.
Services will be held at 2 pm, Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park and Cemetery, 11111 Aurora Ave North, Seattle, WA 98133. Relatives and friends are welcome for a brief graveside service followed by a time of visiting, reflection and coffee at a room on the grounds.
Memorials may be sent to Lutheran Brethren International Mission, in memory of Carol Erickson, to Church of the Lutheran Brethren, PO Box 655, Fergus Falls, MN 56537.
Thanks to all our friends and family for your kind words and expression of love.
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