Carlene Nadeau

Carlene L. Nadeau died Aug. 9, 2002 at Whidbey General Hospital; she was 67. Funeral services will be held Friday, Aug. 16, at 11 a.m., in the chapel of the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St, Milton-Freewater, Ore. Officiating will be Pastor Duane Geyer of First Christian Church. Concluding services and interment will follow in the Milton-Freewater Cemetery.

Carlene was born April 16, 1935, in Pendleton, Ore. She was the daughter of Gordon and Mildred Hinchliff Faires.

As a child, Carlene was an accomplished clarinet player, winning first place in various state and tri-state competitions. After graduating from the University of Oregon in 1958, Carlene was married to Edward Joseph Nadeau who worked for the United Sates Agency for International Development.

Five children were born of this marriage, Gordon Edward, Michelle Jacqueline, twins, Paul Jonathan and Tanyia Giselle and Paul (Pablo) David.

While married, Carlene lived in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Nigeria and Vietnam. While in Costa Rica, Carlene was active in the American Theater Company and appeared on the stage at the National Theater. In the Dominican Republic she volunteered at Dona Chucha’s orphanage.

Carlene was divorced in 1979 and lived in Reston, Va., where she worked at the Springwood Psychiatric Institute. In 1986 she returned to her hometown of Milton-Freewater. While there she worked for the Oregon State Offices for Services to Children and Families, continuing her lifelong passion for helping children. Carlene was living at Careage of Whidbey in Coupeville when she died.

She is survived by her daughter, Michelle Cook of Oak Harbor; sons, Pablo Nadeau of Portland, Ore., and Gordon Nadeau of Bay Point, Calif.; parents, Gordon and Mildred Faires of Milton-Freewater; five grandchildren, Angelina Nadeau, Henry Nadeau, Ruby Nadeau, London and Dacotah Cook.

She was preceded in death by her twins, Paul Jonathan and Tanyia Giselle and her brother, Burdette Faires.