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Obituary: Terry Lynn Higgins Carstens

Published on February 27, 2018 12:01AM

Last changed on February 27, 2018 10:19AM

Terry Carstens

Terry Carstens


April 28, 1946 — Jan. 23, 2018

A celebration of life will be held for Terry Carstens at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2018, at Calvary Episcopal Church, 503 Holladay Drive in Seaside, Oregon. She was taken to heaven in God’s loving arms Jan. 23, 2018.

Terry was born April 28, 1946, in Myrtle Point, Oregon, to James and Mildred Higgins, who have preceded her in death.

She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Bonnie and Pete Christoson; her brother, John Higgins; her Aunt Marg; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and many dear friends who were travel buddies, Sweet Adeline sisters, Cannon Beach Chorus singers/friends, sewing/knitting companions, Bunco competitors, TOPS ladies, antique collectable hunters and sacred friends who trusted their homes and pets into her loving care.

A vast network of people loved Terry, and she loved them. Always thinking the best of everyone, she humbly gave her heart and shoulder for comfort more times than can be numbered. She was a “rock” and “savior” for many of us. Many were the same for her.

Growing up in Coquille, Oregon, Terry graduated from Coquille High School in 1964, and she stayed in contact with some of her high school classmates. Keeping in contact with friends and family was her special outlet. Professionally, she worked for many years as a successful trained beautician, managing salons in Coquille and Seaside, Oregon, and Ocean Park, Washington. Terry retired after many years being “on her feet,” she would share.

Always dedicated, you could find her frequently sharing her talent at Eda Lindstrom’s fabric and yarn shop, Custom Threads, in Astoria, Oregon, using her sewing, knitting and crochet gifts to teach and create special handmade items for people. She loved Quilt Run Week at Custom Threads, helping customers choose yardage and quilting materials. This was her special world.

Terry remained dedicated to the Seaside TOPS club, serving as secretary for many years, and frequently volunteered to make coffee, clean up after meetings and work on many committees. She had a special love for her TOPS friends.

Music was also a passion, and she was a proud past bass singer with Sweet Adeline’s International, singing four-part harmony. Then Terry found a new home with the Cannon Beach Chorus, singing the classics. She was in heaven! Whether it was going to practice, or dressing for a performance, that was real living to her.

Terry’s passing touched all of us, in so many ways. Let us remember her by making a generous contribution in her memory, in lieu of flowers, to: Cannon Beach Chorus, P.O. Box 725, Cannon Beach, OR 97110.


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