September 15, 2003

Caroline Lee (Speck) Flerchinger of Walla Walla passed away Monday, Sept. 15, 2003, at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Ore., surrounded by her family. She was 60.

Caroline was born Dec. 5, 1942, in Genesee to Irvin Martin Speck and Marie Elizabeth Cummings. She spent her early years in Genesee before moving to Lewiston. She graduated from Lewiston High School in 196l.

She met the love of her life and husband of 40 years, Stan, at the freshman orientation dance at college. Caroline and Stan married April 20, 1963, in Clarkston and they have five children. She was a devoted mother and homemaker. Her kindness, generosity and love were felt by all who knew her.

Her greatest joy in life was her family. She also was an avid reader, enjoyed history, crossword puzzles and attending all of her grandchildren’s games and special events. Caroline and her family lived in Helix, Ore., for 27 years before moving to Walla Walla in 1999.

Caroline is survived by her husband, Stan, daughters Kim Clothier of Walla Walla and Annie Fowler and husband Scott of Kennewick; sons Eric and wife Faith of Kodiak, Alaska, Kirk and wife Stephanie of Pendleton, Ore., and Nickolas of Walla Walla; her 10 grandchildren, Josh, Bryan, Kyle, Brendan, Elizabeth, Joey, Paden, Lydia, Camryn, Caroline and Esther. She also is survived by her sisters, Christina Howard and husband Terry of Lewiston and Connie Wolfe and husband John of Viola; brother Mike Speck of Clarkston; her mother-in-law, Ruth Flerchinger of Clarkston; sister-in-law Myrna Jacobs and husband Martin of Clarkston; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Viewing is from 2 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home in Walla Walla. The funeral is at 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made in her name to the Sandcastle Crisis Daycare in Walla Walla.