Carol Albright

Carol Albright

1/18/1933 — 5/13/2018

Carol Rose (Mosman) Albright, our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away in her home Sunday, May 13, 2018, at age 85. She joins in Heaven our dad, William "Bill" Albright, and our oldest brother, Marvin.

Mom was born in Lewiston on Jan. 18, 1933, to Margaret (Waldhers) and Gerald Mosman. She was one of six siblings - four daughters and twin sons. She graduated from Clarkston High School in 1951. Mom met dad in high school. Despite the fact that they were high school archrivals, they still wanted to be together. Directly after high school, mom worked briefly at PFI in the "white house" mailroom. They married Dec. 27, 1951, while dad was on leave from the service. Mom lived with her new in-laws, Marvin and Esther, until dad returned from Germany. They were married for nearly 54 years.

Dad owned and operated Ml. Albright & Sons while mom stayed home and operated the business of motherhood to their six children. Her family was her greatest pride and joy, and she worked hard to keep the peace between us five sons and one daughter. She was our biggest fan in all of our school activities, sporting events and 4-H projects. She even taught sewing classes at St. Stanislaus Parochial Elementary School, where we all attended. Mom would carpool us and other families to and from school. We lived on 5 acres in the Lewiston Orchards, where mom orchestrated projects for herself and each of us to earn extra money. We grew and sold cucumbers to Morgan Bros., sold milk to the neighbors, harvested and sold night crawlers to local sporting good shops and even raised beagle pups for a short time. Mom was quite the seamstress, sewing her own clothes and most of ours. The year Marvin graduated from high school, mom and dad moved our family to Mission Creek near Culdesac. There they purchased the Slickpoo Mission and remodeled the caretaker's house to accommodate our family of eight. We continued having milk cows and horses, and even tried our hand at raising longhorn cattle.

Mom had a lifelong fascination with birds, often naming the hummingbirds that frequented her feeders. On any given day, mom would enjoy a beautiful sunset or unique shapes in the clouds. In 1976, dad purchased a Cessna 172 airplane. Mom took enough lessons to lose her shirt tail and be the co-pilot on many aviation adventures. Dad retired in 1986, and so began their annual adventures to Valdez, Alaska. Their summers in Valdez were filled with fishing and canning their catch of the day. During their time in Alaska, dear friends Pat and Peggy Bookey showed them the ropes. They continued their trips to Alaska until 2005. During the winter months, mom was right alongside dad at their hunting camp. They spent more than 20 years on the South Fork of the Clearwater River, their favorite hunting spot. It is there that they met Darrell and Gloria Jones and became the best of friends.

Dad passed away in July of 2005. Mom moved into her house on the "hill" with three of her sons living close by. Mom loved the forest; it was her home away from home. She spent hours collecting pinecones and moss-covered branches and rocks to decorate both the inside and outside of her home, re-creating the outdoors she loved so much. She shared this love with her grandchildren and more recently with her great-grandchildren. These endeavors earned her the nickname of "Rocky Deadwood." She would find giant up-turned tree roots that she just had to have. She had a way of sweet-talking one of her sons into taking the boom truck to retrieve them for her. Mom traveled with family and friends to Hawaii, New York, Canada, Arizona and several of the New England states. She also embarked on annual trips with her sisters. She took many trips to Priest Lake to see her younger sister, Marilyn.

Mom was known for giving away free hugs and sharing her favorite stories about her grandchildren. Grandma Carol blessed each of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren with a hand-quilted animal blanket when they were born, and a beautiful quilted bedspread when they got married. She often attended their school programs and sporting events.

Mom was diagnosed with leukemia on April 19 and passed away on Mother's Day and the Feast Day of the Ascension of the Lord. We, her family, all agree that Mother's Day was very befitting for her passing as her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her life. She was the best mother in the world. She leaves behind a daughter, Jerri (Wade) Canning of Clarkston; sons Wayne (Jill) and Dale (Bridget), both of Lewiston, Wes (Pam) of Spokane, and Gene (Becky) of Clarkston; daughter-in-law Sharon Albright of Lewiston; 22 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and her sisters, Pat (Buzz) Nanninga of Lewiston and Marilyn (Terry) Frost of Nordman, Idaho. She was preceded in death by her husband, William "Bill;" son Marvin; brothers Herald Mosman and Gerald Mosman; and sister Virginia Stockwell. We would especially like to express our deepest appreciation to our sister-in-law, Sharon, for the time and love that she gave to mom.

The rosary will be recited at 11 a.m. June 2, followed by Mass celebrated at 11:30 a.m. at All Saints Catholic Church, 3330 14th St., Lewiston. Lunch and reception to follow in the parish hall.

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Date & Time
Saturday, June 2, 11:00 AM
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All Saints Catholic Church
3330 14th Street
Lewiston, ID 83501

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