Carynn was born in Bremerton to Mary and Jerry Schumacher. After a brief illness her courageous fight ended and her eternal life with Our Heavenly Father began.
Growing up on the family farm in Olalla cultivated her lifelong love of animals, especially horses. In 1989 she rode her horse, Tess, in one of five wagon trains that crossed the state to celebrate Washington State’s Centennial. She taught animals that they needed more than love, they also needed manners.
She loved reconnecting with old friends on Facebook and keeping abreast of her family and friends.
Helping others gave Carynn the most joy, whether volunteering at the Literacy Council tutoring students working on GEDs, teaching adults to read so they could too share in her joy of books, or as an in-home caregiver for Martha & Mary. Carynn loved “her people.” She worked as a waitress at Captain K’s & Allyn Inn, knowing all of her regulars by name and favorite food. Carynn also loved making jewelry and was at one point the proprietor of Carynn’s Northwest Passage, a bead and findings store on Bay Street. Up until it closed in 2009, Carynn worked at Geiger’s Pharmacy, greeting all with her infectious smile and a hug. Always taking time to lend an ear, she became part of their day.
In 1994 Carynn married Marlin Heide, her “Cowboy.” They lived in Port Orchard in a home that has been in the family since the 1930s.
Survived by beloved husband Marlin Heide of Port Orchard, brother Terry Schumacher (Jean) of Baker City, Oregon, sister Cynthia Eriksen (Arnie) of Olalla, Washington, sister Cheri Thompson of Nordland, Washington as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father in 1996, mother in 2008, and brother Ron Schumacher in 1974.
We are honoring Carynn’s request for no public memorial. We ask that you celebrate her life in your hearts and memories and by giving a bit more each day than you take.
She smothered us all in love.