Carol was born June 14, 1947 in Valley City, North Dakota to Daniel S. and Carrie McDonald. They later moved to Washington State. Carol graduated from Willapa Valley High School.
Carol had four children with John Bates and they settled in Yamhill, Oregon.
Carol had many different careers, but was most passionate when cooking or taking care of people. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, gardening, outdoor activities and most of all spending time with her family and friends. She loved to entertain and cook for large groups of family and friends, most importantly their annual "Fish Fry".
Carol is survived by her life partner, Gene Conder, her mother, Carrie McDonald, stepmother, June McDonald, sister, Karen Hodel, brothers LeRoy and Daniel S. "Butch" McDonald, children John H. Bates III, Marcia Chenea, Patricia (BJ) Elliott, Matthew (Heather) Bates, Trevor (Thelma) Conder, Tiffany (Michael) Ripley; 13 grandchildren and one great grandson and many nieces and nephews.
Her father, Daniel S. McDonald, preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 13 at 11 a.m. at Lebam Community Church, 2336 St. Route 6, Lebam, WA, 98554, with burial to follow at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Lebam.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Legacy Hospice, McMinnville, Oregon branch or Lebam Community Church.
Funeral Arrangements are under the care of Stoller's Mortuary, Raymond.