Nadeen F. (Tanneberg) Carey
February 2, 1930 ~ August 3, 2014
Nadeen F. (Tanneberg) Carey, 84, went to be with her Savior and Lord on August 3, 2014, while at home under the loving care of her family. She was born in Chelan, WA on February 2, 1930, to Ras and Luella Tanneberg. She was raised in St. Andrews, WA, where she grew up and lived among the wheat farms. She attended grade school there, and eventually moved the few miles to Coulee City, WA, where she graduated from high school. She then attended Kinman Business School in Spokane, WA. She married Earl Carey from Hartline, WA on October 21, 1949, which was also her parent’s wedding anniversary. They made their home in Hartline, WA for many years, where they worked together, Earl as Postmaster and she as the postal clerk. Their first two children, Candace and Robin, were born while they lived in Hartline. After a short move to Spokane, they settled in Wenatchee, WA in 1964, where their third daughter, Tamera, was born soon after. Nadeen lived the rest of her life in the Wenatchee Valley. Nadeen was an original tenant in the Valley North Mall, where she owned and managed a children’s clothing store. In the following years, she helped her husband in the family business and finished her career at Piper Jaffray, where she worked for 15 years, before retiring in 1995.
After retirement, Mom found great joy in helping her daughters. She went to each of their homes regularly to help them with decorating, housecleaning, planting flowers, baking and cooking, and whatever else was needed. She wanted to help in any way if her daughters were involved. She volunteered at Life-Trac Family Ministries for Candy, both baking for seminars and office work. And for years, she volunteered at Columbia Elementary. She worked in Tami’s music room, helped other teachers as a reading buddy, and had one special weekly lunch buddy for four years. She was known for her gracious hospitality and, for many years, opened up their home for church youth groups and other gatherings. She played the organ in her church, but her first love was teaching Sunday School to young children and they loved her, as she was an engaging story teller and reader. In later years, she especially loved reading to her great-grandkids. Another favorite lifelong joy was tending her flower garden, which flourished under her care. She also enjoyed needlework, and was very creative, making flower arrangements and decorating her home with seasonal touches. Other loves included the ocean (watching it… not being on it!) and Mom had a tender heart toward any animal. She had an amazing ability to remember what family food preferences were, willingly customizing dishes and always keeping her fridge stocked with things she knew we liked. She loved serving others, listening attentively, and taking an interest in every person she met. She wanted it said, “She loved her family dearly.”
Survivors are her husband of 64 years, Earl Carey of Wenatchee, WA; her three daughters, Candy McPherson and Greg of Leavenworth, WA, Robin Carey of Renton, WA, and Tami Lopushinsky and Pete of Malaga, WA; grandsons, Joshua McPherson and his wife, Sharon of Wenatchee and Carey McPherson and wife, Tarah of Leavenworth; and Casey Tanneberg and wife, Sara and Abby Tanneberg, who were beloved as grandchildren; her brother and sister-in-law, Ward and Dixie Tanneberg of Bellevue, WA; her brother and sister-in-law, Doug and Patsy Tanneberg of Coulee City; and one sister-in-law, Virginia Carey of Spokane. Also beloved were her great-grandchildren, Ella, Levi, Amelia, Gideon, (Josh) Niyah, Silas, Lielle (Carey) and one year old Camden (Casey), whom she was looking forward to meeting in just a few weeks. She is also survived by a much-loved aunt, and many wonderful cousins, nieces and nephews, who were all dear to her. She was preceded in death by her parents, as well as many beloved aunts and uncles, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
We would like to thank Dr. Houghland and his nurse, Linda, who Mom loved and who also have a special place in our hearts, along with Ginny and Trisha, from the clinic and hospice, who gave Mom such loving timely care.
A Celebration of Nadeen’s Life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 8, 2014, at the Saddlerock Evangelical Presbyterian Church, located at 1400 S. Miller Street in Wenatchee. Memorial gifts may be made in her name to Life-Trac Family Ministries or Seattle Children’s Hospital. Please express your thoughts and memories on the online guestbook at jonesjonesbetts.com. Arrangements by Jones & Jones~Betts Funeral Home, Wenatchee.