Carlene Elaine Largent
August 26, 1940 ~ February 10, 2014
Carlene E. Largent passed away suddenly on Monday, February 10, 2014, at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee, due to complications from a fall. She was born at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Wenatchee, WA on August 26, 1940, to Lyndel and Elaine (Preheim) East. She attended Wenatchee schools and had been a lifelong resident of the Valley. Carlene and James D. Largent married in 1963, in Wenatchee. They had two children, Shellie and Brad. They purchased their first home together in East Wenatchee and later divorced in 1976. After many years of living with mental illness, she moved to the Christopher House. She lived there for over 25 years, where she became good friends with many of the residents and staff. In December of 2010, she moved to Garden Terrace, where she could still be independent and have her own apartment. Mom worked as a waitress for many years. Her favorite and last employment was at The Mandarin Restaurant at the Valley North Mall. She met many kind people there who enjoyed having her as their waitress and would ask for her by name. Back in the day, Mom loved her brand new car, a 1969 Chevy Chevelle, purchased right off the showroom floor in Cashmere. She drove that car for 20 plus years. Mom enjoyed family BBQ’s and gatherings, listening to music and dancing, arts and crafts, and watching classic TV and movies with friends. She liked to go for daily walks and especially to the Plaza Super Jet for her daily Pepsi or Coke and a snack. The Apple Blossom Festival was her favorite time of the year; she really enjoyed all the activities. 2012 was the last year she was able to attend the parade and stroll through Memorial Park, with the use of her walker and her daughter by her side. Mom loved her kids, grandkids and even the four legged ones, dog, Dottie and kitty, Gracie, very much. Mom had a way of making us all laugh and not take life too seriously. She had a way of putting a smile on your face.
She is survived by her daughter, Shellie and husband, Todd Niebuhr of Wenatchee; and her grandchildren, Amanda and Cody Niebuhr of Wenatchee and Tyler Largent of La Mesa, CA. Mom was preceded in death by her son, Brad, in 2006; her parents; and grandparents.
A big “Thank You” goes out to anyone who has helped my mom at any time over the years. Your kindness and understanding are greatly appreciated.
No Funeral Services will be held, per Mom’s request. A family gathering will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to our local Humane Society, in loving memory of Carlene. You are invited to view her tribute online at www.HeritageMemorialChapel.com. Arrangements are in the care of Heritage Memorial Chapel, East Wenatchee.