Carol Nadine Stroup, 80, of Redmond, and former longtime Sisters resident passed away of natural causes on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at her home in Redmond.

Carol was born on May 21,1939, in Redding, California, to parents, John Henry and Ruth McDermott. Carol was raised in the Willamette Valley at her parents’ farm, “McDermott’s U Pick Strawberry and Bean Farm.” She attended Jefferson High School. She had an unparalleled passion for her academics and time spent on the cheerleading squad. Carol enjoyed her childhood, she expressed real gratitude for what she had and would often share stories of what it was like growing up in the fifties. When she did so, it made you want to experience life from her perspective.

While attending and serving as maid of honor at her best friend Dortha’s wedding in San Diego, she met the best man. That best man, James Harold Stroup, would become the love of her life. Stroup was serving in the U.S. Navy overseas. They corresponded through handwritten letters and soon became engaged. They married in Albany, Oregon, on The McDermott’s Farm, and in 1962 they started a family together.

Carol attended and graduated from Phagan’s Beauty College and later became an instructor of cosmetology. She finished her cosmetology career in Sisters where she made many lifelong friendships. Carol absolutely cherished her clients and students. It is not uncommon to run across someone who expresses love and admiration of

Carol.

Carol loved and supported her family and friends at every opportunity. She was kind, honest, caring, and instinctively rich in wisdom. This wisdom she shared openly and freely. Many have said that she was their favorite person. Carol is preceded in death by her parents John Henry and Ruth McDermott of Anderson, California; and by her husband, James Harold Stroup of Sisters.

Carol is survived by her four children: James Harold Stroup Jr. of Redmond, Suzann Stroup of Denver, Colorado, John Henry Stroup of Boise, Idaho, and Jess H. Stroup of Kenai, Alaska; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Carol is also survived by her beloved cat, “Tiger Baby.”

A Rosary will be held at 11:30 a.m. and a Mass will be held at noon at the New St. Francis Catholic Church in Bend on Wednesday, October 2, followed by the burial at Camp Polk Cemetery in Sisters. There will be a celebration of Carol’s life after the burial held at 19576 SW Century Dr., Bend, OR 97702. All are welcome to attend. Flowers can be sent to Redmond Memorial Chapel, 717 SW 6th St., Redmond, OR 97756.