Carolyn Marion Glenn Salholm
May 14, 1930 – October 6, 2014
“But she isn’t a normal Grandma” was a common descriptor for our grandma, Carolyn Salholm. Though she was always willing to spoil her grandchildren with handmade crafts and chocolate treats, Grandma Carolyn’s favorite thing was fun. After enjoying a hang gliding adventure for her 70th birthday, she decided on skydiving for her 75th birthday.
There she is: skydiving! And she loved it!
Born in Carthage, Missouri, Grandma showed her impatience when she arrived at home rather than the hospital. Her parents, Ernest Stewart and Glenna Amerman Glenn, were fixtures in their community and two sets of grandparents lived close by. Carolyn grew up with her older brother, David Glenn.
She graduated from Carthage High School in 1948, along with her group of girl friends. Their charming, troublemaker antics in her friend Mary Louisa’s ‘33 Dodge were legendary. She loved sports and played field hockey in high school, and enjoyed lifeguarding and water ballet in college.
After high school, Carolyn attended Monticello College, then St. Luke’s School of Nursing in St. Louis. She then moved to Portland, Oregon, to finish up her Registered Nurse degree at what is now OHSU.
Carolyn met David Salholm at a church Halloween party and they were married in 1954. They raised their four children in NE Portland: Lynn, David, Mark and Kent. Carolyn worked as an RN at St. Vincent’s hospital, then later at Holladay Park, where she spent many years working in the recovery room.
Carolyn was active in Temple Baptist Church for more than 44 years. She was the initiator and co-commander of Temple’s AWANA youth programs, and a well-known prankster at women’s retreats, where she’d hide plastic bugs in toothpaste tubes, bedding, and snacks. She would sit in the balcony and hold up signs to harass or cheer her friends in the choir.
She enjoyed watching sports with her family, including Portland indoor and outdoor soccer matches, University of Oregon football, and Trailblazers basketball. Carolyn was also active in Bible Study Fellowship, and supported many prison and homeless ministries in Portland. She loved wearing frogs, collecting frog items, and handing out hand-crafted cards encouraging others to Fully Rely On God.
Stories about her stubborn personality and unconditional, fearless love of all people will be told for a long time. Carolyn is greatly missed by her brother, four children, fifteen grandchildren, one great-granddaughter and countless other family and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 7pm on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at Temple Baptist Church, 1319 NE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97232. A reception will follow the service.
Remembrances can be made to Temple Baptist Church or to the Union Gospel Mission, www.ugmportland.org