LONG BEACH - Long Beach resident Carol N. Steffens, 76, died peacefully July 3, 2006, at her home. The daughter of Leonard and Audrie (Young) Trythall, she was born Dec. 27, 1929, in Portland, Ore. She attended schools in Portland, graduating from Jefferson High School in 1945.
She met Douglas W. Steffens and the two were married in 1948 at the Peace Lutheran Church in Portland. In the mid-1960s, Mrs. Steffens returned to school and obtained her nursing degree from Portland Community College and worked as a nurse in Portland until moving to the Peninsula in 1975. She and her husband purchased Anchorage Fish Charters in Ilwaco and the Arcadia Court Motel in Long Beach. After her husband's death in 1984, Mrs. Steffen continued to run the motel until retiring in 1991.
She was a member of the International Toastmasters Club and in 1964 represented the Northwest in Washington, D.C., where she placed third in that year's international competition. She was always active in Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts and a Sunday school teacher and room mother for the children in school.
She is survived by daughters Gail Mullins and Jeanette Triplett of Long Beach; son Bruce Steffens of Portland; grandchildren Camille Boggs, Gary Asa Baker, Carolee Baker and Bob Steffens all of Long Beach and Alena Steffens of Eugene, Ore., plus six great-grandchildren.
A celebration of her life was held July 14 at Rod's Lamplighter Restaurant in Seaview. Remembrance donations may be made to the South Pacific County Humane Society in Long Beach. Arrangements entrusted to Penttila's Chapel by The Sea and Pacific Crematory, Long Beach.