In Loving Memory

Local Real Estate icon Carol Ard died suddenly and peacefully

in her home on September 3, 2017. She was born in Rexburg, Idaho

to Elden and Loah Anderson and was raised on their farm. She

started her Real Estate career in 1970. Carol moved to Seattle in

1988; her extraordinary ability to work hard to reach her goals led

her to a respected career with Windermere Real Estate. She quickly

fell in love with Magnolia. It seems to us that she listed, sold or lived

in every house in 98199. You may have started as a client, but would

quickly become a lifelong friend. There are few people that haven’t

heard an “Oh my hell” during a conversation. She set a standard

in the Real Estate world of honesty and integrity. Her word was

her bond.

After making the Magnolia neighborhood her home, there was

rarely a time that her house wasn’t filled with family and friends.

Generous with her quick wit and love, she started the tradition of

making a large dinner every Sunday night. For 25 years all were

welcome for her famous roast, Idaho mashed potatoes and

homemade rolls.

The Haunted Alley become a local tradition that residents, young

and old, flocked to every Halloween. Carol was not actually a fan

of Halloween, but loved giving out full size candy bars and seeing

all the kids dressed up. Her favorite day of the year was November

1st when she could start decorating for Christmas. She hosted her

children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren; they all arrived

Christmas Eve and stayed at her home for days. Santa stopped by

Christmas Eve to take pictures with the kids (and adults). Easter was

another holiday that brought family and friends together. Our Easter

Bunny (Tom) hid hundreds of eggs stuffed with dollar bills. She

never missed an opportunity to celebrate a significant occasion.

Carol gave to many organizations especially those serving

families and generously supported The Moyer Foundation and the

local LDS church.

Her optimism and adventurous spirit inspired everyone around

her. She is survived by the love of her life Tom Canning, three

children Gary (Rowena) Ard, Gina Ard and Ginger (Sean) Shiotani,

seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and two sisters Sheralyn

(Dwight) Spaulding and Shauna Lee (Jim) Hansen.

 

Remembrances From Her Family

 

I wed into the family, but I never felt that way around Carol, she

was “Grannie” from the moment we met. Her inclusive nature never

made you feel like an outsider. She had such an easy way about

her, it made you feel at home regardless of where you were. When

you spoke, she listened -- intensely. For that moment, nothing else

mattered to her but you. Her home was filled with love, the palpable

kind you could feel as soon as you walked in. That kind of love

doesn’t just happen, it’s cultivated from years of giving herself freely

to others. My heart has lost another piece, she was taken from us too

soon and she will be forever missed.

– Tyler Harmor

Carol was more than my Grandmother... she was my best friend.

I shared everything about my life with her, all my fears, dreams and

hopes! In return she guided me, comforted me, lifted me, filled me

with courage and strength. Life was so easy and fun in her presence!

You just knew that you could do anything. She was beautiful that way,

every time you were near her you just knew everything was possible.

It’s so rare to find positive love like she shared, if you are lucky

perhaps once in a lifetime! I was lucky, and I’m so grateful to have

had her for a grandmother! She was my best friend!

– Reggie Ewing

Mother was the original rebel, at a time when women often took

a back seat, she never did. She was determined and charismatic,

allowing her to get away with things that got others into trouble. She

was very free in giving her opinion, and even if you didn’t agree, her

optimistic and happy style opened the conversation and relationships

were formed quickly. She liked and accepted everyone from the

first meeting. From a small-town start, she had a flamboyant big

city attitude. She has been a best friend, counselor, cheerleader and

support all of my life. She has been the super glue for our family

with her over the top plans for every occasion. She has been the best

unconventional, free spirited loving Mother any daughter could have.

She will be remembered with great love forever.

– Gina Ard

 

Remembrances From Her Friends and the Community

 

 “What a loss for the entire Magnolia community.”

“Someone I always secretly held close and respected truly for her ability, through

her heart, to hold a beautiful family together seamlessly.”

“She had the biggest heart of anyone I have met and she always cared for

everyone unconditionally. I remember her sarcasm and will never forget

her laugh.”

“Our daughter will forever remember the Haunted Alley every Halloween as a

part of her childhood. Our deepest condolences to the family. Your mom made this

community a better place, forever living in memory.”

“Carol gave so much to the community. She will be missed.”

“What a force she was in business - and so generous - welcoming all those kids to

her house for hours of fun. Magnolia will not be the same without her. “

“Carol was one of the most beautiful people I have ever known. She opened

her heart and her house to myself, my wife and our boys after our recent move

to Seattle. She welcomed us into her house for Sunday dinner and had our kids

attend the Halloween gathering she had at her house. She was an inspiration to us

all and we are all better people for having met her.”

“I had many transactions with her over the years and she was a delight to work

with. Always to the point and full of laughter - we had a great many laughs over

the years! She will be sorely missed by so many. “

“Carol was a wonderful, positive person and a joy to be around. She always

showed a genuine love for her family and friends and was very thoughtful. We will

miss her very much, and we will take comfort in our happy memories.”

“Your mom was just such a huge part of Magnolia’s fabric that it’s hard to

imagine the neighborhood without her. But you and your family and children are

her true legacy--we should all be as lucky as your mom to leave the world a better

place because of the people we put into it.”

“We loved Carol she always made us feel like family. She really had a heart

of gold! We will always remember her as being so positive, generous, kind and

always smiling! She was a sweet lady and she will be deeply missed.”

“My memories of her will always bring a smile to my face and remind me to

remain true to myself at all costs. She lived life on her own terms and never let

the opinions of others stop her from being who she really was. BRAVO Carol,

you were one of a kind and I was blessed to have known you. You’ll be missed but

never forgotten.”

“I have some great memories of your mom. I remember when she rolled into town

and took over. Kinda made me laugh. Who does that? When you got all the egos

in Magnolia. I will miss her, peace and prayers to your family.”

The Ard family would like to thank everyone for their kind

words, memories and prayers. We are grateful to live in such

a supportive and caring community.