The memorial service for Carolyn will be Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 2 p.m. at the Grace Bible Church, 100 Rodeo Dr in Arroyo Grande.
Carolyn Jean McLaughlin DeBlauw
Carolyn was born in French Hospital located in Los Angeles, California, on December 26, 1941, just 19 days after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Windows and automobile headlights had to be blacked out in anticipation of additional attacks on the West Coast, which made a dark and scary ride to the hospital that Christmas night.
Carolyn’s parents, Delbert and Marilyn (Scott) McLaughlin, had one son, Marvon, almost three years old at her birth. Later, two sisters, Elaine and Lorene (Lori), were added to the family. The McLaughlin family lived in the Hermon Community, near Los Angeles, where her father attended college and completed his training to become a minister in the Free Methodist Church. Carolyn came to know and accept Jesus Christ as her Savior at a young age. The family moved frequently as her father was assigned as pastor to churches located in Southern California beginning with Mira Loma followed by Escondido, Glendale, Long Beach, Riverside, San Jose, and lastly Carolyn moved with her family to Oak Glen when her father became Camp Director of The Pines, a Church camp located near Yucaipa, California.
Carolyn met Richard DeBlauw who worked for the Forest Service at the Oak Glen Ranger Station. They were married in Redlands and lived there until they moved back to Hermon where Richard was offered a job in the building trades by Carolyn’s uncle who was a contractor. Carolyn moved to Arroyo Grande in 1968 with Richard and their three children Janie and twin boys, Dale and Duane. Richard worked constructing homes and commercial buildings with his brother Bill for several years before opening DeBlauw Builders Inc. where Carolyn worked as Office Manager.
Carolyn loved tennis, reading, biking, and taking trips with Richard in their motor home. Carolyn and her family have been active members in the Arroyo Grande Presbyterian Church, now Grace Bible Church.
In March of 2017, Carolyn was diagnosed w/ stage 4 lung cancer. She fought a brave and courageous fight through several treatments until her body succumbed to the disease.
Most of all, Carolyn loved and served Jesus, her Lord and Savior. She followed Christ’s example through her caring service and hospitality. Her husband, family, friends and strangers were all beneficiaries of her numerous gifts. Her actions definitely spoke louder than her words.
Husband: Richard P. DeBlauw
Children: Janie Moore & Husband, Jeff
Kristi & Mike Greenlee
Garrett and wife, Lisa
Duane DeBlauw and wife, Cheryl
In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to:
- Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA)
Attn: Donor Services - De Blauw’s #2051
901 East 78th ST Minneapolis, MN 55420-1300
Via website: https://give.efca.org
Designation - De Blauw’s #2051
Garrett and Lisa DeBlauw
Our ministry: Using our gifts of evangelism, discipleship, and music, we create relationships with everyday people. We then disciple them in the Word, teaching them to share it among their own community. It is through this intentionality, that Gospel communities are multiplied and churches are formed.
- AWANA Club that Carolyn served in for 38 years
Non-Charitable gifts can be made to Grace Bible Church, 100 Rodeo Dr., Arroyo Grande, CA 93420 attn. AWANA
To be used for families that can't afford to pay for books and uniforms. AWANA is a club that teaches children about Jesus and focuses on Bible memorization.
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