Posted: Jun 24, 2013 3:06 PM
Carolyn Elizabeth (Dyer) Sanden passed away peacefully Saturday, June 22, 2013, surrounded by her family.
Carolyn was born on February 5, 1949, in Billings, Montana. She lived in various states while growing up and graduated from high school in Amarillo, Texas. She graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology. She later graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. At each school, she graduated with honors. While in school, Carolyn spent summers in Glacier National Park, McKinley (Denali) National Park, and Wyoming where she completed a National Outdoor Leadership School course. She was involved with the Church of the Redeemer, a religious community in Houston, Texas for a few years after college. While in Havre, Montana, Carolyn met her husband, Lorin Sanden. They married and moved to Boston, Massachusetts for a year. They returned to Montana and three children were born while living in Plains. The Sandens moved to Scobey, Montana in 1988 and to Bozeman in 1996. While in Bozeman, Carolyn completed a Master's program through Montana State University, where she obtained a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She worked at the Christus Collegium Center for Campus Ministry, Montana State University, and the Mental Health Center in Bozeman. She volunteered with various organizations around Bozeman including foster care, the Guardian Ad Litem program, and the Museum of the Rockies.
Carolyn loved the outdoors, travel, laughing and always strove to be a better person. She enjoyed spending summers at Glacier National Park, where she was a focal point with her family. In Glacier, she planned many hikes as well as hiked with the BWAGs around Bozeman and participated in a dinosaur dig in northern Montana. She loved visiting other places including Europe, Mexico, Israel, Peru and trips around the United States with her family. Time that Carolyn spent with her family, laughing and joking, were highlights of her life; her family will cherish these times. Carolyn cultivated a deep spirituality that focused on compassion for everyone, helpfulness, honesty and joy. She was an insightful listener.
Carolyn is survived by her husband, Lorin; three children, Paul, Mary, and John; her parents, Robert and Kathlyn Dyer, and her four brothers, Bob, John, Max, and Bill, and their families.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Tuesday, June 25 at Hope Lutheran Church with a reception to follow.
Memorials may be made to Bozeman Deaconess Foundation, Cancer Treatment Center, 931 Highland Blvd., Ste. 3200, Bozeman, MT 59715; World Hunger Relief, P.O. Box 639, Elm Mott, TX 76640; or to Glacier National Park Conservancy, 402 9th Street West, P.O. Box 2749, Columbia Falls, MT 59912.