Carolyn Diane Boone Grenfell, January 26, 1951 to March 29, 2020
Carolyn was a 4th great-granddaughter of one of the first folk hero frontiersmen, Daniel Boone. She graduated from Multnomah Elementary and Jackson High School. Carolyn retired after 31 years as a Food and Nutrition Manager at Oregon Health Sciences University. She was a Charter and Life Member of The Boone Society, Inc., a Kentucky Colonel, Life Member and past Co-President of Sons and Daughters of Oregon Pioneers and a member of Wilsonville-Boones Ferry Historical Society. She was a past member of Multnomah Historical Association and Lincoln County Historical Society.
Carolyn passed away following over 10 years bravely battling serious illnesses. Carolyn spent 69 selfless years putting others before herself. Her determination and clarity of mind were an inspiration to all.
She was preceded in death 11 weeks prior by “the love of her life” for nearly 40 years, Rodney Bickham. She is survived by her daughter and loving caregiver, Richelle Fitzgerald; her grandson, Payton Fitzgerald; her granddaughter and husband, Marijane and Zach Stafford; Rodney’s four daughters; 10 grandchildren; and her sister, Janet Boone McGarrigle.
A private burial at sea is planned for Carolyn and Rodney.
[Editor’s note: Carolyn Diane Boone Grenfell was a colleague and best friend to Jan Fredrickson of the Garden Home History Board. Living in Multnomah, she was interested in all kinds of history, including Garden Home. In 1847, Alphonso Boone, grandson of Daniel Boone, began the Boone’s Ferry service for crossing the Willamette River. Boone’s ferry operated near Wilsonville until 1954, when a bridge for I5 was built over the Willamette River near the ferry site.
Boones Ferry Road is named after her family. She was there with her parents to take the last ride on the Boones Ferry across the Willamette River.]