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Carol Dunsmoor

June 23, 1943 — June 21, 2024


Carol Ann Dunsmoor, 80, of Raymond, died peacefully in her home Friday, June 21, 2024. She was surrounded by loved ones.

Born June 23, 1943, in South Bend, WA to William J. and Anita H. (Christen) Dunsmoor, Carol was raised in Raymond and graduated from RHS in 1961. She also attended Washington State University. After college, she returned to Raymond and married Michael A. May at St. Lawrence Catholic Church. They have two children, Michael and Cheryl.

Carol had two great passions in her life: her family and her community. She was a devoted Mom who took immense pride and joy in her children and grandchildren, encouraging and supporting them in their education, sports, art, and many other endeavors. Carol was known as an exceptional homemaker. She particularly enjoyed entertaining, often gathering family and friends for elaborate celebrations, always filled with love, laughter, and great food.

While raising her young family, she worked at her father’s pharmacy, Dunsmoor Drug Company. During these years, she acquired an avid and lifelong fascination with pharmacy memorabilia. Many will remember her unique and impressive apothecary collection, and of course, her wall of candy jars.

Later, Carol left Raymond to work in Bellevue, Puyallup, and Olympia. She became a lobbyist and worked on legislation to benefit logging, seafood, farming, and ranching industries across the State.

In the mid-1990’s, Carol returned to Raymond and became active in local economic revitalization efforts, hoping to bring vitality back to her community. She was involved with several projects including the Hwy 101 Steel Artwork Corridor, Third Street Beautification, and the Willapa Hills Rail Trail. Carol was also instrumental in fundraising efforts for the renovation of Grays Harbor College’s Riverview Education Center.

Most notably, Carol was a driving force behind the addition of the market building in downtown Raymond and the formation of The Public Market on the Willapa, where she served as Manager for over twenty years. It was here, at The Market, where Carol was truly in her element. She worked tirelessly and selflessly to promote local artisans, food vendors, and farmers. She delighted in the countless Market events and festivities, meeting tourists and supporting other local businesses. She loved to encourage young market sellers (including her own grandchildren), and she especially cherished the friendships she made with her long-time vendors and regular customers.

Carol retired from the Market in 2017 and spent her final years enjoying her family.

Carol is survived by her son Michael May and daughter, Cheryl (Shane) Green, grandsons Zachary May, Steven May, and Samuel (Grecia) Green, granddaughter Clara Green, and great-granddaughter Josephine Green. She is also survived by her brother John Dunsmoor, sister Barbara (John) Lamb, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Carol was preceded in death by her parents and her brother William Jr.

In lieu of flowers, please consider spending an afternoon strolling through a farmer’s market, grabbing a bite to eat at an area coffee shop or browsing in a local boutique. Nothing would make Carol happier than knowing she inspired others to shop locally and support our little community.

Arrangements by Bayview Funeral Home.

Memorial services will be announced later.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Carol Dunsmoor, please visit our flower store.


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