Carol Louise (Scrivner) Kern

Former Durango resident Carol Louise (Scrivner) Kern died Sunday, June 10, 2012, in Nampa, Idaho. She was 79.

Mrs. Kern was born to Lloyd and Buelah Scrivner on Nov. 28, 1932, in Meridian, Idaho. She graduated from Meridian High School in 1951.

On Sept. 17, 1951, she married Dwight Kern in Kuna, Idaho.

“When Carol and Dwight began their life together, little did she know the adventurous life she would live,” her family said. “Dwight was a dreamer and always saw new opportunities to pursue.”

The Kerns owned and operated a small restaurant in Meridian before Mr. Kern’s work in the food-service industry led to frequent moves that included Pocatello, Idaho; Durango; Billings Mont.; Renton, Wash.; Boise, Idaho; and Ogden, Utah, before the couple retired in Nampa.

“Carol’s best times of her life were her two favorite jobs: managing the safe-deposit area for the First National Bank of Durango and working as a medical office receptionist in Ogden, Utah,” her family said. “Carol had a special gift in making a new home for her family. With every move, it seemed like it was only days that our new home felt like home: warm, cozy and safe.”

The Kerns moved to Durango in February 1971 and lived here on and off until 1986.

In 1997, Mrs. Kern suffered from kidney disease. Because she was not a good candidate for going on the national kidney transplant list, her family was tested for a transplant match. Her younger brother Melvin was a match, and he donated one of his kidneys to his sister. The transplant was performed in December 1997, giving Mrs. Kern 14 more years of life.

Mrs. Kern was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Dwight Kern, who died in 2008.

She is survived by her children, former Hillcrest Golf Course head groundskeeper Rick Kern of Grapevine, Texas, Randy Kern of Idaho Falls, Idaho, René Homer of Nampa and Rob Kern of Meridian; sisters Bobbie Reynolds of Wenatchee, Wash., IlaDean King of Nampa and Donnie Radford of Pinehurst, Idaho; brothers Elvin Scrivner and Melvin Scrivner, both of Meridian, and Wes Scrivner of Boise; 16 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held later this month.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Boys and Girls Club of Nampa, 316 Stampede Drive, Nampa, ID 83687.

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