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Carolyn Rose Nieman

April 5, 1944April 3, 2021

On Saturday, April 3, 2021, Carolyn Rose Nieman, loving mother of four children, passed away peacefully at the age of 76. Carolyn was born in Tooele, Utah on April 5, 1944. She married Bryce Nieman on Dec. 20, 1963 and moved to Yakima, Washington. In 1976, they moved to Naches, Washington, where they operated a small cherry orchard for many years. She and her family were very involved in the LDS Naches Ward and provided their home for church services from 1976-1988. Her greatest joy was being with family and friends. Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents Rosetta and George Green and daughter-in-law Michelle Nieman. She is survived by her husband Bryce, her children Brian (Danae), Brent (Vicki), Brean (Kyle), and Brad (Jaime), her sister Diane and brother William, 18 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren. A funeral service will be held Monday, April 12, 2021 at 12:00pm at the Naches Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Viewing starting at 11:00am and burial will be 2pm at West Hills Cemetery, Yakima, WA. To share a memory of Carolyn, please visit With gratitude, Brean Nieman


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Lisa Tucker

April 12, 2021

I was so sorry to hear of this. She was a really nice lady. I spent a lot of time at her house when I was younger. Prayers of healing for the family.

Stephanie Szanyiszlo

April 12, 2021

I am so sorry to hear this. She was a very nice lady. My condolences to the family.

Katrina Withrow

April 12, 2021

Here it is the night before her funeral and I just found out. 😭 Sorry I cannot be there on such short notice Brean. I loved your mom. Such a sweet lady. I always enjoyed going to your house growing up and remember her teaching me how to make homemade sloppy joes. As I read the memories other people have shared, I can hear her sweet voice saying those sayings too. Sending my love and hugs to all of you at this time. ❤

Elaine Prest

April 10, 2021

I love Carolyn, y'know! (Can't you just hear her say y'know!) She was observant of all of us, and her observations/insights of me were most helpful. I changed from rehearsing my busy day to trying to rehearse more the sweet little things that had happened - because she taught me to.
I still cherish the pioneer petticoat she gave me during her heart-wrenching time of going through her belongings to downsize homes. I definitely had to let out the waist several inches to make it fit, and remember being astounded that such a tall lady had had such a dinky waist. Still the petticoat reminds me of her grace during that hard time.
I'll never hear someone say, "Oh you're just sayin' that" without thinking of Carolyn and her quirky, light-hearted, generous ways.

Noel Groves

April 9, 2021

The first time I met Carolyn was the spring of 1983. My husband and I had just started living and working at Ensign Ranch. The ranch staff had driven to Selah for Stake Conference. After the meeting ended, I turned around and there was Carolyn with a big smile on her face. We were both pregnant--she with their youngest and I with our oldest. She made me feel welcome to Selah Stake. Ten years later, when our family moved to Naches Ward, those two boys we were carrying became buddies.

Carolyn used to regale me with her accounts of creative and resourceful parenting such as the time one of her children came to dinner having only completed half of their chores. The protests over only half a hamburger and half a serving of fries was answered with “you did half your chores, you get half your dinner.” I can still hear Carolyn’s voice when she’d hear some dubious information. With a twinkle in her eye, she would reply “Uh huh, yeah….”

A friendly, kind, humorous woman whose friendship I count among my choice blessings.

Caleb Groves

April 9, 2021

When Ben would come down to visit, I would often meet him at Bryce and Carolyn’s to play or just meet up and talk. Carolyn would make us something to eat, and bustle about us making sure we were comfortable. Whenever we would make a goofy comment or do something dumb, she would do her characteristic eye roll and little chuckle.

diana Rizman

April 7, 2021

Carolyn always had a kind word and smile for everyone. I so enjoyed visiting with her during Relief Society on Mar. 28, 2021. She was an elect lady and will be sorely missed.

Marie Brito

April 6, 2021

Gee. I sat next to her every Sunday at church. I will miss her....

Dianna Smithpeter

April 6, 2021

I loved Sister Nieman, she was such a sweet lady with a great sense of humor. My husband is in the Branch Presidency and asked her to speak a few years ago. After that, every time he approached her to visit with her she would tell him that he was not being inspired, it became a joke between them. I am really going to miss seeing her every week, she always greeted me so warmly. Prayers to Brother Nieman and all her family.