Mary Mavis Golden Carstens

August 10, 1923May 12, 2012

Carstens, Mary Mavis “Midge” (Age 88)

Passed away on May 12, 2012 in Davenport, WA. She was born August 10, 1923 to Peter and Elsie Golden of Priest River, ID. After graduating High School she worked for Judge Weaver in Spokane. She married Robert Carstens on June 26, 1948 and settled in Harrington, WA where he farmed until his death in 1979. She was very involved in local and state Democratic politics in the 1950’s-1970’s holding several offices in the party and volunteering on several campaigns. She was also a volunteer fundraiser for the American Heart Association. She was a member of St. Francis Catholic Parrish in Harrington and deeply involved in church activities including teaching, choir director and member of the Altar Society. In later years she was also a member of PEO. She is survived by her two children: John of Newport News, VA, and Kathleen of Decatur, GA; three grandchildren: Peter, Joseph, and Annie Carstens of Newport News, and one great grandchild, Kaitlyn, as well as several nieces, a nephew, and great nieces and nephews. Midge was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Carstens in 1979 and her sister, Jeauneil. Memorials may be made to St. Francis Catholic Church or to the American Heart Association. A Rosary Service will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church, Harrington, WA with Father Pat MacMahon officiating. Please visit to sign the guestbook. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA is caring for the family.


  • Rosary Service Thursday, May 17, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, May 18, 2012

Mary Mavis Golden Carstens

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Salome & Barbara

May 18, 2012

Katie, we hope our sympathy and best regards support you during this difficult time. Embrace your fond memories of your mother and know that your love and care greatly contributed to her life.
Salome & Barbara (Plymouth, MA)

Mary Will

May 18, 2012

Kathleen and John,

Midge was my friend since we met in the third grade in Priest River. I have many fond memories of our school years.

May 17, 2012

John and Katie, my heart goes out to you and your families. Midge was a key role model in my early years - just the right combination of love and "spunk". She also helped shape my walk with God. I will never forget your mom and my Godmother.

Lee Schorzman

May 17, 2012

To Kathleen and John,
There are so many really good memories of your mother during my Harrington years--and of the two of you, as well. The hours spent planning and just talking about things on the debate and tennis trips are still very important to me.
I am sorry to have to miss the services for Midge and to miss the opportunity to be with you at this hard time to offer support. My prayers are with you.

American Heart Association

May 17, 2012

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.