Longtime Seaside resident Carroll Van Dyke passed away on Dec 15, 2013, at her home, after a long Christian life and a short battle with cancer. Carroll was active in Seaside churches with music and prayer groups and was often seen wearing one of her "Queen" fancy hats. She enjoyed oil painting, rallying for National Day of Prayer and sharing her faith. Carroll Mildred Herbst was born in Mitchell, SD, on Dec 24, 1927, the second of five girls to Merle (Speelman) and W Edward Herbst. Her upbringing on the family farm with strong faith in Jesus led to Carroll's hard-working, trustworthy and vibrant personality.
She attended rural school Baker #39 for elementary school and graduated from Mitchell High School and Augustana College in Sioux Falls. Carroll taught school at Dimock, SD, and was church secretary in Madison and Sioux Falls, SD, before moving to Fullerton, CA, where she was church secretary.
On March 6, 1971, Carroll married the love of her life, Robert (Bob) Van Dyke. After Bob's retirement in 1976, they moved from Fullerton to Seaside. Carroll decided to eat healthy years before it became popular and was proud to author and publish "Our Heritage Remembered, the family of Michael & Anna Herbst," 2004.
Carroll is survived by her sisters Virginia Fern Wilcox of Rio Rancho, NM, Helen Stormo of Hayti, SD, and Ramona May Neidlinger of Hatfield, PA, and numerous nieces and nephews. Carroll was preceded in death by her husband Bob Van Dyke, sister Margaret Ruth Dulitz and her parents.
"As for me, I will look to the Lord, I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me," is one of many Bible verses highlighted by Carroll. Special thanks to Lower Columbia Hospice and church members who came by to visit, sing and pray with Carroll.
In lieu of flowers, Carroll requests that you please always tithe to the Lord, 1/10th and the "first fruits" of your labor. At her request, there will be no funeral service because "I'm at home."