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Carole V. (Clark) McBride
January 30, 1941 ~ September 2, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old
Carole Vianne (Clark) McBride, 82 years old, formerly of the Cloverdale area north of Nashwauk, MN, and recently Grand Rapids, MN, passed away peacefully surrounded by her adoring family on Saturday, September 2, 2023, at Grand Village, her home of 22 years! She was born in Bemidji, MN, on January 30, 1941, to Geroge and Helen (Narum) Clark on the family farm. Her family relocated to Cloverdale where she was raised Mennonite, attended school and eventually graduated from the Greenway High School. After school, Carole went to experience the big city of Minneapolis for a couple years where nannied for a family and looked after their two children. Once back up north, she met her late husband, James McBride, through church and was married to him in 1963 when they started their family. For a long time, Carole was an active member of the old Scenic Community Church. After living her life earlier on and persevering through whatever challenges came her way, her path brought her to Grand Village Nursing Home where she would reside until her final breath. There, Carole thrived and was able to live her absolute best life. She was the longstanding president of the Grand Village Resident Council for over eleven years where she helped serve her fellow residents whether it was sitting at their bedside whenever needed or selling literally endless amounts of popcorn and caramel rolls! She was an advocate for human rights in general as she helped anywhere she could whether at her home community or with her family and friends. She was known as the BINGO Queen in her building as she never missed a game and she was even known outside of that in areas all over through her pen-palling and writing. Music was also big in her life as she believed that it was truly healing and liked to share the joy she found with others. Her entire family and numerous others knew her for her motherly love as she looked over everyone who needed a mom. She was the strongest woman, full of integrity and grace as she held tightly to her faith. Carole had an amazing sense of humor and was nothing but hilarious as she joked around and caused mischief at the nursing home. It's easy to say, "she was quite the character" and she will be dearly missed.
Carole is survived by her daughter: Bonita "Bonnie" McBride-Lentz, her daughter; Bethannie (Lyndsay) Potter, their son, Rowan and son; Merlyn Potter and his children, Nobel, Angel, Daretta and Espen, daughter; Savannah Litchke and her childred; Mazilyee and Azeda, son: Christopher McBride, his daughter; Kaisa (Travis) Gardener, their kids, Brody and Cooper and sons; Dylan McBride and James McBride, daughter: Miiriinia "Rinna" (Gene) Waters, daughter; G-Anna (Sara) Waters, their kids, Nate and Jack and son, Ian (Tiora) Waters and daughter: Jamie (Aricka) McBride and their kids, Thalia and Astrid, sisters: Dorinne Peratelo, Gina (Alan) Riendeau and Laurel (Chris) Luukkonen and multiple nieces, nephews, other relatives and countless friends.
Carole is preceded in death by both of her parents, husband, James McBride, sisters; Doris McBride and Elizabeth Suomi and dear friend, Big Bill Berglund.
The family is forever grateful to every member of the Grand Village staff for the amazing love and care given to their mother over the last 22 years!
A celebration of life will be held at 1:00PM on Sunday, September 17, 2023, at the Grand Village Nursing Home in Grand Rapids. Christopher Reed will officiate the memorial. Arrangements are with the Peterson Funeral Chapel of Coleraine. Please visit our website at www.petersonchapelcoleraine.com to share a memory and leave a message of condolence. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Grand Village Resident Council.