Carol Carnahan Vehrs


VISALIA, Calif. - Carol Elizabeth Carnahan Vehrs, 80, formerly of Compton, died May 9, 2020 in Visalia, Calif.

Interment will be at the Neptune Rose Garden in California.

Carol was born Nov. 10, 1939 to Clifton and Margaret (Halboth) Carnahan. She married Henry Vehrs on Aug. 29, 1988.

Survivors include her husband; one brother, Kent Carnahan of Compton; three nieces, Margo (Steve) Ban, Paige (Patrick) Nussbaumer and Whitney (Dustin Lemmon) Carnahan; three grand-nieces and two grand-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her dog, Oliver; their cat, Coco; as well as other devoted pets throughout the years.

Carol was active in 4-H and attended Compton grade school and graduated from Mendota High School in 1957. She attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa graduating with honors in 1961, with a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition, Experimental Foods. After graduation, she worked as a junior economist in the Betty Crocker Kitchen of General Mills, Minneapolis, Minn. She later moved into research and development at General Mills, where she helped develop some of the early versions of cake mixes and products such as Fruit Roll-Ups. In 1986, she went to Lund’s Bakery and developed recipes and worked in the bakery until her retirement in 1994. She and Henry lived in St. Paul until moving to Visalia, Calif. in 1994. While in Visalia, Carol was a docent at Sequoia Riverlands Trust, where she gave tours of prairies on various land preserves. She enjoyed quilting and baking, antique sales, gardening and walking.

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