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Carole York Cornwell August 13, 1935 - November 8, 2020

Carole York Cornwell

Carole York Cornwell, of Horseshoe Bend, Idaho went to be with her Lord and Savior on November 8, 2020, at the age of 85.

She was the youngest of 13 children born to John and Stella Matthews, on August 13, 1935, on the family ranch at Arling, Idaho, located a little southwest of Sugar Loaf Island at what is now Cascade Reservoir.  Cascade Dam was completed in 1947, and the family was forced to relocate when the lake filled and covered the ranch.  They moved to Meadows, Idaho (Old Meadows) just east of New Meadows, Idaho.

Later she met and married Galen York, on January 25, 1952.  To this union they were blessed with 2 sons and 1 daughter.  Later they adopted a grandson.

They moved around the northwest following construction jobs, but New Meadows was always home to them, finally settling down there in the summer of 1967.  They later divorced in 1981.

Carole met and married Merlin Cornwell in 1984.  They moved to Horseshoe Bend, Idaho in 1985.  Merlin passed away January 6, 2006.  Later, she met Jack Williams and they married in May of 2011.  They divorced in July 2019.

She loved music and dancing and learned to play the accordion in the mid-60’s.  she was a long-time member of the Idaho Old Time Fiddlers Association.  In her later years, she was trying to lean to play the mandolin.

She was a great cook and loved to bake and can veggies.  She also loved quilting, sewing, crocheting, playing cards, jigsaw puzzles, board games and gameshows.  Her and Merlin hardly missed an episode of Jeopardy, (Ironically, she passed away the same day as Alex Trebek.)

She is survived by 1 brother, Johnny Matthews, of New Meadows, Idaho; sons, Alan (Judy) York, of Council, Idaho, Mark (Chris) York, also of Council, Idaho and Shawn York of Horseshoe Bend, Idaho; 1 daughter, Janess Kuhlman, of Middleton, Idaho.  She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews; 5 grandsons, 1 granddaughter, 7 great-grandsons, 4 great-granddaughters and 1 great-great granddaughter.  She so loved her grandbabies.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Stella Matthews; 7 brothers, 4 sisters and 1 great-grandson, Austin Gray.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am, on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at the Star Cemetery, 9350 W. Floating Feather Rd. in Star.

The family would like to thank all of the staff and caregivers of Ashley Manor in Payette, Idaho for their compassion and care given to our mom.  They would also like to thank Auburn Crest Hospice for their care in her last days.  God Bless you all.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am, on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at the Star Cemetery, 9350 W. Floating Feather Rd. in Star.


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    Lois Matthews says

    Hello everyone, I am saddened to learn of the loss of your Mom. The story of her life was so well written and a testament of the love that was shared by all of the family . She is missed. Blessings to all at this difficult time. Just imagine the glorious rejoicing they are all having in Heaven!!

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    Maureen Branstetter says

    What a wonderful picture of Carol. I was saddened to hear she passed. Her body is sleeping among the family she loves but her soul has entered the glorious door of eternity, rejoicing with her mom and dad, brothers and sisters. My heart goes out to all of you who called her mom and grandma, that you will be reminded how much she loved each and everyone of you. God bless. Lots and lots of memories of Aunt Carol through the years Maureen Branstetter

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