My sister Karralee sent me a text message last night asking if I remember Carlene Okimoto. I replied that I did, knowing that I was in for some bad news.This message came way too late to be of the "guess who I saw today" variety.
Details are short, but apparently Carlene died of complications from childbirth on Sunday.
I knew Carlene from high school, where she was a year ahead of me. We were both in the band, and I remember dancing with her at a church dance or two. I never met her husband, Vaughn Mossman, but I ran into her a couple of times at Wal-Mart while we still lived in Utah. She looked good and seemed happy.
The passing of a friend is always a time of reflection and remembering. In trying to find a little more information about her death I came across the Kahuku Class of '85 website. It was fun looking through the pictures, and seeing more old friends.
Good-bye, Carlene. I am glad to have known you.
UPDATE: Here is a link to the official obituary.
UPDATE 2: This is a link to a story run by KSL. It's quite touching.