Longtime Brookings resident Carol Darlene Hastings, age 83, passed away peacefully and was welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven on November 3rd, 2020.
Born on May 20th, 1937 to Thor and Marge Stangland, Carol lived an idyllic childhood on a farm in the small, tight-knit community of Kalispell, Montana. Carol possessed a musical soul and learned to play the drums, piano, and accordion as a young woman. Her cousin fondly remembers as a child tap dancing on the porch of the farmhouse while Carol accompanied her on the accordion. At eighteen, Carol graduated from Flathead High School, and headed out into the world. She found work, bought a Thunderbird, and cultivated an adventurous spirit that foreshadowed her experiences as an avid traveler later. Learning to do “bookkeeping,” she eventually settled in Brookings in the early 60’s to work as an accountant. Carol continued to play music, even joining a local band as their drummer. Later in life, Carol would impress her grandchildren with her jazz drumming and piano playing.
In 1982, Carol married Robert Hastings in Brookings at the Star of the Sea Church. Together, they owned Hastings Lily Bulb Growers, worked diligently, and saw the world through each other’s eyes. Bob and Carol circled the globe more than once. From the Taj Mahal to the Great Wall of China, from the Panama Canal to the Pyramids of Egypt, they were true explorers, visiting every single continent on the planet together during their 17-year marriage. After Bob’s passing in 1999, Carol continued to embrace their traveling spirit, taking safaris in Africa and catching marlins in Costa Rica with friends.
Throughout her life, Carol devoted herself to the betterment of her community and wanted to make a difference for other people. She belonged to the Emblem Club, Alder Society, and Bowling League for many years. Carol was the accountant and chairwoman of the Finance Council for both the Gold Beach and Brookings Catholic parishes for several decades. Her kindness and compassion was always evident in her interactions with people and she led her life with humility and grace. This was most pronounced in her devotion to God and her Catholic faith that defined who she was as a person. Carol exemplified the Micah scripture to “do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with thy God.”
Carol is survived by her stepson, Stephen Hastings of Brookings, grandchildren Colby Stone and wife Alison of Beaverton, Vanessa Nidiffer and husband Alan of Brookings, great-grandchildren Taylor, Tristan, Kennedi, Daisha, and Avery, cousin Mickie Overn and husband Garry of Kalispell, their children Elisabeth, Tiffanie, and Nathanael.
A public visitation will be held on Sunday, November 15th from 1-4pm at Redwood Memorial Chapel at 1020 Fifield St., Brookings. Private funeral services will be held on Monday, November 16th, at 11:00 am at the Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Due to limited seating, this service will be invitation only. Interment will immediately follow at W.J. Ward Memorial Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 820 Old County Rd. Brookings, OR 97415.