In Memoriam

Carol Getchman: 1936-2017
She shared her love of books.


Carol Getchman was a devoted and active member of Friends of the Lacey Library from the very beginning.  April 10, 1972 was the first informal meeting and she became the first Co-President, effective May 8, 1972. She was there raising funds for the new library. She was there at every Friends meeting. She was there for every forum and gathering of the Friends. She was there when Lacey Loves to Read was initiated. She was there when the first quilt show was displayed in the library.

She with her husband, Art, took on the most difficult and demanding job with the Friends. In 1972, beginning with a little kiosk inside our Market Square location, Carol and Art began our book sales, which they continued to manage until 2005. Today, we have many volunteers who help with our sales. But for years, it was primarily Carol and Art who organized and advertised them; collected, sorted, stored and set up the books; and collected the money. In later years, Carol recruited and trained book sale volunteers. She and Art were both greatly missed when, because of poor health, they had to relinquish the book sales to another volunteer. She continued to attend Friends meetings and give her recommendations, plus participated in the Monday sorting of books.

We, the Friends, miss her and grieve with her family.

by Dee Corwin and Charlotte Hunter