With love and respect, we announce the passing of our mother, Carmen Ceccanti. Carmen passed away peacefully on March 13, 2013 to be with her Lord in heaven. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Emilio (Mel) Ceccanti.
Born and raised in Morton, Wash., Carmen married Mel in June 1944 and spent most of her married life on a farm near Elbe, Wash. After retiring, they enjoyed traveling in their motorhome, spending their winters in Yuma, Ariz. A good card game could always be had at their home, where Carmen could fix a meal and never miss a deal. They moved from the farm to Eatonville, Wash. and spent 20 years enjoying the small town. When visiting at dinner time, you were always invited to enjoy a meal with them.
She is survived by her four children: Mary Lou and Ron Franzen, Judy and Jim Flanders, Karen and Tom Smallwood, and Mel and Betsy Ceccanti. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and also a great-great-grandchild.
She had a special affinity in her heart for children. She had a great sense of humor and was generous, kind, gentle and had compassion for her family and friends. Carmen lived a life that was a wonderful Christian example for her family.