December 12, 1935 – August 17, 2013
Born during the Great Depression and coming of age in the wake of World War II, Carol’s choices throughout life were shaped by the frugality of her early experiences. She spoke of wearing dresses and “bloomers” made of feed sacks. She recalled feeding the chickens and gathering eggs before walking to Round Top, a one-room schoolhouse in rural Missouri. In the early 1950s, Carol drove the family's Model A Ford to Maysville High School, where she graduated in 1953.
Typical of the era, Carol left the family farm to find a job and marry in Kansas City. Shortly after her marriage, Carol left the Midwest for Southern California. She resided in the Pasadena and Riverside areas.
Throughout her lifetime, Carol retained her Midwest sensibilities. Her cellar was filled with jars of home-canned peaches and tomatoes. She knitted sweaters by hand and crocheted doilies to ornament her home. She cooked meals from scratch and was widely appreciated for her baking skills. She often contributed cookies warm from the oven for social events.
After Carol retired in her fifties, she combed estate sales for unique antique end tables and restored them to their original beauty. Her collection of Pink Miss America Depression Glass was among her prize possessions.
Carol is survived by her sister Clara Gibbs and her daughter Linda Kincaid, with whom she spent many happy hours sharing stories of their gardens and fruit trees. Like many gardeners, they often shared plants and shared the “fruits of their labors.”
Carol’s life was dedicated to helping others. She was always available with a shoulder to lean on, a ride to the doctor, or a willing hand with needed chores. In retirement, she dedicated much of her time to assisting elderly shut-ins.
In death, Carol will continue to help others. She provided the impetus for Assembly Bill 937 to be introduced and carried forward through the legislature. Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into law just two days after her passing. AB 937 is the perfect memorial to Carol’s life of helping others.
In remembrance, please donate to Consumer Advocates for Nursing Home Reform at 650 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94107.