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o_Carroll1102616 o_Carroll2102616 CARROLL, Betty •Elizabeth (Betty) Catherine Wylie was born to John and Nora Mae Wylie on June 15, 1928, at St. Francis Hospital in Santa Barbara. She attended Dolores Elementary School and Catholic High School in Santa Barbara, and Mt. St. Mary's College in Los Angeles. ••Betty met her husband, Patrick "John" Carroll, at a dance. They married on September 20, 1952, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church. John preceded Betty to Heaven on April 9, 2001. She is survived by her eight children: Robert (Patricia), Diane, Arlene, Sharon, Laura, Patricia "P.J." (Pat), Barbara, and Daniel, as well as five grand children: Kevin, Alek, Tianna, Katie, and Shane. She is also survived by her sister, Peggy Jackson, Carroll in-laws, numerous nieces and nephews, and many beloved grand-pets. •Music was an integral part of her life. The sisters of Dolores Elementary School taught Betty to play the organ when she was eight years old. She played the organ and piano for church services and social events most of her life. She passed that love of music on to her children. •Betty was actively involved in her children's schools and served on the San Roque School PTA. Additionally, she was a member of Beta Sigma Phi, Catholic Daughters, San Roque Choir, San Roque Sanctuary Guild and Rockwood Women's Club. She was an avid bridge player and was involved with many groups. She volunteered her time at St. Francis and Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital, as well as Public Health. Betty and John frequently extended their generosity towards others. The kitchen door was always open to family and friends and was frequently used. There were many times when the kids were told to scoot over for another plate at the table. "Hi Mrs. C" was often shouted in the kitchen. In her later years she traveled through Europe and the Caribbean. She loved watching the waves at Goleta Beach even though she hated the ocean. While mom never developed the same appreciation for John Wayne that our dad did, in her later years she grew to love westerns as well. Betty passed away on October 20, 2016. She was cared for by all of her children, her eldest daughter Diane was her primary caregiver for the last five years. We would like to express our gratitude to Diana Asencio, Maria Lopez, and Deborah Weiler for the loving care they extended to our mother during her final days. We would also like to thank Hospice for their help. A viewing will be held at Welch-Ryce-Haider Mortuary on Sola Street on October 26, 2016 at 6:00 p.m., followed by a rosary at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at San Roque Catholic Church on October 27, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. with burial at Calvary Cemetery. A reception celebrating Betty's life will immediately follow at Rockwood Women's Club. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity.
o_Lawrence102716 LAWRENCE, Margaret Ann "Marge" •Was born on January 19, 1922 in Cincinnati, Ohio and died peacefully at age 94 on October 11, 2016. •Marge was an only child who grew up with a colorful assortment of relatives in northern Ohio. She graduated from Amherst Central High School in Amherst, OH and went on to Ohio State University and Kent State University, where she graduated in 1944 with a BS in Education. •Marge was a fiercely independent woman, and in many ways, ahead of her time. She was only 4'10" tall, with a short haircut, a pixie face, and bright green eyes that could go from an amused twinkle to a steely glare when she was challenged. Marge left Ohio in 1945 to play her part in World War II, training at American University in Washington DC with the Red Cross, and then on to the Pacific Theater where she worked in rest camp recreation administration, air evacuation, and rehabilitation. Marge told harrowing tales of accompanying both wounded men and bodies back to the U.S. on seemingly endless plane flights across the Pacific Ocean. Marge suffered from PTSD after this experience, and from that point on she became a staunch advocate for empowering girls. In the late 1940s Marge owned and operated the Holiday House Girls Camp on Lake Erie, an outdoor enrichment camp for girls ages 6 to 21. In 1947 Marge took the position of Executive Director of the Girls Club in Long Beach, CA, which became a model for the Pacific Coast in the late 1940s. In 1951 she returned to the eastern U.S. to Erie PA and spent 3 years as the Executive Director of the Erie County Council of Girl Scouts, overseeing camping programs, selecting and establishing camp sites, as well as a variety of administrative duties. Marge moved back to California in 1953, to Santa Barbara, and spent 6 years doing a variety of free lance jobs, including writing, photography, layout, and copy editing for various magazines and newspapers both locally and nationally. Long-time Goleta residents may remember Marge's "Hi Neighbor," column in the Goleta Valley Times. Marge was a lifelong car enthusiast and wrote many entertaining articles about "California Hot Rods" for major car magazines. After a two-year stint at the Dos Pueblos Orchid Company in Goleta where she did everything from secretarial work to guiding tours and creating brochures, she was hired to the position of Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Girls Club, where she spent 6 years expanding the program that eventually served 280 girls, 5 days a week, year round. She was instrumental in raising the money to buy the land and construct a Girls Club building. The land was purchased, but Marge finally resigned in 1963 in frustration at not being able get the building process moving forward. In 1966 (at age 44) Marge received her California Teaching Credential from UCSB and worked as a Physical Education and Theater Arts teacher at Goleta Valley Junior High until her retirement in 1982. Many Santa Barbara and Goleta residents fondly remember her theater productions. Soon after Marge arrived in Santa Barbara, she purchased property on Crescent Drive in the San Roque neighborhood, and she and her father Walter built a small house on a hillside with views of the ocean from the back porch. She kept 2 horses behind the house and reminisced about how she had been able to ride them up La Cumbre Road, and across Foothill Road, onto miles of trails. She always had a dog and a variety of cats, and made friends with neighborhood pets, many of whom visited her daily, with or without their owners. Over the decades, Marge became a well-known neighborhood character who was acquainted with most everyone in the Center Ave/Crescent Drive circle area. Her neighborhood friendships spanned decades, and as she aged there were many who regularly checked in on her and helped with chores and errands. Whether your kids were throwing stones, or your dog was limping, or your car engine sounded off kilter, Marge would be sure to let you know. Marge's beefed up black 1969 Chevy pickup truck, her pride and joy, was an iconic landmark in the neighborhood for nearly 40 years. The sight of a tiny white-haired lady with a baseball cap driving a large antique pickup was a familiar sight to residents on the west side of Santa Barbara. In her last decade, Marge lived with a neighbor and then moved to Alexander Gardens, an assisted living facility on Santa Barbara Street where she was an active resident, particularly enjoying bingo games, flower arrangement and the various forms of musical entertainment provided by Santa Barbara residents. A memorial service will be held for Marge at 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct 31 (Halloween was her favorite holiday), at Alexander Gardens, 2120 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara CA 93105.
o_Simmons102616 SIMMONS, Eleanor •Eleanor Vaccariello Simmons was surrounded by family when she passed away October 9, 2016. Eleanor was born June 29, 1923, in Los Angeles to Anna and Domenic Vaccariello. She had four older brothers, Joe, Carl, Eddie and Mike, whom she adored. •Eleanor went to college during World War II and graduated from UCLA with a BS degree In Physical Education and a teaching credential. In 1950, while teaching at Santa Paula Union High School, one of her students invited her to Sunday dinner to meet her Uncle Byron, and they were married on July I, 1951. Eleanor and Byron enjoyed 53 wonderful years together until Bryon passed away in 2004. In 1958, Eleanor, Byron and their daughters Sandy and Carol moved to Santa Barbara, where they spent the rest of their lives. Eleanor taught Physical Education at Santa Barbara City College for many years, where she enjoyed the beautiful campus and working with many wonderful colleagues. Eleanor and Byron played golf and tennis together, and in their later years they enjoyed lawn bowling. Eleanor was an excellent bridge player. She loved her family and friends and never forgot a birthday. She was a gracious hostess and had many meals and parties in the backyard on the brick patio she and Byron built. There was a special place in her heart for all children and she was so happy to become a grandmother and great grandmother. Eleanor spent the last eleven years living at Valle Verde retirement community. She was very active in the community and met many wonderful people. The family would like to thank Valle Verde for the thoughtful, loving care she received. We would also like to thank Assisted Hospice and Assisted Home Heath for their compassionate care in the last few weeks of her life. Eleanor is survived by her daughter Sandra Simmons and her husband David Inger, her daughter Carol Simmons and her husband Thomas FunneII, grandsons Colin Funnell and Evan Funnell, and great grandchildren Thomas Funnell and Jolie Funnell, plus many nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life will be held at Valle Verde, 900 Calle De los Amigos, in the Social Room, November 12, from 2:00 to 5:00. Memorial contributions may be made to Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara, PO Box 1485, Santa Barbara, CA 93102.
o_Villa102716 VILLA, Lupe Joe Reyes Passed away suddenly and peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 at Alexander Gardens, in Santa Barbara where he resided.•Lupe was a Santa Barbara native born on Nov. 24, 1927.•He lived an incredible life, full of love, while continuously surrounded by his family and friends. Meeting Lupe was always a cherished memory. He treated his friends and family to the real life history of Santa Barbara with stories ranging from riding the school bus directly to the lemon fields in Goleta after school, to many adventures in the downtown pool halls with his brothers.•An expert-gardener by trade, he dedicated his life to beautifying and cultivating several estates in Montecito and Santa Barbara.•He loved his family, friends, nature, mariachi, good food and making salsa.•His great sense of humor, and strength both mentally and physically even while living with Parkinson's disease, was an inspiration to all who knew Lupe. He never gave up.•During his life he endured the passing of his daughter Linda, his loving wife Norma, brothers Joe, Danny, Frank, Jesus and Lencho, and sisters Esther and Tilley.•He will be sorely missed.•He is survived by his daughter Rita Villa Danchuk, (Rick), stepson Gary Pesek, (daughter Gloria, son Justin ) grandchildren, Parissa & Jaleh Ebrahimi, Alanna & Zach Gones, many nieces and nephews and brother and sister in laws.•In lieu of flowers, please donate to Hospice of Santa Barbara, 2050 Alameda Padre Serra, Suite 100, Santa Barbara, CA 93103.• Services will be held Friday, Oct. 28th at First Baptist Church on Veronica Springs Rd., at 10:00 am.