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Carol Hoffman- October 16, 1937 to April 14, 2022

Carol gently passed at home with her three children Wendy, Greg, Lauran, and daughter-in-law Lorraine surrounding her.

     When asked what our mother did for a living, it would be easier to name what she did not do. In her late teens she traveled by ship to Europe to study art.  She received a degree in fine art at the University of Pennsylvania and Wisconsin as a new mother of three.  In the late sixties and now living in Los Angeles, she became very politically active.  Working as a draft counselor, she saved scores of young draftees from going off to fight in Vietnam.  In 1970 she appeared on a controversial episode of the Dick Cavett show, wearing a blonde wig, as “Cathy the Housewife” who smoked marijuana and still made it to PTA meetings.  Different times!

     Divorced in 1972, she managed to receive her master’s degree in art therapy from Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles.  In 1976, Carol partnered with a close friend and purchased a house in Atascadero to get her children out of Los Angeles.

     Throughout the 1980s and 1990s with access to the Barrymore family archives, she authored a beautiful book on their history The Barrymores:  Hollywood’s First Family.  She traveled, promoting and doing book signings all over the country.  Because of her knowledge of the subject, she was asked to narrate a film documentary on Turner Classic Movies and presented an exhibition on the subject at the University of Southern California.

     She leaves numerous friends and family:  grandchildren Camille and Isaac; nieces Judith and Sarah Flaks; her first cousins and more like brother and sister A. Jay Cristol and Jill Shepherd; and our heroes throughout this frightening time Jerry and Susan Kaplan.

     Our mother was truly a force of nature and an amazing human being who touched every life she came in contact with.   She was an incredibly generous and fiercely private person.  We will always love and miss her.

      A remembrance for Carol will be held Saturday, June 4, from noon to 3:00 p.m. at Indigo Moon in the garden patio (1980 Main Street in Cambria).  RSVPs for attendance are welcome:

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Marvene Simonsen

Marvene passed away peacefully in her sleep on February 16, three months before her 100th birthday.  She cherished nature, beauty, family, and friendships, and will be greatly missed by those who loved her.  She loved living in Cambria!

     Marvene was born on May 5, 1922, in Geyser Montana; when she was four, the family moved to Glendale, California.  As a thoughtful young girl, she immersed herself in reading literature, playing piano, and writing poetry.  Marvene attended Occidental College and was a 1944 graduate of the University of Southern California with a BA in English.

     She lived in Cambria for over 20 years with her husband Ed, whom she married in 1944.  Their marriage was in the midst of World War II when he flew back to San Diego for a brief assignment from the South Pacific where he was stationed.   Marvene enjoyed walks along the beach and had passion for nature, art, and creative writing.   She published a poetry book at age 96, and to celebrate she had a poetry reading in San Luis Obispo for 30 people.

     Marvene was a loving, talented, charming, and creative woman and mom.  She was a vocal advocate for positive change.  She encouraged her daughters to be interested in the world.  She taught them to be independent thinking, adventurous, and self-reliant.   She was a loving grandmother and great-grandmother who delighted in spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She loved her life and brought so much happiness into the world. 

     In the last few years of her life, Marvene lived in San Mateo near her youngest daughter Linda.  She resided at a small care home with staff who provided her with loving, respectful support.

     She is survived by her daughters Suzanne, Wendy, and Linda, a son-in-law, four amazing grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

    You are invited to share in her celebration of life on May 14. Thank you for contacting her daughter (suzanne93428 if you would like to attend. 

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