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Carolyn E. Soper

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Carolyn E. Soper
Beloved wife, mother and grandmother went peacefully at home to be with her Lord on February 28, 2013 after a brief battle with cancer. Born in Glendale, CA, on August 28, 1934 to Wallace and Eleanor Craig. The family moved to Pomona in 1945 where she attended Lincoln Elementary, Emerson Junior High, and Pomona High School where she excelled both scholastically and athletically, playing tennis, while serving as President of The Girls Athletic Association. After graduating from high school in 1952, Carolyn attended Mt. San Antonio College, graduating in 1954 with an A.A. degree in Secretarial Science. Following graduation she went to work for Convair (General Dynamics) in Pomona until she took maternity leave in 1956. In 1957, Carolyn went to work for Pomona First Federal Savings in Upland, launching a career which lead to her position of secretary to the President and Chairman of the Board, and later promoted to secretary of the Board of Directors. Continuing her education, she graduated from the American Savings and Loan Institute, School for Executive Development in 1974 and The Institute of Financial Education at Indiana University in 1980. In 1978, Carolyn decided to further her education by attending the University of La Verne Extension Program, graduating with a B.A. in Business Administration. During Carolyn's career at Pomona First Federal, she was extremely active within the community; serving as President of Executive Women International in 1969, LeRoy Haynes Center-Chair/Member of Foundation Board, Director Emeritus, Celebrity Event Committee Chair and Top Sales Leader of Events for eight years, Pomona Valley Y.M.C.A.-Board Member for nearly two decades, Vice Chairman of the Board, member of The Executive, Finance, Personnel, Facilities, Building and Nominating Committees. Mt. San Antonio Gardens-Second Vice Chair and member of the board for six years. Her community contributions spanned many organizations with various positions and responsibilities, which were approached with wholehearted commitment. Carolyn retired from Pomona First Federal Bank and Trust in November 2003. While in high school, Carolyn met her husband, Richard, and they were married on October 3, 1953. They loved spending summers at their second home in beautiful Lake Almanor in Northern California, where they enjoyed their water sports, tennis and finally taking up golf several years ago. One of Carolyn's goals after retirement was to attend the Four Grand Slams of tennis, which were completed by traveling to Paris, London, Australia and finally, New York. She is survived by her devoted husband, Richard, of nearly 60 years, son Gary and wife Debra of Tuscany Hills, CA., grandsons Brad and Chris of Rancho Cucamonga, CA., granddaughters Melissa and Melanie of Reno, NV., son David and wife Becky, grandson Patrick and granddaughter Laura of El Dorado Hills, CA., and sister Annette of Springfield, ORE. Carolyn was extremely devoted to her grandchildren and was forever eager to brag about them every chance she got. Carolyn will be missed by so many. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Pilgrim Congregation Church, Pomona, on Saturday, March 16th at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her honor to the or to the LeRoy Haynes Center in La Verne.
Published in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin from Mar. 12 to Mar. 15, 2013
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