February 18, 1960 - June 18, 2013
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Carol was beautiful, strong, brilliant and always did things her way in life. She attended Palisades High School, graduated from UCLA Cum Laude with a degree in Political Science, and later earned a Master's degree in Entomology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She spoke five languages fluently. Carol recently won a spelling bee with her library team in Santa Paula where she volunteered in the Literacy program teaching English. At age 17, Carol began traveling. For 6 months she lived in France with what became her French family. She continued to travel and lived all over the world, always using her language skills to find work. She made life long friends everywhere she lived. Carol never held a "pity party" for herself when she contracted MS at age 40 in the prime of her life. It was not her nature to be anything but positive about life and the infinite possibilities. In fact, she kept her Flamenco shoes, hoping one day to dance again. Carol is survived by her family, father Judge Lawrence Waddington, mother Jennie Waddington and stepmother Jane Waddington. Also, her sister Susan, brothers Charles and James and stepsister Kelly, two loving nieces Dasha and Jia and her brother in-law Edison.
We will celebrate her life on June 29th at l:00 p.m. in the Universalist Unitarian Church, 740 East Main Street, Santa Paula, California, (805) 525-4647. A reception will follow with a rose planting ceremony in the garden. Later, a Mass will be celebrated at St. Monica's church in Santa Monica, California on July 8th at 7 o'clock p.m. All our family were truly blessed to have had Carol, with all her brilliance and caring ways, who graced our lives for what turned out to be such a short time.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 25, 2013