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Carole Louise McKibbin


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Carole Louise McKibbin Obituary

Carole Louise McKibbin, 85, passed away on October 12, 2016 in San Diego, CA. She was born September 15, 1931, the oldest child of Dudley and Marian Cunningham. Her father was a key player in the early days of aviation, and was superintendent of the old Cheim Airport in Yuba County. They lived in the Cunningham family home at 818 5th St., Marysville. During World War II, they moved to Modesto, but returned to the Yuba-Sutter area, where she lived most of her life.

In 1951, she met and married the love of her life, Thomas H. McKibbin. They undertook a perilous journey over the Donner Summit with failing brakes to be married in Virginia City, Nevada. Together, they raised five children. In her younger years, Carole was active in the Marysville Art Club, worked in the libraries at Yuba City High School and Franklin Elementary as a volunteer, and was an avid gardener. She devoted her life to her husband, children, and grandchildren. She was known for her outspokenness and strong opinions.

Carole was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-nine years in 2010. Shortly after, she moved to San Diego where she finished out her days with gardening and toile painting, still living independently, but closer to more of her children. She was also preceded in death earlier this year, by her younger sister, Marilyn Joyce Hageman.

Carole is survived by her children; Tommie Dooley (Steve) of Roy, Utah and her children, Shane Dooley, Keith Dooley and Lance Dooley; Scot McKibbin (Millie) of San Diego and his children Stephanie McKibbin and Claire McKibbin; Stuart McKibbin of Riverside and his son Shade McKibbin; Marilyn McKibbin of Newhall and her children Amanda Hoadley, Rachel Sauer and Jonathan Hoadley; and Marianne Nishimura (Ron) of Roseville and her children Jacob Hay and Jenner Nishimura. She also had five great-grandchildren, and one more on the way. Other survivors include her cousin, Eloise Bistis of Sacramento who was her "sister", and her niece, Vicki Hough whom she considered another daughter. She will be missed by all.

A memorial service will be held at The First United Methodist Church, 3101 Colusa Hwy., Yuba City, where she was a member, on October 22, 2016 at 12 noon, followed by a reception at the church. All friends and those that would wish to remember her are welcome.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Oct. 18, 2016
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