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63, of Chandler, AZ passed away on October 3, 2012. Carolyn graduated from Sacramento State University and worked 12 years for US Sprint during the telephone divesture era. After meeting Jim and moving to Phoenix she successfully battled angio sarcoma cancer. As part of her after cancer therapy she went to ASU law school. Post graduation she joined the law firm of Mohr, Hackett, et al. She spent 17 productive years as a civil litigator. She was named Volunteer Lawyer of the Year by the Maricopa County Attorney's Association. She served as a court appointed guardian ad litem. She spent 15 years on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest serving as treasurer. Five years ago Carolyn joined the staff of the Arizona Attorney General as senior litigation counsel for public advocacy. She was nationally regarded for her work on the national attorney general's mortgage fraud settlement case. She served as president of her home owners association. She was "other" oriented and continued to help friends and neighbors in any way she could. Carolyn Matthews was born on September 13, 1949 in San Francisco to RADM Ricardo and Ruth Anne Ratti. She was preceded in death by her mother. Carolyn and her husband Jim were married in December of 1987. Carolyn loved and lived for her family and friends. Daughter Kristina, son-in-law Eric and grandchildren Jeremy, Amelia, and Victoria are constant visitors to "grandma's house". Daughter Emily is a senior at Corona Del Sol HS and Carolyn never missed a soccer game. Carolyn's siblings are sister Chris, brother RADM Steven, and sister Julie. Being a U.S. Coast Guard family Carolyn lived in exotic places like Kodiak, Alaska, Honolulu, Hawaii and Washington, D.C. A memorial service will be at Desert Cross Lutheran Church in Tempe at 4:00 on Monday October 8th. In lieu of gifts or flowers, the family suggests that Carolyn's memory would be honored by contributions to the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 7, 2012