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Carol Hosking Obituary
Carol Lee Cole Hosking 1933 ~ 2013 Resident of Pinole Carol Lee Cole Hosking passed away peacefully at her home on October 16, 2013. Carol was born in St. Louis, Missouri on June 13, 1933. In 1936, she moved to California with her Australian father (William Josiah "Jack" Cole), St. Louis mother (Helene Sprague Cole) and two cherished older sisters (Jacqueline Barthel and Joanne Salisbury Alcock). The Cole family moved to Calistoga, and then settled in Richmond where Carol attended Grant Elementary, Longfellow Junior High and graduated from Richmond High School in 1951. Carol attended Armstrong College, then went to work for Chevron Research as a graphic artist/draftsman. In 1955, Carol married "the one", Donald Hosking, her sweetheart since eighth-grade, in Reno, Nevada. Her maid of honor was Joyce Nicholas and his best man was Leonard Nicholas, lifelong friends. Carol raised two children while continuing to work. She and Don retired from Chevron in 1986 and traveled extensively. She loved reading and libraries (she leaves a list of over 1800 books read and even a "to read" list), San Francisco theater (attending performances for over 50 years), and puttering in her Ramona Street garden where fragrant freesias and ruby-throated hummingbirds welcomed visitors. She turned drawings by her young children into Christmas cards which were printed each December. Her son continues this tradition. Besides being an avid reader, gardener and theater-goer, Carol was an active member in the Pinole Garden Club and served as editor of the monthly newsletter, a Master Gardener, knitter and Chevron Retiree tree planter. Carol is survived by: her husband, Don Hosking; daughter, Sally (Tony) White; son, Joe (Phil Jimenez); granddaughters, Kennedy, Kelsey and Kylie White, and great-grandson, Josiah Resto. She leaves beloved nieces, Cris Barthel, Nanette Loggains and Kim Valadez; nephew, Steve Salisbury, and cousins, Susan Thomas and Steve Nuneman. Numerous family members and friends remember and miss her. The family wishes to thank Dr. Catherine Lomen-Hoerth and the medical team members of the ALS Clinic at UCSF, Dr. Tuan Hua, Danny Bi, and her caregivers Atonette, Marivic, Leann, Charlene, Mary Ann, Marilyn and Evelyn. Donations in her memory may be made to the Golden West Chapter of the ALS Association, Pinole Garden Club or the Pinole Library. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, November 14th at 11:00 at Wilson Kratzer, Civic Center chapel, 24th Street and Barrett, Richmond. 510.232.4383 wilsonkratzermortuaries. com
Published in Contra Costa Times on Nov. 11, 2013
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