Reva "Fuzzy" Carroll Passed away peacefully on April 21, 2013 at Fairmont Rehabilitation Hospital which was her home for the last 14 years. Reva was born in Hastings, Nebraska on June 3, 1928. She came to the Ione area when she was 7 and then moved to Lodi. She graduated from Lodi Union High School in 1947 and had been attending most of the yearly school reunions.
She worked at the old downtown theater when she was 17 and then later worked for Wright's Stationary Store, Kay's Yarn Shop, UOP's Bookstore and then the Tokay Bowl for about 30 years. She worked the counter, put together leagues, teams, taught bowling and anything else they needed. While bowling in State tournaments with her friends, they went to New York, Florida, and various other places. They went on a few cruises when they bowled in Florida to the Caribbean.
She really had some really great times with some really great friends at Tokay Bowl. Mom got her nickname of "FUZZY" when she worked at the bowling alley. Let's just say that the weather and her hair didn't agree one day and the name stuck. Mom also liked to golf and play softball. She played softball until she was 50. She also did some boating with Raynette and Larry. Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with parkinson's disease when she was in her early 50's. She continued to work until about age 61 when she had to retire which was very difficult for her. Mom was the biggest people person you could ever meet. Always smile on her face and always a friend to everyone she met. As the Parkinson's progressed she had 24 hour care at home when she was about 66. She had brain surgery for it at UCSF and went from 24 hour care to living by herself. It was amazing. Then as the disease continued and she had many falls, in 1999 she had an injury that sent her to Fairmont Rehabilitation Hospital to recuperate and she decided to stay. She was only 70 years old and had been there since. Everyone there was like a family member for her and for us. They loved her dearly and treated her with love and respect that we (I) will never forget. We thank Dr. Nancy Santos for over 20 years of loving care and to Dr. Mani Madyoon for his years of continued loving care. Big thanks to everyone at Fairmont for making mom's life the best it could be. We couldn't have asked for more. Reva is survived by 2 daughters, Lynn Renea Carroll and Raynette Fergason and husband Larry. Grandsons William Tahran (Victoria) and Shane Tahran and fiancé Liz. She's also survived by her ex-husband and friend Bill Carroll, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Jay and Midge Freeman, several nieces, nephews, cousins and her longtime roommate Kathryn. Also by a step-brother Gary (Mary). She's preceded in death by her mother Lela Ochsner and her father and step-mom Alvin and Jill Ochsner. One thing mom always wanted to do was to donate her body to science so since she had her surgery at UCSF that's where she decided. In lieu of flowers please send any remembrances to:
UCSF, Willed Body Program, School of Medicine AC-14, San Francisco, Ca. 94143-0902 Or The American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc., 135 Parkinson Ave., Staten Island, NY, 10305
A celebration of life will be held at Vinewood Church but will be announced soon. Please sign the guest book at www.lodinews.com/guestbook
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Apr. 27 to May 9, 2013