Carmen Olga Mann

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Olga Mann of Carpinteria, passed away peacefully at the age of 80, on September 22, 2013. Olga was born in Mexico City on May 17, 1933. She was the daughter of General Julio and Carmen Monroy. Both her parents predeceased her, as well as Olga's much-loved sister, Yoli, and her husband Ross Mann.

After a brief career in modeling and accounting in Mexico, she met Ross B. Mann, whom she later married in 1954. The two moved to California in 1972, where they bought Foster's Donuts in Carpinteria and worked there with their family. After selling the donut shop, Olga began working at Jostens and Hall Surgical, where she retired after 24 years.

Olga was beautiful, kind, fair-minded, and had a giving and supportive nature. She had an independent spirit and traveled the world on her own, relishing the places she saw and the people she met along the way. She was a political activist with firm convictions.

In her youth in Mexico, she was a competitive bicycle racer and an avid fan of the bullfights, which she attended regularly. She loved watching the ballet and movies at the theater. She had a passion for music and dancing, and was talented in both.

Her biggest passion, however, was for her family. She is survived by her adored daughter Bernice and her husband Joe; and her beloved son, Ross Jr., and his wife Marleny. She was very close to her stepson Robert, whom she lovingly raised from a child, and his wife Katy. She took much pride and pleasure in her 6 grandchildren: Darryl, Jordan, Ryan, Richard, Robin, and Renee, and her great grandson Terrence. She has 5 surviving siblings: Amelia, Emma, Patti, Pilar, and Julio Jr. She loved deeply and was deeply loved.

A service will be held on Friday, November 1st, at 11:00 am at the Santa Barbara Cemetery.

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Olga's memory to Visiting Nurses and Hospice Care, 509 E. Montecito St., Santa Barbara, CA 93103.

Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from Oct. 6 to Oct. 10, 2013
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