Charlotte Ellen

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Died peacefully on September 21, 2013, at the age of 90. She lived a long, glorious, productive life helping and bringing joy to others. Though burdened by medical limitations in her later years, she astonished all who knew her by keeping on with her many activities despite those struggles.

She grew up in Santa Barbara, daughter of Harvey Holt, long-time principal of Santa Barbara High School, and Helen Holt. She graduated from college at Northwestern University in Illinois where she met and later married her spouse of nearly 60 years, Howard Clinebell. While they raised three children, John (Bell), Donald (Clinebell), and Susan (Clinebell Wichers), Charlotte returned to school, earning a masters degree in social work then a Ph.D. in education. She then maintained a private counseling practice for more than 40 years. Charlotte and Howard lived in Claremont, CA, for more than 30 years, then retired to Santa Barbara.

She wrote books and articles and was active in a variety of volunteer activities. Her focus was defeating discrimination in its many forms, seeking social justice, advocating for the rights of women. Most recently she was for the last ten years of her life a volunteer advocate, counselor and board member for the Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center. She was known for the beautiful note cards she created by taking simple pictures of flowers and putting them on blank cards she made from colored paper.

Her belief in nature, the interconnectedness of life, and the goddess religion supported her optimism and her belief that we can all make the world a better place through our efforts. She continued gardening, one of her life joys, till the end of her life.

Charlotte is survived by her sisters Dee and Lucy, three children, five grandchildren, Jamie, Andrew, Brennan, Tessa, and Nevan, two great-grandchildren, Madisyn and Aubrey, extended family and a legion of friends and colleagues.

Charlotte would want donations made to the Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center, Santa Barbara, California.

Arrangements entrusted to McDermott-Crockett Mortuary


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Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from Oct. 4 to Oct. 8, 2013
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