A longtime resident of La Jolla, Carol passed away on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at the Shea Family Care of Mission Hills. Carol was born in Van Nuys, an honest-to-goodness Valley Girl. Her parents, Samuel and Margaret Ames, predeceased her.
After coming to La Jolla in 1973 with her family, Carol was active in her Parish at All Hallows Catholic Church where she served in the Parish Care Ministry sending greeting cards for birthdays and anniversaries to fellow Parishioners as well as working as a volunteer in the office at least two days a week for many years. In March of 2011 Carol's back shattered and after surgery in May of that year she was in and out of hospitals and nursing homes continuously until August of 2012 when severe clinical depression mandated permanent residence in the nursing home. Carol's beautiful smile and caring ways will be sorely missed by her large family and multitude of friends.
Family include her husband of 58 years, their 10 children (7 spouses), 24 grandchildren (4 spouses), and 7 great grandchildren. Survivors include her husband Wil; her sister Margaret Mary Ames; and children Michael (Therese), Kathleen (Donald), Ann (Lance), Christie (Del), Mary, James, John, Thomas (Pam), Paul (Binta), and Margaret (Hogni). To list each and every grandchild and great grandchild would be a little too much. Carol so loved each and every little one, including the very last great grandchild born into the family on November 7, 2013. If you received one of our Christmas Greeting Cards you saw the smile on Carol's face as she held little Genevieve Marie Johnson. Carol was a wonderfully giving and loving soul who will be deeply missed by all of us who knew her and loved her.
Visitation will be at El Camino Memorial Chapel at 4710 Cass Street in Pacific Beach on Friday, January 10, 2014 from 4pm to 8pm, followed by a funeral and celebration of Carol's life on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11am at All Hallows Catholic Church, 6602 La Jolla Scenic Drive South, La Jolla.
If you would like to make a contribution in Carol's memory, donations may be made to Operation Smile, 3641 Faculty Blvd. Virginia Beach, VA 23453, or to All Hallows Catholic Church, 6602 La Jolla Drive South, La Jolla, CA 92037.