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Peters, Carol Marie Woodhams  
CAROL MARIE WOODHAMS PETERS passed away on August 24, 2015. She was born in Redwood City, California on June 16, 1920 and lived 95 interesting and eventful years. In her early years Carol was a singer with a rich contralto voice. She sang on Bay Area television in the 1950's, with the San Francisco Light Opera Company, Gilbert and Sullivan in Stern Grove (SF), The San Mateo Symphony, the Oakland Symphony, and many other venues around the area, all while raising four rambunctious children. Carol was an accomplished painter and sculptor. She attended Stanford which was unusual for a woman in the 1930's. She left with one semester to go as WWII broke out. In 1941 she married Henry Peters. In 1994 at age 64 she completed her B.F.A. at the San Francisco Art Institute, a feat for which she was very proud. Carol lived in Walnut Creek, Piedmont, Philadelphia (PA), Mendocino, and San Francisco, her favorite. She moved to Westhaven in the mid 1990's at the urging of her son Tom. There she built her "dream cabin" in the woods and made many wonderful friends including Connie Butler and the Westhaven Ladies "Tea Group". She became a Founding Member and ardent supporter of the Westhaven Center for the Arts (WCA). Her wit and humor remained a constant, including her oft-repeated limericks and clever puns. She was compassionate, generous, and unfailingly courteous. Her independence served her well. She was an intensely personal artist. Carol is survived by 3 of her 4 children. Her oldest son Tom and his wife Barbara live in Eureka. Her youngest son Chris lives in Arcata. Her middle son Jim and his wife Kathy live in Clarkston, WA. She was preceded in death by her daughter Lynn and grandson Sean. Carol was also preceded in death by her first husband Henry Peters, and her second husband George Siudy. Carol is survived by 4 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to an informal memorial on Sunday, October 11, 2015 (1-4 pm) at the Westhaven Center for the Arts. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Westhaven Center for the Arts (WCA), 501 S. Westhaven Drive, Trinidad, CA 95570. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com under obituaries.
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Published in Eureka Times-Standard on Sept. 2, 2015
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