It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved wife and mom Carlene M. Schleben. Mom went to join her angles in heaven on Sunday morning May 25, 2014 after a brief illness.
Carlene was born in Fullerton, California on May 12, 1949 to Carl and Marie Rhodes. She was the second of five children and grew up in the Mojave desert that held a special place in her heart. Mom was a 1967 graduate of Buena High School. Mom attended beauty school while working part time as a hostess at the Vagabond Coffee Shop where she continued to work for the majority of forty seven years. Her customers will miss her quick whit and sense of humor.
Mom loved working in her garden amongst her humming birds, where her green thumb grew everything from tomatoes to orchids. Mamma also loved to make quilts and afghans for her family and friends. The love of her life were her grand babies. One of her greatest pleasures was to go dancing with her husband, Jim.
Mom is survived by her loving husband James Schleben, of Oxnard. Daughters Kimberly Allen, of Ventura, Michelle Allen and her husband Gregory of Wilbraham, Massachusetts. Grandsons Spc. Cory Allen of Ft. Stewart, Georgia. Jordan Garrow of Wilbraham, Massachusetts and her cherished great granddaughter Lacey Allen of Ft. Stewart, Georgia. Her Mother Marie Rhodes, of Bakersfield,her brother Carl "Rusty" Rhodes of Ava, Missouri, Sisters Renee Cain of Cottonwood, Ca, Shari Boudreau of Bakersfield and Jeri Gavette of Ventura. She was preceded in death by her father Carl Rhodes.
At her request and in respect of mom's wishes there will be no viewing or funeral service. She will be cremated and hers ashes sprinkled at a later date.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to the leukemia and lymphoma society in moms's name.
Carlene was entrusted to the care of the family owned Joseph P. Reardon Funeral home and Cremation Service, 757 East Main Street, Ventura 643 - 8623