Carole Selina Orpe
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Dec 23, 1942 - May 7, 2020 With a heavy heart, we announce the passing of my loving wife Carole, and mother of our children, Andrew, Colin, and Jason, who passed away in 2011 from ALS. Carole was born in Maids Moreton, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom, to Ernest and Nellie Smith. Carole met her future husband while he was attending the Stirling Moss Racing School at Silverstone Racetrack in England. Two years later they were married at Moreton Church and moved to Southern California to begin their life together. During her 46 years as a resident of Torrance, California, she worked as a Purchasing Manager for AYSO Inc. and two years as a Senior buyer for the Los Angeles Olympic Committee. She also worked for Standard Brands and finished her career with the Zipper Tubing Manufacturing Company. She was proud of all that she accomplished during her working career and the raising of her children. Carole could often be found on the weekends supporting her grandkids' sports teams whether on the field or in the swimming pool. Carole was always a caring friend with a cheerful personality. She was frequently in her kitchen creating fantastic dishes from new recipes or trying to recreate her grandmother's recipes from her childhood. Carole was an avid gardener and found pleasure in being surrounded by the flowers and plants she tended. Carole loved history and was especially fond of fiction and non-fiction about Europe in the 1700's. She loved music, especially popular country and western hits and old rock and roll. She was an avid Manchester United supporter. Carole and Howard recently celebrated their fifty-seventh wedding anniversary. They had a loving relationship and enjoyed the adventures of travel. Some of her favorite trips were spent visiting relatives and friends in the English Countryside. Carole and her family regularly vacationed at June Lake and loved being in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Carole is survived by her loving husband, Howard George Orpe and her sister, Janet Mary Hinson. She was a dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother. Carole also leaves five grandchildrenRhys, Penelope, Sean, Caelyn, and Jonas. Carole will be returned to England when we can safely fly again and her remains interred in Maids Moreton Churchyard in the English Countryside. God Bless.

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Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on May 19, 2020.
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May 24, 2020
hank you to the Orpe Family for all the great years in soccer Mrs Orpe was a real fan and a great soccer mom.
Michael Bird
May 22, 2020
They were always there, The Orpes. My parents had met Howard and Carole through AYSO. They are like a second family to me. They were there for my father when he was ill and for us when he passed. The visited with us when my mom was on hospice and shared stories about my parents that I had never heard before, my mom passed the next day. The time spent with Carole and her family in the years after were full of More stories about my family that I had never heard over the best damn coleslaw I had ever had. Caroles recipe of course. I will miss running into her at vons on Anza and Torrance BLVD and catching up for ten minutes. Talking with her about Man-U at gatherings the comforting sound of, Well Hello Kenny in that Welsh accent of hers and they way she would lower her voice and give me some juicy information on the happenings of west Torrance. I will miss you Carole. Rest In Peace.
With Love
Kenny Murray.
Ken Murray
May 22, 2020
My sincere condolences to the Orpe family and friends.
Mike Wilson
May 21, 2020
I treasure the English traditions Carole passed on to my children, Penelope and Rhys. Christmas crackers and Christmas puddings! Trifle (with more than a drop of sherry!) Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding! And who could forget those delicious, roasted potatoes?! The entire extended family is in my thoughts.
Karen Sykes-Orpe
May 20, 2020
Carole and Howard were and still are our dear friends, Howard and I are Masonic Lodge Brothers. Both my Wife Marcela and I were so sorry to see Carole suffer towards the end of her life even though she was hiding the effects of her tremendous suffering. She had given her all in the battle with Cancer. We loved her English accent, and she along with Howard were avid Soccer Fans, and could give you the breakdown of their favored teams. We I know that she is with her son Jason who was robbed of his life by ALS, and they reside in Heaven with no more suffering, and will be looking over Howard's shoulder to guide him in Life. God Bless Carole.
Howard Feltham
May 19, 2020
My condolences to all of the family. Happy memories of Carole will always be with you.
Mollie Gehley
May 19, 2020
Colin, We are so sorry to hear about your mom. You are in our thoughts and prayers!
Mike OBrien
May 19, 2020
Dear Howard and family, we are so sorry for the passing of Carole. We will pray that the Lord will comfort you in this most difficult time.
John Jones
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