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G. Carolyn Osborn Lundberg


1941 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
G. CAROLYN OSBORN LUNDBERG Carolyn Osborn Lundberg, wife of Wendell Lundberg, joined her Heavenly Father on April 2, 2017. She is survived by three children, Joe Lundberg, Jessica Lundberg, and Alysicia Lundberg, four grandchildren, Rebecca, Alexandrea, Ivan, and Maxine, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. Gracie "Carolyn" Osborn Lundberg was the youngest of five daughters born to Tennessee "Ester" and William Everette Osborn on July 27, 1941 in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Named after her aunt, Gracie Carolyn Osborn took her middle name "Carolyn" as her given name so as to not be confused with her aunt Grace. Her father died tragically when she was five. Shortly after, she and her mother moved to Chico, California in 1947 after having lost their house and barn to a tornado. She attended Chapman Elementary School, the last 8th grade class of the Chico Normal School, the first 9th grade class of Chico Junior High, and graduated from Chico High School in 1959. She enjoyed music, golf, archery and fencing in school. Carolyn attended Beauty College in Sacramento and graduated with her cosmetology degree in 1961. She worked for several years in Chico at Gage's Beauty Salon and then established her own business, the Villa Charisma Beauty Salon, on the Esplanade. During this time she also pursued a career in modeling in the Chico, Sacramento, and San Francisco areas. Carolyn worked for many happy years alongside some of her dearest friends and enjoyed service to the citizens of Chico until she "retired" to raise her family. Carolyn met Wendell Lundberg in 1968 on a blind date set up by friends and they married in 1971. They lived a life of love and adventure, starting two successful businesses, traveling and enjoying Wendell's hobby of flying. Carolyn worked supporting Wendell in the building of Lundberg Family Farms, a national leader in organic rice and whole grain products; she performed cooking demonstrations, developed recipes, cooked Lundberg rice for hundreds at community dinners, and represented the business at food shows. She was a dedicated mother, serving as coveted "room mother" for all three of her children, volunteer school librarian, tutor, confidant, and the best cook ever. Her holiday celebrations were memorable events. Carolyn had an artistic touch, applying her creative skills to many house and garden restorations in Chico, including a restoration project with her friend Marilyn Warrens of the CSU, Chico President's Mansion. Her heart for the community of Chico led her to co-lead two separate campaigns to restore Laxson auditorium. Her beautiful yard was a labor of love and a stop on the St. James Garden Tour several times over the years. She enjoyed participating in the Chico and Butte County Fairs in food, floriculture and arts. Carolyn loved the Lord, she loved people, and had a heart for service. She grew up in the Nazarene Church, raised her children in the Chico Evangelical Free Church, and worshipped in her later years at Grace Brethren Church of Chico and the Aldersgate United Methodist Church of Chico. She gave of her time and resources to her church family and lived her faith in her everyday life. Her faith led her to service with children in Sunday school and in organizing missions banquets for hundreds of guests. The scores of people whose lives she impacted experienced the countless meals, flower arrangements from her yard, and hours of conversation she gave to lend an ear and support those who needed a friend. Carolyn gave clothes, food, furniture, and financial support to Chico and Oroville community charities often anonymously or refusing recognition because she had a heart for people in need. She was generous with her time, ministering to neighbors and friends and using her time, gifts and resources to support the Buseko Childrens Home for children impacted by AIDS in Zambia, The Well Ministry of Rescue in Chico helping those with drug addiction have a chance at a new life, and the ARC of Butte County with a mission to help those with developmental disabilities and their families. She also had a great love of animals and was known for rescuing and rehabilitating many feathered and furry friends. Carolyn was a part of our hearts and our lives and she will be missed dearly. Donations in her memory can be directed to the Seeds of Hope Children's Ministry Buseko Childrens Home, The Well Ministry of Rescue, or the ARC of Butte County. There will be a visitation on Friday evening, April 7th, 5-9 pm at Newton Bracewell in Chico and a memorial service at the Chico Evangelical Free Church on Sunday afternoon at 2 pm, April 9th. Share your thoughts online at NewtonBracewell.com
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record from Apr. 4 to Apr. 7, 2017
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