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Carol Seley Shofner

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August 31, 1937 - September 29, 2015 Carol Ann Seley Shofner, a much loved community member, wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, passed away on September 29, 2015. She was seventy-eight. Born on August 31, 1937 in Los Angeles, Carol was the firstborn child of James Harold Seley and Alice Colwell Seley. The family moved to San Marino when she was three and Carol was a San Marino resident for the rest of her life. She attended Valentine Elementary and Huntington Middle School before enrolling in Westridge School in the 9th grade. Following her Westridge graduation in 1955, Carol attended USC where she became a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. She graduated in 1959 having earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. While Carol enjoyed the beach, reading, music, theater and sports, her greatest joy came from her loving relationships with her family and friends. One of her earliest passions was thoroughbred racing and she raised and raced horses for most of her life. Her parents co-owned the Los Angeles Rams for more than a decade following the team's move to LA from Cleveland and Carol was a devoted football fan. Though he played for the Rams from 1957 through 1960, she did not begin dating her future husband, NFL wide receiver Del Shofner, until he was traded to the New York Giants. They met again when a mutual friend asked Del to tour Carol and a close friend around New York City. The couple was married in 1963 and maintained homes on both coasts until Del retired from football at the end of the 1967 season. Carol was active in many local charities including the Bishop Gooden Home, National Charity League San Marino Area Chapter, the San Marino PTA and the Trojan League. Carol is survived by her husband Del, her daughters Laurie Corwin and Stacey Gates (Andrew), her son David, five grandchildren - Madison, Alex and Shea Corwin, Emily and Jacob Gates, her brother Jim Seley, and a large extended family. A memorial service for Carol was held Friday, October 9 at 1:30 pm at The Wee Kirk o' the Heather at Forest Lawn in Glendale. Memorial donations may be made to The USC Roski School of Art and Design in Memory of Carol Ann Seley Shofner '59 and mailed to USC, Watt Hall 104, LA, CA 90089 Attn: Lynn Miles.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 9 to Oct. 11, 2015
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