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Carol Venerable West


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Carol Venerable West Obituary
October 28, 1928 - July 21, 2017 Carol Venerable West, age 88, died peacefully on July 21, 2017, in Houston, TX, following a stroke. Carol was born on October 28, 1928, in Anna, Illinois, the daughter of Witt Venerable and Mary DuBois Venerable. Carol was raised on a peach and apple farm by parents who loved to travel between harvest seasons. From her earliest years, she and her brother Jim experienced many adventures across different parts of the country, guided by their parents, leading Carol on her lifelong journey of appreciation for diverse cultures and ways of life. She graduated from Anna-Jonesboro High School, where she played drums in the band and was class valedictorian. She graduated from Stevens College and then attended University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in history and counseling. She then worked as a high school history teacher and counselor in Beloit, Wisconsin. In 1952, Carol married Charles West, of Greencastle, IN, and moved to Los Angeles where Charles began his lifelong career as a biochemist on faculty at the UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. During Charles' military service, Carol taught 5th and 6th grade in Sausalito, CA. Upon returning to Los Angeles, Carol became a full-time mother to two sons, Jeffrey and David, and volunteered in many capacities related to their upbringing, her church, and Charles' career. After her children left for college, she worked professionally as a counselor for a local college and for Planned Parenthood. Throughout life she remained an avid reader, writer, and lover of travelling. She lived abroad with the family in Germany and England during Charles' sabbatical leaves and later accompanied him on additional extended stays in Colorado, Europe, and China. During later decades, they travelled for pleasure with two other couples on an annual basis, experiencing dozens of delightful locales foreign and domestic. Special trips for each grandchild featured Hawaii and the Bahamas. Throughout life, Carol welcomed hundreds of relatives, friends, UCLA colleagues, and students in to her home. She was adept at developing and maintaining lifetime relationships and always valued time spent with loved ones and others. Carol was an active member of Westwood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles for 64 years. She was a founding member of the Women's Reading Group there, which she co-led for many years. Carol is survived by her husband, Charles West; sons Jeffrey (Karin) of Houston, Texas, and David (Jada) of Weehawken, New Jersey; grandchildren Hillary, Nelson, and Chase; great-granddaughter Aria; and a number of relatives and close friends. Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Witt and Mary Venerable, and her brother, James Venerable. A memorial service for Carol will be conducted at Westwood Presbyterian Church, 10822 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024, on August 11, 2017, at 2:00 pm, for all friends and family.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Aug. 2 to Aug. 6, 2017
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