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Carolyn Ruth Taft Harris

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Carolyn Ruth Taft Harris Obituary
September 11, 1940 - August 10, 2015 Carolyn passed away peacefully at her home in Indio, California after a lengthy struggle battling lung cancer. She was born to Doctors Ruth Carolyn Taft and John Harris Taft of Rosemead, California. When Carolyn was 10 years old, her family moved to Arcadia where she spent her childhood. After graduating in 1958 from Arcadia High School, she obtained her teaching degree in 1962 from California State University, Los Angeles and her Masters of Science in Education / Reading in 1985 from California State University, Fullerton. Her marriage to Keith Eugene Harris on December 19, 1981, brought her love, joy and happiness for over 33 years. Settling to raise a family in Hacienda Heights, she specialized in teaching elementary school age children with reading challenges in Covina and Glendale school districts. In 1998, Carolyn and Keith retired to Heritage Palms in Indio. In retirement, she remained active in her community, working for Coachella Valley school district and serving as the secretary of the Women's Golf Club. She was preceded in death by her parents and daughter Jennifer Lynn Condit. She is survived by her husband Keith, son Jeffrey Taft Condit, step children Garon Craig Harris and Tammy Lee Fitzpatrick, sisters Kathleen Louise Jeffer, and Arlene Lorraine Dean, and their families including nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She left behind her passion for shopping, golf, movies, travel, many friends, and surprisingly an unfinished box of Sees Candy. Carolyn loved being around people and will be missed by many. A celebration of her life will be announced at a later date by her family. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory to the "Reading is Fundamental" organization (RIF.ORG) would be greatly appreciated.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Aug. 18 to Aug. 21, 2015
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