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Carolyn Diane (Kelley) Vacanti


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Carolyn Diane (Kelley) Vacanti Obituary
Carolyn Diane (Kelley) Vacanti
Resident of Rancho Mirage, CA
Carolyn Diane (Kelley) Vacanti died on Nov. 14, 2018 in San Diego from complications of leukemia, following treatment for Hodgkins Lymphoma a year prior. Carolyn was born in San Francisco on October 10, 1948 to Richard Kelley DDS (d2004) and Lylian (Tosetti) Kelley and was raised in Burlingame, CA. She graduated from Mills High and had an AA degree from the College of San Mateo in Cosmetology. She had a long career as a hair stylist. Carolyn married entertainer Nathan Vacanti (d2016) in 1972. They settled in Rancho Mirage almost 30 years ago.
Carolyn was the older sister of twins Diane Kelley MD of Novato and Richard Kelley Jr of Novato and Donna Kelley (d2009). She is also survived by their mother, age 95.
Carolyn was always described as beautiful, kind, sweet, and generous by all who knew her. She especially loved animals and had owned many birds and cats.. She also fed neighborhood feral cats, wild birds, and rabbits.
A private memorial service was held December 29. Donations in her name may be made to The Palm Springs Animal Shelter or the Lymphoma/ of America.


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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Jan. 11, 2019
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