Shan Carico Freeman
Suzanne Duis Carico Freeman, who was known to family and friends as "Shan," passed away peacefully on December 12, 2021, in Torrance, California. She was 87 years old. She is survived by her two sons, David Duis Carico and Christopher Daniel Carico, five grandchildren including David's daughters Alexandra Sturm and Mia Huston-Carico, Chris's children, Taylor Carico, Lane Carico Schalk, and Weston Carico, and four great-grandchildren. Shan was born and raised in Portsmouth, Ohio, the daughter of prominent Portsmouth residents H. Glenn Duis and Marie Duis. She had one sister, Mary Ellen, five years her senior, who passed away suddenly in 1970. Mary Ellen is survived by her son, Glenn Mathias, Shan's only nephew. Shan graduated from The College of William & Mary in 1955 with a B.A. degree in Sociology. She was a member of the Alpha Mu chapter of the Delta Delta Delta (Tri-Delt) sorority. It was at William & Mary (W & M) that Shan met her first husband, David Bond Carico (Dave), the President of the Lambda Chi Alpha social fraternity in his senior year. As the story was told to her sons, Shan and Dave first met when the two took shelter from a hurricane in a doorway on the W & M Campus. Shan and Dave were married at the Trinity Methodist Church, in Portsmouth, Ohio in December 1955. After marriage, they took up residence in Fort Sill, Oklahoma where Dave served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army. In 1962, the couple moved to Manhattan Beach, California where they raised their two sons and spent the remainder of their lifetimes. Shan was a homemaker and volunteer. Dave worked as a Director at International Rectifier and later as a Human Relations Executive for Hughes Aircraft. In his spare time, Dave taught labor law. Dave passed away in 1993. Shan met her second husband, Donald Freeman, a retired US Army Major, and high school science and journalism teacher, at a fine arts program in Nice, France. They were married in 1997. Shan had a life-long love of the arts. After raising her children, Shan returned to college and earned a B.A. in Art History from Cal. State University Dominguez Hills. She had a thirst for knowledge and read the LA Times from cover to cover daily. Shan was a longtime member of Sandpipers, an organization that serves those in need in the South Bay Area of Los Angeles County. She also volunteered for Tri Delt functions at UCLA. Most notably, Shan volunteered countless hours for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), serving for a time as the Docent Council's Chairman. In 2016, Shan received a formal "Commendation" for her "40 Years of Dedicated Service" to the LACMA Docent Council from L.A. County, Third District Supervisor Sheila Kuhl. Shan was an inveterate traveler. She boasted that she had been to every continent and state in the United States. She toured all the national parks with Don. Shan loved to entertain people at her home which she helped design and cherished the ritual of family gatherings. Shan loved desserts but ate them sparingly to maintain her health. She excitedly received phone calls and always rushed to answer when her phone rang. Most of all, she loved nothing more than her grandchildren, whose achievements she spoke of constantly. Shan's remains will be buried in the Duis Family Plot at Memorial Burial Park, Wheelersburg, Ohio. A Celebration of Shan's Life for family, friends, and close acquaintances will be announced later. Please contact Chris Carico ([email protected]) or David Carico ([email protected]) for further details.

Published by Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Jan. 9, 2022.
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Shan and Dave spent many a New Years Eve with my folks and the Schoenfield´s. So many evenings filled with great food and conversation. Shan being the ultimate hostess on many occasions. Sending hugs to David and Chris and their families.
Tracey Ells O´Banion
January 16, 2022
I will miss Shan's always-friendly greeting. Like Shan, I am a long-time docent and past president of the Docent Council. We shared so many hours working together. She had so many wonderful qualities, among them great intelligence and a warm spirit. My thoughts are with the family.
Liz Sussman
January 15, 2022
My sincere condolences to Shan´s family. Michael Karlin, LACMA Docent Council Webmaster
Michael Karlin
January 15, 2022
My heart is sad. Please inform when the service will be held.
BC Kostan
January 12, 2022
David D. Carico
January 10, 2022
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