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Carol Aird
Carol Aird March 5, 1917 - May 29, 2008 Died peacefully at home with her family, at the age of 91. She lived a full life and was healthy until near the end. Carol is survived by her son Brooke Aird; daughter, Samela Beasom; and granddaughters, Andrea and Deanna Beasom. Born Carol Belden Brooke, raised in Oakland, CA. She attended UC Berkeley, studying music and Italian. During WWII Carol was a civilian engaged as a driver for the army. She always enjoyed mentioning that she ferried a few high ranking generals around during the war. Carol was married to composer and conductor Donald Aird for 48 years until his death in 2001. A very talented singer, she sang in the Berkeley Chamber Singers for many years under the direction of her husband Donald, and was an important member and soloist with the church choirs that he led. Carol became an accomplished cook over the years, and food was always of great interest to her. In later years she and her husband were known to many of the restaurateurs in the SF Bay Area as friendly and enthusiastic fans of excellent cooking. Carol worked in the art and music section of the Berkeley Public Library for 30 years. She always brought an upbeat attitude to the library, which enlivened her workplace and endeared her to her colleagues and patrons alike. Some words that come to mind when describing Carol are vivacious, full of life, fun to be with, and possessing a wonderful sense of humor. She was deeply loved and we will miss her very much. A Memorial Service will be held at 5pm on June 23, 2008 at All Souls Episcopal Parish, 2220 Cedar St. Berkeley. Phone: 510-848-1755.
Published by San Francisco Chronicle on Jun. 15, 2008.
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