Carol Ann (Evans) Chinn
September 30, 1936- January 1, 2021
From Pratt, Kansas to Tokyo, Japan and her beloved Bay Area, Carol Chinn's life was enriched with family, friends, service and travel. Carol passed away under the gentle care of Mission House on Jan. 1, 2021.
Carol was born in 1936 in Pratt, KS, where she grew up on her family's farm and met her high school sweetheart and husband of 60 years, Warren D. Chinn, who passed away in 2016. After finishing secretarial school, Carol married Warren and they began their life together in Lawrence, KS, where Warren was attending the University of Kansas. Their first child, Cathryn, was born a year later, and soon Warren's career took the young family to various midwestern cities, where two more children, Thomas and Carrie, were born. In 1964, the Chinns moved to California, first Los Angeles and then the Bay Area, which they proudly called their home from 1967 on. From 1983 to 1996, Carol and Warren lived in Asia, first Japan, then Singapore and back to Japan, a period in their lives that brought professional and personal growth, adventure and wonderful friendships.
Throughout her life, Carol enjoyed many service opportunities, including Hillsborough Schools and San Mateo High School parent associations, the Garden Cafe, which benefited the Stanford Children's Hospital, and Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. In Japan, she served as president of both the International Ladies Benevolent Society and the Japan-America Women's Club and was a member of Nadeshikokai. Carol was ordained as a Deacon and Elder in the Presbyterian Church and a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church of Burlingame.
Carol was a skilled seamstress and needlepointer, excellent bridge player, avid reader, lifelong Democrat and enthusiastic traveler. Among her favorite places to gather with Warren, and often their family and friends, were Lake Tahoe and their beloved Kona Village. Carol was a devoted, generous and loving Nana and delighted in time spent with her grandchildren.
Carol is survived by her brother Gary Evans and his wife Jenny; daughter Cathryn Chinn and her husband Steve Holoien, son Thomas Chinn and his wife Diane, and daughter Carrie Denman and her husband Joel; and grandchildren Thomas Holoien and his wife Deborah, Peter Holoien and his wife Kristen, Dylan and Alex Chinn, and Melissa and Hallie Denman; and great grandsons Hayes Holoien and Isaac Holoien.
Carol's family is grateful for the loving care of her physician Dr. Yumi Ando and the dedication of her angels Amelita, Esthela, Maria and Rocio.
A private virtual service will be held for the family. For those who desire, memorial donations may be made to Mission Hospice & Home Care, 66 Bovet Rd Suite 100, San Mateo CA 94402.
Published by San Francisco Chronicle from Jan. 19 to Jan. 24, 2021.