In Memory

Carolyn Somers (Crist)

Carolyn Somers (Crist)

March 21, 1944 - February 27, 2019

Carolyn passed away peacefully in her sleep after a long battle with cancer.  She is survived by a large and loving family for whom she was the source of much joy, and who miss her very much.  A Celebration of Life is planned for Carolyn at 1:00 PM on Saturday, May 11 at The Covey Restaurant at Quail Lodge.  The address is:

8205 Valley Greens Drive

All are welcome to attend.   Carolyn's family sent an evite invitation to post on this page.  Click here to open the invitation and send a reply if you'd like to join them in celebrating Carolyn's life.

A loving tribute to Carolyn appeared in the Monterey Herald on March 9, and in the San Jose Mercury News on March 10.  It's too long to print on this page, but click here to read her story, submitted by her children. 

Website members are invited to post comments, memories, and tributes below.  Non-members may send comments to to be posted by a website administrator.


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03/11/19 08:08 PM #3    

Monique Rabier (Moss)

I am so very sorry to hear about Carolyn.  She was a very kind person.  My sympathy to her family for their loss.




03/11/19 08:49 PM #4    

Lois Clampit (Bock)

So very sad to learn about Carolyn. Lois Clampitt Bock

03/12/19 02:23 AM #5    

Virginia Small (Chambers)

So sad to hear this news.  Carolyn and I were best friends in 7th and 8th grade at Covington...  Just can't believe she's gone.  She will be greatly missed by me and many others, but I look forward to seeing her again in Heaven...  So glad she had such a wonderful familly and life.  Ginni Small Chambers. 

03/12/19 04:26 AM #6    

Carla Barber (Cramer)

Condolences to Carolyn’s family. Carolyn was a good friend in high school and we shared many laughs and happy times together. She remains in my memory and my heart. Carla 

03/12/19 07:25 AM #7    

Steve Grant

When I moved to Los Altos in 1957 and entered Covington for 8th grade, it was into Mr. Hill's class I was put. Carolyn was in the class. As I got to know her, her sweetness, kindness, and beauty stole my heart away.

She was great pals with Joanne Griffin (Holland), and I was so happy being around both of them and feeling free to talk about anything and everything with them. The summer after graduation was one of the happiest I can recall, thanks to my friendship with Carolyn and Joanne.

So sorry Carolyn couldn't make it to recent reunions. I had so wanted to renew our friendship, spend some time together, to get a round of golf in with her. With fondest memories, Steve

03/12/19 09:12 AM #8    

Sandi Roehrs (Steed)

So sorry to hear of Carolyn’s passing. My condolences to her family and friends. Sandi

03/12/19 09:55 AM #9    

Joanne Griffin (Holland)

Yes, sad news indeed about Carolyn!  When hearing it, my mind went back to the very same times in Jr. High mentioned by Steve.  We may not be able to remember where we put our glasses, but thankfully, we can delve into the past and come up with such warm memories!  What beautiful thoughts expressed by Carolyn’s children.  She has definitely left her mark on those who were lucky enough to know her.  RIP Carolyn.

03/12/19 11:05 AM #10    

Stephanie Ashby (Chapple)

So sad, and sorry to hear about Carolyn...

Several years ago my Dad and I were at the Carmel Valley Ranch, and ran into Carolyn..

She was living there with Skip, and really active with the golf...  She was the same lovely, sweet girl I remembered in High School.  She was excited and happy with her new life in Carmel..

We made plans to meet and plan golf, but never did ...  So sorry we never followed up....

Love to all her family....  Stephanie

03/12/19 04:00 PM #11    

George Bray

Petra and I were saddened to hear of Carolyn's passing.  Carolyn developed a friendship with Petra while they worked as administrative assistants to a group of physicians in Sunnyvale.  Although we had a passing acquaintance is school, we really became friends in the late '60's.  Her husband and I commuted to San Francisco in those days, and developed "gambling" skills at Bridge which often led to being soundly defeated by Petra and Carolyn (down six tricks, doubled, on occasion).  We lost touch due to business transfers, ect. but we savor the good times we had together as we were all getting started with adult life.  We reconnected at the LAHS 50th reunion, got caught up.  We had planned to have lunch in the summer of 2014, but that had to be cancelled due to illness on her part.  We never saw her again, but will always remember her warm smile, and fun-loving approach to life.  We will miss her!

05/06/19 12:10 PM #12    

Website Visitor

Carolyn was a star with a smile and someone who fit in without much talking.  I thought about going to her funeral, but my speech is not something I want to hear or anyone else.  I sat next to her in the class reunion back in 2012 while I talked to some other lady who had a little crush on me back in school.  Carolyn was special, like a movie star.
Ole Ted Ralles   LAHS class of 1962

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