Carol
Johnson, Carol Ann, a 14 year resident of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, passed away on Saturday, February 12, 2011. Born in Washington, DC, and raised in Los Angeles, Texas, and Connecticut, Carol was 58 when she died. Carol was the loving mother of Anne Elizabeth and wife of Ken, who survive her and who will always miss her love, warmth, devotion, wit, and intelligence. Carol was an attorney, graduating with honors from Southwestern School of Law in Los Angeles in 1980, and graduating from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, in 1974. Carol worked in several prominent Los Angeles law firms, specializing in product liability defense, and for Suzuki Motors of America in Brea. Carol became a homemaker shortly after she married Ken on November 13, 1997, and was active in Annie's classroom and PTA, as well as in Ken's business developing residential properties. Carol is also survived by her mother Phyllis Adducci Stephenson of Vista, sister Rosemary Pfuhl, of Fallbrook, and her cousins Thomas Parker, of Chicago, and Mick Stambek, of Atlanta. She was preceded in death by her father, Horace "Steve" Stephenson. A gathering of friends and family will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance on Thursday, February 24, 2011, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held at The Neighborhood Church in Palos Verdes Estates, on Saturday, February 26, at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association or to Pt. Vicente Elementary School in Rancho Palos Verdes, in Carol's memory.

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  1. Dear Ken and Annie, our thoughts are with you, may you find comfort in your family, friends, and each other during this difficult time.

  2. Dear Ken & Annie, I’m Annie’s babysitter from when she was a toddler. My heart is saddened by the passing of Carol. I will always cherish caring for Annie. I’m just down the street from the school if you need help with Annie. It would be a great joy for me to spend some time with her. You are in my prayers. Love and a hug, Rita Hobbs

  3. Dear Ken & Annie, I’m Annie’s babysitter from when she was a toddler. My heart is saddened by the passing of Carol. I will always cherish caring for Annie. I’m just down the street from the school if you need help with Annie. It would be a great joy for me to spend some time with her. You are in my prayers. Love and a hug, Rita Hobbs

  4. Ken and Annie, The video tribute to Carol was very lovely and very moving. We are so sorry we can’t be there for you, but hope to see you soon. Love, Sue and Bill

  5. Carol was part of our amazing mom’s group and she will be missed dearly. She was a loving wife, mother, and friend with such an incredible wit about her. I found her to be well read and very intelligent. She is one person who truly made me laugh with her dry sense of humor. She had such a calm way about her. She will always be remembered and loved by all those whose lives she touched. My heartflet condolences to Ken Annie, Phyllis, and Rosemary.

  6. As we all travel (at ever increasing speed) on this one way highway called life, we do not know which exit will be ours. Perhaps we all should slow down and enjoy the ride. Carol, you may now throttle back, and may you rest in peace.

  7. We will always remember Carol and the times that we spent with her. We enjoyed her hospitality when we visited in California, enjoyed her conversations and just being together while in New York and New Hampshire, and appreciated that you all made the trip to Maryland for our wedding. Most recently, we were so glad that she got to meet Elsa in October. While Elsa unfortunately won’t remember her, I will be sure to tell her what a kind and sweet person Carol was. I always enjoyed talking to her, even about the latest TV shows that we both seemed to like. I know that Ryan always seemed to feel that they could relate to each other because they were both of a “quiet nature” and had married into this not so quiet family, even though they never discussed it! And of course, there was always the “dog connection” that we had because of Ricky and Indy, and I know that Carol loved Ricky very much (even if his “main person” was Ken!) I hope that Carol can rest in peace and know that Annie will be looked out for and well cared for. We will always make sure that we keep in touch with her and Ken. Our Deepest Sympathy to Phyllis and Rose and Ken and Annie – you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Ryan, Gail, Elsa & Indy

  8. My heart goes out to the family in this time of sorrow. I remember a saying that God never gives you more than you can bear and repeating this helped me through my daughter’s death.I hope it will help Carol’s family.

  9. Ken and Ann Elizabeth: Recently heard about Carol’s passing and wanted to express my condolences. I worked with Carol at McCutchen and will always remember her sense of humor and friendliness towards all. She will be missed.

  10. I am very sorry for your loss. I met Carol once and was so impressed with her intelligence and confidence. She will be missed by many.

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