Carol
Carol Lynn (Walker) Young October 29, 1947 - December 22, 2009 The world will never be the same... Carol (Walker) Young passed away after a long courageous battle with carcinoid cancer on December 22, 2009 at the age of 62. She was born October 29th, 1947 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, the only child of Alice (Baker) and Samuel Walker. Carol spent her early childhood in the log cabin her grandfather built in the Ozark Mountains. She moved to California in 1952 and several times thereafter before settling in Hawthorne in 1960. After graduating from Leuzinger High School in 1965, she got married and started her beloved family. She began her career at Mattel, followed by the Lennox Sheriff Station and finally Hughes Aircraft Company - first as an Administrative Coordinator overseeing lavish events for important dignitaries and eventually as a respected Senior Financial Analyst until her cancer forced her to stop working. Besides being an incredible loving wife, mother and grandmother, Carol had a fun-loving, honest and very generous spirit. She was a gracious and caring woman who was full of love and brought light into the lives of everyone she knew - each benefiting from her knowledge and caring. Carol loved making meaningful connections with everyone she met. Everyone has a story and Carol truly wanted to learn the stories of the people she met. Carol thoroughly enjoyed her lifelong passions: her children, grandchildren and husband, gardening, photography, cooking, travel, music, reading, learning, drawing and painting. She loved to create unique and personalized mementos for the special people in her life. But her greatest source of joy in life was just gathering with her family and friends. Carol loved and lived life to the greatest extent that her disease allowed and was a true inspiration to many - serving as a patient peer advocate and educator to others with carcinoid. Carol will be remembered as loving, generous, creative, caring, knowledgeable, insightful, compassionate and kind to all who knew her. She will also be remembered for her infectious smile, loving spirit and gentle soul. Carol is sorely missed by her loving and devoted husband, Edward Meaney of Redondo Beach, as well as, her adoring children Suzanne Young DeSpain (Greg) of San Marcos, Jeff Young (Szuwan) and Garrett Young (Iva) of Chino Hills. She thoroughly enjoyed and loved her five darling grandchildren…Dalton Gray, Camden Reed and Braden Cole DeSpain; Brooke Alexis and Gavin Garrett Young, and was looking forward to the birth of her twin grandbabies due any day now, Hunter Jeffrey & Hannah Julie Young, along with many loving cousins and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her Mama, Alice Garling, in 2007. Carol will be forever in our hearts. She will always be remembered and loved. We celebrate her unique life: her warmth, her amazing intellect, her passion, her strength, and her compassion. To say they broke the mold when she was made is an understatement; we prefer to think they made a new mold. Her children and grandchildren live on as proof. Carol's spirit, wisdom, kindness, strength of character, integrity, and wit are a treasured legacy she has left to her loved ones. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held Saturday, January 16th at 2pm at White and Day Mortuary at 901 Torrance Blvd. in Redondo Beach. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made for education and support programs for carcinoid cancer which Carol was diagnosed with in 1997. Donations may be made at sea4carcinoid.

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  1. The memories I have of Carol are very precious to me. To me Carol was a wonderfully creative and fun person to be around/ Physically she was a Gorgeous lady,she still looked good to me when I saw her before she passed. We lost touch as our lives changed .It was sad when I found out she lived so close to me and that we were not able to spend more time together. I emailed Carol and asked her to call me sometime and she did..When she told me the story of her illness I knew in my heart I needed to see her tell I loved her.I had a sad feeling when I left as I somehow did not feel she was going to make it..We both told each other we loved one another. I thank my heavenly Father for that. I am sure that her family ,which was so precious to her are in pain and I want them to know that I have prayed to my Heavenly Father to comfort you in this time of pain and suffering. She is I am sure with her maker…

  2. To the Family of Carol Lynn Young, My sincere condolences. I’ve recently lost a family member and miss him a lot. In reading about the life of Carol, I was impressed about how during her fight with cancer, she continued to live a self-less life to help others with the same sickness. She followed what Jesus said at Acts 20:35 in finding “more happiness in giving than in receiving.” We would do well to imitate her fine example. Did you know that one day God will give to Carol her life back to us on a cleansed paradise earth? When will that take place? I can arrange for someone to visit you at no charge to discuss this wonderful hope the Bible has in store for us. Please email me to find out.

  3. My Deepest sympathy in your time of sorrow! Carol will always live in the hearts and minds of all of us who knew and loved her. I admired her courage, intelligence and warmth! I miss our talks and her soft spoken, caring voice!

  4. I AM SO SORRY I AM UNABLE TO ATTEND THIS SERVICE OF LIFE FOR CAROL. WE USED TO SPEND THE NIGHT AT EACH OTHERS HOUSE AS KIDS. WE HAD A LOT OF GREAT TIMES TOGETHER. I THINK THE LAST TIME I ACTUALLY SAW CAROL WAS WHEN SUZANNE WAS 2. SHE AND MY OLDEST DAUGHTER ARE ABOUT THE SAME AGE. WE KIND OF LOST TRACK OF EACH OTHER UNTIL RECENTLY. I MOVED AWAY FROM CALIFORNIA IN 1964 TO OHIO AND GOT MARRIED AND HAVE LIVED HERE EVER SINCE. CAROL WAS AN AWESOME PERSON. I WILL KEEP THE FAMILY IN MY PRAYERS. SHE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED, BUT HEAVEN IS BRIGHTER WITH THE LIGHT OF HER PRESENCE. GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU AND KEEP YOU IN HIS CARE AND THE MEMORY OF YOUR WIFE, MOM, & GRANDMA LIVE ON IN THE LIVES OF EACH OF YOU. MARY BENNETT

  5. Dear Ed and family, Nothing I can say can make the loss of your wife, mother, and my friend any less painful. What I hope to do express is how much I personally will miss her. From the moment I first met Carol she was a role model as she expressed love to fellow carcinoid survivors. She seemed to treat everyone like family. So comforting when I showed up at my first support group meeting all by myself. She always had time for me. Carol had the courage to share her vulnerabilities which is the greatest courage of all. I hope it blesses you to know that Carol’s life was a rich blessing to me. I won’t be able to attend the service tomorrow. I was hoping I could but I’ve had a nasty cold this week and I don’t think it is fair for me to show up and possibly expose others to what somebody no doubt decided to share with me. My heart is with you.

  6. Carol will be remembered for her genuine warmth and sincerity and during her illness, for her quiet strength, profound courage and giving spirit. My very deepest sympathy to Carol’s family on their great loss.

  7. Sincere sympathy to you, Ed, Suzanne & Carol’s extended family…I am blessed to have been a friend & will miss Carol tremendously. Please remember I will always be there for YOU all, with loving support & care. In gratitude for Carol’s life, Jan

  8. My deepest regrets in not attending this last Saturday, however I do want to wish the entire family my heart felt sadness on hearing of the passing of Carol. At the reunion last year, it was a joy to see that same smile and twinkly eyes coming towards to greet me. She had not changed a bit over the years. What a joy to see her again. They say that people are measured by what they leave behind, then Carol really had a rich life. An old classmate

  9. Dear Ed and Suzanne and family, I cannot imagine how you make it through some days without Carol, your wife, Mom, and friend. She was a gift from God to us here on Earth and He must have really needed her up there to take her from us so soon. I just was able to watch the beautiful memorial you made for her. On one of my last visits to your house I saw some of those pictures laying out. I wonder if she was already trying to help you in her thoughtful loving way. I miss her. She came to me in a dream and spoke very clearly on the phone to me. Her last words were, “God bye. I love you.” It was a beautiful gift. My love and prayers for you all. Andrea

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