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