Carole Ann Roberts (72) October 20, 1935-January 21, 2008 Carol was born in Santa Monica and lived her entire life enjoying the sun and sand at the beach. A graduate of UCLA in 1957 and member of Sigma Kappa, Carole worked as an interior designer and at McDonnell Douglas before a long career at TRW. Carole married her sweetheart, Harold Roberts on January 21, 1967. They were each other's best friend and shared 32 years together until Harold's death in 1999. Daughter Chandra resides in Los Alamos, New Mexico with husband Jim Lake and their three children Cody (19), Colton (17) and Dylan (14). Carole's father Herman Friend lives in Morro Bay and Brother William Friend and wife Linda live in Maricopa. Carole loved spending time with her grandchildren and often spoke with pride about their swimming medals. Her days started early with long walks on the strand or working out at the gym. She enjoyed playing bridge, reading, attending plays, and many other social activities. Carole was always planning her next trip and especially looked forward to her visits to see her grandchildren in New Mexico. She treasured all of her special Friends and felt very fortunate to be surrounded by the many people who loved and cared for her. A memorial service will be held on Saturday February 2nd at 1 p.m. at White & Day Mortuary at 3215 N. Sepulveda Boulevard in Manhattan Beach. You are invited to attend a small reception immediately following the service at the mortuary. In lieu of flowers the family suggests a donation to cancer research or to your favorite animal rescue organization.

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  1. Dear Chandra, My sincere condolences for you and your family. I first met you mom at the gym when she asked me why the music in the aerobics room was blaring. Even though she really didn’t like my answer, we became good gym buddies. I was always envious of her fun bus excursions. When I had questions on which winery to visit, she always had a good recommendation. While running on the weekends, I would pass her as she was walking. She seemed to know everyone on the Strand. She had such a zest for life I always felt wonderful being around her. I will miss her dearly.

  2. I met Carole thru Sorority Alumnae group in 96. Carole is my idea of that sassy fun aunt that a girl love to hang out with. She never sugar coat anything and that was just a blast. I hope she knows how much she was loved and how much she will be missed.

  3. Through Sigma Kappa and her wonderful personality Carole made friends who have spread out around the world. She will be greatly missed.

  4. This is for Herman, her Dad. I use to work with Herman as a Lifeguard. I’m sorry to hear about your Daughter, my Best Wishes go out to you. I was reading the Obits. in the Daily Breeze and the Beach Reporter and saw your name. Sorry I missed the funeral. Steve Gregg

  5. Chandra, I was so sorry to read that your mother passed away. I can remember going up to your house on Hillcrest Drive when we were kids. Your parents were the best. We lost our dad in December, so I know exactly what you are going through. Hope you and your family are doing well and my prayers are with you. Take care. Debbie Summerill (Oard)

  6. Dear Carole, I just learned of your passing this morning and am deeply saddened. My rememberances take me back to our days in kindergarten at South School in Hermosa Beach, Calif., to 1940-41. What fun days those were. Particularly riding the “little yellow school bus” together. Before we knew it, we were off to school again. This time for the next eight years it was elementary school. Next it was Mira Costa High School. We were not only “upper classmen” all the way but also the first graduating class from Mira Costa, a very special honor. It was particularly joyous to see you at the school reunions or running into you in the aisles at Costco while shopping as adults. Over the years I have reflected on these memorable times in my life and wonder if you were ok. These memories are indilibly imprinted in my mind and I am confident I will reflect on them in future years as in the past. They are pleasant memories. I find comfort in knowing you will arrive in heaven. Look for me as I will be looking for you. It will be a wonderful place. Perhaps there will by a “little yellow school bus” there too. Goodbye for now my dear friend. Until then, Your Friend, Jim Cross

  7. Our thoughts and our prayers are with your family. We have so many wonderful memories with Carole. She loved life and set a good example for all of us. We have lost a good friend.

  8. Carole, We will miss running into you on the strand at our morning walks. However, we will fondly remembering the good times we had on our wine trips to the central coast. We find comfort knowing that you are now reunited with with your love, Harold. You will be missed by both of us. Our deepest sympathy to your family. Paul and Yvonne Amarillas

  9. When I think of Carole the one thought that pretty much says it all is that she never met a stranger she didn’t like. My partner; David and I met Carole at the gym, and were so amazed at her zest for life, her humor, and her ability to befriend people from all walks of life no matter how different or far removed it was from hers. I know Carole was a very private person and I always felt so privileged to become one of her friends. She was truely a wonderful and inspirational individual whom I’ll never forget. So Carole: goodbye for now. Gene Litton

  10. Dear Chandra and Family, It may be awhile before you are able to real these messages for you, but I wanted you to know how much I loved your mother. I knew her at the gym and always looked forward to seeing her there. I miss her so much. She was very special, as I am sure you know; always talking to everyone at the gym. We all knew about her family and friends. She was especially proud of your boys!!!! I hope it helps for you to know that we will all miss this wonderful woman. God Bless Carole and God Bless you and your family. Sheila

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