Radcliffe, Carolyn Dee, (71) a 65 year resident of the South Bay, passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 in Torrance surrounded by friends and family after a long battle with cancer. Carolyn was a mother first and foremost. She tremendously enjoyed her children and all of their friends and families. Carolyn loved to laugh and listen to stories, often unable to get through them without bursting out into laughter and a big smile. She lived an amazing life, growing up at the beach and attending Mira Costa High School. Carolyn graduated from Pepperdine College. She made two trips to Europe and then after marrying her husband John, traveled all across the United States one summer visiting every Major League Ballpark. Carolyn was an elementary school teacher and inspired her students. After starting a family in Torrance, her life became immersed in ball games, the Lakers, Torrance High School and Dodger and Angel baseball. Carolyn's other love in life were her brothers and sisters at First Lutheran Church in Torrance. Carolyn loved the more than 3 decades she spent there as a member. Carolyn is survived by her two children, son Kris and his wife Eden; granddaughters Victoria and Courtney; daughter Suzanne Radcliffe-Hannemann; grandson Hunter; and sister, Mary Jane Geoffroy and family. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary Christopher; and her husband of 39 years John Radcliffe. The Service will be held at First Lutheran Church in Torrance on Sunday August 4, 2013 at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Project Faith at First Lutheran Church.

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  1. Thank you for being my college roommate at Pepperdine, the
    maid of
    honor at my wedding, and a dear friend for fifty-four years Carolyn. We
    shared so many good times and so much laughter during and after
    college. Even though we’ve lived far apart since college, keeping in
    touch with letters, photos of our children and grandchildren, emails and
    phone calls lessened the distance. When we chatted on the telephone
    there was always something we would laugh about. I will miss the sound
    of your voice and the birthday cards you gleefully sent me each year
    making fun of my age. You will remain in my heart forever and I shall
    look forward to the time when we can once again laugh together.

    Mary Jane, Kris and Suzanne: Carolyn was a unique and very special
    person who enriched and brought joy into the lives of everyone who knew
    her. Our thoughts are with you and your families.

    Donna and Larry Miller

  2. I haven’t known Carolyn long, but I will miss seeing her at book club. I will remember her kindness and sense of humor. I
    hope you find many good books to read in heaven—-

  3. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I will always remember her with a smile on her face, wearing a hat, watching us play softball.

  4. My thoughts and prayers are with Mary Jane and your family. My memories of Carolyn are numerous. She was an awesome roommate in college. and we ran track together with the boys track team (trying to try out for the Olympics) We did not make it. We even tried pole vaulting…we didn’t make that either. I will always remember the fun times we had together and the many weekends that I spent in your home with your parents. The games of scrabble with your mother, and the few times I won. I will also remember when you started teaching and one of your students asked you if you were a relative of Christopher Columbus because of your last name. Only one of your special stories.

    I lost contact with you for so many years after the birth of my youngest son who had cystic fibrosis, and lived until 30. When we reunited via email after John’s death I was thrilled.

    I know you are in a better place and as my son was dying he said, :no more pain, no more pills, and I am with my Lord.

    In His hands, Beverly (Muller) Matthews

  5. My thoughts and prayers go out to Carolyn’s family. I will
    always cherish the memories of working with her during my time at First Lutheran. She always had such a positive and warm spirit and attitude. She will will be deeply missed.

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