M. Carol
Carmichael, Mary Carol ("Carol"), a 42 year resident of the South Bay, passed away on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at her home in Redondo Beach, California. She was 75. Carol was a member of St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church in Redondo Beach, King Harbor Yacht Club, and a partner in the family business, Hammett Packaging, Inc. in Gardena, California. Carol was born in 1935 in San Rafael, California to parents Richard and Celia Cosgriff, both of Irish ancestry. She was raised in San Rafael and also in nearby Alameda, California, where her father practiced dentistry and oral surgery. Her mother, Celia, was a nurse. Carol graduated from Notre Dame Catholic high school in Alameda California and was voted "Most Ideal Senior" by her graduating class. She graduated college from Lone Mountain (San Francisco College for Women) in San Francisco, California. Carol became an elementary school teacher and developed a special interest in teaching dyslexic children. Carol had a special passion for visual art and literature. Carol married John H. Carmichael, Sr. of Chicago, Illinois in 1968. Carol moved from her beloved San Francisco Bay Area to Redondo Beach (by way, briefly, of Barrington, Illinois). Carol taught elementary school both in Illinois and California until the birth of her first son, John H. Carmichael III, in 1970. Thereafter, she joined her husband in the family business, Hammett Packaging, Inc., where Carol was a vital part of the company's success. Carol is survived by her husband John Carmichael Sr. and her son John H. Carmichael III. She was preceded in death by her parents Celia and Richard Cosgriff; and son Christopher Carmichael. A gathering of family & friends will be held at McCormick Mortuary in Redondo Beach on Thursday January 20, 2011 from 5 to 6:30pm with a Rosary at 6pm. At 6:30pm we will process to the church for the Funeral Mass which will be held at St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church at 7pm. A reception in the church hall follows. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Lawrence Martyr School, the International Myeloma Foundation at myeloma.org, or Friendly House (347 S. Normandie Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90020; (213) 389-9964).

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  1. Both my husband and I have wonderful memories of Carol beginning with her interest in horses to her days of traveling. The highlight of our travels was the trip to Nassau and meeting husband-to-be John. Carol will be dearly missed by many.

  2. Carol was always a fun loving individual. I knew Carol many years ago. We were on the trip to Nassau, where she met her husband. John. May she rest in peace.

  3. So sorry to hear about Carol. John, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your son John. In talking to the Rucks it sounded like she was the delightful Carol we all knew and remembered until the end. Always a fighter. A bittersweet ending. All my love.

  4. Carol was quite the lady – very special and unique. Our almost 50 years of friendship will be treasured and remembered. We will miss you Carol.

  5. Carol was fun, was alway up and positive. We could always talk to each other. She was a terrific cook and hostess. Thank you Carol!! Our blessings. Fred & Pat

  6. Carol: I know you talked to my friend Frank Duran, the Lakota Sioux, about the medical problems you shared. Frank has since gone to the “Happy Hunting Ground”. Now that you are up there, please say hello to Frank for us. Thanks, Bill PS: We miss you!

  7. John and Family We are thinking of you at this difficult time. Our prayers are with you. May God’s love grant Carol peace and eternal happiness. Ken and Rena Brannock

  8. John,Our sympathy to you and your son,John. Carol was loved by all. We shared many good times. Prayers and all our love, Carol and Jim

  9. John,Our sympathy to you and your son,John. Carol was loved by all. We shared many good times. Prayers and all our love, Carol and Jim

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