Carol was born on April 5, 1940, the first of five children, to Anne and Roy Pinckney of Sunnyvale, California. She graduated from Sunnyvale High School. She grew up in Santa Clara County, surrounded by cherry and apricot orchards, and spoke fondly of the time when it was known as the Valley of Heart's Delight.
Carol married William Catambay in 1961, and they had three children:
Carol and William were divorced in 1977.
She has many cherished grandsons. She loved and touched each of her family members deeply; being a mom and then a grandma, were her most important priorities in life.
Carol was preceded in death by her mother, Anne, her father, Roy, and her brother Roy "Butch,” and survived by her three sisters Judy, Winnie, and Pam.
Carol was a humanitarian at heart, volunteering at the local hospital, studying social work, and striving to help people who most needed it. She was an incredibly strong single mother, sewing her children’s clothes, baking elaborate sculptural birthday cakes and much more. Later, she found full-time work in the electronics industry where she made many lifelong friends. She retired early to devote herself to her grandkids.
Carol was a loyal 49er fan who kept a life-sized cardboard mockup of Joe Montana in her home. She was an avid reader and book collector, a passion that she enjoyed sharing with family and friends. As a music enthusiast, she enjoyed attending music festivals and concerts, with eclectic tastes ranging from big band and Dixieland jazz to rock. Her hidden talent was singing: she had the most beautiful, angelic voice. Carol loved the movies, especially attending the old movies at the Stanford or Fox Theater - Fred Astaire was among her favorites. She shared her favorite pastime of seeking treasures at flea markets, thrift shops and yard sales with many family and friends. Carol loved animals and was passionate about animal rights and adopting canine rescues; first Daisy, and later Rosie, both with whom she shared extraordinary bonds. She cared deeply about social justice, equality and caring for our earth. She loved her colorful garden, and kept beautiful flowers and spectacular succulents.
Carol faced her final health challenges as a true warrior, inspiring all those around her with her hopeful and cheerful outlook, and courage. She is remembered for her warmth, compassion and kindness. Her sweet smile and fun-loving spirit radiated from her heart, and she embraced people unconditionally and without judgment, inspiring others to face challenges with hope and optimism. She was humble and authentic, and she will be deeply missed.
Carol died on July 15, 2020.
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