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Carolyn Ireland Obituary

Carolyn Louise Ireland
Carolyn Louise Ireland

May 29, 1940 - February 9, 2018
Born in Jonesboro, Arkansas
Resided in Salinas, California
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Carolyn Louise Mabrey Ireland, 77, passed away peacefully in her sleep at 11:00 AM, Friday, February 9, 2018 at Brookdale Senior Living in Salinas, California. She was born May 29, 1940 in Jonesboro, Arkansas the eldest daughter to Hosea Demont Mabrey and Evelyn Roleson Mabrey. She married John Ireland on August 12, 1966 and he survives. She had two daughters Shana Ireland in 1967 and Tara Ireland in 1972 who are surviving family along with her sister Marilyn Lay and brother in-law Carl Lay of Elizabethtown, KY also brother, Myron Mabrey and wife Pat Mabrey of The Woodlands, Texas.
Carolyn was a graduate of Arkansas State University, somewhat of a trailblazer as one of the only women taking business courses at the time. At ASU she was a Phi Mu sister (the second oldest female fraternal organization). She graduated with a business degree and moved to California. Settling in So Cal for a bit then headed to Humboldt County where she took a position at SHUS district and taught business education for 37 years. She originally taught business skills: typing, shorthand, ten key and accounting, in addition to many extra-curricular roles such as yearbook and PE. As technology evolved Carolyn continued her own education and started the HROP program at South Fork High School where she created the first computer room and continued to teach modern business skills.
She belonged to DKG, Delta Kappa Gamma a society for women educators where she made many friends and held many positions over the years including state level secretary. Carolyn believed in being involved and took this to a high level. She was originally brought up in the Methodist faith (UMC of Jonesboro, AR) and was a long-standing member of the Presbyterian church where she was active and taught Sunday school. She was very civic minded, a true blue politically active Democratic who cared about women’s rights.
Carolyn and John moved to Quail Creek (Robson Community) to retire where they built a home in Green Valley, AZ and lived for 14 years. She was an active golfer, (founding member of the Quail Creek lady 9ers) played bunco and liked to entertain and have fun. She also belonged to the ladies Red Hats club. John and Carolyn enjoyed their life together and traveled many places including Europe, Mexico, an Alaskan cruise and trip to China together.
Moving back to California only recently to be near her daughters and into Assisted Living, a heart condition was discovered that shortened her time with us. She was beloved by her family and many of her friends and students who credit her with having a profound effect on their lives. Carolyn could sparkle and charm and was always well dressed, a fiery go-getter with a larger than life personality she will be dearly missed!
Memorial service to be held: Saturday May 5, 2018 at 2PM Stone Church of Willow Glen (Presbyterian Church USA) 1937 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose CA 95125.




Memorial Service
The Stone Church of Willow Glen (Presbyterian Church USA)
1937 Lincoln Avenue
San Jose, CA 95125
Saturday, May 5, 2018
2:00 PM