Claire Michelle Carey
November 26th, 1974 – August 14th, 2010
Claire passed away Saturday morning, August 14th, at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Claire is survived by her husband Cameron, her brothers Phillip Gibson, Mathias Gibson, sister Beth Gibson and mother Patrice Gibson.
Claire was born in Pacific Grove, CA to Steve and Patrice Gibson. Her family moved to La Canada, CA where Claire graduated from La Canada High School in 1993. Later that year, Claire came to Santa Barbara to attend Westmont College, graduating in 1997 with a degree in Biology. With her love for science, Claire began her teaching career at Santa Barbara Christian School, teaching both earth and life sciences. Claire later moved on to Santa Barbara High School where she taught AP Biology for five years. Claire met her soon to be husband, Cameron, in 1998 while they both served as youth group leaders at Santa Barbara Community Church and were married in 2001. Claire was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2000. In spite of that, she continued to live the fullest of lives; teaching, laughing, loving and smiling until the very end. She had perfect style, unforgettable red hair, immense grace and generous love. A true original.
A memorial service celebrating Claire’s all-too-brief life will be held on Friday, August 20th at 1:00pm at Living Faith Center, 4597 Hollister Ave., Santa Barbara, CA 93110. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be made to the Claire Carey Support Fund, c/o Ramon Gupta, 253 San Nicolas Ave, SB 93109.