Ella Catherine Carbon
Ella Catherine Carbon, mother of two children, John and Patricia, and grandmother of David and Michael Evans, passed away after a brief illness at Santa Barbara’s Cottage Hospital on April 20. She was 94 years old.
Born and raised in Chicago, Catherine attended Thiel college where she began a nurses training program. Though her college education was interrupted when she got married and started a family, she went on to complete a BA in Art History at UCSB many years later. The Carbon family moved to Santa Barbara in1968. When her marriage ended shortly thereafter, Catherine completed a library science certification program and was hired to work at the Santa Barbara City College Library where she held a position for many years until she retired.
Catherine loved all the arts and she took great pleasure in the musical accomplishments of her two children. Finally, in her 70s, she began learning to play a musical instrument herself. She took up the flute and joined Santa Barbara’s Prime Time Band. She participated enthusiastically up until her 90th year. She also was an active potter, taking classes through Santa Barbara Adult Education. Other activities she enjoyed were attending concerts, theatrical events, and visiting art museums. She was an avid tennis fan and continued to follow the sport long after she stopped playing herself. She was known to be especially kind and compassionate. She strongly believed in treating everyone with consideration, fairness and courtesy. She had many close friends and seemed to run into old acquaintances wherever she went. Both friends and family will miss her generous and loving spirit. At this point, no service has been planned by the family, however keeping in mind Catherine’s love of cats, we are quite sure that donations to Santa Barbara Humane would please her very much.