2016-12-22 / Obituaries

Carol Shockley

Carol Rae Shockley, 78, was born March 9, 1938 in Bakersfield, Calif., to Alan and Lavada Schapansky. She went to be with Jesus on Dec. 13, 2016 in Hollister, Calif.

Carol graduated from Campbell High School class of 1956. She was a multi-award winning baton twirler with the Top Hatters Majorette troupe. She was also a synchronized swimmer, song girl and won Homecoming Queen several times over.

After high school, she married Douglas Gravelle and became the mother of her three children: Byron, Cindy and Michelle. Later, Carol became an award winning hairstylist, taking first place at the 21st annual West Coast Spring Beauty and Hairstyle show in 1968. She successfully owned several salons in Los Gatos and Santa Cruz.

After taking separate paths, Carol reunited with her high school sweetheart, Bob Shockley, and wed in October 1977. Bob and Carol owned antique and fine art stores in Capitola, Santa Cruz and Mariposa. They also owned a beloved B&B in Mariposa where they hosted annual family reunions.

During this time, Carol discovered her love of art, and developed into an accomplished watercolorist, winning the Yosemite Renaissance 23rd Artwork Award for her piece “Yosemite Kaleidoscope” which was exhibited in national parks across the country. Carol loved hiking, painting, yoga, swimming, playing Chinese checkers and video games, her beloved pets, visiting with family, going to “the show” and gardening.

Carol loved to share her love for the Lord with anyone she met. She had a strong faith, and lived by the motto “trust and obey.” Her family has peace knowing she is now with her Lord and Savior .

Carol is survived by her sister, Judy Adams; her children, Byron Gravelle, Cindy Klindt, Michelle Gentry and her step-daughters, Debbie Gleeson and Brenda Shockley.

She leaves behind 12 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren with one on the way, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Carol’s memorial was on Saturday, Dec. 17 at Joshua Inn B&B, in Hollister.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Carol’s church: Grace Community Church of the Sierra 3367 Woodland Drive, Mariposa, CA 95338.

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