Carolyn Kelley Douglass, 68, of Harbor, died unexpectedly March 10, 2013, in Medford andndash; or as Carolyn would say "kicked the bucket."
Carolyn was born April 20, 1944, in Flint Mich., to Jack and Dorothy Duncan Kelley.
She went to Central High School, in Flint, through her junior year, when the family moved to San Diego.
During her senior year Carolyn earned a scholarship to Julliard School of Music in New York City to study opera. She had already fallen in love with Donald L. Hawley. She chose to follow her heart and married Donald on Dec. 15, 1962. They had a son Steven T. Hawley. The couple was married 13 years and parted the best of friends.
Carolyn worked most of her life in the family-owned auto body and paint business. She was a beautiful, outgoing and well-liked woman. Carolyn was known for her outstanding and boisterous sense of humor. She enjoyed dressing for all of the holidays. She volunteered for decorating her clubhouse. Carolyn also loved cars - having grown up on Chevrolet Avenue in Flint. She often joked that if injured, she would bleed motor oil! Carolyn was very proud of her last project, restoring a 1989 Jaguar Vanden Plas sedan with her son Steve, which she drove all around Brookings.
Carolyn visited and fell in love with Oregon in the 1970s. She retired to Brookings in the late 1990s, where she met many new friends. She loved her bichon frise Brittany and spent hours walking through the forest and on the beach.
Carolyn is survived by her husband Donald S. Douglass Sr. of Harbor; son Steven T. Hawley of San Diego; brother Duncan "Gene" Kelley and his wife Carolyn of Rio Rico, Ariz.; and niece Tracey Kelley-Brown and her husband Tom of San Diego.
A memorial service and Celebration of Life will be on Carolyn's favorite holiday - St. Patrick's Day - at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 401 First St., Brookings.
Submitted by the family.