Carol Lynn Hollingsworth, 79, passed away at her Grass Valley home on Friday, April 18th.
Carol was born in Long Beach, California. She graduated from Whittier College with a bachelor’s degree in biology before pursuing a graduate degree in the sciences at Long Beach State College. While in college, her summers were dedicated to volunteering with the American Friends Service Committee, where she focused on work with the Navajo people to promote justice and self-reliance.
After receiving her master’s degree, she was employed at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo as a teacher placement counselor. An opportunity to study the pine bark beetle as a research scientist for the Boyce Thompson Institute prompted her move to Grass Valley in 1963. After completing the research position, she obtained a job with University of California Sierra Foothill Range Field Station in Browns Valley and worked there until her retirement.
She was an accomplished horsewoman and had a deep passion for the land. Carol worked tirelessly managing her own property, including a small Zinfandel vineyard, using a herd of industrious goats and irrigation techniques refined over the years. Carol was active in the Nevada County Farm Bureau and the Nevada County Resource Conservation District and enjoyed educating the public about land management through seminars and a publication, Livestock on Small Acreage, which she authored. She was recognized as a Conservationist of the Year and in 2014 received a Certificate of Recognition from the Nevada County Board of Supervisors for her service to the Nevada County Resource Conservation District.
Carol loved Nevada County. Her mornings would typically begin before dawn with a trip to the donut shop for breakfast and friendly conversation with her coffee klatch. She would then take her loyal Sheltie, Chinqs, for a walk at the Empire Mine or Western Gateway Park. But her favorite place to walk and commune with the towering pines was the Nevada County Fairgrounds – she in fact never once missed a fair in her 50 years of Grass Valley residency.
Carol Lynn is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Jack Henderson; nieces, Karen Henderson, Susan Perry, and Jennifer Callahan; and numerous great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, J. Everett and Grace Hollingsworth.
Per her wishes no services will be held, but her loving family will host a celebration of life at a later date.