Obituary: Laura Karlene Dalton |

Obituary: Laura Karlene Dalton

Laura Karlene Dalton passed away peacefully in her home in Grass Valley, California on Aug. 17, 2016, after battling cancer. 

She was born in Newark, New Jersey, on Feb. 21, 1938. Laura was raised in Point Loma, California and settled in La Jolla, California where she raised her family.

She was married to Charles Velasquez, of Ocean Beach and subsequently to Peter “Scratch” Andrews, of La Jolla.

She enjoyed a varied career living with her family in Australia and later in England and finally resettling again in San Diego, with highlights such as modeling and acting in the Australian TV series “Skippy the Bush Kangaroo”, racing stock cars, head of sales for “Let’s Dine Out”, Teacher’s Aide for disabled students in the San Diego School district, and volunteer for the San Diego symphony. When her daughters settled in the Bay Area she joined them and fell in love with and lived in the San Francisco Haight district and Berkeley. She worked for the Golden Gate Theater and the San Francisco 49ers and volunteered with a homeless outreach program named “Food Not Bombs.” She finally retired in Grass Valley in a peaceful cabin in the woods where she cultivated her garden.

Laura will be remembered by those who loved her for her generous smile, her adventurous spirit, her curly red hair, her love of 1960s music and all things “tie dye” and most importantly for her passion for Mother Earth and all its plants and animals. 

She is survived by her five children, David, Elinor, Harry, Virginia (Ginny) and Catharine. 

Services were held in Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Grass Valley, CA on Aug. 28 and she will be laid to rest at Glenn Abbey in Bonita, California.

Arrangements are under the care of Chapel of the Angels Mortuary.

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