Obituary of Carolyn Elaine Michelsen
On Nov. 26, 2016, Carolyn Elaine Michelsen passed away peacefully and contently with her loving husband, Wayne David Hood, by her side, knowing that she had lived a complete and well lived life. Born in Long Beach, California, on Aug. 25, 1944, Carolyn lived most of her early years in Southern California, loving the SoCal life as her family spent many memory-filled years in the various communities of Newport Beach, Balboa, and Corona Del Mar. Although Carolyn spent most of her later life in Northern California, she never quite got all of the beach life out of her heart and soul. After graduating from Chico State University, Carolyn pursued other interests in her life, including a marriage to
Kelly Bane and the adoption of her cherished son, Logan. But following many years as the loving mother to her boy, Carolyn decided that it was time to get back into her educational pursuit, and follow her intuition that her talents and interests could best be served with a career in teaching. A decision that would change her life. After earning her teaching credential, Carolyn’s lifelong culinary interest led to her dream job of Culinary Arts and Home Economics teacher at Lyman Gilmore Middle School in Grass Valley, California. A position she would have for the next 22 years. With her vision and talent, Carolyn soon turned the old “home economics” class into a new and exciting adventure for her students, and expanded their minds and interests with subjects like “Foods Around The World,”thereby showing her students what possibilities await them if they just pursued their dreams and their sense of adventure. Of course, one of her student’s favorite projects was the annual gingerbread house creations, with entries in the holiday competition at the fairgrounds. Carolyn’s love of the culinary arts, and teaching, eventually led to her establishing a Culinary Arts Scholarship Fund, for which she personally raised over $10,000 worth of scholarships to be awarded to students who wanted to pursue the culinary arts and make it their career. Of course teaching was only part of Carolyn’s many and varied interests. Spurred by her family’s extensive travel in her early years, Carolyn developed a lifelong love for travel that led to her eventually visiting over 40 countries worldwide, an interest that was eagerly shared by her husband Wayne (Dave) Hood whom she met and fell in love with later in her life. Besides travel, Carolyn enjoyed a multitude of other interests, including hiking the John Muir Trail, backpacking, tennis, racquetball, canoeing and kayaking, waterskiing, snow skiing, snowshoeing, windsurfing, Hobie Cat sailing, and, later in life, golf. Besides these interests, Carolyn’s culinary background led to her lifelong love of hosting dinner parties and entering her favorite baking recipes in the Nevada County Fair, for which she won “Best of Show” of all baked goods one year for her famous and popular lemon meringue pie. Carolyn also found the time and interest to follow a love of crafts, such as beading, card making, sewing, home décor, cake decorating, tamari ball crafting and, of course, her computer Photoshop work, and the art and photo books that she created. Carolyn loved life. She loved the home that she shared with Dave, the love of her life. She loved her friends and family and her community. She was active in the NC Chamber of Commerce, Hospitality House, and Nevada County Country Club and volunteered for many other organizations and local fundraisers. Carolyn was predeceased by her father, Ralph Michelsen, mother Mildred Parmelee, and sisters Cathy and Claire Michelsen. She is survived by her husband, Wayne (Dave) Hood, her son Logan Bane, daughter-in-law Nanci Bane, grandson Moses Bane (whom she adored), her sister Cleo (Bouffiou) Michelsen, brother Ralph Michelsen Jr. and half sister Joan Marie Michelsen. Her husband Dave would like to thank all the nurses and staff at the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Oncology Center and the wonderful people at Hospice of the Foothills for all that they did for them during Carolyn’s 14-month brave and inspiring battle with pancreatic cancer.
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