Carol Ann Ivey Richardson died on March 2, 2016 at the Woods Health Services nursing home in La Verne following an eight-year struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 76.
She was born Carol Ann Ivey in Manila, Luzon Island, Philippines on May 27, 1939 and immigrated to the United States with relatives in 1946. Her mother, Elisabeth Rosalewski Ivey, had been shot and killed by the Japanese in Manila during WWII so she was reared by her maternal grandmother, Catalina Bautista Rosalewski, in Berkeley, California, where Carol graduated from Presentation Catholic High School.
A resident of the Claremont area for more than 30 years, Ms. Richardson’s passion for plants and gardening led her to California State Polytechnic University Pomona, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in botany with honors. She later received a master’s degree in entomology at the University of California, Riverside.
“Carol was liked by everyone she met and, as a mother, was kind, attentive, and loved unconditionally,” family shared, adding that she will be greatly missed.
She is survived by an adopted son, Scott Richardson, of Washington state, her son David Richardson and five grandchildren, Hailey, Eric, Mark, Tabitha and Sophia, all of Oregon. She also leaves an ex-husband, John Richardson, of Oregon; an aunt, Luise Reed, of Palm Desert; cousins Patricia Gaesser of Mesa, Arizona, John Glaze of Madison, Wisconsin, Vincent Genato of La Quinta, California and longtime friend Donna Johnson of Minnesota.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, May 26 at Hillcrest Retirement Community, located at 2705 Mountain View Drive in La Verne. The family requests that donations be made in Carol’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association.