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Carol I. Leonard
July 20, 1937 ~ January 19, 2024 (age 86) 86 Years Old
Carol passed away peacefully at her care home in Sonoma, Ca on January 19, 2024.
Carol is survived by her loving husband, Allan, of 47 years; her children Jim (Andrea) Leonard and Mark Woodcock; grandchildren, Michael, Sydney, Tommy and Chris (Raiisa); and her great-grandchild, Athena. She is also survived by her brother, David (Nancy) Hancock. She is predeceased by her father, Raymond White; mother, Dolly Hancock; her sister, Dorothy Hahn; and cousin Patricia (Alexander) Cassimus.
Carol was born on July 20, 1937 at St. Luke’s hospital in San Francisco. She was a graduate of Lincoln High School, in San Francisco. She married Allan Leonard on January 22, 1977. They moved to their family home in Sonoma in 1977, where they lived happily for many years. Carol took pride and enjoyed tending to her large flower and rose garden and spoiling their pet miniature donkey, Joker.
Carol worked as a dental assistant for the Sonoma Developmental Center from 1978 until her retirement in 1995. During this time, she met many wonderful clients and made many life long friends. After her retirement, Carol and Allan enjoyed going on cruises and taking many vacations around the world.
Carol’s favorite place will always be the family river cabin in Guerneville, where she spent many summers in her youth attending dances at the Rio Nido Road House and countless days playing at Johnson’s Beach. Later in life, Carol and cousin Patty would spend many memorable days and nights in Guerneville, where they enjoyed many dinners at some of the colorful establishments in town and cocktails on the back deck at the cabin.
Carol had a passion for fishing, and the family spent many weekends on the dock at Cuttings wharf fishing for striped bass. She has passed on this passion to her son and grandkids. She loved coming to Petaluma to watch her grandkids play baseball, soccer and softball. It reminded her of the many seasons of sports Jimmy played in Sonoma and how much she treasured attending all of them. Her granddaughter, Sydney, recently got a horse and Carol loved to tell her stories about riding horses in Golden Gate Park as a young girl.
Carol will always be remembered for her kindness, positivity and generosity.
Funeral services will be private. There will be a celebration of life later in the spring. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Pets Lifeline in Sonoma.