Carol Frances Lao

Carol Frances Lao

Carol Frances Lao

Jan. 21, 1947 – June 9, 2017

Carol Frances Lao, 70, was killed in a car accident outside of Anchor Point on June 9, 2017. She was born in Martinez, Calif., on Jan. 21, 1947, and grew up in Madera, Calif., where her parents, William Leland James and Aileen Eleanor Avellar James, were long-time residents.

Early on, Carol was very athletic, competing in high springboard diving, gymnastics and pairs roller skating. She also enjoyed skiing. As an adult, she was very active in Homer dart competitions. She loved flowers, gardening, cats and especially her close friends in Alaska, who found her to be a breath of fresh air and a funny companion. She was there for them when they were in need.

Much of her life, Carol lived in California, and worked at a variety of jobs, finding her niche in working with people the most satisfying. She and her husband, Vincente Lao, cared for her mother, who had early dementia, from 1988 to 1994. Her mother then moved to Homer and lived with her other daughter, Jolee. Carol followed in 1998 and they cared for their mother until her death in 2000. She so loved Alaska she never moved from Homer.

“Carol will be greatly missed by her close friend, Bruce Anderson, and her many friends in and around Homer. May we all remember her high spirits and how she made us laugh. Somewhere she is making where she is just a little bit better,” her family said.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents, William L. James and Aileen E. Avellar James, and her son, Mark Baraldi, from Carol’s marriage to Michael Baraldi.

She is survived by Mark’s two children, Nicholas and Samantha; her son Gino Pardini, from Carol’s marriage to Frank Pardini, and Gino’s two children, Remmington and Hunter; her daughter, Martha Phillips, from Carol’s marriage to Edward Myers (now deceased) and Martha’s children, Alexzander and Lucinda; her sister, Jolee Ellis; close friend, Bruce Anderson, and many friends and relatives.

At Carol’s request, there will not be a memorial service, but a private scattering of her ashes will happen at a later date.

More in Obituaries

Linda Faye Jolly
Linda Faye Jolly

Linda Faye Jolly Aug. 15, 1944 - Oct. 8, 2021 On Friday,… Continue reading

Lisa Kristina Darien Hileman
Lisa Kristina Darien Hileman

Lisa Kristina Darien Hileman died in Anchorage, Alaska on Sunday, September 26,… Continue reading

Harold Brandt
Harold “Hal” Leon Brandt

Harold “Hal” Leon Brandt July 26, 1949 - Oct. 2, 2021 Homer,… Continue reading

Duane Fred Eddy
Duane Fred Eddy

Duane Fred Eddy July 16, 1953 - Sept. 16, 2021 Fred passed… Continue reading

John W. Quinlan
John W. Quinlan

John W. Quinlan July 26, 1960-Sept. 8, 2021 Long time Homer resident… Continue reading

Gordon Leon Wood
Gordon Leon Wood

Gordon Leon Wood Feb. 29, 1952 - Sept. 27, 2021 Ninilchik resident,… Continue reading

Paul McBride
Paul Mcbride

Paul McBride May 1, 1959 - Sept. 18, 2021 Paul McBride, age… Continue reading

Byron Morris
Byron David Morris

Byron David Morris, 38, was born in Homer, Alaska on May 10,… Continue reading

Mark Grosdidier
Mark W. Grosdidier

Mark W. Grosdidier Mark W. Grosdidier passed away in South Peninsula Hospital… Continue reading

Most Read