Carol (Hoffbeck) Thomas left us Feb. 13, 2017, after a long battle with esophageal stricture. Carol was born in 1950 in Richmond, Calif., to Warren and Frances Hoffbeck. In 1958, Carol’s parents divorced and Carol’s mother moved them to Santa Ana, Calif. Carol then attended the local elementary, junior high and high school, graduating in June 1969. Within two weeks, Carol married Mark Thomas. In October 1970, Mark Jr. was born. In March 1971, Mark entered the U.S. Army and after training was sent to Alaska, where Carol joined him. In November 1972, daughter Jennifer Renay was born. After Army service, the family moved back to Santa Ana, Calif. Carol went to nursing school, graduating as a LVN. When Mark retired from the Operating Engineers, they moved to Florence. Carol enjoyed gardening, cooking and the coastal living in Oregon. Carol is survived by her husband of 47 years, Russell (Mark) Thomas; son Russell Jr.; daughter Jennifer Parlee; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Carol is preceded in death by her mother, Frances, and older brother, Daniel Hoffbeck.