July 1, 1935 - March 10, 2012
Carole Jeanne (Hall) Still passed away on March 10, 2012, following a four-year battle with cancer. Carole died peacefully at home surrounded by her family and friends. Carole was born to Jack and Erma (Hailston) Hall on July 1, 1935. She resided in Lowden, where she attended eight years of grade school before attending Walla Walla High School until her graduation in 1953. While at Wa-Hi, Carole was a leader participating in various activities, including school service clubs and captain of the ROTC Sponsor Corps. Carole was elected Farmerete during the Southeastern Washington Fair in 1953. This group participated at fairs and rodeos throughout the Inland Empire, performing equestrian drills and in parades. She attended Western Washington College of Education in Bellingham.
She was married on June 27, 1954, to Gerald (Gerry) Still, also a Wa-Hi graduate, and they lived in Seattle, where Gerry finished his service in the U.S. Army. After leaving the military, Carole and Gerry pursued his education at Washington State University, and then moved to Oregon State University, where he obtained his Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1965. The family next moved to Fargo, N.D., where Gerry conducted full-time agricultural research with USDA and Carole worked as secretary to the principal of Washington Elementary School while raising three children. The family relocated to Crofton, Md., in the Washington D.C., area in 1977, where Gerry continued agricultural research while serving on the staff for the Secretary of Agriculture.
During those years Carole served as executive secretary to the Hecht Company manager in Annapolis, Md. With the family grown, Carole and Gerry relocated in 1984 to Concord, Calif., where Gerry built the Plant Gene Expression Center for UC Berkeley/USDA-ARS. During this time Carole served as secretary to the pastor of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Walnut Creek, Calif. Following his retirement, Carole and Gerry remained in Concord. No matter where the family lived, Carole was involved in her family's activities and participated in community affairs. Music was Carole's second love. She played the piano from the age of 4 until
her last days. She shared her gift in church, with vocal groups and for the pure joy of making music.
Carole is survived by her husband at home; her son, Kirk J. Still of Beijing, China; daughters, Denni Haywood of Raleigh, N.C., Carrie Joyner (David) of Southlake, Texas; granddaughters, Allie Haywood, Chandler Haywood, Jaime Stilwell and Carly Stilwell. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Erma Hall.
There will be a memorial and celebration of life, rejoicing Carole and her music on Sunday, March 25, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 399 Widget Lane, Walnut Creek, Calif. Memorial gifts can be sent to Hospice of the East Bay, 3470 Buskirk Avenue, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523.