(February 25, 1933 - June 8, 2021)
Mary Carol (as her father called her, after his mother, Carolyn) was the middle child to George and Myrtle Grohman and had an older brother, Merrill, and a younger sister, Anita. As a young person, Mary excelled at piano, was an avid sewer and interested in fashion, played ping pong with her friends in the family garage, enjoyed the jitterbug and swing at school dances, and loved baking using a wood burning stove with her grandmother. Mary graduated from McClatchy High School in 1951 and subsequently earned a degree at Sacramento State. She worked as a teacher before raising her children and beginning a career at Weinstock’s. Mary was a longtime resident of Elk Grove where she lived with her beloved husband of 40 years, Kenneth West. She was a volunteer for many years at the Friends of UNICEF and the Elk Grove Food Bank. Mary was a voracious reader and loved Jane Austen, period piece films, and writing to her lifetime pen pal in Japan. Every Sunday at 3pm, she had a standing phone call to her sister, Anita, in Boston. Mary was an extraordinarily thoughtful (and organized) person who never missed an opportunity to acknowledge a birthday or occasion by sending cards full of love and support. Mary’s love was felt by all in her family and many friends. She will be missed greatly. Mary is survived by her husband, Ken, and her three daughters, Lisa, Edie, and Mandy and their spouses, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, as well as her many beloved nieces, nephews, and step-children.