Carol Leam, 90, passed away on January 5, 2017. She was born to Roy and Norma (Cassinelli) Shettle in the front bedroom of the family home on Center and Bright Streets in Jackson, CA.
Carol graduated from Jackson High in 1944, where she was a cheerleader and played piano in a local band. She attended Sacramento Junior College and then took a job with Amador Stage Lines. On New Year’s Eve 1945, Carol went on a double blind date with her cousin and met her future husband Bud Leam. Six months later they were married.
In 1956 Bud’s job with Pacific Bell transferred them to Turlock. Upon arriving in Turlock, Carol joined the local chapter of the Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority: Epsilon Rio, where she enjoyed being a member for 58 years. Many of her lifelong friends were made participating in charity fund raising and social events sponsored by the sorority.
Carol enjoyed her family vacations to Lake Tahoe and Santa Cruz. Later in life she traveled throughout the country attending yearly reunions with Bud’s WWII squadron. She enjoyed cooking, snow skiing, snowmobiling and spending time with her family and friends. Bud and Carol recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.
She is survived by her husband Bud Leam; daughter, Nancy Leam; sons, Roger Leam and Robert (Heather) Leam; her seven grandchildren, Traci Neto, Eddie Neto, Chad (Rebecca) Leam, Rory Leam, Brianna Leam, Madison Leam, Allison Leam and her two great - grandchildren, Karri Neto and Easton Leam.
A Funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Mon., Jan. 16, at Turlock Funeral Home, 425 N. Soderquist Rd., Turlock, CA. She will have a private entombment. A reception will follow the service at the same location.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alexander Cohen Hospice House, 2201 Euclid Ave., Hughson, CA 95326 or United Samaritans Foundation, 220 South Broadway, Turlock, CA 95380.
Our beloved wife, mother and grandmother will be dearly missed.