Carolyn Zerboni

Carolyn Craven Zerboni of Katy, Texas and Portola Valley, California peacefully passed on Dec. 17, 2020 at the age of 78.

Carolyn was the loving matriarch to a large extended family. She is survived by her three children, Cathy, Cindy and Joe, and seven grandchildren and one grandchild.

Carolyn was born in Pensacola, Florida and resided primarily in Hawaii and California during her youth. She attended Coronado High School and Iowa State Teachers College (Cedar Falls, Iowa). Carolyn dedicated 34 years of service (1969-2003) to the West Valley-Mission Community College District in Santa Clara, California as an English professor. She was recognized for her extensive knowledge of Vietnamese literature and produced materials and teaching aids to improve learning opportunities for Vietnamese students. As an adventurous scholar who loved to travel, she extended her professional experience with sabbaticals in London, Vietnam and Hawaii. 

After retirement, Carolyn was a volunteer docent at the famous Filoli gardens of the Bourn-Roth Estate in Woodside, California, and a volunteer usher for the San Francisco Opera. She was a magnificent gardener and known for her spectacular tulip displays each spring. In her later years, she relocated to Katy, Texas to live closer to family. Carolyn will be remembered by all for her generous laugh, sparkling green eyes, delicious banana bread, and love for Hawaii and Hawaiian music.

Two public “Celebration of Life” events will be held in Katy, Texas, and Portola Valley, California, at a later date. Please contact the family for details. A private family service will be held in Kona, Hawaii.

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