On February 2, 2023, our beautiful wife, mother, and grandmother was called home to our Father in heaven. Carole was born in Glendale, CA on December 20, 1949 to Harlan Ross and Mary Louise Whitson. She grew up in La Canada, CA, graduated from Mayfield Senior High School in 1958 and went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from The University of Southern California with her master’s in education in 1962. It was at USC that she met her husband of almost 60 years, Robert Luiz (Bob) Salcido. After they were married they moved to San Diego where she began her teaching career. She taught English and History until their daughter, Lisa, was born in 1966. Three years later their son Scott was born in 1969. Carole and Bob raised their children in La Jolla. While the children were young, Carole stayed home with the children and started her part-time bookkeeping business. She was an avid gardener, and it was during her time at home that she nurtured not only her kids, but also her beautiful garden. She grew the most beautiful roses and camellias, sweet peas, and gardenias, as well as many other flowers. She also grew an array of vegetables that were included in the nightly meals she cooked. The family were parishioners at All Hallows Catholic Church where she was a eucharistic minister until they moved from La Jolla to Ranch Bernardo in 1992.
Carole and Bob loved to travel, and when the kids were young, they traveled the whole Western United States in their much-loved travel trailer. Many of her favorite games (gin rummy, cribbage, and Monopoly) were played on these trips! She was also an avid bridge player and played in several different groups over the years.
When Lisa and Scott were older, she went back to work for various small business and a few individuals as a bookkeeper. In 1978 she began working fulltime again at The Bishop’s School in the business office and continued there until 1985. After leaving Bishop’s she returned to teaching with the San Diego Unified School District. Once Bob retired, they began traveling more frequently. Some of the places they traveled to included Alaska, Europe, Russia, Hawaii, and several different cruises.
Bob and Carole also spent many years at their second home in Durango, CO where she again had an amazing garden! She loved spending time in the mountains, fishing in the creek across the street from their house and hiking the beautiful mountains that were all around. After a short time in Bozeman, MT where her daughter and family were living, Bob and Carole moved bake to Rancho Bernardo.
Carole is survived by her husband Robert, daughter, Lisa Blackburn (Steve), son Scott (Jill), grandchildren, Johnny, Michael and Katie Burke, brother Bruce Whitson (Trish), nephews, Brian and Curtis Whitson and niece, Barbara Whitson. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harlan and Mary Whitson, and brother William (Bill) Whitson.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Movement School, https://www.movementschools.org/get-involved/
There will be a private family service for her internment at a later date at Miramar National Cemetery.
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