Our beloved Carol Ann McCain, 63, of Palm Desert passed away in her home on Wednesday, March 18 after a valiant struggle with a disease similar to Parkinson’s called Shy-Drager syndrome (also known as Multiple Systems Atrophy).
Born on June 25, 1945 in Swannanoa, North Carolina to William Montgomery and Jane Colbert McCain, Carol attended high school in Japan and New Mexico, and graduated from the University of Colorado in 1967 with a degree in business. Carol was an accomplished gourmet cook, and at one point gave lessons in her home. She had a lifelong passion for dance, hiking, and the outdoors. Carol was a girl scout and studied ballet as a child. Later she moonlighted as a cabaret dancer while handling the accounting on a ship for Club Med. Her life was adventure and discovery. She sailed, scuba dived, skied, backpacked, rafted, and traveled to every continent and far corner of the Earth. She volunteered to teach English in Vietnam. Her passion for life is reflected by her large circle of friends and bottomless generosity. She showed us how to live with joy and endure life’s hardships with grace and determination.
Carol is survived by her brother Bill, nieces Lina and Mara, nephew Greg and dog Mop. Memorial service is April 18th at 10am at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Palm Desert