Carrie Sprague 1933-2008


Carrie Sprague 1933-2008
By Nancy Holland, Berkeley Daily Planet, September 04, 2008

Carrie SpragueCarrie Sprague grew up in the Midwest and graduated from Oberlin College. She moved west where she met and married Thomas M. King. After having three children together, they divorced. In 1980, she met Stan and she moved into their little old house on Allston Way. 

Carrie was still teaching preschool at the time. When she retired, they rebuilt the house. After battling cancer for two years, Carrie decided to spend her last days at Chaparral House. Surrounded by her daughters, Stan, and other relatives, she passed away early Tuesday. She was cherished by her many friends and neighbors. 

Carrie was involved in many community projects and international groups; she also served on local commissions. Carrie served on the Solid Waste (now called Zero Waste) Commission, and she was a member of the Zoning Adjustments Board. She was also an accomplished quilter, potter, baker and gardener. 

In the 1980s, Carrie and Stan were very involved in peace and solidarity work in Central America. For many years Carrie was a mainstay at the Ohlone Community Garden and Carrie volunteered regularly at Tilden Regional Park for over a decade. Carrie will be remembered by her neighbors for her steadfast efforts to protect the decency and spirit of Central Berkeley. ______________________________________________________________________________

Carrie Sprague (Carolyn Jean Broscoe King Sprague)
December 3, 1933 - September 2, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle on October 30, 2008

Carrie passed away peacefully in Berkeley, CA, with family at her side. Born in Milwaukee, WI, to Andrew Broscoe and Maybel Seymour, she was raised in Canton, OH. In 1957 she moved to Berkeley, CA. She raised three daughters in Oakland and taught preschool in the Richmond School District. She was later a community activist in Berkeley. She lived a very full and interesting life and will be dearly missed.

She is survived by her husband, Stanley W Sprague; three daughters, Tasha F King (Julie Kovac) of Roseburg, OR; Molly King Brown (Bryan L. Brown) of Los Osos, CA; Aran H King (John Kavanagh); grandchildren Juliana M Kavanagh and John "Jack" Garvin Kavanagh of San Francisco, CA; brother Andy J Broscoe (Eleanor M Broscoe) and niece Anne E Broscoe of Calgary, CAN; nephew David A Broscoe (Diana Partridge); nephew Stephen R Broscoe (Yasemin Arikan), of Vancouver, BC; aunt Marjorie Seymour Buchwalter, of Kingston, OH; cousin Grace Hummel Shanks of Dayton, OH; dear friend Valerie Winemiller of Oakland, CA; and many other wonderful family and friends.

Donations in her memory can be made to the "Building Conservancy of Northern California/Plaque Project", Roosevelt Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94703; or the "East Bay Regional Parks" memo line: "Friends of the Garden", c/o Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley, CA 94708-2396. Friends and family are invited to a Memorial service on Sunday, Nov. 2nd, at 2 pm, at the North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Avenue, Berkeley, CA.

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