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Carolyn M. Fanning

Carolyn Marie Fanning passed away unexpectedly from a cerebral hemorrhage on April 22, 2017. She was the beloved wife of Branwell (Bran) David Fanning. Carolyn and Bran moved to Tiburon in 1960, made it their home for 55 years, and were among the founding families of the town of Tiburon. Through the decades, Carolyn was actively involved in the Tiburon community, participated in civic, political, recreational and charitable activities, and happily raised their three daughters.

Carolyn Marie Winterson was born in Joliet, Illinois, on November 19, 1927, the only child of Kathryn Aileen (Ward) and Frank Joseph Winterson. She grew up in Lockport, Illinois, attended St. Francis Academy in Joliet, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Following college, Carolyn taught high school English and history. In 1952, she and Bran married, moved to nearby Hinsdale, Illinois, bought their first house and started their family. Following the birth of their first two daughters, Bran's business career brought them to Tiburon.

Carolyn was a strongly independent woman, yet devoted to her life with Bran, raising their family, and engaging with their friends and community. She was active in many local organizations, including Sunny Hills Services, a child welfare organization serving vulnerable Marin youth; the Buck Institute for Research on Aging; the Marin Charitable Association; and the Marin Symphony Association. Carolyn remained an active member and leader of the Kappa Alpha Theta Marin County Alumnae Chapter throughout her life.

She enjoyed painting, playing bridge, participating in book clubs and entertaining her many friends. Carolyn had a lifelong love of learning and appreciated art and the symphony. She enjoyed golf, tennis, sailing, and being in the outdoors. She was a devout Catholic and an ardent Republican. Carolyn loved to travel, visiting more than 60 countries, including an around the world cruise in 2009 with Bran.

With her children grown, Carolyn launched herself on a successful career in Marin County real estate. She loved helping clients realize their dreams of home ownership and reveled in being a career woman once again. She earned numerous high-performer and top-sales awards while at Decker Bullock, Grubb and Ellis, Frank Howard Allen and Coldwell Banker real estate agencies.

In addition to Bran, Carolyn is survived by her daughters, Dianne Fanning-Flores (James) of Corte Madera, Barbara Roberts (Eric) of Tiburon and Kathleen Daggett (Cortland) of Santa Rosa, as well as her three cherished grandsons, David Daggett and Max and Luke Roberts.

A funeral service will be held at St. Hilary Church, 761 Hilary Drive, Tiburon, on Monday, May 15 at 11 a.m., with a reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary or to the Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society.

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