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Carole Ann Voliva
September 17, 1946 ~ November 3, 2023 (age 77) 77 Years Old
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Carole Ann was born in Taft, California on September 17, 1946, to Donald “Glen” and Delma Lee “Peggy” Davis. Her sister, Colleen Diane Davis would arrive just 15 months later. Carole and Colleen were incredibly close until Colleen’s passing in September 1997.
Carole graduated from Taft Union High School in 1964. After high school she met and married her first husband, Kenneth Riedemann with whom they shared a daughter, Tracy.
In 1965, Carole started her career as a switchboard telephone operator with Continental Telephone Company where she remained until the closing of Contel in 1987.
After the marriage to Kenneth ended, she met and married Charles Robert Voliva, Jr. in May 1970. They bought their first house in Maricopa, California. Soon afterwards, Charles Robert Voliva III would arrive in March of 1972.
Charles and Carole raised their children in Maricopa, California where the family enjoyed riding horses and motorcycles. She cherished spending time with her parents in Pismo Beach.
After Charles’s passing in 1991, she met her life partner, Leroy Millican, with whom she shared over 30 years of memories. After retirement, they moved to Bandon, Oregon where they both worked hard building their dream home. While in Bandon, she made many new friends who echoed Carole was a beautiful person inside and out.
Carole was passionate about classic cars. While on a road trip she spotted a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air in desperate need of some TLC and a new home. She purchased the car and trailered it back to Bandon, Oregon where she restored the car with the help of some amazing mechanics. She had an appreciation for cars and could speak all about engines, as well as all makes and models of classic cars.
She also enjoyed watching NASCAR and making ceramics. She painted an entire ceramic Christmas village to decorate her home. Carole was an amazing cook and delighted in preparing a holiday feast for friends and family.
Carole, with her vibrant red hair, could often be seen driving around Bandon and Coos Bay in her teal green and white 1956 Chevy Bel Air. She would often participate in the “Cruz the Coos”, and she loved to dress up in 1950’s attire for the events.
Carole adored her family and never let a moment go by without telling them how proud she was of her kids, grandkids, and great grandkids.
On November 3, 2023, Carole Ann Voliva, 77, suddenly passed away in Bandon, Oregon, the result of a tragic car accident near her home. Carole was on her way to see the local vet with her beloved kitties, Buster, and Ruby when she was involved in a head-on collision on Highway 101. Buster suffered a broken pelvis and Ruby ran away.
Carole Ann Voliva is survived her life partner, Leroy Millican, daughter Tracy Chitwood, son-in-law, Mike Chitwood, son Charles “Chuck” Robert Voliva III and daughter-in-law, Connie Voliva. Grandson-in-law Craig Lemar Curtis Jr., granddaughter Chelsey Voliva, partner Mikah Morgan, grandson, Charles “Chuckie” Robert Voliva IV, and fiancé Trinity Noland. Great grandchildren, Craig Lemar Curtis III, Taylnn Voliva, Cohen Morgan and arriving in January 2024, Tori Ann Voliva.
Carole Ann Voliva is preceded in death by her parents, Delma Lee “Peggy” Davis and Donald “Glen” Davis, her sister, Colleen Woods, late husband Charles Robert Voliva, Jr., and granddaughters Courtney Lynn Curtis, Jennifer, and Nicole Hill.
Graveside services will be held at West Side Cemetery District, 440 E Cedar Street, Taft, California on Friday, November 17, 2023, at 11AM.