ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Carolyn Booker 74 years old , born on December 10, 1944 and passed away on February 16, 2019. We will remember her forever.
Posted by CHERIE LARKIN on April 5, 2019
I met Carolyn when she attended Capital City Unity where I served as minister.
Carolyn was a love and a light to my world. I came to know her as a wonderful encourager. Her smile lit up a room.
She particularly blessed me with encouragement by posting in my Facebook group always being the first to hit the “like” button on anything I shared. 
She gifted me with her music CD and some essential oil which she enthusiastically assured me would attract great love into my life.
I knew her as a faithful student to Unity teachings who loved prayer and meditations. We shared a love for some of the same classic Unity books which she shared gave her inner strength to meet life joyfully, creatively, and successfully.
I bless her now in her eternal on-going. I see her Spirit very much alive and secure in the love, light, and protection of God. Rev. Cherie Larkin

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Posted by CHERIE LARKIN on April 5, 2019
I met Carolyn when she attended Capital City Unity where I served as minister.
Carolyn was a love and a light to my world. I came to know her as a wonderful encourager. Her smile lit up a room.
She particularly blessed me with encouragement by posting in my Facebook group always being the first to hit the “like” button on anything I shared. 
She gifted me with her music CD and some essential oil which she enthusiastically assured me would attract great love into my life.
I knew her as a faithful student to Unity teachings who loved prayer and meditations. We shared a love for some of the same classic Unity books which she shared gave her inner strength to meet life joyfully, creatively, and successfully.
I bless her now in her eternal on-going. I see her Spirit very much alive and secure in the love, light, and protection of God. Rev. Cherie Larkin
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Our beloved Mother, Carolyn Jean Booker, age 74, of Ione, CA, passed away Saturday, February 16, 2019 in Ione. Carolyn was born in Arthur, Illinois on December 10, 1944, a daughter of the late Mary (Borders) and RaymonMarquiss. Raised in Sacramento, California, Carolyn graduated from El Camino High School in 1963. Carolyn’s life was filled with song as she sang in church and for her high school as a soloist and in the choir. Carolyn married Rodney Lawson in August 1963 and had three children: Michael, David, and Emily. Carolyn graduated from  CSUSacramento with a degree in psychology and a minor in music. A teacher her whole life, Carolyn earned her teaching credential and started teaching music at Del Dayo Elementary in Carmichael, CA. Later she would work in the Rio Linda School District as a class teacher and librarian. An entrepreneur, Carolyn started a preschool providing loving care to many children. During this time, Carolyn also opened the White Bird Art Gallery in Amador County whichfeatured the art of her daughter as well as local artists. The White Bird Gallery also presented monthly concerts in which Carolyn performed along with her son Michael and daughter in law Lisa. Carolyn also expanded the White Bird Gallery offerings by opening a coffee and deli shop. In addition to her musical talents, Carolyn was an artist, creating beautiful textiles including weavings, scarves, and tapestries. Carolyn married David Booker in August 2001 and together they started White Bird Fiber Design, creating beautiful fiber art together which they showed and sold at various local venues, including High Hill Ranch in Apple Hill. From 2001 to present, she devoted many hours teaching voice, piano, and guitar at the Pease Conservatory in Sacramento and was an inspiration to her students both musically and personally. Carolyn was active in the Unity Church for many decades and served on the Boards of some as well as a youth sponsor of the teen Sunday school group, Youth of Unity. Most recently, Carolyn regularly attended the Capital City Unity Church. While Carolyn accomplished many great things in her life, her greatest love was family. She enjoyed holidays with her families as well numerous camping trips filled with song and outdoor activities like water skiing and sailing.

Carolyn is survived by her husband, David of Ione; sons, Michael Marquiss (Lisa) Lawson, of Ione, CA; David Marquiss (Joy) Lawson, of Fair Oaks, CA; daughter, Emily Pacini, of Ione, CA; grandchildren, Andrew Lawson, Cameron Lawson, Matthew Lawson and Liam Lawson; sisters, Sandy, Sue, and Linda; brother, Stanley; and former spouse, Rodney Lawson.

Friends and family are invited to attend a celebration of life on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at 1 pm at Conzelmann Community Center, 2201 Cottage Way, Sacramento.

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I am so sorry to learn of Carolyn’s death

Shared by Sharon Melberg on March 1, 2019

I knew Carolyn as one of her many students at Pease Conservatory. When I first started with Carolyn, I was so timid about singing that I could not make any sound above a speakingvoice. Carolyn patiently taught and encouraged me. I now make a joyful noise and have fun with music. I suspect she impacted many, many lives with her various talents and her engaging, supportive ways. I am happy to have known her.