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Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 05:39:59 :

Independent Journal
Wednesday, June 24, 1987


A memorial service for Carolyn L. Flaherty, a longtime resident of Terra Linda, will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Christ Presbyterian Church in Terra Linda.

Mrs. Flaherty died Friday, June 19, 1987, at Ross General Hospital. She was 58.

She was born and reared in San Francisco and graduated from Polytechnic High School. Shortly after her marriage to Richard Flaherty in 1949, she moved to San Anselmo. They moved to Terra Linda in 1954 and were active in the new community.

They had owned and operated the former Mobil, now Beacon, gas station next to Scotty’s Market since 1956. It was the first business to open in the Terra Linda shopping center.

Mrs. Flaherty was a deacon in the Christ Presbyterian Church in Terra Linda and served for many years in a Sunny Hills Guild, the Pinatas. She also founded the Terra Linda Volunteer Fire Department’s W omen’s Auxiliary in 1958, when her husband was appointed fire chief.

She and her husband formed the Terra Linda Orcas Swim Team in 1962. She was active in it until her death and was recently honored with her husband by the team for 25 years of service.

She also was a teacher’s aide and yard supervisor at Santa Margarita and Vallecito schools. She had been active in Boy Scouts, Bluebirds, Girl Scouts, Little League baseball and girls softball when her children were growing up.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Flaherty of San Rafael; two sons, Kevin “Casey” Flaherty of Terra Linda and Richard Flaherty of Santa Clara; two daughters, Laurel Flaherty of Terra Linda and Kathleen Newton of Atwater; her mother, Betty Foley, and brother, Bruce Luther, both of Novato; and five grandchildren.

The Rev. Dale Cooper, retired pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church, will conduct Saturday’s memorial service.

The family prefers that memorial donations be sent to Hospice of Marin or a favorite charity.

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