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Carolyn Jane Arnold Barto
Our Tana, amazing mother, grandmother, wife and friend, has passed, on June 7, and we miss her already. Born in Springdale, Pennsylvania, on Nov. 12, 1928, she had many adventures growing up, from taking care of a young cousin in Troy, Mississippi, to working at a tobacco farm in Connecticut, to creating newspaper art for a department store in Akron, Ohio. After graduating from Springdale High School, Carolyn attended Ad Art Commercial Art School in Pittsburgh, where she met her future husband, Philip Andrew Barto. They were married in Springdale on June 11, 1949, and moved to California in 1952, first living in San Francisco, Sausalito, and Larkspur, and eventually settling in San Rafael. They raised four children while living in Marin: Jana, Stephen, Eric and Peter. During this time, Carolyn developed as an artist, studying watercolor at College of Marin and becoming a member of the Marin Society of Artists, all the while showing and selling her work at many art shows. She was also a member of the Twin Cities Troupers, performing in plays and musicals around Marin in the early 1960s.