Carol Seymour, RScP






Carol "Honey Momma Nanah Malloy" Seymour, 82, passed surrounded with love, kindness and laughter @6:13 pm on 25 Dec., 2020 at home in Santa Rosa,  CA  from ovarian cancer.  

Honey was born in Brattleboro, Vt.  and was predeceased by her parents, Dr. John & Bernice Malloy ("Doc & Bunny").  She is survived by her 2 siblings; Jack Malloy and Judy Malloy Saranita, her 6 children; Elizabeth Seymour, Don Seymour, John Seymour, Kim Seymour, Kathy DeBel, Kris VanSchoick and her 6 grandchildren.

Honey attended Brattleboro Union HS, and graduated from St.Michaels and was the lead majorette.  She graduated from Colby Sawyer, transferred to UVM and met med student, Don Seymour, and got married in 1960.  

After 18 yrs. as military officers' wife, with many overseas adventures, landed in CA , divorced and became a successful business woman, owner of several businesses and worked until the day she got diagnosed with cancer @ 80yrs young.   

Emeritus Practitioner of Religious Science for 20 yrs., specializing in Memorials, Death and Dying, and dedicated service to her spiritual community and to the youth ministry.   She loved to play golf, online bridge, and planned for Christmas all year long. 

Her legacy is of love, kindness and laughter...."and so it is".

Luanne Wolff



With sadness we announce the passing of long time member and supporter of the Center, Luanne Wolff. She made her transition gently and peacefully on November 17th after a yearlong cancer journey. She was 63 years old.

In July, she chose the stop her debilitating treatment and live each day joyfully with her beloved partner Barbara. They did exactly that until just two days prior to her transition when she slipped into a quiet calm and gently let go. 

Luanne served on the Board of Trustees, helped create the Legacy Team guidelines at its inception, was a WomanSpirit Committee member for 25+ years, and was instrumental in advocating for continuing education at the Center for people who wanted further classes without being on the Practitioner licensure path. Additionally she was a wonderful writer of short stories and graced us with readings at Stepping Stones events more than once. She did not want a formal service, however friends sharing stories or swapping photos and memories in small groups would be more her style. May blessings abound.

Dr. Penny Elliott, DVM

When Penny was born, her family was living on Fort Ord in Monterrey, so she was truly a native Californian.  When she was 5 months old her family boarded the SS Southern Cross in Baltimore bound for Rio where they lived for the next 3 years.  Her days there were filled with trips to Ipanema beach to play in the sand with her sister Laurie while Bill and Judy worked hard at school.  This may be why they were fondly referred to as “The Princess Squad”!

Over the next 8 years the family moved 4 more times, settling in New Hampshire where Penny completed high school.  All that moving around instilled in her a love of traveling and for the next 5 years she did just that.  First she and her sister Judy traveled to Israel where she worked on an archeological dig on a Kibbutz. Her early love of animals was apparent when she also lobbied hard to work with the Arabian horses there, and later at Arundel Castle in England where she had a job exercising the Dutchess’s  horses. 

The following year Penny had some adventures at sea with her brother Bill which included delivering a fishing trawler from the Mediterranean to Curacao.  One of the highlights from that trip was learning celestial navigation from Bill.  From there she traveled to Venezuela where she realized her dream was to become a veterinarian, so she turned down a rainforest adventure to return to the US to begin the academic career necessary to fulfill her dream.
After graduating from UC Davis, Penny moved to Sebastopol where she started her career at an emergency animal hospital.  It was in Sebastopol that she met Perry, the love of her life and soul mate.  They soon bought the house on Mark West Springs Rd. and were married there later that year on June 10, 1989.  

For the next 31 years, Penny and Perry found plenty of time away from their work at home to have many adventures all over the world.  Their first focus was on mountain biking and they rode hard…from the steep terrain of the Sierras to the deserts of the Southwest.  Penny also took it to the next level and had a very successful career as a mountain bike racer.  

Next was diving…they got certified and immediately flew to Fiji where Penny fell in love with the world under the sea.  They spent the next years diving in a wide variety of places but her favorite became Bonaire.  It was there that she had an experience with dolphins that changed her life.  A huge pod surrounded their boat, so Penny reached out over the water and a dolphin jumped up and kissed her hand while gazing into her eyes.  She never forgot that encounter and wore a silver dolphin around her neck from then on.

Family was always very important to Penny and she embraced being a wife, aunt, sister, cousin, and daughter with open arms and a loving heart.  Family reunions and parties at the beautiful house Perry built for her brought her boundless joy.  
Penny taught us all by example how to participate in life to the fullest because she never did anything halfway.  Whether it was practicing yoga, caring for animals, being a loving wife, playing hard or loving us all fiercely, her strength and fearless embracing of everything life presented to her was an inspiration. She is loved by all she touched.   

If you wish to make a donation in Penny’s name the family suggests these non-profits who were dear to Penny’s heart. 

Earle Richard Austin

Published in Press Democrat from Aug. 14 to Aug. 16, 2020.

Earle Richard Austin
June 5, 1943 - July 31, 2020

Richard Austin, a popular Sonoma County teacher for nearly four decades, passed away on July 31, 2020, from complications following hip surgery; he was 77.

He was born in San Mateo, California, but when he was nine, his family moved to Sonoma County, where he remained for the rest of his life.

After graduating from Analy High School he enrolled at SRJC where he earned his AA Degree and San Francisco State College where he earned his BA and his teaching credential. Although his father wanted him to study law Richard knew his passion was education, and began his career in 1965. He loved teaching, but he hated the early hours and the commute from Monte Rio to Rincon Valley. It was at Rincon Valley Elementary School where he first started teaching 6th Grade. He would later go on to teach 4th and 5th grades. Near the end of his career he switched to kindergarten. He retired in 2002 and his students remember him for his enthusiastic directing of the school plays. They would often say he was their favorite teacher. His many friends as well as students felt a special connection with him. He had a genuineness about him that made everyone feel special. When he retired he enjoyed his friends who always told him they wanted him along on the road trips, cruises and outings because his enthusiasm made for a guaranteed good time. They all agree that they were fortunate to have known him, worked with him, and traveled with him. The most distinctive feature, and the one that will be missed by all friends and relatives was his luminous smile.

He loved books, music, and theatre and his interest in theatre extended to acting with the 6th Street Playhouse. He also enjoyed traveling, gardening, his Dillon Beach house, the Turner Classic Movie channel, The Wizard of Oz, Disney collectibles and let's not forget his love for animals, especially cats.

Richard is survived by his twin sister Karen Miinch of Rio Nido, and his younger sister Kathleen Dunham (Geoffrey)of Sebastopol, nephews Ryan Patterson of Guerneville and David Miinch (Kimberly)of Hidden Valley Lake, nieces Laurel Rocklewitz (Rick)of Sebastopol and Tammy Lambert (Henry) of Guerneville, and grand nieces and nephews: Ashley, Morgan and Charlie Lambert and AJ and Katie Miinch. He will also be greatly missed by his dearest longtime friend Peter Higbee of Guerneville.

At his request there will be no service.

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Rev. Maria Sepasi

A tribute to Rev. Maria Sepasi, by Chrisy Snow, Founder and Spiritual Director at Carolina Center for Spiritual Awakening

My sweet friend and colleague, Rev. Maria Sepasi, passed away on July 30th. She was a blessing to all of us! From CSL Santa Rosa in the early 90s to the Center for Positive Living /Spiritual Living Center of Charlotte and Unity of Charlotte. She considered all of these communities part of her Spiritual family, and she will be missed from coast to coast!

Funeral arrangements for Maria have been made for Saturday, August 15th, at 3pm. The location is House of Rosadale Home of Funerals address 3641 Central Avenue Charlotte, NC 28205. Her daughter Dria Bray-Holloway is wanting to Zoom the service for those who can not make it.

Rev. Maria was a sweet and gentle soul. She was funny, patient, and kind and loved to be of service to others. She began her journey in New Thought spirituality while attending the Science of Mind spiritual center in Santa Rosa, CA, called the Center for Spiritual Living Santa Rosa. She loved that community and was very proud to have sung at the dedication of their then-new space in 1990, with the late Linda Webb-Khakaba and Dr. Edward Viljoen.

She later obtained a master's degree from the Holmes Institute in California. She was also a Religious Science Practitioner, and most of her service to spiritual communities was in the Science of Mind and Unity centers from California to North Carolina.

Shortly after her move to Charlotte, Renee' LeBoa and I met Maria and quickly became friends as she joined our community, Center for Positive Living, later to be called Spiritual Living Center of Charlotte. She served there as a practitioner and interfaith minister. She loved our community and was loved deeply in return. She was also involved at Unity of Charlotte and considered their congregation yet another portion of her spiritual family. Rev. Maria spent a large part of her life, serving God by being in loving service to others. She is remembered fondly for her soft and gentle way of leading prayers and meditations. Lighthearted, easy-going, deeply rooted in faith with a great sense of humor and the smile to match. Maria loved being a minister and was loved by many. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

I was happy to find this meditation led by Rev. Maria. Rest well, my friend, I love you.

Dr. Mondell Brazell

Dr. Mondell Brazell, a well-known and beloved member at The Center, made his transition on March 10 at Memorial Hospital in Santa Rosa. Dr. Brazell was a loving presence in the world who dedicated his life's work to education and helping others connect with their inner spirit.

Mondell loved singing opera and could be heard singing "Ave Maria" at various venues. Many of you may remember him sitting at the hospitality table where he enjoyed sampling the cookies and making connections with people of all ages. Mondell is survived by his companion, Vera Williams, and family members both local and out of town. Memorial Services are pending.

Catherine Elizabeth Grace

Catherine Elizabeth Grace

August 4, 1951- February 12, 2020

Catherine Grace was an incredible bright soul. Born in Santa Ana, CA, she moved to Sebastopol when she married. Catherine resided in Sebastopol for the past 40 years. She worked as a Speech Therapist in the Sonoma County Schools for over 30 years and her work with children was extraordinarily meaningful to her. 

Catherine was also a Spiritual Prayer Practitioner with the Center for Spiritual Living. She delighted in spirituality and had a strong love for all things spiritual. Her intuitive guidance and inner wisdom provided inspiration and support to all who met her, she was such a bright light! Catherine also ran the animal ministry and did blessings for animals in need. 

She had a deep connection to all living things and compassion and love for animals. Catherine lived her life with extraordinary patience, kindness, ease, and grace. She loved tending to her rose garden, spending time in nature, painting watercolors, spending time with her children, and she loved beauty. She filled her home and her life with beauty and love. 

Catherine is survived by her children, Sarah Joy Loren, and Robert Christian Kenney. Her family is planning a private Celebration of Life for her closest family and friends.