Deidra Ann Carson, a thirty-year resident of Marin County, CA, passed away on May 02, 2023, after an eighteen-month battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband, Christopher Barry of Corte Madera, CA; her seven children, Hunter (32), Lauren (26), Kate (25), Christian (23), Grace (20), Colbie (12), and Jackson (8); her younger brother, Colin Foley of Chicago, IL; and her mother, Linda Foley of Chicago, IL. She was born in San Diego, CA on August 22, 1968, and died at the age of fifty-four.
Deidra took immense pride in being a mother and a homemaker. She taught each of her children—with varying levels of success—how to make their beds with hospital corners, the “proper” way to fold a bath towel, and the appropriate time to start playing Christmas music (August). Her extra-fluffy chocolate chip cookies rose to fame in her children’s elementary schools during the early 2000s and have maintained a level of renown ever since. According to her youngest daughter, Colbie, Deidra’s signature cookies were the overwhelming crowd favorite at last year’s track meet.
When Deidra was suddenly diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in 2021, she bore her illness with the characteristic poise and grace for which she was known amongst her friends and family. She took each bout of bad news in stride and quickly earned the adoration of the hospital’s medical staff. Even as her cancer progressed, she carried on as she always had; she walked the family’s seven-pound dog, Winston, homeschooled her two youngest children, vacuumed relentlessly, and cared for everyone around her.
She was, to the very end, fiercely herself: stubborn, neurotically tidy, quick to laugh, beautiful, and strong. She stood up unflinchingly for her beliefs and taught those around her to do the same. She loved blue and white hydrangeas, spending time in the mountains, and fielding FaceTime calls from her children. She never left the house without her hair curled and rarely refused a board game. She was the only member of the family who could beat her eldest daughter, Lauren, at Boggle.
We love and miss you, mom.
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