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Carol Crowl Oxley

June 24, 1937 ~ January 8, 2024 (age 86) 86 Years Old

Carol Oxley Obituary

In Loving Memory of Carol Crowl Oxley
Carol Crowl Oxley, born on July 24, 1937, to Louie Henry Crowl and Cleo Atwater Crowl, peacefully passed away on January 8 th , 2024., She leaves behind a legacy of love, warmth, and many cherished memories. Carol's journey began in Sacramento, California, where she was raised with the values that would shape her remarkable life.

Carol's educational path led her to graduate from McClatchy High School, and it was during her time at UC Davis that she encountered the love of her life, Bruce Norton Oxley. They were married in Sacramento on September 19, 1959. Their connection blossomed into a beautiful partnership, and together they embarked on a journey that spanned 64 years of shared joys, challenges, and unwavering support for each other.

They moved to Etna, California, and bought a ranch early in their marriage where they raised their three kids, David, Jill, and Rachel. Carol often stated that this was where she was the happiest—surrounded by the beauty of nature and the love of her growing family and many friends. The Quarter Circle X Ranch became a haven of warmth, love, and laughter where they often welcomed friends to come experience ranch life. Carol's hospitality and the idyllic setting made their home a gathering place for cherished moments and lasting friendships.

Later in life, they also lived in Ojai, California, where they worked at the The Thacher School for several years before retiring. Their time at Thacher not only showcased their dedication to  education and horses, but also allowed them to form lasting connections within the community. Carol's nurturing and supportive nature continued to shine, making a positive impact on the lives of those around her, including Victoria Kroehl whom they took in as an AFS student who became a third daughter, living with them through college.

Carol's love for riding miles of trails with her husband, friends, and family on her favorite horse added an extra layer of joy to her life. The rhythmic hoofbeats echoed the bonds of camaraderie and the shared love for the great outdoors. Whether under the golden sun of Etna or amidst the serene beauty of Ojai, these equestrian adventures became cherished memories that embodied Carol's adventurous spirit and love for life.

After retirement they lived in both Ashland, Oregon and Redmond, Oregon where they were able to have family and grandchildren nearby as they continued to make new lasting friendships and memories.

Throughout her life's journey, Carol's love and compassion knew no bounds. Her legacy extends beyond the familial realm, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing her. Before passing, Carol wrote down her wishes, which included this heartfelt statement:
"I am a very thankful person. I am thankful that I have a merciful and living and loving God to worship. I am thankful for all the blessings He has bestowed on me. I was born to loving and patient parents who gave me a wonderful heritage of ancestors. I am extremely thankful for my loving and patient husband. He is a real blessing to me. I am thankful for my three children who have truly been blessings to me. I am thankful for the extra children who came into my life one way or another - and they have been an extended family and blessings to me. I have five outstanding  grandchildren whom I love dearly. Then there are the myriad of relatives and friends who have meant so much to me. I am thankful for all the relationships and all the 'things' God has allowed in my life. Best of all - I love laughter. If I can give just one person a laugh each day, my day has been complete."

As we bid farewell to Carol, let us remember her with gratitude for the love she shared, the lessons she imparted, and the countless lives she enriched. May her memory be a source of comfort and inspiration as we celebrate a life well-lived and a spirit that will forever remain in our hearts.


Preceded in death by her grandparents, parents, and daughter-in-law Marganne Oxley; Carol is survived by her loving husband Bruce Oxley, son, David Oxley, daughters Jill SoutoMaior (Luiz) & Rachel Oxley (Dan), grandchildren Will Oxley (Andrea), Sondra Haro (Denys), Kristina SoutoMaior, Austin SoutoMaior and Taylor Eaton, great grandchildren Amelia Haro & Lydia Haro and extended family members and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to Friends of Crater Lake or Humane Society of Redmond reflecting Carol's commitment to making a positive impact on the world around her.

A memorial service to honor and celebrate Carol's life will be held on July 11th in Redmond, Oregon and a graveyard service will be held on July 13th in Etna, California.
Friends and family are invited to join in remembering this extraordinary woman who touched the lives of so many. May Carol Crowl Oxley rest in eternal peace.

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