Carla J. Mota (nee Dillie, LoBaugh) was born May 7, 1940, in Sterling, Colo. Her parents: Frank J. Dillie and Eula R. Dillie (Kulbe); her siblings: Coral Archuleta, and Cheryl Jackson (deceased). She grew up in Denver and graduated from St. Joseph’s High School (now closed) and from the University of San Francisco cum laude with a degree in Public Administration.
Family: daughter Lisa K. Stenholm; son in law Mark Stenholm; grandson Erik Stenholm, grandson Evan Stenholm, son Anthony LoBaugh. She loved her family beyond her own understanding. Brother Frank J. Dillie, nephew Michael Dillie, Aunt G (being there for Carla her entire life), niece Barbara J. Beaudette, and many cousins far and wide. Jessie Brown, the wonderful Scottish woman who lovingly took care of her children for many years while she worked. Friends: Sue Jo Cassell, a friend of almost 50 years. She was always there for Carla. Sally H. Sutcliffe, her kindred spirit.
Career: For thirty of the thirty five years of Federal Service, she worked for the agency now known as Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). She worked almost exclusively with Medicare. She started in the Denver Regional Office but accepted a promotion and transferred to the San Francisco Regional Office. Towards the end of her career, she briefly held the position of Acting Regional Representative (Medicare) and Acting Deputy Regional Representative with a staff of 160. She strongly believed in the Medicare program.
Travel: She started traveling internationally at age 45 and visited 42 countries. Spent time on a communal farm several miles outside of Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, in 1988, had a home stay in New Zealand and spent time in a rural village in Turkey. Loved learning about the cultures and the people. She visited 28 of the 59 National Parks and believed the U.S. National Park system was an amazing accomplishment.
Volunteer: Several years ago volunteered at Open Heart Kitchen. Felt it was an honor to serve people. For a year was a volunteer ESL tutor and loved working with a wonderful Taiwanese woman about the same age. She resigned in 2017 due to illness.
Married Pascual Mota on May 7, 2015 (her 75th birthday). They spent time taking his vintage cars to car shows, dancing, had a collection of costumes and went to events such as The Dickens Faire and The Renaissance Faire. This abruptly ended when she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia September 2017.
She held her religious beliefs close. She strove to be a humanitarian and wished to be remembered as such.
A longtime member of the Neptune Society, she will be cremated and her ashes scattered on Wrights Beach on the coast north of Bodega Bay. It will be family only and near the places the family has stayed many times over the past 25 years.