Born in San Jose, Calif., on June 16, 1944, Kaarin was the first of Roland Lawrence and Mary Harris Greene’s two children.
Kaarin is survived by her husband of 16 years, Don Brown; her daughters: Sandi Wigger and Robyn Wigger; her step-children: Veronica Torres (Justo), Donnelle Brown, and Scott Brown (Samantha); ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; her brother Alan Greene (Jeanie Hagen); her nephew: Nathan Greene (Sepideh); her niece: Allison Greene; and her stepmother Helen Greene; as well as numerous cousins.
Kaarin’s love of travel developed when she was a child, and over the years she lived in the U.S., including California, Texas, and Utah, and in Italy, and traveled in eight additional countries, as well as throughout California and 44 other states.
She enjoyed nearly all forms of art, both as an audience member and as a performer. She loved to draw and sketch; she specialized in nature and horses. She enjoyed dance, especially ballet (to perform and to watch) and country-western. In high school, she performed on-stage starring in the spring musical and backstage as director and make-up artist. She put her comfort with public speaking to work competing in DAR competitions and Kiwanis competitions. It also gave her confidence in high school, where she was an active member of the International Order of Rainbow for girls, holding several local offices and eventually a state office.
Kaarin graduated from Fresno State College in 1967 with a degree in Home Economics. There she was active in dorm events and president of the Kappa Phraeteres service club and a member of the campus Christian Science Organization. She also worked as a student peer tutor and a library assistant. She then continued her education earning a California Life Teaching Credential.
Kaarin settled in Livermore, Calif., in 1977. Over the years she served the Livermore community in various ways. She was a charter member of the Friends of the Library, helping to write the charter and by-laws documents. She was a parent volunteer at both Smith Elementary and Mendenhall Middle Schools. She served on the school parent advisory committees. For 10 years Kaarin was especially involved with Camp Fire Girls and Boys, leading two clubs, serving as a trainer for other leaders, directing the summer day camp two years, and serving on the two-county executive board. She served her church as Reading Room Librarian, Reader during services, and as an usher.
Throughout her adult life Kaarin expressed gratitude that she was fortunate enough to have a career that made her want to get up every morning and go to work: teaching. Though she originally planned a career with high school students, her year teaching kindergarten in Texas revealed her knack for working with younger students. Over the years she also taught first grade and second grade in Fresno County, and 14 years at eighth grade in Livermore. She loved the eighth graders and the professional colleagues she worked with there.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, July 7, 2019, from 2 to 5 p.m., at Rios-Lovell Estate Winery, 6500 Tesla Road, Livermore.
In lieu of flowers, donations of books may be made to a local elementary or middle school library, or donations of cash or time may be made to the Yosemite Conservancy, 101 Montgomery St. #1700, San Francisco, CA 94104.
Callaghan Mortuary is honored to be serving the Brown family. An online guestbook is available for condolences at www.callaghanmortuary.com.