The email below was sent to Carolyn's artgroove.com website subscribers on June 8, 2002, which would have been Carolyn's 65th birthday:
Dear Friends and Collectors of Carolyn Ellingson,
Early in 2002, Carolyn was struck by mesothelioma, an asbestos-related lung cancer. Following a brief illness, she died April 26th in Liberty Lake, WA, where she had relocated April 1st to live with family. A memorial celebration, fittingly moving and spirited, was held May 18th in her art studio at Hunters Point Shipyard, San Francisco. Carolyn's obituary, as it appeared in the May 8th San Francisco Chronicle, follows at the end of this email.
Carolyn's web site, artgroove.com, will be maintained and developed indefinitely. Through her web site, we intend to provide both expanded access to Carolyn's art as well as additional information about her life. You may subscribe to, or unsubscribe from, the artgroove.com contact list (the "Open Studio" and "Auction Watch" lists have been merged to create a single contact list), which we will use for email updates of significant developments:
Thank you for your interest in Carolyn's life and art.
Randy Ellingson, on behalf of artgroove.com
Carolyn's Obituary, as it appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, can be read here.