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Obituary: Iva May Carrico, 93

January 21, 2011

Iva May Carrico, a former Glendale resident, a News-Press Woman of Achievement and past president of the Cabrini Literary Guild, died Nov. 22 in Encinitas. She was 93.

Born in Great Falls, Mont., on Sept. 19, 1917, Carrico and her husband, Champ Lewis, came to California in the 1940s and settled in Glendale with their three daughters in 1951. They were members of Glendale's Incarnation Parish.

She was preceded in death by her husband and is survived by her daughters Judith Lomax, Mara Carrico and Linda Carrico; and her sons Joshua Belle and Adrian Belle.

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A lifelong artist and poet, Iva Carrico was half Chippewa Cree. She was involved with the Kateri Circle of Los Angeles and the Tekakwitha Conference. For several years, she had been the chairwoman of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women and a representative for the Ethnic Ministries/Native American community.

While living in Glendale, she was a member and officer of many organizations, including Catholic Charities, Loaves and Fishes and the Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women and Children. She was recognized as a Woman of Achievement by the Glendale News-Press. She was named one of the Cardinal's Award Honorees in 2001 by Cardinal Roger Mahony in recognition for "extraordinary giving and leadership in improving the quality of life in our community."

There will be two memorial services. An 11 a.m. Mass will be on Feb. 6 at St. Marcellinus Church, Kateri Circle Native American Liturgy, 2349 Strong Ave., Los Angeles. A potluck will follow.

There will be a rosary at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Mass at 11 a.m. Feb. 12 at Incarnation Parish Church, 1001 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Then from noon to 4 p.m. there will be a memorial service at Incarnation Community Center (San Carlos Borromeo Lounge), 214 W. Fairview Ave., Glendale.

For reservations, call (858) 692-8999.

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