Dr. Carrie Anne Estill, 65, passed away on October 18, 2017 in Paris, France, after a courageous & valiant one-year battle with metastasized cancer.
She was born to Silas and Jean Fisher Estill on October 22, 1951, in Camp Roberts, California, when it was an active Army base. Being a soldier’s daughter she lived in many different places during her childhood including France, Germany and Washington. It was during this time that she developed her love for foreign languages and world travelling. She spoke 13 languages fluently. It was her hope that she would be able to travel to all 195 countries before she died. She was pretty close to making her goal with well over 100 countries. She had been from Uzbekistan to Vietnam to Africa to India, and all places in between.
She graduated from Paso Robles High School in 1969 & attended several universities in pursuit of her doctorate. She finally graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison & officially became Dr. Carrie Estill. She was a world-class champion bridge player, technical writer and a delightful, reliable friend. She truly had a wonderful life.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Mackenzie of Paris and her step-daughter, Ruth Mackenzie of Scotland. She is also survived by her sister Lanette (Ken) Cooper of Atascadero & her cousin Greg (Ciprian) Smith of Munich, Germany. Carrie had 100’s of friends from around the world who helped her during this past year. She was preceded in death by her parents, Silas and Jean Estill, and her brother Augie.
At Carrie’s request, there will be no funeral. A Celebration of her Life will take place in Normandy, France during the weekend of April 7 to 8, 2018. Her ashes will be scattered off the coast of Normandy at that time.