After a long and fruitful life, Carroll Hartman passed away on January 20. She was loved by her family and friends, and she will be greatly missed.
Born on July 5, 1920 in Pawhuska to George Edward Tinker and Beulah Tinker, she was a member of the Osage Nation. After growing up in Osage County, surrounded by a large and loving family, she enlisted in the Women’s Army Air Corps (WAAC) in 1942. Many family members were serving in the Armed Forces, including her uncle, General Clarence Tinker. Later, when the WAAC became the Women’s Army Corps, Carroll continued her service. In 1945 she was honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant.
1944 Carroll married Bill Hartman Jr. of Connecticut. While raising their three children they enjoyed living in many parts of the United States, finally settling in Santa Maria in 1959. Carroll was first and foremost a homemaker, but she also joined many service organizations. She was active in the St. Mary’s Altar Society; she was a Campfire Girl leader and President of the General Dynamics Wives Club, and she also taught Catechism. For many years she volunteered at St. Mary’s rectory typing the parish bulletins (on a typewriter!) and printing copies by “running it off” on a mimeograph machine.
With her children grown Carroll went to work full time. For 14 years she was the secretary at St. Mary of the Assumption School. While she was there she made many life long friends and enjoyed helping the students.
Carroll is survived by her three children: Pam (Gerald) Rodriguez of Santa Maria, Bill (Andrea) Hartman of Tennessee, and Barbara (Joseph) Valenta of Santa Maria. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Rob Rodriguez, John Hartman Pacheco, Jaren Rodriguez, Beth Outlaw, Taylor Hartman (USMC), and Thomas Outlaw (US Army). In addition, she was blessed with one great grandson, Ashton Rodriguez.
Carroll also leaves behind her older brother, George Edward Tinker III of Texas, his wife Carol and their four children.
She was preceded in death by her grandsons: Christopher Outlaw and Jason Outlaw.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Friday, Jan. 28 at 12 p.m. at the St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Santa Maria, Calif. Interment followed immediately at the Santa Maria Cemetery.
Arrangements were under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, Crematory and Memory Gardens.