8/2/1919 – 3/5/2019

Helen Sherman Hathaway passed away peacefully on March 5, 2019.

Helen was born in Santa Barbara, California, on August 2, 1919, to Jessie and Veder Sherman. She grew up on the west side of Santa Barbara and had many fond memories of the “old days.” A true Santa Barbara native, she spent most of her youth at local beaches paddle boarding.

Helen graduated from Santa Barbara High School in 1937 and enrolled at Santa Barbara State College (now UCSB). She majored in art, receiving a bachelor’s degree and a teaching credential in 1941. Helen’s first teaching job was in Ojai. She eventually taught at Carpinteria Union High School, where she was instrumental in designing the famous logo for the Carpinteria Warriors.

In December 1952, Helen married Donald Hathaway while he served in the U.S. Army. They purchased their lifelong home in Montecito, where Don started his career with the Montecito Fire Department.

Helen’s interest in art carried on throughout her life, which was evident in the many watercolor paintings that Helen produced. She was also an avid reader and loved Western, horror, and science fiction movies. Helen enjoyed family camping trips, spending time at the Hathaway Ranch above Carpinteria, and tending to her chickens. One of her great joys for many years was surreptitiously decorating the “freeway tree” on San Ysidro Road in Montecito at Christmas time, joined by family and close friends.

Helen is survived by her daughter Ronda Hathaway and Barbara Essex; son Dean and wife Julie Hathaway; and grandsons Lucas and Dylan Hathaway.

The family wishes to thank Alexander Gardens for their loving and compassionate care, especially Helen’s angel Lupe.

Memorial services will be held at Carpinteria Cemetery on Friday, March 15, at 10 a.m. The family suggests memorial contributions to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care, 512 E. Gutierrez St., Santa Barbara CA 93103.


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