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Carissa J. Coleman

April 9, 1969April 2, 2021

After many years of battling a long illness, Carissa Coleman passed away on Friday, April 2; a week prior to what would have been her 52nd birthday. Carissa was born in Oakland on April 9, 1969 to Jo Ann and Tom Coleman. She is a 1987 graduate from Pacific Grove High School. After high school, she lived in Santa Cruz and San Francisco prior to returning to reside in Pacific Grove. Carissa was an artist as well as an accomplished guitar player and musician. She had many lasting friendships with other artists and musicians within the local Monterey Bay music scene. In addition to her creative endeavors, she loved animals and was also a proponent for animal rights. Carissa is survived by her mother, Jo Ann Coleman; her brother, Clark Coleman; her aunt, Darlene Berry and cousin, Colleen Berry. Donations may be made in memory of Carissa Coleman to the Animal Friends Rescue Project, 160 Fountain, Pacific Grove, CA, 93950


  • Animal Friends Rescue Project


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Terri King

April 9, 2021

I enjoyed all the times we got to spend together your music and voice are forever in my soul such a beautiful person ❤️ RIP I will miss u your friend Terri King 🥰

Clark Coleman

April 9, 2021

The central coast lost a shining light with the passing of Carissa. She was a very creative individual and talented musician.
One memory I hold dear is when I was in high school and she was still in middle school. I had $5 allowance on my desk and had a friend and his younger brother over one evening. After my friend and his brother left, the $5 was missing so I asked my sister to play detective. I called my friends back to help me find the money. I had her stand in the middle of the backyard in the dark and look into my bedroom window. My room was bright so the window reflection did not allow her to be seen. I closed her bedroom door and had her music on to give the illusion of her being in her room. When my friend and his brother came over to help, I excused my self to use the bathroom, leaving them alone. My friend's younger brother found the money and I thanked him and they left. After a few minutes Carissa came in almost jumping with glee. "I saw it, I saw it" she hollered. "It was your friend's brother! He stole it!" She had watch him make sure the coast was clear when I went to the bathroom. He had pulled the $5 bill out of his pocket and hid it on my desk before "finding" it for me.
Thank you again sis for helping me solve that caper. I couldn't have done it without you.