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Charmaine Celeste Hunton-Rone

February 3, 1955 ~ November 9, 2021 (age 66)

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Charmaine Celeste Hunton-Rone passed away on Tuesday the 9th after three weeks trying to overcome a stroke. Charmaine, always energetic and cheerful, was known and loved by many in the Bay Area.

Charmaine was born in San Diego to Walter James (Jim) Hunton and Eileen Ernestine Hunton. Her father being in the Navy, Charmaine spent her earliest years in Saipan, Guam and Tennessee as his stationing changed. The family settled in Santa Clara where Charmaine spent her school years among many lifelong friends. After spending a few years in Santa Cruz after high school, Charmaine attended California State University Chico where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree, and where she became friends with her future husband Frank Rone. After graduation in 1982 Charmaine moved back to the Bay Area, living in Santa Clara before moving to San Francisco in 1984, then to Redwood City where she resided for 24 years, and then to San Juan Bautista where she has spent the last 5 years in retirement. Charmaine had careers managing corporate cafeterias in Silicon Valley and working in the Pathology Lab at UCSF before returning to school to get certificates in Kitchen and Bath Design at Canada College in Redwood City. She then spent the last 16 years of her career working in multiple Kitchen and Bath Design showrooms on the mid-peninsula, as well as doing kitchen and bath designs for individuals. Outside of her work, Charmaine also provided volunteer design work and fund raising for Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA). Charmaine was fond of the outdoors and travel, and enjoyed many long trips internationally and throughout the US. She especially enjoyed the islands, and resided part time on Oahu Hawaii in retirement.

Charmaine is survived by her husband Frank, her loving sisters Cynthia Hunton of Redwood City and Tina Williamson of Warrenton Virginia, and loving brother Jim Hunton of San Jose. In addition, she is survived by her nephews Dutch and Austin Williamson, and niece Alicia Ward as well as Alicia’s children Hailey and Christopher, all of whom she cherished deeply.

No memorial service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to UCSF’s Honorary and Memorial Giving program (giving.ucsf.edu/honor-memorial) in Charmaine’s name.

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