Rebecca Davidson Karlson, 63, a resident of Palo Alto, died Dec. 23, 2010, while visiting family in Minneapolis, Minn.
She was born in Santa Monica, Calif., and attended Mills College and UCLA, majoring in French.
She was a ballet enthusiast, gourmet cook, world traveler, accomplished sailor and school volunteer. A longtime congregant at Stanford Memorial Church, she was appreciated as a spirited reader of scripture.
She lived her life with dignity and grace, her husband recalled.
She is survived by her daughter, Sarah Karlson of San Diego; and son Doug Karlson and husband Doug Karlson, both of Palo Alto.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 3 p.m. at Stanford Memorial Church.
Contributions in her memory can be made to Mills College or the Stanford University Hospital Spiritual Care Service.