Charlotte R. Schellhaas was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, on February 7, 1938. She passed away on May 14, 2009, after a two-year fight with cancer. To the end, she bore her pain and suffering with great courage, grace and dignity. She was surrounded by her family and friends in her final hours, but, as was typical of her great compassion, she chose to wait until all good-byes were said and her well-wishers left to surrender her great heart. As in all things, she sought to spare the people she loved from as much grief as possible. The most important thing in her life was her family. She rejoiced in their company and her most joyous time was when her family and friends would come to her home for fellowship and good times. She was a collector of people. Most especially she loved to spend time with her grandchildren, recruiting them in her mischief. She loved travel and adventures and when she could include her family she was at her happiest. Charlotte was a retired Account Executive for AT&T. She is survived by her husband, CDR Richard Schellhaas, USN (Ret.); her six children, Robin Ceriani of Grants Pass, OR; David Tocki and David Weiss of Leesburg, VA; Ron and Kristen Tocki of Ramona, CA; Tom and Gail Hurn of Poway, CA; Jeannie and Ricardo D’Abreau of Carlsbad, CA; Jerry Gill of Las Vegas, NV; and Capt. Ross (USMC) and Kristine Schellhaas of Twenty-Nine Palms, CA; her brother, Emmit Hassin of Seal Beach, CA; as well as her 13 grandchildren and her large and diverse “family” of friends. Services were held at Canyon View Christian Fellowship in San Diego on Monday, May 18, 2009. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to San Diego Hospice or Griffin Schellhaas, http://www.griffin.usmclife.com.