Obituary: Carol Cronenweth

Carol Cronenweth

Carol Cronenweth-Lieu of Malibu, California, passed away on Sunday, July 31, 2022. Born December 27, 1938, in Athens, Tennessee, to Rob & Thelma Ervin, Carol grew up in a tight, southern family with sisters Bobby, Peggy, and Judy Ervin. She graduated from McMinn High School in 1957, leading her basketball team in scoring as a point guard, and was lead majorette for the football team. She attended Bowling Green University before packing up and heading out west at the age of 19.  

Shortly after arriving in Los Angeles, California, she met and married cinematographer Jordan Cronenweth. They started their family in San Fernando Valley, then moved to Malibu, where she spent the next 47 years heavily involved in the community. She served several years as PTA President. She was the first woman baseball and basketball coach, president of the Real Estate Association, a local Agent, and co-owner of boutique, Malibu Rags, to name a few achievements. In 1978, she remarried computer designer Kent Lieu.  

Carol gave her time generously and was a mother figure and mentor to many. She was the embodiment of a strong female way before her time. Behind her magnetic smile was a fiercely determined, southern grit. She was an inspiration to those around her and a truly unstoppable force. A fighter to the end, her legacy and contributions to the betterment of the lives she touched will resonate for generations. 

She is preceded in death by Jordan Cronenweth, Kent Lieu, stepson Scott Lieu, her sisters, and her parents. Still celebrating her life are son Jeff Cronenweth & Loan Nguyen, son Tim Cronenweth & wife Dr. Julie Edween, daughter Christie Cronenweth & husband Stacy Jones, foster-daughter Judy Crary, granddaughter Skylar Cronenweth, step-grandchildren Skylar Ward, Adam & Ryan Houtz, and great, great grandchild Charlie Houtz. 

A Celebration of her Life will be held on March 19, 2023. Please send an email to to receive an invitation.