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Ernestine Moller Carey (Gilbreth)

Birthdate: (98)
Death: November 4, 2006 (98)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Sr. (central figure of "Cheaper by the Dozen") and Lillian Moller Gilbreth
Wife of Charles Everett Carey, Sr.
Mother of <private> Carey and <private> Barley (Carey)
Sister of Anne M. Barney; Mary Elizabeth Gilbreth; Martha B. Tallman; Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Jr.; William Gilbreth and 7 others

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About Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

Ernestine Moller Gilbreth Carey (April 5, 1908 - November 4, 2006) was an American author.


Born in New York City, she was the daughter of Lillian Moller Gilbreth and Frank Bunker Gilbreth, early 20th-century pioneers of time and motion study and what would now be called organizational behavior. She grew up in Montclair, New Jersey.

The upbringing of the twelve Gilbreth children was chronicled in the successful, comic memoir Cheaper by the Dozen (1948, adapted in a 1950 film). The book, as well as a sequel titled Belles on Their Toes (1952), was written by Carey with one of her younger brothers, Frank.

Carey was a graduate of Smith College and worked as a department store buyer and manager for fourteen years. In 1930, she married Charles Everett Carey, Sr., with whom she had two children, Lillian Carey Barley (b. 1938) and Charles Everett Carey, Jr., (b. 1942). She was the author of several other books, including Rings Around Us, an account of the events that happened from the night she met her future husband, "Chick" Carey, to the night the two watched their daughter dance the Charleston as a high school freshman. Carey resided in Reedley, California.

She died of natural causes in Fresno, California, aged 98, on November 4, 2006.

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Cheaper by the Dozen (with Frank Gilbreth Jr.)
Belles on Their Toes (with Frank Gilbreth Jr.)
Jumping Jupiter
Rings Around Us
Giddy Moment
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Ernestine Gilbreth Carey's Timeline

April 5, 1908
November 4, 2006
Age 98