Obituary
Wanda Lou Haynes (1927-2022)

Wanda Lou Haynes (1927-2022)

Wanda Lou Haynes, 94, passed away in the early hours of May 6th, 2022 in Fillmore, CA.
“Always be happy in what you do, this is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” This was Wanda’s philosophy, and what guided her life, along with a foundation of kindness and hard work, instilled by her late mother and father, Olen and Sue Core.
Wanda was born in Ratcliff, Arkansas in 1927 and lived the majority of her 94 years in Fillmore, CA, where her family settled when she was a young girl. Wanda was a strong fixture in the community. She began working at the Fillmore Theater while in high school, ushering guests to their seats while her father ran the projector. She went on the graduate from Fillmore High School in 1945. She then moved to the “big city of Ventura” with a few girlfriends, where she worked as a telephone operator and billing clerk. She once said she moved with her girlfriends so they could “meet their husbands”. In the interim she progressed to a supervisor with the phone company and, eventually, to a management career in banking at Ramona Savings and Loan, where she worked from 1953 until her retirement in 1990.
While Wanda retired from her career in banking, she did not retire from life. She went on to travel extensively throughout the world with long time friends, while making new friends along the way, even luring one to start a business in her precious, small town of Fillmore. She continued to support her friends and local organizations through her administrative work for a local chiropractor, financial firm and law firm, as well as her volunteer work with the Fillmore Alumni Association, where she served as a board member and President.
Wanda married the love of her life, William “Bill” Haynes, in 1953, and was blessed with two children, Paula and Steve. Wanda lost her husband to cancer in 1974, but her love for him was sustained through her family. Her children blessed her with four grandchildren, who went on to bless her with five great grandchildren. The joy of her life was family. She devoted herself to them. All who knew her, could feel in every word and action that her family was at the center of who she was. She also lived a life of service to the Lord, who we know welcomed her into the gates of heaven with a warm embrace, where she rejoices in His love, and is now reunited with her sweet Bill. She was fully loved, is greatly missed, and will survive through us who were blessed to be a part of her; daughter Paula Collins and husband Jeff; son Steven Haynes. Grandchildren Kimberly Ritchey; Melisa Ritchey Collins and husband Justin; William Haynes and wife Jessica; Christopher Haynes and wife Courtney; step grandson, Jacob Collins and great grandchildren; Gavin, Raegan and Milo Collins and Garrett and Tristan Haynes.
“I am glad that God made me the way I am. He is my inspiration when I am sad, and when I am glad. Be happy in all that you do and always think positive. He will lead you all the way.” Wanda L Haynes
In lieu of flowers donations to the Fillmore High Alumni Associated would be greatly appreciated.

 
Obituary
Steve Alfred Acosta (1960-2022)

Steve Alfred Acosta (1960-2022)

Our father, Steve Alfred Acosta, died at the age of 62 on April 21, 2022, in Piru, CA. Steve was born on April 11, 1960, in Oxnard, CA, to Viola Anne and Alfred Andrew Acosta. Steve was raised in the great town of Piru, CA, and graduated from Fillmore High School. He was brother to Jeffrey Curtis Acosta and Stephanie Ann Acosta. Steve was a jack-of-all-trades and enjoyed his work as a professional welder for 25 years. He enjoyed the waters and canyons of greater Piru and loved spending time with his family. He was a genuine friend, and his kindness was well known by many. Steve now leaves his legacy, hopes, and dreams in the hearts and hands of his children, grandchildren, and family.
Steve is preceded in death by his brother, Jeffrey Curtis Acosta, father, Alfred Andrew Acosta, grandmother, Lupe Dominguez, and grandfather, Fermin Ramirez. Steve leaves behind his daughters, Diana Marie (Acosta) Sawyer and Amber Natividad (Acosta) Campbell, sons, Steve Andrew Acosta and Daniel Thomas Drum, and grandchildren, Maya Isabella Thompson, Madison Natividad Thompson, Aiden Orion Campbell, Slade Lee Campbell, Rhyder Dakoda Bear Campbell, Harper Faith Campbell, and Finley Sawyer. Steve also shared his love and influence as a father to Hailey Drum and Aubree Drum, and had love for his friend of many years, Kimberly Drum.
Steve was a well loved, good man, who, at his core, strived to be an honorable father, son, and brother. Our dad is truly and deeply missed. There are no words to convey our sorrow over the sudden and tragic death of our father. We miss you dad, we love you dad, now and always. Your soul has been returned home; be at peace.
Steve will be cremated, and a celebration of life will be held at a later date. Thank you to our dear family and friends for your love and support during this difficult time.
To sign the family's online guest book please visit our website: www.santapaulafuneralhome.com and locate Steve's name in "Recent Obituaries".
Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Family Owned & Operated ROBERT REY GARCIA JR FUNERAL SERVICES, SANTA PAULA, CA 805.229.705

 
Obituary
Ellen Mae Gravley (1931-2022)

Ellen Mae Gravley (1931-2022)

Ellen Mae Akers passed away peacefully in her sleep on April 15, 2022 in Santa Clarita, CA. She was 90 years old. She was born in Arkansas City, Kansas on May 27, 1931 to Carl and Ada Akers and was the eldest of 7 children. She graduated High School in 1948 and started working at General Electric where she met the love of her life Joe Gravley. In 1955 they married and had 5 children. In the early 70’s they moved to Fillmore, California to be near her family and raise their kids. She worked as an office manager at her families business for almost 30 years in Saticoy, CA. Ellen and Joe were married for 57 wonderful years before he passed away in 2012. She was a loving Christian who was cherished by all that knew her and a very active member at the Fillmore Foursquare Church for years. She enjoyed going to yard sales and playing dominoes and cards with her family and friends. Her family was the most important part of her life especially with the grandkids and great grandkids. She is loved and will be dearly missed. Now God has a new angel by his side.
Ellen is survived by her 5 children and their spouses Angela and Steve Core, Joe and Thaisa Gravley, Rhonda Asfor, Shiryl and Bob Mandeville, Leanne and Phil Mori along with 9 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
A “Celebration of Life” will be held on May 27, 2022 between 1:00pm -6:00pm in Santa Clarita, CA. Please contact a family for more details.

 
Obituary
Silvestre Torres (1939-2021)

Silvestre Torres (1939-2021)

Silvestre Torres took his last breath on May 11, 2021.
Almost a year later, we can barely get past the tears to write this. When someone you love dies it is so common to hear countless expressions that are meant to ease the terrible pain and void left in your heart.
The truth is that death is a terrible enemy. It stings and leaves a gaping hole in your heart and the realization that everything you once had is gone.
Yes, he is finally resting. You would rather he be alive, but not at his expense (while in grueling pain). Coming to grips with that makes it easier to see them fall asleep in death. Yes, you would rather hug them and spend hours talking with them and having a good time, but not at their expense. Love helps us to let go…to be at peace when they are ready to close their eyes and finally rest. The fight is over. Your heart is torn, but they are resting.
The person you knew with all their wisdom and life experience is gone. A life snuffed out. Gone, just gone. Memories can ease the pain, but nothing can replace that void. Why? The only true way to fill that terrible void is to have your loved one alive again and well. To hold them in our arms again. To talk, laugh and enjoy life together with them again.
That is what our King Christ Jesus made possible when he gave his life as a ransom sacrifice. Yes, Christ died so that those exercising faith in him might have everlasting life. Even those who have fallen asleep in death will be resurrected or be brought back to life here on earth and to be reunited with their loved ones. That future promise is what truly comforts our aching hearts and helps us to cope in the meantime.
Silvestre lived an incredibly simple yet rich and fulfilling life. At the center of it was family. That is what drove his work ethic and love of life.
He worked hard being the 6th child in a family of 12. As soon as you were 4-5 years old grampa would sit you down and give you “the talk” – it’s all about working together as a family, helping each other, and showing respect. His father taught him to farm - sugar cane and maiz. Later, he left his hometown Ameca, Jalisco eventually settling in Santa Paula. Picking oranges and lemons was hard work, but dad never complained. He loved working hard to provide for his wife and 5 children (Letty, Juan, Javier, Teresa, Luly).
He was never too tired to spend time with us at the dinner table. We had so much fun always going to the beach, Steckel Park or just making carne asada at home while listening to Pedro Infante music.
Dad had a photographic memory. He related stories with detailed descriptions of people, places, and dates. He had a smile that hardly left him. His positivity was a source of comfort – “nothing was beyond hope” he would say.
Dad loved his children, grandchildren, and great grandchild so, so much. You could feel it and he made sure you knew it. He always made children smile and always had something sweet in his pocket for them. His greatest love was for mom (Rita)- his wife, dance partner and soul mate for 53 years. You could see it in his eyes. Even right down to the end when he could hardly speak -he held her and kissed her. We will see you soon dad.

 
Obituary
Sally Horn (1964-2022)

Sally Horn (1964-2022)

It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that we share the passing of Miss Sally Horn, 57, beloved wife, mother, grandma, daughter, sister, Tia, niece, cousin and friend to many. Sally entered into Heaven smiling peacefully at her home on Cinco De Mayo, May 5, 2022 with her family at her side after a 5 year long dignified battle with cancer. Sally was the youngest daughter born to John and Juanita (Jenny) Alvary of Piru California on November 13th, 1964, and grew up there with her brothers and sisters. She attended both Piru and Fillmore schools, graduating from Fillmore High in the class of 82. Growing up Sally had a special bond with her family who always kept a watchful eye on their baby sister “Chole”. That relationship is a forever one. In 1978 Hollywood came to Piru where Sally and her other childhood playmates were in Rod Stewart’s rock video “Hot Legs” as extras along side of the band. In High School and Moorpark College Sally was highly athletic excelling in fast pitch softball as pitcher and shortstop. After graduation Sally began her banking career as a teller at the Fillmore Bank of A. Levy, later becoming Well’s Fargo. Sally worked at various branch locations throughout her distinguished 36 year career in the banking industry earning her the title of Premier Banker, and receiving that award in 2010 at the Wells Fargo corporate office in San Francisco. She was a well-respected Wells Fargo team member who always carried herself with integrity and professionalism. On October 1st, 1988 Sally married her husband and best friend Mike of 34 years, and together started their family on a relatives little orange grove ranch at the edge of town where she would later give birth to Ryan & Eryn, the two most precious joys of her life. Sally recently became a proud Grandma “GiGi” to her sweet little grandson Charlie. When Baby Charlie would run into the room Sally’s face would light right up and she would say “hey baby”…Sally was a proud and devoted mother always making sure her family was taken care of and had what ever they needed. Sally attended the San Salvador Mission in Piru sitting in the family pew, and never once through this journey questioned her faith. Sally always worked hard but made time to laugh and have fun. She loved hosting large gatherings of family and friends in her home and cooking. Chili verde was her favorite requested dish though she had many family recipes that she often baked. She always made sure everybody had enough to eat and some to take home for later. Sally enjoyed gardening and tending to her roses, Sunday drives to the Santa Barbara pier for ice cream, Friday night date night with her husband and camping at the beach on the Rincon to name just a few. But most of all Sally just absolutely enjoyed being around family and friends talking, laughing or watching a good movie. Sally was preceded in death by her father John Alvary, sister Geraldine Alvary and her little brother Tony Alvary. She is survived by her husband Mike Horn, children Ryan Horn, Eryn Horn, Charles (son in-law), Baby Charlie (grandson), mother Jenny Alvary & Rafael Lara, mother and father in-law Marla and Larry DeSha, sisters: Christina Alvary and Leticia Alvary, brothers: Robert, George, Juan (Poncho), and Jesse Alvary, Sister in-law Heidi Glass and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. The Family would like to thank Sally’s Oncology / Radiology team of Doctors and staff, all the nurses, caretakers and the folks at Buena Vista Hospice. The Family would like to especially thank Dr. Oh, for giving us 9 more memorable months with our dear sweet Sally. Our family misses Sally so very much and her beautiful spirit and smile will forever be in our hearts.
Visitation will be held Monday, May 16th from 1pm to 9pm with the Rosary commencing at 7pm, located at the Perez Family Funeral Home 600 Central Ave. Fillmore CA. 93015.
Mass will be held on Tuesday, May 17th at 10:00am at the San Salvador Mission in Piru CA. 93040. Graveside services to follow at Bardsdale Cemetery in Fillmore May 17th 2022.
Please join us in a celebration gathering at Sally’s home located at 981 Meadowlark Drive, Fillmore Ca.93015 right after graveside services. Catered lunch will be served.

 
Obituary
Jacob Seigler Jr. (1928-2022)

Jacob Seigler Jr. (1928-2022)

Jacob Seigler Jr, born in Bardsdale CA on July 3rd, 1928, the youngest of 10 children to Jacob and Myrtle Seigler, passed away peacefully at his Fillmore home on April 27th.
After graduating from Fillmore High, class of ‘46, Jake spent 2 years in the U.S. Army serving in Korea, earning both the Bronze Star and UN Service Medal as a member of HV Mortar CO 223D.
Upon returning home, he met Wanda, his soul mate and wife of 67 years. Their life together was filled with much love and adventure. Jake enjoyed camping, hunting and a special passion of fishing on his boat, Mai Toi. He could sure tell a good fish story, some actually true.
Jake was a hard worker who earned praise as one of the best mechanics and heavy equipment operators in Southern California. He was always willing to teach his skills to others and generously gave his time and equipment to help develop and improve the Santa Paula Little League Field, Fillmore HS student farm and the Santa Paula Airport. He also continued the family tradition of farming by maintaining a 10 acre ranch in Bardsdale, growing both oranges and avocados.
In addition to being a loving husband to his beautiful wife Wanda, Jake was a proud and loving father and grandfather to his son Richard (Clara), daughter Mary Ann (Clint). And granddaughter Angel Hernandez.
We would like to extend this special thanks to Jake's caregivers and the staff from Mission Hospice for their excellent and loving care.
A remembrance gathering for Jake will be held June 12th at 1 PM at the Fillmore Railroad Museum. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Fillmore Alumni association scholarship fund.

 
Obituary
J.C. Taylor (1927–2022)

J.C. Taylor (1927–2022)

J.C. Taylor, age 94, of Long Beach, California, whose growing up years were in Fillmore, passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2022 from declining health problems.
J.C. was born on December 4, 1927 in Newport, Oklahoma to James Claudie and Ellen Taylornee Talbot and came to Fillmore, California with his family in 1936.
Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife Eva, sisters: Geneva Rich and Kathy Kappler, and his brother: Boyce. He is survived by his son, Ernest Bruce Taylor (nee Boyer), Daughter-in-Law, Janet Taylor (nee Hocker), grandsons: Elliot Henry Millerd-Taylor and Neal Spencer Millerd-Taylor, and his sister Maxine Holley Merry. J.C. is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He was dearly loved by all his family and acquaintances.
J.C. attended Fillmore schools, graduating with the Class of ’45. In his high school years he excelled in several sports, most notably at the time basketball. In one particular competition in the gym he made 76 straight free throws. Someone remarked “that guy is as sharp as a razor!” “Razor,” that was the name his fellow students and many adults continued to call him throughout his life. It was immortalized by a tattoo on his arm. To his family “J” was the name of choice.
J.C. enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1950 and served for 20 years, primarily in the AF Security Forces. In 1952 he married Evangeline Pearl Boyer. They had been married for 66 years at the time of Eva’s death in 2018. With their son, Ernie, they lived at 6 different USAF Bases during his career and J.C. deployed twice on his own. It started at March, AFB, CA; Abilene AFB, KS; Ben-Guerrir AB, French Morocco; Davis-Monthan AB, AZ; Yokota AB, Japan; Malmstrom AFB, MT; Fairchild AFB, WA; U-Tapao AB, Thailand; and, finally Beale AFB, CA. J.C. retired from the Air Force after 20 years and the family settled in Long Beach, CA where he was a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 22 years.
J.C. and Eva loved to dance. They participated in square and round dance events in many states, and Canada.
J.C. was also a bowler, starting while in Japan. He learned quickly and became the ABC PACAF bowler of the year in 1960 after rolling a 707 series. He bowled regularly in the Orange County area. He competed in State and National tournaments, and was a regular at the High Roller competitions. He bowled eight 300 games and two 800 series and was admitted into the International Bowling Hall of Fame in 1997. The closure of all bowling alleys in 2019 for the COVID-protocols ended his bowling years.
Being chosen to be a member of the Fillmore Union High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2011, meant a lot to “Razor.” He had very good memories of growing up in Fillmore, especially the high school years and sports. He loved coming back for visits staying with his sister at the Holley ranch, driving around town to see how it had changed and attending the annual Fillmore Alumni dinners.
J’s other hobbies included working any daily crossword puzzle in the newspaper, coin collecting and gardening. He was always a fan of 40’s music, especially Benny Carter.
J.C.-Razor-J was a wonderful and helpful “big brother” to his siblings, a loved husband, Dad, Grandpa, Pops. His remaining family members will miss him very much.
If you wish to make a memorial contribution, the family suggests they be made to the Fillmore High School Alumni Association or the Fillmore High School Sports Hall of Fame.

 
Obituary
William “Bill” Brewer (1944-2022)

William “Bill” Brewer (1944-2022)

Former Police Chief of Fillmore passes.
William “Bill” Brewer passed away April 5th, 2022 at 18:34 in Roseville, California.
Bill was born June 10th, 1944 in Trona, Ca; moved to Piru, Ca in 1947 and lived on his grandfather's dairy farm until 1950 when he and his family moved to Fillmore, Ca.
He graduated in June of 1962 from Fillmore High and worked several local jobs including being a reserve policeman for the City of Fillmore. Bill's career in law enforcement continued to excel up the ranks. He attended the FBI Police Chiefs' Academy in Virginia February 1974 and became Chief of Police, City of Fillmore, January 1975 until he left in 1986. After leaving Fillmore he and his family moved to Sacramento where he worked for the state until he retired in 2001.
Bill was married to Rayna Lammers but divorced in 1972. In July 1980 Bill married Alicia Deana Ramirez. She passed March 2015 in Sacramento, Ca. They have two children Deanna Louisa (Brewer) Perez and Adan Cristobal Brewer along with two grandchildren, Dominic William Robert Brewer and Marisol Lola Brewer. Bill is also survived by two sisters, Marla Desha and Renee Evans and many nieces/nephews/cousins.
Bill was also affiliated with the Masons of California over 53 years in Fillmore; Santa Paula; and Sacramento area. He received the Hiram award in 2015 and also the 25 year and 50 year anniversary awards.
Viewing is scheduled May 12th, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Perez Family Funeral Home, Central Avenue, Fillmore, Ca. Graveside services will be held at Bardsdale Cemetery May 13th, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.

 
Obituary
Arron Renee Diaz (1966-2022)

Arron Renee Diaz (1966-2022)

Our beloved Arron Renee Diaz, 55, passed away on April 24th, 2022 at home surrounded by family at her bedside.
Arron was born on November 30th, 1966 in Orange, California. She was born with Down Syndrome. At the time of her birth, doctors said Arron would not live past 12 years of age and placing her in an institution should be considered as an option. Arron defied those odds and remained at home all of her life enjoying camping, eating out, family road trips and an active life. She competed in gymnastics, running, bowling and ice skating in the Special Olympics. There are many things that are classic Arron; she loved going to COSTCO and having lunch on the outside patio. Arron liked dancing the Macarena, break dancing, listening to Michael Jackson songs and watching Rocky movies. She loved her many dolls and the family dogs Tinkerbell, Cali and Humphrey. Arron also enjoyed relaxing on the couch with Jackson, the ratty twenty year old cat. Most of all, Arron loved her family and hanging out with her Dad!
During the later years, Arron suffered from conditions related to Down Syndrome and dementia. The family would like to thank Arron’s Primary Care Physician Dr. Michael Tushla, Santa Paula Emergency Room/ICU Physicians Dr. Anthony Walls, Dr. Tyler Barr and Dr. Clare Donnelly-Taylor and the many nurses, respiratory therapists and medical staff at Santa Paula Hospital for their compassionate care of Arron. Arron also received compassionate care and assistance from Tri-Counties Regional Center and ARC of Ventura County, where Arron attended for over twenty years until her health began to fail. The Family would like to specifically thank Mary Sawyer and Alice Rivera from ARC for their love for Arron. And, Access TLC Hospice Care nurses Renee and Stephanie for their care of Our Arron in those final hours. And, Arron’s Niece Bethany for the devotion and care she gave to her Auntie Arron for the last 1 1/2 years of her life and specifically the last hours when Bethany remained vigilant with Our Honey’s care.
Arron is the daughter of Richard and Carolyn Diaz of Fillmore, California. She’s also survived by Sisters Brooke Heinrich (Rob) of Flagstaff, Arizona, Julia Fitzgibbons (Daniel) of North Hollywood, California, and Brother Phillip (Cynthia) Diaz of Chula Vista, California. Nephews Jordan Cox (Christine Hendriks) of Scottsdale, Arizona, Joshua Cox of Flagstaff, Arizona, Beckett Fitzgibbons and Chase Fitzgibbons of North Hollywood, California. Nieces Bethany Cox of Fillmore, California, Brynna Cox of Flagstaff, Arizona and Hailee Diaz of Chula Vista, California and many uncles, aunties and lifelong friends who love her very much. Arron was preceded in death by Grandpa Cecelio and Grandma Joan Diaz, Grandma Ruth Dorton and Grandpa Bill Brunett, Uncles Alan and John Diaz and Aunties Janis and Diane Diaz.
Our family misses Arron very much and Arron’s presence in our lives will always be there! A celebration of Arron’s life will be on Sunday, June 12th, 2022 at 12:00pm at the Fillmore Veterans Memorial Building, 511 Second St, Fillmore, California. So that the family can have an estimated attendance to order enough food, please RSVP to arronscelebration@gmail.com.

 
Obituary
Thelma Alene Hill (1925-2022)

Thelma Alene Hill (1925-2022)

Thelma Alene Hill passed away Tuesday morning, April 12th, 2022, at home in Alma, Arkansas.
She was born September 28th, 1925 in Dyer, Arkansas, the daughter of Bob and Nellie (Flanigan) Hankins. Thelma attended school in Dyer and Alma high school to the 10th grade. She married William (Bill) Hill on May 13th, 1941 in Ozark, Arkansas.
Thelma loved piecing and quilting quilts, tending to her plants and flowers, fishing and cooking.
She was devoted to her Christian faith. She loves spending time with her family, grandchildren and friends. She was always ready to help others when needed. She did not have any animals but, her door was always open for the grandkid’s animals.
Thelma was preceded in death by her parents; her husband ; her two sons; Donald and Bobby; three granddaughters, Sheila, Carrie, and Lisa; one great grandson Kevin; five brothers, Bill, Jay, Walter, Fred and Matthew; and two sisters, Peggy Jean and Maude Davis; mother-in-law Beatrice and father-in-law, William Hill; and several nephews and nieces. She is survived by her children; Billy Wayne Hill and wife Barbara of Victorville, California, Larry Wayne Hill of
Kelseyville, California, and Thelma Lois Kozar and Husband John of Alma, Arkansas; 14 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; and 11 great- great- grandchildren. Also, many nieces and nephews and friends.
Visitation will be held Thursday, May 5th from 4 PM to 8 PM located at the Perez Family Funeral Home 600 Central Ave., Fillmore, CA 93015. Funeral service will be held Friday, May 6th at 9 AM at the Perez Family Funeral Home 600 Central Ave. Fillmore, CA 93015. Burial to follow at Bardsdale Cemetery in Fillmore.

 
Obituary
Allen Duane Horn (1943-2022)

Allen Duane Horn (1943-2022)

Allen Duane Horn “Stretch” was born April 9, 1943 in Santa Paula, California. He died February 16, 2022 in Kingwood, Texas surrounded by his family.
After graduating from Fillmore High School in 1961 Allen joined the Army in 1962 and served 4 years. After his service Allen began working in the Oil and Gas Industry where he worked for over 55 years. He made a lot of accomplishments, owned businesses and was known to the Oil field industry as “Stretch.”
He married his wife Sandy of 57 years in 1965 and they began their life and adventures. They lived in Fillmore and Ventura until 1994 when they moved to Texas and continued their endeavors and adventures up to the day of his passing.
His hobbies were coaching, softball, water skiing, camping, fishing, hunting, traveling, tinkering on cars and around the house. He loved going to the beach but most of all he loved spending time with his family.
Allen had a way of making people smile and laugh. If you had the privilege of knowing him then you had the privilege of calling him a Husband, Papa, Dad, Grandfather, Great Grandfather Brother, Uncle or friend.
Allen is survived by his wife Sandra Lynn Horn, his son Todd Horn and his wife Lori, his daughter Cheri Horn Harp and her husband Brian. Also by his second daughter Katie Rentfro and her husband Brad. His grandchildren Brittany Harp Hensley and her husband Clyde, Allie Harp Fox and her husband Jeff, Tyler Horn and his wife Brooke and Ashley Horn. He is also survived by his brother Bob Horn and his wife Pat, his sister Sharon Horn Villasenor and her husband David and his brother Steven Horn and his wife Maranda. Surviving also are 7 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert & Helen Horn and brothers Jim Horn and David Horn.
Burial was on March 18, 2022 at the Veterans Cemetery in Houston, Texas. A
Celebration of Life will be held at Britt Park (Piru Petroleum Club) 3824 Guiberson Road on Saturday, April 30, 2022 beginning at 11:30AM. Lunch will be served.

 
Obituary
Margie Tucker Abbey (1943-2022)

Margie Tucker Abbey (1943-2022)

Our beloved Mom and Nana Margie Tucker Abbey passed away peacefully in her sleep on March 24, 2022. She was born February 10, 1943 to Ottie Yarbrough and Clara Richie in San Migal, California. She was a longtime Fillmore resident.
She is preceded in death by Dewey H. Tucker and Earl D. Abbey.
She is survived by a Son Dewey (Les) Tucker and Daughter Teresa Tucker Mills. She had 5 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
Service will be held at Faith Community Church on April 23, 2022 at 11:00am.
In Lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations for FFA and 4H in Fillmore in Margie’s name.

 
Obituary
Marilyn R. Griffin (1936-2022)

Marilyn R. Griffin (1936-2022)

Marilyn R. Griffin, nee’ Vanderbush, loving wife, mother and social leader, passed away April 3, 2022 at Ventura County Medical Center. The cause of death remains to be determined. Marilyn fought hard until the end. She loved life, her family, community, and did not go easily. Marilyn is survived by her beloved husband Jack to whom she was married for over 65 years, daughter Christine, sons James and David, grandchildren Dustin, Rose, Madison, Ellie and Bridget, her sister Gloria and brother Al, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Bud, Cliff, and Vic.
Marilyn was born in May, 1936 in East Los Angeles. She grew up in Monterey Park and El Monte. She was the youngest child of Herman and Martha Vanderbush, whose families emigrated from Europe. Her father was a member of the Civil Air Patrol during WWII, which nurtured Marilyn’s lifelong love of America. Marilyn attended San Gabriel MissionSchoolinitially, and played with the Monterey Park Drum and Bugle Corps during her middle school years.
She met her sweetheart Jack during her first year at Mark Keppel High School. They began dating when Marilyn was 14 and Jack 15. They both knew they were made for each other. Marilyn was the Valedictorian of her class, graduating a year after Jack. They were married at age 20, while Jack attended Cal State Los Angeles and living in Monterey Park. Just prior to Jack’s graduation, Christine came along, and after a work related move to Ojai, she was followed by Jim and David. Marilyn was always a fierce protector of her children and looked after them very well.
After a year in Ventura, the Griffins bought their first home in El Monte in 1964. Marilyn worked outside the home as a bookkeeper and office manager, all the while raising the kids and running the household. She was with American Landscape for over 20 years. In 1971the family moved to Canoga Park, followed by another move three years later to Woodland Hills, where the kids grew up and left home. That prompted Jack and Marilyn to purchase their small farm in Fillmore in 1987, where they reside to this day. They ‘camped out’ in the garage while they renovated the entire house. Marilyn loved their home and was very proud of it. She enjoyed gardening, decorating, home improvements, working with Jack on eBay, doing her work with the Fillmore Women’s Club, and putting on fabulous dinners for her family. She would celebrate every family member’s birthday by cooking their meal of choice.
Marilyn was an extraordinary woman, wife, mother, and friend. We will all miss her wonderful cooking, her smile, selflessness, and her never-ending love.
A remembrance and celebration of her life is being held on April 23, 2022, 10:00 am at The Elks Lodge of Ventura, 2126 Knoll Drive, Ventura, CA 93003.
Flowers are welcome or please consider making a donation to the Fillmore Women’s Club in her name at: either: susandray@hotmail.com or www.fillmorewomensserviceclub.com/contact.

 
Obituary
Verlee Ann Duckett (1929-2022)

Verlee Ann Duckett (1929-2022)

Verlee Ann Duckett passed away on March 7th, 2022 in Fillmore, California. She was 92 years old.
Verlee was born on June 20th, 1929 on a farm in Nebraska. Verlee grew up in Fillmore, California after moving from Nebraska at the age of six with her parents, Gilbert and Louise Wilson, and sister, Eileen. While attending Fillmore High School, she met her husband, Douglas, and later raised three children together. Throughout their lives together, Douglas and Verlee enjoyed hosting get-togethers in their home with loved ones. Verlee loved remembering the past while laughing along with family and friends. She would frequently reminisce about walking home from Bardsdale School as she and her sister would stop and climb fruit trees along the way.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas Duckett, and sister, Eileen Rose. She is survived by her children, Michael Duckett, Christine Medina, and Janna Cassidy. She is also survived by six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Verlee will be loved forever and ever by her family. She will be buried alongside her husband, Douglas Duckett, at the Bardsdale Cemetery in Fillmore, California.

 
Obituary
John Arthur Eaton (1932-2022)

John Arthur Eaton (1932-2022)

After a short battle with cancer, our beloved dad, John Eaton, went home to be with his Savior. He joined his many loved ones already there.
John was born in Bakersfield, CA, and was the eldest child of John and Ruby Eaton. The family moved to the Fillmore area, where John met and married his high school sweetheart, Lynn Maxwell. Three children were born to them: Gary, Leah, and Tami.
John served as a Navy gun captain in the Korean War and came to know Christ during those years.
In 1963, after completing missions’ training, John and Lynn took their young family to the Philippines, where they served as missionaries for 12 years with New Tribes Mission (now Ethnos360). They lived in the mountains of Nueva Viscaya, surrounded by the Kalanguya tribal people, to whom they brought the Good News of Jesus Christ. There is still a strong church among the Kalanguya people.
In later years, John was wed to Claire Caudle of Santa Barbara.
Some of our dad’s (Papa's) greatest joys were taking friends out to eat, flying small planes, meeting new people, fishing, traveling, and telling anyone about the Good News whenever he could bring it into the conversation.
Our Papa was preceded in death by his parents, as well as his younger brother, Tom. He is survived by his sister Sara (Donald) Barlow of Cotton Valley, AZ. He is also survived by his son, Gary (Kellie) Eaton of Newcastle, Australia; daughter Leah (Peter) Humphreys of Ontario, Canada; and daughter Tami (Charlie) Rutledge of Camarillo, CA.
How Papa John loved being a grampa and a great grampa! He is deeply missed by the whole family and leaves behind 12 beloved grandchildren and 33 wonderful great grandchildren.
A celebration of Papa John’s life will be held on March 30th at 2 pm at Chapel City Church (2310 Ventura Blvd, Camarillo, CA).
In memory of Papa John, donations are being made to the missionary counseling ministry of Peter and Leah Humphreys. If you would like to contribute, donations can be written out to Ethnos 360, and sent to 312 W First St., Sanford, FL 32771, with a note designating it for Peter and Leah. Online donations can be made here:
Rejoice with us in Papa John’s promotion to Glory!

 
Obituary
Hector Martinez Niño (1972-2022)

Hector Martinez Niño (1972-2022)

It is with a heavy heart we announce that Hector Martinez Niño, age 49, was suddenly taken from us on February 24th, 2022 after an unexpected battle with thyroid cancer. He was born on April 24th, 1972 to parents Alberto and Ernestina Niño. He was born in Michoacán, Mexico, and was the oldest of four sons.
He attended Fillmore High School and graduated in 1991. He was a Sheet Metal Leadsman at MW Saussé and Co Inc/VIBREX in Valencia, CA from 2003 until his passing. He was also a Shop Steward for Local 170 Union. He was very respected and dedicated to his trade. He was a leader and fighter for his fellow employees. He was the true definition of someone who loved their job. Words cannot express the passion and pride he had for his job. He loved everyone whom he worked with.
Hector’s interests included spending quality time with family and friends, barbecuing, dancing, traveling, golfing, and serving the Lord. He loved watching his Dallas Cowboys and LA Dodgers play. In his last few years, he grew strong in his faith and relationship with the Lord. He attended church at Canyon Hills Assembly of God as often as he could. His faith and love for God helped him during the hardest of times before his passing.
Everyone who knew him, knew that family was very important to him. He was an amazing husband, wonderful father/stepfather, loving grandfather and loyal brother. He had a great sense of humor, huge heart and selfless until the end.
Hector is survived by his wife Victoria Ramos Niño, daughters Krystal, Ashley and Nataly Niño, stepdaughters Angelina & (Anthony) Arambula and Angelica Juarez, granddaughters Skylar Slack, Sunyia and Saige Person, brothers Alberto, Oscar & (Elvia), and Tony Niño, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends that held a special place in his heart.
He is greeted in heaven by his father, beautiful mother that passed twelve days before him, as well as numerous loved ones.
His loved ones are completely heartbroken and devastated by this sudden loss. Hector will remain in our hearts forever.
Hector’s spouse would like to thank all family, friends and church family for the continued prayers and support.
Family and friends are invited to attend the viewing on Tuesday, March 29th, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary, located at 9101 Kern Canyon Road, Bakersfield, CA 93306. Celebration of Life will be on Wednesday, March 30th, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at Canyon Hills Assembly of God, located at 7001 Auburn Street, Bakersfield, CA 93306. Reception to follow at The Hidden Garden 2494 E. Brundage Lane, Bakersfield, CA 93307.
“You were more than a husband; you were my best friend.”

 
Obituary
Patrick Thomas Roud (1933-2022)

Patrick Thomas Roud (1933-2022)

Patrick Thomas Roud passed away February 9th, 2022 at his home in Fillmore, California with family by his side.
Patrick, or Tom depending on how you knew him, was born on January 19th, 1933 in Dublin, Ireland. At the age of 23 he left Ireland for Canada to work as a painter for the Canadian government. At a dance hall in Vancouver he met Maureen Dineen and they married in 1958, having their first child one year later. In 1960 Tom and Maureen immigrated to the United States and settled in Van Nuys, CA. Over the next 12 years Tom worked hard to earn his contractor’s license and establish his painting business. While living in Van Nuys they had four more children. In the little free time Tom and Maureen had they belonged to a square dancing club and Tom raised canaries in their backyard. In 1972 Tom moved his family to Fillmore. He continued his painting business and became a self taught weekend rancher raising animals and growing oranges and avocados. Shortly after moving to Fillmore, Tom discovered a new hobby of raising pigs. He enjoyed sharing his time and knowledge with local 4-H clubs. He was so proud when the kids did well at the county fair with one of his pigs.
In 1976 Tom became a United States Citizen. Throughout the years Tom made many trips back to Ireland but was always happy to return to his "little piece of heaven" in Fillmore. Tom rarely stayed still and usually had some sort of project started. He always had a garden and mostly grew his plants from seeds. He loved spending time on the ocean fishing, regardless of the fact that he usually got seasick. He also enjoyed scuba diving and telling stories about what creatures he had seen. During the summer he would take his family on long road trips or camping at Leo Carrillo and Montana De Ora State Beaches. Tom was quite the story teller and singer of Irish songs. You didn't have to ask him twice to tell a joke, sing a song, or tell a story about his younger days in Ireland.
Tom always saw the potential in each new day. One of the first things he would ask is “ what’s on the agenda for today?” His passing has left a void in our hearts but we are comforted by the beautiful memories he made with us.
Tom is survived by brothers Sam Roud (Noreen) and Noel Roud (Zaida), his son and daughter in law Daniel and Deborah Roud, daughter and son in law Kathleen and Andrew Aguirre, his grandchildren Benjamin (Dana), Noah, and Brooke Aguirre and Ronnie Duenas, great grandson Liam Aguirre, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Tom was preceded in death by his wife Maureen, daughter Anne, sons Thomas and Brian, his parents, sister Margaret Hughes, Eva Roud and brother Brendan Roud.
Services will be held March 17th, Rosary at 10:00 am and Mass to follow at 10:30am at St. Sebastian Catholic Church in Santa Paula with burial to follow at Bardsdale Cemetery.

 
Obituary
Helen Jean Cowell (nee Abreu) (1933-2021)

Helen Jean Cowell (nee Abreu) (1933-2021)

Helen was born in a small town near Rangoon, Burma. She was the only daughter amongst seven brothers.
Her father, Isaac Francis Abreu, was a Deputy District Superintendent of Burma Police. He was awarded the King’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service by King George V. in 1932.
Helen’s mother was Lilian May Abreu (nee Sherard). She kept her children together after Isaac was captured and died during WWII and the Burmese civil unrest.
After independence, Helen’s family relocated to the newly created nation of Pakistan.
She attended boarding school at the Jesus and Mary Convent school for girls in Murree which still exists today at the foot of the Himalayas in Punjab, Pakistan.
After graduation from high school, Helen married Peter Cowell, an Army Captain stationed in the highlands of Pakistan. He too was from Burma.
They were together for 70 years. They had two children, a daughter, Janice Lillian and a son James Henry Cowell.
Their young family immigrated to the United States entering New York Harbor April 14th, 1959 on the ocean liner the Queen Elizabeth. Helen was 25 years old and had a 3 and 6 year old.
While raising her young family and working part time, Helen pursued higher education. Starting at Citrus Junior College on to Cal Poly, Pomona, University of Washington and finally earning her Masters in Far Eastern Studies at Claremont Graduate University. She went on to obtain a teaching credential at University of California, Santa Barbara.
She was a teacher for 28 years, first at Santa Clara High School then at Sespe Elementary, Fillmore where she spent 25 years teaching 5th grade. She had many wonderful students and colleagues who became dear friends.
Besides her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her beloved stepfather, Basil Disney, as well as her son, James, and five brothers: Herbert, Patrick, Tony, Derek and David.
Her survivors include her brothers in England, Dave Disney (Grace) and Colin Abreu (Yvonne).
Helen’s greatest joy was being a grandmother to Emily (Ed) De La Llave and Kevin (Tracy) Waldron.
She considered it a blessing to have her son in-law Mike Waldron and nephew, Mark Abreu close to her.
As a mother’s heart has no limits Helen’s even greater joy were her great grandchildren, Peter and Julia De La Llave and Finley and Pippa Waldron. She loved watching them play in her garden, feeding and fussing over them.
Helen considered herself blessed to have kept in close touch with her many Abreu and Cowell nieces and nephews around the world in England, Bahrain, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand as well as those closer to home in the States. They all loved to eat her authentic curries and burmese dishes. One of her greatest pleasures was to cook for others. She was well travelled having visited six continents. No matter which hemisphere or continent, she marveled at the night sky and enthusiastically named each constellation!
The family extends our highest praise and infinite gratitude to Helen’s devoted caregivers, Bing Compendia and Beth Ilano. Additional thankfulness to Michelle Dore, RN and the staff at TLC Hospice.
Internment was August 24th, 2021 at Bardsdale Cemetery, Fillmore, CA.
A memorial Mass will be held Saturday, March 12th, 2022 at 10 AM at St Francis Assisi Catholic Church, Fillmore, CA 93015. Officiants Father Alex Amayun and Deacon Manuel Martinez. Luncheon to follow 11am-1pm.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Helen Cowell’s name to the Neal Taylor Nature Center at Cachuma Lake 2265 Hwy 154 Santa Barbara, CA 93015.
https://www.clnaturecenter.org
Welcome to The Neal Taylor Nature Center at Cachuma Lake.
Mark Your Calendars! 25th Annual Fish Derby Saturday, April 23rd & Sunday, 24th, 2022 For More Info: TroutDerby.org Current Hours & Events Open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Discover the beauty of nature and the rich cultural history through informative...www.clnaturecenter.org) view You Tube video to see children’s educational programs.

 
Obituary
Peter James Cowell (1926-2021)

Peter James Cowell (1926-2021)

Peter was born in Maymo, Burma a city just north of Mandalay. Peter’s autobiography, self published in 1999 described an idyllic childhood as the youngest of eight siblings.
This all changed when WWII came to Burma December 1941 when Peter was 15 years old. He and his elder brother, Alfred, escaped by walking from Burma to India across the Chindwin River route. Unfortunately his father, James Henry Cowell, died on the trek through the northern Hukwang Valley-Patkai mountain route. Peter’s mother, Mildred Cowell (nee Garnier) and her six daughters had evacuated earlier while airplanes were still transporting women and children to India.
As refugees, Peter and his brother found temporary shelter at the Loreto Convent in Calcutta. Although he did not know it at the time, a young nun who later in life would be known as Mother Teresa was also there as a Loreto sister.
After reuniting with his mother and sisters in Musoori, India, Peter was sent to boarding school at St Joseph’s Academy in Dehra Dun which is north of Delhi near the Nepal/China borders. After high school graduation he joined the British army in India. After officers training he was assigned to the Gurkha Regiment about the same time as the American and British forces began reclaiming Burma. Peter was posted to Rangoon as a Lieutenant in the 4th Burma Regiment under the command of the British Empire.
After the war and his family scattered, Peter, age 22, found opportunity with the newly created Pakistan Army, eventually reaching the rank of Bridgade Major in the Artillery.
He was stationed in Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Kashmir, and Karachi. While stationed in Quetta he visited a Burma family who had a 17 year-old daughter, Helen Abreu. As a young girl Helen used to ride the train to school with Peter’s nieces in Rangoon. In high school she had seen the boy from Burma, Peter’s pictures in the newspapers winning diving and boxing championships for the Army.
Helen and Peter were married Dec 29, 1951 in Quetta.
In 1959 at age 33 with a wife, two young children and $500, Peter immigrated to America. Their journey included sailing through the Indian Ocean and Suez Canal past the Rock of Gibraltar to England then on to New York. After traveling by train across the entire United States the family arrived at the downtown Los Angeles Union train station and settled in El Monte, California.
Peter found work as a book keeper during the week and unloaded train cars on the weekend for $2/hr. He took classes at UCLA and pursued his education, passed the CPA exam and landed a job with Coopers & Lybrand then at Arden Mayfair. At age 46 years Peter left the corporate world to build his own accounting practice in Fillmore, CA.
Peter and Helen bought their home in Bardsdale on 10 acres of Valencia oranges. All his family and friends loved visiting their home and observed that the landscape with the Sespe Mountains reminded them of his hometown, Maymyo.
In 1994 his sisters and nieces journeyed to Fillmore for a Cowell Family Reunion. It was the first time in 50 years the siblings were all together. His daughter and grandkids still refer to those few weeks as the time of “the ancient ones” because of all the family stories, seeing the siblings singing, laughing, teasing, cooking and eating were a gift.
Peter and Helen loved America. They had both lost their fathers and their homes as children. They were so proud to be citizens of their new homeland. A country whose people welcomed them with generosity. A place with abundance and opportunity.
Peter was preceded in death by his son, James in 1998. By Helen 2 months before his own passing. And by all his sisters: Myrtle in England, Minna, Gertrude, Olga and May in Australia, and Elvera in New Zealand and by his brother Alfred in West Covina, CA.
Peter is survived by his daughter, Jan (Mike) Grandchildren Emily (Ed) and Kevin (Tracy) and great grandchildren Peter, Julia, Finley and Pippa.
Over the years Peter’s indulgences included Burma cheroots, Ballantines, Dry Sack sherry, Cuban cigars, mini Palmiers and lots and lots of ice cream. After retiring he was dedicated to going to the gym, riding his exercycle and walking the treadmill, five days a week without fail. He enjoyed indulging his wife’s love for travel. They enjoyed dancing at weddings and parties and loved listening to all the “old music” from the 40’s.
Internment was Dec 29, 2021 at Bardsdale Cemetery, Fillmore, CA which was their 70th wedding anniversary.
A memorial Mass will be held Saturday, March 12, 2022 at 10 AM at St Francis Assisi Catholic Church, Fillmore, CA 93015. Officiants Father Alex Amayun and Deacon Manuel Martinez. Luncheon to follow 11am-1pm.
In lieu of flowers a donation in Helen and Peter Cowell’s name may be made to the Neal Taylor Nature Center at Cachuma Lake 2265 Hwy 154 Santa Barbara, CA 93015
https://www.clnaturecenter.org
Welcome to The Neal Taylor Nature Center at Cachuma Lake.
Mark Your Calendars! 25th Annual Fish Derby Saturday, April 23rd & Sunday, 24th, 2022 For More Info: TroutDerby.org Current Hours & Events Open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Discover the beauty of nature and the rich cultural history through informative...www.clnaturecenter.org) view You Tube video to see children’s educational programs.

 
Obituary
Bianca Lizette Tapia (1989-2022)

Bianca Lizette Tapia (1989-2022)

It is with heavy heart we announce that Bianca Lizette Tapia was tragically taken from us in a car accident on March 2, 2022. Because of the senseless act of a drunk driver, her life ended in the blink of an eye. Our family is completely heartbroken and devastated. We know things will never be the same from this immense and painful loss.
Bianca was a kind, loving, intelligent woman. She lit up any room she walked in and her energy was always beaming through her every smile. Bianca had always found different ways of expressing herself. She enjoyed painting, dancing, singing karaoke, and playing trivia games and never hesitated to ask everyone to join her. She also loved cooking for her family and friends, her home cooked meals always made you full with love. Bianca was always such a strong, selfless and beautiful soul. We are so blessed to have shared 33 wonderful years with her, full of laughter, warm embraces and everlasting love that will be greatly missed by her family and friends. We will never forget how brilliant her soul shined through to luminate everyone around her and, most special of all, how much she inspired everyone to love unconditionally and endlessly.
Bianca was born in Ventura on January 8, 1989 and grew up in Fillmore, graduating Class of 2007 from FHS. She received her Associate's Degree at Ventura College and later her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from CSU Channel Islands. She worked as a Community Skills Instructor in Thousand Oaks serving individuals with developmental disabilities for 5 years, and loved her job. Bianca was a resident of Ventura and Fillmore for many years. She had everything going for her; she had goals of traveling all over the world and trying different things. Bianca had dreams and aspirations for her bright future and to have her life taken so tragically and so soon is just devastating and unfathomable. Her spirit will continue in legacy through her family and friends.
She is preceded in death by her brother Ismael Uriostegui Jr.; her grandmother, Bertha Tapia; her uncle Felipe Tapia; her aunts Sylvia Romero, Graciela Romero, Rose Marie Mendez and Rosa Romero. She is survived by her mother Nancy Tapia, her father Ismael Uriostegui, Sr., her sister Gissel Uriostegui, her brother Erik Uriostegui; step sister Beyance, step brother, Ulysses; her uncle Frank Tapia and aunt Lisa Tapia; many cousins, Susy, Patty and Ramiro, Victor Mendez; Krystle, Frankie, Desiree, Mariah and Anthony Tapia; and many wonderful nieces and nephews. Lastly her boyfriend Hector Molina with whom she had 2 dogs Kobe and Benji with. Thank you to all the families and friends that have helped during this difficult time. Memorial services will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 1048 Ventura St, Fillmore, CA, at 10am on Friday, March 25, 2022. Interment will be held at Bardsdale Cemetery, Fillmore, CA. To conclude services, guests are invited to join family for Bianca’s Celebration of Life at 511 Second St, Fillmore, CA, starting at 3pm.