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Phyllis Ellen Davis

Phyllis Ellen Davis

Phyllis Ellen Davis, 91, of Fillmore died Tuesday, December 14, 2010, following a long illness.
Phyllis was born March 29, 1919, in Los Angeles to Earl Jeffrey & Mary Ellen (Wheeler) Higgins. Following her graduation from high school she moved to the Newhall Ranch with family. She met and married Burt Davis on June 19, 1941 and they have remained in Fillmore where they raised their three daughters. She was active as a Brownie and Girl Scout leader as well as Job’s Daughters with her girls. Phyllis had worked for the Fillmore School District for a number of years retiring in 1983. Following their retirement, Burt and Phyllis enjoyed many times traveling with family and good friends.
Phyllis is survived by her husband of 69 years Burt Davis of Fillmore; daughters and sons-in-laws, Lynne and Joe Cook of Woodway, Texas; Valerie and Gene Newland of Fresno; daughter Laurie De Alejandro of Ventura; grandchildren, Christy Scott, Mindy Dobbs, Carin Perry, Robin Newland, April Mendoza, Miles Newland, Audra Phillips, Garrett Newland, Allison De Alejandro and Shawn De Alejandro; fifteen great grandchildren and brother Earl “Spud” Higgins. She was preceded in death by her sister, Edna Southwick.
The family would like to express their gratitude and appreciation to the staff of the Fillmore Convalescent Center for their kind and loving care of Phyllis. A visitation will be held Thursday, December 16, 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.at Skillin-Carroll Mortuary Fillmore. Graveside services will be held Friday, December 17, 1:30 P.M, at Bardsdale Cemetery with Pastor Mark Rathe of Faith Community Church, Fillmore officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura.

 
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Leonard Peyton

Leonard Peyton

Leonard Peyton, noted Alaskan bird bander and bird song recorder died on December 10, 2010 at the age of 86. He is the son of Sidney Peyton and Susie James Peyton of Fillmore California. He was the remaining survivor of four children, Sidney Jr, Donetta Simonson, and Anita Johnson. He attended local schools and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management, at Utah State University in 1951, following service in the Army Air Corps, primarily in the Southwest, where he served in the training command.
His interest in birds began when he went with his father, Sidney Peyton, into the hills of the Los Padres National Forest in California on egg collecting ventures, an acceptable hobby during the first of the century. His collection is part of the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, Camarillo, California. Sidney was the local authority on the Condor population, maintaining a record of the bird sightings.
Leonard’s love of birds influenced the rest of his life, taking him to Alaska. He took a position at the Arctic Health Research Center as part of the Physiology Team. 1962, Dr Irving, with four staff members, moved to Fairbanks to begin the Zoophysiology Lab at the University of Alaska, concentrating on studies of cold adaptation. Over the years this developed into the Institute of Arctic Biology. Peyton continued the migration/vocalization studies. He continued to band birds as a hobby after his retirement, concentrating on the Redpoll. In his lifetime, he banded 49,059 birds. As part of their migration work Peyton was a pioneer in recording bird songs. The Laboratory of Ornithology at Cornell University is the repository for his vocalizations, and has produced a CD with most of the recordings credited to Peyton. He has recorded over 7000 birdsongs. He enjoyed river boating, hunting, fishing, traveling and gardening. The Peytons traveled extensively in the US, Europe, Australia/New Zealand, Tasmania, Bali, China, Cambodia, Thailand, Egypt. and the Galapagos.
Leonard is survived by his wife, Irene, his daughter Sarah and son-in-law Matt, his son James and daughter-in-law Jennifer, and two grandchildren, Elena and Nick.
Memorial services have not been planned at this time. Memorials may be sent to the Alaska Bird Observatory, PO Box 80505, Fairbanks, AK 99708

 
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Ruth Horton Watson

Ruth Horton Watson

Ruth Horton Watson, 87, died at home in Walnut Creek, Thursday, November 11th, with her children at her side.
Ruth was the daughter of Edith & Joseph Horton. A native of California, she was born in Fillmore and graduated from Fillmore High School. She attended and graduated from UC Berkeley, where she met her husband, George. Ruth was a teacher with the Mt. Diablo USD for 25 years and retired in 1987.
Her numerous interests included travel, gardening, and books. Ruth was an active and long-time member of Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church, with a passion for mission programs and reaching out with her faith. She was a Cal Bear fanatic and brought her passion for mission to the Berkeley campus by working with the development committee for Westminster House.
Ruth greatly valued her friendships and how much joy they gave to her life. She always had a smile at the ready for everyone.
She is survived by her children Nancy Struntz (Duane), Janet Ballantyne (Kurt), Stephen Watson (Stacy), Meredith Watson (Lou Raso), and Martha Watson (Kelly O’Brien). Grandchildren Tim Miller, John Miller, Byron Ballantyne, Broderick Ballantyne, Nick Watson, Stephanie Watson, Liz Watson, Joe Raso, Angela Raso. Great-grandchildren Pete & Caitlin Miller, Andy & Megan Miller, Elise & Ethan Ballantyne, and Leah Watson. She was preceded in death by her husband George Watson and sons Charles & Timothy Watson.
The family thanks Evercare for their kind and compassionate hospice care.
Memorial services will be held Friday, November 19th at 2:00 p.m. at Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church with a reception following. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for contributions to be made to the Global Missions Program at Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church, 1801 Lacassie Avenue, Walnut Creek, CA 94596-4016.

 
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Tony Cid Espinoza

Tony Cid Espinoza

In loving memory of our beloved father, Tony Cid Espinoza. Passed away 9/25/10 at Cox Hospital Missouri shortly after celebrating his 81st birthday. He was born on July 22nd, 1928 to Lonnie and Dolores Espinoza. At age 23 he enlisted in The U.S Army and faught in the Korean War. From 1951-1953. Tony worked at Robinson Lamey for 10years. He was a foreman then moved to Missouri in 1975. He had a passion for his farm animals, riding motorcycles, and enjoyed working with his tools. Tony is proceded in death by his mother Dolores, his father Lonnie and his children Alejandro Espinoza, Tony B. Espinoza, Toni Irene Espinoza and Emma Espinoza. He has survived by his caring wife Mary Espinoza and his children. Linda Smulczenski, Richard Espinoza, June Manzano, Martha Espinoza, Tom Espinoza, Andice Tharp and Lisa Todd as well as his Grandchildren. Family & friends are invited to attend the memorial services which will be held at 11am on Sunday November 20, 2010 at Faith Community Church 355 D st. Fillmore Ca,93015

 
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Bernadine Todd

Bernadine Todd

Bernadine Todd passed away peacefully on Oct. 12, 2010.
Bernadine was born July 9, 1925 and moved to Ventura County in 1948 from Atoka, Okla. Married George A. Todd, Jr. in 1949. The Todds lived in Bardsdale for many years before moving to Lemon Wood Estates in Ventura. She was the first president of the Ladies Auxillary of the Operating Engineers Local 12. She belonged to the Elkins Ranch Ladies Golf Club and was also involved with the Ladies of the Moose, Ventura.
Bernadine is survived by her husband of 61 years, George; her daughter, Londa; and sons, Phillip and George "Sanky"; six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
A private family memorial has been held.

 
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Roland Daryl Vest

Roland Daryl Vest, Born on November 13, 1932, passed away on September 30, 2010 at his home in Fillmore, California. He was self employed as an electrical contractor for 20 yrs. He was a master wood carver and master mason. He was a Korean War Veteran, and he loved fishing and traveling.
He was preceded in death by his wife Imogene Vest. He is survived by his sons, Mark and Robert Vest, daughter Daralyn Balden, sister Veda Southwick, grandchildren, Kirsten Myers , Kevin Vest and Tarah Balden, great grandchildren, Madison, Marcus, Ryan, Bradyn and Kayleigh, brother and sister in laws, Leland Southwick, Weeda & Arvolle Long, cousins Ken Vest and Sue Maynard, and many nieces & nephews.
Graveside service will be held on Friday, October 8, 2010 at Bardsdale Cemetery officiated by Masonic Lodge.
Services under the direction of Skillin-Carroll Mortuary (805)524-0744

 
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Dale Shelby Hooten

Dale Shelby Hooten

Dale Shelby Hooten passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010. He was 83 years old.
Dale was born May 3, 1927 to Clara Mae (Hugg) and John Shelby Hooten in Strawberry, AR.
Dale attended elementary schools in Strawberry and was a graduate of Egypt High School in Egypt, AR.
Dale was a WWII vet and after his discharge from the Navy he worked as a machinist at Rockford Ordnance Division in Rockford, IL for 11 years. In 1958 he moved to Fillmore where he worked in the Public Works Dept. for the City of Fillmore for 23 years. He retired from that position in 1981.
Dale enjoyed his time deep sea fishing, going to Santa Anita Park, Hollywood Park and OTB at the Ventura Fairgrounds for a day of playing the horses and spending time in Las Vegas and Laughlin. He also enjoyed getting his friends together for some friendly games of poker, and camping with friends and family each year at Silver Lake above Mammoth. Dale was also a longtime member of the Fillmore Club. Many days he would meet other members at the club for card games and just to visit with each other.
Dale was happiest when the house was full with his children and grandchildren. He would entertain us for hours with stories of his life. Most of them were true but he did enjoy exaggerating for the benefit of the grandchildren. We will all miss him telling his stories.
Dale is survived by Joan, his wife & companion of 33 years; son Allan of Ojai, CA, daughter Linda Kinsler of South Shore, KY; step-daughters Lori (Ray) Medrano and Diane Arnett both of Fillmore; brothers & sisters-in-law Thomas (Jeri) of Oak View, Ellis (Mae) of Walnut Ridge, AR, William Paul (Patsy) of Jonesboro, AR, Joe (Janet) of Victoria, TX; and sisters Barbara Alsup and Brenda Smith both of Fillmore; nine grandchildren Justin Hooten of Santa Paula, Jonathan Medrano of Davis, CA, Brandon Lloyd, Christopher Medrano, Bryanna Arnett and Bryan Arnett all of Fillmore, Amber Martin and Jessie Kinsler of South Shore, KY, and Angie Coldiron of Wheelersburg, OH; 2 great grandchildren Caleb Martin of South Shore, KY and Jamison Coldiron of Wheelersburg, OH and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Clara Mae and John Shelby Hooten, sisters Verna Petrek, Maxine Huskey, Rose Marie Hooten and Linda Wilson.
The family would like to extend a special “thank you” to Louis Lovelace.
At Dale's request there will be no services.

 
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Thomas Robert Smith

Thomas Robert Smith

Thomas Robert Smith passed away unexpectedly on June 26, days after celebrating his 83rd birthday. Tom was born in Oxnard , California on June 19, 1927 and grew up in Fillmore. He attended Fillmore High School , where he played football and basketball. As a child, he was stricken with an illness that damaged his hearing..
After graduating from high school in 1945, Tom moved to Ventura , where he lived for the rest of his life. He worked for the Shell Oil Company for 36 years, and retired in 1981.
Tom was a life-long football fan and attended the first Super Bowl in 1967. He was an avid reader of two daily newspapers and every book about World War II. He joined the Marines after graduating, but was discharged after three days because of his hearing. Tom enjoyed traveling. He visited Europe, Mexico and the Pacific islands, including the Republic of Kiribati , where he toured WWII battle sites.
Tom had a sharp mind and a soft heart. He loved animals—cats in particular. He wrote amusing, literate letters filled with wit and stories. Tom was generous, honest, and an intelligent, thoughtful person.
Tom was the son of Thomas E. Smith and Adele (Della) Smith, and the sister of Emma Marie Ditello. All predeceased him. Surviving are his niece Sherida Bush (and husband Tim Platt) and nephew Byron Bush, Cousin Sally Chizek, many extended family members and his beloved cat, Puddy. He will be deeply missed.
The family requests donations in lieu of flowers to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), The Humane Society of the United States , or the animal welfare organization of your choice.
A celebration of Tom’s life will be held on October 2nd at 5:30 at Familia Diaz Restaurant in Santa Paula . All who knew Tom are welcome. For more information, please contact his niece Sherida : peanutbushcat@yahoo.com or (925) 372-5479.

 
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Francis (Frank) H. Dray

Francis (Frank) H. Dray

Francis (Frank) H. Dray, born December 19th, 1920 at Eltham, London, England, died peacefully at home with family present on August 20th, 2010.
Frank served with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers during World War II. His unit was shipped to France on D-Day 4; and he received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Norwegian Government for contributing to the Liberation of Norway.
Frank married Kathleen July 9th, 1943. In 1970 they came to California to be with their daughter and her family. Moving to Fillmore after Frank retired in 1989.
Always an Englishman Frank and Kathleen would return to England often. He was a man of high morals and integrity, always ready to help a neighbor or friend. An energetic person Frank enjoyed playing the accordion and camping. He was known for his witty sense of humor.
Frank is survived by his wife of 67 years, his daughter Susan Banks, grandchildren Dray, Taurie and Davin, and great grandson Sabian Banks Howard.

 
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Larry N. Alvarado

Larry N. Alvarado

Larry N. Alvarado (1948 - 2010)
January 12, 1948 - September 2, 2010
Larry N. Alvarado, 62, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010. He was born on Jan. 12, 1948, in Santa Paula, CA, to Nicolas and Dominga (Sanchez) Alvarado. Larry graduated from Fillmore High School in 1966 and later received his Associate Degree. Larry served in the U.S. Army from April 9, 1968, until he was Honorably discharged from active duty on April 8, 1970. He continued serving in the U.S. Army Reserves until April 8, 1974. After returning from serving his country Larry worked for General Motors in Van Nuys before transferring to GMAD in Janesville, WI, where he worked for 18 years. Larry was a supervisor at GMAD, retiring in 2006 after 37 years of employment. Larry enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting, outdoor BBQ's and working outside in his yard.
He is survived by his wife, Armida of Janesville; five children: Mark (Lisa) Alvarado, Jon (Itza) Alvarado, Nicole (Drew) Alvarado-Morton, Hugo Cardenas, and Michael Alvarado; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; his mother, Dominga Alvarado; sisters Antonia, Cecilia, Mary Lou and Becki as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father Nicolas Alvarado and his brother Ruben Sanchez.
Friends are welcome to attend the memorial services which will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, at Our Lady of the Assumption church in Ventura.

 
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Donald Larry Berrington, Sr.

Donald Larry Berrington, Sr.

Don Berrington passed away unexpectedly at the age of 66 on September 2, 2010 at the family ranch home in Fillmore.
He was born on December 9, 1943 on the family ranch in Fillmore, and was a resident of Ventura County for his entire life, with the exception of when the family lived in Wilton, California between 1976 and 1982. The Berrington family has been ranching in Fillmore for over 100 years.
Don worked as a self-employed pipeline welder until 1992 and then worked on the family ranch until the time of his death.
He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and being in the orchard. His hobbies included World War II and western history, old tractors and his Model A truck.
He is survived by his children: Mike Berrington and wife Stephanie of Spanish Springs, NV, Jeff Berrington and wife Denise of Fillmore, Melissa (Berrington) Bowen and husband Mark of Fillmore, and Don, Jr. Berrington and wife Shana of Idaho Falls, ID; his mother Ethel (Everson) Berrington of Fillmore; his brother Robert Berrington and wife Cheryl of Fillmore; and his grandchildren: Cameron, Niki, Zane, Breanna, Bethany, Gavin, Erin, Noah, Kiera-Ashley and Joel, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 37 years, Suzanne (Orm) Berrington and his father, Albert Berrington.
Internment will be Bardsdale Cemetery on Wednesday, September 8, 2010. At Don’s request, graveside services were performed.
Memorial donations may be made to charity of the donor’s choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Skillin-Carroll Mortuary, Fillmore.

 
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Sandy Everhart

Sandy Everhart

Sandy Everhart entered into eternal life on August 30, 2010, peacefully at her home in Santa Paula.
She was born October 19, 1942 in Elmhurst, Illinois, and moved to California in 1959 with her family.
Sandy moved to Ventura County in the early 1970’s, where she able to fulfill her dream of living in the county and having horses. She passed her love of horses on to her daughter, Stacy. Sandy took pride in her garden and was happiest when spending time with her family and friends.
Throughout the years she was a member of SCSA, Fillmore Women’s Service Club and the Santa Paula Lions Club.
Sandy worked for the Santa Paula School District for 30 years. After retirement she wanted to do the Lords work and became employed at the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Paula, were she was the office manager, faithful deacon and a bright light to whoever crossed her path. She will be remembered for her smiling face and helping hand to those she met.
Sandy was strong in her faith, always had a positive outlook and enjoyed living her life to the fullest.
She is survived by her daughter, Stacy (Everhart) Patterson of Sacramento; brother Burt Edwards and wife Irene of Whittier; sisters Laurie Wirtjes and her husband Kenny of Covina, Connie Griffiths and her husband Cliff of Santa Paula and Robin Kittle and her husband Craig of Bakersfield; as well as numerous nieces and nephews who she loved and adored very much.
A celebration of Sandy’s life will be held Saturday September 11, 2010, 11:00 A.M. at the First Presbyterian Church, 121 Davis St, Santa Paula.
Memorial donations may be made in honor of Sandy to the Deacons Fund at the First Presbyterian Church.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, Ventura.
Condolences may be left at www.TedMayrFuneralHome.com.

 
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Elizabeth (Betty) Lee Logan

Elizabeth (Betty) Lee Logan of Annapolis died July 16 at John Hopkins Hospital.
Betty was born on September 15, 1922, in Chehalis, Washington, to Maude and Edwin Furbush.
She graduated from Fillmore High School (Class of 1940) and attended University California, Berkeley for several years until the advent of WWII when she left to work in support of the war.
She was a Navy wife who took great pride in meeting any challenge that crossed her path. During her husband's post-Navy career with the U. S. Agency for International Development, she relished being a diplomat's wife and experiencing the adventures of living in foreign countries. She made life-long friends in France, the Philippines, and Indonesia, to name a few.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Wesley Logan, whom she married in 1947 and her grandson, John Wesley Logan, III.
Surviving are her children, Tracey Lee Logan of St. Mary's County, MD, John Wesley Logan, Jr. of Wilton, CT and Michelle Logan Mazanec of Arnold, MD and two grandchildren, Logan and Warren Mazanec, Jr.
A memorial Service was held on July 26 in St. Andrew's Chapel, USNA, Annapolis.

FHS Alumni Obituary courtesy Conway Spitler

 
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Martha Jane Fanning

Martha Jane Fanning

Martha Jane Fanning went to the Lord on July 10,2010 in Woodward, Oklahoma with family members at her side. Martha was born to Bert and Claudia Hubbell on April 19,1922 in Parsons, Kansas. She married Jess Fanning on June 5,1939.
Before moving to Woodward 10 years ago, Martha lived in Fillmore for almost 50 years. She attended the Assembly of God Church faithfully. She enjoyed being with her grandchildren and attending to her garden.
Martha is survived by her 5 children, daughters - Glenda (Dewey) Holdeman of Fort Supply, Okla., Donna (Burl) Womack of Woodward, Jessie Dittmer of Woodward, Judy (Dennis) Mackey of Ridgecrest, Cal., and son Mike (Brenda) of Piru, Ca. 13 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren.
Martha was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jess, her brother Jack Hubbell, her sisters Lola Davis, Cleota Trammel and Wilberta Fletcher. Also by her granddaughter Susan Baxter and great granddaughter Jessie Baxter.
Visitation will be at the Skillon-Carroll Mortuary in Fillmore on Friday July 16,2010 between 10:00am-12:00pm followed by graveside services at 2:00 pm at the Barsdale Cemetary with Brother Guinn officiating.
Following the service everyone is welcomed to join the family at Mike's house, 4311 Center St, Piru, to share their memories of Martha.

 
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Trent Alane White

Trent Alane White

February 11, 1993 10:58 p.m. – May 16, 2010 5:19 a.m.
Mother - Amy Enriques, Step Father – Ray Enriques, and Grandmother – Madge Morris.
His hobbies included skateboarding, filming, hanging out skating with friends, making skate videos, and loving on his cat Bella.
A valuable asset taken so suddenly!
Memorial service will be held at Fillmore’s Two Rivers Skate Park - Saturday May 22nd at 2:00 p.m.

 
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Elisa Jimenez Alcocer

Elisa Jimenez Alcocer

Elisa Jimenez Alcocer of Piru, CA passed away on May 13, 2010 in the Santa Paula Hospital at the age of 84. Elisa was born in Los Angeles, CA to Elena & Augustin Jimenez on October 28, 1925. She is preceded in death by her husband, Joe Gonzalez Alcocer, brothers Ramon Jimenez and Augustin Jimenez, sisters Belia Casarez and Maria Elena Rosales, and grandson Felix Oseguera Jr.

Elisa is survived by her son, Joseph Alcocer and wife Josphine of Piru, CA; daughter, Olivia Magallon and husband Joe Magallon of Fillmore, CA; daughter, Sonia Oseguera and husband Felix Oseguera residing in Orcutt, CA.

She will be missed dearly by her grandchildren; Joseph Alcocer and wife Julia of Ventura, CA; Sunshine Gray and husband Jeremy of Moorpark, CA; Mike Alcocer of Piru; Joe Magallon and wife April of Bakersfield, CA; Crystal Magallon of Fillmore, CA; Johnny Magallon and wife Clarissa of Bakersfield, CA; Nicole Oseguera of Orcutt, CA; Nathan Oseguera of Orcutt, CA; Briana Oseguera of Orcutt, CA.. There are 18 great-grandchildren that have been blessed with a gift of having spent time with their great-grandma Elisa.

She also leaves her sister Carolina Perez and husband Gabriel Perez of Westminster, CA and brother Roberto Jimenez and wife Delia of Pomona, CA, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Elisa had been a resident of Piru for over 60 years. Elisa worked for the Piru Citrus Association and for different nurseries and ranches in the area. When her husband passed away in 1967 she stayed at home and dedicated her life to raising her family. Elisa was a good cook and used to make her own cheese and bread at home. She liked the outdoors and enjoyed trips to Lake Piru and to the beach. She had an appreciation for nature and liked gardening and taking walks. Elisa loved shopping and was always ready for an outing to any store. Elisa was happiest when family came to visit and gather in her home.

We will hold close to our hearts the memories that we each have of Elisa. We thank her for her unconditional love and for always making us feel welcomed in her home.

The Rosary Service will be held on Thursday, May 20, 2010, at 7:30p.m. at San Salvador Mission Church in Piru. The Funeral Mass Service will be held on Friday, May 21, 2010, at 9:00a.m. also at San Salvador Mission Church, 4045 E. Center Street, Piru, CA. Burial will take place immediately thereafter at Piru Cemetery. A potluck reception will follow funeral services at the San Salvador Church hall for family and friends.

 
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Bobby Joe Buckman

Bobby Joe Buckman, born January 7, 1957 went home to be in Heaven April 24, 2010. He was preceded in death by his mother and father and two brothers and two sisters who will be there with open arms to great him.
He is survived by his brother Don Buckman and wife Earleen, several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was born and raised in Ventura County.
Although Bobby had a very hard life he was always there when anyone needed him. He will be missed and always loved by all. May he rest in peace.
Memorial services will be Saturday May 8th at 2:00 pm at Heritage Valley Christian Fellowship 241 N. Mill St. in Santa Paula. Pastor Chip Northup officiating. Please come and say goodbye to Bobby.

 
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Richard M. (Toolie) Palmer

Richard M. (Toolie) Palmer

Richard M. (Toolie) Palmer, age 94, went home to his Lord, Thursday, April 15, 2010.
Toolie was born on April 16, 1915 in Fillmore, Ca. to George and Tulip Palmer. He had one brother, Lawrence, who preceded him in death. While attending U.C. Santa Barbara, he met, fell in love with, and married Katherine Smith, his wife of 72 years.
Toolie loved sports and wanted to be a coach and educator. He attended Ventura College, University of San Francisco, and U.C. Santa Barbara. His first job after college was at the McKinley Home in Van Nuys where Toolie was a counselor and recreation director. Later, he was a physical education instructor, counselor, and coach for 32 years at Fillmore High School where he touched many students' lives. He was inducted into the Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.
In retirement, Toolie got interested in Australian Bark Pictures. He has sold and given away many pictures that hang in Fillmore homes as well as homes around the world. Toolie and his wife Katherine traveled extensively and loved learning about new places and people. Slide shows of their travels have been a cherished and entertaining family tradition for many years.
Toolie is survived by his loving wife, Katherine, his son and daughter-in-law, Dick and Lois Palmer of Australia, his daughter, Paula Suttle of Fillmore, his grandchildren; Randy Suttle and his wife Lisa, Matt Suttle and his wife Linda, Kym Suttle Peritore, Justin and husband Ross Temby, great-grandchildren; Brina, Arin, Tate, Lauren, Christian, Thomas, William, Elizabeth, and Madeline.
Toolie will be greatly missed by his family and all the friends and students who were touched by his life. A memorial celebrating his life will be held at Faith Community Church, 355 D Street, Fillmore, Ca. 805-524-5564 on Saturday, May 1, at 11 a.m. When you've learned all you can learn, and taught all you can teach, you graduate. Happy Graduation, Toolie!

 
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Laura Nadine Smith

Laura Nadine Smith

Laura Nadine Smith, lovingly known as "Honey", Mom, Nana and Nana Montana, went to be with her Lord and Savior. She passed suddenly in San Luis Obispo on Sunday, April 18, 2010. She most recently lived in Templeton, but had another residence in Lindsay California. Born and raised in Fort Scott Kansas, Nadine's family relocated to Orange County California during the Depression. There, at the age of 14, she met her first and only love, Raymond Smith. Just shy of graduating from high school, she and Ray eloped in Arizona. Their marriage and love for each was a legacy. Many friends and family members use their marriage as a model for their own. They would have celebrated their 68th anniversary Saturday, April 24, 2010. Her greatest joy was taking care of her husband and children. She was self-educated, always trying to increase her knowledge and learn new things. Most recently she was learning to use the computer on her new laptop. She was a vorocious reader and could keep up with anybody on any subject. She knew more about politics than most politicians....she always knew her facts. Her greatest gift was the capacity to make anyone entering her home feel loved and welcome. Outside the home, she loved traveling, watching her grandkids' and great-grandkids' sporting events, Like her dad, she loved to tell a joke and had an amazing sense of humor. Billy Graham, Barbara Bush and her mom were among her favorite heroes. Nadine had many life-long friends whom they still loved to visit and travel with. Nadine was preceded in death by her father, Tom, her mother, Katie, and brother, Dale. Her father built their church in Rainbow Valley, California and her brother was a pastor in Escondido, California. She leaves her four children Sharon (John) Ferguson of Fillmore, California; Brent (Linda) Smith of Arroyo Grande; Denise (Steve) Weeks of Templeton, California and Lori (Greg) Nunez of Fillmore, California. She was so very proud of her 11 grandkids, Craig (Laura) Ferguson, Staci (John) Rolff, Robert (Jen) Weeks, Ryan (Tara) Weeks, Ashlee (Garrett) Loughran, Brett Weeks, Danny (April Kozar) Nunez, Lindsay (Dave Behling) Nunez, Brock Nunez, Ian and Kimmy Smith. She also got to meet 15 great grandkids, Christopher, Lauren, Kiley, and Brad Rolff, Collin and Claire Ferguson, Katie, Addison and Ty Weeks, Parker and Hudson Loughran, Ryan, Bryce and Brooke Nunez, and Peyton Behling. She was also known as a second mom to countless others. A memorial service in her honor will take place at her beloved home on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 11:30 am. Please call 805 459-1582; 805 823-3513 or 805 340-6222 for details.

 
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William “Clyde” Reames

William “Clyde” Reames

William “Clyde” Reames of Fillmore passed away on March 13, 2010 after a brief illness.
He is survived by his wife, Anna Mae, his Mother in law, Margaret Garrett and step-mother Peggy Reames. Anna Mae’s sons Robert (Joan) Vaughn and children Nicole and Eryk and Scott (Adriene) Vaughn and children Vanessa, Brittany, Kyle, Ariel and Tracy.
Sisters: Phyllis, Billie, Barbara, Wanda, Teka and Sharon. Brothers: Raymond and Bill, as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
He is preceded in death by his mother Beverly, His father H.U. “Blackie” Reames and his son John Reames.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements under the direction of Skillin Carroll Mortuary, 805/ 524-0744.