Staff Sergeant Robert H. Cox (1989-2017)

Staff Sergeant Robert H. Cox (1989-2017)

Former Thousand Oaks resident Staff Sergeant Robert H. Cox, 28, was one of the heroes who was tragically killed in the crash of a KC-130 transport plane in rural Mississippi on July 10, 2017.
Robert was born to Millard Cox and Paula Murrillo on May 11th, 1989, in Ventura, CA. Even at a young age, Robert had a passionate interest in working with his hands and problem solving, assembling model kits and sketching military-themed blueprints at home in his free time. He enjoyed playing airsoft with friends and going on family camping trips. He was a highly motivated, inquisitive child who absorbed information quickly. In high school, he signed up for the Delayed Entry Program to fulfill his dream of becoming a United States Marine.
SSgt. Cox enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in July of 2007. Robert attended combat training and communication electronics school, where he was promoted to Private First Class. He later worked as a radio operator during Operation Iraqi Freedom, at which time he was promoted to Lance Corporal. He served in overseas deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan. He also conducted joint training exercises with the Estonian military in June of 2010. In 2012 he was promoted to Sergeant and attended the Joint Fires Observer course where he earned the title of Honor Graduate. After attending the MARSOC assessment and selection course in 2013, he attended the Reserve Sergeant’s course in Quantico, VA, again earning the title of Honor Graduate. Upon graduating from the Marine Special Operations School’s Individual Training Center in 2014, he attended the Basic Language Course in the study of Arabic and graduated in 2015. He also attended multiple training evolutions, including the Static Line Naval Parachutists Course and Exercise and Marine Combatant Dive Course. In 2016 he deployed to Lebanon in support of CNT operations. SSgt Cox loved his job and lived his dream every day. He received numerous decorations, among them the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star, Combat Action Ribbon, and Selective Reserve Service Ribbon.
SSgt Cox was most recently assigned to the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, NC. He was a Critical Skills Operator. Between deployments and military courses, he studied anthropology at Ventura Community College, working toward a transfer degree. He enjoyed rigorous physical activities and would often go rock climbing when he wasn’t studying, reading, or socializing with friends. Robert had an insatiable curiosity about the world and many more goals he most certainly would have accomplished. Though his life was cut tragically short, he made the most of his 28 years with us.
Robert is remembered for his calm intelligence, friendly demeanor, and sharp sense of humor. Always modest and kind, Robert was a true “silent professional” in his duties. He dedicated his life to service and made the ultimate sacrifice for all his fellow countrymen. He was a brother of many and a friend to all.
He is survived by his father, Millard Cox; mother, Paula Murrillo; younger brother, Eric Cox, and elder sister, Amber Cox.

Taylor Jean Parkins Gunter (1997-2017)

Taylor Jean Parkins Gunter (1997-2017)

Taylor Jean Parkins Gunter born January 10, 1997 in Thousand Oaks, California. Taylor passed away July 1, 2017 in Spokane, Washington. Taylor lived many places during her life including Simi Valley, California, Spring, Texas, Minooka, Illinois, and Spokane, Washington. Taylor graduated from Barker High School in 2015. After high school Taylor earned her CNA license and was currently working in that field at the time of her passing. Taylor is survived by her father Derek Gunter, mother Sarah Parkins-Pyles, step-dad Eric Pyles. Also surviving are her brothers Gavin, Carson, Daniel and sisters Mariah and Renee. Also surviving are her grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. We are going to miss her beautiful smile, contagious laughter and sweet spirit.
Funeral services will be held Friday, July 14 at 11:00 A.M. at Faith Community Church, 355 D Street, Fillmore, CA 93015. A reception will follow. Casual dress is acceptable. A YOU CARING page has been set up to help with the financial burden.

Michael Alba (-2017)

Michael Alba (-2017)

Michael Andrew Alba passed away on June 17th, 2017. Michael was a Fillmore class of 1983 graduate. Michael was caring and passionate about working in the construction industry and utilized his talent to continue to work in the industry until the date of his death. He had a love for God, and spent his time growing closer to him day by day. Micheal touched many lives; friends, co- workers, and many others that he met along his short journey on this Earth. He is survived by his mother Linda Alba of Fillmore, brothers Jerome and Robbie Alba, daughter Candace Christmann, son Ethen Alba, 6, nieces, nephew, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his father Robert Alba Sr., and grandparents Raymond and Mary Morales of Fillmore.

Sandra Brown (-2017)

Sandra Brown (-2017)

On June 26, 2017, we had to say goodbye to beloved wife, mother and tutu, Sandra Brown, due to cancer. Sandra was a resident of Fillmore, CA for forty years. She retired three years ago after working many years on the Port Hueneme Navy base for ERI and Lockheed Martin.
When she wasn’t shopping at Macy’s, Sandra enjoyed walks on the beach and spending time with her family, often sharing her wisdom, experience and quick wit with children and grandchildren. She is survived by her devoted husband of 52 years, Duane, daughters, Joy Henning (Doug) and Gae Thomas (Mark), grandchildren, Corban and Rebecca Suggs, faithful friend, Kia Kim, as well as her extended family.
Special thanks is given to the many professionals who cared for her throughout her battle: Buena Vista Hospice, CMH, Summit Home Health, Dr. Lynn Kong and Dr. Jeffrey Rodnick.
Throughout her illness, Sandra demonstrated tremendous courage, optimism and humor, providing a lasting example to her family that there is often a silver-lining if one is willing to look for it. Sandra will be dearly missed, but her family is thankful that they will see her again one day!

Taylor Jean Parkins Gunter (1997-2017)

Taylor Jean Parkins Gunter (1997-2017)

Taylor Jean Parkins Gunter(daughter of Derek Gunter) January 10, 1997 - July 1, 2017

Memorial Service to be held Friday, July 14, 2017, 11am- to 2pm, at Faith Community Church, 355 D Street, Fillmore.
More information to follow in next week.

Betty Hardison (1924-2017)

Betty Hardison (1924-2017)

Elizabeth C. (Betty) Hardison, age 92, passed peacefully Tuesday, June 13th with her family and caregivers at her side. She was born July 19th 1924 in Sacramento, California where her family had ties going back to the Gold Rush Era.
She met Russ Hardison while he attended UC Davis and after his service in W.W.II they married. Settling on the family ranch near Fillmore they began years of operating the Sanitary Dairy and of growing citrus and avocados.
Betty was a strong woman, devoted to her family, friends and community. As a member of St. Francis of Assisi parish she devoted many hours to Guadalupana and the Altar Society and worked with others fundraising for Church projects. She actively supported her children's schools and many other community associations - such as Friends of the Library.
A special focus was on Santa Paula Memorial Hospital. She and Russ were an early part of the effort to build the hospital and then volunteered countless hours over many years to the Auxiliary and gift shop, and worked in many other ways to support it.
Betty enjoyed her many friends and was active in several bridge clubs. Many people found her ready to be a supportive force in their times of need.
She was preceded in death by her husband Russell, her son Philip, and her son-in-law Jerry. She is survived by her daughter Gerry, her granddaughter Stephanie, her son Tom, and her nephews and nieces. She is also survived by her dear friends of many years, especially Betty and Ruth.
The Hardison family wishes to thank all the staff at Greenfield Care Center of Fillmore for the good and patient care given to Betty.
Catholic services will be at 10AM in the JOSEPH P. REARDON FUNERAL HOME, 757 E. Main Street Ventura, on Wednesday June 21st, followed by private burial services. The family requests no flowers and suggests that any donations be made to the charity of the givers' choice.

Ellen Green

Ellen Green, former resident of Fillmore passed away May 20th after a four year battle with cancer. Mrs. Green had been employed as Vice Principal at Fillmore High and also as Principal at the middle school. She is survived by her husband Alfred, and by four sons and two grandsons. She had spent her last five year in North Carolina. Anyone interested in more information can inquire at 910-990-1000

Daniel “Danny” Torres (1949-2017)

Daniel “Danny” Torres (1949-2017)

It is with hearts filled with peace, love and prayer that we send the soul of our dearly departed husband and father to you Lord.
Danny Torres, Piru Lake dam operator for over 29 years, was born and raised in the beautiful town of Piru and was proud to be known as a Piruvian. He was born into a family of musicians and quickly found his musical talents in playing the drums, guitar and vocals. Growing up he performed with friends and family at local events and with the success of his musical talents he later formed the well-known Danny Torres and the Piru River Band. Danny was also an outdoors man and had a passion for fishing, hunting, and horseback riding. Annually he enjoyed opening season fishing trips, local and out of State deer hunting, trap shooting, winning Cribbage games, and Piru Canyon round-ups. Danny brought life to any gathering and was known to play his guitar around a campfire and had such wonderful stories and life lessons to share. Danny was also a generous and loving man, donating his musical talent to play at church and community functions, and opened his heart and home to anyone that crossed his path. In his home he made sure that you had a tummy filled with his wife’s delicious home cooking and that you knew you were now an honorary Torres son, nephew, primo or compa, and that you could add “-ito” (Ryanito) or Torres to your name (Fernando, Andy & Spanky Torres).
Of all the things he was and did in his life, his greatest adventure, and what he was most proud of, was his role of husband, father and grandfather. He was blessed to have married Irma the love of his life, who for 47 years was his loving and dedicated companion. His prized champions were his sons Daniel (Karen), Vincent (Rochelle) and Tomas (JoAnn) who he raised to carry on the Torres “Family Tradition”, but those that brought him the most joy were his grandchildren Daniel III, James, Sophia, Thomas, Hanna, Lily Jo, Angel, Phillip (Krysta), Ethan, Gracie, Chase, and waiting to greet him in heaven is his grandson Justin.
We would like to give our heartfelt gratitude to the wonderful care given by the ICU Staff of Santa Paula Hospital who guided us and Danny through the final moments of his life here on earth. For one last time we invite you to join us in celebrating the life, the love and the music of Daniel Torres with prayer of the Holy Rosary and Catholic Mass on Saturday, June 24th at 9am at Piru San Salvador Church with grave site services at Piru Cemetery. Share your memories with the family during the reception that will be held at the Fillmore Veteran’s Memorial Building.

Raymond Alverdi (1945-2017)

Raymond Alverdi (1945-2017)

Raymond passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, June 4,2017 surrounded by his wife, family and friends.Born February 9, 1945 in Berkley, CA to Raymundo and Lucy Alverdi.
His family moved to Piru, CA when he was 3 years old where he remained until the time of his death. Raymond attended Piru Elementary, Fillmore Middle School and High School, Fillmore, CA. He worked for Fillmore-Piru Citrus for 40 years. He enjoyed fishing, taking care of his birds, fruit trees and roses, long drives with his wife and family, he loved taking his grandkids to the school, park and the store for ice cream and candy. Raymond also enjoyed watching old westerns, Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, Lucille Ball, 3 Stooges and many others.
He is proceeded in death by his Father Raymundo, Mother Lucy, Brother Charles and Sister Hilda.
He is survived by his loving wife Alicia of 52 years. Brother Max(Wife Aurelia). Sons Richard (wife Erika), Steven(Nora), Robert and Paul. Grandchildren Brittany(Hunter), Christopher, Allison, Katelyn, Brianna,Nathan, Step- Grandchildren Joshua, Jacob, Taylor, Jazmin, Jacob R and Jessica. Great Grandchildren Charlie Ann and Jackson. Nieces Tina(Ken), Karen, Claudia and Nephew Vincent(Rosie). Great Niece Krista & Great Nephew Ethan, Kristoff and Diego. Aunt Margaret Perez and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A rosary will be held on Friday, June 16th 2017 at 7:00pm at San Salvador Mission Catholic Church in Piru, CA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday June 17th at 9:00am also at San Salvador Mission Catholic Church Interment will follow at Piru Cemetery in Piru, CA.
For map and directions to ceremony locations and to sign the family’s online guestbook, share stories and post pictures please visit our website: and click on Raymond’s name located below “Recent Obituaries”.
Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Family Owned and Operated ROBERT REY GARCIA JR FUNERAL SERVICES, Santa Paula, CA 93060. 805.229.7054


FILLMORE HAS LOST A GREAT MAN. Steve Zinskey passed away Memorial Day weekend. Services to be held on Tuesday, Jumne 6th at 11am at Skillin Carrol Mortuary, 600 Central Ave., Fillmore.

Lydia Rico Muñoz (1929-2017)

Lydia Rico Muñoz (1929-2017)

Lydia Rico Muñoz passed peacefully into the arms of our Lord Jesus Christ on May 16, 2017, one week short of her 88th birthday. She was surrounded by her children and numerous grandchildren. Long time residence of Fillmore, she and John moved to Reno, Nevada in 1994 making their home there for the past 23 years. Lydia was born on May 23, 1929, in Anaheim, California to Francisco and Petra Rico, and was the third of six daughters. Her family moved to Phoenix, Arizona where they lived until she was fourteen years old, at which time they moved to Fillmore, California. Lydia married John Lopez Muñoz on February 9, 1945; they were married for 72 years at the time of her death. She is survived by her devoted husband John, children: John Muñoz (Jane), Martin Muñoz (Betty), Martha Vargas, Marie Griffin (Ken), Kathy Meza, Peter Muñoz (Debbie), granddaughter Danielle Moore Murdock, whom she and John raised from a young age. Lydia was blessed with 20 Grandchildren, 45 Great-grandchildren and 7 Great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Virginia Jimenez and Gloria Johnson. She was preceeded in death by her daughter, Terri Muñoz.
During the 1960’s, Lydia worked for many years at the Fillmore Citrus Packing House. In the 1970’s she worked in her husbands office, John L. Muñoz Pipe Company. She enjoyed spending time with her family, camping and traveling. She and John traveled to many places including, Hawaii, Mexico, Israel, Egypt and Italy, she most cherished visiting Vatican City in Rome. The family’s fondest memories of her were the get togethers on Mountain View St. in Fillmore for holidays, birthdays and any other special occasion.
Lydia was very active at the Saint Francis Parish in Fillmore. In the 1960’s she was a member of the Guadalupanas, a women’s service organization at the church. They made tamales once a month to raise money for the church. She and her husband were members of the Los Padrinos Club, which started the Black and White dances that were very popular. In the 1980’s she had a circle of friends that Father Norman affectionately dubbed the “Golden Girls”. They would go to morning mass together and then have breakfast at one of the local restaurants or at one of the ladies’ homes, Father Norman joined them quite often. Lydia was an impressive seamstress who made dresses for her sisters and daughters.
A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at St. Therese-Little Flower Catholic Church. 875 East Plumb Lane, Reno, Nevada. 89502

Kenneth C. Mumme (1923-2017)

Kenneth C. Mumme (1923-2017)

January 12, 1923 – April 26, 2017
Kenneth Mumme, 94, passed away peacefully April 26, surrounded by friends and family. Kenneth was born on Jan. 12, 1923, in Oxnard, Calif., to Caesar T. and Susan Mumme. He lived in Fillmore, Calif., until 1971 and has lived in Sheridan until his death.
Kenneth married his childhood sweetheart, Constance Holley, in 1946. They were married 66 years before Connie passed away in 2012. Kenneth and his wife are survived by three sons, Daniel, Robert and Christopher Mumme, and a daughter, Holley Gilliam. He often lovingly referred to his children as his three thorns and a rose.
Kenneth has eight grandchildren: Brandon Mumme, Trista Mumme Dietz, Erin Leonard, Patrick Mumme, Kathryn Colado, Adam Becker-Hafnor, Joel Hafnor and Andrew Hafnor. Patrick Mumme predeceased him in 2012. He is survived by seven great grandchildren: Shyann Mumme, Zachary Mumme, Gabriel Mumme, Jeffrey (JJ) Dietz, Bailey Dietz, Harper Leonard and Jack Leonard.
Kenneth attended California Polytechnic University, San Dimas, until he joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1942 to fight in the Pacific in World War II. He returned from the war in 1945 and worked in Fillmore for Seaside Oil Company. Hearing the call from his country, he returned to active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1950, serving in the Korean War and returning to civilian life after being honorably discharged in 1951, at which time he returned to work for Seaside Oil Company and then Union Oil. The service of his country in the Marine Corps remained an important influence on his life. He read numerous books about World War II and Korea. In 2015 he participated in the Honor Flight, visiting those memorials in Washington, D.C., dedicated to honor the service and sacrifices of those who served in World War II.
Always an outdoor person, Kenneth was an avid hunter and fisherman. He and Connie took a vacation to Montana in the late 1960s and they fell in love with the state. They moved to Sheridan in 1971, accompanied by their two youngest children. Over the years, they owned and operated the Maddison Market and the Sheridan Bakery as well as the KOA campground in Alder. A hard-working person, Kenneth often worked 12 hour days. Even in his later years, he worked tirelessly as a house painter, often donating his services.
Kenneth enjoyed the serenity the mountains and rivers that Montana provided him. He was an excellent marksman and fly fisherman. In the spring and summer, in the hours after work, one could often find him fishing on the Ruby River. In the fall he was an avid hunter. He enjoyed nature, with the simplicity and beauty it provided.
An affable person, Kenneth was well liked and had many friends. He was a man of action with a strong sense of justice. While living in Sheridan, Kenneth was an active member of the Methodist Church and the American Legion.
A decisive individual, Kenneth was always willing to step in and take charge in difficult situations. Once, while hunting in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, he came upon the site of a plane crash containing three deceased passengers. He triangulated the location and assisted a helicopter search team in locating the crash site. Searchers indicated that they had been attempting to locate the crash site for more than a year.
Kenneth lived his last five years at Home Park Assisted Living in Sheridan, where he was lovingly cared for. He often referred to Tony and Emily Simonsen, Home Park owners, as his adopted children – an additional thorn and rose.

Sgt. Daniel Maurice Cannon (1972-2017)

Sgt. Daniel Maurice Cannon (1972-2017)

May 11, 1972 – March 31, 2017
Daniel M. Cannon was born in Birmingham, AL on May 11, 1972. He was a graduate of Parker High School and served in the U.S. Army for 22 years. Most recently he resided in Fillmore, CA and was employed with Harper Construction Co as a safety engineer.
On March 31, 2017 Daniel was involved in a motorcycle accident where he lost his life. He is survived by his four children; Maurice Kelvin, Maya Katarina Cannon, Kayla Renee Busse, and Caje Grayson Daniel Pershing; his mother, Charlene Cannon; sister, LaTonya Renee Cannon, and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Donations can be made in his honor to the March of Dimes, Birmingham Chapter, 205-824-0103,

Jim Berrington (-2017)

Jim Berrington (-2017)

Jim Berrington, the last of the original Berringtons was born in Fillmore. Jim leaves the love of his life, Mary Ann of 64 years of marriage. He leaves daughters, Kathleen and Noreen Berrington of Fillmore, Christine Amann (Ken) of Exeter, sons Jim Jr (Haydee) of Santa Paula and Chuck of Thousand Oaks. He leaves 7 grandchildren 2 great grandchild and his special lapdog, Bernie.
Jim graduated in 1949 at Fillmore High School and attended Ventura College.
Jim was a proud veteran and served in the Navy for 4 years.
After military times, Jim returned to Fillmore to work with his family at Berrington Ranch.
Jim was predeceased by his parents, George and Maggie, Brothers, Bruce, Bert, George Jr. and sister Maybelle Fischer.
Jim enjoyed being a dad and loved coaching baseball. He adored his dogs. He took trips with his wife, Mary Ann and dog Beethoven.
We thank CMH for taking great care of Jim. We especially thank Dr. Maryniuk MD and Janine Coronado, MSW. We will celebrate Jim’s life on Thursday May 4th at 9:30 at St Francis Church, Fillmore. Father Jim Stehly will officiate. Burial: Bardsdale Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please contribute to charity of your choice.

Isabel S. Ruiz (1964-2017)

Isabel S. Ruiz (1964-2017)

September 10, 1964 - April 27, 2017
Isabel S Ruiz, 52 of Fillmore CA passed away suddenly April 27th 2017 at VCMC in Ventura CA.
Isabel was born September 10, 1964 to Victoria SantaRosa Ramirez and Federico SantaRosa. Having been a Fillmore resident since the age of 4 Isabel has crossed paths with many of the community. She met her husband Baudelio in June 1978 and then married October 11th, 1980. She knew she wanted a better life for her children which led to becoming a nurse in 1998.
Isabel was a hard working woman who had a heart of gold, very compassionate and easily approachable. She enjoyed her grandchildren and having family gatherings. She was a responsible risk taker and enjoyed trips to Chumash with her husband and really anyone who would join her. Her family meant the world to her and she was overwhelmed with joy when her children would accomplish anything whether it be big or small. She had a beautiful soul and was a strong woman of faith who brought joy to many.
She is preceded in death by her mother Victoria, father Federico and sister Ramona. Isabel is survived by her husband of 36 years Baudelio, six children Guadalupe (Sergio), Baudelio Jr (Nancy), Juan (Veronica), Francisco (Erica), Maricruz, Victoria, 14 grandchildren and sisters Ma de Jesus, Lucy, Graciela, brothers Nabor, Augustine, Santos and Pedro.
Visitation will be held Thursday May 4th from 5pm to 9pm at Skillin Carroll Mortuary
600 Central Ave, Fillmore CA 93015, with a Rosary at 7pm.
Mass of Christian Burial Friday May 5th at 10:00am at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 1048 W Ventura Ave, Fillmore CA.
Committal Service Pierce Brothers Santa Paula Cemetery, 380 Cemetery Rd, Santa Paula CA.
Celebration of life to follow.

Kathleen Susan Edward (1964-2017)

Kathleen Susan Edward (1964-2017)

The HEART of her family, a FRIEND to many, a SMILE to light up the world.
Kathleen Susan Edwards, age 52, departed this earth on April 10, 2017 at home in Ventura, California following a seven and a half year fight against stage four breast cancer, surrounded by loving family and friends.
Kathleen was preceded in death by her mother, Diane Edwards and her grandmother, Helen “Nannie” Duncan. Kathleen is survived by her son, Steven Frazier of Los Angeles; daughter, Courtney Terrazas of Ventura; father and step-mother, Leo and Mary Edwards of Ventura; siblings, Linda Edwards of Ventura, William (Suzie) Edwards of Fillmore, and Barbara Edwards of Flagstaff, Arizona; as well as by Courtney’s father Anthony Terrazas; and many many friends.
Kathleen was born July 7, 1964 in Santa Paula, California to Leo and Diane (Goodwin) Edwards. Kathleen grew up in Fillmore, California and graduated from Fillmore High School in 1982. She maintained many close friendships from her school years for her entire life.
She was an excellent athlete during her youth, holding the homerun record in the initial season of the first youth softball league for girls in Fillmore. Coached by her father Leo; Kathleen, her sister Barbara, and her team the Barnett Bombers won the title of the Cassidy Girls Softball League in its inaugural season.
In high school, Kathleen played softball, basketball and tennis. She also loved roller skating all around town with her friends. Kathleen’s mother Diane passed away when Kathleen was 14, and so the end of high school was a difficult time in Kathleen’s life. And so, some of her other high school activities we won’t mention here!
After her son Steven was born she went back to school at Ventura College. At VC she earned her Associates degree and also completed two years of nursing school. Kathleen also carried on the Edwards family tradition of playing sports for Ventura College like her parents and all her siblings, playing on both the softball team and the tennis team there.
One of the proudest moments in Kathleen’s life was when she passed the exam to earn her Registered Nursing license in 1993, after putting herself through four years of school by working as a waitress.
Kathleen worked at Santa Paula Memoria Hospital from 1995 until it closed in 2003. She learned a wide range of nursing skills in the small hospital and she gave her patients care straight from her heart. Kathleen had always heard from her mother, who was hospitalized often with complications from lupus, how much of a difference her wonderful nurses had made to her when she was in their care.
After Santa Paula Hospital closed Kathleen went to work at Community Memorial Hospital in 2004, first in same-day surgery and later in the main operating room and made many new friends there.
Kathleen developed a love for esthetic nursing and became a small business owner, with business partner Dr. Constanze Rayhrer, in 2003 when they founded The Laser Studio in Ventura. Kathleen loved to help her clients there look their best.
But the center of Kathleen’s life was her children Steven and Courtney. Her favorite activity in her last years was to root for Courtney at her softball games, or travel to softball tournaments including the NSA Girls Fast Pitch Western World Series won by Courtney’s team the Ventura Stealers in Seattle, Washington.
Kathleen also loved to travel for non-softball reasons and had wonderful memories of an Amtrak trip to Chicago and Minnesota with Courtney and sisters Linda and Barbara, among other trips.
As Kathleen’s cancer grew worse in the last couple of years, she was sad that she was no longer able to work, but used her time when she was feeling well in maintaining her friendships both in person and with distant friends electronically. Kathleen’s friends were such incredible support to her as she struggled through numerous rounds of chemotherapy and brain radiation.
During Kathleen’s last stay in the hospital, she had so many former co-workers visit her. Special thanks to Kathleen’s extraordinary friends, who took turns being at her side all through hospice care, to make sure her instructions were followed. Kathleen’s family also thanks Dr. Lynn Kong and her team who treated Kathleen for so long.
A celebration of Kathleen’s life will be held Saturday, April 29, 2017, 11:00 am at the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, CA 93003.
For anyone wanting to remember Kathleen with a charitable donation, please give to the charity of your choice or to The Andrea Grace Foundation, 1746-F So Victoria Ave #245, Ventura CA 93003, in memory of Kathleen Edwards.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to
Ted Mayr Funeral Home 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, CA 93003. Telephone (805) 643-9977 Facsimile (805) 653-5731

Eric Walla Grove (1956-2017)

Eric Walla Grove (1956-2017)

Eric Walla Grove 61, of Kihei, HI passed away on March 28th, 2017. Eric was born on January 6, 1956 to John Dale and Naomi Grove (Legan) in Fillmore CA. Eric came from a family of 6 all born and raised in Fillmore.
Eric graduated from Fillmore High School in 1974, and was a multi-sport athlete. Eric was inducted into the Fillmore Sports Hall of Fame in 2010
After high school, Eric attended University of Utah on a football scholarship. He left Utah, and decided to move to Maui. Eric was drawn there by the beautiful ocean, peaceful atmosphere, and the island lifestyle.
Eric was a Merchant Marine for the American Marine Corps. He was also a tiler and worked as an independent contractor.
He was known as “Papa Eric” to his grandkids. He will be missed by many family and friends.
He is survived by his children, Preston (Tricia) Grove, Kendall (Anna) Grove, and Ariel Moniz Grove; grandchildren, Mikah, Toa, Khloe, Emma, Te’ata, Taimane, Skyla, Te’lia, Taupou, Quincee, and Ares; brothers, Tim Grove -Maui HI, Danny Grove -Honolulu, HI, and John Grove (Tracy) -Fillmore; sisters, Camille Grove -Yanez (Brian) - Ventura, and Kerry Grove Marrufo - San Diego.
Eric was predeceased by his parents, John and Naomi Grove.

Berthyl (Bert) Kimzey Bigham (1919-2017)

Berthyl (Bert) Kimzey Bigham (1919-2017)

“I never met a Man I didn’t like”
A quote by the famous Will Rodgers
Berthyl (Bert) Kimzey Bigham of Fillmore California age 97 passed away peacefully Tuesday April 4th, 2017. Bert a beloved local teacher lived in Fillmore 60 of his 97 years.
Bert was born 11/1/1919 in Pinckneyville, Illinois to the late Enos Bigham & Ruth (Hallbauer) Bigham.
He attended Pinckneyville H. S. graduating at age 16. As a baseball & football star his academic mind prepared him for the future.
This early graduation in 1935 required employment. He quickly found a job in his Father’s Bowling Alley working his way up the ladder to CEO of this prestigious family 3 lane bowling alley. The family suspects over the next three years he developed the life skills for success. Some of those skills included bartending, cigar smoking, poker & female companionship. After 3 busy years he took a break to become the Principle of the Demark School in Demark, Illinois with 17 students in 1938.
He went on to receive his BS in Education at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois. His major Education. He minored in poker, cocktails, baseball, and sorority spiritual advisor.
In 1957 Bert moved the family from Pinckneyville to Fillmore, California. As Vice Principle & Student Councilor of Fillmore Jr. High he served his students for 25 years retiring in 1982. His 35 years of retirement are a testimony to his love of life. His love for students his legacy.
Bert served in the United States Coast Guard from June 1942 to November 1945. His duties included protecting the Gaviota Coast outside Santa Barbara up to Point Conception lighthouse. His daily regimen included catching saboteurs, training seals for the war effort & honing his marksmanship on the local Pelican & Seagull population as well as perfecting his suntan for camouflage purposes. He assured the family he was safe. Eventually shipped out he served in the “Battle of the Philippines Sea “. His war stories remain a family treasure.
Bert married his first wife Velma (Tanner) Bigham in Santa Barbara, Ca. early 1941. Divorced in the early 80”s he met & married Barbara (Lemley) Bigham on April 28th, 1984. She was the love of his life. As soul mates they spent 23 years camping their way from Oregon & Washington to Baja.
Bert had many hobbies & a love for sports.
As the Champion of Dumpster Diving Ventura County he referred to his talent as “Surfing the Waste”. His unit dumpster located next to his mobile provided untold items crafted into art treasures to decorate inside & out of his mobile & admired by all.
Others hobbies included poker, tile rummy & washer board. Macramé, pottery & tomato plants his specialties. A voracious reader of Louis L’ Amour this cowboy had 114 books reading all multiple times.
A star baseball player at Illinois Wesleyan University he went on to sign & play Class A ball for the NY Yankees minor league team in Grand Forks, North Dakota. A big Lakers & Dodger fan.
Proceeding Bert in death were siblings Ernie Bigham brother& Audrey (Smith) Bigham sister. Love of his life Barbara (Lemley) Bigham. John T Lemley of Mendocino, California.
Bert is survived by his two Son’s Robert & William both of California. Nephew Kim Bigham of Benton, Illinois. Matt Bigham & Jessica (Bigham) Phillips of Oak Park, Illinois. The Lemley Clan including step daughters Jackie Hooten, Kelly Black, Barbara Martin & sister in law Tad Vochchaster.
Bert left behind 12 Grand Children & 12 Great Children.
A heartfelt thank you to Pat Patterson & the Nursing staff providing care in Fillmore. The same to the wonderful Staff at Coastal View Healthcare Center in Ventura whose love of Bert & excellent care will forever be remembered by family & friends.
In lieu of flowers Bert’s requests we help the less fortunate by performing multiple acts of kindness.
A Celebration of Bert’s life will be held on May 6th, Saturday, 2017.
The First Baptist Church at 1057 1st Street, Fillmore, California 93015 from 2 to 5 PM.

Anita Nunez (1937-2017)

Anita Nunez (1937-2017)

Anita Nunez, age 79, passed away peacefully on the evening of April 4, 2017 at the home of her daughter in Fillmore, CA, due to acute renal failure caused by multiple myeloma. She was born in Black Rock, AR and moved to Fillmore at the age of five. She worked at Henry's Restaurant and Shirley's Dress Shop, Fillmore, CA; PPG Industries, Valencia CA; Rob Frost Equipment Rental, Camarillo, CA; McDonald's, Guntersville, AL; and most recently at the Fillmore High School cafeteria.
In her younger days she liked to water ski and bowl. She enjoyed gardening, going to the beach and just being out on the lake or river boating. For a number of years she helped cook at a hunting camp in Colorado every fall.
Anita is survived by her children, Jeff (Paula) Collins, Andy (Mary) Collins, Jeanie (Richard) Ruiz, sister, Diane Treanor, grandchildren, Kim Ritchey, Rodney Collins, Tracy Collins, April Ruiz, Justin and Melisa Collins, Rick (Denise) Ruiz, Jacob (Lindsay) Collins, Kim (Dustin) Mckelvy, great-grandchildren,
Michael Page, Madison Yeaton, Hayley and Taylor Collins, Richard, Andrew and James Ruiz, Harley and Corbin Mckelvy, Gavin and Raegan Collins, Daxton Collins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Collins in 1966 and husband, Manuel Nunez in 2008, parents Raymond Beeler, Elsie Treanor and step-dad, Donald Treanor, sisters Della Beeler, Ramona Farmer and Denice Treanor, brother, Dennis Treanor.
Anita’s family was her pride and joy and her love for them was unconditional. She was generous and had a heart of gold. She could always light up a room with her smile and infectious laugh and she had a great sense of humor. She enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and friends.
A graveside service will be held on Monday, April 17 at 11:00am at Bardsdale Cemetery in Fillmore, CA with Pastor Mark Rathe of Faith Community Church officiating.

Katheryn Lucille Rose Curnett Wilson (2017)

Katheryn Lucille Rose Curnett Wilson (2017)

Katheryn Wilson passed peacefully into the arms of our Lord on April 6, 2017 with her family by her bedside. Katheryn was the middle child of three and was born on the Choctaw Reservation near Hugo, Oklahoma.
Preceding her in death were her parents Hubert Campbell Rose and Tommie Mae Rose, her two brothers Russel and Gorman Rose.
Katheryn was the mother of Steven Edward and Hubert Thomas Curnett and step mother to Ronald, Jack, Rex and Becky Wilson. She was the grandmother of 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
The Rose family moved to California in the early 40’s and settled in the Santa Maria Area. Katheryn attend Santa Maria High School and was active in high school activities. During WWII Katheryn had a part time job working at the U.S. Army Base Camp Cook now renamed Vandenberg Air Force Base. While at the base she was named “Camp Cook Cutie”. While still in High School Kay was introduced to a handsome Marine home from the war. Shortly after she left high school in her senior year and like so many others Kay and Ed made a quick trip on Highway 58 and were married in Las Vegas. After living in the Santa Maria area for a few years Ed and Kay moved with their two boys to Fillmore where he continued working in the oil fields and Kay continued as a homemaker and mother. After Ed’s death in 1958 Katheryn worked for the Fillmore School District in the cafeteria and later as a waitress to support her sons.
Katheryn married Jack Wilson in 1963. This was a union that would last 54 years until Jack’s death in 2015. Kay and Jack loved to travel and enjoyed visiting not only several states in the U.S. (including Alaska) but several countries. Kay loved her neighbors and “adopted” many of the neighborhood children. Kay and Jack opened their home to the neighborhood for Fourth of July parties. Most of the children of the neighborhood learned to swim in the Wilson pool.
Along with being a proud member of the Order of Easter Star, Kay enjoyed having been the member of a fun line dancing group.
The family wants to express their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all of Kay’s wonderful neighbors who have watched out for her by often bringing food and even making sure her home was decorated for Christmas.
Visitation will be held at Skillin-Carroll Mortuary 600 N. Central Ave. Fillmore, CA on Tues. April 18, 2017 from 11am to 1:00pm. Graveside Service to follow at 2:00pm at Pierce Brothers Santa Paula Cemetery 380 Cemetery Rd. Santa Paula, CA.