Obituary
Walter Jean Taylor (1924-2012)

Walter Jean Taylor (1924-2012)

Walter Jean Taylor died peacefully in his sleep on December 26, 2012. He was born on May 16, 1924 to Walter William and Helen Howe Taylor in Altadena, CA. When Walt was 9 years old, his family moved to Summerland, between Carpenteria and Santa Barbara. It was at this point in his life that Walt’s lifelong passion for the ocean and sailing began.
After graduating from Carpenteria High School in 1942, Walt joined the U.S. Merchant Marines. He served his country during WWII as an engineer aboard several “Liberty” ships—and even had one shot out from under him in the Bering Sea on Christmas Day, 1942.
Following WWII, Walt returned to Santa Barbara and fell in love with Myrna Bartlett. They married on December 18, 1948—and had just celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary 8 days before his death.
As newlyweds, Walt and Myrna moved to Live Oak, CA where he began his long and passionate career as a teacher. In 1953, Walt was hired to teach at Sespe Elementary School in Fillmore. He taught sixth grade until 1965, when Walt became the Principal of Sespe School. Before he retired in 1981, “Mr. Taylor” also served as Principal at San Cayetano Elementary School.
Walt’s love of teaching and his students was obvious. He was a dedicated teacher who instilled a true desire for learning in all the students who were fortunate to pass through his classroom door.
An outdoorsman, who sailed, back-packed, hunted and fished, Walt was also an avid storyteller. He could always be counted on to entertain with a story about subjects ranging from growing up in the Great Depression to stories of how his grandson caught “a monster” fish.
Walt is survived by his wife, Myrna, his children Pam (Pat) and Bart (Annalee), 8 grandchildren, Kimberlee (Jeremy), Gregory, Christopher (Anabella), Colin (Krystal), Bethanna (Joshua), Esther, David, and Violet, and his 3 great-grandchildren, Rowan, Adeline, and Blaze.
A memorial service is being planned for March 30, in Fillmore, at a site to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the charity of your choice—preferably a charity that benefits education and/or students.

 
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Richard (Rick) Jess Cadena (1943-2012)

Richard (Rick) Jess Cadena (1943-2012)

Richard Jess Cadena Sr. passed away suddenly at his home in Piru on December 19,2012. Rick was born on July 31st, 1943 to his parents Jesus G. Cadena and Delphina (Molina) Cadena. He is survived by his sons, Richard Jr. and wife Cindy, Michael and wife Michelle, and Joshua. He is also survived by his grandchildren Joshua, David, Janaey, Ricky, Christian, and Cameron. Also survived by Janet Cadena and Jeannie Carter.
Rick worked in the Aerospace industry until retirement, starting out his career with Fortin Plactics, then P.P.G. industries, and finally Llamas Plastics. Rick was an excellent pool player, winning numerous tournaments throughout the area and bringing home many trophies. He was an avid sports fan and diehard Pittsburg Steelers fan until the very end. He will be missed very much.
Visitation will be Thursday, December 27th from 4 – 8pm at Skillin-Carroll Mortuary in Fillmore. Rosary will be recited on December 28th at 11:30am at San Salvador Mission in Piru, with the Funeral Mass at 12:00pm. Burial will be at Piru Cemetery and a reception to follow at the reception hall at San Salvador Mission.

 
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Peter Oliver Coert (1941-2012)

Peter Oliver Coert (1941-2012)

Peter Oliver Coert, age 71, resident of Lake Isabella, suddenly passed away on December 15, 2012, in Santa Paula. Born May 25, 1941, in Bandoeng, Indonesia. He was a resident of Ventura County for 50 years.
Peter was an Electrician Master for 45 years. He enjoyed art and loved to paint oil paint, he also enjoyed, camping, cooking, helping other members of the Electrical union #952. He was also a member of NRA.
He is survived by his wife Bonnie Coert; Children, Shelly Walker of Ardmore, Ok., Debra Burhoe of Fillmore, Tina Follett of Big Bear, Maynard Allen of Washington and Marc Allen of Tacoma, Wash. Grandchildren, Nikki Allen, Eric Leon , Karen Burhoe Wade, Tim Burhoe Jr., Taelor Burhoe, Joshua Walker, Lacie Walker, Ryan Walker. Eight great grandchildren and 5 brothers
Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at Skillin Carroll Mortuary, Fillmore,CA. Funeral Service will be held Thursday, December 20, 201 at Skillin Carroll Mortuary, with Daniel Hull officiating. Burial will follow at Bardsdale Cemetery, Fillmore, CA
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of SKillin Carroll Mortuary, 600 Central Ave., Fillmore, CA 93015. 805-525-3391

 
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J.R. (Junior) McMahan (1925-2012)

J.R. (Junior) McMahan (1925-2012)

J.R. (Junior) McMahan, 87, passed away December 4, 2012, while in his sleep at home in Ventura California.
J. R. was born August 9, 1925, in St. Clair County, Alabama to Flora and Cleve McMahan. He was the third of four children, two boys and two girls.
He married Billie Griffith, they raised three children and were blessed with three grandchildren, just this year their first great grand-daughter was born.
In 1961 the family moved to Coalinga, California where he started his long career in the oil industry. In following his career the family moved to Ventura County in 1968 and resided in Fillmore for over thirty years. In 1980 he started McMahan’s Dewaxing Service and ran the company until his retirement in 1990.
One of his greatest joys in life was his family and especially his grandchildren, who he loved to shower with attention. In addition to his family, his second joy was collecting and restoring antique automobiles. Lastly he enjoyed nothing better than playing a good game of cards.
J.R. is survived by his wife Billie, his sister Louise Dethrage of West Virginia; daughter, Lynne Rayburn (John) of Mission Viejo, California, son, Barry McMahan (Paula), Houston Texas, son, Michael McMahan (David Schwabauer), Moorpark California, three grand-daughters, Kinsie, Heidi and Megan and one great grand-daughter, Liberty.
A private family service was held December 8, 2012. Memorials may be made to: Assisted Home Hospice, 4450 Westinghouse Street, Suite 103, Ventura, CA 93003, or your charity of choice.
The family wishes to extend their personal thanks to both Arthur and Jean, his care givers of these last months. Both of them went above and beyond in the level of compassion they showed our father.

 
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Lola May Hurley (1937-2012)

Lola May Hurley (1937-2012)

On November 18, 2012, the heavens gained an angel with the passing of our beautiful Mom, Gramma, Great Gramma, and Dear Friend, Lola May Hurley. Mom passed away peacefully with her children, Barbi Rice and Les Winget, by her side, and with Adam and Lisa Hurley with her in their thoughts. Mom’s love and spirit will live on in grandchildren, Jimmy Rice (Brandi), Danielle Ruiz (Gerry), Corina Rice (Michael Park), Nikki Winget, Nicholas and Jasmine Hurley, as well as her great grandchildren, James and Andrew Rice, Benjamin and Luciana Ruiz. Lola’s partner in life, Bob Hurley, passed in June, 2001. Mom’s loss will be dearly felt by her lifetime friends, Bea Summers and Pat Walsh.
Lola May Burson was born March 5, 1937 to Lesley and Florence Burson. Mom was always proud of growing up in Fillmore. The generations continue the legacy of having Grandchildren who are 5th generation Ventura County natives.
Mom graduated from Fillmore High School in 1954, and attended 50+ year reunions. She was a bookkeeper all her working life, starting at Wm. L. Morris Chevrolet, and retiring from Child Development Resources. As a survivor of breast cancer, she gave of herself by working for many years with the American Cancer Society, where she touched the lives of so many. She also volunteered for many years with the Braille Institute of Ventura. She was an active participant in the Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s support groups. Lola was a member of the Ventura Moose lodge, and a proud 50+ year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, as well as a Past Honored Queen of Job’s Daughters.
Mom was the most positive, tolerant person I know, always finding something in a situation to be grateful for. She taught me to be strong, and to celebrate life. She never wanted a sad, serious memorial, so a celebration of Mom’s life will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2012 @ 3:00 PM and a second celebration will be held Saturday, December 8, 2012 at her home, 6020 Fremont Street, Ventura. Please share your memories of her spirit and love by joining us for a potluck – please bring your favorite dish or one that you made for Mom. If you would like to contact me, please email at lives2dance@msn.com or 805-798-2814.
Flowers will fade, but a donation to the American Cancer Society will honor Lola's life.

 
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Pilar Daley (1932-2012)

Pilar Daley (1932-2012)

Pilar Daley of Fillmore passed away in Ventura November 22, 2012 at the age of 80. She was born on May 5th 1932 in El Paso Texas. Pilar was a homemaker who loved her family very much. She was preceded in death by her parents, Manuel and Josefina Terazas and survived by her husband of 52 years, Ralph J. Daley; son Robert Binkley (Maggie), daughters; Nancy Leseberg (Ken), Norma Alarcon (Oscar), Teresa Border (Rick), 12 grandkids and 11 great-grandchildren.

 
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Marcial Lona Martinez (1928-2012)

Marcial Lona Martinez (1928-2012)

Marcial Lona Martinez 84, passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2012. He was born October 23, 1928 in Brady, Texas. Marcial grew up in Mexico. When he was old enough, he left home to travel Mexico, before coming back to the U.S. He worked as a farm laborer for over 30 years. Marcial traveled California where there was work. While doing that, he met the love of his life Maria Patino. Together they had three children: Francisco, Rita and Leticia. They settled in Santa Paula to raise their family. Marcial loved to have a good time surrounded by friends and family with lots of food and beer. He loved to watch baseball, especially the Dodgers. He would watch baseball games on two TV sets while listening to Jaime Jarrin on the radio announcing the games in Spanish. He loved to read his newspaper, La Opinion. Every day and night he would read his Bible and prayers.
Marcial is survived by his loving wife of 45 years Maria Martinez from Santa Paula Ca., Daughter’s Rita Avila (Raymond Avila Jr.) of Piru, Leticia Martinez of Santa Paula, stepsons: Antonio Castillo (Estella) of Avenal, Jose Castillo (Felicitas) of Bakersfield, his surrogate son Emilio Jacinto (Tona) of Santa Paula. Grandchildren: Elisha (La Reina), Vanessa, Thalia, and Sofia Avila of Piru. Andrew Martinez, Debra, Selena, and Gabriel Duenas of Santa Paula, and many step-grandchildren.
Marcial is preceded in death by his father and mother, son Francisco Martinez and granddaughter Jessica Avila.
A Memorial service will be held Friday, November 23, 2012 at San Salvador Church in Piru Ca. at 6:00 p.m.

 
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Dale Earl Howard (1934-2012)

Dale Earl Howard (1934-2012)

Dale Earl Howard passed away on October 27, 2012 from a brief illness. He was born on July 24, 1934 in Omaha, Nebraska. He is preceded in death by his wife Naomi (Snow) Howard. He is survived by his daughters; Kristina and her husband Bill Winters, Karyn and her husband Jim Bowen, Kimberly and her husband Matt Haeber. His grandchildren Amber and her husband Seth Vincent, Hogan, Houston, Hudson, Caleb Haeber, Morgan Bowen and her fiance Aaron Parker, Wyatt, Bailey, Travis and Anthony Bowen; Great-grandchildren Andrew, Ryan and Elizabeth Vincent and Aali Parker. Dale (Sonny) was a great hard working devoted family man. He was married to his loving wife Naomi for 36 years until her passing. Sonny always had a special place in his heart for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They had special names for him- Doff, Grandfather, Papa-er, and Hopper, which he loved. He served in the United States Army at Fort Lewis, Washington. He worked in the oil fields as a construction foreman for Vans Construction, PCI, and the last 20 years of his career he spent working for Torch, supporting offshore operations. His hobbies were welding on heavy equipment, fishing, and woodworking. He also had a great enjoyment for watching TV, the History Channel, all military shows and the Price Is Right and many more. Sonny will be dearly missed by family and friends. Graveside services were held on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:00 pm at Bardsdale Cemetery. An online guestbook can be found at www.taylorsfamilychapel.com Arrangements are under the direction of Taylor's Family Chapel in Winston, Oregon (541) 679-6983.

 
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John Albert Perez (1926-2012)

John Albert Perez (1926-2012)

John Albert Perez, 86, of Fillmore, California, passed away Sunday, October 7, 2012. He was born in San Antonio, Texas to Juan Alberto and Ruth Castillo Perez. John was the eldest of seven children. He grew up in Detroit and then lived and worked for many years in Dearborn, Michigan. He moved to Fillmore in 1980 where he worked as an an Instructional Aide in both Fillmore Junior High and Fillmore High School until he retired in 1992. After two previous marriages, in 1982 John married Luanne Hebner Ellison, the Home Economics and Art teacher at Fillmore Junior High School.
John was passionate about being an adventurous eater and cooking for the family. He loved to dance whether it was square dancing or dancing out on the town. He was enthusiastic about keeping up-to-date with the news of the world and actively followed every championship boxing match. John was attentive to maintaining the home he shared with his wife of 30 years and was eager to make a lasting contribution through his work at the school and through his church. He was a card-carrying teamster who loved to talk about politics and never missed an opportunity to discuss the issues of the day or vote for his candidate or issue.
John and Luanne became dedicated travelling partners during their entire marriage, going on trips during every school break and vacation. This same plan intensified in their retirement years with the agreement to go some place for at least two nights, every month.
Most of all, John was a quiet man with a soul full of wisdom and a positive attitude toward life.
He is survived by his wife, Luanne Hebner Perez and son, John Albert Perez, Jr. (Montebello, CA) and three stepsons, Steven Bruce Ellison (Reno, NV), Jeffrey Brian Ellison (Mesa, AZ) and Theodore Scott Ellison (Oakland, CA) plus his four brothers Ralph, Edward, John, and Henry Perez and the rest of his very large number of Perez relations, most of whom still reside in Michigan.
Donations in his honor may be made to Bardsdale Methodist Church, 1498 Bardsdale Avenue, Fillmore, CA 93015, for the planting of roses in a small garden dedicated to John.

 
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Luisa "Licha" Zavala (1923-2012)

Luisa "Licha" Zavala (1923-2012)

August 25, 1923-October 27, 2012
Luisa “Licha” Zavala was a beautiful woman, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and soon to be a great- great grandmother. She was the Matriarch of the ZAVALA family. She was born in Wilmington, Ca on August 25, 1923 and raised in Tijuana, BC. She met, and fell in love with our father Jesus Solis Zavala and they were married on January 11, 1943 . They moved their family to Piru where she raised her 8 children. She worked for Olga Bra Factory in Fillmore, where she made many dear friends. Our mom created a warm and loving home for her children, and grandchildren.
Licha was a devoted Catholic she had a great love for God, was very active at San Salvador Catholic Church, was a member of the Sacred Heart Society and loved to pray the Rosary. She had an incredible sense of humor, she loved to crochet, cook, work in her garden, play bingo, shop, and travel to Las Vegas. But most of all she loved having her family gather in her home.
Mom was the backbone and enduring strength of our family and left to cherish her memories are her eight children: Hess (Joy) Zavala, Victor Zavala, Gloria Davalos, Gabriel Zavala all of Piru, Gilbert (Irene) Zavala of Exeter, Tommy (Martha) Zavala of Fillmore, Rosie (Salvador) Hurtado of Piru and Martha (Steve) Hope of Fillmore. 17grandchildren, 22 great- grandchildren, 1 great grandchild to be born in February and 2 great- great grandchildren to be born in November & February. Licha is also survived by her brother, George Hernandez (Dora) of San Pedro; Sister Eduarda Hernandez of Tijuana and numerous nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind dozens of lifelong devoted friends and Compadres. Because of her FAITH and beliefs our mom will be reunited with all those she loved that left before her.
The Zavala family wishes to thank Dr. Swartout and his wonderful staff, the staff and caregivers at Fillmore Convalescent Center, Mathias Gonzalez (mom’s Angel on earth), the many friends and family who visited our mother. We also would like to thank Marie Ramos who took great care of our mother for 8 months while she was at home.
Our mom “Licha” will be remembered for her devotion to God, family and friends, for her positive attitude, and always willing to open her home and help those in need. She will be greatly missed, and she will forever be in our hearts! Our family takes great comfort that she is now with our Lord and Savior and no longer in pain. We love you MOM!!
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of Luisa “Licha” Zavala to San Salvador Mission in Piru,
Funeral Services Honoring the Life of Licha will be held at San Salvador Mission Parish, 4045 Center Street, Piru, CA beginning first with the Recitation of the Rosary at 630pm Friday, November 2nd. Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at 10am, Saturday, November 3rd with Father Barney Gatlin Officiating. Committal & Interment to follow at Piru District Cemetery.
For map and directions to ceremony locations and to sign the family's online guest book, share stories, post pictures please visit our website: www.mysantapaulafuneralhome.com and click on Lichas's name located below "Recent Obituaries".
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Family Owned & Operated Robert Rey Garcia Jr Funeral Svcs Inc., Santa Paula. 805.229.7054.

 
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Joe Paul Gravley Sr. (1932-2012)

Joe Paul Gravley Sr. (1932-2012)

Joe Paul Gravley Sr. passed away peacefully on September 22, 2012 in Henderson, NV. Joe was born in Poteau, OK on February 9, 1932 to John and Ruby Gravley and was the fourth of five children. He was raised and went to school in Wichita, KS. At the age of 18 he joined the army where he proudly served his country from 1950-1953. In 1955 he married the love of his life Ellen Mae (Akers) Gravley. They were married for 57 wonderful years and had 5 children. In 1974 Joe brought his family across country to a place called Fillmore, CA to raise his kids and be near other family members. He lived there for over 28 years then moved to Henderson, NV in 2002 to retire with his wife. He was well loved and will be dearly missed.

Joe is survived by his wife Ellen Mae Gravley, his 5 children and their spouses Angela and Steve Core, Joe Jr. and Thaisa Gravley, Rhonda Asfor, Shiryl and Bob Mandeville, Leanne and Phil Mori, along with 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held on October 20, 2012 at 1:00 PM at the Fillmore Foursquare Church located at 324 Sespe Ave, Fillmore, CA.

 
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Willena Reed Taylor (1920-2012)

Willena Reed Taylor (1920-2012)

Willena Reed Taylor (nee – Dorothy Willena Reed), 92, passed away October 4, 2012, of complications from a stroke, in the Fillmore Convalescent Center. She was born in Frost, Texas, April 15, 1920 to Will and Myrtle Reed. She graduated from Rio Vista High School in 1938. She then attended Draughon’s Business College in San Antonio. While living in Shallowater and working in Littlefield at the Palace Theater she met the love of her life, A.B. Taylor, Jr. They married in 1944 while he was in the Navy. They moved to Long Beach, CA in 1948. She attended Long Beach City College, studying business. They came to Fillmore in 1955.
She had a women’s clothing store for a number of years in the ‘60s at 360 Central Ave. called Willena’s. She also worked a number of years in the Elkin’s Ranch Golf Course snack bar.
She was active in Ebell and belonged to Theta Sigma Phi sorority.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, A.B.Taylor, Jr.
She is survived by son and daughter-in-law Terry and Sally of Chico, Ca; Son Larry of Houston, TX; Son and daughter-in-law Bruce and Rebecca of Tehachapi, CA. Her sister Jean of Glendale, AZ. Numerous grand and great-grand children.
We (her sons) would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at the Orange Blossom Villa Senior Living Center in Fillmore for the wonderful care she received during the year and a half she lived there. We’d also like to thank Santa Paula Hospital, the Fillmore Convalescent Center, and Assisted Home Hospice for their loving care in her last days.
At her request, Willena will be cremated and there will be no services.
In lieu of flowers, consider making a donation to Assisted Home Hospice of Ventura.
Arrangements are under the direction of Skillin-Carroll Mortuary, Fillmore.

 
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Patsy Lynne (Canady) Lawrence

Pasty Lynne Lawrence went to be with the Lord her Savior on October 1st while surrounded by her five loving children. Pat and Dennis Lawrence raised their five children, Cindy, Gail, Guy, Scott, and Michael in Fillmore from 1968-89. In addition to her children and their spouses, Pat has left behind twelve grandchildren and five great grandchildren; she will be missed by family and friends tremendously. Pat remained in frequent contact with her numerous close friends from Fillmore throughout the years.

 
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LaVerre Vaden Askren (1918-2012)

LaVerre Vaden Askren (1918-2012)

On August 26, 2012 LaVerre Vaden Askren answered the call to join his beloved wife Mary Jane for eternity. He was born September 6, 1918 in Seneca, Kansas to Ernest and Mabel Askren.
While traveling the country with an orchestra he had formed with his brother, Ernie, he met Mary Jane Yetter. They married in 1940 and remained so until her death in February of this year.
He served honorably with the United States Army in Germany during WWII, receiving several medals including a Bronze Star.
His retirement years were spent building, repairing, and cleaning CooCoo and Grandfather Clocks. He was known throughout the County as the “Clock Doctor”.
He possessed great humor, a positive spirit, and a beautiful singing voice; none of which ever waivered.
Those left to rejoice in their reunion are: daughter Judith, son Patrick and wife Carol, and son Michael. Also; 6 Grandchildren, 14 Great Grandchildren and 2 Great-Great Grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank the Fillmore Convalescent Center for their loving car of “Grandpa”

 
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Aaron Palmer (1988-2012)

Aaron Palmer (1988-2012)

Aaron Palmer, 24, Seminole resident, died Saturday, August 25, 2012 in Seminole.
Aaron was born July 31, 1988 in Santa Paula California to Randall Palmer and Mary (Hanger) Hooper.
Aaron moved to Seminole in 2004 from Fillmore, California.
Aaron was manager of the Vailaint Detail Shop in Seminole.
He loved to fish and was a very talented artist. Aaron had a passion for cars.
Aaron was an outstanding football player in high school.
Most of all Aaron was a hard worker and a very loving and dedicated husband and father.
Aaron is survived by his wife, Nicole Attocknie of Seminole: his daughter, Mia Ann Marie Palmer of Seminole; one brother Eric Kigma of Chestnut, Illinois; a sister, Tiffany Palmer of Seminole, whom he was very close to and had a special bond with; mother and stepfather, Mary and Robert Hooper of Chestnut, Illinois; father Randall Palmer also survive him.
He is also survived by a grandfather, Bob Palmer of Fillmore California and his wife Shirley; an aunt, Bobbie Sue Palmer and cousin, Damien Ruiz, which he took care of in the home, also survive him.
Funeral services were held Friday, August 31, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Carl Whitfield and Vince Vanlandingham also officiated the service.
Honorary bearers were Eric Kigma, David Krause, Levi Pierce, Richy Kelly, Austin Laxton, Cody Stancell, Vince Vanlandingham, Damien Ruiz, Case Grizzle and Robert Hooper.
Funeral Services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Seminole.

 
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Eleanor Jean Perkins (1927-2012)

Eleanor Jean Perkins (1927-2012)

Our beloved Eleanor Jean Perkins passed away at Santa Paula Hospital on September 6, 2012, following a long and hard-fought battle. She was born in Fillmore, California on March 22, 1927 to Lester and Ruth Burroughs. Her family consisted of two older sisters, a younger sister and younger brother, placing her squarely as the middle child, the peace keeper. She graduated from Fillmore High School in 1945 and went on to marry Eddie Earl Perkins in 1947, a WWII Navy veteran. In 1949, they were blessed with a daughter, Susan, and then welcomed their second daughter, Peggy, two years later. Eleanor’s whole life was spent as a dedicated home-maker, wife and mother, with the majority of her life spent on Perkins’ ranch where Eddie and she made their home. She worked in town from time to time and enjoyed her work at Western Auto and the Fillmore Bootery. Eleanor always remembered those times in her life fondly as she loved meeting new people, seeing old friends and doing something that she took pride in.
The cornerstone of Eleanor’s life was her unwavering faith in God. She was an active member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Fillmore and lived her life following Jesus’ example of living simply and with purpose. Her faith was what sustained her throughout her life, saying nightly prayers and turning to God not just for the big things, but also to thank him for the little ones. She was passionate about nature, often choosing to spend her time outside with her flowers or perusing the ranch on her walks she so enjoyed. In 1996, Eleanor and Eddie reached a milestone in their lives, celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with their family members by their sides. In 1999, Eddie suffered a stroke and Eleanor unselfishly became his primary caregiver, spending her days caring for him in their home until he passed away in 2002.
They shared a special bond that demonstrated to those who knew them the dedication and love that is possible between two people. Eleanor had a deep devotion to her family and is survived by her sister Kathleen Amrhine (nee Burroughs), daughters Susan League and Peggy Evans (Gene Evans, D.D.S.), granddaughters Carrie Alamillo (Timmy), Amy de la Piedra (Doug), Linsey Evans, and Abby League, great-grandchildren Moneh Tello, Evan Alamillo, Anthony Chessani, Della Alamillo, and Thomas Alamillo, and great-great-grandson David Tello, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Eddie Perkins after 56 years of marriage, beloved parents Lester and Ruth Burroughs and siblings Elaine Moller, Patricia Erickson and Donald Burroughs. Eleanor’s life was one spent loving God, her family and friends.
She was happiest surrounded by beauty and believed everyday was worth living to its fullest. She will be truly missed by all those who knew and loved her, whether it was by the name Mom, Mimi, Grandma Nor or simply and blessedly Eleanor. “You’ll find that life is still worthwhile, if you just smile.” We’ll keep on smiling, Eleanor, because we were honored that you were here to teach us how. Eleanor’s family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to all the men and women at Santa Paula Hospital, and a special and heartfelt thank you to Norma Viorato for her dedication to caring for Eleanor and the love and happiness she shared with her daily. A private memorial service will be held Thursday, September 13, 2012. Arrangements were entrusted to Ted Mayr Funeral Home in Ventura. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Fillmore Alumni Association in Eleanor’s name.

 
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Joseph Alcocer Jr. (1948-2012)

Joseph Alcocer Jr. (1948-2012)

Joseph Alcocer Jr., age 64, passed away Sunday August 27, 2012 at UCLA Medical Center after a 5 month courageous battle with leukemia.
Joseph also known as “Joe” was a life-long resident of Piru, Ca. Joseph graduated from Fillmore High School and shortly after married his high school sweetheart, Josephine Alcocer. They were married for 42 years and together raised 3 children.
Joseph had a love for deer hunting and being outdoors. He looked forward to his yearly hunting trips to the Sierra Mountains and traveling out of state with his close friends. He also enjoyed fishing and camping. Joseph had so many great memories and stories of his adventures with his buddies. In his younger years Joseph was fond of his motorcycles and cars and took pride in them.
Joseph worked for General Motors as an auto worker for 35 years and retired at the age of 54. The years following his retirement Joseph was able to lead a more relaxed and enjoyable life with his family. He enjoyed working in his yard and spending time with his dogs. He was able to spend quality time with his wife. He cherished the times he got to spend with his children and grandchildren.
Joseph is preceded in death by his father, Joe G Alcocer and mother, Elisa Alcocer. He is survived by his wife, Josephine Alcocer; son, Joseph Alcocer and wife Julia; daughter, Sunshine Gray and husband Jeremy Gray ; son, Mike Alcocer. He is also survived by his sister, Olivia Magallon and husband Joe; sister, Sonia Oseguera and husband Felix. He also leaves 3 grandchildren: Joseph Miller Alcocer; Sierra Gray, and Gerrit Gray and 6 nieces and nephews.
Joseph was a very generous man who was always willing to help others in time of need. He had a kind heart and gave unselfishly to family and friends. We will forever remember his love and devotion to his family.
Funeral Services Honoring the Life of Joseph Alcocer Jr. will be held at San Salvador Mission Parish in Piru, CA., beginning first with the recitation of the rosary at 7pm, Friday, August 31st. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10am, Saturday, September 1st with Father Barney Gatlin Officiating. Committal & Interment will follow immediately at Piru Cemetery. A potluck reception will take place at Britt Park in Piru, CA following the interment.
For map and directions to ceremony locations and to sign the family's online guest book, share stories and post pictures please visit our website: www.mysantapaulafuneralhome.com and click on Joseph's name located below "Recent Obituaries".
Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Family Owned & Operated Robert Rey Garcia Jr Funeral Svcs., Santa Paula. 805.229.7054.

 
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Laurabelle J. Starnes (1928-2012)

Laurabelle J. Starnes (1928-2012)

Laurabelle J. Starnes passed away on Friday August 17, 2012, 2012 in Fillmore, CA. She was 84 years old. Her husband Jack of 49 ½ years, preceded her death in 1997. Laurabelle is survived by daughters Linda Faris (Jim) and Kathy Campbell both of Fillmore and brother Stanley Jones also of Fillmore. Grandchildren include Laurie Best (Jon), Mike Campbell (Jenny) and Jimmy Faris (Mindi) Great-grandchildren are Miriam (10), Hannah (10), George (8) and William (4) Campbell of Gibsonville, NC, Emma (7) and Elena (6) Best of Stockton, CA. and Bryn (10months) Faris of Thousand Oaks, CA

At the request of Laurabelle, there will not be a public memorial or graveside service. The extended family will gather around Christmas time and will collectively honor her at that time.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 3160 Geneva Street, Los Angeles CA. 90020, Attn: Gene Raymaud, Interim Administrator or to Miracle League of Ventura County, 345 N. Kimball Road, Ventura CA. 93004, or to your favorite charity.

 
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Gretchen Anderson (1912-2012)

Gretchen Anderson (1912-2012)

Gretchen Anderson, 100, died peacefully on Wednesday August 15 in Fillmore, California. A funeral was held last Saturday, August 18. Born as Gretchen Stewart, at age 10 she moved with her family to Fillmore from Bolivar, Missouri. A 1930 graduate of Fillmore High School, Gretchen had a sharp mind, a love of other people and an excellent sense of humor. She worked for the telephone company (what is now AT&T) for 43 years, as Fillmore’s chief operator, then as a regional manager. At one time she was the only woman manager out of the 600 managers in Southern California. She enjoyed people and had many friends from the organizations she belonged to: Business and Professional Women, Ebell Club, and the Women’s Society Circle of her the Faith Community Church. Gretchen was married and widowed twice to Ralph Stanley and Ray Anderson. Gretchen was one of eight children. Kenny Stewart, Sid Stewart, Walt Stewart, Guy Stewart, Ruth Howard, Effie Hancock, and Mayme Hurt. She is survived by fourteen niece and nephews, all who will miss her greatly.

 
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Marilyn Joyce Kernen (1929-2012)

Marilyn Joyce Kernen (1929-2012)

“Love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone.”
-Mitch Albom
Our beloved mother, grandmother, and friend, Marilyn Joyce Kernen, of Fillmore, passed away on Sunday, August 12, 2012.
Marilyn was born in Covina, California on October 15, 1929. She attended Clearwater Junior High, where she was always the perfect student, sitting in the front row, getting excellent grades. That was where she met the love of her life and her best friend, Bob Kernen, in the 8th grade, when he was sent to the front row for talking too much in the back of the class.
After graduating from high school, she spent several years working as a bank teller. She married Bob in 1956 and they had 51 beautiful years together before his death in 2007. After the birth of her first child, she quit her job at the bank and began her job as a full-time mother. Marilyn and Bob raised their family for several years in Costa Mesa, spent 10 happy years in Hemet, California, and then moved to Fillmore in 1981.
Marilyn had a wry sense of humor and loved late night TV, murder mysteries, black coffee, and family dinners on the weekends. She was the world’s best listener and any problem seemed easier to handle once it was talked over with her. She made Christmas and birthdays so special for her kids and grandchildren, and lived her life with quiet strength and dignity. We will miss her more than words can express, but we take comfort in the many memories we have of all the years we spent with her. We know she is reunited with Bob, and is now at peace.
Her husband, Robert Kernen, and mother, Marie Smith, preceded Marilyn in death. She is survived by her three daughters, Diane Smith (husband Tony) of Ventura, Joyce Davantzis, (husband Dean) of Los Osos, and Beverly Garnica (husband John) of Fillmore. Marilyn also leaves her six grandchildren; Natalie, Laura and Grace Garnica, Candice and Matthew Davantzis and Alex Munoz, her beloved sister and brother-in-law Carol and Jim Painter, and her three nephews, Scott, Paul and Darrin Walker.
A memorial service for Marilyn is scheduled for Saturday, August 25th, at 1:00 p.m. Skillin-Carroll Mortuary, 600 Central Avenue, Fillmore, California.