Sun City United Methodist Church
Monday, December 11, 2017
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

In Memoriam

 
 
Alta Sorrell
January 19, 1924 - September 14, 2017
 
Alta Maxine White was born on January 19, 1924 in Los Angeles, CA, in the back of a cleaning business run by her mother, Vina Elizabeth Sherier Roysdon.  As a young girl, she was introduced to Christ as were her parents and they became very active in their church.  They moved to Oregon where Alta went to grade school.
 
Her family returned to California and she finished high school at Long Beach's Poly High School.  It was there that she first met her future husband, Robert Walton Van Landingham, but she thought he was more interested in her best girlfriend, Micky, rather than her.  She used to admire his strong hands in Bible Study every morning and said most of the time he slept through study time.  After graduation, she chose Biola Bible College for certification in teaching.
 
She worked in a juice bar to get through college, graduating in 1944.  Her friend Micky went to Simpson Bible College where Alta's future husband graduated.  She said that he prayed about who to marry and chose Alta.  Bob (Van) never even kissed her prior to the wedding.  In addition, soon after marriage, he was called to a small church in Utah and he wouldn't even hold her hand in public on the way there.
 
They wanted to be missionaries, but when that didn't work out, Alta joined an insurance firm and Van worked in a bakery until they got another calling.  In 1951, they went to Midvalle, Idaho, for a year and then to Van Nuys, CA.  Van decided to join the Navy in 1953 as a Navy Chaplain, after they had two children.  Alta continued to work after the children were grown, in insurance, and taxes.  She took classes in bookkeeping, and then worked for 17 years as Business Manager of the Southern California Military Academy in Long Beach, CA.  They retired in 1987 to Canyon Lake, CA, and then they moved to Sun City, CA, in 1989.  Van died in 1998 and she shortly found a new love, Mark Sorrell.  They had a wonderful 7 years together.  They traveled extensively including Europe, Israel and Egypt.
 
Alta passed away to be with our Lord on September 14, 2017.  Alta was loved by all who ever knew her.
 
She is survived by her three children: Debbie Hencke, Santa Cruz; Tim Van Landingham, Cypress; Kevan Van Landingham, Santa Cruz.  Her life broadened considerably with grandchildren, adding a whole new family in the 90's when Tim married Lauretta Johnson.  Alta is survived by her 3 children, 6 grandchildren, and 5 "newer" grandchildren, and 29 great-grandchildren with another 2 on the way.
 
 
Elsie Smith
January 6, 1917 - June 1, 2017
 
 Elsie Margarette (Doub) Smith was born in Boonsboro, Maryland on January 6th, 1917, to parents Ernest and Anna Roelke Doub. She had two sisters, Alice & Betty, and one brother LeRoy. She was raised around Hagerstown, Maryland, and graduated from Hagerstown High School (1934) before attending nursing school in Hagerstown. She met Woodrow Smith, and they married on October 16th, 1937. They married soon after they met, as he was being assigned refrigeration work in Cumberland, Maryland. Their son Gerald was born on December 24th, 1939. In 1941, the family moved to California along with Elise's parents and siblings.
 
The family began their California life in Pasadena, living in a small court. Elsie took on the responsibility of collecting rents and managing the property. Their daughter Judith was born on September 24th, 1943. Elsie finished her nursing certification and eventually began her nursing career which lasted more than 30 years.
 
Elsie's entire family invested in the purchase of a small ranch property in Puente near Pomona, California in 1948. The ranch became an income property for the family raising chickens, rabbits and walnuts. Elsie, Woodrow, Gerald and Judith lived on the property for 6 years from 1948 to 1954.
 
Meanwhile, Elsie was a nurse at Pomona Valley Hospital, and later at Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital in Inglewood, CA. In the mid-1960's Elsie worked for Ross-Loos Clinic in Inglewood.
 
Because of Woodrow's work, they eventually purchased their own home in Westchester, CA. Here they remained raising their family until they both retired and moved to Homeland on February 10th, 1978. Elsie and Woody joined the Sun City United Methodist Church in 1978 or 79. Elsie enjoyed doing many different types of crafts. She did painting, knitting, and paper tole'. She joined a local Red Hat Society and enjoyed a lot of social activities.
 
Elsie's husband, Woodrow, passed away in 2003. She celebrated her 100th birthday January 6th, 2017, at a gather at the Sun City UMC on Sunday, January 8th. She passed away peacefully at home on June 1st, 2017.
 
Elsie was extremely devoted in her personal life, reading Scripture and devotional materials every day. The Upper Room, and other materials were at her side each day. When she arrived in Homeland, she and Woody visited a number of different churches, and then found the United Methodist Church. Her parent were devoted members of the United Brethren Church and were caretakers at a retirement community for ministers and missionaries in Rowland Heights. When Elsie and her family lived in Westchester, they attended a Christian Church.
 
Elsie is survived by her son Gerald Smith and daughter Judith Linstruth (James) along with her grandson Lance Patrick Harding and her four great-grandchildren: Sarah, Isaac, John and Hannah.
 
 
Betty D. Witherspoon
November 23, 1922 - May 7, 2017
 
Betty Dermody Witherspoon was born in Ishpeming, Michigan on November 23rd, 1922, to John Dermody and Bessie Bargren who were officers in the Salvation Army. She had one sister, Ruth Hess of Wisconsin who preceded her in death. Betty's early days were spent in Wisconsin. She graduated from Fond du Lac High School in 1940 and went on to graduate from the University of Indiana in 1945 with a degree in Arts & Science in Education.
 
On November 18th, 1943, during WWII, Betty married Jack Brushert, a United States Marine aviator. They had 3 children, Jack Jr., Barbara, and Kathryn. In November of 1950 during the Korean War after flying numerous successful combat missions, Jack was declared Missing in Action and never returned home.
 
Betty lived in Santa Ana with her three children and in 1957 married John Witherspoon. John, a retired Marine, was a manufacturer's representative for several toy companies. They moved to Sun City in 1990. John passed away on August 2, 2003 after 46 years of marriage. Betty continued to live in Sun City and on Sunday April 5th, 1998, became a member of the Sun City United Methodist Church.
 
During her lifetime, Betty was active in several volunteer groups including the Red Cross Motor Corps, driving ambulatory patients on sight seeing trips around Washington D.C., the PTA, the Boy Scouts of America, and the University Women's Club. She also assisted with communion services, sang in the church choir, co-chaired the Sewing Workshop, and was a member of the United Methodist Women's group.
 
She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and for her sense of humor, her generosity, and her compassion for others. She liked to travel and camp, enjoyed playing cards and loved watching sports, especially the Lakers. Betty valued her friends and neighbors and took great pleasure in spending time with them. She will always be thought of by her family as the best example for "doing the right thing."
 
She is survived by her 3 children: Jack Brushert of Kamuela, HI, Barbara Bond of Laguna Beach, CA, and Kathryn Brushert of Aliso Viejio, CA; 5 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.
 
 
 
William A. Nie Kamp
July 4, 1933 - May 1, 2017
 
 William A. Nie Kamp Jr. was born on July 4th, 1933, in Long Beach, CA. He was the younger of two children and only son of William A. Nie Kamp Sr. and Inez Nie Kamp (Weber). His mother, father, and sister, Beverly Kibbey, preceded him in death.
 
Bill grew up in North Long Beach and attended Lindbergh Junior High School and Jordan High School.
 
On May 12, 1952, Bill went to work for Douglas Aircraft Company as an aerospace mechanic. He worked on the DC-3, DC-10 and the C-124 Globemaster II Transport. He worked for the company for 36 years and took early retirement from then McDonnell Douglas (The Boeing Company) on July 7th, 1988. He was a dedicated employee, which was reflected by receiving many outstanding achievement awards.
 
Bill was married two times. The first marriage to Donna Fisk produced two daughters: Pamela and Debrah. His second marriage to Marjorie Slatten on August 18th, 1961, brought a step-daughter: Jeannie, and three step-sons: Jim, Lloyd and Larry into the family fold. It was a real-life Brady Bunch with three girls and three boys. Sadly, after 51 years of marriage, Marjorie was called home on April 22, 2013.
 
His favorite place to be was at home. He was a perfectionist and pride of ownership was reflected in the homes he resided in throughout his life. He lived in many cities in California: Long Beach, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Moreno Valley and Sun City.
 
Bill loved airplanes and anything having to do with aerospace. He loved hot rods and watching car races. His love for cars must have been a family trait because he spent countless hours during his teenage years in the family garage working side-by-side with his father on cars. He was very proud that his Dad built "America's Most Beautiful Roadster" in 1951. The car has been restored and is on display at the Peterson Car Museum in Los Angeles. In later years he even built a kit car.
 
Simply put, Bill was a good man. He was a gentle spirit that many were glad to call his friend. He loved his family and we (the family) were very blessed to have him as a Dad, Papa and Great-Grandpa.
 
The Lord called Bill home on May 1st, 2017, and he peacefully followed the path God laid for him. He was loved by all and we will miss his kind heart and warm smile, but all should find comfort in knowing he is free from pain and suffering.
 
Bill is survived by his two children: Pam (David), Debrah (David); four step-children: Jim (Donna), Jeannie (John), Lloyd (Linda), Larry (Denise); and many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
 
 
Mary Jane Dingfelder
November 7, 1925 - April 25, 2017
 
Mary Jane Dingfelder, 91, passed away in her sleep on April 25th, 2017. She was born November 7th, 1925, in Jeannette, Pennsylvania to parents, Mathilda and Charles Tait. She had two siblings, an older brother Charles (Bud), and a younger sister Gloria.
 
After high school a girlfriend of Mary Jane's convinced her to take a course in nursing which became a lifelong vocation for her. She received her degree and became a registered nurse, graduating from Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She worked for Shadyside until meeting her husband to be William S. Dingfelder. This was in 1948. Bill was originally from the Pittsburgh area and had spent 3 years in the Air Force during World War II stationed in Italy where he was a crew member in B-17 heavy bombers.
 
Bill proposed to Mary Jane in the only private place in the home of friends where they were having dinner, the bathroom. It was a whirlwind courtship, and they were married four months after their first meeting on May 8th, 1948.
 
When the Korean War broke out, Bill was called back into the service, though he did not deploy to Korea, he was stationed at an air base in North Carolina.
 
Later, after moving to Westminster, CA, they started their passion for playing golf as often as time would allow. Bill started a company as a manufacturers representative. Mary Jane went back to work at the Fountain Valley Regional Hospital. She then started working for a doctor's office in Garden Grove. It was during this time that Bill & Mary Jane sold their Westminster home and down-sized to move to a home in Canyon Lake, where they really continued their passion for golf, meeting and making many new friends. They also decided that they would like to travel the country so they purchased an RV.
 
Bill passed away in 2014, at the age of 89, but they were married for 67 wonderful years. They are survived by two children, Bill and Barbara; four grandchildren, Brad Dingfelder, Laura Scott, Wrin Coffman and Trent Calder. They have six great-grandchildren, Paige and Thomas Coffman, Gavin and Megan Scott, and Kate and Abby Dingfelder. 
 
 
 
Joyce Krunosky
September 18, 1924 - March 22, 2017
 
Joyce was born in Bethesda, Maryland to Rufus & Beulah Brown. Joyce attended the Methodist Church in Bethesda from childhood and until she moved to CA many years later and joined the Sun City United Methodist Church. 
 
She met John Krunosky on a blind date through friends (he was in the Army at the time). It was love at first sight for both of them and they married in 1942 and were devoted to each other for 69 years. Joyce loved being a homemaker and mother. Their one child was Brenda who married Ed Pearson. John and Joyce bought their first (and only) home in the early 50's and lived there throughout their marriage.
 
Joyce was suddenly widowed in 2012, and Brenda and Ed finally convinced her to move to Sun City, CA and live with them. When she first arrived she was in good health, loved to go on drives, shopping, and eating out. As time passed she became weaker then fell fracturing her upper right arm and then fracturing her left clavicle.
 
Joyce Nedra Krunosky (92) passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 22nd. Joyce was preceded in death by all siblings - 2 brothers, 2 sisters and a twin sister. She is survived by her only child, Brenda Pearson and son-in-law Edward Pearson. Joyce's only grandchild, Richard Pearson, died on 1985. There are also several surviving nieces and nephews.
 
Phyllis Huntington
September 3, 1929 - March 8, 2017
 
Phyllis was born on September 3rd, 1929 to Peter and Susie Schroeder in Newton, Kansas. She was the youngest of four sisters, two of which were twins. As an early teen she was a lifeguard at the town's community pool. At Newton High School she played the violin in the school orchestra and sang in a girls quartet that won honors in a state competition. As a senior, Phyllis was a homecoming princess. She had also become managing editor of the school newspaper and ultimately earned a scholarship in journalism to Taxes Christian University.
 
On December 10th, 1949, Phyllis married her high school sweetheart, Bill Moran in Newton, Kansas. A couple of years later they moved 25 miles south to Wichita where Bill was a high school teacher and coach. Phyllis, employed at Boeing Aircraft, worked on flight handbooks and later became a secretary in personnel.
 
Phyllis and Bill had two children. William Thomas (Tom) was born on October 4, 1952, and his sister, Lynda Lou, was born on February 12, 1955. In the summer of 1960, the family moved to Whittier, California.
 
Shortly after arriving in California the family discovered the beautiful beach at Corona Del Mar and adopted it as 'their beach.' Phyllis loved the ocean and going on outings to the beach was her favorite family activity.
 
For the next 10 years or so Phyllis worked part-time so she could be home when the kids got home from school. She was a terrific cook and seamstress. She could knit and crochet beautifully. Several years after retiring, Phyllis and Bill moved from Whittier to Murrieta, then eventually to nearby Sun City and became members of the United Methodist Church. While living in Sun City, she spent many hours making and painting ceramics. Sadly, after over 53 years of marriage to Phyllis, Bill passed in 2004.
 
Several years later, Phyllis and Jim were married in a beautiful ceremony in the United Methodist Church in Sun City, CA. They were active in the Church and sang in the choir. Music was a big part of their lives and they spent many fun times with a Karaoke group and Phyllis would go with Jim on gigs where he played the guitar and they sang for audiences.
 
Phyllis passed away on March 8th, 2017, leaving behind her 2nd husband, Jim Huntington, her sister, Louise Cleavinger, Tom and Torie Moran, Lynda and Don Pokorni, three grandchildren (Holly, Tommy and Malorie) and five great grandsons (Kade, Caiden, Cohen, Brett and Thomas). 
 
 
Else Wood
February 12, 1936 - February 23, 2017
 
Else Emma Pauline Wood was born on February 12, 1936 in the small town of Esslingen, Germany to Otto and Elsa Kaiser. 
 
Else met her husband, Arthur Charles Wood, a dashing, 18 year old, infantryman stationed with the United States Army at Nellingham, close to Esslingen. They were married August 23, 1954, in Esslingen by a justive of the peace. Art, Else and Betty arrived in the United States January 8, 1955 when his first tour of duty was completed. Arthur Wood Jr. was born July 6, 1955.
 
In 1962, the family drove across the country to California to start a new life. In 1963, they bought their first house in Rowland Heights, Else worked for Mattel Toys and later Elpac Electronics. Ken, their third child, was born March 20, 1963. Youngest child, son Steven was born December 5, 1965.
 
One of her proudest accomplishments was becoming a United States Citizen on November 13, 1968. She was a very hard worker and joined General Dynamics where she worked until she retired.
 
The family moved to Chino in 1972, and lived there for the next 24 years on a half acre with their horses Cindy and Lay and a pool. Else and Art retired in 1997 and they moved to Sun City to downsize and live a simpler life. They traveled with the Sun City Wheelers in their motor home and joined a wonderful fellowship at Sun City United Methodist Church. Sadly Art passed away October 29, 2005, after 51 years of marriage. Else moved to Pacifica Senior Living Chino Hill on November 10th, 2012 and enjoyed living in a wonderful, active community where she made many new friends.
 
Else Wood is survived by a sister, Gretel Eitel (Rolf), Altbach, Germany; Four Children: Betty Wood Scott (Brian), Huntington Beach, CA., Arthur Wood, Jr. (Shari), Ontario, CA., Ken Wood (Emily), Ontario, CA., Steven Wood (Victoria), Eastvale, CA.
 
 
December 28, 1922 - February 12, 2017
 
Florence Ruth Abbott, was born Thursday, December 28th, 1922 in Glendale, California. She was the daughter of Emile Flukiger and Lillie Seidel Flukiger. Florence had an older sister Pat and an older brother Raymond. During the Second World War, Florence served as Seaman 1st Class in the Navy from 1944 until 1946. Florence was in the first group of women to enlist in the WAVE program during the war. Florence served at the Naval Receiving Station of the US Naval Training and Distribution Center (TADCEN), at Shoemaker, CA. She received her honorable discharge at Camp Elliot in San Diego on March 7th, 1946.
 
Florence was briefly married to George Thomas, and they had one child, son Daniel. Florence raised her young son as a single mother after their separation. She worked as a graphic artist at the Naval Station on North Island in San Diego. Even today, many Navy and Marine pilots' planes bear insignias designed by Florence.
 
While commuting to and from her work at the Naval Station aboard a ferry, Florence came to know another frequent passenger, Ernie Abbott, who also worked on North Island for the Naval Station.
 
Ernie and Florence moved to Idyllwild in 1977 after his retirement and began their extensive travels. When they moved there in 1977, they had no idea they would live in Idyllwild for 25 years. It was such a beautiful place to be in the middle of a National forest and they hated to leave. They decided to move and relocated to Cherry Hills Club in Sun City on, of all days, September 11, 2001.
 
After weeks of hospitalization at St. Bernadine Medical center following a heart attack, Ernie passed into eternal life on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. After nearly 15 years at Cherry Hills, Florence moved to a smaller care facility nearby in Wildomar. There she spent her final days, until her passing on February 12, 2017.
 
 
Sam Hairston
August 15, 1928 - February 5, 2017
 
Sam was born on August 15, 1928 in Martinsville, VA. He was the 6th of 9 children. He was raised in a religious home. His father, Elder Gordon H. Hairston, was a Southern Baptist minister for almost 70 years. In fact, before Elder Hairston died at the age of 95, the local paper did an article on him and his wife as being the oldest married couple in their city. President Reagan even sent a letter of congratulations of which they were very proud. 
 
Sam attended high school but did not graduate. He chose to join the Army instead, and after training, was sent to Germany as a gunner. Shortly after he arrived, however, the war ended and he was returned home. Sam married when he was a young man, and he and his wife had one daughter, Angel, but they did not stay together and he lost touch with his daughter.
 
In the late 1950's, Sam moved to Los Angeles where he worked several odd jobs before landing a job as personal assistant to Johnny Carson. They became fast friends and Johnny even dedicated one of the Tonight Shows to Sam. After Johnny, Sam was also personal assistant to other stars such as Ella Fitzgerald. He and Ella had a love-hate relationship, but he enjoyed working for her and had many stories to tell from those days.
 
Sam moved to Riverside, CA in 1992 to be closer to family. In 2008, he moved in with his sister-in-law Carol Hairston and her son David and was living with them until his death. Sam is also survived by one brother, Herbert Hairston of Augusta, GA, and many nieces and nephews.
 
Sam always said he was happiest on Sundays when he could go to church. He was very fond of everyone at SCUMC and especially Pastor Rex Wignall. Sam was laid to rest in Riverside National Cemetery on Monday, February 20, 2017.
 
 
 
Alex Thompson
January 3, 1936 - January 29, 2017
 
Alexander Thompson was born Friday, January 3, 1936 at Holden, West Virginia. He was the son of Orville Thompson and Rose Tarsoly Thomson, both natives of West Virginia. During his childhood, the family moved to Maryland, where Alex's school years were spent.
 
While a senior in high school, Alex enlisted in the Navy at Baltimore, MD on March 5th, 1954. Alex lied about his age, not yet being 18, to enter the service. He served in the Navy for four years and ten and a half months, 13 months in the Naval Reserve and the rest on active duty. His service included training to become a Machinist's Mate and a tour aboard the USS Yorktown, with nearly four months at sea during the ship's tour in the China Sea. He was honorably discharged from active duty at Bremerton, Washington on December 12th, 1957.
 
In January 1961, Alex met the love of his life, Donna Mae Sanders. Alex and Donna were married 10 months later in November 1961. They lived in Hamden, Maryland where their first son Phillip was born in September 1962. Their second son Douglas came along in May 1965. Soon after Douglas was Born, Donna's father was transferred to Hawaii. Donna and Alex moved into her parents' house in Woodlawn, MD where their third son, Brian, was born in April 1969.
 
In late 1970, Alex and Donna moved their family to California to be close to her parents, who were then living in Fountain Valley. They settled in Fullerton, California. Donna got involved at the Methodist Church, and Alex had a part time job looking after the property at the Methodist Church, which was right next door to where they lived. In California, Alex worked for Puritan & Bennett, a company which manufactured medical gases. Alex was their warehouse manager in the City of Industry. That job spanned over almost 30 years, until his retirement around 1992.
 
In 1979, Donna and Alex moved to Ontario, California where they lived until the early 1990s. During these years, Donna and Alex enjoyed working on the Rose Parade floats during the holidays. In 1991, two girls were added to the family. In January, Brian married Lisa and in February, Doug married Brenda. Donna was happy she was not the only girl in the family anymore. The following year, in 1992, Donna and Alex moved back to Maryland to care for Alex's father. Donna and Alex moved back to California in 2002 to be by the grand kids. They settled in the Sun City/Hemet area. In November of 2011, Donna and Alex celebrated 50 years of marriage with a gathering at the United Methodist Church in Sun City. They were still madly in love. After struggling with health issues, his beloved wife of 54 years died on January 15th, 2014.
 
Alex is survived by his three sons: Phillip Thompson, Douglas (Brenda) Thompson, and Brian (Lisa) Thompson; grandson, Douglas Jr. and granddaughter, Hayley. Alex had known his brothers in law Steve and Ed most of his life, and they were like brothers to him. All who know Alex truly miss the wonderful soul that he shared with all.
 
 
Mildred Ruhr
March 1, 1927 - January 22, 2017
 
Mildred graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and in her twenties, taught Home Economics at a high school. She married Jerome Ruhr and they had two boys, Larry and John. As the children grew, she was a stay-at-home mother. Mildred and her husband, Jerry, moved to Sun City in 1986 from Whittier CA. She joined Sun City UMC and was active in the Sewing Circle, UM Women, Sarah Circle, and helped with reservations for the UMW lunches. Mildred and Jerry played golf and rode bikes and were active with many people in the Patio Homes area of Sun City.
 
After Jerry's death, while still living in Sun City, Mildred was looking forward to moving to Utah, where she could be with her son John and his wife Renny and family. Mildred lived at Brookdale-Cherry Hills for two years, then in September of 2016, she did move to Cedar City, Utah to live with her family.
 
She was 90 years old at the times of her passing on Sunday, January 22, 2017. She is survived by her two sons, five grandchildren, and her niece, Roberta Stanton.  A graveside service was held on Thursday, February 2, 2017, at Rose Hills Memorial Park. Reverend Phil Wood, a longtime friend of the family, officiated.
 
 
 
Joyce Pritchard
April 4, 1932 - January 16, 2017
 
Joyce was born in April of 1932 and attended Santa Ana High School. She married Bob Pritchard on September 11, 1949. They raised three children in Tustin, then moved to Fallbrook in 1976 and then to Sun City in 1995.
 
Some of the fond memories people in Sun City have of Joyce include her love of sewing. According to Joanne Brooks, "Her handwork was elegant, she graced our church with three framed quilts in our East Wing. Each framed work spells out a key word of belief: 'Faith, Hope & Love'. She also made beautiful embroidered altar cloths and matching paraments for the pulpit and wall. Joyce's Communion Table coverings will continue to remind us of her love each Sunday."
 
Joyce was also remembered for being a good cook and for hosting wonderful parties. She and Bob were a loving couple and held hands as they stood together in church each Sunday. She was a loyal member of the Sewing Circle and often volunteered to help in the church office.
 
An informal family gathering was held as a remembrance service for Joyce in Aurora, Colorado in Hanuary. Her smile, her positive attitude despite her illness and her love of God will always be remembered and she will be greatly missed by all. She leaves behind her husband Bob, two son: Mike and David, a daughter Kathy, 6 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
 
 
Frances Johnson
February 27, 1920 - December 30, 2016
 
Frances Johnson was born on February 27, 1920 to Frank and Faye Graves in Colorado. When Frances was very young the family moved to Kansas and then later to Denton, TX, where she grew up with two brothers, Dan and Spencer. Unfortunately, her sisters died when they were very young.
 
Frances' father owned and operated seven newspapers and she learned to set type as a young girl. Moving again to Gallup, NM, the family opened a restaurant and made lunches for the Indian school children nearby. At the age of 16, Frances moved to California to attend Whittier College, where she majored in Home Economics. It was in Whittier that she met her husband, Rosco Johnson. He was in the Navy during WWII and worked in radio development. Frances and Rosco married on January 17, 1940 and would go on to have three children: James, George and Judy. Later, Frances worked for the Singer Sewing Machine Company demonstrating machines and teaching women to sew. She was an accomplished seamstress.
 
Frances and Rosco moved to Sun City in 1985, and attended the Methodist Church where she became active in the organ club.  Frances passed away on December 30, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband and son James. She leaves behind six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
 
 
 
Rev. Donald Biddy
February 13, 1932 - December 23, 2016
 
Don led a colorful and interesting life, born in humble circumstances in Lampasas, Texas on February 13, 1932. His youngest daughter, Robyn (Biddy) Ferrara said, "Dad was born in a tent next to Buchanan Dam, Texas. He was the 4th generation of a proud heritage of Texas Biddy's that can be traced back to before Texas was a state. With his slight southern accent, he'd share his love of his hometown of Lampasas with all of us through many stories of trips back home." Some in our congregation remember Don's stories in both his sermons and during his visits.
 
Don enlisted in the Navy when he was 18 and came to San Diego, where he stayed and worked as an airplane mechanic before joining the San Diego Police Department in 1962. Don was a strong believer in justice and fairness. Daughter Robyn wrote, "These beliefs coupled with his remarkable ability to withhold judgment until he heard all sides of the story made him the ideal policeman."
 
In the 1970s, Don completed his education, and noticed that there were several criminal justice classes and studies involving criminals, but there was little to no follow up on victims and what happened to them before, during and after crimes. Working with National University in San Diego, Don began creating and teaching classes on Criminal Victimology and ultimately published two books on the subject. He later authored Crime Stories from the Bible (2002), which drew on his over 20 years in law enforcement combined with his experiences in the ministry.
 
In the early 1980s, Don made the decision to retire from the police department and go into the ministry. He told his family that the call to preach the Gospel had been planted in him at a very early age and that he wanted to "chase his dream." Don was ordained in the United Presbyterian Church, and we here came to know and love Don and his late wife Carol when they moved to Sun City. In 2002, Don began his work as Visitation Minister at Sun City UMC, with Carol at his side, and working closely with Pastor Chuck Dobbs and his wife Rose. Down through the years, Don always kept a connection with law enforcement, and served as Chaplain for the Riverside County Sheriff's Department during his years in Sun City. In 2007, Don and Carol moved to El Cajon, living at a retirement complex known as The Spring. It was right across the street from the First Presbyterian Church of El Cajon, where he and Pastor Steve Locke became friends.
 
Don passed away on December 23, 2016 and is survived by his three children Cecilia Biddy Rinando, Owen Biddy and Robyn Biddy Ferrara and his three step children Denise, Dwight and Derek Brinkerhoff, along with a host of grandchildren, nieces and nephews and cousins. His beloved wife, Carol Brinkerhoff Biddy, preceded him in death. The funeral was held January 6th, at El Camino Memorial Park in San Diego, with Pastor Rex participating in the services.
 
 
Hubert Lacy Causey
December 11, 1937 - November 11, 2016
 
Hubert Lacy Causey, 78, of Canyon Lake, CA, died at his home on November 11, Veterans Day, following a lengthy illness.
 
Lacy was born on December 11, 1937 at the McComb Infirmary in McComb, Mississippi. He grew up in Magnolia and Liberty where he graduated from high school. While attending Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, Lacy considered going into the ministry. He and two friends traveled to England, visiting the childhood home of Charles and John Wesley, and witnessing to people along the way. But, after graduating, Lacy decided to take a different path and he joined the United States Marine Corps. After serving for twenty years, during which time he completed two tours in Vietnam, Lt. Col. Causey retired from the military with many awards and medals, including the Bronze Star. Following his retirement, he worked for Bianchi International in Temecula, CA for many years.
 
Lacy loved to play golf and was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox. He was very active in his church, Sun City United Methodist Church in Sun City, CA. He served in many capacities there, serving as Lay Leader of the church and as a Lay Member of the California-Pacific Annual Conference. Lacy was involved in many leadership areas in his local church, including the Board of Trustees, the Stewardship and Finance Committee, and in Evangelism and Lay Speaking programs. He was an avid and lifelong student of the Scriptures, and a strong advocate for Christian Education at all ages. Lacy and Pastor Rex Wignall often discussed theology and Lacy sometimes assisted in teaching Bible Study classes.
 
Lacy married Nancy Lee Christianson of Fairhope, AL, in June 1961 and over the next eight years, they had four sons: Christopher, Stephen, Robin Wesley and John Andrew. Over the years, due to his military service, they moved around the country from Virginia to Minnesota then finally settled in Orange County and later moved to Canyon Lake, CA. Lacy expressed the highest love and appreciation for Nancy's role in raising their four sons during his years of military service.
 
Lt. Col. Causey was a pilot, certified flight instructor, and a member of the Airborne Association, MACC, and MATCU. He also was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and MENSA Society.
 
He was the son of H.B. (Pete) Causey and Lilyan (Lacy) Causey, the grandson of W.M. (Bill) Lacy, who was creator and long-time editor of the Pike County (MS) Herald newspaper and brother of Judy Causey Love, long-time columnist for the Magnolia (MS) Gazette.
 
Lacy is survived by his wife of 55 years, Nancy, his sons Christopher (Tannis), Stephen, Robin Wesley (Mary Frances) and John (Roni), four grandsons: Sean Patrick, Neal Emmett, Tennyson, Shea Bodie and one granddaughter Melissa. He is also survived by his sister Judy Love and brother-in-law Teddy Love. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Will Causey. Lacy Causey was laid to rest with full military honors at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, CA.
 
 
 
Lillian Jeffries
March 30, 1927 - September 12, 2016
 
Lillian Andrews Jeffries was born in Detroit, MI on March 30, 1927. She came to Los Angeles in 1968 where she worked as a secretary at Hughes Aircraft in Patents and Licensing.
 
She was very active at Sun City UMC, serving in the choir, the Visitors Committee and active visitation. She was known for calling people on the phone and singing happy birthday or a hymn to them. She also had a list of people she called every day to check on their status.
 
She was preceded in death by her siblings John Henry Andrews, Wildrix Andrews and Geraldine Bethea. She is survived by her niece Elaine Andrews.  A service was held for Lillian on Friday, October 21, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church of Inglewood, CA.
 
 
 
Micki Pirtle
December 17, 1920 - August 29, 2016
 
Micki Vogtmann Pirtle was born December 17, 1920 in Kansas City, Missouri. She was the daughter of Albert Vogtmann and Clarabelle Dugan Vogtmann. Micki grew up in the Kansas City area, graduating from high school there in 1938. She attended high school with her future husband Everett Eugene Bryan. They married on December 17, 1938, on Micki's 18th birthday.
 
Their oldest daughter Joyce was born in November of 1940. They settled in Overland Park, Kansas. Their younger daughter Judy was born in January 1947. They moved to Van Nuys, CA in the late 1950s. During her later years, living in the San Fernando Valley, Micki worked as an office manager at the Sears store in Northridge for about 15 years. Eventually Micki and Gene moved to Sun City, but after just four years there, Gene Bryan died in September of 1990.
 
Soon, Micki met Jim "J.L." Pirtle while getting a ticket to a Sun City Travel Club event. They had a lot in common and J.L. and Micki were married December 21, 1991 at Sun City United Methodist Church. The Rev. Dr. Frank Matthews performed the ceremony. Sadly, after many happy years together, J.L. died peacefully at home on July 18, 2009. The time after his death was a period of adjustment for Micki and she had a series of struggles with health issues in the last months and years of her life.
 
She died while at Brookdale Cherry Hills on AUgust 29, 2016. Micki is survived by her two daughters, Joyce Shaffner and Judy Turner, son-in-law Joe Turner, 3 grandchildren: Joanne, Julie and Judy; and great-grandson Brandon. Additionally there are nephews and nieces and step-children from her marriage to Jim "J.L." Pirtle.
 
 
Ann Wilks
October 7, 1923 - August 2, 2016 
 
Ann Elizabeth (Coleman) Wilks was born October 7, 1923 in Lorain, OH. She was the youngest of 5 children of Carl Colmean and Dell Radcliff Coleman. All of Ann's childhood and youth was spent in Lorain, where she graduated from high school in 1941. Ann's first marriage was to Paul Rickman, and they had one child, her daughter Prudence was born in 1953. Several years after their daughter's birth, Ann and Paul separated. Ann and her parents moved west from Ohio to California, settling in Riverside, CA.
 
Ann and Henry White met here in California and later married in February 1957. They had one child, a son Larry, who was born later that year. Henry and Ann separated, and for a number of years Ann was a single mother. She worked at the County of Riverside Tax Assessor's Office as the Data Supervisor. She began in 1960 and continued until her retirement in 1987. While working there, she met her future husband, Thomas Wilks, who was Chief Appraiser in the Tax Assessor's office. After working together as friends, some 25 years later, Tom Wilks and Ann White married on March 8, 1986. They moved to Canyon Lake and made that their home.
 
Ann was preceded in death by her husband Tom, her daughter Prudy Huston, and all four of her siblings. She is survived by her son Larry White, 2 step-children, Cindy Wilks-Gee and Larry Wilks; 5 grandchildren: Staci, Matthew, Chris, Dan and Heather and 8 great-grandchildren.
 
 
Judy Bye
May 29, 1942 - July 21, 2016
 
Judith Ann Schultz was born May 29, 1942 in Aplington, Iowa. In her early years, she attended a small country school with just enough students to keep the school open. She later attended Parkersburg High School where she helped organize a high school golf team. Judy played the tenor sax in the high school band and was elected Homecoming Queen in her senior year.
 
While in California, Judy worked at Knott's Berry Farm in Mrs. Knott's Candy Kitchen. She then held various office positions until In August of 1969 she accepted a clerical position with Uncle John's Pancake House in Orange. It was here that she met Charlie Bye, the CFO. They were married on December 15, 1971 in the Chapel of the Crystal Cathedral Church in Garden Grove. When Judy became Mrs. Bye she also became stepmom to Charlie's two sons and daughter (Randy, Ron and Sheri). Sandy was born in August of 1974 and Michelle was born three years later in October of 1977.
 
In 2002 Charlie and Judy moved to the Oasis in Menifee and quickly became involved with the Oasis Gold Group. They played a lot of golf and in 2011 Judy won the Club Championship.
 
Our Lord called Judy home on Thursday, July 21, 2016. She is survived by her husband, Charlie, daughters (and spouses): Sandy Juvinall (Doug) and Michelle Voccola (Robert), grandchildren Ian(11), Evan(7), Giovanni(9), and Giuliana(5) and stepchildren Randy Bye, Ron Bye and Sheri Marlow and their families.
 
 
 
Lee Backstrom
June 1, 1925 - July 14, 2016
 
LeRoy (Lee) Backstrom was Born on June 1, 1925 in Duluth, Minnesota. He graduated from Duluth Denfield High School and worked for International Harvester Truck Division starting in the Duluth Branch in 1951. This was the same year that he met Shirley Norgren also of Duluth. They were married on November 9, 1951 at the First Presbyterian Church.
 
They soon bought a home on 71st Ave. West and started a family that grew to four children. They soon outgrew this home and had to move to Morgan Park 92nd Ave West where all the children attended school. Lee stayed with IH Truck Division until 1969 when he was transferred to California. Lee won many awards and travel trips for reaching sales goals over the years. Then in 1982 he retired as Parts Dept. Supervisor.
 
Lee and Shirley moved to Highland Palms Country Club Community of Homeland, CA, where Lee became active in the Men's Golf Club, receiving a Hole in One Award in 2002. He was also a member of the Elks Club International in Hemet, CA.
 
Lee was a Boy Scout leader and Camp Leader. He enjoyed attending the Riverview Methodist Church, singing in the choir and acting as Usher on Sundays. He even helped with the accounting duties! Later, Lee and Shirley joined the Sun City United Methodist Church.
 
Lee passed away on July 14, 2016 and leaves behind his wife Shirley and four children: David Wane, Roberta Lee, Gary Allen and Kathleen JoAnn.  A private memorial service was held to commemorate his life. He will be greatly missed.
 
 
Jack Nelson
April 7, 1920 - June 29, 2016 
 
Jack Ogden Nelson was born April 7, 1920 in Highland Park, Illinois, the eldest of five children born to John and Alice Nelson. He first met Evelyn Helen Quinn when her best friend, Doris, asked Jack to pick Evelyn up so they could all go roller skating. It was love at first sight and the couple had their first official date on December 7, 1941. On June 6, 1942, Jack and Evelyn were married at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Racine, Wisconsin and Jack started his Naval career two months later.
 
During WWII, Jack had many assignments including the LTA, Lighter Than Air, Blimp Hedron #3. He was also assigned to Hawaii in 1943-1944 with the Fleet Air Wing 2. He was assigned to the Naval Commission Station in Guam from 1960-1962. Jack served on many ships over the next fifteen years including: The USS Atlas - ARL7, USS Lexington, USS George Climer and USS Sacramento AOE-1. He retired from the Navy in 1967 as Boatswain Mate Master Chief. For the next ten years, he was employed at the UCSD Scripps Institute in Point Loma, CA, where he was in charge of the care of all the docked ships.
 
During this time, Jack and Evelyn took up horse ranching in Dehesa, CA. They named their home Anchor Ranch; not for the Navy but as a reminder that Jesus is our anchor of hope. Jack was a man of great faith. Jack fully retired after ten years with Scripps and began enjoying golf, spending time with his wife Evelyn of 74 years, and moving.
 
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Gail Evelyn Arends and leaves behind his wife Evelyn, daughter Nancy (Jim) and daughter Terri, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
 
Evelyn shared, "Your blue eyes have closed on your earthly life, they opened to our Lord's promise of a Heavenly home, a welcome greeting by loved ones awaiting your flight. It's time to enjoy your final move at last, I'll join you when my time is up and right."
 
 
 
Dorothy Roeder
June 9, 1922 - June 25, 2016.
 
Dorothy Betty Roeder was born in Chiocago, Illinois on Friday, June 9, 1922, to George Charles Props and Mary Q. Props. On July 22, 1934, when she was 12, Dorothy was leaving the Biograph Theatre on Lincoln Avenue in Chicago when she witnessed the deadly shoot-out between FBI agents and John Dillinger, the legendary gangster.
 
Dorothy married Kenneth Olson in 1942, and they had three children, all of whom were born in Chicago. Dorothy and Kenneth divorced in 1962.
 
Dorothy left Chicago in 1964 with her daughter Nancy and moved to the San Fernando Valley in Southern California, where her older daughter Carol and son-in-law Steve had moved as newlyweds.
 
Dorothy's career was in bookkeeping at auto dealerships throughout her life. In 1989, Dorothy settled in Sun City, at the Sun City Mobile Home Estates, where she met her love of her life, Hugh Gillen, at a country western dance on Valentines's Day in 1991. Hugh and Dorothy were together for 20 years, until his death on December 31, 2011.
 
Dorothy was very active in the community of Sun City, CA. She was an active member of Sun City Crime Watch, Menifee Woman's Club, Sun City Bicycle Club, Menifee Bridge Club, the Good Time Club and The Red Hat Society.
 
For many years, Hugh and Dorothy attended Sun City United Methodist Church together. Dorothy officially became a member, joining in August of 2012.
 
She moved to Sun City Gardens in June of 2012. During this last year she moved down to Santa Ana to live with her daughter Carol and finally to Citrus Hills in Orange, CA. There her family saw her daily. At the age of 94, she passed into eternal life on Saturday, June 25, 2016.
 
those left to cherish Dorothy's memory are her three children: Carol (Steve) Canale of Santa Ana, CA; Kenneth (Fran) Olson of Chicago, IL; and Nancy Muller of Berlin, MD. She also leaves behind 10 grandchildren: Steve, Tina, Joe, Sal, Gena, Jennifer, Kenny, Ryan, Jason, and Joe, as well as 19 great-grandchildren and a host of other family members and friends.
 
 
 
Anna Ariaz
June 20, 1936 - May 29, 2016 
 
Anna Lea Wolfenbarger was born June 20, 1936 in Burbank, California. She was the second child born to Mel and Helen Wolfenbarger. During her childhood, Anna suffered with severe asthma. She was often in and out of the hospital.
 
Anna attended University High School in Los Angeles where she graduated in 1953 at the age of 17. Anna loved to hang out with friends at the beach and shop in Santa Monica. She met her high school sweetheart Delfino Ariaz, through friends, they would hang out by the natural spring that flowed through their high school.
 
At the age of 20, Anna married Delfino on February 2, 1957. Anna gave birth to her son Mark on March 3, 1958. The family never really settled in one place but always remained in the Los Angeles area. As a family, they loved to camp and spend time outdoors. Anna and Delfino later divorced in 1977.
 
Anna worked as a secretary for Praxair, one of the leading industrial gas companies in the world. She worked there for more than 20 years, retiring in 2001. She found Sun City and lived there part time.
 
 
 
Carrol Elaine Hamm
April 19, 1931 - May 17, 2016
 
Elaine Hamm was born Carrol Elaine Swick on April 19, 1931 in Washington, Iowa. She was the oldest of three children born to Harold and Bashie Swick. Her siblings are Richard and Joyce. She grew up pretty much in the Midwestern life style common to Iowa. Both her father and an uncle were farmers, and Elaine worked on the family farm, and later remembered herself as a tomboy. Elaine attended Brighton High School and graduated in 1949. After high school she worked for a while at the Alcoa Aluminum plant in Davenport, Iowa where she met her husband George.
 
Elaine and George Hamm fell in love and were married on October 8, 1953. They lived in the Moline, Illinois area for a number of years in different home. While living there they had three children. The oldest was son Mark, born in July 1954; their second child Margo was born in November of 1957, and their younger son Marty was born in July of 1959.
 
In 1960 Elaine and her family moved to Southern California to their first home in the city of Bellflower. George had a job transfer in Los Angeles at the Alcoa Aluminum plant and Elaine carried on as homemaker and mom for the kids.
 
While living in Bellflower, Elaine and George were members of the First United Methodist Church where Elaine was a member of the choir. She was also active with her kid's schools as a member of the PTA and other school activities such as band and sports. For 4 or 5 years, Elaine was her daughter's coach while Margo played in the Ponytail Softball League. Elaine was an avid bowler and played with numerous leagues in the surrounding areas. She kept her bowling awards, and made score sheets on her typewriter for her bowling league.
 
In 1987, Elaine and her husband George decided to move out to the Inland Empire to the city of Homeland. They bought a place in the community of Highland Palms. There they enjoyed many activities such as golf, swimming, Bingo, line dancing and traveling with the Tumbleweeds Club. George and Elaine took a six month trip up to Alaska. Cathy Can Rensselaer recalls the Tuesday night Pinochle card games she and Elaine played when they both livid at Highland Palms. Drawing on her farming heritage, when somebody was losing the card game, Elaine would say, "You're sucking on the hind tit." Those joining her for Bingo knew 44 was Elaine's favorite number and would shout it when called.
 
Elaine and George joined Sun City United Methodist Church where Elaine was a member of the choir. Singing was one thing Elaine loved to do. In February 1990, her beloved husband George passed away. In the years after George's death, Elaine continued to travel, taking a trip to the Holy Land with a group from the church, (including Rev. Howard Brown). Ella Dean, a neighbor of Elaine's at Highland Palms, recalls a trip that those two took down to Australia. Ella says Elaine was a good travel mate, and had a good memory of all the places they went and things they saw. Elaine also went camping with her grandchildren, traveling in her motor home and stopping at various camper resorts.
 
Travels and trips with the family were an adventure that Elaine looked forward to and savored afterward. Her family remembers a trip to South Dakota, where the engine in the motor home gave up the ghost because Elaine was determined she could reach the top of the hill. Around 2008 Elaine came back from a trip down to Texas and back to Illinois with some golf ball sized dents in her car. She had managed to get caught in two separate hail storms - one in Texas and the other in Illinois. Elaine chuckled as she told us about her adventure.
 
Despite singing the great music of the faith at church, Elaine was a lover of Country Music. One of her favorite songs says it all: "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool." In recent years at church, fellow choir members and pastors used to pray Elaine would not fall out of her chair when she fell asleep during the service. But as soon as the music started to play, she was awake and ready to sing!
 
Elaine leaves behind quite a family. There are her three children: Mark Hamm, Margo Martin (husband Danny) and Marty Hamm. There are her brother Richard Swick in Illinois and her sister Joyce Anderson in Florida. She leaves nine grandchildren: Mark Jr., Lisa, Robert. Samantha, Jason, Jesse, David, Joshua and Jackie. Elaine also has eleven great grandchildren: Kaleb, Jacob, Noah, Ethan, Robert, Hayley, Aiden, Lucas, Joseph, Leah and Olivia.
 
Elaine will be dearly missed by her family and friends and all of those who came to know her. Her outgoing personality and smile touched many people during her life. Elaine's remains will be laid to rest alongside those of her late husband George at Riverside National Cemetery.
 
 
 
Robert Elson Dean
February 4, 1927 - May 7, 2016 
 
Robert Elson Dean was Born February 4, 1927, in a small town of Delphos, Kansas. He and his younger sister, Dixie, were the only children of Melvin and Maye Dean. Robert (Bob) received his early Christian education at the United Methodist Church of Delphos where the family worshiped as members. In grade school he met his future wife, Marjorie Giesecke, and in high school they became sweetheart.
 
World War II delayed marriage plans for Bob as, like many of his friends, he quit school to join the Navy. After serving his country, Bob and Marjorie were married and Bob worked for the Soil Conservation Service (SCS) in Abilene, Kansas, where their son, Larry was born August 19, 1947. Encouraged to use the G.I. Bill to further his education, Bob took the GED exam for his high school diploma and then enrolled in Kansas State College in Manhattan, Kansas. By the time he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, the family had grown by a daughter, Janet, born on February 20, 1950.
 
The family moved to Effingham, Kansas where Bob began a 15-year career with the Soil Conservation Service, which took him to several cities in Kansas before the family returned to Effingham. Later, after a career change, Bob and the family moved to Omaha, Nebraska and he became a sales representative for Olin Chemical Corp. Finally tiring of constant travel required by his job, Bob accepted a position with the J. Lynch Co. of Salina, Kansas.
 
With the children grown and gone, Bob and Marge settled in Salina, Kansas, but in 1986 Marge passed away after 40 years of marriage. One day, while visiting his elderly mother in a nursing home, Bob met a charming nurse named Ella Nothern. Their friendship grew strong and they ultimately married June 9, 1987 at the Lutheran Church in Salina, Kansas. They enjoyed years of RV traveling throughout the US.
 
Bob joined the Navy at age 17 (1944) and served as a mechanic on a PC Boat in the Pacific. He was stationed on Guam. He was given the nickname "Half-Pint" by his fellow sailors for his short stature.
 
Bob and Ella decided to retire in Mercedes, Texas near relatives of Ella. A few years later they found a home at Highland Palms Senior Community in Homeland, CA where they resided for 16 years. Their last move took them to Sun City Gardens in Sun City.
 
During his life, Bob was a 32nd degree Mason and an active member of the Shriners. He loved playing golf until he was no longer able. He also enjoyed many years of fishing and hunting with his son Larry and other family and friends.
 
After "fighting the good fight," Bob was mercifully called home on May 7, 2016. He was passionate about his family. He leaves behind his wife of 28 years, Ella, a son Larry Dean and Denise McGraw, a daughter Janet and Bruce Luehrs. There are six grandchildren: Jennifer Dean, Kristi Dean, Michael Dean, Jeffrey Luehrs (Christina), Julie Luehrs DeBaca (Tait) and Barbara Luehrs Seidel (Johannes) and three great-grandchildren: Elizabeth Luehrs, Ava Luehrs and Conner Dean. There are also three step-sons David Nothern (Doris, Matthew Nothern (Tari), and Nathan Nothern (Kae Sue) and four step-grandchildren: Natalie Nothern Van Hill (Daniel), Jena Nothern, Clay Nothern, Kyle Nothern and on-step great grandchild: Leah Irene Van Hill. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, and his first wife.
 
 
 
 
Eleanor Jane "Lennie" Fish
October 14, 1926 - May 1, 2016
 
Eleanor Jane Wayman, known to family and friends as Lennie, was born October 14, 1926 in Southgate, CA.  She was the youngest of three girls born to Joseph and Pearl Wayman.  Older sister Edith and Evelyn preceded her in death.  Her family moved to Huntington Park where Lennie and her sisters grew up in a house on Templeton Street.  Even as a child, Lennie liked to dance.  She was very limber, and later said she was "a gymnast at heart."  Lennie played with the other kids in the neighborhood, and a boy who lived across the street had a bow and arrow which he tried out on Lennie. He shot an arrow which struck her in the forehead, but fortunately it did not do any lasting damage.
 
While she did not really like school, Lennie was very bright, and took shorthand, typing and other business classes during high school. Her first job was at a malt shop when she was 16. Lennie graduated from Huntington Park High School, where her future husband also attended school. Lennie probably completed high school in the spring of 1944.
 
Lennie Wayman met Raymond "Bud" Fish at a Demolay dance for Demolay boys and Job's Daughters girls. The girl Bud was to accompany at the dance was not there, and he asked Lennie to dance, and they were inseparable from then on. After they had dated for a time, Bud who was only a few months older than Lennie, asked her parents if he could marry their daughter, and Pearl Wayman told him no, that it would never work.  I guess she was wrong - they were married for more than 66 years.
 
After graduating from high school at only 16 in 1943, Bud attended a year at LA City College, and then was drafted into the Army. He and Lennie stayed in touch after his induction in January 1945 and while he was stationed at Camp Roberts in Paso Robles.
 
While on leave, Bud and Lennie eloped to Yuma, AZ where they were married at the Greta Green Wedding Chapel on July 6, 1945, by the Reverend L.L. Roberts. They drove to Arizona with Tom and Ginger Bolton in the Bolton's 1934 Plymouth, and when they arrived, they had to wake up the local Justice of the Peace to get the wedding license. For all of their married life, Lennie carried a small brochure from the wedding chapel as a memento.
 
Shortly after their wedding, Bud was transferred to Camp Crowder, located near Neoshow, Missouri. Lennie rode a bus to Missouri, and boarded in a local home in Neoshow while Bud was in the service there.
 
By the time Lennie was expecting their first child, Bud was stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana. The doctor told Lennie the baby was coming earlier than expected, and Bud asked for leave so he could be there. When their son did not arrive within the allotted time, Bud asked for another leave. His officer at Fort Polk warned Bud, "You'd better get your wife up and walking, because this is the last leave I can give you."
 
Apparently the walking worked, and Bud and Lennie welcomed their son Douglas, born on July 12, 1946. Two years later, on June 14, 1948, their daughter Karen was born at Suburban Hospital, the same place Lennie was born, and remarkably, Karen was attended by the same nurse that had attended the birth of Lennie!
 
Bud had returned home from his military service in August 1946, just a month after Doug was born. It was during this time that Bud began working with Southern California Edison. During that same year, Bud and Lennie moved to Bell, CA where they lived for the next eight years. As Lennie was raising her own two young children, she also did some childcare for other youngsters. Later she went to work for Waste King at their plant in her home town of Huntington Park.
 
When Lennie and Bud were in their early years working and raising a family, they worked hard and had fun on the weekends, sharing a bottle or two of Seagrams VO with their friends.
 
After 8 years in Bell, Bud and Lennie found a home they loved in Downey, where they lived for the next 38 years, watching their family grow and grow and grow. It was during these years that camping became a steady part of the Fish family experience. They bought a trailer, and then a bigger one, and towed it with their four-wheel drive Suburban.
 
Buring their years in Downey, Bud and Lennie went ballroom dancing at the Elks Club and over to Catalina to the Glen Miller band in the grand casino.
 
Their son Doug remembers "the fishbowl," a nickname for the family cabin up in Crestline. It is where Doug learned to fish, swim, square dance and play card games. Four generations of the family enjoyed going to that cabin. San Moritz had built a clubhouse designed for family gatherings of those with property on Crestline, where the Fishes joined many others over the years.
 
Their church connections began in the Methodist Church in Huntington Park, where Bud's parents, Art and Ethel, were part of the Benedictive Class, a fellowship and service group. When they got to Downey, they were glad that the church offered many good programs for Doug and Karen during their childhood and youth. We in Sun City enjoyed Bud and Lennie becoming a part of the United Methodist Church here.
 
Lennie worked for an agency of State Farm Insurance in Downey. To describe how clients felt about Lennie, when they called in, many of them would ask for her by name, and if another person said, "She's not available, can I help you?" they would often say, "No, I want to talk with Lennie Fish." Lennie was office manager and worked there for 27 years.
 
Lennie retired in 1986, and Bud in 1988. They looked around for a good place to retire and came here to Sun City. They looked in the Serenade housing tract, liked what they saw, and moved into their home on Pickney Way in 1991. What they grew to love about their new home was how their neighbors became good friends. They entertained and were in the homes of about 10 couples who referred to themselves ad "The Pickney Group."
 
For a time, Lennie was an active member of the Sun City Women's Club. There were two things she excelled at there. Lennie raised more money than anyone else in the "Pennies for Pines" tree planting project. Lennie also was in charge of sending greeting cards for various occasions which she was very good at, as we will see later.
 
Bud and Lennie spent all their free time doing the things they loved the most with people they loved the most. They traveled all over North America visiting all but 1 of of the 50 states (Rhode Island) and all the provinces of Canada.
 
Along with Lennie's sisters and their husbands, they traveled extensively in Alaska, taking every road they could travel on in the southern part of the state. They enjoyed seeing and experiencing the world they lived in so much that they even made it to several countries, including New Zealand, Australia, England and Greece.
 
Hunting and fishing were definitely their favorite pastime and they always extended the invitation to all their family and friends to join them at the campsite if they could. Bud and his brother would go elk hunting each year in Wyoming, and Lennie and her sisters in law would join them for hunting trips to Utah. When they were at home they kept a busy social schedule dancing, playing cards (especially Pinochle, which she was very good at) and simply enjoying life.
 
Here is a brief remembrance that begins to capture the preciousness of her family to Lennie. When one of her grandchildren was 9 or 10, Lennie took her and several more grandchildren shopping and gave them each a $10 limit on a gift for themselves. After an excursion up and down the aisles of the store, the kids each came back with their treasures. One girl announced to Lennie, "Grandma, the onliest thing I like is this shirt." (The shirt cost $12 instead of the $10 limit.) Lennie looked at her and gave her granddaughter a pretend frown and asked, "You mean this is the onliest thing you could find?" Then, her frown lifted and lennie said, "That's OK, we'll take care of it."
 
One of the happiest memories in recent days, was the gathering for her 89th birthday at Texas Roadhouse here in Menifee in October of 2015. There is a saddle you can climb on up at the Roadhouse, and a man who was considerably younger was there to celebrate his birthday. He wanted to get in the saddle, but wasn't sure he could safely make it on and off. Lennie decided to try it, climbing on and off the saddle just fine, and encouraging him to give it a try.
 
On Sunday, May 1st, Lennie died at her home here in Sun City. Now, as both of them are gone, Bud and Lennie leave behind the legacy of their family: Their two children and spouses, their 9 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren, with another one due in a few months. During their lifetime no matter what they were doing and no matter where they were, the most important priority to both Bud and Lennie was their family. One example of how important they all were is this: Lennie kept track of everyone's birthday - even the 21 great grandchildren, and never missed sending a card on the occasion to each one of them.
 
 
 
 
Bonnie LaRue
June 17, 1925 - April 8, 2016 
 
Myrtle Lee "Bonnie" Jackson was born June 17, 1925 in Colorado City, TX. She was the second of three children born to Richard Julian Jackson and Ursula Jackson. She outlived her sisters Ruth and Janice. Her hometown was a small place in west Texas with no paved streets.
 
Bonnie met her first husband Howard Knotts while writing to his brother Virgil as a pen pal during WWII. When Howard returned home from his service as a Marine in the Pacific, he got on a train, rode to Texas and proposed to Bonnie, sight unseen. Howard and Bonnie married in May 1945 in California.
 
Their son Mike was born in 1946, followed by daughter Peggy and son Jim. The Knotts family settled in Inglewood and later moved to Pico Rivera while Howard worked for Slumberger Oil. Tragically, Howard died in 1952 at the age of 29, leaving Bonnie with three young children to raise. Before his death, the family moved to Long Beach, where Bonnie volunteered at Long Beach Community Hospital.
 
While attending First Baptist Church in Long Beach, Bonnie Knotts met a young policeman named Al LaRue. They fell in love, and after a one-year courtship, they married on June 26, 1954. Remembering Al in 2008, we said, "As a young widow Bonnie had a lot to offer a man - three young children, a father and her younger sister all living with her." Son Mike recalls the family moved to a new 850 square foot home. Fortunately, Al and his dad Wayne remodeled to expand cramped quarters with another bathroom, bedroom and family room. Al's son Larry was also with the family part of the time.
 
When the LaRues joined University Baptist Church, AL and Bonnie became sponsors of a growing youth group. Due to their excellent leadership, the group grew so large that they sent 100 kids to a winter camp. Their own children formed life-long bonds they still share with youth group members, many of whom were present at Bonnie's 90th birthday party last June. Rev. Tandy Sullivan, one of their pastors at University Church, said that Bonnie and Al were instrumental in the success and growth of their youth program, and noted that Bonnie's home was always open and a place of encouragement and inspiration to many people.
 
Al and Bonnie had more than their share of personal tragedies over 53 years of marriage. In 1965 - their daughter Peggy - a high school senior - was struck and killed by a car in a crosswalk. Al later said, "Two things got me through that; the Lord and Bonnie." The LaRues bought a new organ for their church, and donated in their daughter's name. Pastor Tandy notes that Proverbs 3:5-7 became a guideline and source of strength for Bonnie during that difficult time.
 
In 1979 after many years of service, Al left the Long Beach Police Department and soon after, he and Bonnie moved to Sun City. Bonnie later recalled how Amos and Doris Greenamyre, farmers from Nebraska, became an example and encouragement to Al and Bonnie as they settled into a new life and new community. Together, these two devoted Christian couples visited countless newcomers and helped the Sun City United Methodist Church grow and flourish. Al and Bonnie became leaders in a host of activities in the church and community. Al sang in the church choir for nearly 28 years, and Bonnie continued her excellent work at reaching out to new people and inviting them to church. (Ever tried saying 'no' to Bonnie?)
 
Not long after their arrival in Sun City, the LaRues became grandparents for the first time, and Jessica became a frequent visitor. Years later, they watched her marry. They often spent evening walking the neighborhoods of Sun City, usually hand in hand. Mike says, "Ron and Nancy Reagan were junior varsity compared to my parents. Years later, members of our youth group would speak about the example of marriage that Al and Bonnie set for them."
 
Her beloved husband Al died suddenly in January 2008, and the final chapter in Bonnie's life began. We were blessed to have Bonnie and the energy, love and dedication she continued to bring to her church and community. TOPS enjoyed her, as did P.E.O. She challenged people to engage and be involved wherever she went. She spoke up when others might not, bringing concerns that needed attention. Few have been as generous in their support as Bonnie (ask our music director). There was a joyous, noisy area in our church on Sunday mornings, and it was because Bonnie LaRue sat there (what a surprise, huh?) We thank Hendrika Richardson for joining Bonnie on various trips - Bonnie loved to visit Mike and Leslie in Savannah. When Bonnie moved from her home to Brookdale Cherry Hills, we thought, "Well that place is NEVER going to be the same!"  It wasn't, and neither were any of us who were blessed to know and love her. Her deep faith and infectious spirit touched us all. Her Lord called Bonnie home on Friday, April 8, 2016.
 
Bonnie is survived by her sons (and spouses): Michael (Leslie) and Larry (Marie), granddaughters Jessica (husband Tim) and Sarah and great grandsons Caleb and Le'on.
 
 
 
 
Franklin Lee Horn
July 8, 1946 - February 23, 2016
 
Franklin Lee Horn was born July 8, 1946 at Logan, Ohio. He was the third of four children born to Charles and Darlene Horn. His older brother Paul, and sister Amy preceded Frank in death; his younger brother Jim lives in Birmingham, AL. His father worked for Natco, a company that made brick conduit for Bell Telephone. When Frank was a one year old, the family moved to Hobart, Indiana and when he was 12 years old they moved to Bessemer, Alabama, where Natco opened a new plant.
 
After graduating from Bessemer high school in 1966, Frank enrolled at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa (Roll Tide!). During college he met Pattie Wilson. They started as friends, having lots of science classes together, and eventually began dating. He graduated from the University in 1970, with a major in Biology and a minor in Anthropology. Frank and Pattie got engaged in the fall of 1969 (at a football game). Frank's draft lottery number was 13 and so he enlisted in the Navy in the summer of 1970. His basic training was in Orlando, FL and he was in Dental Tech School in San Diego, (Frank's introduction to California) and then was stationed in Millington, Tennessee. Frank and Pattie married on June 5th, 1971 in Pattie's hometown of Livingston, Alabama three weeks after she graduated from college. Their son Kelly was born in Millington in 1972.
 
After being discharged from the Navy in the summer of 1973, the family moved back to Alabama, first in Livingston. Both Frank and Pattie went to graduate school at the University to prepare for careers in teaching. Their daughter Kristi was born in 1977. Frank taught 7th grade science for 22 years in Mountain Brook, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham.
 
Frank retired in 1998. They lived in Irondale, and built a house in Alabaster moving there in October 2002 and the Graleys moved into the neighborhood. Ronnie, Shela and their son Andrew Graley became such close friends they were part of the Horn family. Frank and Pattie consider 12 year old Andrew Graley their "adopted grandson". He chose his Uncle Frank as the subject of a recent school project. Here is what Andrew wrote:
 
"My uncle is an extremely humorous person. He likes to tell lots of jokes and riddles to cheer you up. He likes to watch comedy movies, But above it all, he always has a smile on his face, and most of the time, he is laughing. His name is Frank. He is also a devoted man. He is devoted to God and has a strong faith. He is also a devoted to winning board games at all costs. But most importantly, my uncle is devoted to his wife.
 
Uncle Frank is a helpful person. He helps me with my homework when I am struggling. He helps with yard work when you can't do it on your own. He also helps me with my chores."
 
In discussing future plans, Frank and Pattie decided to move here to California and moved to Sun City to be near their daughter in 2010. Shortly after moving here, Frank and Pattie became active members of Sun City United Methodist Church. Over their years here they have been "front row Methodists" (rather than back row Baptists) where Frank lovingly watched Pattie play her bells.
 
There are many things Frank enjoyed doing, which family and dear friends tell many stories about. They include walking, traveling, University of Alabama athletics (Roll Tide!), feeding the birds, watching movies, taking and enjoying photographs. Frank had his own special brand of humor which he shared with many by e-mail.
 
Both family and his many friends were shocked by Franks' sudden death on Tuesday, February 23, 2016. As we say on All Saint's Sunday, Frank Horn is absent from the body, but present with his Lord, Jesus Christ.
 
Frank is survived by his wife of 45 years, Pattie, and his son Kelly Horn (wife, Tina) of Winchester, CA, and daughter Kristi Fanaselle (husband, Chris) of Murrieta, CA. There is also his brother, Jim Horn of Birmingham, AL. Treasured friends they consider as family are Ronnie, Shela and Andrew Graley of Palm Harbor, FL.
 
 

 

 

 

Norman Edward Temple

July 21, 1924 - February 8, 2016

 

Son, brother, cousin, friend, aviator, husband, father, teacher, salesman, uncle, comedian, manager, mentor, grandfather, great-grandfather.

 

Norman Edward Temple was born to Rosabelle and Harley Temple on July 21, 1924 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was the fifth of eight children, six boys and two girls. During his youth he attended school and helped out on his father's farm, raising much of the family's food and selling some of it during the Depression years. His father also worked as a professional commercial photographer, and often filmed and photographed his family, leaving a priceless legacy of photographs for following generations. When he was just 14, his younger sister Lee's best friend was in the hospital having her appendix out and Norman accompanied her to the hospital with a bouquet of flowers for Grace. From that day forward Norman and Grace were a pair. Of course, back then, dating meant meeting inside the gym to watch a movie. They dated throughout high school.

 

When Norm graduated, he left Brecksville and traveled to Berea, Ohio (23 miles away) to attend Baldwin-Wallace College. Norm's college education was interrupted after his first semester by World War II when he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. Norm was sent to Biloxi, Mississippi for basic training and then on to flight school. Norm continued to write to Grace and then just a week after Grace graduated from high school in June of 1944, Norm proposed marriage. He used a two-week pass to come home to get married before he started his duty in San Antonio. They were wed on July 6th, 1944 in the Brecksville Congregational Church with a short honeymoon in Knoxville, TN.

 

When the war ended to September of 1946, Norm returned to Baldwin-Wallace College to complete his education. The couple lived in a tiny trailer on campus with no running water and only a small stove and oven to cook. They had to bring water by bucket to wash dishes and go to the separate outbuilding for bathroom facilities. During these years at Baldwin-Wallace, Grace took the train into downtown Cleveland and worked as an office secretary for the railroad, so Norm would do the grocery shopping and cooking for them.

 

In 1949, Norm and Grace moved back to Brecksville, where Norm accepted a position at their alma mater, Brecksville High School, as a science and math teacher. In October of 1950, Mark was born with Doug following in 1952. Norm soon realized teacher's pay did not provide the income he needed to raise a family. He changed careers and started in sales at Kauffman-Lattimer, a laboratory supply company in Columbus. Joan was born in 1954, Scott in 1955, Barbara in 1959 and Laura in 1960.

 

Norm and Grace then decided to pack up and move to California in the summer of 1962. They settled in the small town of Tustin where Nancy was born in 1963. Norm and Grace became very active in a new church forming in Tustin, the Congregational Church of the Foothills. While in Tustin, Norm commuted to work in Los Angeles and later took a sales and then management position with Aloe Scientific. As Western Regional Manager, he traveled frequently as far away as Hawaii, leaving Grace to hold down the fort at home. When the stress of traveling so much seemed to be causing him stomach ulcers, Grace finally convinced him to see a doctor in 1969. No it was not ulcers. Norm had a large tumor that was most certainly cancer. Norm had surgery to remove it along with 80% of his stomach. His family now attributes his longevity to that surgery in 1969. After a very long recovery, Norm went to work for VWR Scientific, but after taking stock of his life decided to stay in sales instead of management with its stress and long hours.

 

In the late 1980's, Norm and Grace both retired and enjoyed more time with family and friends. Leaving the burgeoning city of Tustin they moved to Sun City in 1993. They have led a joyous life here involved in Sun City Wheelers, Newcomers Club (now Friendship Club), and the March Airfield Museum. They kept ties with the Church of the Foothills in Tustin for a while, but in May 2005, Norm and Grace joined Sun City United Methodist Church where Norm attended his last service on Christmas Eve 2015. They have been surrounded and blessed continually with their large and extended family and their many friends.

 

Norman was preceded in death by Grace, his wife of almost 66 years and by his son, Scott. He is survived by his six children: Mark (wife Jan), Doug, Joan, Barbara (husband Paul), Laura and Nancy; their six grandchildren: Craig, Megan, Molly, Adam, Bethany and Chad and their five great-grandchildren: Shelby, Carson, David, Andrew, and Bailyn with another great-granddaughter expected in March. 

 

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William James Berry

March 26, 1921 - February 7, 2016
 
Billy Jim Berry was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas on March 26th, 1921. His parents were only 19 years old and had been married for a year. They came from humble origins and had grown up together. His father, Clarence, had completed the eight grade, and his mother, Bertha, completed only the sixth grade. Clarence was a serious and stern father, and Bertha was a loving and indulgent mother. Billy Jim was eight years old when the Great Depression began, and his father moved the family to Gary, Indiana in search of work. Like so many other families of the Depression era, Billy Jim's family endured a decade of hardship as the economy recovered slowly. Extended family members from Arkansas lived with Billy Jim's family at times, so they could pool financial resources.
 
Billy Jim's father eventually landed a job in accounting with U.S. Steel Corporation, where he worked until his retirement in 1965. Gary was a rough, steel town and fighting was a part of the culture in those days. Billy Jim developed into an accomplished amateur boxer. He formed strong friendships while attending Horace Mann High School, and he maintained and cherished these relationships throughout his life. Apparently, Bill Jim may have taken some grief over his name - after high school, he legally changed his name, upgrading from Billy Jim, to William James Berry - but from that point on, everyone called him Bill. After high school, Bill followed in his father's footsteps and joined the Masonic Lodge. He wore his Masonic ring proudly through most of his life, and cherished the connections it provided with fellow Masons. Later in life, Bill advanced through the ranks of his lodge in Gary and became its Grand Master - his father was honored to preside over his installation to that office.
 
In November 1942, Bill joined the U.S. Army. World War II was a time of unprecedented death, destruction, and suffering for millions of people. Bill was fortunate that his war experiences were not as severe - his time in the service created fond memories and changed his life. During training, he was assigned to far away, exotic places such as the swamps of Louisiana, and to what is now the site of Vandenberg Air Force Base in Central California. His best friend was a fellow soldier named Isaacs, who took Bill to his home in Santa Paula many times. A veteran of harsh Midwestern winters, Bill was overcome by the warm weather in the dead of winter, and the sweet smell of orange blossoms. He vowed then that he would someday find a way to move to this paradise known as California.
 
The Army learned Bill could type, so he was assigned as a company clerk in the 11th Armored Division. His company was assigned to the important work of recovering and repairing armored vehicles damaged in battle. The work required them to remain positioned a few miles behind the front lines. They witnessed a fair amount of death and destruction, after the fact, but the fighting was usually a few miles away. Bill did experience some hearing loss, as they were often co-located with American artillery. His company wound their way through France, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, and Austria. They were a long way from Bill's native Ar-Kansas (Arkansas). For a couple of months Bill was assigned to live in a castle in Belgium. He later spent many months on the road, working and living in a mobile office built onto the back of a flatbed truck. Near the end of the war he and Isaacs spent one memorable day water skiing on a lake in Austria, surrounded by snow covered peaks.
 
Bill's war experience wasn't all pleasant. He was present the day a concentration camp was liberated, and he took many photos documenting the condition of the prisoners there. He was deeply affected by the experience, and wrote a long letter to his parents describing his revulsion at the barbaric treatment he witnessed firsthand.
 
When the war was over, Bill returned to his hometown Gary, Indiana, where his father helped him secure a job as a technician in the chemical lab at the steel mill. Bill also attended college during this time. As millions of men returned home, men and women scrambled to find a mate with whom to settle down. Bill met Ann Miller at the First Evangelical Reformed Church picnic, and they were married on September 27th, 1946. Their first child, Linda, was born after just 10 months, and Tom was born five years later.
 
With his new family responsibilities, Bill quickly found he needed more income than his job at the steel mill provided. He became a milkman, delivering milk to people's doorsteps each day. His route included hilltop homes in an upscale suburb called Ogden Dunes, and he was proud that he could run up the driveways with the heavy bottles, and finish his route earlier than his peers. As he felt the continued pressure to better provide for his family, Bill sought a new career in heating and air conditioning, a career he continued until retirement. Without the benefit of formal training, Bill learned the art of heating and air conditioning repair through trial and error. He took great pride in his ability to diagnose and repair a broken furnace, and these skills soon expanded into air conditioners as well.
 
After more than a decade in the heating and air conditioning business, Bill and a firefighter friend, Merritt Lesch, formed a company of their own. They ran the business out of Bill and Ann's house, with Ann acting as receptionist, and accountant, in addition to running her household, and caring for her newborn daughter, Robin.
 
In the cold of a Midwestern winter, a broken furnace in the middle of the night was a potentially life threatening emergency, and Bill responded to many a call in the dead of night. Bill was forced to use his weekends catching up on sleep. Then on call demands of the business only further stoked his lifelong dream to move to the warm climate of Southern California. A friend and former colleague offered him a chance to start a business in Orange County, and Bill jumped at the chance.
 
In the summer of 1966, Bill moved his family to Orange County to start anew in the land of orange blossoms, during an era when all things seemed possible. His friend and co-worker, Joe Mayfield, made the move with his family as well. Over the years, Bill and Joe bonded together like brothers, working in several business ventures spanning more than two decades. They shared a strong work ethic, and a commitment to honesty, and quality work. Bill had a temper, and Joe's calm, easy going nature complemented him well.
 
Bill's work demands often prevented him from attending his children's activities as they grew up. However, he took great pride in sharing his mechanical skills - spending time teaching Tom to change the transmission in his car, and teaching Robin how to change oil in hers.
 
Throughout their working lives, Bill and Ann attended church regularly, and they considered it a priority that their children join them. The family regularly attended the Presbyterian Church in Gary, and later in the City of Orange. Throughout much of his adult life, Bill maintained a continued yearning for more, and experimented with a number of visits to Baptist and Evangelical churches. Linda accompanied Bill on one of those Baptist church visits and was inspired - that experience became the spark from which her deep faith later grew. Bill retired in the mid-1980's, and he and Ann began their new life in Sun City in 1989. Bill made church his new career. Over the next two decades, he served as a church elder at two different churches, including the Sun City United Methodist Church. He also devoted many hours to church maintenance, particularly the air conditioning systems.
 
Once he retired, Bill took great interest in following the lives of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was fond of attending baseball games to see Mike, Marcus, and Matt play. He enjoyed bragging about their game performances, as well as Laura's successes in volleyball. His granddaughter Rachel in Virginia took an interest in children's theater, and it became impossible to visit Bill without an invitation to watch a DVD of her latest performance. During an extended visit with Ann to Virginia in 2006, he attended several of Ryan's soccer games cheering him on while he scored goals as the team's forward. During that same visit, he also enjoyed quality time with Ross, as well as his son-in-law Bob, troubleshooting car issues together. Even though his age limited his time under the hood by that point, he thoroughly enjoyed sitting nearby verbally offering his diagnostic skills while Bob and Ross performed the manual labor. He seemed to live vicariously through the workmanship of their hands and this brought him a great deal of satisfaction.
 
Bill had a unique relationship with his grandson, Scott, who lived in Napa. Whenever they were together, Bill would pull Scott aside, and tell him how proud hes was that Scott would carry on the Berry name - and then he would give Scott $20. This happened repeatedly.
 
Bill never seemed to enjoy posing for pictures. He had a lifelong habit of either not smiling, or providing a half-hearted smile whenever someone produced a camera. However, he beamed with joy each time he held a great grandchild for the first time.
 
Bill was a passionate fan of the Los Angeles Angels baseball team, dating back to when they were still known as the California Angeles. During the Rams years in Anaheim, he followed them closely as well. However, his passion for these teams paled in comparison to his love for Los Angeles Lakers basketball. Even during this past, dismal season, Bill made it his priority to watch each and every televised game. On Christmas Day, he received a Lakers jacket as a gift, and he wore it with pride.
 
On the evening of Sunday, February 7th, with his daughter Linda present, Bill Berry passed into eternal life, going home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
 
Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Ann Elizabeth Berry and is survived by his three children: daughter, Linda Hatcher (husband, Bob) of Orange; his son, Tom Berry (Susanne Sager) of Agoura Hills; and daughter, Robin Milby (husband, Bob) of Richmond, Virginia. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Laura Hatcher Trotter (husband, David), Mike Hatcher (wife, Allison), Marcus Hatcher, Matt Hatcher, Scott Berry; Ross Milby, Rachel Howren (husband, Brad), and Ryan Milby as well as four great grandchildren, Waverly Trotter, Emerson Trotter, Francesca Jane Hatcher, and Deacon Robert Hatcher.
 
William James Berry was laid to rest on Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 at the Riverside National Cemetery.
 
 

 

 

Aezelda Marceil McElroy Karst Reynolds Whittier

July 5, 1933 - December 5, 2015

 

Aezelda Marceil McElroy was born on July 5, 1933 at Columbia City, Indiana. She was the second child of Paul and Iva McElroy; her older sister was Evelyn. She had a good childhood even though money was very scarce due to the Great Depression. She started working at 14 at Raupfers 5 & 10 cents store and worked there all through high school beside her Mother. She graduated from Columbia City High School in May, 1951. Marci married Gerald "Bud" Karst on June 22, 1951 while he was serving in the Army during the Korean War.  

 

Daughter Cynthia Diane was born 2/26/1953 and son Randal Eugene was born 9/19/1955. In 1958 Bud and Marci followed friends Ken and Anita Puff to California where they lived in Garden Grove and Newhall. Marci worked in various office jobs wherever they lived. Their daughter Marceil Renee was born 2/24/1961 in Long Beach, CA.

 

In 1978 they divorced and Marci moved to Tustin, CA. For many years, she worked for Allergan, Inc. a company located in Irvine. In 1981 Marci met Ralph Reynolds and they lived happily together for 18 years until his death on 12/31/1999. They had moved to Menifee in 1993 and when Marci retired from Allergan in 1996, she and Ralph became active and joined the Sun City United Methodist Church. Marci became friends with Louise Rogers and when Louise wanted to retire from the alter flowers responsibility Marci gladly took over the position, as she dearly loved flowers. (We in the church recall her detailed organizing of the Lilies at Easter and the Poinsettias at Christmas). Marci also took a dedicated part on numerous committees, including the Board of Trustees, the Staff Parrish, Communion Helpers, Nominating Committee and served as a Liturgist. Marci served as President of United Methodist Women in 2009-2010, and always seemed to be in the kitchen when a meal was served. She was "here whenever the church doors were open."

 

In 2001, through friends Chuck and Mary Schultz, she met their neighbor Bob Whittier. They were married April 26, 2002 by Pastor Chuck Dobbs. Bob served under Diana Camba in 2001. In 2002 Marci joined P.E.O., Chapter TN and served as president in 2012-2013. In 2014 she transferred her membership to P.E.O. Chapter BG in Livermore, CA.

 

After a long battle with cancer, Bob passed away on August 16th, 2011. He was lovingly cared for by Marci and surrounded by his family and a host of friends.

 

In 2013 Marci was diagnosed with colorectal cancer and moved to Livermore, CA to be near her daughter Marci and family. She had surgery September of 2013, radiation - chemo and a 2nd round of chemo. Her cancer returned in the colon and liver in December, 2014 and she decided to have no further treatment. In 2015 and X-ray located cancer in her lower left lung.

 

Marci attended the Asbury United Methodist Church in Livermore and became friends with Pastor Kim Risedorph and joined that church in March of 2014. She loved her apartment at Heritage Estates and had many friends there.

 

We are deeply thankful to Pastor Kim for her excellent pastoral care of Marci; Kim says that Marci faced her approaching death with courage and a sense of calm, which indicated her strong and deep faith. Marci herself wrote that "her heart was always here in her beloved church in Sun City" and asked that a memorial service be held here after her death. We remember with a deep sense of gratitude her life of dedicated and unselfish service to her Lord, her church and her community. Marci was, in the very best sense of the term, "a pillar of the church." Marci and Bob embraced each other's family as their own, as the following list of family indicates:

 

Marci was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Iva McElroy, sister, Evelyn Cramar, nephew Ronald Cramar, Bud Karst, Ralph Reynolds and Bob Whittier.

 

She is survived by her three children (and spouses): Cynthia (Dan) Turner (TN), Randal (Darby) Karst and Marceil (Darrell) Christoff, and step children Kathy Whittier McDonald (Michael) (TX), and Dan Whittier. There are also 7 Grandchildren: Cody (Leslie) and Tyler Karst (Idaho), Rachel and Darrik (Samantha) Turner (TN), Connor, Keenan & Tanner Christoff (CA) and 3 Great Grandchildren, Elliott, Asher and Silas Karst (ID). There are 6 step-grandchildren, Adam (Alejandra), Carrie Thompson, and Jared (Kelsey) Whittier, Clayton, Austin and Jennifer McDonald (TX) and 4 step-great grandchildren, Analiese Thompson, Nicolas and Juliana Whittier and Adaline McDonald (TX).

 

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Mary Lee Tippit

November 14, 1927 - November 30, 2015

 

In September of 2011, Mary Lee told her grandson Jimmy, "Since we don't do many exciting things, I've chosen you to be my historian." She wrote out a personal history of her life, a marvelous gift to her large family and her friends. She told Jimmy McCarthy (and us) about her maternal family, the Steeles. James Steele married Harriet Guess in 1891, and Harriet's family, the Guesses came west by wagon train on the Santa Fe Trail to California in 1852. They arrived in El Monte. The Steele family came from Arkansas by train in 1888. One of their five children was Josephine, Mary Lee's mother. Josephine Steele married Claude Singleton, and Mary Lee was born on November 14, 1927 in Huntington Park, CA. Her parents divorced when Mary Lee was about three, and she went to live with her Aunt Kate who became the most important adult in her life. Her mother worked in Hollywood and later in a dress factory in Los Angeles, when Mary Lee again lived with her mother and step father until she was 11 years old. Her mother died following an operation, and Mary Lee again went to live with her Aunt Kate and Uncle Will West and their three children. Mary Lee remembered Rick Robinson, a friend across the street who taught her to play football. Mary Lee later recalled, "at least I can watch a game and know what's going on."

 

Mary Lee attended Mark Keppel High School in Alhambra. She wrote, "I really loved school. I got good grades, and graduated in three and a half years." After high school, she went to work for a bank in Rosemead. She actually started to work part time during school, and then full time after graduating.

 

World War II started Mary Lee's freshman year. She recalled "a lot of guys started going into the service... We had a lot of Japanese kids in our school. In 1942 they took all of them out of school and put them in those camps, and all of their parents also." Her neighbor Rick went into the Navy in 1943, and in December, he came home to visit his family. Rick brought with him a young sailor named Lloyd Tippit. During the war when he was on leave, Lloyd and Mary Lee went on dates, often with Rick and his girlfriend Lorraine. They often went into Los Angeles to the movies, traveling by car when there was enough gas (it was rationed during the war) or by bus. On one date, they missed the last bus to San Gabriel, caught a bus to Alhambra, and then Lloyd, Mary Lee and Rick had to walk home, where Mary Lee finally arrived at 3 AM. Mary Lee writes, "What was funny, Uncle Will didn't bawl [Lloyd] out, but he sure laid into Rick for getting me home so late." It was during Lloyd and Rick's month stationed in port that Mary Lee knew that Lloyd was "the one. I would wait for him."

 

During his 17 months at sea, Mary Lee wrote Lloyd every night. She waited anxiously for replies from Lloyd, as military mail arrived in spurts. On the next leave, Lloyd went back to Oklahoma to visit his parents. When he returned to California, he and Mary Lee got engaged. Before his ship returned to Pearl Harbor, WWII ended. Lloyd had enough points to be discharged soon, but he had to return to Norman, OK for his discharge. He got back to California in January 1946, and on January 17, he and Mary Lee got married at City Hall in Los Angeles.

 

Mary Lee found a little three room apartment in San Gabriel close to where her aunt lived. "We paid $40 a month - my aunt thought it was too much. But with hand-me-downs from the family, we furnished the place. Right after the war things like sheets, pots and pans, and towels were really hard to come by. One of my aunts gave me a [bridal] shower and it really helped us get started."

 

Mary Lee was still working at the bank, and one of her uncles gave Lloyd a job with the U.S. Engineers. "We found a car, a 1936 Ford. Boppy (Lloyd's family nickname) had to do some work on it, but it worked." In June (1946) he wanted to go back to see his folks so I could meet them. On the trip back to Oklahoma, they stopped for the night somewhere in Arizona. With not much money, they slept in the car. Mary Lee recounts the experience: "He went right to sleep, but it wasn't easy for me. I kept hearing sounds. Then the coyotes started howling and I was sure Gila monsters were crawling in the car. So I woke him up and we found a very cheap motel..." Mary Lee went on to recount the trip to Nowata, OK and their week there with all of Lloyd's family. The 1936 Ford had a series of mishaps and breakdowns on the trip back home, and she noted, "We decided we wouldn't go back until we had a newer car."

 

After returning home, Mary Lee learned she was pregnant. "Back then you couldn't work if you were showing...so when the time came, I had to quit work. David was born in May 1947." Later that year, after hearing of the declining health of Lloyd's father, they packed up and moved back to Oklahoma. They moved into a small aparment where they had to share the bathroom with four other families. Mary Lee wrote: "That was not fun." Lloyd worked with his dad who owned a shoe repair shop. "We paid $8 a week for the room and the balance of the $25 was for food and gas (which was very cheap then).

 

Neither Lloyd nor Mary Lee were happy in that situation, so she called her Aunt Kate and asked if they could come back to California and stay with her until Lloyd found a job. They returned to California and Lloyd found a job in a short time. Aunt Kate had more good news: Mary Lee's mother had left her $2,000 in a trust, which was enough to buy a little house in San Gabriel. Since Mary Lee was not yet 21, a judge ruled she could use the trust for a down payment.

 

In February 1949, their daughter JoAnn was born. Mary Lee notes that she still did not drive, but knew it was time for her to learn. She noted she had first tried driving when they had a car with a clutch, "but I didn't do a very good job." On a family trip back to Oklahoma to visit her father in Waynesburg, Kentucky, Lloyd thought it would be a good time for Mary Lee to learn to drive. "We had a newer car with an automatic shift. So finally I did learn to drive." David and JoAnn enjoyed the farm Mary Lee's father had with all the animals - horses, cows, pigs, etc. They rode the wagon when their grandfather picked up bales of hay.

 

When JoAnn was four, Mary Lee returned to work, getting a job at the Security Pacific Bank in downtown Los Angeles. She worked for Security Pacific through their clearing house, and she was sent to various branches as needed. Her schedule was at night until midnight. "It was a good job and I liked it." She noted that she worked quite a few years at the bank, and changed banks but still did much of the same work.

 

In 1957, the Tippits moved to West Covina, and it was a much longer drive to and from work every night. "I got to know the 10 Freeway really well." As they moved into their later working years, Lloyd and Mary Lee moved to La Puente in 1976, and then on to Upland in 1979. Lloyd retired in 1989 and then he and Mary Lee moved here to Sun City in September of 1991. They played golf, and were both active in the Optimist Club in Perris, as well as the VFW where Mary Lee was treasurer for the Auxiliary and the local American Legion post. They enjoyed a 14 day cruise to Hawaii in 2006 and Mary Lee and a granddaughter traveled to Kentucky for a reunion of the Singleton Family in 1978. Lloyd and Mary Lee joined Sun City United Methodist Church in 1994, where they especially enjoyed the monthly M&M church dinners.

 

The last several years were difficult for Mary Lee, with a series of health problems that more and more often confined her to home. Because her family of five generations was so dear to her, Mary Lee and Tip attended many family gatherings, including her great granddaughter Nicole's wedding this year, and were surrounded by several generations in her final days. Mary Lee passed into eternal life on Monday, November 30, 2015.

 

Mary Lee is survived by Lloyd, her husband of nearly 70 years, and their two children David Tippit (wife Sue) and JoAnn McCarthy (husband Jim) and their families. There are seven grandchildren: Wendy, Melissa, Julie, David Jr., Janine, Jim Jr, and Mike. These grandchildren produced 24 great grandchildren, who in turn have (thus far) produced 5 great-great-grandchildren. There is also one cousin, Hattie Greene, who is now 99 years old.

 

Mary Lee's remains will be laid to rest at the Riverside National Cemetery.

 

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Doris Ann Slaymaker
August 11, 2015 
 
Long-time member and active worker here at Sun City UMC, Doris Ann Slaymaker, passed away on August 11, 2015.  A celebration of life was held in her memory on Saturday, August 29, 2015, at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Warsaw, Indiana.  
 
 
Beverly Howe
June 21, 1926 - July 26, 2015
 
Beverly Jean was born June 21, 1926 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Her father, Edward Anderson, was a tall blonde Swede and her mother, Margaret, was Swiss, petite and a brunette.  Beverly was the second born of four children with an older brother, Ed, and younger siblings Lloyd, and Shirley.
 
At age nine, the family moved to Valley City, North Dakota, where she participated in Girl Scouts and 4H.  The family moved back to Minneapolis when she was in Junior High School and she was in honor role, dramatic club, pen club, and continued in Girl Scouts.  At John Marshall High School, Beverly was on the banquet committee and graduated in 1944.  Her year book quote was: "The gentle mind by gentle deeds is known."  She started college at the University of Minnesota, where she met her future husband, Herbert Julian Howe, they were married in December 1946.  Both were members of the Wesley Foundation.  Herbert's position in the Air Force caused them to move all over the United States during a 20 year tenure.  Their first child, Kathy, was born in 1949, then Warren followed in 1951, Barb in 1954, Melanie in 1960, and Holly in 1964.
 
The Howe family settled in Southern California in 1980, moving to LaVerne.  Beverly and Herb were married for 61 years and their 5 children grew the family to include 9 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren with two more on the way.  She lost her husband in 2008.
 
Over the years, Beverly was a homemaker, church secretary, and Real Estate agent.  Her interests included traveling, bridge, yoga, water aerobics, gardening, reading, crafts, and sewing.  She was very active in the community; belonging to P.E.O., Butterflies, Book Club, and a member of Sun City United Methodist Church.  Beverly's faith was the driving force in her life.  She was a positive, brave, accepting, gracious, and kind person.  She lived trusting that God would guide her and would tell us: "I never cross a bridge until I come to it."  Her serenity and joy for life were contagious and we loved having her with us.  She is a wonderful example of a devoted wife, loving mother and women of faith.
 
For nine months, she fought valiantly with leukemia, but passed away July 26, 2015, surrounded by her loving family in her home in Menifee, CA.  Beverly blessed us with her warm, nurturing, and loving spirit.  We will all miss her.
 
 
Cornelius Patrick (Neal) Gillen
January 4, 1926 - July 1, 2015
 
Neal Gillen was born on January 4, 1926 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.  His parent, Zita and Clement Gillen were born in Ontario, Canada.
 
Neal Had an enjoyable childhood - he loved music, played the accordion and later the trumpet.  He and his sister did Scotch dancing.  He loved listening to Glen Miller and Tommy Dorsey.
 
In 1946, Neal and his family moved to British Columbia.  He attended Business College in New Westminster and worked for Toronto Dominon Bank.  During this time, he met Clare and was immediately smitten!  They were married in 1951 and began planning a move to California.  The couple settled in Bellflower in 1955 and stayed there for 36 years.  Their two children, son Richard and daughter Jodi were both born there.
 
Neal was a very organized individual and was always ready to help.  He was involved with the Indian Guides and Boy Scouts.  He served on the Bellflower City Council and enjoyed political events.  He also worked in accounting and had his own income tax business.
 
Neal retired early in 1989 at the age of 63 and he and Clare moved to smaller quarters, choosing Highland Palms in Homeland.  He served as Secretary/Treasurer for the Highland Palms Board for two years.
 
Following a serious fall, Neal passed away on July 1, 2015, and leaves behind his loving wife, Clare, and daughter Jodi.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister and brother, and one son, Richard.
 
 
John James Hartwell

January 31, 1929 - June 15, 2015

 

John James Hartwell was born on January 31, 1929 in Yonkers, NY to John and Jean Hartwell.  He and his one sister, Betty, and his parents also lived in Massachusetts before coming in California in 1949.  At the age of 22 John enlisted in the Army, stationed in Fort Ord, CA.  He received an honorable discharge after serving two years.

 

In 1954, he met a lovely lady named Esther Rempel.  They were married in Reno, Nevada on March 20, 1955.  They both worked for the F.W. Woodworth Company with John staying on as a department manager for 26 years.

 

In the early 1960's, the family moved to Covina, CA.  There they set about raising their three daughter: Pam, Carol and Ann.  The girls all have fond memories of their first jobs behind the candy counter at Woolworth's.

 

John and Esther spent their retirement years in Sun City, playing lawn bowling, billiards and cards.  They were members of the Sun City Wheelers and went on many camping trips throughout the USA.

 

John lived his last two years in a retirement/assisted living home, lovingly cared for by Esther, who is currently residing there as well.  John passed away peacefully on June 15, 2015 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in May.

 

He was laid to rest with military honors at Riverside National Cemetery on July 8, 2015.  John is survived by his wife, Esther, his daughters, Carol Cone, Ann Perry and Pam Hartwell, four grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters.

 

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Joe Tusant

 

May 18, 2015

 

Joe Tusant, a long-time member of Sun City UMC, passed away Monday, May 18, 2015.

 

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Julia Johnston-Brown

November 21, 1920 - May 11, 2015   


Julia Nadine (Millbradt) Johnston (Brown) was bron November 21, 1920, at Burlingame, Kansas.  She was one of four children born to Frederick and Margaret Millbradt.  Julia graduated from high school in 1938.  That same year, at the age of 17, she married her first love, Eldin G. Johnson.  Initially, they lived in Kansas, but moved about two years later to California when Eldin got a job with the Southern Pacific Railroad.  Julia and Eldin had three sons: Kinney, Don and Robert.  They Soon moved into a home Julia and Eldin built in Los Angeles.  Later, when the boys were older, they moved to the San Gabriel Valley.

After her boys were older, Julia went back to school, and became a medical transcriber.  She was employed at several hospitals in the San Gabriel Valley over the years.

Julia and Eldin enjoyed square dancing, and visiting the cabin they built in Big Bear.  Eldin had a motor scooter that they would "scoot" around on.  Elding would drive, and Julia would sit on the back with her arms wrapped around his waist.  She loved the Sugar Loaf area, especially when it snowed.

When Eldin retired in 1975, Julia also retired, and they moved to Sun City.  Julia was busy in retirement.  She excelled at ceramics, and picked up square dancing again.  In 1988, Julia and Eldin celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.  By that time, Eldin had suffered a heart attack, and a stroke.  Julia lovingly nursed him until his death at the age 72.  She was a devoted and loving wife to him.

After Eldin's death, Julia joined the Butterflies, a women's group made up of widows.  The group was very important to her, and she made many friends.

Julia was a widow for five years when Esten Brown came into her life.  He brought with him two adult sons, Mark and Randall.  Now, Julia had five sons.  Julia and Esten enjoyed traveling in their motor home, playing cards, and visiting a vacation home they had in Arizona.  They, too, enjoyed the grandchildren, and later, great-grandchildren (Matthew, Ethan, Emily, Christopher, and Gordon).

Esten passed away in 2008, and Julia was once again a widow.  She joined a women's group, called the Ladybugs, and she enjoyed the lunches, and companionship these ladies provided.  After many years in Sun City, Julia moved to San Pedro, where she was under the care of her son Donald and daughter-in-law Mollie.  Julia passed away on Monday, May 11, 2015, one day after Mother's Day.  This was especially appropriate according to her family because she was a devoted wife and mother.

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Clyde Moore

May 9, 1917 - May 1, 2015   

 

Clyde was born to Clyde N. Moore and Udoris Macy Wilmeth Moore on May 9, 1917 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. His older sister died at birth, and he grew up an only child. His father was a doctor by profession and a farmer at heart.  His parents moved frequently, and he lived in one small Nebraska town after another.  Because of the frequent moves, he was lonely, and he grew to dread the broad, imposing steps of each new elementary school.  

 

When Clyde was a teenager, his parent settled in Norco, California, where they raised chickens.  His dad had a heart attack and was hospitalized during the Depression, and Clyde and his mom supported themselves by selling the eggs.

 

Clyde attended Corona High School and attended Chaffey Junior College the first two years, where he met his future wife and soul mate, Catherine Griffin, then matriculated to Cal Berkeley.  Clyde's first full-time job was with Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach, California.  Later he worked for almost 40 years with the City of Long Beach Water Department.

 

In 1941, Clyde and Catherine eloped to Las Vegas to be married, and then in 1942, he was drafted into the U.S. Army.  He was sent to Officer Candidate School and received training with the Corps of Engineers at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, and Fort Belvoir in Virginia, before being sent to Italy to build roads and bridges in areas devastated by battle.  While Clyde was stationed at Fort Belvoir, their first child, Clyde Moore III was born.  Once he was discharged from the Army, he returned to Long Beach, California, where he and Catherine bought a fixer upper and proceeded to fix it up themselves.  They lived in this house for over 35 years, adding four more children along the way.

 

Clyde had many hobbies and enjoyed camping, gardening anf woodworking.  In Sun City, he was active in Rotary as well as the Masonic Lodge, and attended Sun City UMC.

 

Clyde was preceded in death by his wife Catherine and his granddaughter Kathy Moore Smith, and he is survived by his children Clyde Moore III (Jean Garber), Carol Romano (Bill), Phyllis Lee (Ted), Betty Meyer (Damon) and Steve Moore (Jennifer); his grandchildren Julie Brain, Bryan Baum, Amy Francis, Christin Benedetti, Diana Todd, Amber Todd, Conrad Meyer, Emily Meyer, Noah Moore, Hailey Moore, and Sarah Moore; and 10 great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by his companion in recent years, Frances Johnson; his caregiver, Vicki Carillo and his friend Jane Clark.

 

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 Glenn Brisendine 
May 22, 1930 - April 7, 2015
 

Glenn Ernest Brisendine was born on May 22, 1930 in Pinedale, California. He was the oldest of 6 siblings born to Bernice and Charles Brisendine. Glenn and his siblings Gilbert (deceased), Kenneth, George (deceased), Roberta, and Ralph all attended Clovis High School. Glenn was the first brother to enlist in the Navy at 17. Gilbert followed him in the Army. They were joined in service by Kenneth (Navy); George (Navy); and Ralph (Navy). Glenn, George, and Kenneth served on the same ship at one time. In 1952 Glenn met a pretty young teacher named Jean Mohr, and they were married by a Navy Chaplain on January 23, 1953 at the Naval Chapel in Long Beach. When Glenn was stationed in Memphis, TN, Jean taught school there and later when they were stationed in San Diego.

Glenn retired from 20 years in the Navy in 1968. Jean and Glenn had two children, their son Glenn (who died in 1994) and their daughter Kari Toth who lives in the Palmdale area with her husband Nick and sons Derek and Daniel.

Glenn was a “doer” in every sense of the word, always jumping in to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it. If he didn’t know how to do something he would figure it out. In 2000, they moved to Sun Meadows Mobile Home Park in Sun City. Glenn and Jean were members of Sun City United Methodist Church where they attended regularly. Glenn was an important part in maintaining and improving the cherished rose garden on the grounds. Glenn was also the attentive and loving caregiver for Jean until her passing in 2006.

Marge Shallanberger and her husband, Hal lived down the street from Jean and Glenn. Marge was widowed in 2005. In the spring of 2007, two ladies in the Park contrived to encourage both Marge and Glenn to attend one the monthly dinner dances held in the Park. Glenn asked Marge to dance and the rest, as they say, was history. They were married in July 2008 at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church. They had seven wonderful years together. Glenn passed away peacefully on April 7, 2015 after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in early March. He was on Hospice and lovingly cared for by Marge in his final days.

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Jewel Ernestine McCracken Adler
March 4, 1927 - February 2, 2015
 
Jewel Ernestine McCracken Adler was born on March 4, 1927 at Detroit, Michigan.  She was the oldest of three daughter born to Brooks McCracken, a native of Indianapolis, Indiana and Bessie Edmonds McCracken, a native of Ramey, Pennsylvania.  Ernestine, or "Ernie" as she was called by her family, was raised in Detroit.
 
Her earliest church experience was when she and her sister Virginia went to a Lutheran church in their neighborhood at the end of the street.
 
Ernie remembered drinking cold water from a mountain stream, and going out into the woods to pick blackberries - and watching out for the black bears looking for the same berries.  There were were also the fond memories for trips to downtown Detroit she made with her mother, and going to hear the big organ played at the Fox Theatre.
 
After graduating from high school in Detroit, Jewel became a cigar girl at Sears for a year, and a stenographer at the Hudson Motor Car Company.  She met her future husband Bob Adler, who also worked in the office at the Hudson Company.  After a year he proposed to Ernie.  They were engaged at Belle Island, Michigan.  Jewel McCracken and Robert Adler were married on September 11, 1947 at Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, and Jewel's favorite honeymoon memory was a trip to Pike's Peak in Colorado.
 
When Bob and Jewel were first married, they lived with his parents in a loft in Detroit.  Their only child Dwain was born in 1955, which elated Jewel.  Their first home was in Grosse Point, near Detroit.
 
Bob and Jewel decided to come to California in 1960.  Time passed and after several moves to larger homes, Dwain was in college and Bob's legs were really hurting from standing for years in his work as a pharmacist, Bob retired at the age of 55.  They built a home in Apple Valley.  After getting tired of all the sand and dirt blowing out there, they moved to Canyon Lake with the desire to truly retire.  Later, they decided to downsize and buy a much smaller house in Menifee.  While living there, Bob passed away in the summer of 2000.
 
Faced living by herself, Jewel decided to move to Lewisville, TX to be with Dwain and his family.  After about two years, Dwain helped his mother move back to Sun City.  Later, after becoming ill, she moved into Sun City Gardens.  Jewel passed away February, 2, 2015.  Jewel is survived by her son Dwain Adler, daughter-in-law Cheri Adler, and two grandchildren.  Jewel is also survived by her two sisters, Virginia Miller of Chatsworth, CA and June McKenney of Indian Lake, NY.
 
 
 John Wesley Barbee
February 1, 1928 - January 29, 2015    
 
John (Jack) Wesley Barbee arrived in this world on February 1, 1928, firstborn son of John and Alta Barbee.  After the arrival of his brother Duane a couple years later, the family moved to Casper, Wyoming where his father found work as butcher.  Around 1940 the family of four moved to Southern California and eventually settled in Compton, where three more sons, Richard, Gene, and Alan were born.
 
John graduated from Lynwood High School and then attended Compton City College for a few years.  He joined the Navy in 1947 and served for seven years during the Korean War.  His long time passion for photography landed him a position in Air Reconnaissance and allowed him to do some traveling in Southeast Asia.
 
After returning home, in 1954 he met a nice girl, Aurella Fritz, who became his wife that October.  They moved to Whittier and had four children; Ronnah, Rella Ann, David, and Robin.  They were married almost 17 years when she died of cancer in 1971.  The following year, he met a nice lady, Iola Wallenberg, and they were married shortly thereafter.  Iola had four children as well; Don, Linda, Karen, and Betsy.  They became one big family and moved into a large house, Still in Whittier, on the top of what local's called Snake Hill.
 
Jack worked for many different companies through the years; Honeywell, Kodak, and Lockheed Electronics to name a few.  When Lockheed closed their doors in California in 1977, Jack started his own business.  Jack and Iola ran Intricate Design Services, located in Anaheim, for about 20 years before they retired.
 
They settled in Nuevo in 1997.  They loved being a part of Sun City United Methodist Church and fellowshipping with its members.  John and Iola were married for 35 years when she passed away in November 2007.  After she was gone, John needed to keep himself busy and decided to take up writing.  He joined Iola's writer's group, took some classes on writing and computers, and became a very good writer.  He'd always been a great story teller, now he was getting those stories and memories written down.  He was even published for the first time at 80 years of age, which gave him a tremendous sense of accomplishment.
 
January 29, 2015, he went Home to be with The Lord.  He left behind eight children and their spouses, fourteen grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, and three brothers.  He was preceded in death by his parents, both wives, a brother, and one grandson, Brandon.
 
 
 Burgus C. "Gary" Garrison
July 8, 1920 - January 17, 2015
 
Burgus C. Garrison, known as "Gary" by his friends and associates was born July 8, 1920 in Wynona, Oklahoma.  He was the son of Mary Elizabeth Bryson and Burgus Crittington "Burt" Garrison.  Gary has one younger sister, Ruby who resides in Walnut Creek, California and had an older step brother, Nathaniel who passed away in 1970.  In his younger years Gary lived on a farm and helped his parents with all of the farm chores while his father was gone to work in the oil fields.
 
Following graduation from high school, he joined the U.S. Navy during the early period of WWII.  He was trained as a welder and was assigned to the Alameda, California ship building facility to build ships and other wartime needs.  In 1940 he asked his high school sweetheart to marry him and come to Alameda where they were married and lived nearly 4 years.  He often said "God said to love thy neighbor and I married mine."  During this time they had their first and only child, Ronald B. Garrison.  They then, upon orders from the Navy, relocated to San Diego, California where he also served as a welder with other maintenance duties.
 
During the next twenty years, he was promoted numerous times based upon his hard work and leadership skills and finally was selected as superintendent over all maintenance facilities at the Naval Training Center.  Later his duties were expanded to cover portions of the Marine Corp Depot and North Island Naval Air Station.
 
In the mid 1940's, Gary became active in the Masonic Lodge and with his wife Alice served in Eastern Star.  He was a 32nd degree Mason and received the Mason of the Year award from the Sun City Masonic Club in recognition of meritorious service during the year 2004.
 
Following his retirement, Gary and Alice moved a short time to Utah then back to his childhood home in Claremore, Oklahoma.  He later moved to Sun City where he resided for 27 years.  The last two months of Gary's life, he moved up to Redmond, Oregon, to be with his granddaughter Suzanne and her family.  There, surrounded by his family, Gary passed into eternal life on January 17, 2015.
 
Gary was preceded in death by his loving wife, Alice, after 52 years of marriage.  He later married Ruth Ramsey in 1994 who died after a lengthy battle with cancer on September 17, 2005.  He leaves behind his son, Ronald Burgus Garrison (Joyce), three grand children, and eleven great grandchildren. 
 
 
 
Walter Maynard   
November 3, 1934 - January 11, 2015
 
Walter Louis Maynard was born on November 3, 1934, at Jamaica, Long Island, New York.  He was the son of Bernard Howard Maynard and Julia Singer Maynard.  When World War II started, Walt and his mother were in Panama, where his uncle was working as an engineer, and they had to return home to New York.  When he was in the sixth grade, Walt and his mother moved from New York to El Centro, CA.  In the next two years, the Maynard family moved to the San Diego area, where he first attended high school in La Jolla, and later attended San Diego High School where he graduated in 1953.  During high school, Walter joined the ROTC.
 
Walt started dating Peggy Sholley in 1954, and attended a year of community college before joining the Army on January 3, 1955.  Walt and Peggy were married on April 13, 1955 at Twin Falls, Idaho.  Their only child, son Bruce, was born while Walt was stationed in Washington.  Tragically, in 2006, Bruce was killed by a passing car when he stopped to help his son-in-law on the roadside.  The loss of their only child affected Walt and Peggy deeply, but they were strengthened and sustained by their faith.
 
Walt resumed college in about 1957, using the GI Bill to attend and graduate from San Diego State.  After college, Walt went to work for the Robert Hall clothing stores.  He worked for the Dow Chemical Company, and moved to Yakama, WA where he and Peggy lived for about 3 years, then transferred to Spokane where they lived for another 12 years.  Certified Laboratories offered Walt a position in San Diego, which was closer to family members for both Peggy and Walt.  They lived in Mira Mesa for 12 years, and then moved to Lakeside, where they lived from 1998 until their move to Sun City in 2001.
 
Through the years of his career and marriage, Walt and Peggy were active in Methodist churches where they lived.  Here in Sun City, Walt was a Certified Lay Speaker, speaking on Laity Sundays, and serving as a Liturgist at several churches (Hope UMC in Rancho Bernardo, El Cajon FUMC, and Sun City UMC).  He and Peggy enjoyed the Walk to Emmaus, a spiritual retreat weekend, and took part in the leadership of that program.
 
Walt was twice President of Crime Watch and known in Sun City as "Mr. Crime Watch."  When he was not tied up with Crime Watch events, Walt would join the United Methodist Men for breakfast meetings.  In 2000, Walter and Peggy traveled all over Europe on a 28 day trip.  For their 50th anniversary in April 2005, they went to Egypt, a life-long ambition of Peggy.  They also took trips in their motor home; they enjoyed seeing the beauty of this land.  Walt's energetic and outgoing manner kept him engaged in the community around him.
 
Walt passed into eternal life on Sunday, January 11th.  He is survived by Peggy, his wife of nearly 60 years, daughter-in-law Brenda Maynard Whitley, and two grandchildren, Christopher Maynard (and wife Stephanie) and April Gray.  There are also his aunt, Joan Singer; two cousins, Jackie Hicks and Michael Singer and two sister-in-law Betty Scholtens and Mary Jane Kellerman, and brother-in-law Doug Kellerman.
 
 
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