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Obituaries for Dec. 24, 2003

Billy Gallant Hill

June 21, 1920 — Dec. 16, 2003

Billy Gallant Hill of Columbia died Dec. 16 at a Sonora hospital. He was 83.

He was born in Charlotte, N.C., and graduated from Central High School in 1939. He enlisted in 1941 and served 21 years in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War, including tours of duty in Japan, Philippines and Midway Island.

After he retired as chief petty officer in 1962, he worked for Sonoma Title Guaranty in Santa Rosa, managed the Sea Ranch Lodge and worked as a security officer for PG&E at Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. He and his wife, Elizabeth, retired and moved to Columbia in 1986.

He was active in Interfaith, Hospice and the Columbia Presbyterian Church of the 49ers.

Mr. Hill is survived by his sons, David L. Hill of Bend, Ore., and Phillip W. Hill of Anchorage, Alaska; a daughter, Billie Jean Arnold of Hesperia; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Elizabeth J. Hill, and brothers, Grover and Gibson Hill.

No services are scheduled at his request.

The family requests any donations be made to the Columbia Presbyterian Church of the 49ers, 11155 Jackson St., Columbia, CA 95310.

The Neptune Society in Fresno is handling arrangements.

Leonne Evelyn Matheson

Sept. 23, 1918 — Dec. 18, 2003

Leonne Evelyn Matheson of Jamestown died Thursday at a Sonora hospital. She was 85.

She was born in Nebraska. She lived in Jamestown for nine years. She was a homemaker and an avid reader.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Jim Matheson of Jamestown; sons and daughter-in-law, Dallas Matheson of Soulsbyville, Don Matheson of Los Gatos, and Gene and Joy Matheson of Sonora; grandchildren, Jim Matheson of San Jose, and Bryan Matheson of Philomath, Ore.; and a great-grandson, James Matheson of Philomath, Ore.

Services were held.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Wilma R. Norwood

June 14, 1923 — Dec. 21, 2003

Wilma R. Norwood of Sonora died Sunday at her home. She was 80.

She was born in Ripon and worked as a postal clerk in San Francisco for 20 years. She had lived in Sonora for three years.

Her family said she was a member of AARP and National Association of Retired Federal Employees, NARFE, and she loved her family.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, David and Carol Ann Norwood of Sonora; a daughter, Carol Norwood of Sonora; a brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Sally German of Manteca; sisters and brothers-in-law, Ella Bea and George Genevro of Salem, Wash., Ida Mae Hynes of Apple Valley, and Sara Jean Kline of Vancouver, Wash.; sister-in-law, Ann German of Manteca; and great aunt, Ida Wetherall of Belmont.

No services are scheduled.

Donations can be made to American Heart Association, 1710 Gilbreth Road, Burlingame, CA 94010 or Shriners Hospital for Children, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Robert ‘Robin' James Roberts

Oct. 9, 1919 — Dec. 18, 2003

Former longtime Sonora resident Robert "Robin" James Roberts died Thursday at a Modesto care home. He was 84.

He was born in St. Louis. He lived in Modesto for 10 years and previously in Sonora on and off since the late 1950s. He served as a medical lab technician in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He previously owned Hidden Village in Monterey and the Jamestown Hotel.

He acted in TV movies in Hollywood, worked as a bit player in Tuolumne County movie projects and performed in Modesto theater arts groups.

His friend said he was an artist, poet and composer who loved giving parties.

No services are scheduled at his request.

He was preceded in death by his son, Jaune D'or Roberts.

The Neptune Society in Fresno is handling arrangements.

Frank Robert ‘Bob' Scoville

Sept. 9, 1927 — Dec. 9, 2003

Longtime Twain Harte resident Frank Robert "Bob" Scoville died Dec. 9 at his home in Burro Mountains, N.M. He was 76.

He was born in Oakland. He was the son of the late Roy and Madeline Scoville. He moved to Twain Harte in the late 1950s and led a very busy life, his family said.

He was a machinist mate in the U.S. Navy, director of the Tuolumne County Water District No. 1 for 18 years from 1973-91, and the director of the Twain Harte Fire Department for 29 years from 1962-91. He was also the Twain Harte fire chief for 19 years from 1972-91. He worked for Pickering for many years and in his spare time was an avid machinist.

His family said he enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling with his family and friends, playing cards and most recently putting hundreds of miles a week on his quad in New Mexico.

Mr. Scoville is survived by his son, Bob Scoville of Twain Harte; brothers, Ed Scoville of Twain Harte, and Bill Scoville of San Jose; grandsons, Christopher and Casey Scoville, both of Twain Harte; granddaughters, Heidi Mathews of Lathrop, San Joaquin County, and Toni Vermillion of Jamestown; an aunt, Doris, who will turn 100 this year; and numerous friends and extended family from California and Burro Mountains, N.M.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bobbie, and a daughter, Diane.

Baca's Funeral Chapel in Silver City, N.M., handled arrangements.

Marjorie M. Beck

May 14, 1923 — Dec. 18, 2003

Marjorie M. Beck of Sonora died Thursday at a Sonora hospital. She was 80.

She was born in Payson, Utah, and was a Woman Airforce Service Pilot, WASP, in World War II. She worked as a secretary for San Jose School District for 16 years and was a member of Cal PERS' San Jose School District chapter. Mrs. Beck had lived in Sonora for the past 17 years.

Her family said she loved art, painting, designing and home remedies.

She is survived by her husband, Frank Beck of Sonora; sons, Brian Beck of San Jose, and Rodney Beck of Sonoma; daughters, Dagny Beck of Sonora, and Chonna Lee Delaney of Los Gatos; a sister, Eloise Clark of Orem, Utah; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Heuton Memorial Chapel.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Dorothy ‘Dottie' (Whisnand)

Frediani

July 20, 1924 — Dec. 18, 2003

Dorothy "Dottie" (Whisnand) Frediani of Sonora died Thursday at a Sonora hospital. She was 79.

She was born in Bellingham, Wash. She and her husband moved to Tuolumne County from Alameda in 1988 and have lived in Sonora since. Before moving here, she worked as a clerk for Pacific Mountain Express, a trucking business.

She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Maj. Jack Frediani U.S. Army (retired) of Sonora; a daughter, Ann Dedrick of Eureka; sons, Greg Davies of Mi-Wuk Village, and Jack E. Frediani of Sonora; five grandchildren, Michael J., Amber, Shelah and Kadie Davies all of Mi-Wuk Village, and David Dedrick of Eureka; and a great-granddaughter, Alexus Dedrick of Eureka.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial is scheduled at Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno.

Donations can be made to your favorite charity.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Marjorie

(Hartman) Bialik

Dec. 21, 1925 — Dec. 20, 2003

Arnold resident Marjorie (Hartman) Bialik died Saturday at a Stockton hospital. She was 77.

She was born in Alameda and had lived in Arnold for nearly 22 years. She worked as a manager for communications.

She is survived by her husband, Robert L. Bialik of Arnold; her sons and daughter-in-law, Ken and Donald Bialik, both of Oakland, and Glenn and Malda Bialik of American Canyon; a grandchild, Steven Bialik; and numerous other relatives.

Visitation is scheduled for noon-1 p.m. Saturday at Our Lady of the Sierra Catholic Church in Arnold. A rosary and Mass will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the church. A reception will follow at 2 p.m. at Blue Lake Springs Homeowner's Association Lodge.

Donations can be made to the charity of your choice.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Notices

BEACH — Tressie Goldie Beach, 89, of Sonora died this morning at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

FISCHER — Kurt Fischer, 46, of Long Barn died Monday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

MAPLES — Delphine Maples, age unavailable, of Sonora died this morning at a Modesto medical center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

MAPLES — James B. Maples, 87, of Sonora died this morning at a Modesto care center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

MEADOWS — Audrey Meadows, 91, of Mi-Wuk Village died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

PENROSE — Melburn Penrose, 83, of Sonora died Tuesday at a Modesto care center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

WESTON — Harry Weston, 86, of Sonora died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


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