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Obituaries for January 7, 2014

Betty (Butler) Tompkins May

May 19, 1915 — Dec. 2013

Sonora resident Betty (Butler) Tompkins May died Dec. 30 at Avalon Care Center. She was 98.

Mrs. May was born in Iowa, the daughter of Vern and Martha Butler.

She moved west with her family when she was 18. She lived in San Jose for 75 years. She moved to Sonora six years ago to be closer to her daughters.

Mrs. May retired from a San Jose branch of Bank of America as a new accounts officer. She was the first woman officer at Bank of America, her family said. She was also responsible for introducing the Bank of America credit card to local merchants in San Jose. 

In addition to her career, she was a beauty queen in her youth.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Mrs. May was preceded in death by her son, John Tompkins.

She is survived by her daughters, Aliceray Golden, of Sierra Village, and Judi Lewis, of Sonora; daughter-in-law, Kathy Tompkins, of San Jose; 16 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Viewing will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Chapel of the Roses, 300 Curtner Ave., San Jose. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., followed by the burial.

Oak Hill Funeral Home in San Jose is handling arrangements. 

Dolores Orza

May 26, 1924 — Dec. 18, 2013

Dolores Orza, longtime Crystal Falls resident and volunteer in the Sonora area, died Dec. 18 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. She was 89.

Mrs. Orza was born in Canton, Ohio.

After graduating from high school in the 1940s she worked for the U.S. government in Washington, D.C.

She met Frank Orza through her matchmaking sister while visiting home one Christmas. 

They married in Canton on May 14, 1949, and then moved to Oakland to start their family. 

After raising three boys in Dublin, they moved to Merced for a few years before building their dream home and retiring to Crystal Falls in 1984. 

Mrs. Orza enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and appreciated Sierra sunsets.

She also enjoyed being a part of her community and had many friends while involved with the All Saints Catholic Church in Twain Harte, Interfaith Community Social Services and the Crystal Falls Homeowners Association.

Mrs. Orza is survived by her three sons, Craig Orza, of Tuolumne, Jeff and Kathy Orza, of San Francisco, and David and Jeanne Orza, of Salt Lake City, Utah; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren; and siblings, Charlotte Smith, of Ohio, Sam Dlugolecki, of Ohio, and Genevieve Szasz, of Castro Valley.

A memorial Mass will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday at All Saints Catholic Church, 18674 Cherokee Drive, Twain Harte. A private service will follow in Hayward.

Donations in her memory can be made to All Saints Catholic Church, P.O. Box 642, Twain Harte, CA 95383.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 

Audrey Isabella          (Hartley) Wright

Feb.15, 1926 — Dec. 26, 2013

Twain Harte resident Audrey Isabella (Hartley) Wright died Dec. 26 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. She was 87 years. 

Mrs. Wright was born in San Francisco, the daughter of Jack and Ethel Hartley, sister of Jack Hartley. She graduated from Balboa High and met “Mr. Wright.” 

Charles Kenneth Wright and Audrey were married in 1947 in San Francisco. They moved into a new San Bruno home in 1951 and raised four children.   

During her children’s formative years, she was a Bluebird leader, Den mother and Sunday school teacher. She was also a past honoured queen of Job’s Daughters and president of the Parent-Teacher Association.

She enjoyed her family and immersed herself in the San Bruno community and the United Methodist Church.

She and her family often vacationed in Pinecrest until buying a cabin in Twain Harte in 1963. 

Mrs. Wright and her husband retired to Twain Harte in 1983, where they became involved with the Soulsbyville United Methodist Church and other community organizations.

Mrs. Wright  was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Charles Wright, in 2008.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Ken and Elaine Wright, of Oakridge, Ore., Don and Diana Wright, of Fair Oaks, Terralyn and Boyd Hillyard, of Pacifica, and Dody Wright, of Twain Harte; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at Soulsbyville United Methodist Church, 19982 Community Drive. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the Interfaith Community Social Services, P.O. Box 5070, Sonora, CA 95370 or Soulsbyville United Methodist Church.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements. 


BLACKMORE — Donald Blackmore, 89, of Jamestown, died Tuesday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 

HALL — A visitation for Patricia Hall, 57, of Groveland, who died Jan. 3 at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Heuton Memorial Chapel, 400 S. Stewart St., Sonora. A funeral service will be held at noon Thursday, also at Heuton Memorial Chapel, which is handling arrangements. 

JENNER — Mervin Jenner, 55, of Tuolumne, died Saturday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

MASTENBROOK — Robin Scott Mastenbrook, 49, of Columbia, died Friday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 

MERRIHEW — Anna Merrihew, 102, of Sonora, died Saturday at Avalon Care Center. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

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