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Obituaries for June 2, 2014

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Mary Catherine (Johnson) Ingalls

Dec. 20, 1920 — May 24, 2014

Mary Catherine (Johnson) Ingalls, 93, passed away on Saturday, May 24, 2014, at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born on Dec. 20, 1920, in Tuolumne to Caroline Louise Scott and Gladstone Johnson. Mary was the third of five children: older brothers, Gladstone and Guy Scott and younger siblings, George (Buzz) and Rosalie (Johnson) Kelly. Her family moved to Oakland, where she attended grammar school and two years of high school before returning to Tuolumne, where she graduated from Summerville High School in 1938. 

She graduated from St. Mary’s College of Nursing and served as a first lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps in France and Germany. After returning from serving overseas, she married Robert (Bob) Ingalls, her high school sweetheart, on Dec. 26, 1946, and they had six children.

Mary worked as a registered nurse at Wilson’s Convalescent Hospital in Sonora from 1967 to 1985. She was a Red Cross swim instructor, a longtime member of the Aid and Altar Society (which became the Catholic Ladies of Tuolumne), taught catechism and led Bible studies for many years at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

Mary loved spending time with her family. She loved flowers and had a beautiful garden. She was known for her generous heart and her kindness. 

Mary is survived by her children, Guy and Charleen Ingalls, Kathleen Ingalls, Thomas Ingalls, Shirley Ingalls and Mary Lou Ingalls, all of Tuolumne, and Roberta Beoris of San Leandro, Calif. Mary has 17 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, her husband (1997), grandson, Gabe Rice (1997) and daughter-in-law Patty Ingalls (2005).

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of the Sierra, Meals on Wheels or your favorite charity.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 7, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Tuolumne. A celebration of life will follow the service at the church.

Roger William Wells

Aug. 10, 1943 — April 29, 2014

Our beloved Roger left us on April 29, 2014, to go fishing with his dad in God’s Great Lake. We didn’t want him to go, but God decided it was time and I guess the fish were biting.

Besides fishing, Roger liked watching wrestling and rooting for the San Francisco Giants and the 49ers. Like Will Rogers, our Roger liked everybody he met and everybody liked Roger. He had a childlike innocence about him that allowed him to approach a complete stranger and start up a conversation; something most of us shy away from doing.

Roger was born in San Francisco and raised in Modesto where he graduated from Downey High School in 1962. He spent the last 10 years of his life living with his mother and brother in the Twain Harte area. 

Roger was preceded in death by his father and new fishing partner, Walter Edwin Wells.

He is survived by his mother, Frances Wells; his brother, Marvin Wells and his fiance, Roxanne Scoggins; his nephew, David Wells, of Merced; his niece, Christine Wells, of San Francisco. 

We love and miss you Roger. Good fishing.

David ‘Dave’ Green

Jan. 16, 1936 — May 27, 2014

David “Dave” Green passed away May 27, 2014, in Sonora, Calif. He was born on Jan. 16, 1936, in Oakland, Calif. 

He played music all his life. Dave was a world-renowned musician and traveled the world with his partner, Danny Snow, of Hawaii. He traveled from South Africa to Hawaii and throughout the United States and Canada. They were known as the Brass Doubles.

Dave played with the famous Jack Ross and Buddy Rogers. The Brass Doubles played together for more than 20 years, along with the famous drummer Jimmy Sernisky of Amsterdam.

At the age of 5, Dave played the piano on the Lawrence Welk Show. At age 15, Dave had the honor of meeting and talking with his mentor Louis Armstrong. Dave always remembered the advice Louis gave him — “No matter how big you get in music, always remember one thing ‘Be Humble.’ ” The unique sound Dave produced from his trumpet will forever be remembered in our hearts.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents, Cyral and May Green, and his daughter, Robin Bell, of Seattle, Wash.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Marilyn; his loving children, Michael Green, of Sonora, Jeffrey Green, of Copperopolis, Karen Hansen, of Vacaville, Calif., Todd Green, of Austin, Texas, and David Green Jr., of Stockton; his grandchildren, Sarah Sears, Brian Green, Chad and Alyssa Hansen, Jebson Bell, Connor and Tyler Green, Angalina and Lila Green; and his fishing buddy and nephew, David Waters, and his family, of Oregon. 

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