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Obituaries for March 31, 2004

Leslie J. Mahoney

Nov. 4, 1923 – March 28, 2004

Leslie J. Mahoney of Tuolumne died Sunday at his home. He was 80.

He was born in Phoenix and had lived in Tuolumne for 10 years. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a bachelor's degree, Columbia University in New York with a master's degree and Stanford University with a Ph.D. He taught drama and English literature at U.C. Berkeley for 10 years.

He later worked for Columbia Pictures for many years and was self-employed in Santa Cruz for 20 years. He was a property owner and businessman in Sonora.

His friend said he enjoyed movies.

Mr. Mahoney is survived by his friend, David M. Boykin of Tuolumne.

Private family services are scheduled.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Laurie

Anne Humphrey

Jan. 28, 1951 – March 29, 2004

Longtime Sonora resident Laurie Anne Humphrey died Monday at her home after a year-long illness. She was 53.

She was born at the old Columbia Way Hospital in Sonora and grew up in Sonora. She lived in North Carolina for four years, in Utah for three years and the rest of her life in Sonora. She graduated from Sonora High School in 1969. She was a homemaker and played the piano for several churches, including Calvary Chapel and Chapel in the Pines.

She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Steve Humphrey of Sonora; a son, Daniel Humphrey of Sonora; her mother, Peggy Bonavia of Oakhurst, Madera County; her stepfather, whom she called "Dad," Casey Bonavia, and his wife, Gail, of Sonora; sisters, Kelly Shepard of Oregon, Lynn Young of Utah and Casey Lee Bonavia of Tuolumne; and cousins, Alice Leedom of Sonora, Bobby Leedom of Clayton, Contra Costa County, and Bob Stombaugh of Vacaville.

She was preceded in death by her father, Jimmy Leedom.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Sonora Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Jay Edward

‘Ed' Johnson

Aug. 29, 1944 – March 26, 2004

Longtime Angels Camp resident Jay Edward "Ed" Johnson died Friday at a San Andreas hospital after a long illness. He was 59.

He was born in Corona, Riverside County, and had lived in Angels Camp for 41 years. He worked at Calaveras Asbestos Plant for many years and later worked as a Teamster.

He loved taking drives in the foothills, riding his Harley-Davidson, gold prospecting and collecting guns and knives, his family said. He loved his children and friends and had a big heart, his family added, and an ornery and humorous disposition.

His family said he was a beloved father, brother, grandfather and dear friend.

Mr. Johnson is survived by his daughter, Shelley Mutzner of Sonora; a son, Shaun Johnson of Sonora; a brother, Paul Johnson of Columbia; two grandchildren, Hailey and Nic Johnson of Jamestown; many nieces and nephews of Angels Camp; and numerous friends.

A potluck and celebration of his life is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, April 10 at Utica Park in Angels Camp.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Donna

Mae Thomas

Aug. 19, 1924 – March 25, 2004

Donna Mae Thomas of San Andreas died Thursday at her daughter's home in San Andreas. She was 79.

She was born and raised in Williams, Minn., and moved to Wisconsin in 1958. She moved to the Bay Area in 1986, then settled in San Andreas in 1998. She was a past member of the Rebekah Lodge in Milwaukee.

She is survived by her daughter, Tammy Chambers of San Andreas; a grandson, J.T. Chambers of San Andreas; and a sister, Thelma Sanford of Albany, Ore.

She was preceded in death by five sisters.

Services were held.

Donations can be made to the Calaveras High School track team or the Calaveras High School Future Farmers of America, in care of Calaveras High School, P.O. Box 607, San Andreas, CA 95249.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Lucile F. Wallace

June 19, 1919 – March 24, 2004

Longtime Sonora resident Lucile F. Wallace died last Wednesday at a Sonora care home. She was 84.

She was born to Portuguese immigrants and grew up in Oakland. She lived in Sonora for 20 years. She was a homemaker and a native Californian. She spent most of her life in the Bay Area, living in Oakland and San Leandro, before retiring to Sonora.

She is survived by her sons, Mel Wallace of Columbia and Mark L. Wallace of Long Beach.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd M. Wallace.

No services are scheduled at her request.

Donations can be made to Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the Sierra, P.O. Box 4805, Sonora, CA 95370.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Notices

BURNS — Thomas Burns, 52, of Sonora died this morning at a Sonora hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


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