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Obituaries for September 20, 2004

Richard

Lee Bonner

Dec. 30, 1934 – Sept. 15, 2004

Richard Lee Bonner of Long Barn died unexpectedly Wednesday at a Sonora hospital after a short illness. He was 69.

He was born in Taos, N.M., to Heard Bonner and Irene (Williams) Bonner. He moved with his family to Richmond when he was 7 years old. There he attended school and graduated from Richmond Union High School in 1953. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1953-57 and was stationed in Roswell, N.M.

He married Glenda (Ourso) Bonner in December 1955. They moved to the Bay Area with their oldest daughter after his discharge from the Air Force where they became parents of another daughter and two sons. They moved with their family to Fairfield in 1973. He began, along with his father and brothers, building a cabin in Odd Fellows Sierra Park, between Sierra Village and Long Barn, in 1957. He and his wife made this their permanent home in 1990 after he retired from the Teamsters Union in 1987.

He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings, including Bishop of the Fairfield 4th Ward from 1979-89 and as High Priests Group Leader in the Sonora 2nd Ward. He became a member of the board of the Odd Fellows Sierra Park Home Owners Association in 1996 and served as treasurer from May 1997 until May 2004.

He loved playing golf and was a regular at the Twain Harte Golf Course, his family said. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, his family added, and he was a devoted caregiver to his wife the past five years.

Mr. Bonner is survived by his wife of 48 years, Glenda (Ourso) Bonner of Odd Fellows Sierra Park; mother, Irene (Williams) Bonner of Saratoga, Santa Clara County; brothers, Delbert Bonner of Springfield, Mo., and Clyde Bonner of Pioneer, Amador County; daughters and son-in-law, Debra Sharpe and her fiance, Jimmy Girardot, of Vacaville and Cathy and Tracy Bowman of Sonora; sons and daughters-in-law, Christopher and Sharon Bonner of Turlock and Kevin and Eliza Bonner of Rio Vista, Solano County; grandchildren, Brandon Melton of Florida, Renee San Miguel of Sacramento, Ty Bowman of Copperopolis, Chad Bowman of Utah, Tracie Johnson of Newark, Alameda County, Audra Bowman of Sonora, Matthew Bonner of Utah, Benjamin, Kimberlee and Hannah Bonner, all of Turlock and Quinn, EssieJane, Raymon, Irene and Hite Bonner, all of Rio Vista; great-grandchildren, Kayla and Korrina Melton of Florida, Marissa Jennings and Kyle San Miguel, both of Sacramento, Manuel and Ryan Bowman, both of Copperopolis, Darrion and Paulina Hargrove-Silva and Tyffton and Triston Bowman, all of Utah, and Savannah and Ethan Johnson of Newark; and his cat, Tiger.

He was preceded in death by his father, Heard Bonner, in April 1990.

Visitation is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 19481 Hillsdale Drive in Sonora. A funeral service is scheduled for and will immediately follow at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Pearl L.

Campbell

June 8, 1915 – Sept. 15, 2004

Pearl L. Campbell of Angels Camp died Wednesday at a San Andreas hospital. She was 89.

She was born in Bartlesville, Okla., and had lived in Angels Camp for two years. She previously lived in Sacramento and was a retired legal secretary for the League of California Cities in Sacramento.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, William Wittmer and Cindy Lavagetto of Carmichael, Sacramento County; a daughter and son-in-law, Constance and Thomas Pitta of Angels Camp; grandchildren, Jennifer Williams, John Pitta and Jeremy and Nick Wittmer; and a great-grandson, Connor Pitta.

A service was to be held today at Angels Memorial Chapel. Private family burial is scheduled for tomorrow.

Donations can be made to the American Heart Association, 1710 Gilbreth Road, Burlingame, CA 94010.

Angels Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.

Wilma Castle

Aug. 20, 1929 – Sept. 15, 2004

Longtime Tuolumne County resident Wilma Castle died Wednesday at her Soulsbyville home. She was 75.

She was born in Santa Barbara. She graduated from Santa Maria High School, attended the University of California, Santa Barbara and earned her associate's degree at Santa Maria Junior College, now known as Allan Hancock College, in Santa Maria.

Before moving to Twain Harte in 1968, she worked in the aircraft industry. She and her husband became involved with Chapel In the Pines in Twain Harte and had a photography studio in Sonora. They sold it and moved to the East coast so he could attend seminary, after which they pastored a church in Pennsylvania.

They returned to Tuolumne County in the early 1980s, and she soon became the church secretary at Chapel In the Pines in Twain Harte. She was a pillar in the church and community, her family said, and she spent many years involved in leadership with the Community Bible Study.

She most recently lived in Soulsbyville.

Her family said she was known for her great wisdom and wonderful spiritual counsel by the numerous she ministered to over the years. She has what she would call "spiritual children" all over the world who can only hope to carry on her legacy, her family added.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Gail and Christopher Harrison of Tuolumne; a son and daughter-in-law, John and Margie Castle of San Diego; a sister, Nancy Black of Santa Maria; grandchildren, Paul Harrison, USMC, Naomi Harrison of Tuolumne, Ruth Pletcher and her husband, Steve, both of Israel, Jeremy Castle in the United Kingdom furthering his education, Rebekah and Noah Albrecht, both of Orange County and David Castle of San Diego; great-grandchildren, Tirzah, Tamar, Nathan and Noah Pletcher and Ava and Serena Albrecht.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Castle, in 1997.

A memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday at Chapel In the Pines in Twain Harte.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Ruth Olive

(Coffill) Lackey

March 10, 1912 – Sept. 13, 2004

Longtime Tuolumne County resident Ruth Olive (Coffill) Lackey died Sept. 13 at a Fresno care home. She was 92.

She was born in Sonora to Harry and Olive Coffill. She lived the majority of her life in Sonora and Twain Harte.

Her family settled in the Sonora area during the Gold Rush era.

She graduated from Sonora High School in 1930 and attended University of the Pacific (UOP) in Stockton where she met and married her husband, Michael. They lived in Sonora, owned two grocery markets and raised three children.

Her family said she was active in many community organizations including PTA and Women's Club of Twain Harte and was a lifetime member of Eastern Star. With her husband, she enjoyed many Rotary events, her family added. From 1954-88, she lived in Twain Harte, where she was an avid golfer, artist and gardener. She loved to cook and bake for her family and friends, her family said, and she always made holidays special for family.

She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, William and Anna Lackey of Fortuna and John and Virginia Lackey of Le Grand, Ore.; a daughter, Anne Kerner of Fresno; a sister-in-law, Marjorie Coffill of Sonora; nephews, William Coffill of Sonora and Eric Coffill of Sacramento; a niece, Suzanne (Coffill) Woodill of Santa Rosa; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Michael Martin Lackey; and her brothers, Harris Coffill Jr., William Coffill and Wade Coffill.

Services were to be held Saturday.

Donations can be made in her memory to American Heart Association, 1710 Gilbreth Road, Burlingame, CA 94010.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Janice

(Pike) Mitchell

Dec. 18, 1920 – Sept. 14, 2004

Longtime Murphys resident Janice P. Mitchell died Tuesday at her home after a long illness. She was 83.

She was born in Twin Falls, Idaho, and raised in Oakland. She graduated from Castlemont High School in 1937. After marriage, she and her husband, Don, moved to Sonora where their daughters, Susan and Sally, were born. The family then relocated to Modesto where they lived for 26 years. She and her husband had spent their retirement years in Murphys since 1979.

She was a member of the First Congregational Church in Murphys. During her years in Modesto, she was employed by the Sylvan Union School District as a school secretary at Sherwood, Sylvan, Somerset and then Stockard Coffee.

She was a dance teacher for more than 50 years in Columbia and Sonora and later in Modesto at the Sylvan Clubhouse. She finished her career in Murphys as the owner of Firehouse Dance Studio.

Her family said she was known for her love of dance and instilling that love in many students over the years.

Her family said, as she once expressed in her own words, "Dancing requires discipline, practice and dedication, but Oh! The joy of dancing! And the fond memory of a special performance that will last forever in your hearts."

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Donald; daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Vaughn Tribble of Murphys and Sally and Bob Ochoa of Modesto; grandchildren, Doug and Derrick Tribble, both of Murphys, Allison Morriston of Turlock and Erik and Jeremy Van Wier, both of Torrance, Los Angeles County; and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Congregational Church in Murphys.

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

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Notices

MOORE — Douglas Moore, 52, of Sonora died Saturday at a Sonora hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

EVERHART — Judith Everhart, 63, of Jamestown died yesterday at a Sonora Hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

DODGE — Jeanette Dodge, 83, died yesterday at her Columbia-area home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


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