Obituaries for March 5, 2003

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Eulys Francis 'Buddy' Slate

March 29, 1958 Feb. 14, 2003

Eulys Francis "Buddy" Slate, 44, a former longtime resident of Tuolumne County, died unexpectedly Feb. 14 at his home in Pierce, Idaho.

Mr. Slate was born in Lakeport, Lake County, and had lived in Tuolumne County for many years before moving to Pierce.

He was one of seven children born to Edward L. and Wilma M. Slate of Tuolumne.

Mr. Slate is survived by his wife, Phyllis Slate, of Pierce; four children, Thomas, 16, Dustin, 15, Dawn, 12, and Timothy, 10, all of Pierce; his father, Edward Slate of Jamestown; four brothers, Danny Slate of Kellogg, Idaho, Harvey Slate of Porterville, Melvin Slate of Tuolumne and Mark Slate of Cordelia; two sisters, Anna Montgomery of Sonora and Rosa Williams of Jamestown; eight nieces, Julie Townsend, Jessica Williams, Shelby Montgomery, Tonya Slate, Chrisha Slate, Renee Slate, Angie Slate and Gabrielle Slate; five nephews, Aaron Slate, Anthony Slate, Tyron Slate, Wiley Montgomery and Mathew Slate.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Wilma M. Slate, grandparents, E.L. and Ora Slate, aunt and uncle, Lorene and Roy Anderson.

A memorial was held this past Friday in Pierce. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements were handled in Pierce.

Mabel Martha Cecilia (Swan) Thorpe

Oct. 5, 1920 Feb. 28, 2003

Mabel Martha Cecilia (Swan) Thorpe, 82, of Watsonville, died Friday at her daughter's home in Watsonville.

For the past 20 years, she had a second home in Sugar Pine, where she made many lifelong friends. Her daughter said Mrs. Thorpe, her daughter, Cindy Thorpe Leeper, and son-in-law, John Leeper, were affectionately known as "the three musketeers" by friends in the Sugar Pine-Mi-Wuk Village area because they spent so much time together.

Mrs. Thorpe was born in Cambria to Clifford and Victoria Swan. The family moved to the Santa Cruz area when she was a young girl. There, she attended Soquel Elementary School, and she and her brother, Al, had a 10-cent hamburger stand next door to Izant's Hardware store.

From there, her family moved to the Pleasant Valley area, where she attended Pleasant Valley School.

She graduated from Watsonville High School in 1938. There, she met her lifetime sweetheart, Thornton Thorpe. They were married Sept. 6, 1939. After her husband's death in 1964, she went back to school, earned her cosmetology license and operated her own salon. She kept her license active to the time of death.

She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star.

Mrs. Thorpe enjoyed walking on the beach at Rio Del Mar and shopping with her daughter. She was active with her grandchildren and attended baseball and football games played by her grandson, and football and basketball games where her granddaughter was a cheerleader. She participated in fund-raisers for cheerleading camp, including helping wash cars when she was in her 70s, participated in Brownie and Cub Scout troop functions for her grandchildren. Her family said she was also a true Hawaiian princess, descended from a Hawaiian king.

Family members said she never met a stranger and was fond of saying "keep the faith in your children."

In addition to her daughter and son-in-law, Mrs. Thorpe is survived by a grandson, Jeff Leeper; a granddaughter, Amy Leeper Hass and her husband, Michael Hass, of Watsonville; a great-grandson, Mikey Haas Jr., of Watsonville; an adopted daughter, Maureen Thorpe, of South Dakota; an adopted son, T.C. Thorpe, of Watsonville and his daughter, Tiffany Lee, of Pennsylvania; a brother, Fred Cunha, and his wife, Lynn of Rocklin; a sister, Patricia Cunha, of the Central Valley; a cousin, Alan Cunha, of Soquel; numerous nieces and nephews and their families; and longtime friend Bob Koger.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Alfred Swan and Maurice Swan, and a sister, Dolores Marinovich.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mehl's Colonial Chapel 222 East Lake Ave., Watsonville.

Donations can be made in Mrs. Thorpe's memory to Heartland Hospice Services Inc., 2511 Garden Road, Suite B200, Monterey 93940.

Nellie Etta (Way) Blount

Nov. 11, 1912 Feb. 26, 2003

Nellie Etta (Way) Blount, 90, a former resident of Sonora, died Feb. 26 at her home in Grants Pass, Ore.

Mrs. Blount was born in Prague, Okla., where she also grew up and attended school. She married Alvin Allinson in Shawnee, Okla., on Feb. 15, 1930. He preceded her in death in 1985.

In 1943, she moved to California and had lived in Sonora for many years, and there married Orville Blount on April 24, 1992. She moved to Grants Pass six months ago.

She had been a member of Peaceful Valley Church and a Baptist church in Sonora. She enjoyed watercolor painting for family and friends, sewing and gardening.

In addition to her husband, Orville Blount, of Sonora; Mrs. Blount is survived by a daughter, Virginia Ward, of Rogue River, Ore.; two sons, Al Allinson of Honokaa, Hawaii, and Dale Allinson of Santa Clara; a brother, J.W. Way of Riverside; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Shirley Maldon.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. Burial will be private at Mountain Shadow Cemetery.

Notices

ALFORD Robert "Bob" Alford, 74, a native of Angels Camp, died Feb. 14 in New York, where he had lived since 1988. Gramercy Park Memorial Chapel in New York handled arrangements.

WIEST Charles Everett Wiest, 51, of Sonora died yesterday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

PRICE Ruby P. Price, 91, of Groveland died yesterday at a Sonora care home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

McCUTCHAN Faith A. McCutchan, 84, of Murphys died yesterday at a San Andreas hospital. Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

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