Mari Granger

May 16, 1966 March 16, 2003

Mari Lou Granger, 36, of Twain Harte died Sunday at a Sonora hospital after a battle with cancer.

Mrs. Granger was born in Bryn Mawr, Pa., and had lived in Twain Harte for the past two years.

She attended Cambridge University in England when she was about 18 and more recently attended Columbia College. She had been a broadcast marketing specialist for three years and marketing director for Gainesville Country Club in Florida. She had also owned and operated a restaurant in Washington before moving to Florida.

She enjoyed writing, riding horses, photography, water sports and golf and loved life, her family said.

Learning she had cancer in the fall of 1997, the 31-year-old mother of two underwent a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, and then returned to work. Months of chemotherapy followed, and it was thought she had beaten cancer. In early 2000, she felt a bump on her collarbone. The cancer had spread to her bones.

She married Gary Granger in May 2000 and told her husband she wanted to help others in whatever time she had left. She appeared on a television show in Florida and spoke to groups about breast cancer.

On Memorial Day weekend 2000, the couple began a five-month, 14,000-mile journey across the country. She received chemotherapy weekly in cities across America and visited cancer centers and interviewed patients and doctors, while her husband coordinated filming.

In addition to filming for a Web site her husband started along with an Internet development company, she was interviewed for 42 television shows and numerous newspapers.

The Web site was also used to show small vignettes of America from the travels and contain information about cancer. Videos were edited each night and airmailed to Florida for the Web site, which is no longer active.

At the request of presidential campaigner George W. Bush, she met with him on his last stop in Jacksonville, Fla., before his election in 2000. Mrs. Granger's husband said Bush referred to her as a modern-day warrior. Mrs. Granger in turn took the opportunity to question the future president about his stance on women's health issues.

Traveling with two daughters and a professional cameraman in a 37-foot motor home, the couple trekked from the Florida Keys to Maine, west to Oregon and south through California, before returning home.

Mrs. Granger and her husband moved to California, because she said her pain was less severe here. Her husband found a job as general sales manager for a Sonora radio and Internet company.

In addition to her husband, Gary Granger of Twain Harte, Mrs. Granger is survived by two daughters, Karlee and Jaimi Melville of Twain Harte; a stepdaughter, Kristina Granger of Gainesville, Fla.; her mother, Joan Manley of Alachua, Fla.; and a brother, John Manley of Alachua.

She was preceded in death by her father, John Manley.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. Burial will be at the family plot in Southview Cemetery, Thomaston, Ga.

Hella M. Riemer

March 6, 1928 March 17, 2003

Hella M. Riemer, 75, of Jamestown died Monday at a Sonora hospital.

Mrs. Riemer was born in Germany and had lived in Jamestown for the past 34 years.

She was a certified nursing assistant and had worked for Sonora Community Hospital for 11 years.

She loved to knit and sew.

Mrs. Riemer is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Dawn Riemer of Jamestown; three granddaughters, Elaina Riemer of Columbia, Samatha Riemer of Jamestown and Killashandra Parrott of Sonora; and two grandsons, Timothy Riemer of Jamestown and William Parrott of Sonora.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Ralph Riemer, in 1998.

Henry Clay Minter

Nov. 14, 1923 March 12, 2003

Henry Clay "Hank" Minter, 79, of Copperopolis died March 12 at his home.

Mr. Minter was born in Roanoke, Va., and had lived in Copperopolis for the past 20 years.

He served in the Navy during World War II and later was a bakery wagon driver for 25 years. He last worked at Parisian Bakery in San Francisco before he retired.

Mr. Minter is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Clay and Debra Minter of San Mateo; two grandchildren, Clay Minter of Austin, Texas, and Sarah Minter of San Mateo; two great-grandchildren, Antuan and Darrius Grate of San Mateo; a brother, Fred Minter of Virginia; and a sister, Lillian Martin of Chillicothe, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Eunice Minter, on Feb. 14.

A private service will be held at a later date. Inurnment will be private. Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Donations may be made to Visiting Nurse Association-Hospice of the Sierra, P.O. Box 4805, Sonora 95370-1805.


GILBERT John Lee Gilbert, 60, of Sonora died yesterday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.