Marion Pauline Hector

Nov. 2, 1915 March 26, 2003

Marion Pauline (Lumsden) Hector, a former resident of Chinese Camp and a part-time resident of Pine Mountain Lake, died Wednesday at a Modesto hospital. She was 87.

Mrs. Hector was born in Richmond and grew up in Chinese Camp. Her parents were Lee and Millie (Cavagnaro) Lumsden. Mrs. Hector's father grew up in Big Oak Flat, and her mother grew up in Chinese Camp.

Mrs. Hector divided her time between her Pine Mountain Lake home and her home in Westley, Stanislaus County, where she had lived for the past 56 years. She worked as a homemaker and a bookkeeper for Hector Brothers for many years.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Young Ladies Institute in Patterson.

Mrs. Hector is survived by a daughter, Catherine Mahaffey of Westley; two grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews in Tuolumne County.

Mrs. Hector was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Hector, in 1996.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. and a rosary will be said at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Hillview Funeral Chapel, Patterson. A Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. tomorrow at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Patterson. Burial will follow at Patterson District Cemetery.

Donations may be made to Young Ladies Institute, in care of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 529 I St., Patterson 95363, or to a Patterson High School scholarship program, PRIDE, P.O. 547, Patterson 95363.

Claude Tyler Christie

Sept. 14, 1926 March 24, 2003

Claude Tyler Christie, honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame as inventor of the batting tee, died Monday at his Twain Harte home. He was 76.

Mr. Christie was born in San Francisco and grew up in Oakland. He had lived in Twain Harte for the past 33 years.

He served in the Navy during World War II, before beginning a career in baseball.

One of the first bonus players in baseball, he signed with the Detroit Tigers for $6,000 in 1947. He played for the Tigers until 1950 and played for the Seattle Rainiers in the Pacific Coast League until 1954.

In 1948, he invented the batting tee that earned him a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame. His original prototype of the tee was enshrined in a ceremony at Cooperstown, N.Y., in September 1991, opening a new wing of the museum dedicated to the evolution of sporting equipment.

He sold the right to his invention to Voit Sporting Goods shortly after gaining the patent in 1950.

He retired from baseball shortly after he was traded to the Sacramento Solons. He returned to the Bay Area, where he went into the insurance business. He had a vacation home in Twain Harte and later moved there on a full-time basis.

He organized Palm Springs' first Little League Baseball league in 1952 and managed Peanut and Babe Ruth league teams.

Summerville High School became a familiar place for Mr. Christie, who coached there for many years. He was also a member of Sierra Bible Church near Standard.

When he lived in the Bay Area, he was a member of Tri-Square Masonic Lodge 551 in Hayward, Oakland Scottish Rite Bodies and Aahmes Shrine Temple, where he served as potentate in 1976. He also served on the Board of Governors of Shriners Children's Hospitals in 1976.

He was a Boy Scouts of America camp master at Los Moches Campsite in Livermore for six years and had been a member of Castro Valley Kiwanis. He spent two years helping to build the Center for Retarded Children in Hayward.

Mr. Christie is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Kerrie Lee and Paul Scott of Hayden Lake, Idaho; three granddaughters, Shelby Ann Long of Pleasanton, Trevor Alan Snyder and Garrett Lee Snyder of Hayden Lake; two great-granddaughters, Kaylei Mae Long and Cori Ann Long of Pleasanton; and a sister, Bonnie Jean Booth of Tracy.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Sierra Bible Church, Sonora.

Donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento 95817.


MILLER Mary S. Miller, 81, of Sonora died early today at a Sonora care home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

LEE Delores Lee, 73, of Sonora died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

BRIDGHAM Dora M. Bridgham, 83, of Sonora died early today at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.