May Alida Burner

Dec. 22, 1905 June 6, 2003

May Alida Burner of Tuolumne died Friday at a Sonora hospital. She was 97.

She was the daughter of Nathan and Elizabeth Tompkins and was born at the Prudhome Mine in Tuolumne. She was a graduate of Summerville Elementary School and graduated from Summerville High School in 1925. She was a homemaker for 77 years.

She was the oldest living native of Tuolumne, her family said.

Mrs. Burner is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Jane Lee and Thomas Carr of Tuolumne; a son and daughter-in-law, Nathan and Kathleen Burner of Ceres; three grandchildren, Donna Marston of Tuolumne, Dan Burner of Waterford and William Burner of Modesto; six great-grandchildren, Jamie Jameson of Monterey, Katie Zumpano of Susanville, Jodie Marston of Rhode Island, Amber and Ross Burner of Waterford, and Laura Burner of Modesto; five great-great-grandchildren, Kaytlynn and Maygen of Susanville, Thomas of Monterey and Justina and Marissa of Waterford; a niece, Dorothy Connole of Fort Bragg; and a nephew, Harry Vacca of Mi-Wuk Village.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Julian "Bill" Burner, and by a grandson, Michael Carr, in 1970.

No services are planned.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Robert Tichenor

Dec. 11, 1934 May 25, 2003

Robert Tichenor, 68, a former Sonora resident, died Sunday at his home in San Luis Obispo.

Mr. Tichenor was born in New Castle, Ind. He moved to Ohio in the early 1950s, where he met and married Billie Jean Meadows. He moved to California 40 years ago with his wife and daughters, and had lived on the central coast for the past 20 years on his 40-acre avocado ranch. He also had owned businesses and a vacation home in Sonora since 1977.

He loved the Lord with all his heart, soul, mind and strength, his family said, and his life as a husband, father, son, brother, friend and businessman exemplified this. He was a member of the New Life Community Church of the Nazarene in Pismo Beach for 20 years.

Most of his career was in the banking and real estate investment businesses. His family added that his greatest joy was his "retirement" life as an avocado farmer, traveling with his wife, Billie, to rodeos and stock-car races and spending time with his family.

Mr. Tichenor is survived by his wife, Billie Tichenor of San Luis Obispo; two daughters and sons-in-law, Deborah and John Ramsgard of San Luis Obispo and Donna and Bill Spears of Lodi; grandchildren Christian and Elizabeth Ramsgard of San Luis Obispo, Blake Stevens of Folsom, and TeAnne, Jennah, and Sarah Sparaco of Lodi; and two brothers and sisters-in-law, Duane and Rita Tichenor of Valemount, B.C., and Don and Deanna Tichenor of New Castle, Ind.

Memorial donations may be made to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, P.O. Box 1270, Charlotte, N.C. 28201, or call toll free (877) 247-2426.

Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.

Wesley David Kirk

Nov. 11, 1925 May 4, 2003

Wesley David Kirk of Wilseyville died Sunday, May 4, at a Sacramento hospital. He was 77.

Mr. Kirk was a life-long resident of Calaveras County. He graduated from Calaveras High School in 1944 and served in the Army during World War II.

He worked as a logger before his retirement.

He is survived by two sons, Greg Kirk of Wilseyville and Fred Kirk of West Point; a daughter, Sandy Kirk of Valley Springs; two brothers, Glenn Kirk of Delhi and Vernon Kirk of Acampo; a sister, Sharon Kirk of Stockton; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Burial was at Mountain Ranch Cemetery.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.


STEVENS Arnold D. Stevens, 70, of Sonora died Wednesday, June 4, at a hospital in Manteca. Services are pending. Eaton Family Funeral and Cremation Service in Modesto is handling arrangements.