Michelle Lee


Nov. 26, 1951 July 11, 2003

Michelle Lee Alsman of Sonora died Friday at a Riverbank care home after a long illness. She was 51.

She was born in Hawthorne, Nev. She lived in Riverbank for 12 years, and most of the rest of her life in Sonora. She worked at her father's business, Beauty & the Budget, in Sonora, and at the store in Oakdale before it closed.

She is survived by two sons, Jason Allen of Modesto and Brandon Allen of Riverbank; a daughter, Brittany Allen of Riverbank; her father, Charles Little of Sonora; two brothers, Richard Little of Glen Ellen and Clint Little of Oakdale; two sisters, Robin Denys and Stacy Skaggs, both of Oakdale; a stepmother, Yvonne Arnett of Sonora; and a stepsister, Dana Arnett of Riverbank.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Jacquelyn, and by a sister, Dawn Gavi.

A graveside service was to be held today at Chinese Camp Cemetery in Chinese Camp.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Clarence Oscar Mitchel

Sept. 6, 1915 July 12, 2003

Longtime Greeley Hill resident Clarence Oscar Mitchel died Saturday at his residence. He was 87.

He was born in Sanger and lived in Greeley Hill for 22 years. His family moved to Yuba City when he was almost 3 years old. He attended Wilson Elementary School and graduated from Yuba City Union High School. He attended both Yuba County Junior College, from which he received an associate's degree, and Pacific Union College.

While attending Pacific Union College, he met Venus Thalia Urquhart, a nursing student. They were married on Nov. 10, 1940.

Mr. Mitchel served in the Army for three years. He owned and operated Mitchel Auto Tractor Repair for several years.

His belief in the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the principles affected all that he did, and he strove to teach it all to his children, his family said. He was a man of prayer, had a strong faith in God and studied his Bible, his family added.

He loved to collect and read books, and read the dictionary, his family said. They said he was good at pronouncing words and was a near genius in understanding the meaning of words. Other favorite pastimes were mechanical repair work and gold panning, his family said.

Mr. Mitchel is survived by his wife, Mary Belle Mitchel of Greeley Hill; two brothers, Ralph Harold Mitchel of Redwood City and Arthur Earl Mitchel of Happy Camp; four children, Rose Venus Hughes of Sequim, Wash., James Clarence Mitchel of Healdsburg, Ellen May Starr of Shingle Springs, and Carrie Jane Ridley of Sacramento; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Venus, in January 1993.

A memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday at Greeley Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Allen Mortuary in Turlock is handling arrangements.

Harold Henry

'Harry' Carpentier

Sept. 5, 1919 July 14, 2003

Harold Henry "Harry" Carpentier of Sonora died Monday at a Modesto nursing center. He was 83.

He was born in Astoria, N.Y., and moved to Sonora in 1984. Prior to living in Sonora, he lived in Long Island, N.Y.

He worked as a tool supplier with American Airlines for 25 years. He was a dog lover and raised purebred Huskies, his family said.

Mr. Carpentier is survived by a sister, Elaine Shellhammer of Tampa, Fla.; a nephew, John McConville of Valencia; a niece, Patricia Shields of Corona; and his dogs and constant companions, Nikki and Chipper.

No services are planned.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.