Ralph Leonard Hatton

March 13, 1937 Aug. 15, 2003

Ralph Leonard Hatton of Twain Harte died Friday at his home. He was 66.

He was born to Venita Soares in Elma, Wash., on March 13, 1937, and was the 13th grandchild in his family, the 13th baby born that day, and his mom stayed in room No. 113, his family said.

He moved to the Bay area in 1944. He graduated from Hayward High in 1955, then attended San Mateo College.

He entered the Air Force in 1961, where he served in Vietnam as intelligence officer to Gen. William Westmorland. During his time as a technical sergeant, he received several awards, including Airman of the Year. He later worked for P&X Market in Pleasanton, followed by his work at Alpha Beta for many years. He was an assistant chairman of deacons at Trinity Baptist Church in Livermore and taught the college and career class and the single adults class.

He went to Korea twice to preach the gospel and do door-to-door evangelism.

He moved to Twain Harte in 1987 and worked at John's Sierra Market in the produce department. He owned a restaurant in downtown Sonora, first called Mr. Hot Dog and later known as the Wee Kitchen, known for his "awesome pies and cakes" made from scratch, his family said. He worked for Coast-to-Coast Hardware as store manager until it closed, and then went to work for Twain Harte Pharmacy as assistant manager. He worked at Cold Springs Fuel and Food until his death.

He was an avid photographer and won numerous awards and ribbons, his family said. Some of his photographs hang in Caf 108 in Cold Springs. He attended Chapel in the Pines for years, but attended Creekside Community Church for the past year.

His family said he was an avid believer in Christ and went to be home with Jesus. He loved music and photography, his family added, and he loved the Lord, his family and the United States of America.

Mr. Hatton is survived by his father, John Hatton of Grass Valley; his wife of 29 years, Cathy Hatton; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Brian and Tracy Mota of Sheridan, Wyo., Jason and Deborah Hatton of Cody, Wyo., and David Hatton of Phoenix; a brother, Bob Hatton of Mount Hermon; three sisters, Verna Perrin of Auburn, Sandy Cardoza of Williams, and Sherry Hall of Modesto, and their spouses; four grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Venita Soares.

Visitation is scheduled for 1-5 p.m. today at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. A graveside service for family and close friends is scheduled for 10 a.m. tomorrow at Mountain Shadow Cemetery. A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow at Chapel in the Pines in Twain Harte.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Elsie Delores Lerch

Nov. 27, 1920 Aug. 16, 2003

Elsie Delores Lerch of Sonora died Saturday surrounded by family and friends at a Sonora care home. She was 82.

She was born in Detroit. She lived in Las Vegas and Riverside prior to moving to Sonora five years ago to be close to her daughter, her family said.

She enjoyed cooking, gardening, decorating and entertaining family and friends.

She is survived by her brother, Elmer, of Detroit; two daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and John Hermance of Maui, Hawaii, and Pam and John Holloway of Sonora; three grandchildren, Sareen Holloway of Sonora and Michael and Christian Holloway, both of Modesto; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Private family services were held.

Heuton Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.

Emiko Davis

April 12, 1933 Aug. 17, 2003

Longtime Sonora resident Emiko Morikawa Davis died Sunday in Oakdale at her daughter's home. She was 70.

She was a native of Japan and had lived in the Sonora area since 1974. She was a homemaker and worked at Hunt Wesson Foods for 26 years. She belonged to the Teamsters Union Local No. 748.

She is survived by her husband, John Davis Jr. of Sonora; her children, June Emiko Kolbeck of Turlock and Sally J. Davis and Amy Thompson, both of Oakdale; sisters, Michiko Azuma and Chieko Hashimoto, both of Japan; brothers, Yutaka and Shigeru Morikawa, both of Japan; and two grandchildren, Joel and Nikki Thompson.

Private services were held.

Oakdale Memorial Chapel in Oakdale handled arrangements.

Myrle Eleanor Hamlin

Aug. 19, 1910 Aug. 14, 2003

Former Sonora resident Myrle Eleanor Hamlin died Thursday at an Ashland, Ore., care home. She was 92.

She was born on a farm near Griswold, Iowa, the daughter of Flora and Edward Neer. She was educated, lived and was married in Griswold. She married Gerald Frank Hamlin in 1927. They had four children, Geraldine Ruth Hamlin Wilms, Jacquelyn Elizabeth Hamlin Carpenter, Edward Frank Hamlin and Wayne Neer Hamlin.

She and her family moved to California in 1949. She and Gerald lived in Sonora, where they owned and operated a children's wear store named Tots-N-Teens for 31 years. After retirement in 1983, they moved to Stockton. She moved to Ashland in 2002.

She is survived by three children; 12 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald, and a daughter, Geraldine Wilms.

Private family services were held.

Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home in Ashland is handling arrangements.

Joy Elaine Derby

Sept. 7, 1953 Aug. 15, 2003

Longtime Arnold resident Joy Elaine Derby died unexpectedly Friday at a San Andreas hospital. She was 49.

She was born in Torrance and had lived in Arnold for the past 20 years. She was a homemaker and a member of the Cornerstone Foursquare Gospel Church in Arnold.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Derby of Arnold; two daughters, Wendy Brown and Brenda Wilson, both of Arnold; two sons, George Derby of Forest Grove, Ore., and Jason Derby of Georgia; four brothers, Doug, Mark, Rick and Timothy Woodman, all of Modesto; her mother, Aline Roberts of Oklahoma; a grandmother, Ruth Carlton of Modesto; and 10 grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Cornerstone Foursquare Gospel Church on Highway 4 in Arnold.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


ETHREDGE A memorial service for Richard 'Rit' Ethredge of Sonora, who died Aug. 3 at a Modesto hospital, is scheduled for 4-6 p.m. Saturday at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds open market. There will be an honor guard and a small potluck to follow. Eaton Family Funeral Services in Modesto handled arrangements.