Almira J. Kirkbride

June 19, 1919 Feb. 8, 2004

Longtime Jamestown resident Almira J. Kirkbride died Sunday at her home. She was 84.

She was born in Santa Rita Park, Merced County, and lived in Jamestown for 30 years. She was a homemaker for 64 years.

During World War II, she drove a taxi in Salinas, taking soldiers to and from Fort Ord in Monterey.

Her family said she enjoyed crocheting and playing solitaire, and loved watching her grandson, Douglas, play baseball.

She was a direct descendant of Jose Joaquin Castro, one of the original families of the Anza Expedition of 1775, the first settlers of Aptos in Santa Cruz County, her family added.

She is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Carol and Roy King of Fourth Crossing in Calaveras County, and Gerry Kirkbride and her son, Greg, of Jamestown whom she lived with for the last 10 years; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Darrell Kirkbride and Barney and Beth Barnes, all of Sonora; a sister, Geraldine Tanner of Columbia; eight other grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two nieces; and a nephew.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lowell E. Kirkbride, in 2001; and a brother, Andrew Williams, who was killed in action during World War II.

A memorial service is scheduled for 7 tonight at Heuton Memorial Chapel.

Mary Robin Lane

Oct. 24, 1910 Feb. 8, 2004

Longtime Sonora resident Mary Robin Lane died Sunday at a Sonora care home. She was 93 .

She was born in Hazen, Nev., and had lived in Tuolumne County for 50 years, most recently in Sonora. She attended the College of Notre Dame in Belmont.

She first arrived in the Sierra Nevada in the 1940s with her husband, Charles W. Lane.

Her family said in those early years, she wrote a gossip column for a Sonora newspaper and was also on the air at a local radio station with her show, "Bird's Eye View by Robin." She often reported on the movie and TV crews filming in the area. While spending the winter in Tucson, Ariz., she was the double for Rhonda Fleming in the Western movie "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral," and also played other parts.

She took a lifelong interest in good nutrition, her family added, and before her marriage she studied with a well-known nutritionist, Dr. Kellogg, who created Corn Flakes, in Florida. She also operated a health-food store named Nature's Nook out of her home. When her children left for college, she became interested in antiques and collecting, and bought and sold antiques for years.

Her family said her husband's father warned him never to marry a redhead, which he promptly did when he met Robin.

She is survived by four children, Cornelius W. Lane, M.D., of Auburn, Michael Hartog of Los Angeles, and Gregory Lane and Diana Hartog, both of British Columbia, Canada; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Her husband preceded her in death in July 2000 after 62 years of marriage.

A graveside service was to be held at noon today at Mountain Shadow Cemetery.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

John M. Madrid

Aug. 20, 1946 Feb. 8, 2004

Longtime resident of Jamestown John M. Madrid died Sunday at his home after a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 57.

He was born in Oakland and grew up in Jamestown, a fifth-generation Tuolumne County resident. He graduated from Sonora High School in 1964 and continued his education at Modesto Junior College and at a specialized college in Berkeley.

His family said he was a talented craftsman, carpenter, furniture designer, cabinet maker and artisan. He owned the family business, Maiden Madrid in Jamestown and Madrid Furniture and Designs.

He was an exceptional athlete in baseball, basketball, football and wrestling, his family added.

Mr. Madrid loved the outdoors and nature, all sports, fly fishing and cross-country skiing, his family added, and enjoyed travel. He most recently traveled to Alaska. He was known for his sense of adventure and love of life, his family said.

He shared a unique devotion and love for his family, especially his children, and he was known for his kindness, wit and sense of humor, his family added.

Mr. Madrid is survived by his son, Sutton Madrid of Jamestown; two daughters and sons-in-law, Gina and Jerry Johnson of Sonora and Kimberly and David Winstead of Houston; and three grandchildren, Sean and Kristin Winstead of Houston, Texas, and Morgan Madrid of Tuolumne.

A memorial service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at Calvary Chapel's outdoor amphitheater, 19889 Soulsbyville Road in Soulsbyville.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Gloria L. Porter

Nov. 22, 1933 Feb. 5, 2004

Gloria L. Porter of Jupiter died Feb. 5 at her home. She was 70.

She was born in Crosbyton, Texas, and lived in Jupiter for 10 years. She worked for Laura Scudders and later for Tracy Press in Tracy for more than 15 years. She retired in the early 1990s and was a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband, T.J. Porter of Jupiter; four sons and daughters-in-law, David and Babette Porter, Douglas Porter and Debbie Nuce and Robert and Sylvia Porter, all of Jupiter, and Timothy and Sherry Porter of Sonora; two daughters and sons-in-law, Vesper and George Cummings of Brownsville, Yuba County, and Donna Villanueva and David Huggins of Sonora; a brother, Douglas Hackney of Tracy; a sister and brother-in-law, Margie and Ed Kinler of Fresno; 23 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Chapel in the Pines in Twain Harte.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the U.C. Davis Medical Center, Health Sciences Advancement, 4900 Broadway, Suite 1150, Sacramento, CA 95820.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Elmer O. Henry

Oct. 5, 1911 Feb. 6, 2004

Former longtime Twain Harte resident Elmer O. Henry died Friday at a Napa care home. He was 92.

He was born in Visalia. He worked for Del Monte for 40 years and was a district manager from the Central Valley to the coast. He owned a home in Twain Harte since 1965 and moved to Napa eight years ago.

Mr. Henry is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, John and Pearl Henry of Hawthorne, Nev., and Bob and Connie Henry of Twain Harte; a daughter, Marjo Crowley of Napa; seven grandchildren, Julie Pressey, Cindy Yoder and Lori Crowley, all of Napa, Pattie West, and her husband, Dave, of Wisconsin, Sam Henry of Michigan, Ryan Henry of San Francisco and Meghan Henry of Pleasanton; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen.

A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow at Tulocay Cemetery, 411 Coombsville Road in Napa. Burial will follow.

Treadway and Wigger Funeral Chapel in Napa is handling arrangements.


BARDSLEY Barbara Jean Bardsley, 69, of Arnold died Monday at a Stockton hospital. A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow at Angels Memorial Chapel.

HAHN Gene Hahn, 55, of Sonora died yesterday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

HERRICK Anita Herrick, 85, of Sonora died yesterday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

KAUPPI Sylvia Kauppi, 87, of Sonora died this morning at a Jackson hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

MARTIN Former Sonora resident Virginia "Ginny" Martin, 74, died Tuesday at her home in La Jolla, San Diego County. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

MYERS Jeanette Marie Myers, 77, of San Andreas died Tuesday at a San Andreas hospital. A service is scheduled for 1 p.m. tomorrow at Cherokee Memorial Park in Lodi. San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

TELLES Teresa Telles, 43, of Twain Harte died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.