Oct. 10, 1923 March 23, 2004
Florence Elaine Colen of Copperopolis died Tuesday at her home. She was 80.
She was born in Oakdale and lived in Copperopolis for eight years. She was a homemaker.
Her family said she was a strong-willed, independent woman who was well-loved and well-respected by all who knew her.
She is survived by her sons, A. E. Colen III of Manteca and Donald W. Colen and Michael D. Colen, both of Stockton; daughters, Judith L. Montgomery of Fairfield, Mont., Nancy A. Chapin of San Jose and Pat Council of Copperopolis; a sister, Lillian Nunes of Stockton; 18 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, A. E. Colen Jr., in 1982.
A graveside service will be held at a later date.
Donations can be made to the Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the Sierra, P.O. Box 4805, Sonora, CA 95370.
Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
Aug. 9, 1950 March 21, 2004
Longtime Tuolumne County resident Hayden Robert "Bob" Terry died Sunday of natural causes while camping at Jawbone Station. He was 53.
He was born in San Jose and had lived in Tuolumne since 1983. He grew up in New Almaden, at the time a rural suburb of San Jose.
He worked as a self-employed mechanic and owned and operated Bob's Mobile Maintenance for 17 years. He was a mechanic for 35 years. He also owned Car Doctor from 1983-84 and worked for auto dealerships. His family said he was a dedicated sportsman.
He was past president and member of the Mother Lode Gun Club, state chair and life member of the Mule Deer Foundation and chapter chair of the Mother Lode Chapter of the Mule Deer Foundation. He also was a life member of the National Rifle Association.
He was a member of the Sportsmen, Yo- semite Deer Herd Advisory Committee, Tuol-umne County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) and the Stanislaus Forest Stake Holders Association.
He also was a hunter's safety instructor and taught a home-protection safety class. He also was a member of numerous other sports-related associations and committees.
His family said he was a devoted son and beloved brother.
Mr. Terry is survived by his daughter, Dara Khrane Terry of Santa Rosa; a son, Randy Howe of Vacaville; his mother, Mary Terry of Merced; a brother and sister-in-law, John and Teresa Terry of Merced; sisters and brother-in-law, Kathi Terry of Merced and Maryann and Phil Gillis of Woodland, Yolo County; nephews, Edward Terry and his wife, Lehua, and Seth Mielke, all of Merced, and Paiden Gillis of Woodland; nieces, Raenette Terry of Coalinga, Fresno County, Sage Souza and her husband, Mark, of Merced and Jaryn Gillis of Woodland; a grandson, Dustin Howe of Sonora; and numerous great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Hayden "Bill" Terry Jr.
A memorial service is scheduled for 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Posse grounds.
Donations can be made to the Mule Deer Foundation, 1005 Terminal Way, Suite 170, Reno, NV, 89502, or any favorite charity.
Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Sept. 7, 1913 March 22, 2004
Rubye M. Rogerson of Copperopolis died Monday at a Turlock hospital. She was 90.
She was born in Goleta, Santa Barbara County, and was raised in Goleta and Santa Barbara.
As the wife of a military man, she lived and traveled throughout the United States and spent three years in Japan. Her husband, George Rogerson, preceded her in death in 1989.
She moved from her home in Rialto, San Bernardino County, to Copperopolis in 1993 where she lived with her daughter.
Her family said she loved to travel and took many cruises to various foreign countries.
She was a member of Crossroads Church in Copperopolis for the past 10 years and helped support various charities.
Her family said at age 90 she was still an active lady and could often be seen riding her wave runner on the waters of Tulloch Reservoir. An avid card player, she belonged to a card club in Copperopolis and enjoyed many card game get-togethers with her friends, her family added.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Cliff Rollings of Copperopolis; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Lynda Rogerson of Colorado Springs, Colo.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held Monday at Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapel, 450 Ward Drive, in Goleta. She will be buried at the Goleta Cemetery next to her mother, father and husband.
Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.
Feb. 28, 1937 March 20, 2004
Billy Wayne Sanders, father of Deborah Kraft and Colleen Wise, both of Groveland, died Saturday at a Sonora hospital. He was 67.
He was born in Ada, Okla., to Earl and Mary Sanders. The family moved to California when he was 14 years old. He settled in Hayward where he raised his four children. He later moved to Cottonwood, Shasta County, for about seven years, then back to Modesto to be near his family for the past 10 years. He worked as a welder for Southern Pacific Railroad for 20 years.
His family said that his children always came first and he loved animals, country music and collecting old coins.
Mr. Sanders is survived by his son, Daniel Sanders of Cottonwood; daughters and son-in-law, Deborah and Gerald Kraft and Colleen Wise, all of Groveland, and Lori Sanders of Hayward; sisters, Sue England of Pleasanton, Nancy Banton of Sea Ranch, Patsy Mason of Modesto and Shirley Shafer of Newark; a granddaughter, Raelynn Marsh of Groveland; grandsons, Jamison, Jesse and Jerry Kraft and Troy Wise, all of Groveland; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Private family services are planned.
Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
Sept. 21, 1915 March 19, 2004
Longtime Sonora resident Grace A. Valverde died Friday at her home. She was 88.
She was born in San Rafael, Marin County, and lived in Sonora most of her life.
Her family said she was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing, crocheting, macrame, ceramics and gardening. She was a charter member and life member of the Sonora Emblem Club and a member of the 39 Luncheon Club. She once served as weighmaster for TOPS weight-loss club.
Years ago, she made delicious enchiladas for her family and friends, her family said. She also was a beauty counselor.
She is survived by her daughters, Geraldine Adams of Modesto and Dolores Mitchell of Vallecito; a sister, Alice Stirewalt of Sonora; five grandchildren, Richard Adams of Stockton, Robert Adams of Escalon, Millie Krause of Oakdale, Mark Mitchell of Vallecito and Marcia Whittle of Altaville; five great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and six nieces and nephews, Aileen Johnston, Florence Kole and Leonard Upwall, all of Sonora, Ward Weaver of Elko, Nev., Donna Lewis of Lodi and Zach Weaver.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Valverde; three sisters, Loretta Valverde Bonelli, Evelyn Myers and Ruth Weaver; and nephews, Michael Weaver and Ralph Herold.
A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. tomorrow at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home.
Donations can be made to the Sonora Emblem Club No. 124, Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 3073, Sonora, CA 95370.
Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
SABALA Luis Sabala, 68, of Twain Harte died yesterday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
WALLACE Lucile Wallace, age unavailable, died yesterday at a Columbia care home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.