Nancy Jack

July 14, 1914 - May 6, 2004

Longtime Valley Springs resident Agnes Nancy Jack died Thursday at a San Andreas hospital. She was 89.

She was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and moved to Stockton in 1958, where she lived for five years. She moved to Valley Springs in 1963.

She worked as a housekeeper and was a past member of the Valley Springs Grange. She was also a past member of the Rebekah Lodge in San Andreas and of the Agricultural Preserve Society.

She is survived by her children, Ian C. Jack and Irene La Berge, both of Valley Springs, and Lesley McBurnett-Jack of Stockton; grandchildren, Vickie La Berge of Lodi, Donald La Berge of Quincy, Plumas County, James Jack of California and Randy and David Jack, both of Miami; and great-grandchildren, Trisha and Jason Drummond and Trina Alverez, both of Stockton.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Jack, in 1962.

A memorial service was to be held at 2 p.m. today at the Stone Corral Community Church in Valley Springs.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


(Mayer) Watkins

March 6, 1922 - May 6, 2004

Ruth (Mayer) Watkins of Sonora died Thursday at a San Francisco medical center after having suffered a cerebral hemorrhage at her home on April 29. She was 82.

She was born in Clifton, N.J. She graduated from high school in New York City.

When she was in her mid-20s, she traveled to San Francisco with a friend and got a job in a clerical position working for IBM.

Her family said she had been an active and popular resident of the Sonora Hills community since 1996.

She married Dow Watkins in 1953. They lived in Ukiah and Fairfax before moving to Sunnyvale in 1959.

They lived in Sunnyvale from 1959-79, in Stockton from 1979-96 and in Sonora since 1996,

Mrs. Watkins worked for six years in Stockton as secretary to the chairperson of the Educational Psychology Department at University of the Pacific.

Throughout her life, she dedicated herself to helping others. She volunteered for many organizations and could always be counted on to assist fr-iends, her family said.

A friend said she could make any newcomer feel welcome and comfortable.

She was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church and sang with the Sonora Hills Chorus.

Her family said she also enjoyed painting, particularly with watercolors, playing the piano, table tennis and spending time with her eight grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Dow; daughters and sons-in-law, Janet and Joe Bacon of Santa Cruz, Jill and Edwin Evans and Karen and Robert Knell, all of Pleasanton; a brother, Herbert "Bert" Mayer of Anacortes, Wash.; and eight grandchildren, Kelly and Monica Bacon of Santa Cruz, Sam and Nathan Evans and Rebecca, Andrew, Melissa and Scott Knell, all of Pleasanton.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret; and a brother, John Mayer.

A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. today at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Sonora with the Rev. Thomas Sharpe officiating.

A reception will follow at the Sonora Hills clubhouse, 19601 Greenley Road in Sonora. Private burial services are scheduled.

The requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 13880 Joshua Way, Sonora, CA 95370 or to the Benign Essential Blepharospasm Research Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 12468, Beaumont, TX 77726-2468.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


Jean Pace

Aug. 8, 1959 - May 5, 2004

Tammy Jean Pace of Copperopolis died unexpectedly Wednesday at her friend's home in Copperopolis. She was 44.

She was born in Modesto and lived in Copperopolis for six years.

She worked in a cannery for seven years.

She is survived by her children, Jerica Lovett and Kiley Pace, both of Vandenberg Air Force Base, Santa Barbara County; a brother, Jeffery Ogden of Sacramento; and her parents, Janet and Jerry Hough of Modesto.

Services were held.

Angels Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.