Kay Dughi

May 6, 1940 - May 20, 2004

Sonora area resident Sandra Kay Dughi died Thursday at a Sonora hospital. She was 64.

She was born in Fort Scott, Kan., and lived in the Sonora area for 12 years. She worked as a self-employed antiques dealer for 40 years.

Her family said she loved antiques, pets and attending church.

She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Gino and Yv-onne Dughi of Mi-Wuk Village and Ro-nald and Ruth Dughi of Sou-lsbyville; a sister, Brenda Hudson of Sc-ott City, Mo.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday at Sonora Foursquare Church.

Donations can be made to the Sonora Foursquare Church Building Fund, 20415 Jamestown Road, Sonora, CA 95370.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


Ruth Gonzalez

May 29, 1918 - May 25, 2004

Longtime Sonora resident Davida Ruth Gonzalez died yesterday at a Sonora care home. She was 85.

She was born in Koehler, N.M., and lived in Sonora for 56 years. She was a homemaker for more than 60 years. She was a member of the Screen Actors Guild and was an extra in many movies, including movies filmed in Tuolumne County.

Her family said she loved her family and gardening. She was a devoted mother and grandmother, they added.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, John Gonzalez of Sonora; a son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Zera Murphy of Napa; a daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Jim Roberts of Sonora; son-in-law, Gary Hoffman of Buffalo, N.Y.; sisters, Claudia Shannon of Merced and Dorothy Yarborough of Lafayette, Contra Costa County; grandchildren, Jennifer Stevens of Sonora, Kimberley Sharp of Campbell, Santa Clara County, Shawn Murphy of Los Gatos, Laurie Murphy of San Jose, and Sandra Hoffman and Vicki Eagan, both of Buffalo; great-grandchildren, Maddison Stevens of Sonora, Christopher Eagan of Buffalo, Jacob LaPlant of Oregon and Asher LaPlant of Washington; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Peggy Hoffman.

No services are scheduled.

Donations can be made to the American Heart Association, 1710 Gilbreth Road, Burlingame, CA 94010 or the Arthritis Foundation Northern California Chapter, 657 Mission St., Suite 603, San Francisco, CA 94105.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


'Timmy' Durand

Aug. 25, 1980 - May 20, 2004

Timothy "Timmy" Durand, son of Paul and Tammy Durand of Tuolumne, died unexpectedly Thursday in Modesto. He was 23.

He was born in Stockton and had lived in Modesto his entire life.

He enjoyed skateboarding, snowboarding and surfing, his family said. He loved to write poetry and was a huge fan of the San Francisco Giants baseball team.

He was a wonderful person with a sharp sense of humor, a wonderful son, a loving father, a special brother and a loyal friend to many, his family added.

Mr. Durand is survived by his mother, Bonnie Green of Manteca; parents, Paul and Tammy Durand of Tuolumne and Tim and Carole De Wane of Santa Cruz; companion, Shea Kingsbury of Modesto; his children, Joshua Durand of Modesto, and a child due to be born in September; a sister, Jessica De Wane of Fort Ord, Monterey County; and brothers, Joshua De Wane of Edwards Air Force Base, Kern County, and Christopher Durand of Davis, Yolo County.

Services were held yesterday.

P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Della Marie Wise

Feb. 27, 1918 - May 22, 2004

Lifelong Salida resident Della Marie Wise, mother of Adrian D. Wise of Sonora and Anne E. Synkowicz of Greeley Hill, died Saturday at a Modesto medical center. She was 86.

She was born in Salida and lived there her entire life. She was a homemaker and a farm wife. She graduated from Modesto High School in 1935. She was a member of Ripon Grace Brethren Church in Ripon.

Her family said she enjoyed drawing and gardening.

She is survived by her husband, Simon J. Wise of Salida; her children, James A. Wise of Salida, Adrian D. Wise of Sonora, Evan D. Wise of Gasquet, Del Norte County, and Anne E. Synkowicz of Greeley Hill; a sister, Ada Wise of Modesto; eight grandchildren; and cousins in Tuolumne County.

She was preceded in death by a son, Linden J. Wise; her parents, Luther and Mattie Garber; a sister; and three brothers.

A graveside service was to be held today. A memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at Ripon Grace Brethren Church, 734 W. Main Street in Ripon.

Salas Brothers Funeral Chapel in Modesto is handling arrangements.

Ted Highley

Dec. 5, 1907 - May 24, 2004

Former longtime Sonora resident Ted Highley died Monday at his home in Central Point, Ore. He was 96.

He was born in Arcadia, Neb., and had lived in Sonora from 1960-93. He later moved to Placerville, where he lived for 10 years, then to Central Point, where he lived for one year. He worked as a sawyer for 40 years, many of them for Snyder Lumber Co. in Chinese Camp.

Mr. Highley is survived by his daughter, Eldred Miller of Central Point; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren including Niki Nichols of Morgan Hill; and numerous great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Highley, in 1988; a son, Gary Highley, in 1994; and a granddaughter.

No services are scheduled at this time.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Charles 'Howard' Little

Oct. 12, 1914 - May 22, 2004

Longtime San Andreas resident Charles "Howard" Little died Saturday at his home. He was 89.

He was born in Stockton and grew up in Sonora, where he attended school. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He also served as a master sergeant working on B-29 bombers. He returned home after the war and worked for the Calaveras Cement Plant as a kiln burner from 1937-77.

His family said his other interests included artwork, leather crafts, welding, auto mechanics, masonry and gardening.

He loved to hunt, fish and raise horses, his family added.

In 1947, he built a home for his family in San Andreas.

Mr. Little is survived by his sons, George Little of Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles County, and Howard Little of Mokelumne Hill; a sister, Ida Mae Trefz of Salem, Ore.; a granddaughter, Karen Messner of Ripon; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret "Peggy" (Slater) Little; and a brother, Frances T. Little.

A graveside service was to be held at 1 p.m. today at Peoples Cemetery.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.