Obituaries for June 16, 2004

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Robert

T. Hearsum

July 30, 1912 - June 9, 2004

Longtime Arnold resident Robert T. Hearsum died June 9 at a Sonora hospital. He was 91.

He was born in Eugene, Ore., and had lived in Arnold for 20 years. He worked as a carpenter for over 50 years and was a member of the Carpenters Union No. 131 in Seattle for the last 17 years of his carpentry career.

His family said he enjoyed computers, camping and traveling.

Mr. Hearsum is survived by his wife, Marjorie Hearsum of Arnold; a son, Charles Johnson of Tacoma, Wash.; daughters, Gay Hearsum of Bethel Island, Contra Costa County, Joy Hearsum of La Selva Beach, Watsonville County, and Beverly Schine of West Bloomfield, Mich.; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

No services are scheduled.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Richard

Garred Heaviside

Dec. 11, 1923 - June 12, 2004

Longtime Murphys resident Richard Garred Heaviside died Saturday at his home. He was 80.

He was born in Los Angeles and lived in Murphys for 23 years. He previously lived in Campbell. He worked as a carpenter and a machinist.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and participated in the D-Day invasion of Normandy. He landed on Utah Beach during the invasion.

He was a member of the Murphys Diggins Social Club.

Mr. Heaviside is survived by his sons, Kelly Heaviside of North Dakota, Greg Heaviside of Murphys, Art Heaviside of San Jose and Kenny Heaviside of Fremont; daughters, Caren Cawrse of Louisville, Ohio, and Deborah Roberts-Burt of Washington, Utah; a brother, Glen Heaviside of San Juan Bautista, San Benito County; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred, in 1993.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Donations can be made to Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the Sierra, P.O. Box 4805, Sonora, CA 95370.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Mary

Jane Moffat

April 3, 1933 - May 30, 2004

Mary Jane Moffat, mother of Michael Moffat of Columbia, died May 30 at her Los Altos home of cancer. She was 71.

She was born in Seattle and had lived in Los Altos for 40 years.

Her family said she was an acclaimed author, editor, teacher and lecturer who had a long career in the Bay Area. She was a popular Stanford University, University of California, San Francisco and community college lecturer. She became particularly well-known as a teacher of memoir writing, her family added.

She was a co-editor of an influential feminist book, "Revelations: Diaries of Women," first published by Random House in 1974. After the death of her husband, Jack Moffat in 1979, she edited "In the Midst of Winter: Selections from the Literature of Mourning." This book was given to Hospice of the Sierra in Sonora when Dr. Elizabeth Marum was director. It was also taken with Dr. Marum to Africa to help family members of AIDs victims.

Her family said her own memoir, "City of Roses," looked back on her early childhood in Portland, Ore., where she was a well-known child actress, and in Ashland, Ore., where at age 16 she played Juliet at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She was the youngest actress at that time to play the part of Juliet, her family added, and she met her husband in Ashland.

She earned her bachelor's degree in theater at University of California, Los Angeles and her master's degree in creative writing at Stanford University.

She was a teacher for 20 years at the Foothill Writers' Conference in Los Altos Hills where she led workshops from its inception in the 1980s. More recently, she taught private memoir workshops in San Francisco and lectured at many venues in the Bay Area.

She is survived by her companion, Tony Wood of Los Altos; sons and daughters-in-law, Peter and Nicki Moffat of Palo Alto and Michael and Diane Moffat of Columbia; granddaughters, Kate and Molly Moffat of Columbia; and a close extended family in Oregon and California.

She was preceded in death by her husband.

Burial was private and a memorial service will be held Saturday, July 17, at her Los Altos home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mother Lode Adventist Junior Academy, Learning Through Discovery Program, 80 N. Forest Road, Sonora, CA 95370.

Spanglers Mortuary in Los Altos is handling arrangements.

Notices

LEONHARDT Charles Leonhardt, 80, of Copperopolis died yesterday at a Sonora care home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

MAYFIELD In addition to survivors listed yesterday in Jerry K. Mayfield's obituary, he is survived by a daughter-in-law, Terry Mayfield of Southern California. Treadway & Wigger Funeral Home in Napa is handling arrangements.

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