Marindabell 'Corkey' Barnes

March 27, 1914 - July 30, 2004

Marindabell "Corkey" Barnes, mother of Marlene Dotur of Jamestown, died July 30 at a Riverbank care home. She was 90.

She was a native of Wallsburg, Utah, and later moved to California with her parents and four older siblings. During the early 1940s, she joined friends on a holiday to Camp Mather near Yosemite. During the trip, she met Joe Barnes, a cowboy, who soon became her husband. They owned and operated the Mather Saddle and Pack Station together for more than 40 years. Through the years, they also operated the Meadow Club Stables in Marin County, White Wolf Pack Station, Deer Camp at Clarks Fork and the Golden Gate Stables in San Francisco.

In 1947, they purchased a 250-acre ranch east of Oakdale where they raised cattle, clover, peaches and hay. The remaining 25-acre ranch, called the Lazy Me, was tended by Mrs. Barnes until two years ago.

Joe Barnes died in 1988 and Mrs. Barnes continued to help with the Mather Pack Station's operation along with their son, Jay. The family continues to operate the Mather Pack Station and just recently celebrated its 75th anniversary of family ownership. Mrs. Barnes worked at Hershey's Chocolate and Confectionery Corporation plant in Oakdale for a time and was active in Future Farmers of America (FFA) and 4-H projects when her children were members.

She was also active in the early Oakdale Rodeo Club. She was also an avid fan of Oakdale High School sports and attended many games where her children and grandchildren participated, her family added.

She is survived by her children, Vicki Gookin of Jenny Lind, Jay Barnes of Oakdale and Marlene Dotur of Jamestown; and grandchildren, Jason Barnes of San Jose, Justin Barnes and Chad Gookin, both of Oakdale, and Dana Owens of Turlock.

A family memorial is planned for the fall.

Donations can be made to Oakdale Cowboy Museum Fund, P.O. Box 1155, Oakdale, CA 95361.

Oakdale Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Verna L.


April 10, 1905 - Aug. 3, 2004

Longtime Sonora resident Verna L. Weikert died Tuesday at a Sonora hospital. She was 99.

She was born in Chaonia, Mo., and lived in Sonora for 30 years.

She worked as a purchasing agent for Morrison and Union Oil Co. for 54 years.

She was a member of Unity Church of the Mother Lode. She was a longtime member and past president of the Aronos Women's Club and Tuolumne County Garden Club.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Ruth Whitt of Santa Rosa; a niece, Janet Nieman of Alameda; nephews, Forrest Gray of Utah, Don Gray of Stockton, Walter and James Whitt, both of Santa Rosa and Chris and Tim Brown, both of Oakland.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Otis Mitchell; her second husband, William Weikert, in 1973; a brother, Sterling Whitt, in 2003; and sisters, Marie Covington in 1998, Blanche Barnett in 1980, Orly Whitt in 1915, Effie Warren in 1939 and Shirley Brown in 1974.

Visitation is scheduled from 2-5 p.m. tomorrow at Heuton Memorial Chapel. A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. tomorrow at her home.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Robert Clifton

Feb. 27, 1967 - July 26, 2004

Longtime La Grange area resident Robert Clifton died unexpectedly July 26 at a Sacramento medical center. He was 37.

He was a native of Concord, N.H., and lived in the La Grange area off and on for nearly 25 years. He worked as a marine mechanic for Moccasin Point Marina at Don Pedro Reservoir.

Mr. Clifton is survived by his wife, Corina S. Clifton of Jamestown; a daughter, Kaydie Anne Marie Clifton of Riverbank; sons, Robert K. and Kenneth C. Clifton, both of Jamestown; stepchildren, Sarah Spirks and Cody Bechtel, both of Jamestown; his parents, Charles and Betty Visher of La Grange; sisters, Anne Marie Hamilton of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, and Connie Vella of Bakersfield; brothers, Richard and Jon Clifton, both of Vancouver, Wash.; a stepsister, Tawnya Hernandez of Angels Camp; and a stepbrother, Brian Visher of Fresno.

A private family service in Oregon is planned.

East Lawn Andrews and Greilich Mortuary in Sacramento is handling arrangements.


LAMBIE Marjorie Lambie, 83, of Jamestown died yesterday at a Jamestown care home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

SHAW Lucille Maude Shaw, 70, a former Mokelumne Hill resident, died Tuesday at a Stockton hospital. Visitation is scheduled from 1-5 p.m. today at San Andreas Memorial Chapel. A service is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at the chapel. San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.