(Perez) Cortes

May 27, 1913 - Sept. 12, 2004

Longtime Sonora resident Vira (Perez) Cortes died Sunday at a Sonora hospital. She was 91.

She was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, and had lived in Sonora for 21 years. She had spent many years in Fremont. She lived and practiced her nursing career in Fremont and retired after more than 20 years as a nurse. She moved to Sonora to be closer to her sons. She was the art instructor at the Tuolumne County Senior Center for more than 20 years.

Her family said she loved art and had a green thumb in her garden.

Both she and her husband loved to dance and had spent many hours at the Senior Center Dance Program, her family added.

She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Leo Cortes of Sonora; sons, David and Al Costa, both of Sonora; sisters, Margie Torres of San Jose, Virginia Corrales of Hayward and Connie Brusellos of San Francisco; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation is scheduled from 3-6 p.m. today at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. A rosary is scheduled to follow at 6 p.m. tonight at the funeral home. A Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Sonora.

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

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Vera Louise 'Toots' Harris

Oct. 1, 1929 - Sept. 10, 2004

Longtime Sonora resident Vera Louise "Toots" Harris died Friday at a Sonora hospital. She was 74.

She was born in Agate, Colo., and had lived in Sonora for 25 years. She was a homemaker and an avid reader.

Her family said she was well liked, strong willed and was a "mom" to everyone.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Linda Harris of Puyallup, Wash.; a daughter and son-in-law, Terri and Albert Pease of Aurora, Colo.; a daughter-in-law, Kim Britt and her husband, Keith, of Sonora; a brother, Ed Coonts of Arizona; sisters and a brother-in-law, Peg VanLeer and Imo and Dick Harbert, all of Pueblo, Colo.; grandchildren, Eric, Yolanda, Karrie, Michael, David, Wendy and Roberta; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William "Bill" Harris, in 1996; a son, Mike Podoll, in 1999; brothers, Bucky, Bill and Ted Coonts; and a sister, Janie Thompson.

Donations can be made to Meals On Wheels, Attn.: Delbert Rotelli, 540 Greenley Road, Sonora, CA 95370.

At her request, no services are scheduled.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Buzz A. McCown

April 5, 1944 - Sept. 11, 2004

Longtime Sonora resident Buzz A. McCown died Saturday at a Sonora hospital. He was 60.

He was born in Niles Canyon, in the Niles District of Fremont, and had lived in Sonora since he was four years old. He attended Twain Harte Middle School and Sonora Elementary School. He graduated from Sonora High School in 1962. He served in the U.S. Army from 1963-65 in Germany. He worked at McCown Motors in Sonora, Running Bear Ford in Sonora, now known as Hammond Ford, and had worked in the insurance field for 30 years. He was a founding partner and chief executive officer for Sonora Insurance, which opened in 1986.

He was a member of the Sierra Bible Church, the United Way and served as past president for the Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce.

His family said he loved cars, motorcycles, life and women but most of all his family and friends.

Mr. McCown is survived by his mother, Eloise McCown-Combs of Winnemucca, Nev.; a daughter and son-in-law, Tina and Pat Eaton of Soulsbyville; a son, Mike McCown of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; a brother, Bill McCown of Pollock Pines; a sister, Susie Ives of Winnemucca; grandchildren, Megan and Logan Eaton, both of Soulsbyville and Michael McCown of Arizona; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home.

Donations can be made to Sierra Bible Church, 15171 Tuolumne Road, Sonora, 95370.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


McNULTY Lillian McNulty, 94, of Soulsbyville died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.