Mary Salome


June 26, 1924 - Sept. 21, 2004

Mary Salome Davidson of Rail Road Flat died Sept. 21 at a San Andreas hospital. She was 80.

She was born in Arkansas and was raised in Levelland, Texas. She had lived in Santa Clara before moving to Rail Road Flat where she had lived for 17 years. She was a cafe owner.

She is survived by her children, Mary "Kathy" Davidson of Victorville, San Bernardino County, Doris Ann Davidson of San Diego and John Davidson of Rail Road Flat; a sister, Donnie Durham of Arizona; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Ella Davidson.

Services were held.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.


N. Elliott

Dec. 27, 1940 - Sept. 28, 2004

Charles N. Elliott of Sonora died Tuesday at a Modesto hospital of natural causes. He was 63.

He was born in Evanston, Ill., and had lived in Sonora for four years. He previously lived in Ripon for 44 years.

He served in the U.S. Army. He worked as a business administrator for Strategic Materials in San Leandro for more than 40 years.

His family said he enjoyed Boy Scouts. He was a 50-year member of the Greater Yosemite Council and recently achieved the Silver Badger Award. He loved collecting model trains and loved to study the history of trains, his family added, and he was known to his friends and family as a Renaissance man who would never quit anything and was always there for everyone. He was a loving husband, a wonderful father, special grandfather and loyal friend to many, his family added.

Mr. Elliott is survived by his wife of eight years, Vera Elliott of Sonora; his children, Scott Elliott of Kendall, N.Y., Richard Elliott of Melbourne, Fla., Lynn Elliott and Heather Elliott, both of Modesto and Daniel Elliott of Thousand Oaks, Ventura County; siblings, Tom Elliott of Hartford, Conn., and Ann Weisberg of Alexandria Bay, N.Y.; and 16 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife of 32 years, Carol Elliott.

A service is scheduled for 7 p.m. tomorrow at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 910 E. North St., in Manteca. Burial is private.

Donations can be made in his memory to American Cancer Society, 207 E. Alpine Ave., Stockton, CA 95204-3405 for Calaveras and San Joaquin Counties or Boy Scouts, Greater Yosemite Council, 4031 Technology Dr., Modesto, CA 95356.

P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Timothy Edward McDermott

March 13, 1943 - Sept. 30, 2004

Longtime Sonora resident Timothy Edward McDermott died Thursday at a Sonora hospital. He was 61.

He was born in San Francisco and had lived in Sonora for 20 years. He worked for the Department of Transportation from 1973-78. He worked for Department of Corrections since 1978, starting in Vacaville and then later in Jamestown. He worked as a supervisor of Building Trades for Sierra Conservation Center when he retired.

After his retirement, he was employed by the Army Air Force Exchange Distribution Center in French Camp. He was a member and delegate of the California State Supervisors Employees Association (CSEA). He was also a member of the Tuolumne County Democratic Club.

He served in the Navy and Air Force Reserves for more than 20 years, including serving in the U.S. Navy abroad the USS Kittyhawk during the Vietnam War.

His family said he was a loving father, grandfather and husband.

Mr. McDermott is survived by his wife of 31 years, Maggie McDermott of Sonora; a son, Devin McDermott of Sonora; daughters and son-in-law, Megan and Andrew Gwilliam of Seal Beach, Orange County, Erin Moore of Reno, Nev., Keriann McDermott and Derek Shore, both of Sonora, and Allison McDermott of Chico; a grandson, Kevin Shore of Sonora; brothers, Tracy McDermott of Hayward, Terrence McDermott of Suisun City, Solano County, and Thomas McDermott of St. Helena, Napa County; a sister, Dorothy McDermott of Redwood City; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A vigil is scheduled for 6 p.m. tonight at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. A chapel service is scheduled for 1 p.m. tomorrow at the funeral home. Burial is scheduled at Carters Cemetery.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


D. Parker

June 23, 1917 - Sept. 19, 2004

Former longtime Tuolumne County resident Eugenia D. Parker died Sept. 19 at a Sacramento hospital. She was 87.

She was born in San Francisco and had lived in Tuolumne County, in Long Barn and then Sonora, from 1972-93. She most recently lived in Sloughhouse, Sacramento County, for 10 years.

She graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a master's degree at age 19.

She worked as a clerk for the Tuolumne County Tax Collector for one year.

She was the founder of the Sierra Tuolumne Kennel Club and served on the City of Sonora Planning Commission for 10 years. She was a volunteer for Kaiser Hospital in Rancho Cordova and the Humane Society of Tuolumne County. She also spoke five languages.

She wrote editorials for the Union Democrat, her family added, and articles about pets for the River Valley Times, a newspaper in Sloughhouse.

Her family said she was a wonderful mother.

She is survived by her children, Isolde Muriel Sams of Sloughhouse, Dorthea Gilardi of Santa Rosa and Daniel Evander of Arizona; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cedric "Ted" Parker, in 1990.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at Heuton Memorial Chapel.

Donations can be made to 13850 Indio Drive, Sloughhouse, CA 95683. Donations will go toward a memorial bench in her honor to be at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


Marie Beasley

March 9, 1946 - Sept. 29, 2004

Virginia Marie Beasley of Columbia died Wednesday at a Sonora hospital of natural causes. She was 58.

She was born in Menker, Okla., and lived in Columbia for two years. She was a homemaker and previously had lived in Oakdale.

Her family said she enjoyed gardening, canning and cooking. She loved nature, animals and was a dedicated wife and mother.

She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Jerry Beasley of Columbia; sons and daughter-in-law, Chad Beasley of Oklahoma and Joseph and Laura Russell of Columbia; daughters and son-in-law, Samantha and Freeman Crosby of Columbia and Anona Beasley of Modesto; brothers, Rodney Ellis of Oklahoma, Roy Lee McElroy of Modesto and William McElroy of Sacramento; sisters, Yvonne Leshko of Modesto and Helen Thompson of Colorado; four grandchildren and one grandchild due in November; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Jerrie Dawn Beasley, in 1975; her mother, Anona McElroy; sisters, Rosemary Steeley and Theresa Beasley; and a brother, Amous McElroy.

Services were held.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled arrangements.


CHURCHILL Marie Churchill, 88, of Sonora died yesterday at a Sonora care home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

FERNANDES Ethel Lillian Fernandes, 88, of Sierra Village died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

FRANCO John Franco, 84, of Soulsbyville died Friday at a Manteca care home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

HAMMOND McDaniel Hammond, 81, of Sonora died Friday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

SUMMERS Doris Ann Summers, 70, of Sonora died yesterday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

ZAMARRIPA Sara Zamarripa, 19, a Columbia College student from Madera County died Thursday from injuries suffered in an auto accident near the college. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.