John L. Davey

April 10, 1927 - May 17, 2005

Former Sonora resident John L. Davey died May 17 at a Sacramento hospital following a year-long struggle with cancer. He was 78.

He was born and raised in Sonora. He left high school early to join the U.S. Marine Corps at age 16. He was a World War II Marine Corps veteran and a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran. He re-tired from Sacramento Municipal Utility District, where he worked for 26 years. For a short time, he was also a firefighter in the 1940s.

He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and golfing. He was a mechanic and was interested in cars and planes. He participated in football and baseball during high school, and played on many baseball teams, including semi-professional clubs. He had a tryout with the minor league Stockton Ports.

Mr. Davey is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Patricia Davey of Sonora; sisters, Annabelle John of Sacramento and Louise Brown of Stockton; sons and daughter-in-law, John M. and Norma Davey of El Dorado Hills, and Kenneth R. Davey and Brian L. Davey, both of Sacramento; stepchildren, Rebecca Hernandez and her husband, David, Jennifer Wroten and Mary Wroten, all of Sacramento, and Christopher Wroten and his wife, Carol, of Austin, Texas; grandchildren, Aaron Tyler Davey and Alyssa Danielle Marsh of Sacramento and Cool, Megan Grace Davey and Kaitlin Faith Davey of El Dorado Hills; former wife, Lois Nan Davey of Sacramento; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Henry Davey; his mother, Eliza Davey; brothers, William Davey, Leslie Davey, Jack Davey and Irving Davey; and sisters, Jessie Calvin and Daisy Fultz.

A memorial service was to be held today at Nicoletti Culjis & Herberger Funeral Home in Sacramento. An informal lunch followed near Elk Grove. A private burial service for family and friends is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Mountain Shadow Cemetery in Sonora where his brothers are buried.

In lieu of flowers and at the family's request, donations can be made in his name to the American Cancer Society, 1604 Ford Ave., Suite 8, Modesto, CA 95350, or any other American Cancer Society branch.

Nicoletti Culjis & Herberger Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Vera Mae Lemaster

May 9, 1932 - May 21, 2005

Mi-Wuk Village resident Vera Mae Lemaster died Saturday at a Sonora hospital. She was 73.

She was born in Butler, Pa., and had lived in Mi-Wuk Village for four years. She was a homemaker.

She enjoyed traveling with her husband throughout the United States. She also enjoyed her family, her poodle, and the mountains.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Ronald Fink of Pinecrest; a son and daughter-in-law, James and Jennifer Lemaster of Tuolumne; four grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; sisters, Joan Kennedy of Texas and Eileen Kellandar of Pennsylvania; a brother, Earl Lane of Ohio; and two nieces, both of Hayward.

A graveside service was to be held 2 p.m. today at Turlock Memorial Park in Turlock.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Ethel Lorraine Simmons

Dec. 22, 1908 - May 22, 2005

Former Jamestown resident Ethel Lorraine Simmons died Sunday at an Oakdale care home. She was 96.

She was born and raised in McCurtin, Okla., and later lived in Drumright, Okla. She moved to California in 1948, and lived in Martinez and Concord until 1978. She lived in Jamestown from 1978 to 1990, then moved to Oakdale.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing. She was a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses since 1935.

She is survived by her daughter, Maxine Pope of Jamestown; grandchildren, Ronald Simmons of the Bay Area, Donald Simmons of Columbia, Dale Pope of Sonora, Jill Lovewell of Half Moon Bay, Bruce Pope of Columbus, Ohio, and Karla Shanklin and Kent Pope, both of Sacramento; 10 great-grandchildren; and a great-great granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Weldon Simmons, in 1984; and sons, Wendell Simmons and Charles Simmons.

A graveside service is scheduled for 1 p.m. tomorrow at Jamestown City Cemetery in Jamestown. A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at the Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall in Jamestown.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


Dale Slater

Dec. 25, 1922 - May 22, 2005

Former Calaveras County resident Floyd Dale Slater died Sunday at a Sonora hospital. He was 82.

He was born in San Antonio, Texas, and had moved to California at an early age. He had lived in the Twain Harte/Sonora area and graduated from Sonora High School in 1941. He served as a naval photographer in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the South Pacific. After serving in the military, he returned to the Sonora area and married his college sweetheart and settled in the Central Valley. In 1951, he joined Farmers Insurance Group in Merced where he worked for 32 years and traveled extensively throughout the state. He retired to Mountain Ranch in 1984 and lived there until 1997. He then moved to San Andreas and, in 2004, to Sonora. Family and friends knew him as "Dale."

After he retired, he served as a volunteer in many community organizations in Calaveras County. He was the recipient of the National AARP Community Service Award in 1989. In 1992, he was chosen Calaveras County's Senior Citizen of the Year.

Mr. Slater is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary Slater of Sonora; daughters, Carol Lawlor of Cornville, Ariz., Pat Slater of Martinez, and Connie Waggener of Pocatello, Idaho; seven grandchildren; and a nephew, Howard Little of Mokelumne Hill.

A service is scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow at Peoples Cemetery in San Andreas.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Kindra Sims

April 25, 1958 - May 13, 2005

Former Sonora resident Kindra Sims died unexpectedly May 13 at a Modesto hospital. She was 47.

She was born in California. She had lived in Sonora before moving to Modesto, where she had lived for seven years. She was a retired waitress.

She is survived by her father, Gale Hoover of Sonora; her mother, Gay Hoover of Sacramento; daughters, Jennifer McKinney of Los Angeles and Samantha Sims and Cherie Sims, both of Modesto; a son, Joseph Hoover of the U.S. Army currently stationed in New York; sisters, Linda McFarland of Manteca and Wanda Diehl of Twain Harte; and a granddaughter, Mercedes Marie Carrillo.

She was preceded in death by a son, Jason McKinney.

Private services were held. Burial was held at Valley Home Memorial Park in Oakdale.

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


BELLIZZI Former Columbia resident John Bellizzi, 82, died Monday at a Santa Rosa hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

HAEFER Judith Haefer, 66, of Jamestown died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.