Doris 'Dot' Elaine

(Higgins) Huntoon

April 4, 1932 March 10, 2007

Longtime Tuolumne County resident Doris "Dot" Elaine (Higgins) Huntoon died Saturday at a Sonora hospital. She was 74.

Born in Trenton, Maine, she grew up in Maine and moved to New Hampshire with her family before coming to California in 1964. The Huntoons lived in Colorado and Arizona until 1972, when they returned to California and settled in Sonora. She moved to Twain Harte 13 years ago. She was a homemaker and mother of 10 who loved telling stories and jokes. Her other interests included cooking, sewing and fishing.

She is survived by her companion of 13 years, Philip Voss of Twain Harte; a son and daughter-in-law, Marshall and Nancy Huntoon of La Grange; daughters and sons-in-law, Laura and Arthur Camire of Susanville, and Lynn and Al Walters of Granbury, Texas; a daughter and her fiance, Robin J. Hall and David Porter of Sonora; daughters, Wanda Chambers of Winslow, Ariz., Donna Pacheco of Granbury, Texas, Cindy Huntoon of Pollock Pines, and Dana Huntoon of Tuolumne; sons, Andy Huntoon of Reno, and Leland Davis of Sonora; grandchildren, Jane, Steven, Louise, Dana, Susan and James Huntoon, all of Tuolumne, Tonia Misenti-Hobbs and her husband Jim Hobbs, Dino Misenti, and Megan Hall, all of Sacramento, Sophie Christensen and Jessica Young, both of Sonora, Charlene, Marlina and Clinton Camire of Susanville, and Christy and Jennifer Pacheco of Granbury, Texas; seven great-grandchildren; and various nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Martin Huntoon, in 1976; and her parents, Joseph and Cora Higgins.

A memorial service was to be held 2 p.m. today at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Sonora.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home will handle arrangements.


Williams Westerhout

Nov. 22, 1913 March 7, 2007

Former Tuolumne County resident Dorothea Williams Westerhout died March 7 at a care home in Tennessee. She was 93.

Born in Ft. Wayne, Ind., she was raised in Madison, Kan. She moved to Glendale, Los Angeles County, in her youth, where she met her husband, Nelson Westerhout. Before moving to Sonora, they lived in Oakland. She lived in Sonora during the 1970s and 80s. While in Oakland, Mrs. Westerhout sang with the Mother's Singers and was active in the Eastern Star, where she was worthy matron of the Oakland chapter. In Sonora, she was a registered nurse and worked for the Visiting Nurse Association.

She is survived by her daughter, Katherine Westerhout of Oakland; grandchildren, Justin Mann of Bochum, Germany, Scott Martin of San Jose, and Asia Martin of Indianapolis; great-grandchildren, Chelsey and Gareth Mann of Bochum, Germany; and many nieces and nephews in the Sonora area and throughout California.

She was preceded in death by her husband of over 40 years, Nelson Westerhout, in 1983; and her daughter Thea Martin, in 2005.

Mrs. Westerhout's ashes will be scattered near the former family home in Sonora at the end of March by her family.

Joyce Hazel

(Miller) Quyle

April 25, 1922 Feb. 12, 2007

Longtime Murphys resident Joyce Hazel (Miller) Quyle died Feb. 12 at her home in Murphys. She was 84.

Born to Hazel and John Carroll Miller in Lake Andes, S.D., she reared her three brothers. She went on to attend the University of South Dakota and then took a position at the Pentagon. During World War II, she served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was stationed in San Francisco, where she developed an interest in art. After the war, she attended the California College of Arts in Oakland. She graduated in 1949 and became a teacher at Stockton High School, where she met and married fellow teacher Paul Quyle on April 28,1950. They moved with their daughters to Mr. Quyle's parents' ranch in Murphys, where they established a pottery and clay production business, Quyle Kilns. Mrs. Quyle produced more than 250,000 pieces of pottery. During her life she mentored many apprentices, including her daughters, and developed her own skills as a watercolorist. She pursued her interest in art during her painting expeditions to Europe, Central Mexico, and the Caribbean. She was one of the first members of the Golden Palette Art Association after its inception in 1965. Mrs. Quyle was also a 36 year survivor of breast cancer.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Paul Quyle of Murphys; a daughter and son-in-law, Dolores and Stuart Mast of Murphys; daughter, Pamela Quyle of Murphys; and grandchildren, Leda and Robert Mast, and David Quyle, all of Murphys.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Katherine Quyle; and brothers, William, Jack (John), and Robert Miller.

A donation in her name can be made to breast cancer research.

A celebration of her life will held from 2 to 6 p.m. April 21 at Quyle Kilns in Murphys.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


BEAUCHAMP Diane Beauchamp, 69, of Sonora, died Monday at her home. The Neptune Society of Northern California is handling arrangements.

SULLIVAN Richard Sullivan, 75, of Soulsbyville, died Tuesday at a Sonora hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.