Obituaries for October 16, 2007


Nelda S. Longeway

Jan. 20, 1940 Oct. 6, 2007

Former Sonora resident Nelda S. Longeway died of cancer Oct. 6 at a care home in Midwest City, Okla. She was 67.

Mrs. Longeway was born in Sonora and lived in Del City, Okla., for four years. A retired fiscal officer, she loved her dogs and her church and family. She was a former Oakdale Rodeo Queen and enjoyed going to Kennedy Meadows. She was always laughing and very fun loving.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hubert and Elsie Longeway; and her brother, Dan Longeway.

She is survived by her sister, Nancy Dutra; and nieces and nephews Bill Dutra, Denise Longeway-Wise and Diane Dutra.

A celebration of her life will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 20 at the Oakdale Grange Hall.

A donation in her name may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Caskets, Inc. of Oklahoma City, Okla. handled arrangements.

Nataunia M. Meade

Sept. 1, 1978 Oct. 12, 2007

Lifelong Sonora resident Nataunia M. Meade died Oct. 12 at a Sonora hospital. She was 29.

Ms. Meade was born and raised in Sonora. She was a homemaker for 10 years and enjoyed camping, the outdoors and scrapbooking.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, David A. Meade of Sonora.

She is survived by her fiance, Walt Hines of Sonora; her parents, David and Linda Meade of Sonora; sons Allan James and Cody Allan Meade of Sonora; her brother, Corry Allan Meade of Sonora; and her grandparents, Lenard and Beverly Lashley of Sonora.

Family services will be held at a later date.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Sarah Josephina Hicks

Feb. 9, 1987 Oct. 11, 2007

Mi-Wuk Village resident Sarah Josephina Hicks died in an auto accident Oct. 11 on Highway 120 near Lover's Leap. She was 20.

Ms. Hicks was born in Natchitoches, La., and had lived in Mi-Wuk Village for over 18 years. She was an independent business owner. She recently climbed Half Dome in Yosemite National Park with her brother, Daniel. She played the piano on Sundays at care homes and was a volunteer at Sonora Regional Medical Center for two years. She donated blood regularly and was religious. She also loved to travel.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil Eldred Hicks Jr. and Joan Elaine Hicks, in 1988.

She is survived by her grandparents and guardians who raised her, Virgil Eldred Hicks and Evelyn Fern Hicks; brothers Timothy Eldred and Daniel Elias Hicks; adoptive parents, Keith Applequist-Nelson and Beth Hicks-Nelson; adoptive siblings, Phillip, Ross, Laryssa, Kassandra, Keith and Kaleb; aunts and uncles Bruce and Gwen Swenson, Doug and Marlous Hicks, Judy Leguillon, Chuck and Doreen Fletcher and Don and Penny Carlson; nieces and nephews Jesse Hicks and Adreanna Hicks; cousins Heather, Kayla and Hollie Swenson, David, Shane and Christie Hicks, Jasmine Hicks, Mitch Fletcher, Aric and Dana Carlson, and Dagmar, Rene Vanessa and Ben Leguillon; and grandparents Alvin Carlson and Beta Carlson.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at the Old Brethren Church, 19220 Cherokee Road, Tuolumne.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made for Bibles to be given in her honor to the Gideon's International, P.O. Box 7, Sonora, CA 95370.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


GRAY Frances L. (Boody) Gray, 78, of Murphys, died Oct. 11 at a San Andreas hospital. A memorial service will be held at noon Wednesday at the Angels Memorial Chapel, who are handling arrangements.

GILL Lahoma Marie Gill, 67, of Mountain Ranch, died Oct. 9 in a Roseville hospital. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. today at the San Andreas Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at the Mountain Ranch Cemetery. San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

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