Obituaries for December 30, 2002

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Robert Maurice 'Cowboy Bob'

Curry

Jan. 18, 1936 Dec. 13, 2002

Robert Maurice "Cowboy Bob" Curry, 66, of Greeley Hill died Dec. 13 at his home after a long illness.

Mr. Curry was born in Spokane, Wash., and had lived in Greeley Hill for the past 26 years. Before that, he lived another 26 years in the Bay Area, all that time working as a paramedic for Silva's Ambulance Service in San Mateo.

He had served in the Army and was also a guide and packer in the Emigrant Wilderness and the Yosemite back country for 20 years. While on a pack trip in the Emigrant Wilderness with Paul and Nancy Girard of Concord in 1985, he helped save Nancy's life after her appendix burst. He rode horseback up granite terrain for two hours to find a radio to call for help. Then he rode another three miles to contact the Stanislaus National Forest dispatch center. A helicopter was sent to take her to a Sonora hospital.

His family said his love for the mountains sustained him through his long illness.

He liked hunting, fishing and riding horses in the mountains and on a ranch with his grandchildren, where he also worked with leather and repaired saddles. He was a skilled automobile mechanic and also loved music, singing and dancing.

Mr. Curry is survived by his wife, Kay Curry of Greeley Hill; two daughters, Caryn DeVoto-Dixon of Greeley Hill and Debbie Curry of Washington; three stepsons, Dana DeVoto of Sonora, Scott DeVoto of Tuolumne and Tony Garney of Walla Walla, Wash.; and eight grandchildren, Marvin DeVoto, Braden DeVoto, Brett DeVoto, Brittany Ann Dixon, Brandon Dixon, Tony Frances DeVoto, Bobbi Kay DeVoto and Colun Garner.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Maurice and Olga Curry, and a son, Michael Curry.

A memorial and celebration of life is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at Greeley Hill Community Hall, followed by a potluck.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Mary Jane

Kirkman

Dec. 4, 1920 Dec. 26, 2002

Mary Jane Kirkman, 82, of Danville died Thursday at a Sonora care home.

Mrs. Kirkman was born in Ipswich, S.D., and had moved to a care home here two months ago to be near her son, Mark Kirkman of Altaville. She had lived in Danville for many years.

She was a sales clerk for Capwell's department stores in Oakland and Walnut Creek for a total of 25 years.

In addition to her son, Mrs. Kirkman is survived by four brothers, Harvey Hammrich, Jake Hammrich and Lennie Hammrich, all of South Dakota, and Leo Hammrich of Seattle; and four grandchildren.

No service will be held. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Notices

ARNOLD Jennie E. "Jean" Arnold, 78, of Jamestown died Thursday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

ATKIN Fannie Evelyn Atkin, 85, of Groveland died Saturday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

BETHUNE Jane Bethune, 81, of Columbia died Saturday at a Fremont hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

BURKS Mary Frances Burks, 88, of Sonora died Friday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

CANNON Vonalee Cannon, 72, of Tuolumne died Saturday at a Sonora hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

FOUTS Virginia Elizabeth Fouts, 96, of Sonora died Sunday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

JONES Debra Jones, 45, of Sonora died Friday at a Davis hospital after a long illness. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

TRETO Tuolumne County native Antonio "Tony" Treto, 76, died Thursday at his home in Sonora. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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