Lillian Kathleen (Beatty) 'Mitzi' Berry

Sept. 2, 1930 Jan. 5, 2003

Lillian Kathleen "Mitzi" (Beatty) Berry, 72, of Sonora, a longtime restaurant owner, died Sunday at her home.

Mrs. Berry was born in Oklmulgee, Okla., and was the youngest of eight children born to Baptist minister the Rev. Willard and Mary Pearl Beatty.

She lived in Sonora since 1977 and had lived in Angels Camp from 1971 to 1977. Before moving to the foothills, she had lived in Napa County from 1958 to 1971.

She and her husband owned and operated Peppermill Inn restaurant in Columbia for 22 years and before that owned the Bazinet Coffee Shop in Angels Camp for many years. She also had worked as a grocery store clerk for Mayfair Market in Vallejo and Rancho Monticello until 1960.

Her family said she loved people and served three generations of customers.

A group of regular morning customers began a tradition many years ago at the Peppermill Inn, playing a "Name That Tune" game each day. Mrs. Berry often played these games with them.

Her family said she also loved to gold pan and panned all of the rivers and tributaries along Highway 49. She had enjoyed water skiing, camping and fishing when she was younger.

Mrs. Berry is survived by her husband of 48 years, Ron Berry of Sonora; a daughter, Earleen Gaudette of Sonora; a son, Tommy Ray McCullough of Lolo, Mont.; four grandchildren, Ronnell Mello of Sacramento, Kimbra Gaudette of Sonora and Sarah Hope McCullough and Hannah Grace McCullough, both of Montana; four stepgrandchildren, David, Noah, Michael and Brian Schiro, all of Sonora; and two sisters, Jenny Rutherford of Sacramento and Gladys Allende of Half Moon Bay.

She was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Columbia Presbyterian Church of '49ers. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Donations may be made to Mountain Women's Resource Center, P.O. Box 1154 Sonora 95370.

Kari L. Love

July 6, 1968 Jan. 4, 2003

Kari L. Love, 34, of Sonora died unexpectedly Saturday at her home.

Mrs. Love was born in Salinas and had lived in Sonora for the past 12 years.

She graduated from North County High School in Castroville and attended Calvary Temple in Sonora. Her family said she loved being a wife and a mother and volunteered at Columbia School. She also loved to read. Her family said reading was her favorite pastime and she regularly curled up on the couch with "her nose in a book." She was a homemaker for the past 14 years.

Mrs. Love is survived by her husband, Andrew "Ted" Love of Sonora; parents, Jan and Janice Perkins of Sonora; three sons, Andrew T. Love III, Steven A. Love and Jacob Hunter, all of Sonora; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jan and Kelly Perkins Jr. and Jerry and Charity Perkins, all of Salinas; a sister-in-law and her husband, Michelle and Kenny McCloud of Twain Harte; six nieces, Cristiana Perkins, Alyssa Perkins, Brittany Perkins, Cheyanna Perkins and Justine Perkins, all of Salinas, and Corinna McCloud of Twain Harte; and two nephews, Brett McCloud and Brian McCloud of Twain Harte.

A funeral service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday at Heuton Memorial Chapel. Burial will be at Mountain Shadow Cemetery in Sonora.

William Harry Williams

April 23, 1918 Jan. 5, 2003

William Harry Williams, 84, of Valley Springs died Monday at his home.

Mr. Williams was born in Clinton, Colo., and had lived in Valley Springs for the past five years.

He served in the Army during World War II and worked for Lockheed Corporation for many years, in various places, including Honolulu, Hawaii. Later he owned a window shade business in Southern California and the Central Valley and had also owned a liquor store in the Central Valley.

He was a member of the Past Commanders of Colorado American Legion and a life member of VFW Post 2600, San Andreas.

Mr. Williams is survived by his wife, Eileen Williams of Valley Springs; a son, Stephen Ira Williams of Valley Springs; a daughter, Mary Lynn Williams of Colorado; a sister, Helen Tooher of Pismo Beach; and a grandchild.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, and a funeral service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at San Andreas Memorial Chapel. Inurnment will be private.

Alberta Hendricks

March 18, 1918 Jan. 1, 2003

Alberta Hendricks, 84, of Sonora died Jan. 1 at a Sonora hospital.

Miss Hendricks was born in the former town of Alverado, now Union City, and had lived in Sonora for the past 22 years.

She had lived in Union City, Hayward and Newark for many years.

She worked in the electronics industry for a time in the Bay Area. She was an artist, sculptor and published musician. Her musical career began more than 60 years ago, when she performed at the Portuguese festivals in the East Bay and Central Valley. The most current group she played with was The Memory Lane Combo in Sonora. She played with this group until the late 1990s. She was an accomplished accordion, saxophonist and guitar player and taught many students throughout her life. She also shared her artwork. Her family said her wood sculptures and oil paintings are hung in many homes.

She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Sonora. Her family said she was a devout Catholic and true Christian who found strength in her faith. Her family also said she was very good with children.

Mrs. Hendricks is survived by two sisters and a brother-in-law, Irene Leeper and Della and Ed Noia, all of Sonora; a niece and her husband, Kathy and Gary Hesser of Fremont; a nephew and his wife, Ken and Jeannie Noia of Fremont; and two great-nieces and two great-nephews, Amy Hesser and Julie Noia and Mark Hesser and Kenny Noia, all of Fremont.

She was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Tom Leeper.

A funeral Mass was celebrated at Fremont Memorial Chapel on Tuesday.

Karen Angel Davids

May 14, 1952 Jan. 5, 2003

Karen Angel Davids, 50, of Vallecito died unexpectedly Sunday at her home.

Ms. Davids was born in South Bend, Ind., and lived in Vallecito for the past six years.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed doing arts and crafts projects.

Ms. Davids is survived by her longtime partner, William "Bill" Harrison of Vallecito; four daughters, Lori Sue Davids and Michelle Lee Davids, both of Sacramento, Crystal Marie Hubbell of Altaville and Kyla Rose Luis of Murphys; parents, Roslinda and Paul Davids of Angels Camp; a brother, Robert Davids of Angels Camp; three sisters, Linda Pendleton of Merced and Barbara Davids and Tina Davids, both of Angels Camp; seven grandchildren, Allie, Tyler, Dylan, Sydney, Savannah, Michael and Jade.

A memorial service is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday at Angels Memorial Chapel, 1071 S. Main St., Angels Camp. Burial will be private.

Donations may be made to Central State Credit Union, in care of Karen Davids Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 489, Angels Camp 95221, or by calling the credit union at 1-800-675-5114.

Veva (Lathrop) Foster

Oct. 24, 1913 Jan. 2, 2003

Veva (Lathrop) Foster, 89, of Sonora died Thursday at her home.

Mrs. Foster was born in Richland County, Ill., and was raised in Colorado. She came to California when she was 13 and lived in Sonora since 1992.

She met her future husband, J. Douglas Foster, while she was in high school. They were both working in a theatrical production in Long Beach. They eloped two weeks after she turned 18.

Throughout the Great Depression, the couple worked various jobs, including playing harmonica and saxophone, performing at resorts, gold mining in the Southern Sierra and pest control and nursery work. During World War II, they lived in Sacramento, where Mr. Foster worked for Mather Field Army Air Corps base, rising to civilian chief of supply.

After the war, the couple moved with their two young sons to Santa Cruz, where Mrs. Foster worked in quality control at Watkins Johnson Engineering. The couple also built six homes in the Santa Cruz area between 1946 and 1984. Mrs. Foster designed and maintained gardens for each of the houses.

She was the author of two books. The first was about her younger brother's adventures when the plane he was flying crashed on the Antarctic ice cap and the second, "The Preacher's Daughter," was a novel based loosely on her mother's life.

In 1992, Mrs. Foster and her son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Edith Foster, built the home overlooking Columbia where she died.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J. Douglas Foster, in 1988. He was 83.

In addition to her son, playwright and producer Rick Foster of Sonora, Mrs. Foster is survived by another son, David Foster of Vancouver, Wash.; a grandson, Ken Foster and his wife, Mindy Cooper, of Napa; a great-grandson, Rylie Foster of Napa; three sisters, Esther Davis of Huntington Beach, Betty Morgan of Santa Cruz and Bonnie Hinkle of Loma Linda; a brother, Glen Lathrop of Oklahoma; numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews; many friends in Sonora and Santa Cruz, including Van Gordon, Christine Taylor and Marie Elena Martinez-Sessarego, who her family said were great comforts to her during her long illness.

A memorial gathering will be held in the spring in her garden when it is blooming.

Nina Ayres

July 22, 1917 Jan. 4, 2003

Nina Ayres, 85, of Sonora died Saturday at a Sonora care home.

Mrs. Ayres was born in Illinois and had lived in Modesto for 10 years, before moving recently to a care home in Sonora.

She had owned and operated a radiator shop in Fremont for 10 years and loved making items of stained glass.

Mrs. Ayres is survived by two sons, Richard Ayres of Modesto and Larry Ayres of Illinois; a daughter, Pamela Frazier of Modesto; five grandsons, Brian Ayres of Colorado Springs, Colo., Jason Ayres of Livermore, Daniel Ayres of Texas, Larry Frazier of Fremont and Mike Frazier of Brentwood; and two granddaughters, Tanya Wright of Antioch and Tracy Covarribias of Brentwood.

Services will be private. Burial will be at Cedar Lawn Memorial Park in Fremont. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling local arrangements.

Richard F. 'Bud' Cormier

June 29, 1934 Jan. 3, 2003

Richard F. "Bud" Cormier, 68, of Twain Harte, died Friday at his home, after a battle with cancer. Mr. Cormier was born in Oakland and lived in Twain Harte for the past 27 years.

He served in the Army from 1957 to 1959.

He owned and operated Oakland Driving School from 1966 to 1991 and Sierra Driving School in Twain Harte from 1975 to 2000. Previously, he worked as an electrotyper, making printing plates and as a shop steward for Precision Electro Type Company in San Francisco.

He was an active member and past president of Dimond-Laurel Lions Club in Oakland and was a member of the Sonora Moose Lodge. He was an avid fisherman and golfer.

Mr. Cormier is survived by his wife of 41 years, Shirley Cormier of Twain Harte; two sons, Steve Cormier and his wife, Michele, of Sonora and Marc Cormier and his fiancee, Colleen O'Niell, of Encinitas; two grandchildren, Sarah and Christopher Cormier of Sonora; two aunts, Louise Russell of Fremont and Barbara Bennett of Folsom; and numerous cousins.

A celebration of life is scheduled for 2 p.m. Jan. 18 at Twain Harte Golf Course clubhouse. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Donations may be made to Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of the Sierra, P.O. Box 4805, Sonora 95370-1805, or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 73, Jamestown 95327.


COOK Dorothy Cook, 58, of Columbia died Tuesday at her home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

NORRIS A memorial service for Ethel Norris, who died Dec. 18, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Groveland Free Evangelical Church. A reception will follow at Pine Mountain Lake County Club. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled arrangements.

WICKUS Mary Jeannie Wickus, 81, of Sonora died Tuesday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

COLEMAN A memorial service for William "Bill" Coleman, 72, a former Sonora resident who died Dec. 4, in a Redding hospital, will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Sonora. Allen and Dahl Mortuary of Redding handled arrangements. Donations may be made to St. Matthew's Church Building Fund, 29 Hope Lane, Sonora 95370 or a favorite charity.