After a life that spanned three centuries, Ruby E. (Mudgette) Loving died Tuesday at a Sonora hospital. She was 104.

Mrs. Loving was born in Lenora, Kan., and had lived in Tuolumne County for the past 82 years.

Born during the Spanish American War, she also lived during World War I and World II and watched on television as America gave birth to its space program.

When she was 10, she saw Halley's Comet race across the sky and took comfort from her father when she thought it meant the end of the world.

Mrs. Loving never rode on an airplane, and only came close once, in 1919. She had heard there was an offer of $25 to the first woman who would fly, and she headed off to be that woman until her husband and aunt stopped her.

She said of her life, in a 2001 interview with The Union Democrat, "You can't look back," adding it wasn't healthy for people to look back on their lives.

Eight months pregnant with their first child, she came to Modesto with her husband, Roy, by train in 1919. He soon got a job at West Side Lumber Co., and they moved to Tuolumne, where they lived for 30 years. They moved to Jamestown in 1961, where Mrs. Loving lived until she was 99.

The couple had three children, Herbert, born in Modesto, and June and May, born in Tuolumne.

Mrs. Loving worked as a dressmaker for many years. She also kept a large collection of dolls she made. She made all of her own clothes most of her life, including a blouse and jumper she wore for her 100th birthday party.

She attended Jamestown United Methodist Church for many years, where she was a member of the Ladies Sunshine Club.

Spending much of her time reading, even after she turned 100, she finally had to give it up just a few months ago, because her eyesight was failing. She had read more than 100 books since her 100th birthday.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Loving, in the 1970s; a son, Herbert T. Loving, in 1986; and a daughter, June Lindstrom, who died in a car crash at 17.

Mrs. Loving is survived by a daughter, May "Peaches" Crowley of Columbia; three grandchildren, Ruby Myers and husband Del of Oakhurst, Roy Ingalls and wife Teen of Lower Lake and Jackie Palmer and husband Jerry of Sonora; nine great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. Inurnment will be private at Carters Cemetery in Tuolumne.

Claude Eldon Wainwright

May 11, 1913 Jan. 26, 2003

Claude Eldon Wainwright, 89, of Buck Meadows died Sunday at a Modesto care home, after a battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Mr. Wainwright was born in Tahlequah, Okla., and moved to Farmington in 1952. He had lived in Buck Meadows for the past 46 years.

He was a ranching foreman for Farmington Land Company for five years, and then worked for Oakdale Irrigation District for four years, before beginning a 30-year career as a heavy equipment operator for Snider Lumber Products, now Sierra Pacific Industries saw mill, in Chinese Camp. He was one of the heavy equipment operators who helped construct the Pine Mountain Lake golf course.

He liked to hunt and loved the woods. He also enjoyed yard work. His family said he always helped his wife do housework and was a gentleman and an "all-around great guy."

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Wainwright, on April 7, 2002.

Mr. Wainwright is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Robert and Cheryl Wainwright of Chinese Camp; David L. Wainwright of Buck Meadows; two daughters and sons-in-law, Jean and Phillip Harris and Carol and Robert Silva, all of Riverbank; 14 grandchildren, including Bob Wainwright and wife Diana of Copperopolis, Evelyn Jourdan of Tuolumne, David L. Wainwright Jr. of Groveland and Eugene Wainwright of Greenley Hill; and 39 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Eaton Family Funeral Home, Modesto. A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Burwood Cemetery, Escalon.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer's Society, 105 S. Washington St., Lodi 95240.

John Lawrence Russel II

Feb. 17, 1913 Jan. 23, 2003

John Lawrence Russel II, 89, of Sonora died Thursday at a Sonora hospital.

Mr. Russel was born in Montreal, Quebec, and moved to the United States in 1926. He had lived in Sonora for the past year.

He graduated from high school in Pasadena and later was president and owner of Metalite Manufacturing in Glendale, Los Angeles County. He later lived in San Marino, Santa Yenz and Solvang, before moving to Santa Rosa.

He enjoyed traveling, square dancing, bridge and running his business.

Mr. Russel is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, John Russel III and his wife, Susan, of Sonora and Don Russel of Sebastopol; a sister-in-law, Delores McDonald of Balboa Island; and two grandchildren, Evan Russel of Santa Cruz and Sonora and Colin Russel of Sebastopol.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine Russel, in 1996 and a brother, David Russel.

Services will be private. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Donations may be made to the Humane Society of Tuolumne County, P.O. Box 830, Jamestown 95327.


(Griggs) Douglass

Jan. 10, 1916 Jan. 26, 2003

Dorothy (Griggs) Douglass, 87, a former Sonora resident, died Sunday at a health-care center in Rancho Bernardo community near San Diego.

Mrs. Douglass was born and raised in Oakland and had lived in San Francisco for many years before moving to Sonora after the death of her second husband. She lived in Sonora from 1961 to 1998, when she moved to Rancho Bernardo.

She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Sonora. She also had been a member of the Tuolumne County Historical Society in 1961. She also enjoyed gardening and kept a garden when she lived in Sonora.

Mrs. Douglass is survived by three stepsons, Earl Douglass and his wife, Barbara, of Atherton, Wallace Douglass and his wife, Helen, of San Francisco and Bruce Douglass and his wife, Marijo, of Truckee; a sister, Harriet Williams of Rancho Bernardo; and many good friends in Sonora and the San Diego area.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph H. and Isabelle (Madison) Griggs; her first husband, Palmer Wells Horn; and her second husband, Earl Seymour Douglass.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 8 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Sonora. Burial will be private at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery, Sonora.

Diana Marie Bourdeau

June 21, 1961 Jan. 26, 2003

Diana Marie Bourdeau, 41 of Tuolumne died Sunday at her home in Tuolumne, after a long battle with cancer.

Ms. Bourdeau was born and raised in Kalispell, Mont., and had lived in Tuolumne for the past seven years. She moved to San Jose in 1966 and attended schools in Duarte.

She was a member of All Saints and St. Joseph's Catholic parishes. She loved forest animals, gardening, her family and children.

Ms. Bourdeau is survived by two sons, Nathan Harris and Zachariah Harris, both of Sonora; two daughters, Antoinette Bourdeau of Sonora and Shirlynne Craddock of Fort Riley, Kan.; a granddaughter, Sabrina Craddock of Fort Riley; parents, Shirley and Paul Bourdeau of Twain Harte; two brothers, Randy Bourdeau of San Jose and Jean Paul Bourdeau of Libby, Mont.; three sisters, Janet Bourdeau of Twain Harte, Debora Bourdeau of Norco and Rhonda Bourdeau of Pomona; an uncle, who was like a brother to her, Dan Thomas of San Jose; and several nieces and nephews.

A rosary will be said at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Tuolumne. Burial will be at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery, Sonora.

Donations may be made to All Saints Parish, P.O. Box 674, 18674 Cherokee Road, Twain Harte 95383.


HOPKINS Donald Hopkins, 34, of Jamestown died Monday at his home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.