Obituaries for July 8, 2010

Union Democrat staff

Elizabeth Ann Airola

Oct. 23, 1956 - July 4, 2010

Elizabeth Ann Airola died July 4 at her Angels Camp home after a struggle with cancer. She was 53.

A lifelong resident of Calaveras County, she graduated from Bret Harte High School in 1974. She worked at Hydrox Inc. in Angels Camp for 26 years, then became a registered nurse. She worked in the oncology department of Doctors Medical Center in Modesto the past six years.

Her family said she enjoyed living on the family ranch in Angels Camp and was involved in the local 4-H Club.

She is survived by her husband, Mike Airola, of Angels Camp; two sons, Zachary and Matthew Airola, of Angels Camp; her parents, Earle and Elda Darby, of Murphys; and siblings, Rick Darby, Jay Darby and Maria Peirano, all of Calaveras County.

Viewing was scheduled from 1 to 6 p.m. today. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Angels Camp, followed by burial for family only, then a celebration of her life at the Dove Hill Ranch at 1 p.m.

Donations may be made to a favorite charity. Angels Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.

Doris Dawn Dinsley

April 25, 1927 - June 28, 2010

Doris Dawn Dinsley, of Valley Springs, died June 28 at Mark Twain St. Joseph's Hospital in San Andreas. She was 83.

Born in Portland, Ore., she grew up in Oakland and lived in Hawaii for a time while her father served in the U.S. Navy. In 1945, she moved back to Oakland. In 1973, she moved to Gray Eagle in Plumas County and started traveling full-time.

She settled in Valley Springs in 2004.

Mrs. Dinsley was preceded in death by her parents, Thelma and Russell Oates; her son, David E. Clayton; and a sister, Miriam Joyce Oates.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Bill Dinsley, of Valley Springs; children, Douglas R. Clayton, of Manteca, William B. Dinsley, of Chino Hills, Kathryn Clayton, of Arnold, and Deborah A. Bernard, of Roseville; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

An inurnment service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Jenny Lind Cemetery. San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Laird Marshall

Oct. 19, 1928 - July 2, 2010

Laird Marshall, of Columbia, died July 2 at Sonora Regional Medical Center of complications from surgery after a fall. He was 81.

Mr. Marshall was born in Rural Valley, Pa. He served in the U.S. Army First Calvary at the end of World War II in Occupied Japan.

He lived in Tuolumne County off and on for about 40 years.

His interests included hunting, fishing and staying current on his home computer.

He retired in 1991 after 37 years with the California Department of Fish and Game.

Mr. Marshall is survived by his wife of 61 years, Gerry Marshall, of Columbia; a son, Laird Marshall Jr., of Lewiston, Trinity County; a granddaughter, Kelly Marshall, of Folsom; and a brother, Emerson Marshall, of Norwalk, Los Angeles County.

A service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. Terzich and Wilson is handling arrangements.

William 'Bill' Tolar

Dec. 2, 1929 - July 5, 2010

William "Bill" Tolar, of Tuolumne, died July 5 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. He was 80.

Mr. Tolar was born in Goss, Miss. He moved to Tuolumne County in 1947.

He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, and was a boilerman for the Lime Kiln mine and later for Pickering Lumber Co.

He was active in Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3154 and was a member of the American Legion and Sons in Retirement. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, especially fly fishing, gardening, woodcutting, mushroom hunting and being in the outdoors.

He was a fan of the Giants baseball team and 49ers football team, and he liked animals.

Mr. Tolar was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Tolar, in April; by his first wife, Katherine Tolar, in 1985; and by one brother, Hilton Linden Tolar.

He is survived by a son, Ray Tolar, and his wife, Kim, of Sonora; two daughters, Vicki Hunter and her husband, Butch, of Soulsbyville, and Lynn Tolar, of Pacifica; three stepchildren, Tim Moyle and his wife, Nancy, of Sonora; Virginia Hubbel and her husband, Paul, of Sonora, and Susan Shoemaker and her husband, Larry, of Ione; nine grandchildren, Eric Tolar, Holly and Bailey Hunter, Chris and Elizabeth Hubbel, and Chelsi, Dylan, TJ and Bodie Moyle, all of Tuolumne County; two great-grandchildren; and one sister, Merle Wellman, of Stockton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1604 Ford Ave., Suite 8, Modesto, 95350; the Leukemia Society, 2143 Hurley Way, Suite 110, Sacramento, CA 95825, or the Veterans Scholarship Fund, 533-0923.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Tuolumne United Methodist Church with inurnment at Carters Cemetery in Tuolumne.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Russell Yoder

May 3, 1941 - June 23, 2010

Russell Yoder, of La Grange, died June 23 of a heart attack that resulted in a single-car accident on Highway 132. He was 69.

Mr. Yoder was born in Van Nuys, and lived in La Grange for the past 20 years.

He was in the U.S. Army for 20 years, retiring as a master sergeant. He served in the Vietnam and Korean wars. He was a member of the Coulterville Veterans of Foreign Wars and volunteered with the VFW.

He is survived by one daughter and her husband, Michelle and Corky Necessary Sr., of Valley Mills, Texas; and grandsons, Keith Necessary, Corky Necessary Jr. and John Necessary, all of Valley Mills, Texas.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Coulterville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post Hall in Coulterville. Heuton Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.


TARR - Julia K. Tarr, 79, died July 4 at her Valley Springs home. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Oakmont Memorial Park in Lafayette. San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

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