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Patricia 'Patty' Jane

Teed DeVries

Feb. 6, 1931 - Oct. 1, 2011

Sonora resident Patricia "Patty" Jane Teed DeVries died Oct. 1 at her home. She was 80.

Born in Larned, Kan., to Maurice and Elizabeth Teed, she grew up in Jetmore, Kan., and went on to attended the Colorado Woman's College in Denver. She graduated from Kansas State University, where she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority.

She married Thomas F. Bryant Jr. in September 1955, and went on to work as a medical technologist at Letterman Army Hospital in San Francisco and Alamo Medical Center for more than 20 years.

She and her husband enjoyed vacationing in the Hawaiian Islands and were involved in the Diablo Light Opera Company in Walnut Creek.

In 2000, she divorced Tom Bryant and went on to marry Ronald L. DeVries in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. The couple later moved to Sonora.

Together the couple enjoyed traveling, golfing and boating.

She sang soprano and acted in many musical productions, played the piano, and was a seamstress who made many of her daughters' clothes and theatrical costumes.

She was a member of the Etcetera social club and the Twain Harte Golf Club, and volunteered at the Good Stuff thrift store.

She enjoyed working in her yard and gardening.

Mrs. DeVries is survived by her husband of 11 years, Ronald DeVries, of Sonora; children and their spouses, Corby and Jim Nichol, of Colfax, Kyle and Don Dakin, of San Diego, Stacey and Scott Becker, of San Clemente, Dayna and Don Schremm, of Oceanside, and Blythe and Chris Harris, of Auburn; stepchildren, Kathleen and husband Art Miller, of Clarendon Hills, Ill., Joan Bryant, of Portland, Ore., Michael and wife Maria DeVries, of Danville, and Laurie and husband Mike McDaniel, of Downers Grove, Ill.; sister-in-law, MaryBelle Teed, of Roseville; 12 grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; six nieces and nephews; and several cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Charles Teed.

A graveside service is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Carters Cemetery in Tuolumne, to be followed by a celebration of life at 2 p.m. at Sierra Bible Church in Sonora.

Donations can be made to Hospice of the Sierra, 20100 Cedar Road North, Sonora, CA 95370.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Edwin 'Eddy' Howey

March 25, 1953 - Sept. 22, 2011

Twain Harte resident Edwin "Eddy" Howey died Sept. 22 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. He was 58.

Born in Glendale, to Mary Lou and Wally Howey, he was a general contractor and owned his own construction company for many years.

He moved to Twain Harte in the late 1970s.

He enjoyed working hard, skiing, golfing and helping others. He was a San Francisco Giants and 49ers fan.

Mr. Howey is survived by partner and companion of 24 years, Mary Schipper, of Twain Harte; daughters, Lauren Howey, of Sonora, and Lisa Schipper-Howey, of Merced; and brother, Larry Howey, of Fresno.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Lou and Wally Howey.

A celebration of life is scheduled for noon Oct. 23 at the Twain Harte Golf Course. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Donald Price

Nov. 26, 1935 - Sept. 20, 2011

Mountain Ranch resident Donald Price died Sept. 20 at the Mark Twain Convalescent Hospital in San Andreas. He was 75.

Born in Oilton, Okla., to Clifford and Geneva Price, he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1958, where he served as a member of the honor guard.

After being honorably discharged from the service, he moved to Fremont and joined the Operating Engineers 3 union, where worked as a heavy equipment operator and helped build many of the freeways in the Bay Area.

During this time he married LaVon. The couple went on to have a daughter, Jennifer Price.

In 1979, he moved to Mountain Ranch where he raised thoroughbred racehorses on his ranch which he called "The Lazy Oak Ranch." There he raised, raced and sold many of his horses throughout California.

In honor of Mountain Ranch, he named one of his horses Mountain Ranch Willy, which is still racing and has won about seven races.

Mr. Price is survived by his wife of 41 years, LaVon Price, of Mountain Ranch; and daughter, Jennifer Price, of Mountain Ranch.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Geneva Price.

No service is scheduled. San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


BERAN - Jack Beran, 89, of Sonora, died Thursday at Skyline Place Senior Living in Sonora. Terzich and Wilson is handling arrangements.

SCHUSTER - Evelyn Schuster, 91, of Sonora, died Thursday at Avalon Care Center in Sonora. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.