Union Democrat staff

Venora 'Jewell' Myers

Dec. 2, 1920 - Nov. 29, 2011

Former Sonora resident Venora "Jewell" Myers died Nov. 29 at a senior living facility in Modesto. She was 90.

Born in Scipio, Okla., to Doc and Louisa Jo Martin, she graduated

valedictorian from Indianola High School in 1938 and married her high

school sweetheart, Orion T. Myers, a few months later. The couple was

married for 70 years and had three sons.

The couple moved to Manteca in the 1950s, where her husband worked

as a mechanic for Standard Oil, and she was a chemist for Spreckles


After the couple retired in 1969, they moved to Sonora where they

owned and operated Myers' Liquors. They later sold the store in the

1980s, but she continued to work at the store into her 70s because she

enjoyed it.

She enjoyed having people over to her ranch and making homemade bread and vegetables from her husband's garden.

Mrs. Myers is survived by her sons and their wives, Steven and

Roseanna Myers, of Modesto, and Martin and Joyce Myers, of Tracy;

grandchildren and their spouses, Lisa and Mike Lawrence, of Balico,

Julie and Jeff Beebe, of Escalon, Chuck and Angie Myers, of Salida,

Robin McStay, of Yreka, James and Jamie Myers, of Los Angeles, Joyanna

Myers, of Modesto, and Lori and Brian Nelson, and Marty and Stacy

Myers, all of Ripon; and 14 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her

husband and 70 years, Orion T. Myers; and son and daughter-in-law,

Gerald and Claudia Myers.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the P.L. Fry and Son Funeral Home, 290 North Union Road, Manteca.

P.L. Fry and Son Funeral Home in Manteca is handling arrangements.


Anthony Perrucci

July 5, 1951 - Nov. 28, 2011

Former Sonora resident Christopher Anthony Perrucci died Nov. 28 at his home in Gilroy. He was 60.

Born in San Jose to Clement and Priscilla Perrucci, he worked various jobs throughout his life until his retirement in 2009.

He lived in Tuolumne County for about 20 years, 10 of which he lived in Sonora.

Mr. Perrucci is survived by his son, Dante Perrucci; brothers, Brian, Mark and Steven Perrucci; two nephews; and two nieces.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Michael Perrucci.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at the Ascension Church, 12033 Miller Ave., Saratoga.

Donations can be made in his name to a charity of your choice.

Habing Family Funeral Home in Gilroy is handling arrangements.


CARTER - James Carter, 87, formerly of Copperopolis, died Thursday

at his home in Sacramento. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling


QUAST - Robert Quast, 92, of Sonora, died Thursday at Sonora

Regional Medical Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling