Union Democrat staff

Connie Cohen

Oct. 10, 1957 - Jan. 5, 2012

Former Tuolumne resident Connie Cohen died Thursday at her home in Ontario, Calif. She was 54.

Born in Los Angeles County to Glenn Shay and Lady Christine Bell, she lived there for most of her life, working in various fast food restaurants and eventually becoming a co-owner of the Original Hamburger Stand in Baldwin Park.

She later became a certified nurses assistant and home health aide, working at Encore Senior Living in Riverside and then Goldridge Memory Care, now Oak Terrace Memory Care, in Soulsbyville.

She enjoyed caring for seniors with dementia.

She is survived by her children, Richard A. Cohen and Misty and husband Gary Warren, of Moreno Valley; siblings and their spouses, Eva and Bob Passwater, of Ontario, Debra and Bill Casselman, of Bullhead City, Ariz., Brenda Barnhart, of Sonora, Richard Burgon, of El Dorado Hills, Glenn and Judy Shay, of Vancouver, Wash, and Chris and Jeanean Burgon, of Stevenson, Wash.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Destiny Marie Warren.

A service is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Rose Hills Mortuary's Hillside Chapel in Whittier, to be followed by a reception.

The Rose Hills Mortuary in Whittier is handling arrangements.

Beulah 'Bebe' Tomlinson

March 10, 1922 - Dec. 22, 2011

Altaville resident Beulah "Bebe" Tomlinson died Dec. 22 at her home. She was 89.

Born in New Castle, Ala., to Sparks and Mary Anne Handley, she grew up there during the Great Depression with her eight brothers and sisters. She enjoyed attending school, but had to drop out when she was 13 to help support her family.

When she was 15, she met Emmette Downs. who was 19. The couple soon married and moved into a home near the church they were attending. They had four children together.

In 1945, her husband joined the U.S. Army, serving during World War II.

After the war, they moved to Walnut Ridge, Ark., where they both attended the Walnut Ridge Baptist College, and preached and taught in several churches on the weekends.

In 1952, the couple moved to Richmond so her husband could complete his seminary training at the Golden Gate Theological Seminary. During this time, she began teaching elementary school. They divorced in 1965.

The following year, she married Calvin Tomlinson. They were both teachers in West Point.

In 1991, a few years after her second husband's death, she moved to Altaville to be closer to her children.

She was a member, organist and Sunday school teacher for the First Baptist Church in Angels Camp.

Mrs. Tomlinson is survived by her children, Wayne Downs, of Angels Camp, Catherine Laney, of Visalia, and Madeline Sharp, of Twain Harte; sister, Viennie Catherine Johnson, of Foley, Ala.; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Emmette Downs; second husband, Calvin Tomlinson; daughter, Barbara Ann Downs; and seven siblings.

A funeral service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Angels Camp.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


BOLTER - Louise Bolter, 96, of Tuolumne, died Sunday at Avalon Care Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

BOURRIAGUE - Lloyd Bourriague, 82, of Modesto, died Friday at his home in La Grange. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.