Union Democrat staff

Linneaus James 'Jim' Gullion

May 25, 1925 - Feb. 29, 2012

Longtime Sonora resident Linneaus James "Jim" Gullion died Feb. 29 at Avalon Care Center after a brief illness. He was 86.

Mr. Gullion was born in Lebanon, Ind., and worked for 32 years at Lockheed Martin as a manufacturing and planning supervisor. He raised his family in Santa Clara County, and in 1990 he and wife Nancy Gullion moved to Sonora full time.

Baseball was a big part of Mr. Gullion's life and he started playing at 15. He managed and pitched for many teams over 71 years.

Mr. Gullion served as a U.S. Navy air-sea rescuer in World War II. According to his family, the highlight of his service was the day he led his squad to a 4-2 victory in the final Army versus Navy Armed Forces Championship.

In the summer of 2011, he was inducted into the Tuolumne County Baseball Hall of Fame.

In May 2005, at age 80, his family and friends threw a surprise birthday party for Mr. Gullion at Standard Park after he pitched for the Golden State Surveying team.

Mr. Gullion was a volunteer for over 36 years with the Golden State Manufactured Home Owners League, an organization that works to protect legal rights of mobile home residents. At GSMOL, he held several positions including region manager and zone vice president. He regularly volunteered 30 to 50 hours a week following his retirement.

Mr. Gullion is survived by his wife of 66 years, Nancy Gullion, of Sonora; three daughters; three grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; one half-sister; and three great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in his name may be sent to the Tuolumne County Girls Fast Pitch League, P.O. Box 4614, Sonora, CA 95370.

A celebration of life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Standard Park in Sonora.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Virginia Lee

June 21, 1940 - Feb. 23, 2012

Jamestown resident Virginia Lee died Feb. 23 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. She was 71.

Shortly after birth, Ms. Lee was found abandoned on the steps of the First Christian Church in San Bernardino in a cardboard suit box with a message the box indicating that only her father was alive.

The message said, "Born June 20, in Los Angeles. Mother died June 21. Father out of work. Baby hungry and needs bath."

After the story was released the hospital received dozens of calls and she was adopted by Clifford Burns Gass and Lillian Gass, of Indio in Riverside County.

She graduated from Coachella Valley High School in 1958. She had a life long career as a bookkeeper.

Ms. Lee is survived by her four children and their spouses, Lori and John Gervais, John and Kathryn Knudsen, Kim Pappas, and Wayne Knudsen; and 14 grandchildren.

Services to be announced at a later date.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Diana J. Peterson

June 29, 1937 - March 1, 2012

Sonora resident Diana Jane Peterson died March 1 at her home following a short illness. She was 74.

Mrs. Peterson was born in Oakland to Joseph and Jane Entriken. She spent her formative years in Berkeley and attended the University of California there.

In 1957, she met Richard C. "Dick" Peterson, whom she would later marry and share 51 years with.

Mrs. Peterson enjoyed nature and climbing Mt. Whitney, hiking along the shores of Lake Tahoe or through the redwood forests in California. She was a member of the Sierra Gold Striders of Twain Harte.

She and her husband enjoyed piloting a plane in air races in Northern California. She also flew four cross-country races with fellow members of the Ninety-Nines, an international organization of women pilots founded by Amelia Earhart. Mrs. Peterson was a past chairman of the Monterey Chapter of that group.

She was a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and earned her commercial pilot's license.

After raising her three children, Mrs. Peterson returned to college to earn a degree in accounting. She worked for the next 20 years as a tax accountant with firms in Watsonville and Visalia.

She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of the 49ers in Columbia, where she filled several leadership and service positions.

Mrs. Peterson volunteered with numerous community and philanthropic organizations throughout her lifetime.

Mrs. Peterson was preceded in death by her husband, Richard C. "Dick" Peterson.

She is survived by her sister, Florence Melander; brothers John Entriken and Will Entriken; her daughter and son-in-law, Anita Peterson and Brad Newcomer; her daughter, Sharon Ferreira; her son and daughter-in-law, David and Jennifer Peterson; and grandchildren Sara Bergthold, Jessica Steele, Marcus Ferreira, Claire Peterson and Madeline Peterson.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Church of the 49ers.

A donation in her name may be made to fund pancreatic cancer research at www.first giving.com/fundraiser/diana peterson/KeeptheMemoryAlive, to the Church of the 49ers, or the Humane Society of Tuolumne County.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Clara (Wray)


March 8, 1922 - March 1, 2012

Twain Harte resident Clara (Wray) Selby died March 1 at her home. She was 89.

Mrs. Selby was born in North Dakota and was a homemaker for 69 years.

She lived in Tuolumne County for 46 years and was a member of Old German Baptist Brethren Church. She enjoyed hand sewing, reading, helping others and her friendships.

Mrs. Selby was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Selby, in 1987; and her son, Paul Robert Selby, in 1968.

Mrs. Selby is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law Douglas and Martha Selby, of West Alexandria, Ohio, Curtis and Betty Selby, of Twain Harte, Benjamin and Joanne Selby, of St. Ignatius, Mont., and Timothy and Barbara Selby, of Pleasant Hill, Ohio; her daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia and Donald Fisher, of Covington, Ohio; 24 grandchildren; and 55 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at 21350 Knox Drive, Twain Harte. A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. March 8 at 22004 Tuolumne Road North, Twain Harte.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


WATERS - A celebration of life for Norman S. Waters, who represented Tuolumne and Calaveras counties in the state Assembly for many years, will be held at 11 a.m. March 10 at the Amador County Fairgrounds, 18261 Sherwood St., Plymouth. Interment will be at Oak Knoll Cemetery in Amador City. Mr. Waters died Feb. 26 at his home in Plymouth at age 86. Daneri Mortuary of Jackson is handling arrangements.