Union Democrat staff

Shelley Mardean Duncan Kaylor

Dec. 9, 1950 - March 17, 2012

Sonora resident and California native Shelley Mardean Duncan Woods Kaylor died Saturday at her home. She was 61.

Born to Dean and Marge Duncan, she was raised in the San Joaquin Valley until the family moved to Twain Harte in 1968 and settled near Columbia soon thereafter.

She spent her life helping others and the community, something her family said she learned from her father. For nearly 30 years, she devoted her life to helping people with exceptional needs overcome the challenges of living everyday life.

Her daughter said she worked first as a school teacher for children with special needs, then in an adult school for special needs students and finally as a life coach, helping adults with special needs with jobs, paying bills and everyday life.

In Sonora, she worked as a supervisor and life coach with Helping Hands and Thumbs Up.

Her daughter said her illness was kept private at her request.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dean and Marge Duncan.

Mrs. Kaylor is survived by her husband, Mark, of Sonora; daughter and son-in-law, Amber and Brian Magarrell, of San Diego; son and daughter-in-law, Justin and Sabrina Woods, of Colorado; granddaughters, Brianna Magarrell of San Diego, Mallory Woods, Jessica Woods and Summer Woods, of Colorado; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Danny and Annette Duncan, of Sonora, Scott and Lynette Duncan, of Sonora, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations, including time, may be made in her name to Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency or to a food bank of choice.

A potluck celebration of life will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the East Sonora Conference Center at 14260 Mono Way in East Sonora. The family requests that those attending wear bright colors.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


Elaine Verzani

May 4, 2003 - March 18, 2012

Haley Elaine Verzani, of Arnold, died Sunday when a tree fell on her house, pinning her in bed. She was 8.

A native of Antioch in Contra Costa County, she was the daughter of Lindsey Jacoby, of Arnold, and Christopher Verzani, of Pittsburg in Contra Costa County.

She lived in Antioch for six years until moving to Arnold two years ago.

Haley was a third grade student at Hazel Fischer Elementary School.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by grandparents, Penny Stowers-Luke, of Brentwood; Randy Luke, of Modesto; Edward and Maria Jacoby, of Arnold, and Mike and Penny Verzani, of Pittsburg; and great-grandmother, Betty Llewellyn, of Arnold.

A memorial service will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at Chapel in the Pines in Arnold followed by a reception, also at the chapel. Inurnment will be private.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Leland Francis 'Lee' Moyle

May 20, 1923 - March 14, 2012

Sonora native Leland Francis "Lee" Moyle, of Sonora, died March 14 at Avalon Care Center in Sonora. He was 88.

Mr. Moyle was a retired lab technician and bookkeeper for Flintkote-Genstar. He served in the Pacific with the Seabees during World War II. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. Family members said he was proud of his roots in Tuolumne County.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bertha Davies Moyle and Frank Moyle, and his brothers, Raymond, William and Kenneth Moyle.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Alice Moyle, of Sonora; children, Helen Moyle, of Sonora, and Dede Pugh and her husband, Adam, of Reno, Nev.; and grandchildren, David Moyle, of Buck Meadows, and Chris Pugh and partner Jamie Willis, of Reno.

A service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home in Sonora. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Veterans for Foreign Wars Post 3154, Sonora, 9 N. Washington St., Sonora.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


LaVerne Sanders

Oct. 13, 1920 - March 16, 2012

Columbia resident Margaret LaVerne Sanders died March 16 at Sonora Regional Medical Center's Unit 6 long term care unit. She was 91.

Mrs. Sanders was born in Knox County, Texas, the daughter of Eddie and Viola Franklin. Her family worked on the 6666 Ranch and in Guthrie. She was a member of the Church of Christ since her youth.

She married Roy Sanders on Dec. 13, 1941. He was drafted and eventually stationed overseas. She lived on several military bases during his service and worked at one time for the Ryan Aeronautical Plant in San Diego.

After World War II, they moved back to Texas, where she worked at clerical jobs until 1954 when they moved to Friant in Fresno County. She was active in the community there and was postmaster of Friant for 22 years, retiring in 1986.

She was on many committees in town and achieved the status of Avon Sales Presidents Club for nine consecutive years.

In 2002, they moved to Columbia to be near their daughter.

Mrs. Sanders was preceded in death by her husband, Roy, in February 2011 and her daughter, Linda Roylene, in November 1946. She was also preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.

She is survived by her daughter, Paula Lynette Bickford, and her husband, Lee, of Columbia; son, Roy Sanders Jr. and his wife, Audrianna, of Bakersfield; and many nieces and nephews in Texas.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Sonora Church of Christ, 14054 Tuolumne Road. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


Mary Curilich

March 7, 1922 - March 17, 2012

Madelyn Mary Curilich, a lifelong resident of Angels Camp, died Saturday at Mark Twain Convalescent Hospital in San Andreas. She was 90.

Mrs. Curilich was a telephone operator for Pacific Bell for 35 years and a lifelong member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Angels Camp.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Curilich.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Angels Memorial Chapel in Angels Camp. Internment will be at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in Altaville.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, people may send donations to a favorite charity.


SEBRING - Florence Sebring, 91, died Tuesday at Meadow View Manor Residential Care in Sonora. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.