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Barbara Esther Coseboom Heath

Aug. 2, 1920 - March 7, 2012

Sonora resident Barbara Esther Coseboom Heath died March 7 at Meadowview Manor in Sonora. She was 91.

Mrs. Heath was born in Stockton and was a retired executive secretary. She worked for the San Juan School District in Sacramento for 15 years before she moved to Flagstaff, Ariz., where she was secretary to the president of Northern Arizona University.

She later returned to Auburn, where she and her spouse lived on a ranch with horses and rose garden she enjoyed working in.

Mrs. Heath moved to Sonora Hills in 2000 and enjoyed walking, water aerobics, doing crossword puzzles and gardening. She also enjoyed spending many hours knitting afghans for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Heath was preceded in death by three spouses; and one sister.

She is survived by children and their spouses Marilyn Owen, of Sonora, William and Nan Hilsinger, of Arizona, and Wendy and Richard O'Hara, of Peosta, Iowa; grandchildren Krista Magras, Jim Owen, Leslie Hansen, Jenny Klopstock, Stacey Kremers and Julie Sink; and 20 great-grandchildren.

A donation in her name may be made to Hospice of the Sierra, 20100 Cedar Road North, Sonora, CA 95370.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


Keith Dickson

Feb. 7, 1922 - March 19, 2012

Longtime Groveland resident Jerald Keith Dickson died March 19 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. He was 90.

Mr. Dickson was born in Yuma, Colo., to Lester and Margaret Dickson on the family farm where he was raised.

He graduated as valedictorian of his high school class and attended Colorado A&M (now known as the University of Northern Colorado). Mr. Dickson graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering and an ROTC Commission.

He married Johnnie Grace Dodson in 1944. During World War II, he served in China, Burma and India.

Upon returning home, Mr. Dickson settled in Palo Alto and later moved to Los Altos and began his career at NACA (which became NASA later) at the Ames Research Laboratory at Moffett Field in Mountain View. He worked with many astronauts including all of the original seven Mercury astronauts.

Mr. Dickson retired in 1977 and moved to Pine Mountain Lake. He enjoyed camping in the Emigrant Basin Wilderness, golf, bowling, bridge, woodworking, and writing the monthly rain totals column in the Pine Mountain Lake News.

Mr. Dickson is survived by his wife of 67 years, Johnnie Grace Dickson; his son and daughter-in-law, Jerald L. and Karen Dickson; his daughter and son-in-law, Janet L. and James Cox; grandchildren Daniel W. Cox, Matthew D. Cox, Erin G. Vujasinovic and her husband Robert, of New Jersey, Christy Buhler and her husband Michael, of Enumclaw, Wash., Brian Parker, of Chico, and Emily G. Parker, of Pacifica; one great-granddaughter; and his older sister, Marjorie Timbrook of Denver, Colo.

Mr. Dickson was preceded in death by his oldest daughter, Judith D. Parker.

A memorial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Grove-land Evangelical Free Church, followed by a celebration of life at the Pine Mountain Lake Grill. The Neptune Society is handling arrangements.


ALOMIA - Joe A. Alomia, 63, of Twain Harte, died Friday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

ANDERSON - Karri Anderson, 49, of Sonora, died Friday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

McKAY - Barbara McKay, 92, of Sonora, died Thursday at her home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

WILLIAMS - Billy Williams, 73, of Sonora, died Thursday at his home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.