Union Democrat staff

Chalmer Porter 'C.P.' Collinsworth

Oct. 19, 1918 - Sept. 20, 2012

Sonora resident Chalmer Porter "C.P." Collinsworth died Sept. 20 at Meadow View Manor in Sonora. He was 93.

Mr. Collinsworth was born in Ukiah and grew up in Strathmore, Tulare County. He was a World War II veteran and a longtime resident of Oakdale. He moved to Porterville following the death of his wife, Emma Jean Collinsworth. He lived in Sonora, near family, for the last year of his life.

Mr. Collinsworth began his career at Montgomery Ward and left the company as western regional manager. He was also a former Oakdale City councilman. He was Oakdale's first "Man of the Year," because of his charitable work and community involvement.

He was a member of the founding consortium to build Oakdale Golf and Country Club. He was a member of St. Mary's Parish, Catholic Charities, Lion's Club, Oakdale Chamber of Commerce and SCORE.

Mr. Collinsworth enjoyed spending time with family and close friends, especially during holidays.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma Jean (Heitsuman) Collinsworth; parents, Homer and Maude (Pugh) Collinsworth; and siblings, Leonard, Lester and Bertha.

He is survived by children and their spouses, Janice Lee Collinsworth, of Spokane, Wash., Gary and Pam (Macsenti) Collinsworth, of Sonora, and Gregg and Karinne (Giamona) Collinsworth, of Menlo Park; his brother and sister-in-law, Ernest and Jean Collinsworth, of Medford, Ore.; his former wife, Edythe Lewis, of Porterville; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

A donation in his name may be made to St. Anthony's Foundation, 150 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102, or Catholic Charities, 14855 Mono Way, Suite 101, Sonora, CA 95370.

Services were held Monday.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Anthony D. 'Tony' Garcia Jr.

Aug. 23, 1939 - Sept. 14, 2012

Sonora resident Anthony D. "Tony" Garcia Jr. died Sept. 14 at Stanford University Medical Center. He was 73.

Mr. Garcia was born in San Jose and lived in Sonora for nine years. He worked as a dairyman in Los Banos and Atwater for 20 years. He also worked in the auto parts industry for most of his life. He was a partner in Merced Clutch and Brake and owned Merced Filter Battery and Electric. He also served as a counter person and sales representative for Merced TBA and Sonora Auto Parts.

He served in the U.S. Army Reserve during the Vietnam War. He was a past member of the Buhach Portuguese Men's Pentecost Organization.

Mr. Garcia was preceded in death by his father, Anthony D. Garcia Sr.; and his mother, Florence Garcia.

He is survived by sons, Duane Garcia, of Atwater and Anthony Garcia, of Ceres; daughters, Lori Wagner, of San Jose, Sherie Taylor, of Atwater, ToniAnn Gatzke, of Pleasanton, Nichole Weiss, of Ione and Linda Toste, of Ceres; his fiancee, Judy Heil, of Sonora; and 13 grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 4601 Hyland Ave., San Jose, CA 95127. Entombment will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in San Jose.

A donation in his name may be made to Heredity Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia Foundation, www.hht.org.

Beddingfield Funeral Services in Moorpark is handling arrangements.

Ronnell Marie Mello

April 29, 1975 - Aug. 18, 2012

Former Tuolumne County resident Ronnell Marie Mello died Aug. 18 at a friend's home in Newman. She was 37.

Ms. Mello was born in San Andreas and lived in Tuolumne County for 25 years. She graduated from Summerville High School in 1993 and earned an associate's degree in child development from Columbia College.

She worked with disabled children at Tucci Learning Solutions in Marina, Monterey County.

She enjoyed music and photography.

Ms. Mello attended Peaceful Valley Church and its youth group while in Tuolumne County. She also enjoyed singing.

Ms. Mello was preceded in death by her grandmother, Mitzi Berry.

She is survived by her mother, Earleen Gaudette, of Sonora; her father, Marvin James Mello, of Manteca; grandparents, Ronald Earl Berry, of Sonora, and Tony and Virginia Mello, of Escalon; her sister, Kimbra Rae Gaudette, of Rocklin; a nephew, Braylon Davis, of Rocklin; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Lazy Z Ranch in Sonora.

Salas Brothers Funeral Chapel in Newman is handling arrangements.

Ruby Lucille (Wright) Ray

June 6, 1925 - July 9, 2012

Jamestown resident Ruby Lucille (Wright) Ray died July 9 at Sonora Regional Medical Center long term care unit. She was 87.

Mrs. Wright was born in Weatherford, Okla.

She worked as a riveter in Oklahoma City during World War II and moved to California in 1944 to be closer to family.

She worked as a cocktail waitress at the Elks Club in Paradise, in Butte County. She also lived in Manteca before settling in Jamestown 22 years ago.

Mrs. Ray enjoyed dancing and practiced tri-chem painting for more than 40 years.

She was a member of two chapters of the Red Hat Society and a woman's club in Sonora.

Mrs. Ray was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Robert Ray, in 2007; her parents, Roy Wright, in 1971, and Irene Wright, in 1991; and all three of her children, James Lee Elliott, in 1968, Deborah Elliott, in 1992, and Larry Elliott, in 2003; and her brothers, Eldon Wright, in 1963, and Dale Wright in 2000.

She is survived by her siblings, Melba Price, of Sonora, Erma Wright, of Nevada, and Wilber Wright and Ray Wright, both of Idaho; one grandchild, Melodee Nelson, of Modesto; and two great-grandchildren.

Services were held Sept. 1 at Parkview Cemetery in Manteca.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.


GREENE - Judy Greene, 99, of Sonora, died Friday at Avalon Care Center of Sonora. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

PENNEL - Ronald J. Pennel, 76, of Groveland, died Friday at Avalon Care Center of Sonora. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

RIX - Raymond Rix, 63, of Tuolumne, died Sunday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.