Union Democrat staff

Juanita Kathleen (Durham) Boyson

June 25, 1922 - Sept. 17, 2012

Sonora resident Juanita Kathleen (Durham) Boyson died Sept. 17 at Meadow View Manor in Sonora. She was 90.

Mrs. Boyson was born in Fountain Head, Tenn., to Luther Anderson Durham and Ruby Jane (Brizendine) Durham.

She moved with her family to Modesto in 1943. There she met and married Elmer Jack Boyson - a survivor of the Pearl Harbor bombing - while he was stationed in the Army at Hammond General Hospital.

Mrs. Boyson lived in Modesto for 68 years, from 1943 until 2011. During that time she and her husband were owner-administrators of two Boyson Convalescent Hospitals and the Yosemite Convalescent Hospital.

She was a member of the YMCA and the Modesto Parkwood Seventh-day Adventist Church, where she served as the Sabbath school superintendent, pathfinder leader, community services leader, and on the finance committee.

She moved to Sonora a year and half ago to be cared for by her family.

Mrs. Boyson was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Elmer Boyson; her sister, Maxine Callahan; her brothers, James Durham and Robert Durham; and her granddaughter, Jessica Guinasso.

She is survived by her companion of 10 years, Amos Skadsheim, of Columbia; her children and their spouses, Jack and Kathy Boyson, of Baltimore, Md., Carolyn and Steve Singleton, of Modesto, Susan and Remo Guinasso, of Sonora, and Michael and Shelley Boyson, of Denver, Colo.; sister, Elgeva Burton, of Oakdale; brother, Gerald Durham, of Copperopolis; grandchildren, Tina Boyson, Marc Boyson, Nicole Gearing, Julianne Guinasso, Trevor Boyson, and Madeleine Boyson; six great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of the Sierra, 20100 Cedar Road North, Sonora, CA 95370.

Viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Salas Brothers Funeral Chapel, 419 Scenic Blvd., Modesto.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Modesto Parkwood Seventh-day Adventist Church, 301 Claratina Ave., Modesto.

Salas Brothers Funeral Chapel in Modesto is handling arrangements.

William 'Bill' Padelford

Oct. 4, 1933 - Sept. 25, 2012

Douglas Flat resident William "Bill" Padelford died Tuesday at his home. He was 78.

Mr. Padelford was born in Oakland and raised in the Bay Area. He settled in Douglas Flat 20 years ago.

He worked as a self-employed carpenter all his life. He also worked in various places in Calaveras County such as the Angels Camp Museum and the food bank.

He enjoyed volunteering as a Christian youth mentor and escorted children on mission trips to Mexicali, Mexico.

He also enjoyed the people and history of the foothills.

Mr. Padelford is survived by his wife of 56 years Barbara Padelford, of Douglas Flat; his children, David Padelford, of Castro Valley, Michele Colton, of Livermore, Dawn Caillaux, of Benicia, Jon Padelford, of Pleasant Hill, and Phil Padelford, of Concord; his siblings, Peter Padelford, of Arnold, and Susan Clark, of Oregon; and the many children he mentored.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in Angels Camp.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Mary Etta (Farrell) Segerstrom

May 17, 1920 - Sept. 13, 2012

Sonora resident Mary Etta (Farrell) Segerstrom died Sept. 13 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. She was 92.

Mrs. Segerstrom was born in Memphis, Tenn., and lived in Sonora for 67 years.

She graduated from Stanford University and worked as a reporter for the San Francisco Call Bulletin. She married Donald I. Segerstrom in 1942.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald I. Segerstrom, in 1973; and her son, James F. Segerstrom, in 2007.

Mrs. Segerstrom is survived by her children Ann Segerstrom, of San Francisco, Donald Segerstrom Jr., of Sonora, David Segerstrom, of San Diego and Steven Segerstrom, of Santa Barbara; and grandchildren, Christian, Stephen, Hanna, William, Peter, Olivia and Maxwell Segerstrom.

A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Sonora Opera Hall, 250 S. Washington St., Sonora.

A donation in her name may be made to PEO International Peace Scholarship, c/o Joanne Nahmias, 20601 Diane Dr., Sonora, CA 95370.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


HOWEY - Mary Howey, 93, formerly of Sonora, died Wednesday at Orangeburg Manor in Modesto. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.