Union Democrat staff

Mary Sue 'Molly' Emerson

Sept. 22, 1930 - Aug. 12, 2012

Sonora resident Mary Sue "Molly" Emerson died Aug. 12 at Avalon Care Center of Sonora. She was 81.

Mrs. Emerson was born in Elk City, Kan., to Silas Paul and Esper (Wilson) Shelton.

Her family moved to California during her school years. She graduated from Point Loma High School, in San Diego.

In college she met Howard J. Quam, when he returned from service in the U.S. Army during World War II.

She spent many years as homemaker but later returned to California Lutheran College in Camarillo. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in social work in 1990.

Mrs. Emerson worked as a social worker for Ventura County for 14 years until retirement.

She enjoyed history, writing, knitting and the outdoors.

She volunteered as a docent at Columbia State Historic Park.

Mrs. Emerson was preceded in death by her former husband in 2006.

She is survived by her five children and their spouses, Lory Stephen Quam, of Martinez, Lisa Quam, of Cottonwood, Ariz., Michael and Tami Quam, of Ventura, Christopher and Connie Quam, of Bakersfield, and Gregory Paul and Suzanne Quam, of Ventura; and five grandchildren, Jennifer, Brianna, Chelsea, Elizabeth and Michael.

A private family service has been held.

Allen Mortuary in Turlock is handling arrangements.

Presley Robert 'Bob' Corder

Nov. 26, 1932 - Sept. 12, 2012

Former Sonora resident Robert "Bob" Presley Corder died Sept. 12 at a nursing facility in Boise, Idaho. He was 79.

Mr. Corder was born in Cass County, Mo., to James Meredith and Mary Mae Corder.

He lived in Sonora for 43 years, from 1968 to 2011, until he moved to Boise to be closer to his daughters.

He graduated from San Juan High School in Citrus Heights in 1950. After, he served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War from 1950 to 1953.

Mr. Corder worked as an installer for Western Electric Co. for 30 years. He also co-owned and operated the St. Charles Saloon in Columbia and the Sonora UPS store for several years. He later worked as a night security guard for the Chicken Ranch Bingo and Casino in Jamestown.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He enjoyed fishing, gardening and taking long walks with his dog.

Mr. Corder was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Rosie VonBehren; his brother Harold Corder; and one niece.

He is survived by his daughters, Debbie Amyx, of Boise, and Cecily and Bob Marolf, of Grand Junction, Colo.; his grandchildren, James Amyx and his wife, Jennifer, of Meridian, Idaho, Lyndee Cobler, of Boise, Zach Marolf and Candace Marolf, both of Grand Junction; six great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; former wife and mother of his children, Donna Corder, of Boise; and wife, Laurine E. Corder, of Alameda.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 8931 Ardene St., Boise, ID 83709.

A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Veterans Cemetery in Boise.

Cloverdale Funeral Home in Boise is handling arrangements.

Denis 'Bill' Armstrong

July 28, 1948 - Sept. 12, 2012

Groveland resident Denis "Bill" Armstrong died Sept. 12 of lung disease at the UC Davis Medical Center. He was 64.

Mr. Armstrong was born in Modesto and raised in Oakdale. Growing up, he helped his father irrigate and work cattle.

He served in the National Guard in the late 1960s and he graduated with a bachelor's degree in forestry and natural resources from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1972.

Mr. Armstrong settled in the area in 1977, when he began working for the U.S. Forest Service in Groveland and Buck Meadows.

He worked as a contract administrator and seasonal firefighter for 30 years until his retirement in 2007.

He toured the United States by train and traveled to Europe, Costa Rica and Hawaii. He enjoyed trips to Lake Tahoe and Reno and fishing in Mexico and Alaska. He also took work assignments in Washington, D.C., Florida and Texas.

He enjoyed softball, bird hunting, reading and attending "happy hour" at the local grill.

He became a fan of the San Francisco Giants and 49ers during his retirement.

Mr. Armstrong was preceded in death by his father, Dennis Armstrong.

He is survived by his mother, Bertie Armstrong, of Oakdale; son, Pat Armstrong, of Groveland; his brother, Scott Armstrong and his wife, Lori, of Escalon; his sister, Jane Rossini and her husband, Silvio Jr., of Oakdale, and Jacque Armstrong, of Oakdale; one nephew and three nieces.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718, or the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation, P.O. Box 106, Latham, NY 12110.

Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Friday at the St. Louis Catholic Cemetery in La Grange, followed by a memorial at 2 p.m. at Oakdale Memorial Chapel.

Oakdale Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Douglas Taylor Cameron

April 7, 1926 - Sept. 10, 2012

Murphys resident Douglas Taylor Cameron died Sept. 10 at his home. He was 86.

Mr. Cameron was born in Dines, Wyo., to Frank and Florence Cameron, immigrants from England.

The family moved to La Habra in Southern California in 1931.

He joined the U.S. Navy in 1943 and served aboard the USS Croatan in World War II.

Mr. Cameron was honorably discharged in 1946 and moved to Boulder Creek, where he met Shirley Jeannotte. They married in 1949.

They settled in Scotts Valley where they built their own home and raised their family.

The Camerons retired to Arnold in 1978. During that time, they enjoyed traveling in recreational vehicles and trips to Alaska and Mexico.

They moved to Murphys in 2006.

Mr. Cameron was preceded in death by his brother, Keith Cameron.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Shirley Cameron, of Murphys; his children and their spouses, Debbie Babcock, of Felton; Michael and Bitsy Cameron, of Murphys; Nancy Krilanovich, of Scotts Valley; and Gail and Ron Barrett, of Murphys; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Oct. 6, at the home of Ron and Gail Barrett, 900 French Gulch Road, Murphys.

Angels Memorial Chapel is the handling arrangements.


BROWN - June Brown, 88, of Sonora, died Saturday at her home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.