Union Democrat staff

Marian Elizabeth Clarey

March 30, 1923 - Oct. 21, 2012

Marian Elizabeth Clarey died Oct. 21 at her home in Hathaway Pines. She was 89.

Mrs. Clarey was born in San Francisco. She was orphaned as an infant and then adopted by Alan and Charlotte Kimball Hails, of Saticoy, in Ventura County, who were prominent farmers and ranchers.

She was raised in Saticoy, where she met H. Donald Clarey Jr. during high school. They wed on July 14, 1943, while Mr. Clarey was serving in the U.S. Army Air Forces as a first lieutenant.

They started their family upon his return from service in Germany.

They raised four children in Los Angeles, and later retired to Newbury Park. Mrs. Clarey moved to Calaveras County after her husband's death in 1998. There, she lived with her daughter, Patricia Clarey, and son-in-law, Robert Schimke.

For the past 14, years she lived in Hathaway Pines.

She enjoyed gardening, crocheting and watching sunsets. She also enjoyed traveling, including trips and cruises.

Mrs. Clarey was preceded in death by her husband, H. Donald Clarey Jr., in 1998; and grandson, Jeffrey Clarey-Schimke, in 1986.

She is survived by her children, Patricia Clarey, of Hathaway Pines, Nancy Wilhite, of Orange Beach, Ala., Philip Clarey, of Visalia, and Alan Clarey, of Kent, Wash.; 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hospice of Calaveras and Amador counties, 1500 S. Highway 49, Suite 205, Jackson, CA 95642.

A graveside service will be held at noon Dec. 1 at Buena Vista Cemetery in Murphys. A celebration of life will follow at the family home in Hathaway Pines.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Marjorie May Ward

May 20, 1929 - Oct. 30, 2012

Pine Mountain Lake resident Marjorie May Ward died Tuesday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. She was 83.

Mrs. Ward was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah.

She attended at the University of Utah before transferring to Rutgers University in New Jersey, where she earned a bachelor's degree.

Mrs. Ward earned a master's degree in social work from Columbia University in New York in the 1960s.

She worked as a licensed clinical social worker for 45 years until her retirement, though she continued to work with clients until her death.

She married Rod Ward in 1970.

They settled in Santa Clara for a number of years before moving to Pine Mountain Lake in 1983.

She volunteered with Helpings Hands Second Hand Thrift Store, the Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum library and the Groveland Democratic Party.

She enjoyed reading and writing and contributed to the Yosemite Highway Herald for many years.

She also enjoyed flying and earned her pilot's license in 1990.

Mrs. Ward was preceded in death by her husband, Rod Ward, and her children Steven Carlisle and Cynthia Foster.

She is survived by her son, Craig Carlisle; her siblings, Betsy Campbell, Paul May and Doug May; her grandchildren, Afton Holister, Robin Carlisle, and Luke Carlisle; and one great-grandchild.

Donations can be made to the Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum, 18990 Main St., Groveland, CA 95321.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Pine Mountain Lake Country Club, 12765 Muller Drive, Groveland.

The Neptune Society of Central California is handling arrangements.


PICKETT - A memorial service and potluck reception for Jim Pickett, 78, of Murphys, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Forest Meadows Hilltop Clubhouse. Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.