Union Democrat staff

Sharon (Knox) Grissom Miller

Jan. 11, 1951 - Dec. 29, 2012

Sonora resident Sharon (Knox) Grissom Miller died Dec. 29 at her home. She was 61.

Mrs. Miller was born in Berkeley to Sally and Edward Knox, raised in Sonoma and spent many years in Carson Valley. She moved to Sonora seven years ago.

She worked as an herbalist and studied the medicinal uses of plants and herbs for 40 years. She published a book, "The Garden Desert," in the late 1980s.

After the death of her first husband in 1981, Mrs. Miller remarried in 1982.

She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1994. She fought the disease for 10 years before entering hospice care in Reno, Nev., in 2004. She was later transferred to San Diego by her family. She settled in Sonora seven years ago.

Mrs. Miller put great efforts into physical therapy after the birth of her first grandchild in 2004, but was unable to walk again.

She enjoyed the sounds of nature, and roses were among her favorite scents, her family said.

Mrs. Miller was preceded in death by her mother, Sally Knox, in 2011; and her husband, Samuel Alen Grissom, in 1981.

She is survived by her father, Edward Knox, of Placerville; her children, Roger Grissom Miller, of Sonora, Breanne Marlow, of Sonora, Dawn Carter, of Dayton, Nev., Dewayne Phillips, of Maui, Hawaii, Joshua K. Wright, of Sonora, and Jennifer West Fredrickson, of Gardnerville, Nev.; her siblings, Richard Knox, of Reno, Nev., and Kim Holden, of Sonoma; and her grandchildren, Shiloh Aryen Miller and Trinity Nesta Miller, both of Sonora.

A graveside service will be held at 1:11 p.m. Saturday at Shaws Flat Cemetery. A memorial service will follow at Dragonfly Gardens, 20152 Lancaster Court, Sonora.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

John Reibin

May 7, 1935 - Jan. 5, 2013

John Reibin, of Sonora, died Jan. 5 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. He was 77.

Mr. Reibin was born in Oakland, the son of Nicholas and Josephine Reibin.

He lived in a Russian community in Manteca until moving to Sonora as a child when his family bought the El Nido Inn. He graduated from Sonora High School in 1954.

After his freshman year, he worked for the Forest Service with the Hot Shots during the summer. He worked for West Side Logging the summer of his senior year in high school. After graduation, he worked for Alvin Sylva's Mountain View Dairy.

The summer of 1955, he was back with the Forest Service for two months. He also worked at Long Barn Lodge in the winters of 1953 through 1955.

In September 1955, he began a 33-year career as a lineman, installer and PBX installer for Pacific Bell Telephone Co., retiring in 1988.

He was a member of the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Posse for 31 years and a past captain. He was a captain of the Sonora Volunteer Fire Department, Eureka Engine No. 1, a member of the Sonora Elks Lodge for 48 years.

He also coached Little League baseball and was a member of the Mother Lode Gun Club.

He enjoyed reading and playing football and was a longtime San Francisco 49er football fan. He was a water skier and snow skier and rode horseback in the mountains.

After retiring, he took up snowmobiling with family.

Mr. Reibin was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, James Reibin; and his sister, Donna Mageloff.

Mr. Reibin is survived by his wife of 60 years, Helen Reibin, of Sonora; three sons, John Reibin and partner, Lisa Delatorre, of Loomis, Bill Reibin and partner, Leslie McCulloch, of Sonora, and Glenn Reibin and wife, Lisa, of Jamestown; ex-daughter-in-law, Melanie Reibin, of El Dorado Hills; six grandsons and their wives, Matthew and Erin Reibin, of Sacramento, Brad and Kati Reibin, of Jamestown, Cole Reibin, of Loomis, Taylor Reibin, of San Diego, and Jacob and Jared Reibin, of Jamestown; and three granddaughters, Jessica, of Jamestown, Ava, of Sacramento, and Hayley Reibin, of Jamestown,

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Posse clubhouse on Rawhide Road in Jamestown. Inurnment will be private at Mountain Shadow Cemetery.

Esther Jessie Nelson Shipley

Feb. 3, 1921 - Dec. 29, 2012

Esther Jessie Nelson (Vert) Shipley died Dec. 29 at Avalon Care Center in Sonora. She was 91.

Mrs. Shipley was born in Winchester, Idaho, the daughter of Mark and Florence Vert. The family moved to California in the 1920s. After her father worked in several other places in California, the family settled in Tuttletown, where the children went to Sonora schools, sometimes riding horses to get there.

She met and married Garnet Nelson in 1936, and moved to Tuolumne, where they had two children. They then moved to Soulsbyville for a few years before settling in Sonora, where she lived until her death.

Her sister, Pearl Vert, lived with them during her school years, then left when she married her husband, Albert Hubley.

Esther was a devout Christian. Other interests included gardening, camping, family gatherings and raising exotic birds. She was an avid bowler and belonged to several different leagues, including one travelling league. She bowled at many cities in California.

In the 1940s, she took in and cared for children in the custody of Child Protective Services.

She later worked in retail at stores on Sonora's Washington Street, then went to work at the Sonora Bowl, along with her husband. She managed the desk on the night shift while he did repairs and cleaning.

After his death in 1979, she continued working until she married Willard "Bill" Shipley in 1981, then retired.

Mrs. Shipley was preceded in death by her brother, Eli Vert, in 1923; her father, Mark Vert, in 1949; her mother, Florence Vert, in 1983; husbands, Garnet Nelson, in 1979, and Willard Shipley, in 2002; a sister, Frances P. Dahl, in 2012; and a grandson, Darren P. Hughes, in 2012.

She is survived by two children, Rose Marie Tweedy, of Jamestown, and Garnet "Dick" Richard Nelson, of Confidence; five grandchildren and their spouses, Mark and Pam Hughes, of Idaho, Pamela J. Hughes and Robert Higgins, of Sonora, Eric Nelson, of Eureka, Debbie Nelson, of Napa, and Douglas and Carla Nelson, of Sonora; 15 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; and two siblings, Pearl Hubley, of Copperopolis, and Bertha Lane, of Sonora.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any favorite charity.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home, which is handling arrangements.