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Marie (Nelson) Humphreys

Feb. 11, 1939 - Feb. 15, 2013

Pine Mountain Lake resident Marie Humphreys died Feb. 15 in Groveland. She was 74.

Mrs. Humphreys was born and raised in Kodiak, Alaska, to Oscar Alf Nelson and Alexandria (Gregoroff) Nelson. She was the youngest of eight children.

She met Bill Humphreys in 1956, and they married in 1957 in Mountain View. They resided in Sunnyvale until Mr. Humphreys retired in 1991. Then they built a home in Pine Mountain Lake and moved to the area.

Mrs. Humphreys was a fan of the San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco Giants and tennis. She was a member of the Sunnyvale Tennis Club for nearly two decades and continued playing late into her 60s. She enjoyed reading and entertaining at home, but especially enjoyed frequent excursions with her girlfriends hiking, golfing, going to Broadway musicals and shopping.

Mrs. Humphreys was preceded in death by her father and mother; brothers, Don, Jack, Archie and Sammy; and sisters, Alma and Isabel.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Bill Humphreys, of Pine Mountain Lake; son, David Humphreys and daughter-in-law Kimberly, of Cameron Park; daughter, Patricia Humphreys, of San Jose; grandchildren, Christine and Scott Humphreys, of California; two great-grandsons; sister, Jean Zampa, of Mountain View; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. March 16 at Evangelical Free Church of Groveland, 19172 Ferretti Road.

Donations may be made in her memory to Hospice of the Sierra, 20100 Cedar Road North, Sonora, CA 95370, or to the Evangelical Free Church, 19172 Ferretti Road, Groveland, CA 95321.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Frank 'Sonny' Null Paxton Jr.

June 6, 1932 - March 3, 2013

Angels Camp resident Frank "Sonny" Null Paxton Jr. died March 3 in an assisted living home in San Andreas. He was 80.

Mr. Paxton was born in Indianapolis to Frank Null Paxton, Sr. and Ethel Basil. He spent most of his childhood in Pampa, Texas, where he lived with extended family.

He eventually joined his father and stepmother in Texas, working on various ranches and mines, and in construction.

Mr. Paxton served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954.

He married Roberta Ozancin in Las Vegas in 1956. The couple lived in Bellflower and had three children. He worked in construction in the Los Angeles area from 1956 to 2000, when he retired. They finalized their divorce in 2000.

He married Jeannine Fairchild in 2002 in South Lake Tahoe and the couple lived in San Andreas and then Angels Camp.

He enjoyed camping, motorcycling, working on collectible vehicles and traveling in his trailer.

Mr. Paxton was preceded in death by two sons, Sonny Paxton, and Duane Paxton.

He is survived by his wife, Jeannine Paxton, of Angels Camp; daughter and son-in-law, Diane and John McGonigal, of Etna; three stepsons; one stepdaughter-in-law; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren; and an ex-wife, Roberta Ozancin, of Bellflower.

A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Altaville Protestant Cemetery, Stockton Road in Angels Camp. A reception will follow.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Theresa 'Tess' M. (Cancilla) Vatuone

Dec. 29, 1922 - March 3, 2013

Angels Camp resident Theresa Vatuone died Sunday at Foothill Village in Angels Camp. She was 90.

Mrs. Vatuone was the youngest of four children born to Philip and Mary Cancilla in San Jose. She was raised in San Jose and graduated from San Jose High School.

She married Albert Vatuone in 1946. She spent most of her time as a homemaker, and worked part-time in retail and clerical occupations.

The couple retired to Arnold in 1984 and lived there for 15 years. They moved next to Tucson, Ariz., where Mr. Vatuone died. Mrs. Vatuone then moved to Angels Camp, where she lived the rest of her life. She enjoyed golf, bridge and singing.

Mrs. Vatuone was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Albert Vatuone, in 2005; and her eldest sister, Josephine "Jay" Wright, in 2006.

She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Timothy and Carolyn Vatuone, of Albuquerque, N.M.; daughter and son-in-law, Suzan and Matt Cullen, of Murphys; grandchildren, Brian Dutton, of San Benito County, Theresa L. Vatuone, of Las Cruces, N.M., and Christopher Vatuone, of Las Cruces; two great-granddaughters; sisters, Ellie Miller, of Roseville, and Carmen Bernal and brother-in-law Ray, of San Jose; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 620 Sheep Ranch Road, Murphys. A celebration of life reception will follow.

Donations in her memory may be made to Hospice of Amador and Calaveras, 1500 S. Highway 49, Suite 205, Jackson, CA 96642.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


FREEMAN - Lee Freeman, 67, of Jamestown, died Feb. 27 at Alexander Cohen Hospice House in Hughson. A graveside memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. March 23 at Dambacher Mountain Memorial Cemetery.

SCOTT - Sally Scott, 65, of Sonora, died Tuesday at Avalon Care Center in Sonora. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.