Union Democrat staff

James 'Jim' Earl Marr

Jan. 2, 1944 - March 9, 2013

Tuolumne resident James Marr died March 9 at Doctor's Medical Center in Modesto. He was 69.

Mr. Marr was born in Tuolumne to Ruth Ashcraft and Clarence Otto Marr.

He was a Vietnam War veteran and worked as a saw filer in Standard, a truck driver and rancher.

He enjoyed camping, boating, RVing, and working with his cattle.

Mr. Marr was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Bill Marr, in 1992.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Paula May Marr, of Tuolumne; children and their spouses, Greg and Susan Marr, of Copperas Cove, Texas, and Glenn and Sherry Marr, of Copperopolis; grandchildren, Ashley Marr, of Sierra Village, and Tanya Marr, of Copperas Cove; siblings, Glade Marr, of Fredonia, Kan.; Verla James, of Elko, Nev., and Mesa, Ariz., Ellen Haley, of Yuma, Ariz. and Tuolumne; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were held.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Owen Thomas 'Tom' Prather

June 20, 1939 - March 8, 2013

Sonora resident Owen Prather died March 8 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. He was 73.

Mr. Prather was born in Independence, Mo., to Opal Lena (Pilant) and Owen Thomas Harold Prather.

He worked as a barber for 50 years and owned Tom's Barber Shop in Sonora for 23 years, working with his son, Dan Prather, for the last 10 years.

He enjoyed hot rods, old Ford trucks, dragsters, funny cars, and animals.

Mr. Prather was preceded in death by his father in 1971; his aunt, Winona Konzweiler, in 2008; and his uncle, John Konzweiler, about 1984.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Christina Prather, of Sonora; his mother, Opal Prather, of Covina; children, Rick Prather, of Covina, Deena Shepherd, of St. Clair, Mo., Darla Martinez, of Alta Loma, James Prather, of Diamond Bar, and Steve Prather and Dan Prather, both of Sonora; grandchildren, Elizabeth and Andy Prather, of Covina, Heather Prather, of Diamond Bar, Haleigh Prather, of Glendora, Austin Prather, of Huntington Beach, Tessa Prather, of Michigan, Sam Prather, of Sonora, Amanda Wilson, of Missouri, and Christina Martinez, of Alta Loma; three great-grandchildren; sister, Linda Guevara, of La Puente; and numerous nieces and nephews.

No service is planned.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Donations can be made in his memory to Humane Society of Tuolumne County, P.O. Box 830, Jamestown, CA 95327 or Sonora Cat Rescue, P.O. Box 4363, Sonora, CA 95370.

May A. (Ried) Pressler

Jan. 22, 1918 - Feb. 11, 2013

May Pressler, formerly of Sonora, died Feb. 11 at Settler's Ridge Care Center in Celina, Texas. She was 95.

Mrs. Pressler was born in San Francisco to James and Esther Reid and raised in Oakland. She graduated from Castlemont High School, where she served as president of the Girls Athletic Association and earned the Best All Around Female Athlete Award while playing basketball.

She was an honored queen of Bethel No. 1 Job's Daughters in Oakland and met Alvin Pressler, who was a master counselor of DeMolay. They married in Berkeley in 1939.

Mrs. Pressler worked for Metropolitan Life in San Francisco for five years before leaving to raise her family. After her children were grown, she worked various jobs in medical offices.

She and her husband retired to Twain Harte, then moved to Mono Vista, and then to Sonora, where they lived for 14 years before moving to Texas.

Mrs. Pressler enjoyed the outdoors, stream fishing with her husband, gardening, and collecting rocks and plants from the Sierras. She was a member of Sierra Bible Church and volunteered there.

Mrs. Pressler was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and a brother, James Reid.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, David and Rosemary Pressler, of Reno, Nev., Dan and Laura Pressler, of Tucson, Ariz., and Diane (Pressler) and William Coggan, of Celina, Texas; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Turrentine Jackson and Morrow Funeral Home in Texas is handling arrangements.


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