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Opal Irene (Ebie) Boone

April 20, 1923 - July 9, 2013

Twain Harte resident Opal Irene (Ebie) Boone died July 9 at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto. She was 90.

Mrs. Boone was born in Empire to John and Molly (Smith) Ebie.

She married Virgil Leroy Boone in 1941 and they lived in Empire for a number of years before settling in Twain Harte 56 years ago. They moved to the area because it suited their son, John L. Boone's, allergies.

She worked as a secretary and auditor for the Tuolumne County Water District No. 1 (now the Twain Harte Community Services District) for 19 years until her retirement in 1988.

She served on the Twain Harte Park and Recreation Board for a number of years and was instrumental in developing Eproson Park.

She enjoyed reading, and doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles.

Mrs. Boone was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Leroy Boone, in 1990.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Carole and Tony Reyes, of Twain Harte, John Leroy Boone, of Twain Harte, and Pat and Daniel Hillier, of Tuolumne; her grandchildren and their spouses, Joe and Gwen Reyes, of Oakhurst, William and Tracy Hillier, of Salida, Rebecca Anderson, of San Rafael, Jonni Molgaard, of Redding, Nikki and Dan White, of Cottonwood, Jeremy and Elizabeth Boone, of Twain Harte; sister, Ruby Bishop, of Modesto; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

No services are planned.

Neptune Society of Central California is handling arrangements.

Naomi (Rawlins) Erickson

June 15, 1917 – July 10, 2013

Former Tuolumne County resident Naomi Erickson died July 10 at Rideout Memorial Hospital in Marysville. She was 96.

Mrs. Erickson was born Naomi Rawlins in Independence, Ore., to Benjamin and Catherine Rawlins.

Her family traveled by covered wagon to Escalon in 1920. They later settled in Modesto. She attended school in Modesto and graduated from high school in Salida.

She worked as an electrologist in McHenry Village in the early 1950s.

She married John Beiler, of Modesto, in 1934. They later divorced.

She became a rancher's wife when she married Paul Erickson, of La Grange, in 1955. She learned to ride horses as well as cook for cattle drives and brandings.

After her husband's death in 1972, she briefly lived in Guadalajara, Mexico, and also in Oklahoma and Texas, before returning to California.

Mrs. Erickson moved to Twain Harte in 1955 and later settled in Soulsbyville.

She moved to Lake Havasu, Ariz., in 2011 to live with her niece and to Yuba City in 2012 to live with her son.

Mrs. Erickson was a member of the Calaveras-Tuolumne Cowbelles and St. James Anglican Church.

She enjoyed the ocean, traveling, music, and art and was a museum docent in Stockton during the 1970s.

Mrs. Erickson was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Erickson, in 1972; daughter-in-law, Joanne Beiler, in 2009; siblings, George Rawlins, in 1978; and, Ruth Hoover, in the mid-1990s; grandson, Gary Crauthers, in 1969.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Bert Beiler, of Yuba City, Tim and Bette Ann Erickson of, La Junta, Colo., Paula Crauthers, of Soulsbyville, and Betty Varain, of Turlock; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; and one niece.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Lakewood Memorial Park, 900 Santa Fe Ave., Hughson.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

William Herold Taylor 'Billy' Suderman

Aug. 7, 1965 - April 27, 2013

Former Tuolumne County resident William Herold Taylor "Billy" Suderman died April 27 in Stapleton, N.Y. He was 47.

Mr. Suderman was born in Emmett, Idaho, to Diane and William H. Taylor.

He was raised in Tuolumne County and graduated from Sonora High School in 1983. He earned a bachelor's degree in art history from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1987, a master's degree from Bordeaux University in France, and a doctorate from Pantheon-Sorbonne in Paris, France.

He taught art history at universities in Paris and San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens in New York City, N.Y.

Mr. Suderman was a member of the Unitarian Church of Stapleton. He was also a member and advocate of the New York City lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and volunteered with a New York hospice program.

Mr. Suderman was preceded in death by his parents, Diane and William H. Taylor.

He is survived by his partner, Michael Fielding, of Stapleton; brother, Sean Taylor, of Nevada; and stepmother, Cathie Peacock, of Long Barn.

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

A memorial service will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 21761 Cedar Springs Road, Twain Harte.

Russell Robert Willard

Jan. 14, 1924 - July 4, 2013

San Andreas resident Russell Robert Willard died July 4 at his home. He was 89.

Mr. Willard was born in Iowa to Robert and Flossie Willard.

He moved to California as a young man and served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.

After his service, he worked at Western Pacific Railroad and later as a rancher in Stoneyford.

Mr. Willard worked as a plumbing contractor from 1965 until his retirement in 2012.

He lived for a number of years in Carmichael, Sacramento County, and Stanley, Idaho, before settling in San Andreas 30 years ago.

He was an athlete and sportsman and enjoyed building things.

Mr. Willard was preceded in death by his wife, Laurel Willard, in 1968; and grandson, Shayne Willard, in 2007.

He is survived by his partner of many years, Pat Seidler, of San Andreas; his children, David Willard, of San Andreas; and Denis Willard, and his wife, Carol, of Orangevale; granddaughter, Monique Stewart and her husband, Clint, of Sacramento; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at San Andreas Memorial Chapel, 254 W. St. Charles St., San Andreas. A reception will follow at Joe Cardenas' house. Maps will be provided.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


BURFORD - Fay Earleen Burford, 75, of Arnold, died July 5 at her home. A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Danville Congregational Church, 989 San Ramon Valley Blvd., Danville. A memorial service will be held on Aug. 10, in Arnold, with time and location to be announced. Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

RASMUSSEN - James Rasmussen, 60, of Soulsbyville, died Monday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

STEFFEN - Frances Steffen, 97, of Sonora, died Tuesday at Avalon Care Center of Sonora. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.