Union Democrat staff

Eunice (Pierson) Larson

Dec. 30, 1931 - Sept. 13, 2013

Jamestown resident Eunice (Pierson) Larson died Sept. 13 in San Martin. She was 81.

Mrs. Larson was born in Burlington, Wash., the daughter of Frank and Helen Pierson, and raised on a family dairy farm near Bow, Wash.

She was christened in the Edison Lutheran Church, where she attended Sunday school. She was baptised in the Burlingame Baptist Church.

She attended Field Elementary School, which was built under the leadership of her father, Frank Pierson. The school was also known as Pierson school.

Her family moved to California when she was a teenager. She graduated from Mountain View High School in Mountain View.

She began a career with Safeway in San Bruno, where she met her future husband, Kenneth Larson.

They moved to San Mateo and they raised two children. They bought a home in San Jose many years later.

She moved to Twin Oaks in Jamestown 13 years ago.

Mrs. Larson enjoyed hosting family outings, such as picnics and boating, and was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church.

Mrs. Larson was preceded in death by her ex-husband, Kenneth Larson.

She is survived by two brothers, two sons, four nieces, four nephews, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Donations in her memory can be made to Hospice of the Sierra, 20100 Cedar Road North, Sonora, CA 95370.

A memorial service officiated by Pastor Tom Sharpe, of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, was held in Morgan Hill.

Advent Lutheran Church in Morgan Hill handled arrangements.

Edward Thomas Williams Jr.

April 3, 1945 - Oct. 1, 2013

Sonora resident Edward Thomas Williams Jr. died Tuesday in Bremerton, Wash.

Mr. Williams was born in Detroit, Mich., the son of Edward Thomas Williams Sr. and Juanita Williams. He lived in Massachusetts and Kentucky before settling in California.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1963 to 1967.

Mr. Williams owned and operated Columbia Monuments in Tuolumne County for several years. His work includes the Sonora High School granite marker, the Stanislaus Complex Fire memorial and other monuments and headstones in Tuolumne and surrounding counties.

He enjoyed traveling, especially on his boat. He also enjoyed fishing, camping and telling jokes. One of his proudest moments was summiting Mount Whitney in his 50s, his family said.

Mr. Williams was preceded in death by his father, Edward Thomas Williams Sr.

He is survived by his mother, Juanita Williams, of Clackamas, Ore.; siblings, Anne Dana, of Ventura, Kenneth Williams, of Newcastle, Gary Williams, of Clackamas, Robert Williams, of Seattle, Wash., Thomas Williams, of Santa Fe, N.M., and Michael Williams of Alameda; his children, Kimberly Egger, of Sonora, Karrie Cluff, of Show Low, Ariz., Kelly Smith, of Renton, Wash., Anthony Williams, of Grangeville, Idaho, Michael Williams, of Keene, N.H., and Katherine Williams, of Denver, Colo.; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Loft in Poulsbo, Wash.

Tuell-McKee Funeral and Cremation Services in Bremerton is handling arrangements.


BARGA - Donald Barga, 73, of Tuolumne, died Wednesday at Avalon Care Center of Sonora. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.