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Eloise Lillian (Cyphers) Boice

Nov. 8, 1918 - Sept. 29, 2013

Sonora resident Eloise Lillian Boice died Sept. 29 at Sonora Regional Medical Center's long-term care unit. She was 94.

Mrs. Boice was born in Glendale, the daughter of Clifford and Lillian Cyphers.

She married Dr. Ben Boice in 1945. They settled in Sonora 64 years ago.

During that time she was a homemaker and worked as a nurse. She and her husband, along with Drs. Paul and Helen Anspach, co-founded Sonora Community Hospital.

Mrs. Boice helped establish the Seventh-day Adventist church and school in Sonora.

Mrs. Boice was preceded in death her parents.

She is survived by her children, Charles Boice and his wife, Susan, of Towson, Md., Deanne Boice Hanscom, of Park City, Utah, Jeanette Boice Emery and her husband, Rick, of Sonora; her grandchildren, Benjamin Emery and his wife, Nicole, of Casper, Wyo., Philip Emery, of San Diego, and Nick Hanscom, of Park City; one great-grandchild; and ex-husband, Ben Boice, of Idaho Falls, Idaho.

No service is planned.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Mary Camille Drips

April 24, 1916 - Oct. 10, 2013

Sonora resident Mary Camille Drips died Oct. 10 at her home. She was 97.

Mrs. Drips was born in Denver, Colo., and lived there 24 years.

She was an office clerk at the No. 2 Richmond Shipyard for two years. After World War II, she moved to Portland, Ore., and was a civilian driver for the U.S. Army.

She bought a "mom and pop" store in Vernonia, Ore., in 1947. In 1960, she went to work for Tektronix in Beaverton, Ore., building oscilloscopes. She retired in 1972.

Mrs. Drips then moved to Lakeside, San Diego County, where she worked for six years building circuit boards for the postal system. She bought a 32-foot motor home and traveled for 10 years, wintering at the Salton Sea.

She then lived for eight years in El Cajon and moved to Sonora 16 years ago.

She was preceded in death by her infant son, Richard E. Drips, in 1937; her adult son, Robert Drips, in 2008; her husband, Eugene S. Drips, in 1998; her father, Charles C. Collins, in 1938; her mother, Sine Collins, in 1970; and her nephew, James Seldon, in 2008.

She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Anna Mae Drips; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews, Fred and Pat Drips, of Sonora, and Myrna and Jack Moyle, of Sonora; and numerous great-nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in her name may be made to Unity Spiritual Center, 1257 Sanguinetti Road, No. 104, Sonora, CA 95370.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Oct. 26 at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. Private inurnment will follow at Mountain Shadow Cemetery in Sonora.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Walter Anthony Lucas

Oct. 8, 1939 - Oct. 3, 2013

Tuolumne resident Walter Anthony Lucas died Oct. 3 at the VA Medical Center in Livermore. He was 73.

Mr. Lucas was born in Santa Clara, the son of Iris and Joseph Lucas.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1964.

He was a businessman and worked as a ranch hand.

Mr. Lucas settled in Tuolumne 33 years ago. He also worked at Black Oak Casino for seven years.

He enjoyed the outdoors and fishing.

Mr. Lucas was preceded in death by his wife, Pat Lucas, in 1997.

He is survived by his daughter, Christie McClure and her husband, Richard, of Sonora; and grandchildren, Richie, Carly and Faith McClure, of Sonora.

A private family service is planned.

Deer Creek Funeral Services in Dublin is handling arrangements.

Ervin F. Weinert

March 13, 1919 - Oct. 8, 2013

Sonora resident Ervin F. Weinert died Oct. 8 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. He was 94.

Mr. Weinert was born in Detroit, Mich. He lived in Fremont for 34 years and moved to Sonora in 2007.

Mr. Weinert was office manager at National Cash Register for 37 years. He served in the U.S. Army in Italy during World War II as a cryptographer.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Weinert, in 2004; his parents, William and Matilda Weinert; eight siblings; and his grandson, David Camara, in 2005.

Mr. Weinert is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Jerry Turnshek, of Sonora; his son, Douglas Weinert, of Fremont; his granddaughter, Kimberly Vogt and her family of Sacramento; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Donations in his memory can be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 182 El Dorado St., Monterey, CA 93940.

Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday followed by a service at 11 a.m. at Chapel of the Chimes, 32992 Mission Blvd., Hayward.

Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward is handling arrangements.