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Loris Janet Hobbs Doty

June 14, 1969 – March 25, 2014

Loris was born in Modesto, Calif., and then moved to Sonora in 1981. She graduated from Sonora High School in 1987 and attended Columbia College where she met her husband. They moved to Fresno, Calif., where they raised their two children.

Loris loved caring for her family and gathering with extended family as much as possible, visiting with friends and playing gin rummy, helping anyone in need, was the neighborhood mom, and worked as a volunteer at her children's schools.

Loris passed away on March 25, 2014, at her home in Fresno. She was surrounded by her family and friends after a long battle with breast cancer.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26, the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 40 N. Forest Road, Sonora.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Roselyn Hobbs; and grandparents, Smith and Lois Hobbs.

She is survived by her husband, Ted Doty; children, Amanda and Shane; parents, Justin and Alice Hobbs; brothers, Alan and Rodney Hobbs; sister, Lynn Hobbs; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity in her name.

Florence Marie McIntyre Huggins

Aug. 7, 1934 - April 6, 2014

Florence Marie McIntyre Huggins went to be with our Lord on April 6, 2014, at Sonora Regional Medical Center in Sonora.

Born Aug. 7, 1934, in the Philippines, Florence lived there during the time of the Japanese occupation in World War II. In 1946, her father gained passage for the family to the United States and they settled in San Francisco.

Florence raised her children in San Jose, in close proximity to her family. While married to Frank Huggins, Florence lived in several other states; she returned to California and in 2003 she moved to Jamestown to be close to her daughters.

Florence had a talent for knitting; she began by making blankets then ventured into knitting slippers for family members and friends. She branched out into crocheting and perfected her hand at doilies, pot holders, pillows, even stuffed animals. In her later years she discovered the art of hanger beautification and produced many colorful and sturdy hangers. As generous with her crafts as she was with her love, family and friends would become the recipients of Florence's crafting efforts.

Her favorite pastime was being with family, but during quiet times she enjoyed reading

or watching sci-fi shows such as "SG1," "Star Trek" and many more. Her grandson renamed her "Zoms" after watching "Enemy Mine" with her.

As a follower of Jesus Christ, she attended Christian Heights church; where she enjoyed spending time worshipping the Lord and being in fellowship with her church family.

Florence is survived by her eight children: Brian McIntyre, Desiree Crain, Colleen Klein, Arthur McIntyre, Sean McIntyre, Blaine McIntyre, Joseph McIntyre and Roxanne McIntyre; 14 grandchildren: Blaine Jr., Christopher, Jacob, James, Jase, Jessica, Jordan, Joseph Jr., Keith, Kimberly, Lacey, Leah, Lucas and Nicholas; 14 great-grandchildren; Ausionee, Austin, Brady, Chauncey, Cody, Emilee, Emmalyn, Hailey, Hayden, Jeran, Joseph, Kalli, Makayla and Tanner; five sisters and one brother: Evelyn Stewart, Nancy Rodrigues, Norma Cruz, Virginia Dette, Mary Ann Garner and Ted Albright; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Angeles Albright; and her sister, Jane Holthouser.

Though our hearts are full of sorrow at the loss of our beloved mom, our hope is in the reunion we will have with her in heaven. We love you mom.

A celebration of life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Christian Heights Church and is open to family and friends; potluck to follow.

Melba Maxine Stevens

Feb. 27, 1938 - April 2, 2014

Melba Maxine Stevens passed away at her home softly and gently on April 2, 2014.

She was born in Holdenville, Okla., on Feb. 27, 1938. She moved with her family to Modesto in 1941. She married her high school sweetheart, William Bruce Stevens, in 1955 and they moved to Tuolumne in 1956. They had five children together and after a little more than 50 years of marriage William passed away.

Melba was a very kind and sweet mother, an awesome grandmother and great-grandmother. She was gentle and soft spoken, just like her heart. She loved her family and touched and enriched the lives of all who met her. She never missed church and was true in her faith. She had a heart of pure gold. Heaven is now her home.

The family would like to thank Hospice of the Sierra for their support and guidance, as well as numerous friends and family who have been praying that the Lord would take her home gently, and Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home for handling all arrangements.

Melba was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Edith Hanks, of Modesto; her husband of a little more than 50 years, William Bruce Stevens, of Tuolumne; and her son, Rickey Stevens, of Sonora.

She is survived by her brother, Jerry Hanks, of Modesto; her children, Michael Stevens, Kenneth Stevens, Vicki Stevens, all of Tuolumne, and David Stevens, of Pahrump, Nev.; grandchildren, Andrea Tinkle, Amanda Tinkle, Alicia Thornburg, all of Tuolumne, Maddison Stevens, of Sonora, Alison Stevens, of Watonga, Okla., Tubraina Stevens and Jenna Stevens, of Pahrump, and Josh Stevens, of Springdale, Ark.; and great-grandchildren, Brandon Newquist, of Tuolumne, Breanna and Alyssa Bay, Kayla and Bronx Rizzuto, all of Watonga; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at the Tuolumne Baptist Church, 18426 Fir Ave., Tuolumne.

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HARRIS - Dalean Harris, 76, of Sonora, died Monday at Avalon Care Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.