Obituaries for August 22, 2012

Written by Union Democrat staff August 22, 2012 08:21 am

Clyde Ernest    Anderson Jr.

Aug. 30, 1920 — April 1, 2012

Mountain Ranch resident Clyde Ernest Anderson Jr. died April 1 at Mark Twain Convalescent Hospital. He was 91.

Mr. Anderson was born in Oakland and grew up in Fremont.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and later worked as a manufacturing engineer for Westinghouse in Sunnyvale for 30 years until retirement.

In 1981 he moved his family to Mountain Ranch.

He was a founding member of the Kennel Club of the Sierra and the Free and Accepted Masonic Lodge in Sunnyvale. He was a life member of the Manufacturing Engineers Union.

He enjoyed raising and showing bulldogs for many years.

Mr. Anderson was preceded in death by his children, William Anderson and Clyde Anderson III; and granddaughter, Crystal Chase.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Betty Anderson, of Mountain Ranch; his sisters, Sandra Frates, of Scappoose, Ore., and Claudine Chase, of Mountain Ranch; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Masonic Lodge No. 78, 5 W. St. Charles St., San Andreas.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Ava Nicole Hickman

July 21, 2012 — Aug. 16, 2012

Ava Nicole Hickman died Aug. 16 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. She was 1 month old.  

She was born in Sonora to Jared and Breanna Hickman.

She is survived by her parents; her grandparents, Jeremi and Heather Barrios, of Lathrop, and James Hickman, of Turlock; and aunt and uncle, Jeremi and Sydnee Barrios, of Lathrop.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sierra Bible Church on Tuolumne Road.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 

Cherie Kathleen     ‘Katy’ Rice 

Jan. 20, 1956 — Aug. 8, 2012

Sonora resident Cherie Kathleen “Katy” Rice died Aug. 8 at home after battling multiple system atrophy for eight years. She was 56.

Mrs. Rice was born in born in St. Louis, Mo., and raised in Colorado.

She lived in Sonora for 22 years.

She was an artist for more than 20 years and enjoyed working with stained glass.

She was diagnosed with multiple system atrophy, related to Parkinson’s type diseases, in January 2010. 

Mrs. Rice is survived by her husband, Terry Rice, of Sonora; her mother, Geraldine McKinley, of Colorado, many other family members in Sonora and Colorado.

Donations can be made to MSA research through www.caringforkaty.com or by calling 743-3740.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 23, at the the River’s Edge Restaurant in Knights Ferry.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 

Mae (Watts) Varner

Jan. 9, 1929 — Aug. 9, 2012

Sonora resident Mae (Watts) Varner died of cancer Aug. 9 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. She was 83.

Mrs. Varner was born in Dukedom, Ky. 

She and husband, Lewis, moved the family to Sonora in 1968.

She worked as a seamstress for 23 years until retirement. They owned Varner’s Upholstery, which they ran out of their garage. Mr. Varner did the upholstery while Mrs. Varner did the cutting and sewing. 

She enjoyed cooking, traveling, bowling, watching Oakland A’s baseball and going to church. 

Mrs. Varner was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Varner, in 2005.

She is survived by her children, Dana Varner, of Sonora, Richard Varner, of Tracy, Nathan Varner, of Salinas, and Robert Caldwell, of Valley Center, Kan; her siblings, John Watts, of Milburn, Ky., and Ethel Dillon, of Clinton, Ky.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services were held at Sunset View Cemetery in Jackson.

Heuton Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements. 

  

Notices

BAUER — Dean Bauer, 42, of Sonora, died Sunday at home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

DAVIS — Robert Davis, 70, of Jamestown, died Monday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 

EVANS — Michael Evans, 62, of Sonora, died Friday at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

HARRIS — Walter Harris, 91, of Tuolumne, died Thursday at Avalon Care Center of Sonora. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements. 

HURD — Beverly Hurd, 82, of Sonora, died Monday at home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 

HORNIBROOK — Jerry Hornibrook, 72, of Sonora, died Saturday at home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

JORDAN — Benjamin Jordan, 51, of Sonora, died Monday at home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.