Obituaries for February 5, 2013

By Union Democrat staff February 05, 2013 01:18 pm

Curtis Earl Buster

Nov. 18, 1922 — Jan. 27, 2013

Sonora resident Curtis Buster died Jan. 27 at his home. He was 90.

Mr. Buster was born in Peoria, Ill., to William and Ethel Buster. His family moved to California when he was very young.

He was a general contractor and developer for 60 years, 25 of those in Sonora.

He was a member of Oakhurst Elks Lodge and Los Angeles Rotary Club, and operating a ham radio.

Mr. Buster was preceded in death by a sister, Lorraine Busby.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Yveline Buster, of Sonora; sons, John Brown and Orpheus Buster-Brown, both of Sonora, and Jim Buster, of Santa Ynez, Santa Barbara County; daughters, Caroline Buster-Brown, of Sonora, and Ethel Buster, of Huntington Beach; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Private family services were held.

Heuton Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.

Donna Carol Beesley

June 4, 1935 — Jan. 27, 2013

 Jamestown resident Donna (Morrow) Beesley died Jan. 27 at her home. She was 77.

Mrs. Beesley was born in Klamath Falls, Ore., to Viola “Ole” and Don Morrow and moved with her family to California so her father could work in the gold mines.

She was a homemaker for 56 years, and had lived in Jamestown for 25 years with her husband. Mr. Beesley was a sawyer, and the family moved from Red Bluff, Tehama County, to Loyalton, Sierra County, and finally to Jamestown, where her husband worked at the local mill.

She enjoyed fishing, camping and gardening.

Mrs. Beesley was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Ellis “Buzz” Beesley, in 1989; brother, Larry Morrow, in 1989; and sister, Carla Jo Hueston, in 1999.

She is survived by her husband, William Ellis Beesley, of Jamestown; sons, Don Coleman, of Jamestown, Dean Coleman, of Vallejo, and Greg Beesley, of Jamestown; daughters, Shelly Downs, of Jamestown, and Shawn Lopez, of Texas; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Private family services were held.

Heuton Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.

Evaulette Jean Ruth

July 25, 1922 — Jan. 20, 2013

Sonora resident Evaulette Jean Ruth died Jan. 20 at Mark Twain Convalescent Hospital. She was 90.

Mrs. Ruth was born in Newfolden, Minn., to Alma and Louis Stokke. She grew up in Minnesota, and moved to San Diego after graduating high school.

She met and married Edd Ruth Jr. in Northern California. They had a child, Linda Lee Ruth, together in 1947. They lived in Richmond before moving to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, for six years, where Mr. Ruth was employed at Standard Oil Co. At this time, Mrs. Ruth traveled to Ireland, Amsterdam, Lebanon, Italy and Ethiopia.

Upon returning to California, they lived in Richmond until relocating to Sonora in 1972, where Mr. Ruth had been working.

Mrs. Ruth worked for civil service in many agencies, including the departments of Defense and Agriculture, Bureau of Reclamation, and U.S. Forest Service, and naval supply before retiring in 1986.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2006; by her brothers, Leo, Morris and Lyle Stokke; and by her sister Alice Whistler.

Mrs. Ruth is survived by a daughter, Linda Lee DeFoe, of Vacaville; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Kristin and Jerry Stone, of Antioch; grandson, Mark DeFoe, of Vacaville; one great-granddaughter; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home.

Memorial donations may be made to any Alzheimer’s disease organization, American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, UT 84741, or any favorite charity.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.  

Ruth Beatrice Ewing

July 6, 1920 — Jan. 23, 2013

Former Pine Mountain Lake resident Ruth Beatrice Ewing died Jan. 23 at Wesley Homes in Des Moines, Wash. She was 92.

Mrs. Ewing was born in Spring Valley, N.Y., to Amsy and Clara Elener and graduated from high school there. She worked as an inspector for the Grumman Airplane Co. during World War II. 

She met Herbert B. Ewing, a pilot in the Air Force, through a neighbor and they married by the end of the war. They lived in Texas, South Dakota and California. 

She moved with her husband, who was born in Yosemite National Park, to the park in 1946, where Mr. Ewing worked for the National Park Service. 

Mrs. Ewing worked for the U.S. Postal Service and at the Ansel Adams Studio in Yosemite Valley. Although she grew up in New York, she became a highly competent fisherwoman, horseback rider and amateur naturalist, her family said.

The couple retired to Pine Mountain Lake, near Groveland. They enjoyed traveling and playing golf.

Mrs. Ewing moved to Wesley Homes in 2006 to be closer to her son after the death of her husband.S

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Robert Ewing and Nancy Tosta, of Burien, Wash.; a grandson, Kyle Ewing, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and identical twin great-grandsons.

No services are planned.

Bonney-Watson in Seatac, Wash., is handling arrangements. 


BLANKENSHIP-REARDON — Susan Blankenship-Reardon, 70, of Sonora, died Saturday at Avalon Care Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 

BOTTS — Boyd Earl Botts, 73, of Jamestown, died Saturday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. A service will be held 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Rivers of Life, 14535 Peaceful Valley Road, East Sonora. 

GOMBOA — Raul C. Gomboa, 76, of Sonora, died Saturday at Avalon Care Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 

WRIGHT — Dorothy Wright, 83, of Oakdale, a frequent visitor to Tuolumne County, died Saturday at her home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.