Obituaries for January 2, 2003

January 01, 2003 11:00 pm

Hubert E. ‘Pug' Wills

July 2, 1917 — Dec. 30, 2002

Hubert E. "Pug" Wills, 85, of Mokelumne Hill died Monday at his home.

Mr. Wills was born in Everton, Mo., and had lived in Mokelumne Hill for the past 35 years.

He served in the military during World War II and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post of San Andreas.

Mr. Wills was a retired truck driver and an avid fisherman.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Wills of Mokelumne Hill; two sons, Kennedy Wills of Oakley and Gary Wills of Pacheco; three daughters, Georgia Ann Blum of Aptos, Shirley Wills of Mokelumne Hill and Donna Wills of San Andreas; a brother, Bill Wills of Antioch; a sister, Sarah Parmley of Antioch; and 15 grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at San Andreas Memorial Chapel. Inurnment will be at Mokelumne Hill Cemetery.

Virginia Elizabeth Fouts

May 30, 1906 — Dec. 29, 2002

Virginia Elizabeth (Burnham) Fouts, 96, a native of Copperopolis, died Sunday at her home in Sonora.

Mrs. Fouts was born to Alfred Lafayette "Lace" Burnham and lived on the family's 1,000-acre ranch in Copperopolis until she was 10. Her father was a deputy sheriff in Copperopolis. He attended college to become a doctor and later worked as an officer overseeing mines. His mother came to Calaveras County in a covered wagon from the Utah territory in the early 1800s and started one of the first churches in what is now Calaveritas.

When her father died, her mother moved the family to Stent, where the young Miss Burnham attended and later graduated from Stent's one-room school house. She attended Sonora High School until her junior year but had to quit school and go to work to help her family.

She met and married logger Jack Fouts, and the couple moved into a mill house in Standard. Her husband died in 1972, and Mrs. Fouts lived in the Standard home until the houses were sold and moved in the late 1970s.

She then bought a home in Sonora, where she lived until her death.

Her family said she was still chopping her own firewood when she was 90.

She was a homemaker and loved animals and gardening. She also loved attending family get-togethers.

Mrs. Fouts is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Jarrold and Nola Fouts of Sonora and Merline and Carolyn Fouts of Montague, Siskiyou County; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Betty and Trini Mercado of Sonora, Elaine Hansen of Columbia and Virginia and Lino Marzi of Angels Camp; 17 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Lorin Fouts.

A graveside inurnment is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at Mountain Shadow Cemetery. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Donations may be made to Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of the Sierra, P.O. Box 4805, Sonora 95370.

Donald Ray ‘Don' Carr Sr.

Aug. 3, 1933 — Dec. 30, 2002

Donald Ray "Don" Carr Sr., 69, of Tuolumne died Monday at a Sonora hospital.

Mr. Carr was born in Kansas City, Kan., and lived in Tuolumne County since 1955 with the exception of two years he spent living in the desert.

He was a truck driver for most of his adult life, most recently for Mayflower Furniture Moving.

His family said he was a good mechanic who loved his family, children, dogs, crafts, traveling and the desert.

They said he was a good father and husband who worked hard to provide for his family and was kind and compassionate to everyone.

Mr. Carr is survived by five sons and four daughters-in-law, Donald Ray Carr Jr. and Debbie Carr, David Charles Carr, Leon Laverne and Judy Carr and John James and Kelly Carr, all of Tuolumne, and Richard L. Carr Sr. and Lisa Carr of Sonora; a daughter and son-in-law, Sylvia L. and Michael Little of Tuolumne; 19 grandchildren, Crystin Carr of Manteca, Davie and Danie Carr, both of Sonora, Missy, Christina, Rachel, Nicole, Emily and Hayden Carr, Robert Carr and his wife, Lauretta, Jeremiah Hyde, and his wife, Emmy, Charles and Chris Hyde, April Little and Michael Little Jr., all of Tuolumne, Nicole Carr and Richard Carr Jr., both of Sonora, and Arika Carr of Arkansas; nine great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Terry Carr of Utah and Richard Carr of Tuolumne.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Gary Carr.

Visitation was scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. today at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home's Sonora chapel. A funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at the chapel. Burial will be at Carters Cemetery in Tuolumne.

Notices

COX — Perry Cox, 83, of Sonora died Tuesday at a Modesto hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

HENDRICKS — Alberta Hendricks, 84, of Sonora died Wednesday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

KLEIN — Christian Klein, 78, of Jamestown died Tuesday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

THOMAS — Elaine Thomas, 81, of Sonora died Wednesday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

VANDERWOUDE — Ronald Lee Vanderwoude, 64, of San Andreas died Monday at a San Andreas hospital. San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

WALLING — Tommy Walling, 80, of Sonora died early this morning at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

WETTENGEL — Eula Vern Wettengel, 89, of Sonora died Monday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

ZIMMERMAN — Otto Edward Zimmerman, 73, of Valley Springs died Sunday at a San Andreas hospital. San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.