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BEOSHANZ

Elizabeth 'Betty' Beoshanz

Beoshanz, Elizabeth "Betty" passed away on Dec. 28, 2003, in Woodland. She was born on June 2, 1920 in Arbuckle, Ca., the daughter of Neil and Gladys Dulin; the wife of the late Alvin Beoshanz. She lived in this area all of her life and was active in the Yolo Boating Club and auxiliary. She was a member of the Woodland Church of the Nazarene. She will be missed by her friends and church family.

Friends are invited to attend the viewing and funeral service Friday, Jan. 2, at the Church of the Nazarene, 100 Woodland Ave. Viewing 10-11:30 a.m. funeral service 1 p.m. A committal service will follow at the Arbuckle Cemetery. Arrangements by Lind Bros. Mortuary.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Tuesday, December 30, 2003.)

BERA

Matthew Bera

Matthew Bera of Cameron Park died Saturday, Aug. 6 at age 36.

Mr. Bera was born Jan. 27, 1969 in Fairfield. He attended Capital Christian High School in Rocklin. He entered the fire service as a firefighter/paramedic with Sacramento City Fire Department in January 1995 and was promoted to apparatus operator in December 2003.

Survivors include Mr. Bera's wife of 16 years, Lauri; his children, Megan, Lauren and Nicolas; his parents, Linda Easterly and her husband Gary and James Bera; his father- and mother-in-law, Ray and Barbara Bryers; his grandparents, Ted and Mary Carrion, John and Mary Bera, Margaret Easterly and grandmother-in-law Edna Edgeman; and his siblings, Mindy Hertzell, Katie Easterly, Ryan Bera, Shane Bera, JR Bera, Monique Bera and Scott Taylor.

Flowers may be sent to Capital Christian Center for Friday's services. The family requests memorials in Mr. Bera's name be directed to the Firefighter Pacific Burn Institute, 3823 V St., Suite No. 4., Sacramento, 95817.

Services: A funeral is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12 at Capital Christian Center, 9470 Micron Ave., Sacramento. Immediately following the church service a graveside memorial will be held at Fair Oaks Cemetery, 7780 Olive St., Fair Oaks. Friends and family will gather to celebrate his life following all of the services at "Brew It Up" located at 801 14th St. in Sacramento.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Wednesday, August 10, 2005.)

BERDOLLT

Joseph Berdollt

Joseph Berdollt of Winters died on Feb. 20, 2000, following a brief illness. He was born October 18, 1934 in Brentwood, Missouri, the son of the late John J. Berdollt and Emma Petersdorf Berdollt.

Mr. Berdollt retired from Santa Fe Railroad in Richmond, where he had been employed as a switchman. He was a member of Word of Life Christian Center of Davis. He was also a licensed minister in the Good Shepherd International Fellowship. He had been active in teaching Bible study classes in various rest homes in Davis and Woodland, and was also active serving the Meals on Wheels program in Winters.

Mr. Berdollt was an Army veteran and a Korean Conflict Veteran.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Mary A. Belcher Berdollt; brothers, Lloyd Berdollt of Pittsburg, and Ken Berdollt of Sacramento; sisters, Gloria Levon of Morgan Hill, Rosemary Tiger of Cottonwood; nephew, Bob Alverson of Winters; and numerous other nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by sisters, Emma Marie Scroggins, Estelle Marie Poll, Geraldine Roark, Vernice Wiedner and Dorothy Ann Geavoniei; and brother, John Joseph Berdollt, Jr.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 1 p.m. at the Davis Funeral Chapel. Private burial services will take place in St. Joseph's Cemetery, in San Pablo, at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 1765 Challenge Way, Suite 115, Sacramento, CA 95815 or to Yolo Hospice, P. O. Box 1014, Davis, CA 95617, or to other local charities.

(Obituary from the "Winters Express," Thursday, March 2, 2000 (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "Winters Express," 312 Railroad Ave., Winters, CA 95694.)

BERDOLLT

Mary Anna Berdollt

Mary Anna Berdollt of Winters passed away on Monday, Sept. 13, 2004 in Vacaville, following a short illness. Born on May 17, 1938, in Oklahoma, she was 66 years old.

Graveside services for Mrs. Berdollt were held on Friday, Sept. 17, 2004 at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in San Pablo.

Arrangements were handled by the Vaca Hills Chapel, 524 Elmira Road, in Vacaville.

Obituary from the "Winters Express," (print edition) Thursday, September 23, 2004.)

BERES

Vilmos Beres

Vilmos Beres died Feb. 22, 2000, after a long illness. Born April 19, 1928, he was 71.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 1, at 9:30 a.m. at Putah Creek Lodge on the UC Davis campus.

In Hungary, Beres completed university and held the position of assistant professor of horticulture. Due to political reasons, he immigrated to the United States in 1956. With great determination, he taught himself English. With persistent application he gained employment as a laboratory technician at UC Davis under Luther Davis in 1957.

While working full time, he managed to attend English classes and later was accepted as a graduate student in plant physiology. He earned a master's degree in 1962 and a Ph.D. in 1972. Through those years at UCD, Beres worked himself up to the position of research assistant from which he retired from in 1991.

He was a loving father and husband. He is survived by his wife Marta of Guerneville; three daughters Teresa Upson of Vacaville, Anna Goligowski of Sacramento and Katie Hallee of Woodland; two sons-in-law; and four grandchildren.

"He lived life to the fullest with trust, honesty, integrity and belief in education,'' his family says.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be sent to the Kidney Foundation, to a scholarship fund or to the donor's favorite charity.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," the week of March 19, 2000, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)

BERGER

Charles G. Berger

Charles Glen Berger, known to all as Glen, died July 30, 2000, at the age of 83. He was born in Hagerstown, Md., in 1916.

His mother died when he was 5 and the family moved to Oregon, where he attended public schools and Oregon State University. He worked in logging, steel, trucking and retail jobs until moving to Los Angeles in 1940.

He met his wife of 53 years, Virginia Nuez, while they were employed as machinists at Lockheed Aircraft during World War II. The family grew to include three children in the next 10 years. During that time, he worked at Lockheed during the night and as a tile and marble setter during the day to support his family.

The family moved to Davis in 1959, where the children attended Davis public schools and Glen worked for Fisher Tile Co. in Sacramento. In 1973, he became a licensed contractor and was self-employed in and around Davis until his retirement in 1981.

He will be remembered for his love of his family, his signature pride in his trade, his membership and service in the Davis Lions Club, his love of woodworking and gardening and for his wisdom, which was often delivered in the form of humorous observation based on decades of bemused marveling at human excess and folly.

Glen is survived by his wife, Virginia; brother, Robert of The Dalles, Ore.; daughter, Kathryn Muhs; two sons, Paul of Seattle and Richard of Oakland; two grandchildren, Sam and Alea Muhs; and a nephew, Tim Connolly of Washington, D.C.

Arrangements for the funeral are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Chapel.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Davis Lutheran Church, 317 E. Eighth St., in Davis.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," for the week of July 30, 2000, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)

BERKMAN

Elsie Berkman

Elsie Berkman died June 30, 2000, at the Northwest Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz. Born Oct. 1, 1914, in New York to the late Meyer and Sarah (Cohen) Gerson, she was 85.

She was a resident of Connecticut until her move to Arizona in 1970, where she had been an active volunteer in the community.

She married Isaac Berkman on Oct. 10, 1937, in New York City. He survives her.

In addition to her husband of 62 years, survivors include one son, David Berkman of Tucson; three daughters, Paula Miller of Davis, Phyllis Genel of Woodbridge and Helen Berkman of St. David, Pa.; one brother, Nat Gerson of Royal Palm Beach, Fla.; a sister, Helen Samuels of Columbus, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," July 2, 2000, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)

BERLINGER

Margaret "Peggy" Berlinger

Margaret "Peggy" Berlinger died Sunday, July 6, 2003, at age 91.

Born April 20, 1912, in Longmont, Colo., Mrs. Berlinger was a long time resident of Orland. She was a member of the Federated Church of Orland, Rebeckans, Orland Women Improvement Club.

Survivors include her daughter, Judith and husband Cary Tommeraason of Woodland; granddaughter, Jill Brigham and husband Matt; grandson, Todd Tommeraason and wife Paige; and four great-grandchildren, all of Woodland.

The family requests memorials be directed to the charity of donor's choice. Arrangements are under the direction of F.D. Sweet & Son Mortuary, 825 A St., Orland.

Services: A visitation is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 10, at F.D. Sweet & Son Mortuary. A graveside service is scheduled at 10 a.m. Friday, July 11, at Oddfellow Cemetery Gazebo.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Wednesday, July 9, 2003.)

BERMAN

Edward Berman

Edward Berman of Davis died March 12, 2005. He was 58 years old.

Born Feb. 13, 1947, in New York, he was a Davis resident for five years.

He is survived by his wife, Morgana Bernard of Davis; his mother, Gertrude Berman of Laguna Hills; and his sister, Diane Silber of Laguna Beach.

He is further survived by many in-laws, cousins and friends.

Services are private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Yolo Hospice.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Friday, March 18, 2005.)

BERMAN

Edward Phillip Berman

Edward Phillip Berman died in West Sacramento Monday, Sept. 13 at age 68.

Mr. Berman was born June 17, 1937 in Bronx, N.Y. to the late Harry and Florence Berman and had been a Yolo County resident for 33 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and was a member of the American Legion and Senior American Legion Post 77 baseball team. He previously worked for Voice of America, Yolo County Sheriff's Department and All Phase Security.

Survivors include Mr. Berman's wife of 33 years Julie Berman, his daughters Margie Berman and Angela Martinez; son Jack Stevens and his wife June; grandchildren Alicia and Michael Hernandez, Matthew Howell, Stephanie Royer, Jayson Martinez, and Zachary Stevens; great-grandchildren Jazmin Hernandez, Aaliyah Brown, an unborn great-grandaughter; and his sister Lee Grosflan.

Services: Visitation is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20 at Calvary Chapel, 1580 Case Place, Woodland. A graveside service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21 at Woodland Cemetery. Evergreen Funeral Services of Woodland is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," September 18, 2004.)

BERNA

Ruth Anabelle Berna

Ruth Anabelle Berna died in Woodland Friday, Sept. 5, 2003, at age 76.

Born Jan. 15, 1927, in Hampton, Ind., Mrs. Berna had been a Yolo County resident for three years. She and her husband ran a catering service in Phoenix, Ariz., for a number of years. After retiring from the catering service, she went to work for the Revlon Company.

Survivors include her sons, Bob Berna and wife Betty of Woodland, and Richard Berna and wife Debra of Las Vegas; daughter, Lynn Barker of Chickasha, Okla.; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandson. She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Francis T. Berna.

The family requests memorials be directed to Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, 95617. Arrangements are under the direction of Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors of Woodland.

Services: A memorial service is scheduled at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at Kraft Bros. Chapel, 175 Second St., Woodland.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Thursday, September 11, 2003.)

BERNAL

Salvador Acosta Bernal, Jr.

Salvador Acosta Bernal Jr. died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004. at Woodland Memorial Hospital.

He is survived by his parents, Reyna and Salvador Acosta, of Woodland; paternal grandmother Anita Diaz of Woodland; maternal grandparents Consuelo Arriaga and Alberto Bernal of Michoacan, Mexico; uncles Felipe and wife Azalia Acosta, Luis and wife Carina Acosta and Roman and Isabel Bernal, all of Woodland.

His paternal grandfather Felipe Acosta preceded him in death in 1979. Internment services will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, 2004 at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Woodland. Arrangements are under the direction of Evergreen Funeral Services of Woodland.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Sunday, January 18, 2004.)

BERNARD

Doris Virginia Bernard

Doris Virginia Bernard died Nov. 9, 2003, in her West Sacramento home after a short battle with lung cancer. She was 63.

Born April 16, 1940, in Oklahoma, she was a homemaker. She lived in Yolo County for 40 years.

She is survived by daughter Starla June Gomez, sons Roy Lavon Swearengin and Carl Willis Swearengin, sisters Deloris Nellie Bliss of West Sacramento and Darlene Wanda Cortez of Reno, Nev., brothers Alfard Lee Thomas of West Sacramento and Ray Dean Thomas of Reno, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A private family service is planned.

Her family requests memorial gifts in her name to Yolo Hospice or the American Cancer Society.

Evergreen Funeral Service of Woodland is in charge of arrangements.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Thursday, November 13, 2003.)

BERNARD

Walter Allen Bernard

Walter Allen Bernard of Sacramento, born July 20, 1915. At age 90, our loving husband and father passed away on Jan. 30, 2006 of complications relating to a fall. He is survived by his loving wife Lena; his sons Michael and his life partner Karen Fleming, of Windsor, and Steven and his wife Leilani, of Valencia. Many cousins, nieces and nephews spread across the western United States and Alaska, will also miss him dearly. Born in Woodland Walter grew up and attended school there, excelling in track and graduating Woodland High in 1934. He served in the Air Force during WWII, piloting gliders over France, Italy and Germany during the Allied advance. He was wounded during his service, but was able to return to Sacramento where he met and married Lena. Happily married for 56 years, they lived and raised their sons in Sacramento, while Walter worked for Golden State Dairy, later Foremost Dairies, as a wholesale route driver. After retiring in 1980, Walter took to two of his favorite passions, working in his garden and baking, and is fondly remembered by many for his pies, cakes, cookies and candies. He was a long-time member of Fremont Presbyterian Church, where he served in various roles and contributed greatly of his time. He was also a devoted neighbor and friend to many in the River Park area. He was a tireless supporter of the Sacramento Blood Bank and a passionate contributor to Loaves and Fishes. All who had the opportunity to know and love him will miss our father. The old home will not be the same without him and his ready offer of a bite of something just out of the oven. At his request, no services will be held. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Loaves and Fishes in Sacramento.

Visit the guest book at www.dailydemocrat.com.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Sunday, February 5, 2006.)

BARRERA

Primitivo Barrera

Primitivo Barrera died Saturday, April 17, 2004, at age 78.

Born July 1, 1925, in McQueenie, Texas, Mr. Barrera had been a Yolo County resident for 53 years. He attended school in Texas and worked for Concrete Products. He was a corporal in Marine Corp during World War II from 1943 to 1946.

Survivors include his wife, Ernestine Barrera; daughters, Theresa and Laura Barrera; sons, George and wife Kathy, Edmond and wife Kris; seven grandchildren; sisters, Isabel Duran, Rose Gloria; and brothers, Paul, James, Richard, Barrera. He was preceded in death by his parents, Primitivo and Isabel Barrera; and two brothers.

The family requests memorials be directed to Cancer Society. Arrangements are under the direction of McNary's Chapel of Woodland.

Services: A rosary is scheduled at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, at McNary's Chapel, Woodland. A funeral mass is scheduled at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 22, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 301 Walnut St., Woodland, with a graveside service to follow. Burial will be at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Woodland.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," April 20, 2004.)

BERTLESON

Helen Moya Bertleson

Helen Moya Bertleson died in her Esparto home Saturday, July 6, 2002, at age 80.

Born Nov. 10, 1921, in Esparto, Mrs. Bertleson had been a resident of Yolo County for her entire life. She was a graduate of Woodland High School in 1939. She was a bookkeeper for Woodland Plumbing & Hardware for over 30 years and for Modern Plumbing for over 10 years. According to her family members, "she enjoyed spending time with her family and traveling."

Mrs. Bertleson is survived by her husband, Don Bertleson of Esparto; brothers, Johnny and wife Dellamae Moya of Red Bluff, Jimmy and wife LaDonna Moya of Woodland; and sisters, Louise and husband Gerald Gale and Margaret Smith of Woodland.

She is also survived by her nephews, John Smith of Dunnigan, James and wife Kelley Smith of Hamilton City, Joe and wife Pam Gale of Woodland, Johnny Moya of Westwood, Matt Moya of Woodland; nieces, Minda and husband Phil Cummings of Burney, Joy and husband Eli Rodriguez of Atascadero, and three great-nieces; and eight great-nephews.

Mrs. Bertleson was preceded in death by her parents, John and Catherine Moya of Yolo; and brother-in-law, Roland Smith of Woodland; and nephew, Michael Smith of New Orleans, La.

Respecting the wishes of Mrs. Bertleson no services are scheduled.

The family requests memorials be directed to Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, 95616.

(Obituary from the "The Daily Democrat," Saturday, July 13, 2002, (Woodland, Yolo County, California). Submitted with the permission of the "The Daily Democrat," 711 Main St., Woodland, CA 95695.)

BETTIS

Barbara J. Bettis

A memorial service is planned Wednesday for Barbara J. Bettis, who died Dec. 7, 2003, at Courtyard Health Care in Davis. She was 71 years old.

She was born Nov. 21, 1932, in Portland, Ore., where her father owned an automobile garage. She grew up and attended school in the Portland area.

She moved to Davis in 1965 with her two children and began working at Quessenberry Drug Store in downtown Davis. She always loved her pets and animals, and moved on to work at the UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Clinic as an animal technician.

She loved working with the young vet students, along with the doctors, in caring for sick and injured animals. She made many friends among pet owners who would come from all over the state to have their pets cared for at this special veterinary facility. She retired in 1996.

Barbara met and married Donald Bettis, an editor at The Daily Democrat newspaper, in 1969. She enjoyed keeping up with his schedule of community activities throughout the county, and cherished his old typewriter.

A loving mother, she enjoyed her family and grandchildren along with her many pets. She lived in North Davis and loved taking her dogs to the ponds where she could watch the wildlife.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1982. She is survived by her son, Greg Francis of Citrus Heights, and her daughter and son-in-law, Dawn and Martin Armstrong of Davis. She had three grandchildren: Rachel Francis of Santa Cruz, Greg Berner of Davis and Paul Armstrong of Davis; two step-granddaughters, Natalie Armstrong of Crockett and Heather Norlie of Sacramento; and two step-great-granddaughters, Haley and Katie Norlie of Sacramento.

Friends are invited to a memorial service Wednesday at noon at the Davis Community Church, 412 C St. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the Yolo County SPCA, P.O. Box 510, Davis, CA 95617.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Monday, December 15, 2003.)

BEUTLER

Neal K. Beutler

Neal K. Beutler died suddenly in Los Angeles earlier this month of heart disease. Born in Sacramento in 1945 to the late Lucille D. and Clyde E. Beutler, he was 55.

He grew up in Tracy and was a graduate of Cowell College at UC Santa Cruz. He also lived in Santa Cruz, Berkeley and Davis while studying for a time at UC Davis.

He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Mark Underwood, and two nephews, David and Matt of Auburn. A memorial service is planned for later this summer.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," for the week of June 11, 2000, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)

BEWLEY

Christine E. Bewley

Christine E. Bewley succumbed to cancer on March 3, 2006, in Guelph, Canada, after a prolonged battle that drew awe and admiration for her unwavering positive outlook, her family said.

Born in 1944, she was described as a true, selfless and helping friend. She was a gifted artist, designer, and contributor to her local arts community. Her spontaneous creativity also extended to the kitchen, to the delight of many. She was an ardent hiker, gardener and traveler, with a joy for life.

She and her husband, Derek, lived in Davis for a short time in the fall of 2003 when Derek, an internationally known expert on the biology of seeds, was on sabbatical at UC Davis.

She is survived by her husband, Derek; her children, Alex and Janette; and her grandchildren, Maya and Tate.

She is further survived by her brothers, Jim and Rob of Stafford, England.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation (www.pmhf-uhn.ca) and Foster Parents Plan in Toronto (www.fosterparentsplan.ca).

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Friday, March 10, 2006.)

BIASI

Joseph “Joe” D. Biasi

Services for Joe Biasi held Tuesday

Private family graveside funeral services were held Tuesday, February 17 at Winters Cemetery for Joseph Domenick Biasi, 61. He died February 13, 1987 at Yolo General Hospital after a long illness.

Biasi, who had lived continuously in Winters since 1978, was born June 1, 1925 in Guinda in Yolo County. He operated a trucking firm for 14 years.

Biasi served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Bonnie Biasi of Winters; mother Mrs. Antonita Biasi, also of Winters; and two daughters, Patricia Biasi of Winters and Katherine Hobbs of Winemucca, Nevada. He was preceded in death by a son, Joseph Biasi, Jr., who died in 1980.

Also surviving are four brothers: Vito Biasi of Sacramento; Pat Biasi of Concord; and Bill and Sam Biasi, both of Winters. Three sisters are surviving: Margaret Toombs of Blythe; Katherine Carrion of Winters; and Angie Murphy of Puyallup, Washington. Eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild also survive.

Funeral services were under the direction of Smith's Colonial Chapel.

(Obituary from the “Winters Express,” Thursday, February 19, 1987, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the “Winters Express,” 312 Railroad Ave., Winters, CA 95694.)

BICKHAM

Betty L. Bickham

Rites held for Betty L. Bickham

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in the New Life Family Church, 315 Edwards Street, Winters, for Betty Leone Bickham, 67, who died Thursday, Feb. 15, 1990, in Sutter Davis Hospital after a long illness.

Rev. Michael Farias officiated at the church services, with Cindy Farias acting as soloist. Burial followed in the Winters Cemetery under direction of Smith's Colonial Chapel, with Rev. Jay Constant officiating at graveside.

Born June 2, 1922, in Cleveland, Oklahoma, the deceased was a longtime resident of Winters. A homemaker and a member of the New Life Family Church, Mrs. Bickham and her husband, Harold, on Feb. 10 celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Jeanette Cress of Roseburg, Oregon; three brothers, Jack Callison of Oxnard, Gary Callison of Winters and Don Callison of Vacaville; a sister, Wilma Quintero of Vacaville, and one grandson.

Pallbearers were: Gary Callison, Joe Quintero, John Cress, Don Callison, Jack Callison and Jay Constant.

(Obituary from the “Winters Express,” Thursday, February 22, 1990, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the “Winters Express,” 312 Railroad Ave., Winters, CA 95694.)

BIGELOW

Kenneth Lee Bigelow (1st of 2 obits.)

Kenneth Lee Bigelow of Woodland passed away at his Victorian home on College Street on May 8 at age 79. He loved his family, served his country and shared his many talents as a master craftsman. He was employed by the USDA as a Soil Conservationist and retired in 1981 after 30 years of service.

Mr. Bigelow was born Feb. 25, 1926 to Kenneth L. and Mildred Bigelow in La Grange, Ill. He had been a Woodland resident for 44 1/2 years.

As a young man Ken joined the Marine Corps May 26, 1944 and participated in action against the enemy at Okinawa, Ryuky Islands and participated in the Occupation of China and received an honorable discharge on Aug. 11, 1946.

The following year he met his wife of 54 1/2 years Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Wallace. They were married on Nov. 24, 1950. His college education was received at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Ken and Betty have three children, Susan Bigelow, Nancy Petersen and Robert Bigelow. He loved his family dearly and enjoyed the hobby of furniture restoration and held an adult education lifetime credential in furniture restoration and caning. He enjoyed hunting, hiking and was an avid fisherman. He was a leader in Indian Guides, Boy Scouts and took pride in teaching soil conservation at Philmont Scout Ranch.

Over a period of years together, Ken and Betty restored their Victorian home and garden at 746 College St. Ken spent many, many hours in his shop restoring the beautiful antique furniture that now fills every room of the Bigelow home. He was well known for his ability to restore and bring life back to old furniture and shared this gift with his children and the many Adult Education students that he taught. He loved his home and generously shared his home and talents with the community.

His is survived by his wife Betty, children, Susan, Nancy and husband Jeff and Robert, sister-in-law Jean Miller and husband Floyd, brother-in-law Bill Wallace and wife Roberta, granddaughter Jennifer Petersen, stepgrandson Josh Marsh and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and mother Kenneth L. and Mildred Bigelow, his sister Ethel Beede and her husband John Beede.

The family requests memorials in Kenneth Bigelow's name be directed to the Woodland Library Rose Club, 250 First St., Woodland, 95695 or the Parkinson Disease Foundation.

Services: A private family graveside service was held Wednesday, May 11 at Woodland City Cemetery. A celebration of Kenneth's life will be held for family and friends at a later date.

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Kenneth Lee Bigelow (2nd of 2 obits.)

Kenneth Lee Bigelow died at his home in Woodland, Sunday, May 8 at age 79.

Mr. Bigelow was born Feb. 25, 1926 to Kenneth L. and Mildred Bigelow in La Grange, Ill. He had been a Woodland resident for 44 1/2 years. He joined the Marine Corps May 26, 1944 and fought at Okinawa, Ryuky Islands and participated in the Occupation of China, receiving an honorable discharge on Aug. 11, 1946. He graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He was employed by the USDA as a soil conservationist and retired in 1981 after 30 years of service. He was a leader in Indian Guides, Boy Scouts and taught soil conservation at Philmont Scout Ranch. In addition, he was a master craftsman who held an adult education lifetime credential in furniture restoration and caning and taught Adult Education students furniture restoration.

Survivors include Mr. Bigelow's wife of nearly 54 1/2 years, Betty; his children, Susan, Nancy and her husband Jeff and Robert; his granddaughter, Jennifer Petersen; his stepgrandson, Josh Marsh; his sister-in-law, Jean Miller and her husband Floyd; his brother-in-law, Bill Wallace and his wife Roberta and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Kenneth L. and Mildred Bigelow; his sister, Ethel Beede and her husband John Beede.

The family requests memorials in Mr. Bigelow's name be directed to the Woodland Library Rose Club, 250 First St., Woodland, 95695 or the Parkinson Association of Northern California, 900 Fulton Avenue, Suite No. 100-5, Sacramento, 95825-4502.

Services: A private family graveside service was held Wednesday, May 11 at Woodland City Cemetery. A celebration of Kenneth's life will be held for family and friends at a later date. McNary's Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Wednesday, May 18, 2005.)

BIGELOW

Theresa S. Bigelow

Theresa S. Bigelow died Feb. 26, 2000. Born on July 14, 1911, she was 88.

A junior high school teacher in Oakland for many years, she was a member of a book club in Davis for several years after her retirement. She drove up Interstate 80 once a month to discuss the current book.

She is survived by a daughter, Mary Horton of Davis; two sons, James of Santa Monica and Kenneth of Maryland; and six grandchildren, Michael Horton, Warren, Henry and Katharine Bigelow, and John and Andrea Bigelow.

The best memorial one could give to her would be to read a book in her memory, her family says, with bonus points if it's read with a child.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," the week of Feb. 27, 2000, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)

BILLINGS

Harold (Bud) Miller Billings

Harold (Bud) Billings died in his home at Cape Canaveral, Fla., Saturday, April 27, 2002 at the age of 64.

Born Sept. 26, 1937, in Aurora, Ill., he was the first child of Harold and Bernadine (Miller) Billings.

He grew up in Woodland and attended Dingle and Beamer Elementary schools. He began playing trumpet at Beamer under the tutelage of Gordon Friday. he acquired an early interest in jazz, according to family members. In high school he joined the Musicians' Union in Sacramento at the age of 14 and through high school, worked with most of the dance bands in the Sacramento area.

He graduated from Woodland High School in 1955 and graduated from Los Angeles City College.

Mr. Billings moved to Los Angeles immediately after graduation and enrolled in Los Angeles City College. He left college when he was offered the opportunity to go "on the road" with Hal McIntyre. He toured with many Big Bands, including Skinnae Ennis, Jerry Gray, Pearl Bailey and husband Louie Bellson, Harry James and Stan Kenton. He also performed or recorded with Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Nelson Riddle, Ella Fitzgerald, Marvin Gaye, the Beach Boys, Sammy Davis Jr., and others.

Mr. Billings was an accomplished trumpet player. He toured with many big bands, including Hal McIntre, Sinnae Ennis, Jerry Gray, Pearl Bailey and husband Louie Bellson, Harry James, and Stan Kenton.

He also was with the orchestras that played the Carol Burnett TV Show and the Steve Allen Show.

Mr. Billings move to Nashville, Tenn., in 1970 to work on the Johnny Cash TV Show. He later got involved with arranging work and quit playing the trumpet. He won Clio Awards for commercials for Merchants Bank of Indianapolis and for Belk Department Stores.

In 1983 he accepted a position on the arranging faculty at Berklee College of Music, where he eventually became assistant chair for the arranging department. He also began playing again and in 1991 moved to Cape Canaveral, Fla., and did a considerable amount of arranging work for the shows at Disney World.

Mr. Billings is survived by former wife Barbara K. Billings of Cape Canaveral; daughter Laura Pleasant and husband of North Carolina; and grandson Aaron Pleasant of North Carolina.

He is also survived by sister Sandra Heidrick and husband Fred; niece Melissa Harlan and husband Blake, and their children, Eleanor, Amelia and Ethan; as well as nephew Greg Heidrick and wife Stacey, all of Woodland.

He was preceded in death by parents Harold and Bernadine Billings and nephew Steven Heidrick, all of Woodland.

As per his request there was no formal ceremony.

A fee has been paid to reprint this obituary

(Obituary from the "The Daily Democrat," Tuesday, May 07, 2002, (Woodland, Yolo County, California). Submitted with the permission of the "The Daily Democrat," 711 Main St., Woodland, CA 95695.)

BILLS

Carmen Consuelo Bills

Carmen Consuelo Bills died in Kaiser Hospital in Roseville, Saturday, April 6, 2002 at age 71.

Born Sept. 26, 1930, in Mexico City, Mexico, Mrs. Bills was a Fremont resident for 32 years, and spent the last year of her life in Woodland. According to her family members, "she was a woman of great love and generosity whom also possessed many artistic talents one of which being lacework. She spent the last 12 years doing lacework and was a founding member of the Golden Gate Lace Guild."

Mrs. Bills is survived by his children, Richard Bills and wife Vanessa of Long Beach, Diana Stavenau and husband Michael of Lakeview, Ore., and Jeff Bills and wife Tammy of Woodland; and grandchildren, Nicole Stavenau, Jenna, Hannah, Emma, and Noah Bills.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Jay Bills, in 2001.

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service and luncheon at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20. For further information, call Woodland Assembly of God at 662-7150.

(Obituary from the "The Daily Democrat," Wednesday, April 17, 2002, (Woodland, Yolo County, California). Submitted with the permission of the "The Daily Democrat," 711 Main St., Woodland, CA 95695.)

BINNS

Alice Dexter Binns

Alice Dexter Binns died on Wednesday, October 23, 2002 in Fair Oaks. Born on Sept. 9, 1911 in Winters on the Dexter Ranch she was 91 years old.

Mrs. Binns was raised and attended schools in Winters. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in education. She was a teacher for over 20 years. She taught at Point Arena School, Roosevelt Elementary in Salinas, and Corral de Tierra, where she retired as principal. She married Charles H. Binns in 1939 and the couple were married for 61 years until his death. Mrs. Binns was a member of Cypress Community Church in Salinas for many years. She was a resident of Salinas for over 50 years.

Mrs. Binns was preceded in death by her parents, Elmir and Ivy Dexter, her husband, Charles Harold Binns and a sister Geneive Dexter.

Mrs. Binns is survived by her sons, Richard Binns, and wife Rosie of Reedley, Charles Binns and wife Emily of Sacramento, a sister Gwendolyn Shell and husband Horace of Davis. Grandchildren, Tisha Hankard and husband John J. of Sacramento, Billy Binns of Sacramento, Christina Gagnon and husband Jim of Fresno, and Victoria Binns of Sacramento.

Mrs. Binns is further survived by her great grandchildren Tristan Hankard, Wyatt Hankard, Jacob Binns, and Jacob Dexter Gagnon; nephew Thomas Shell and wife Karen of Lakewood, Colo., and a niece Susan Winston and husband Dr. Tom Winston of Wharton, Texas. She also leaves five grand nieces, Kay Binns and a step-granddaughter Daniela Binns.

Friends are invited to attend the funeral service on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2002 at 11 a.m. at Smith's Colonial Chapel, 14 Main St., Winters. Burial will follow at the Winters Cemetery. Remembrances may be made in her name to the Cypress Community Church, 681 Monterey-Salinas Highway, Salinas, CA, 93908.

Arrangements are under the direction of Smith's Colonial Chapel in Winters.

(Obituary from the "The Daily Democrat," Monday, October 28, 2002, (Woodland, Yolo County, California). Submitted with the permission of the "The Daily Democrat," 711 Main St., Woodland, CA 95695.)

BIRD

Edna Mae (McConnell) Bird

Edna Mae (McConnell) Bird died at her home in Woodland Wednesday, June 15 at age 81.

Mrs. Bird was born July 10, 1923 in Los Angeles to Mel and Gladys Katherine (Beam) McConnell. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include Mrs. Bird's husband of 64 years, Marlin M. Bird of Woodland; her daughter, Marlene LeClair and her husband Richard of Millbrae; her son, Raymond Bird and his wife Evelyn of Woodland; her grandchildren, Barbara Pepperling and her husband Bill of Medford, Ore., John Bird and his wife Raeana of Stockton, Steven LeClair and his wife Sherry of Roseville and Kevin LeClair and his wife Stephanie of Paso Robles; her great-grandchildren, Jennifer, Steffie and Amanda Pepperling of Medford, Ore., Joshua and Emma Bird of Stockton, Stephanie, Cassidy and Cameron of Paso Robles, Nathan and Spencer LeClair of Roseville; and her great-great-grandson, "William" of Medford, Ore.

The family requests memorials in Mrs. Bird's name be directed to the Woodland United Fellowship Senior Saints.

Services: Visitation is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. today, Friday, at Kraft Bros. Chapel, 175 Second St., Woodland. A funeral is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 20 at the Woodland United Fellowship Church, 240 N. West St., Woodland with Pastor Carl Morgan officiating. Interment will follow the service at Monument Hill Memorial Park. Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Friday, June 17, 2005.)

BIRD

Harriet B. Bird

Harriet B. Bird, 88, died in her Woodland home after a fight against blood disease on Feb. 8, 2001.

A memorial service will take place Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Williams Community Church with Pastor Don Arneson officiating.

She was born Oct. 12, 1912, in Williams and had been a resident of Yolo County for the past nine years. She was the daughter of Bert and Carrie Fouch of Williams.

After attending schools in Williams, she attended the Armstrong Business College in Berkeley. During World War II, while living in Long Beach, she worked at Douglas Aircraft.

She also was employed by Bell Telephone in Sacramento for several years.

She retired to the Arnold/Murphys area and entered into many service activities with her service sorority while acting as its president. She was a lifelong member of Williams Community Church. Her family described her as a caring, giving person who always put others first. One of the great joys of her life was extensive traveling throughout the world. She acquired the nickname "Hattie" because she was always ready to go at the drop of a hat.

She is survived by her son, Larry Bird of Altos; daughter and son-in-law Marilyn and Herb Waller of Folsom; sisters Bertell Freed and Augusta Fouch of Williams.

She also is survived by nieces Gayle Arce of Las Vegas and Jan Freed of Watsonville and nephew Bob Freed of Williams and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and a great-grandson, great-niece and great-nephew.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Elmond W. Bird, and brother-in-law Bill Freed.

The family requests memorials be sent to the Leukemia Foundation, Yolo Hospice or the charity of the donor's choice.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Sunday, February 11, 2001, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)

BIRD

L. Wade Bird

L. Wade Bird died in the Norwood Pines Convalescent Facility in Sacramento Sunday, Jan. 27, 2002 at age 88.

Born May 18, 1913, in Willows, Mr. Bird had been a Yolo County resident for 20 years prior to moving to Solano County in 1943. He graduated from Woodland High School in 1931. He was a retired captain for the Vallejo Police Department retiring after 31 years of service. He shot on the Vallejo Police Department Pistol Team receiving many medals. He was a 54-year member of the Naval Masonic Lodge No. 87 F&AM in Vallejo, the Silverstar Order of Eastern Star Chapter No. 3 as well as a member of the First Methodist Church in Vallejo. He was a member of the Retired Public Employees Association and the Vallejo Police and Fireman's Widows and Orphans Association.

Mr. Bird is survived by his wife of 63 years, Harriette Bird of Vallejo; daughter, Sherrill Anne Wheeler and husband Stephen of Sacramento and son, Steven Wade Bird and wife Carol of Saratoga; brother, Howell Bird and wife Laverl of Sacramento; brother-in-law, Dan Milligan and wife Lu of Woodland; granddaughter, Kerri Pullen and husband Scott of Elk Grove and great-granddaughter, Laura Pullen of Elk Grove; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Private graveside services were held at Woodland Cemetery.

McNary's Chapel of Woodland assisted the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the "The Daily Democrat," Saturday, February 02, 2002, (Woodland, Yolo County, California). Submitted with the permission of the "The Daily Democrat," 711 Main St., Woodland, CA 95695.)

BIRD

Laverl Lines Bird

Laverl Lines Bird died in Sacramento surrounded by her family on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002, at age 83.

Born March 13, 1919, a native of Woodland, Mrs. Bird graduated from Woodland High School and later graduated from the Western School of Business in Sacramento. Recently she attended her 65th high school reunion. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Sacramento. According to her family members, "she was an avid gardener and dog lover."

Mrs. Bird is survived by her husband of 63 years, Howell L. Bird; son, Terry W. Bird; sisters-in-law, Harriet Bird and Virginia Bird.; and numerous nieces; nephews; great-nieces; and great-nephews.

A private family funeral service is being scheduled.

The family requests memorials be directed to the American Cancer Society; or the charity of the donor's choice.

Harry A. Nauman & Son of Sacramento is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "The Daily Democrat," Friday, December 06, 2002.)

BISHOP

Gerald Elmo Bishop (1st of 2 obits.)

Gerald Elmo Bishop died at his home in Woodland on Sunday, March 26 at age 84.

Mr. Bishop was born Dec. 12, 1921 in Dewey County, Okla. He had been a salesman for 40 years and was employed by Blagg Enterprise.

Survivors include Mr. Bishop's wife of 64 years, Thelma Bishop; his sisters, Hazel and Wanda; his brothers, Gaither and James; and many nieces and nephews.

Services: A graveside service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, March 31 at Monument Hill Memorial Park, 35036 County Road 22, Woodland. Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Wednesday, March 29, 2006.)

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Gerald Elmo Bishop (2nd of 2 obits.)

Gerald Elmo Bishop died at his home in Woodland on Sunday, March 26 at age 84.

Mr. Bishop was born Dec. 12, 1921 in Dewey County, Okla. He had been a salesman for 40 years and was employed by Blagg Enterprise.

Survivors include Mr. Bishop's wife of 64 years, Thelma Bishop and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Hazel and Wanda and his brothers, Gaither and James.

Services: A graveside service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, March 31 at Monument Hill Memorial Park, 35036 County Road 22, Woodland. Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Thursday, March 30, 2006.)

BISHOP

Herbert F. Bishop

Herbert F. Bishop of Woodland died on May 3, 2002, at Stollwood Convalescent Hospital in Woodland. He was 88.

He was born on May 16, 1913, in Manchester to Herbert and Belle "Dougherty" Bishop. He was a graduate of Coalinga High School and lived along the coast in the Fort Bragg area for 50 years before moving to Woodland in 1983.

He enjoyed many hobbies, including gardening, hunting, fishing and playing pool and softball in his younger years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose Ledford Bishop, in 1997; son, Harley Bishop, in 1998; grandson, Mark Smith, in 1998; and great-granddaughter, Trisha Thomas, in 1983.

He is survived by his daughters, Tharon Thompson, Peggy Welty and Gayle Cardwell, all of Woodland, and Lola Dahl of Fort Bragg. He is also survived by six grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Corkwood Restaurant, 154 W. Main St., Woodland.

The family prefers that contributions be made to charities of the donor's choice.

McNary's Chapel of Woodland is assisting the family with the arrangements.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Saturday, May 11, 2002, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)

BISHOP

James Clyde Bishop

James Clyde Bishop died on Feb. 15, 2001, after a long illness. Born to Rita Lorene Bishop and Bert Nile Bishop on May 10, 1958, in Lander, Wyo., he was 42.

Before moving to Woodland in 1988, he lived in Fort Bragg. He graduated from Fort Bragg High School and then served on the Fort Bragg Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter. He worked for Georgia Pacific for 11 years.

For the past 12 years, he worked for EXEL as a supervisor, helping the company set up warehouses throughout the United States.

He married Julia Woodward on April 10,1982, and they were sealed for eternity in the Oakland Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Jan. 21, 1984. In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons, Daniel and Samuel, and a brother, Leslie Bishop of Fort Bragg.

Bishop enjoyed a variety of activities throughout his life. He was an avid outdoorsman and he enjoyed watching his sons participate in sports and theater. He was a man of great faith and a devoted husband and father. He served faithfully as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Daniel and Samuel LDS Missionary Fund that has been set up at the Yolo Federal Credit Union.

 

A viewing will be held today from 6 to 8 p.m. at McNary's Chapel, 458 College St. in Woodland, and Wednesday from 9 to 9:45 a.m. in the Relief Society Room of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1405 Cottonwood St. in Woodland. A funeral will follow in the chapel room at 10 a.m.

The dedication of the grave and interment will follow at the Woodland Cemetery, Cross and West streets.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Tuesday, February 20, 2001, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)

BISHOP

James Junior Bishop

James Junior Bishop passed away June 4, 2000, at his home in Winters. He was born March 29, 1922 in Oklahoma to the late James R. and Alma Lee Bishop, he was 78 years old.

Mr. Bishop lived in Yolo County for 50 years. He worked for the University of California-Davis in their experimental orchards and later in life for various growers in Yolo County. Mr. Bishop is survived by his sons Arnold Dean Bishop of Imperial, Billy James Bishop and wife Patricia of San Jose, Phillip R. Bishop and wife Linda of Winters; grandsons Richard Bishop and Darrel Bishop and wife Tanya, all of Winters; and three great-grandchildren.

Private services will be scheduled at a later date.

Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors is assisting the family with the arrangements. Memorial inquiries may be made by calling 662-4658, or by contacting www.legacy.com.

(Obituary from the "Winters Express," Thursday, June 22, 2000 (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "Winters Express," 312 Railroad Ave., Winters, CA 95694.)

BISHOP

Jeanne H. Bishop

Jeanne Bishop died in her sleep at her daughter's Davis home on July 6, 2003. She was 73.

The older of two children, she was born in Bay Shore, N.Y., to Stella and Myron Hafer. Following her education at Syracuse University, she worked in New York City.

There, in 1952, she met Samuel Carter Bishop on a blind date. They married six months later, then began a series of moves that found them living in five states in seven years. Along the way, they had four children -- each born in a different state.

In 1961 they moved to Hawaii, where they served as Methodist missionaries for seven years. A job change for her husband brought her to Marin County in 1972.

Because of her frequent moves and her children, Jeanne's professional life was richly varied. It included teaching high school, writing historical documentation for a company importing antiquities from Israel and working as an administrative assistant at UC Davis.

After her husband's death in 1979, she moved from the Bay Area to Winters, where she dedicated herself to her church and the community. She recently moved to Davis, where her daughter's family lives.

Her family said she will be remembered for her wicked sense of humor, bright intellect, ready opinions on almost every subject, her deep spirituality, and her passion for reading, crossword puzzles and her dog Sophie. She enjoyed spending time with her grandsons, especially the teasing that took place when they were together.

She was preceded in death by her son Clay, in 1996, and her husband Sam.

She is survived by daughter Holly Bishop-Green and son-in-law Steve Green of Davis, their sons Sam and Jacob, son Andy Bishop and his sons Drew, Cody and Brett of San Rafael, daughter Patricia Bishop of Yachats, Ore., brother Myron Hafer Jr. and his wife Connie of Lakeland, Fla., and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Davis Funeral Chapel, 116 D St.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," July 9, 2003.)

BISHOP

Leonard Bishop

Author and writing teacher Leonard Bishop died on Dec. 19, 2002, at Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan, Kan. Born Oct. 17, 1922, to Edward and Esther Bishop, he was 80.

His 50-year career in writing and teaching is documented at Boston University in the "Leonard Bishop Collection."

He was a novelist, writing teacher and newspaper columnist. He was a colleague of Mario Puzo, William Styron, Joseph Heller, Richard Wright and Harlan Ellison. Listed in the "Who's Who of American Authors," he was also recognized as one of the seven top writing teachers in the U.S.

He pioneered the use of multiple viewpoints and wrote the instructional classic, "Dare to Be a Great Writer." At the time of his death, he was marketing his most recent book, "To Hell with Talent."

He published 12 other books as well: "The Everlasting," "The Desire Years," "Make My Bed in Hell," "The Butcher's," "Days of My Love," "Creep Into Thy Narrow Bed," "Down All Your Streets," "The Angry Time," "Biography of Maurice Utrillo," "Centennial Edition for Southern Pacific Railroad," "The Life and Times of William Penn Patrick" and "Against Heaven's Hand," which was made into the movie, "Seven in Darkness." He also wrote short stories.

He taught fiction extensively at many institutions, including Columbia University and UC Berkeley. He was an acclaimed keynote speaker at writing conferences across the U.S. His passion for writing influenced generations of children who adored him. His teaching at Ft. Riley Middle School was filmed at a video series, "A Writer Teaches Writing."

He attended Living Word Church in Manhattan.

He is survived by his wife, Celia; four sons, Luke Bishop of Kansas City, Mo.; Matthew Bishop of Davis; Michael Bishop of Yorba Linda; and Shannon Lawrence of Kansas; a daughter, Celia Garrett of Overland Park, Kan.; a brother, Bernard Bishop of Walton, N.Y.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Memorials may be sent to the Center for Basic Cancer Research, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Friday, December 27, 2002.)

BISSON

Joyce Lynn (Spear) Bisson

Joyce Lynn Bisson died at her home in Sacramento Sunday, Feb. 20 at age 44.

Ms. Bisson was born Sept. 17, 1960 in Sacramento. A former Woodland resident 20 years, she attended Holy Rosary School as a grade school student and graduated from Woodland High School in 1978. She later graduated with a teaching credential in history from UC Davis. She worked in special education, and received her Master's degree in special education from CSU Sacramento. In her youth, she was active in 4-H and FFA.

Survivors include Ms. Bisson's mother, Patricia Mary Spear and her fiancÚ Kenneth Moilanen; her father, Francis Spear and his wife Claire; her sisters, Colleen Manzer, Julie Sparks, Stacey and Cassie Spear; her brother-in-law, Chris Manzer; her nieces and nephews, Michelle Morrison, James William Morrison, Melissa Sparks and Randy Sparks; her aunt and uncle, Mark and Hanna Kelliher of Eagle River, Alaska and numerous cousins. She was preceded in death by her aunt, Joyce Flannigan; her grandparents, Mary Kelliher Ward, Mark Kelliher, Etta and Norest Spear, and her brother-in-law, Randy Sparks.

The family requests memorials in Ms. Bisson's name be directed to the American Diabetes Association, 2720 Gateway Oaks Drive, Suite 110, Sacramento, 95833.

Services: A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 301 Walnut St., with interment following at St. Joseph's Cemetery. McNary's Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Friday, February 25, 2005.)

BITTICK

Colleen Jeanine Bittick

Colleen Jeanine Bittick died Aug. 23, 2004, at Sutter Davis Hospital after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 51 years old.

Born Jan. 30, 1953, in Seattle, Wash., she grew up in a military family and lived all over the world. She came to Davis when she was 19 years old to attend UC Davis, where she graduated with a bachelor's degree. She worked as a program administrator at UC Davis for the past 29 years and lived in Davis for the past 32 years.

Her family described her as a devoted daughter, sister, aunt and friend who never failed to put others before herself, especially with the care of her mother, whom she always put as her No. 1 priority.

She was preceded in death by her father Mark Bittick, in November 1993, and nephew Sean Stephens, in August 1994.

She is survived by her mother, Maureen Bittick of North Highlands; brother, Mark Bittick and his wife Shawn of Nevada; and sister, Roberta Stephens and her husband David of Michigan. She is further survived by her aunt, Birdie and her husband Jim of Ireland, and Norma Bittick of California. She leaves her nieces Juliet, Erin and Mariah; and nephews Branden, Michael, Robert and Zackary.

Viewing is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Davis Funeral Chapel, 116 D St., with a vigil service beginning at 7 p.m. today.

A funeral Mass will be said Friday at 1:30 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 200 W. 14th St. in Davis. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Sacramento.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Thursday, August 27, 2004.)

BITTLE

John A. Bittle

John A. Bittle died peacefully at home on Feb. 19, 2005. He was 56 years old.

Born in Anniston, Ala., on Nov. 2, 1948, he was a Yolo County resident for 25 years.

He is survived by his children, Johnny and Terri; his brother, Robert; grandson Conner; and son-in-law Chris.

He is further survived by his uncle John and aunt Joyce; and cousins Mike and Joe.

A family memorial service was held Sunday.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Thursday, February 24, 2005.)

BLACK

Hugh Cleon Black

Hugh Cleon Black, whose warm smile and Texas hospitality gladdened many hearts during his more than 40 years as a Davis resident, died April 30, 2003. He was 83.

Black will be best remembered for his 25-year tenure as a faculty member of the UC Davis department of education, for which he served as the first chairman from 1962 to 1967. Prior to moving to Davis in 1962, he was on the faculty at Rice University in Houston, Texas, for 13 years.

Born in Wellington, Texas, on Feb. 22, 1920, Black grew up in the Texas panhandle town of Childress. There he experienced life in the Dust Bowl during the Great Depression. Years later, he would love sharing stories about coming of age during that turbulent time.

Hugh met his wife, Shirley, on a blind date in February 1944. They were married on July 2, 1944, in Joinerville, Texas. At the time of their wedding, he was serving in the U.S. Army and she was completing her studies at the Texas State College for Women in Denton, Texas.

Black was the father of three daughters: Teresa Fitzgerald of Vacaville, Vicki Webster of Moab, Utah, and Sarah Benita Black of Santa Barbara. He adored his grandchildren -- Sharon Lewis, Will Fitzgerald, and Sally and Sam Webster -- and his great grandchild, Miranda Lewis.

Black earned his bachelor's degree at Rice University and both his master's degree and doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin. He was later a visiting professor at Texas, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Houston.

A member of many professional societies, he also served as president of both the Southwestern Philosophy of Education Society and the Far Western Philosophy of Education Society. He published numerous articles on theories in philosophy and education, and he co-edited the 1972 book "The Great Educators: Readings for Leaders in Education."

Black was also an avid fly fisherman and photographer. After retiring, he and his wife traveled extensively, including trips to Australia, Europe, Canada and Mexico.

His former students will remember Black as a deeply caring and compassionate teacher, his family says, one who tried to instill in them an appreciation for the world of ideals, ideas and responsible action. His legacy lies in the many teachers whose lives he touched and who, in turn, touch the lives of countless students today.

As a community member, his family says, Black epitomized the solid citizen Frank Capra immortalized in his films: He was active in local and national affairs on a wide spectrum of issues and upheld the values that are uniquely American.

His family says he exemplified Aristotle's definition of happiness: "the exercise of vital powers along lines of excellence, in a life affording the scope"; and that while Davis is diminished by the loss of this bright life, this advocate of the good in life, those who knew him will treasure his memory.

A gathering of friends and family to celebrate Black's life will be held Saturday. Donations in his memory may be made to Yolo Adult Day Health Care Center.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Tuesday, May 6, 2003.)

BLACK

James Earl "Blackie" Black

James Earl "Blackie" Black died Sunday, Oct. 6, 2002, at Sutter Davis Hospital at age 70.

Mr. Black was born July 5, 1932, in Ohio. Before moving to Yolo County less than a year ago, he lived in Sacramento.

He worked as a janitor until retirement and enjoyed trips to Reno.

Mr. Black will be interred at Woodland Cemetery. North Sacramento Funeral Home is handling arrangements. (James Earl Black)

(Obituary from the "The Daily Democrat," Saturday, October 12, 2002, (Woodland, Yolo County, California). Submitted with the permission of the "The Daily Democrat," 711 Main St., Woodland, CA 95695.)

BLACKMORE

Dorothy Smith Blackmore

Dorothy Smith Blackmore died at Summerfield Senior Care Center in Yuba City on Jan. 9, 2006. A resident of Davis for 30 years, she was 91.

A memorial service begins at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 640 Hawthorn Lane in Davis. The Rev. Barry Beisner will officiate. Private interment is at the Davis Cemetery.

Born in Willows on Nov. 19, 1914, she received her bachelor’s degree from Chico State University, followed by a master’s degree in education at Dominican College in San Rafael and a doctorate degree from UC Berekely.

During her career, she was employed by the state Department of Education in Sacramento and worked as a professor/mentor at Fielding Institute Graduate School in Santa Barbara. She was a member of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Lester Blackmore, in 1978.

She is survived by her son, Bill Blackmore of Taos, N.M.; daughter, Peggy Henwood of Marysville; three grandchildren and one great-grandson.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Sunday, January 15, 2006.)

BLAIR

Paula Faye Nickell Blair

Paula Faye Nickell Blair died in her Woodland home Monday, March 4, 2002, at age 44.

Born June 14, 1957, in Ulysses, Kan., Mrs. Blair was a resident of Yolo County for 20 years. She was a homemaker all of her adult life. She was a member of the New Life Worship Center and taught Sunday School there for several years. According to her family members, "she enjoyed painting and loved to bake for her family."

Mrs. Blair is survived by her husband, Darrel Blair of Woodland; parents, L.D. and Josie Nickell of Woodland; sisters, Karen Hanan and husband Jack of Watts, Okla., Jean Nickell of Woodland and Barbara Rose of Anderson; and brothers, Lenard Nickell of Woodland and Garry Nickell and wife Roberta of Dixon.

She is also survived by her nieces, Lanna Goist and husband George of Woodland, Kristy Rose of Anderson and Lindsay Nickell of Sacramento; and nephews, Jason Nickell of Watts, Okla. and Kevin Rose of Anderson; and numerous grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Mrs. Blair was preceded in death by her brother, Phil Nickell, in 1968.

Visitation is scheduled from 8:30 to 10 a.m., Friday, March 8, at New Life Worship Center, 405 Plane Ave., Woodland. The funeral service will follow the visitation at the church at 10 a.m. Interment is scheduled at 2:30 p.m. at the Tulocay Cemetery in Napa.

McNary's Chapel of Woodland is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the "The Daily Democrat," Wednesday, March 06, 2002, (Woodland, Yolo County, California). Submitted with the permission of the "The Daily Democrat," 711 Main St., Woodland, CA 95695.)

BLAKE

Edith M. Blake

Edith M. Blake died on Feb. 25, 2003. Born on Aug. 24, 1910, she was 92 years old.

She was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., to German immigrant parents. She married George Blake and moved to California, living in Los Angeles, Red Bluff and later Sacramento where she was secretary to the director of State Contractors License Board. After retirement, she moved to Rancho Yolo and spent her later years at Stollwood Convalescent Hospital in Woodland until her death.

She will be missed by all who had the good fortune of being touched by her smile, her faith and never-ending zest for life.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, George Blake.

She is survived by three children and many grandchildren. She was a member of the Eastern Star for 53 years. Her passions were sewing, cooking, writing and the San Francisco Giants.

"Goodbye to a great mother, grandmother and friend -- you will be missed," her family says.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Thursday, February 27, 2003.)

BLAKE

Katherine McMahan Blake

Katherine McMahan Blake died Feb. 24, 2001, at the age of 76.

Born Aug. 29, 1924, in Greenville, S.C., to Benjamin and Georgia McMahan, she attended the Bible Presbyterian Church. She graduated from Greenville High School in 1941 and attended Anderson College, earning an associate's degree in business. She worked for the Liberty Life Insurance Company and Pepsi Bottling Company. She was a member of the Junior League of Long Beach, where she volunteered for the California Dental Auxiliary. A devoted homemaker in Woodland for more than 25 years, she was involved in her community and her children's schools. She enjoyed playing golf with family and friends as a member of the Yolo Fliers Club.

She is the beloved wife of 56 years of Dr. Robert M. Blake. She is the mother of Randy Blake, of Woodland and Teri Kent of Los Gatos. She is the grandmother of Robbie and Katie Blake and Bobby and Lauren Kent. She is the mother-in-law of Terry Coelho Blake and Jack Kent. She is survived by her sister, Betty DuBose; brother-in-laws Charles DuBose, Bill Blake, Arthur Blake and Jim Blake; and sister-in-law Kathleen Knauss. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her grandson, John Kramer Kent.

Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Woodland Christian Church, 509 College St. Interment will follow at Monument Hill Memorial Park. Memorial donations can be made to the Inn Vision/Georgia Travis Center, Kramer's Corner, 66 East Rosemary St., San Jose, CA 95112. McNary's Chapel is assisting the family with the arrangements.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Tuesday, February 27, 2001, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)

BLAKE

Robert "Bob" M. Blake

Dr. Robert "Bob" M. Blake died Dec. 22, 2003. Born in American Falls, Idaho, on Sept. 8, 1920, he was 83 years old. He graduated from Idaho Falls High School in 1938, where he showcased his boxing talent by winning a coveted Golden Glove Award.

In 1939, he moved west to California to attend Santa Ana Junior College and played on the school's baseball team. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps, 491st Bombardment Squadron "The Ringers," during World War II, piloting B-25 bombers during missions in the Pacific Theater. In recognition of his service, Blake was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal. While attending a USO dance in Greenville, S.C., he met Katherine Elizabeth McMahan, who became his beloved wife of 56 years.

Following his service overseas, he completed his undergraduate education at UC Berkeley and went on to earn a doctor of dental surgery at what was then the University of California Dental School in San Francisco in 1950. He practiced general dentistry in Santa Ana before moving to Woodland in 1962. Blake was the first orthodontist in Woodland and practiced there for more than 20 years. He was a lifetime member of the American Dental Association.

Actively involved in the Woodland community, he was a member of the Woodland Rotary Club for many years and served as president in 1979-80. He was an avid outdoorsman who cherished spending time with family and friends while fishing and hunting.

Perhaps Blake's favorite leisure time was spent devoted to playing and promoting the game of golf. He twice enjoyed the thrill of playing in the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am, now recognized as the AT&T Pro-Am, at Pebble Beach. A gifted leader, he served as president of the Yolo Fliers Club, president of the Northern California Golf Association in 1981, president of the Pacific Coast Golf Association and later president of the California Senior Golf Association in 1993.

He was part of the visionary team of NCGA directors who spearheaded the development of the NCGA members' course at Poppy Hills in Pebble Beach, the first golf association in the United States to embark on a program of owning its own golf course.

Blake is survived by his son Randy and daughter-in-law Terry Coelho Blake of Woodland, daughter Teri Blake Kent and son-in-law Jack Kent of Los Gatos and grandchildren Robbie and Katie Blake and Bobby and Lauren Kent. He also is survived by his brothers, Arthur and Bill Blake, and his half-sister, Kathleen Knauss.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Kathy McMahan Blake; brother, Albert "Jim" Blake; half-brother, Courtland Blake; and grandson, John Kramer Kent.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate "Dr. Bob's" life on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Yolo Fliers Club. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be sent to the NCGA Foundation, P.O. Box 1157, Pebble Beach, CA 93953. The foundation promotes life skills and values through the game of golf to kids, with a focus on disadvantaged youths in Northern California.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Tuesday, January 6, 2004.)

BLAKEMAN Jr.

Curtis Ray "Chip" Blakeman Jr.

Curtis Ray "Chip" Blakeman Jr. died at Sutter Davis Hospital in Davis on Thursday, July 25, 2002. Mr. Blakeman was born in Fridley, Minn., on Sept. 13, 1967, to Curtis R. and Karen R. (Sands) Blakeman. He was 34 years old.

Mr. Blakeman attended schools in Wenatchee, Wash., and was a graduate of Woodland Adult High School in 2000. He had the honor of being chosen that year as an inspirational speaker at the graduation ceremonies. Mr. Blakeman was active in hockey, baseball and motorcycle racing and was a carpenter prior to 1990 when he was involved in an automobile accident that left him a quadriplegic.

Mr. Blakeman was a devoted NASCAR fan, according to his family. At the time of his death he was enrolled in a computer-aided design program with the goal of becoming a home designer.

Mr. Blakeman was a member of the Americans with Disabilities Act board and was a strong advocate of patients' rights. He had been a spokesman for Spinal Cord and Head Injury Prevention and gave many presentations to area schools. He was responsible for making improvements for disabled people at Yuba College, according to his family.

Mr. Blakeman is survived by his Canine Companion "Buddy," his service animal and best friend who assisted him since his disability. He is also survived by his parents, Curtis and Karen Blakeman of Woodland, grandmother Dorothy Kiesow of Woodland; aunts and uncles, Dave and Sherry Sands of Wenatchee, Wash., Sherie Sands of Minneapolis, Minn., David and Ardy Blakeman and Chuck and Sharon Blakeman, Kathy and Gary Peterson of Brainerd, Minn., Mary Alice and Doug Moss of Rapid City, S.D., Sharon and Bob Richter of Springfield, Mo. He is also survived by first cousins, Shawn Herold of Woodland, Lori Imgrund of Minneapolis, Minn., Shelly Neimann of Nisswa, Minn., Steve Peterson of Brainerd, and Cheryl Pagel and Krista and Kent Blakeman of Brainerd.

Also surviving him are his "special friends," who assisted him in coping with his disability, Eva Hurtado, Dave Ostrach of woodland, and Bill Benjamin of Woodland.

Mr. Blakeman was preceded in death by his grandparents, Edward and Alice Blakeman of Brainerd.

Friends are invited to attend a funeral service scheduled for 5 p.m., Thursday, aug. 1, at McNary's Chapel, 458 College St., Woodland, with the Rev. John Evertson officiating.

McNary's Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Contributions are preferred to the following organizations: Canine Companions, Santa Rosa; SPCA, Christopher Reeve Foundation, Stanford Neuro Control Foundation or Kyle Petty Children's Foundation.

(Obituary from the "The Daily Democrat," Tuesday, July 30, 2002, (Woodland, Yolo County, California). Submitted with the permission of the "The Daily Democrat," 711 Main St., Woodland, CA 95695.)

BLAKEMORE

Claudia Faye Blakemore

Claudia Faye Blakemore died at her Dixon home on March 15, 2004, following a long battle with cancer. She was 50.

She was born March 26, 1953, to Lt. Col. David Sudbury and his wife, Gloria. She moved with her family to Loomis in 1966 after her father's retirement. In 1971, she graduated from Del Oro High School with honors. She later earned her associate's degree from Yuba Community College.

She had lived in Solano County for the past 24 years. She was employed by Steiner Real Estate for several years before going to work for Valley Administrators of Sacramento until December 2003. She was very active in local sports, including as a Little League supporter for more than 17 years.

She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Allen W. Blakemore of Dixon; sons, Chris Reich and Troy Blakemore of Sacramento; mother, Gloria Sudbury of Medford, Ore.; sister, Mimi Sudbury of Dixon; brother, David Sudbury of Davis; and nephew, Andrew Sudbury of Davis.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Dixon.

In lieu of flowers, her family requests that contributions be made in her memory to St. Peter's Catholic Church, 105 S. Second St., Dixon, CA 95620.

Arrangements are under the direction of Evergreen Funeral Service of Woodland.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Saturday, March 20, 2004.)

BLAKENEY

Wynona "Winnie" Weiser Blakeney

Wynona "Winnie" Weiser Blakeney passed away on Aug. 12, 2002, in Sacramento. Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on Dec. 6, 1909, she was 92 years old.

She married Harold Kinney in 1928 and moved from Illinois to California in 1940. She married her childhood friend, Robert A. Blakeney in 1972 and moved back to Decatur, Illinois. After her second husband passed away, she moved to Winters in 1994, where she lived for seven years.

She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Kinney Chance, of Elverta; Grandaughter (sic) Patty Havens and husband Dacey, of Winters; grandson David Chance and wife Candace, of Oregon City, Oregon; great-grandchildren Barbara Havens, of Concord, Amy and Katie Havens, of Winters and Stephanie and Tyler Chance, of Oregon; great-great-grandson Marquise Vega and sister, Betty Weiser, of California.

A memorial service will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 1 p.m. A second memorial service will be held on Monday, Sept. 23, at 11 a.m., in Dacatur, Illinois.

(Obituary from the "Winters Express," Thursday, September 12, 2002, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "Winters Express," 312 Railroad Ave., Winters, CA 95694.)

BLANCHARD

Christine H. Blanchard

Christine H. Blanchard, died at the University Retirement Community Saturday, Oct. 1 at age 97.

Mrs. Blanchard was born Oct. 26, 1907 in New York City. She had been a Davis resident for 54 years. She was educated in private schools in New York, then graduated from Smith College as a history major. She also attended Simmons College, where she earned her master's degree in medical social work. After moving to Davis, she was involved in volunteering with community services. First she was active in the Davis Parent Nursery School, and then she served on the Davis School Board from 1962 to 1974. One of her achievements was starting the day care center for the children of migrant farm workers at Cuidad del Sol, just outside Davis.

She was among the founders of The Episcopal Church of St. Martin, was a charter member and first president of the Yolo Family Service Agency, served on the Davis Human Relations Council, was chairwoman of the Yolo County Grand Jury, was a founder the Yolo County chapter of Planned Parenthood, helped create the Economic Opportunity Commission of Davis, and was active in STEAC.

Among her citations, she received the Yolo County Bar Association's Liberty Bell award for community service, and she was named Davis Citizen of the Year in 1970. She was also given a lifetime membership in the PTA. She was recently was reelected to the Democratic Central Committee of Yolo County.

Survivors include Mrs. Blanchard's daughter, Christine H. Ramm and her husband Edward; her son, Richard C. Blanchard and his wife Hermie; her grandchildren, Michelle C. Blanchard, R. Craig Blanchard, Kelly Mortensen, James Ramm and Travis Bogarda; and her great-grandchildren, Dominic Pittman, Neiko Pittman, Malieya Pittman and Hayden Mortensen. She was preceded in death by her husband, J. Richard Blanchard and her daughter, Mary Elizabeth Bogard.

The family requests memorials in Mrs. Blanchard's name be directed to Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, 95617; Yolo Family Services, 455 First St., Woodland, 95695; or STEAC, P.O. Box 1047, Davis, 95617.

Services: A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 at The Episcopal Church of St. Martin, 640 Hawthorn Lane, Davis. The Neptune Society is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Tuesday, October 4, 2005.)

BLANK

Della Doris Blank

Della Doris Blank died in Woodland Memorial Hospital on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2004, at age 82.

Born Oct. 21, 1921, in Hamden, N.Y., Mrs. Blank had been a Yolo County resident for 35 years. She was a registered nurse holding supervisory positions in the Emergency Room and Pediatrics Departments in New Brunswick, N.J. and nursing supervisor at Woodland Memorial Hospital. She was also a staff nurse in the recovery, Medical-Surgical and Intensive Care Unit areas in New Jersey. Mrs. Blank was a staff nurse at Delaware County Hospital in Walton, N.Y. as well.

Survivors include her sister, Mrs. Anna Ogden of Walton, N.Y.; brother, Tony Decker and wife Ginnie of Marion, Va.; daughters, Betsy Madison and husband Bob of Redding and Nancy Neiss of Alvarado, Texas; sons, John Neiss and wife Sue of Woodland, Mike Blank and wife Marla of Santa Margarita and Chris Blank and wife Carol of Bayside; and grandchildren, Brett and Ryan Rademaker, Jim Neiss, Adam and Tim Madison, Katie Rose Blank, and Brianna and Ben Blank. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Blank; son, Patrick Blank; and brother, John P. Decker.

The family requests memorials be directed to the charity of donor's choice. Arrangements are under the direction of Nicoletti, Culjis & Herberger of Sacramento.

Services: A celebration of her life is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at 201 Hacienda Lane, Woodland. Visitation will be on Friday, May 21, at Lyons Funeral Home, Walton, N.Y. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 22, at Walton Cemetery of Walton, N.Y.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Wednesday, Marcn 17, 2004.)

BLANKENSHIP

Merlin 'Mert' O. Blankenship

Merlin "Mert" Oliver Blankenship of Davis died Oct. 14, 2002, in Vacaville. Born April 8, 1925, in Mitchell, Neb., he was 77.

He spent his childhood days in Nebraska, and moved to California in the late 1940s. He lived in the Davis area until 1970 while working for the agronomy department at UC Davis.

After returning to Nebraska for a couple of years, he returned to California because he missed his family and friends, and settled in the Vallejo area. He greatly enjoyed being around his children and sharing in their activities.

Blankenship was a handyman and also enjoyed restoring antique engines and lawn mowers.

When he and his surviving wife, Diana, married, they moved to Vacaville, where they had lived for 20 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alva and Myland Blankenship; brother, Marvin Blankenship; and nephew, Marvin Hope.

In addition to his wife, Blankenship is survived by two sons, Wesley Blankenship of Represa and LaVar of Vallejo; a stepson, Jim Farmer of Sacramento; two sisters, Eloyce Hope of Vallejo and Donnie Barnhill of Rohnert Park; four grandchildren, Jamie, Tamra and Samantha Farmer of Sacramento and Nicolas of Vacaville; one great-grandchild, Hannah Farmer of Sacramento; and many nieces and nephews.

At his request, there will be no formal service. Inurnment will be private at a later date in Davis.

Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity.

Arrangements were under the direction of McCune Garden Chapel.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Wednesday, October 23, 2002, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.

BLAYLOCK

Brice Grover Blaylock

Brice Grover Blaylock, a Davis resident for more than 50 years, died May 7, 2003. He was 81.

Born in Wetumka, Okla., on Feb. 18, 1922, he moved to Winters in 1937. He lived there until 1952, then moved to Davis. A World War II veteran of the U.S. Army Engineers, he was retired from the Kaiser Steel Corp.

Blaylock's life and hobbies revolved around his wife of 54 years, Ruby Blaylock, and his family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, four sisters and two brothers.

He is survived by his children, Larry G. Blaylock and wife Holly of Browns Valley, Linda M. Blaylock of Davis, and Kathleen S. Blaylock-Pickering and husband Richard of Vacaville; grandchildren, Robin R. Andrews of Florida, Jeffrey E. Andrews of Maine, Connie M. Blaylock and Tracy E. Blaylock, both of Sacramento, Eric S. Pickering of Roseville, Justin L. Pickering of Virginia, and Melonie N. Pickering, Wendy D. Pickering and Kimberly D. Pickering, all of Vacaville; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by his brothers, Billy Wade Blaylock and his wife Barbara of Oregon, and Herman Leo Blaylock and his wife Carlene of Dixon; and his sister, Nadine Martino and her husband Jim of Woodland.

Visitation will be held Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Davis Funeral Chapel, at 116 D St. in Davis. A funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Monday at the Davis Funeral Chapel, with burial to follow at the Davis Cemetery.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Friday, May 9, 2003.)

BLAYLOCK

Freeda S. Blaylock

Former Winters resident Freeda S. Blaylock passed away on March 9, 2003 in Porterville. Born on July 11, 1925, she was 77 years old.

A graveside service will be held at the Winters Cemetery on Wednesday, March 19, at 11 a.m.

(Obituary from the "Winters Express," Thursday, March 13, 2003.)

BLAYLOCK

Herman Leo Blaylock

Herman Leo Blaylock of Dixon died in Sacramento on Thursday, June 12, 2003, at age 65.

Born Dec. 11, 1937, in Henrietta, Okla., Mr. Blaylock owned and operated Leo's Barber Shop in Davis for 38 years. He moved to Winters in 1940 and graduated from Winters High School. His one hobby was his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Carlene Blaylock; daughter and son-in-law, Diana and Michael Kitchen; grandsons, Richard and Daniel Kitchen, all of Dixon; sister and brother-in-law, Nadine and Jim Martino of Woodland; brother and sister-in-law, Billy and Barbara Blaylock of Oregon and numerous in-law's; nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his sisters, Mildred Raby, Mae Dreyer and Jacqueline Kovach and his brothers, Clanton, Brice and Donald Blaylock.

Visitation is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 19, 2003 at Milton Carpenter Funeral Home, 569 N. First St., Dixon. Funeral service is scheduled at 1 p.m. Friday, June 20, also at Milton Carpenter Home. Deacon John King will preside. Interment will follow at the Silveyville Cemetery in Dixon.

Arrangements are under the direction of Milton Carpenter Funeral Home of Dixon.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Wednesday, June 18, 2003.)

BLEDSOE

Lem Bledsoe

Lem Bledsoe, age 86, passed away on Jan. 20, 2006. He was born on Sept. 25, 1919 in Oklahoma to William and Minnie Edmonston Bledsoe. He married Dicie E. Constant on March 7, 1947 in Reno, Nevada. Mr. Bledsoe joined the U.S. Army at age 21 where he served his country from 1941 to 1945 as a member of the 232nd Infantry, during this time he received the Bronze Star for Bravery. Lem was a strong man, he was extremely kind and very courageous, he took upon himself the responsibility of ensuring that all of his family members were well cared for. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, he was also a member of the V.F.W. in Winters and the American Legion in Vacaville. In 1983 Lem retired from P.G. & E. where he had been employed for 34 years. He always enjoyed a good hunting or fishing trip, he loved to camp and spent some very memorable times with family traveling.

He is survived by his wife, Dicie of Winters; children, Larry Gene Bledsoe (Carol) of Eden, Utah; Laura Diane Ford (William) of Clear Lake, and Douglas Jay Bledsoe of Winters, California; grandchildren, Larry Jr.; Douglas; Cheryl; Christine; Ronald Lem and Daniel Jay; Great Grandson, Matthew and a Great-Great Granddaughter, Hannah; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Edward Bledsoe; his parents; brothers, Clint Bledsoe; Jeff Bledsoe; Melvin Bledsoe; sisters, Eula Bledsoe; Mae Bledsoe; Eules Bledsoe; Mamie Baughman and Ruby Redmill.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church located at 512 First Street Winters, California. A viewing was held at the church one hour prior to services. Interment followed in the Winters Cemetery under the direction of Wiscombe’s Davis Funeral Chapel. Those who wish to sign a guest book on...."

(Obituary from the "Winters Express," Thursday, January 26, 2006.)

BLEDSOE

Ronald Edward Bledsoe

Ronald Edward Bledsoe died May 9, 2000 in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. Bledsoe was a former resident of Winters and had lived in Alaska for four years. He was born December 25, 1951 in Woodland and lived for many years in Vacaville where he attended school.

Mr. Bledsoe enjoyed hunting and fishing and had taken taxidermy courses. He also enjoyed camping.

He leaves behind his son Ronald Lem Bledsoe; parents Lem and Dicie Bledsoe of Winters; brother Larry Bledsoe and sister-in-law Carol of Eden, Utah; brother Douglas Bledsoe of Winters; sister Diane Ford and brother-in-law Bill Ford of Vacaville; nieces Cheryl and Christine of Vacaville; nephews Larry Jr., Douglas and Daniel of Utah and Matthew of Vacaville.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his memorial service May 20, 2000 at 11 a.m. at Lighthouse Christian Church, 418 Haven Street in Winters. Private inurnment will follow at the Winters Cemetery.

Smith's Colonial Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the “Winters Express,” Thursday, May 18, 2000, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the “Winters Express,” 312 Railroad Ave., Winters, CA 95694.)

BLEMER

Beryl Whitney Heuermann Blemer

Private memorial services are planned for Beryl Whitney Heuermann Blemer, 94, who died Friday, May 2, 2003, in South Thomaston, Maine.

Born in San Francisco, Mrs. Blemer was the daughter of Vincent Whitney and Pearl Landers Whitney. She was educated at Sacred Heart in San Francisco and Dominican College in San Rafael.

Following her marriage to Eric E. Heuermann of San Francisco, the couple lived on a family ranch near Woodland. Mrs. Heuermann and her husband subsequently lived in Pelham Manor, N.Y. and Atlanta, Ga., eventually returning to San Francisco in 1960.

After Mr. Heuermann's death in 1973, Mrs. Heuermann married Dr. John W. Blemer of Danville, Ca. in 1985. Following his death Mrs. Blemer returned to San Francisco, living there until 1997 when she moved to Maine. She is survived by her sons, Eric E. Heuermann of Groveland, and William W. Heuermann of South Thomaston, Maine; a stepdaughter Lois Ann Lippincott of Orinda.; seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Mrs. Blemer was the granddaughter of California pioneer Joel Parker Whitney, and will be buried at the Whitney family mausoleum in Rocklin.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Saturday, May 17, 2003.)

BLEVINS

John Steven Blevins

John Steven Blevins of Sacramento - know affectionately as "Coach," for his more than 19 years leading Davis High School's wrestling team, as well as teams in other sports - died Jan. 8, 2004, in Sacramento, with family at his side, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 64.

He was born Aug. 10, 1939, in Orofino, Idaho. After earning a master's degree from Chico State University in 1969, he spent the next 30 years teaching physical education.

His real passion was coaching. In addition to wrestling, he coached golf, baseball and football.

His hobbies included fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, playing softball and collection root beer memorabilia.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy, his son, Steven, and his daughter, Lori, all of Sacramento, stepdaughter, Jenifer Rochester of Knights Landing and stepson, Cory Rochester of Redding. He is also survived by his stepmother, Janie Blevins, his sisters, Boni Schueller and Noncy Borgman, all of St. Maries, Idaho, Alice VanDorn of Osburn, Idaho, and Janis Wentworth of Chico.

At the request of the deceased, no services will be held. His final resting place will be in the Idaho Hills overlooking the Clearwater River, where he hunted as a child.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made in the name of the deceased to Pancreatica.org, 5 Harris Court, Building N, Suite 3, Monterey CA 93940.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Wednesday, January 14, 2004.)

BLEYHL

Zella E. Bleyhl

Zella Eileen Bleyhl died April 9, 2001, at her home in Davis. Born in Rockport, Ind., on Feb. 20, 1913, she was 88.

She graduated from East High School in Denver and attended Colorado Women's College in Denver. She also received private musical training in the harp in Colorado and in Maine.

During World War II, she served her country in a secretarial position with the Army Air Corps, stationed at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. After the war, she worked in a similar capacity with the American Red Cross in Europe.

She married Norris A. Bleyhl, Ph.D., on June 17, 1950, in Denver. The couple moved to Chico in 1951, where Norris was the chief librarian at Chico State College until his retirement in 1979. After he retired, they moved to Davis.

She was active in PEO, the choir at the Church of St. Martin in Davis, and enjoyed her family, travel, gardening, walking with friends, music (especially her concert harp), art and reading.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Norris.

She is survived by a son, David, of Sacramento; brother, G. Paul Smith, M.D., and wife, Patricia M. Smith of Grand Junction, Colo.; and two nephews, a niece and a grand nephew.

Graveside services will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at Davis Cemetery, 820 Pole Line Road, Davis. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the Church of St. Martin, 640 Hawthorne Lane. There will be a reception in the Parish Hall after the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the PEO Scholarship, PEO NM Chapter, 2521 Regis Drive, Davis, CA 95616; the Elizabeth McDonald Fund, c/o Audrey West, 1201 Colgate Drive, Davis, CA 95616 or to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Chapel.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Wednesday, April 18, 2001, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)

BLIZZARD

Catherine M. Blizzard

Catherine M. Blizzard of Yuba City died March 15, 2001, at Fremont-Rideout Hospital. She was 87.

She was born in Chicago, Ill. She was a resident of Summerfield Assisted Living since 1998, after residing in Davis, where she was employed as a librarian with UC Davis from 1962 until her retirement in 1978. She was a member of the Beta Phi Mu International Library Society.

During World War II, she served as a naval lieutenant in the armed forces and in 1978 she joined the Sacramento EX-Waves, where she enjoyed different offices of historian, secretary-treasurer for several years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Blizzard.

She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Alex Stelter of Santa Rosa; several nieces and nephews; and longtime friends Earl and Bridget Richey. Burial arrangements at sea are under the care of Neptune Society of Sacramento.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Wednesday, March 21, 2001, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)

BLODGETT

William "Bill" Edward Blodgett

William "Bill" Edward Blodgett, a former Davis High English teacher, died unexpectedly on Aug. 12, 2004, of an aneurysm. He was 74.

He was born on Sept. 29, 1930, in Oak Park, Ill., and moved to California in 1956 after earning a master's degree at the University of Chicago and marrying.

He began teaching at Davis High in 1961 and retired in 1992.

Family members say many will remember his wry sense of amusement at human comedy and his generous nature.

He is survived by his wife Harriet Blodgett of Davis, his son Bruce Blodgett of Santa Cruz, grandsons Kevin and Kyle Blodgett, and brother Robert Blodgett of Northfield, Ill.

A memorial gathering and buffet is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Aug. 29 at the Veterans' Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Wednesday, August 18, 2004.)

BLOOM

Richard Henry Bloom

Richard Henry Bloom died on Feb. 11, 1995, in Woodland Memorial Hospital. He was 87 years old.

A native of Capay Valley, he was a farmer most of his life and he was very community-minded. He was a member and director of Capay Valley Farm Bureau and was the president and director of the Capay Valley Soil Conservation District for 14 years.

Bloom was a past master of Masonic Landmark-Buckeye Lodge no. 195 and received a 50-year pin. He was also constable of Guinda Township for 35 years and he worked with, and served as captain of the Capay Valley Fire Department for many years.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Martha (Mar) Bloom of Brooks; his son, Richard N. Bloom and his wife Betty of Mendocino; his grandchildren, Richard (Mike) Bloom and his wife Debbie of Brooks, Erica Levings and her husband Steve of Carlin, NV, and Crystal Burton and her husband Ray of Esparto.

Bloom is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Allen Bloom, Adam Levings, and Katie and Shane Burton; his sister Mildred Little and her husband Larry of Belle Mead, NJ; his brother, C. Delmar(sic)(s/b Delmas)Bloom and his wife Muriel of Fair Oaks; and numerous nieces and nephews.

No services are planned. Inturnment will be in the Capay Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Capay Valley Fire Department, P.O. Box 6, Brooks, CA 95606.

McNary's Chapel is handling the arrangements.

(The Davis Enterprise, Tuesday, Feb. 14,1995)

(The above obituary was contributed by Louana Harden, <nharden@mother.com>.)

BLOSSER

Isaac Blosser

(The following death information was transcribed by Betty Loose.)

“Saturday Sacramento Bee,” April 8, 1905.

YOLO COUNTY LOSES TWO GOOD CITIZENS

WOODLAND (Yolo Co.), April 8 - Isaac BLOSSER, a well-known resident of Yolo County, died suddenly Friday evening, at his home a few miles east of this city. He had just seated himself at the dinner table, when a sudden stroke of heart disease seized him and he succumbed to death. He has suffered from heart trouble for some time. He was a native of Pennsylvania and was 73 years of age. He had lived in Yolo County for thirteen years. He leaves a wife, two daughters and one son, all residents of this county.

BLUETT

Thomas Gary Bluett

Davis native Thomas Gary Bluett died Jan. 17, 2004, in Hillsboro, Ore. He was 42.

Born July 12, 1961, in Sacramento, he grew up in Davis, attending St. James School, Holmes Junior High School and Davis High School.

He loved fishing, photography and playing guitar. He was a printer by trade, working for Times Litho in Forest Grove, Ore.

He is survived by his daughters, Erika and Ashley Bluett of Queensbury, N.Y.; parents, Gordon and Joy Bluett of Davis; brothers, Michael Bluett of Las Vegas, Nev., and Daniel Bluett of Davis; sisters, Kathryn Bluett of Sacramento and Diane Guilbault and her husband Jim of Antelope; nephews, Craig and Eric Bluett of Sparks, Nev., and Justin, Shawn and Brandon Guilbault of Antelope; niece, Madelyn Guilbault of Antelope; paternal grandmother, Florence Hagberg of Turlock; and special companion, Shirley Verhoef of Hillsboro.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at St. James Church, 1275 B St. in Davis.

The family requests that donations in his memory be sent to Washington County Hospice, 427 SE Eighth St., Hillsboro, OR 97123-4519, or to the American Cancer Society.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Wednesday, February 4, 2004.)

BLUM

Joseph R. Blum

Joseph R. Blum of Davis died suddenly on April 7, 2004, in Sacramento. He was 64.

Born Jan. 16, 1940, in Billings, Mont., he had a lifelong career working toward conservation of fish, wildlife and the environment. It was important to him that these resources be managed so his children, grandchildren and future generations could enjoy them, his family said.

"He has certainly left his mark and the world is a better place because he was here," his family said.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane, of Davis; son, Caleb Michael Blum and his wife, Monica, of Seattle; daughter, Michele Permenter and her husband, Don, of Davis; grandchildren Logan Joseph Permenter and Avery Permenter of Davis, and Caleb Blum of Seattle.

A memorial will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 16 at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge in Washington. Family will be present beginning at 5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Friends of Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, 100 Round Farm Road, Olympia, WA 98516.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Thursday, April 15, 2004.)

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