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Edna B. Cox

Graveside services will be held for Edna B. Cox at the St. Helena Cemetery Saturday, Jan 19, at 1 p.m. with a reception to follow at the First Baptist Church, 1343 Spring Street. She was 85.

Mrs. Cox, an 81-year resident of St. Helena, died of a respiratory illness Jan. 10 at the Queen of the Valley Hospital, Napa.

At the time she was born on the family's Rutherford farm, her father was working for Beaulieu Vineyards. When she was 4, the family moved to St. Helena. Mrs. Cox graduated from St. Helena High School in 1934 and later married her high school sweetheart, John Cox. They settled in St. Helena and raised two children, Ron and Arlene.

Mrs. Cox was employed at Goodman's Department Store for more than 40 years, and filled in part-time after retirement.She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church, an officer of the Rebeka's Lodge #92, a member of the Women's Improvement Club, the garden club, sewing club, and the Diablo Valley Quilting Guild.

In addition to her son Ron, of Lake Berryessa, Mrs. Cox is survived by grandchildren, Terri Burnsed of Napa, Leslie and Julius Cox of Los Angeles, Chris Hunt of Brentwood and Shannon Zamczyk of Redwood City; three great-grandchildren, Chris Burnsed of Sacramento, Nicki Rodriguez of Napa and Saxon Hunt of Brentwood; four great-great-grandchildren of Sacramento and Napa; and three nephews, Tom Price of Monterey, Mike Price and Jerry Price of Vallejo; and two nieces; Diane Mills of Carmel and Nancy Maliani of Carmichael.

She was predeceased by her husband, John; her daughter, Arlene Hunt; and her sisters, Eleanor Maliani and Lois Price.

Memorial donations may be sent to the First Baptist Church, 1343 Spring Street, St. Helena, CA 94574.

Arrangements by Morrison Funeral Services.

Elizabeth Corallo

A funeral mass will be celebrated at the St. Helena Catholic Church Friday, Jan. 18, at 11 a.m. for lifelong St. Helena resident Theresa Elizabeth Corallo, who died at Sunbridge Convalescent Hospital in Calistoga Jan. 5. She was 76.

A member of the St. Helena High School class of 1943, she was a member of the St. Helena Catholic Church.

Following graduation, she was employed by the Naval shipyard on Mare Island as supervisor of the mail and file department in the planning and estimate section, retiring after 35 years. 

In addition, she was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, and a 24-year member of the St. Helena Parlor La Junta # 203 Native Daughters of the Golden West.

Memorial donations may be made to We Care Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 70, St. Helena, CA 94574, or to the American Diabetes Association, 631 Howard St. #520, San Francisco, CA 94105.

Arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel.

Fontaine Cornero-Stralla

A funeral service for Fontaine Cornero-Stralla will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Mrs. Cornero-Stralla, the wife of former St. Helena Mayor, Louis Stralla, died at her St. Helena home Nov. 27 and was buried in Toquerville, Utah Dec. 3. She was 93.

Mrs. Cornero-Stralla was born in Toquerville Oct. 18, 1908, to James Zimmerman Naegle and Anna Rebecca Jackson. In 1931 she married Louis Donald Stralla and the couple lived much of their lives in St. Helena where they were active in local politics and the wine industry.

The late Mr. Stralla was one of the founders of the St. Helena and Calistoga Wine Company and, when Prohibition ended, was instrumental in reviving the old Krug winery prior to its purchase by the Cesare Mondavi family. 

Beatrice Phillips

Funeral services were held Jan. 16 in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, for Beatrice "Bea" Maud Phillips, who died Dec. 18 in Concord, Calif. She was 92.

A resident of St. Helena and Napa from 1976 to 1994 and a former volunteer at the Veteran's Home of California in Yountville, Mrs. Phillips was the daughter of Henry and Ida Wilson of Canada.

She is survived by a step-daughter, Sharyn Fernandez Galloway of Concord; a niece Patricia Morey of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; a nephew, Robert Carmichael Sr. of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada; and a grandnephew, Robert Carmichael, Jr. of Calgary, BC.

Mrs. Phillips was predeceased by two husbands, E.K. Fernandez, Jr. who died in 1979, and Brevard "Buzz" Phillips; and two sisters, Gwen Ferguson, former owner of Gami's Scandinavian Imports in Yountville, and Corona Josephs of Santa Rosa.

Arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel.

Geneva E. Durham 

Geneva E. Durham, an Angwin resident since 1948, died at her home Feb. 1. She was 86.

Miss Durham, a member of the Pacific Union College Seventh-day Adventist Church, a math and astronomy teacher at Pacific Union College for 15 years, also taught at Atlantic Union College and at Napa High School and Vintage High School before her retirement.

She is survived by one niece and five nephews. She was predeceased by twin brothers, Lowell and Lawrence.

Memorial donations can be made to We Care Animal Rescue, 1345 Charter Oak Ave., St. Helena, CA 94574. 

Arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel, St. Helena. 

Pauline C. Hoisington

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, in the memorial chapel of The Meadows of Napa, 1800 Atrium Parkway, Napa, for Pauline C. Hoisington, who died Jan. 28 at The Meadows Care Center. She was 94.

Mrs. Hoisington was a 25-year resident of Napa county, 15 of them she spent at Vineyard Valley in St. Helena. She was the wife of the late Homer R. Hoisington. At the time of his death they had been married 57 years.

She is survived by a daughter, Judith Kaiser; grandchildren Kevin Heistand, Kerry Heistand, and Alison Friedman; a step-granddaughter, Gail Hales; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Oyster Bay, Pearl Street, Oyster Bay, N.Y. 11771.

Phil S. Ransome

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. today, Feb. 7, at St. Helena Cemetery, 2461 Spring Street, St. Helena, for Phil S. Ransome, who died in Napa on Feb. 4. He was 88.

Born to Robert and Eppie Ransom in Scranton, Penn., Mr. Ransome was a grading and paving contractor in Escondido for 55 years. He and his wife, Helen, moved to St. Helena two years ago. 

In addition to his wife of 67 years, he is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Koerner Rombauer, of St. Helena; two grandchildren, Sheana Rombauer Blackwood and K. R. Rombauer; and five great-grandchildren.

Donations can be made to Hospice of Napa Valley, 3299 Claremont Way, Napa, CA 94558.

Arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel.

Marie E. Clemens

Graveside services will be held today, Feb. 14, at St. Helena Cemetery for Marie Elizabeth Clemens, a longtime St. Helena resident, who died Feb. 5 after a long illness. She was 83.

Mrs. Clemens was born in Dagmar, Mont., in 1918. She married Eugene L. Clemens in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1940 and a year later witnessed the attack on Pearl Harbor which signaled the United States' entry in to World War II. She was a systems controller for Pacific Telephone for 25 years and lived in Montana and California before moving to Oregon in 1997.

Mrs. Clemens is survived by her daughter, Carolynne Snyder; a grandson, Christopher Snyder; and granddaughters, Saskia Snyder and Cezanne Snyder. Her husband, Eugene, died in 1990 in St. Helena where they had lived since 1979. 

Arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel.

Mary C. Dolan

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, in the Elmshaven chapel at St. Helena Hospital for Mary Catherine Dolan, who died at home of ovarian cancer Jan. 9. She was 54.

An Upvalley resident for nearly 30 years, Mrs. Dolan earned nursing degrees from Napa Valley College and Pacific Union College, and worked as a nurse and case manager at St. Helena Hospital until she became ill. She was a member of the Ovarian Cancer Network, and the recipient of the Editor's Choice Award for giving comfort and support to others with ovarian cancer. She was also a gardener, quilter, weaver, reader and poet. 

She is survived by two sons, Jacob Rubenstein and Willy Becker; a stepson, Jesse Becker; her mother, Doris Dolan; six siblings, Dianne Agnew, Elizabeth Dolan, Patricia Lunch, Phil Dolan, Tim Dolan and Walter Dolan.

Her father, Jack Dolan, preceded her in death. 

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Napa Valley, 3299 Claremont Way, Napa, CA, 94558.

Mildred Jackson

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Mission Catholic Church, 1241 Niebaum Lane in Rutherford. for Mildred Jackson of St. Helena, who died Wednesday at Queen of the Valley Hospital. She was 90.

Before moving to St. Helena in the early 1950s, Mrs. Jackson and her husband, Thomas, lived in Lima, Peru, where he was a mining engineer. She was a previous owner of the El Bonita Motel in the early 50s and late 60s and served on the St. Helena planning commission. 

She is survived by a sister, Evelyn Finney; four nieces and six nephews. 

Private interment will be in Mt. View Cemetery in Reno, Nev.

Memorial donations may be made to We Care Animal Rescue, 1345 Charter Oak Ave., St. Helena, CA, 94574. 

Arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel.

Josephine Ratto

A funeral Mass will be celebrated today, Feb. 14, at 10 a.m at St. Helena Catholic Church, 1340 Tainter Street, for Josephine H. Ratto, who died in her Angwin home Feb. 9. She was 82. 

Mrs. Ratto was one of six children born to Joseph and Florence Capelini of Oakland. She was a cafeteria worker with the Oakland school district and worked for a number of years at a plant in Emeryville, and at Borden's Creamery in Alameda, where she met her husband, John Ratto. At the time of his death in 1998 they had been married 57 years. 

She is survived by sons John Ratto and Andy Ratto; daughters Christy Dearborn and Lisa Pulido; sisters, Irma, Clara and Florence; nine grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren.

A brother, George, preceded her in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to Napa Valley Hospice, 3299 Claremont, Napa, CA, 94558.

Burial will be at the Holy Cross Cemetery.

Arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel.

Donald Hemphill

A memorial service will be held Thursday, June 27 at 2 p.m. for Dr. Donald Vincent Hemphill, former professor and naturalist, at the Pacific Union College Seventh-day Adventist Church youth chapel. Dr. Hemphill died June 20. He was 84.

Dr. Hemphill was born in San Francisco to Paul and Ida Hemphill. He moved to the Valley and attended high school at PUC Prep and then college at PUC. After receiving a master's degree from U.C. Berkeley in 1944, he returned to PUC as a professor and later became chairman of the Department of Biology. While at PUC, his classes were referred to as "Uncle Don's Story Hour" and he earned the title "Mr. Diogenes Lantern," for providing that flower every year for homecoming.

He enjoyed spending summers at the Mendocino Biological Field Station and teaching marine biology. He also enjoyed leading wilderness ecology backpacking trips.

He is survived by his three children and their spouses, John Franklin Hemphill and wife, Edna of Angwin, Julie Finley and husband, David, of Angwin and Jeannie McLellan and husband, Bill, of Martinez. He is also survived by one grandson, Donald Finely of Angwin, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Winifred Hemphill.

Interment will be at the St. Helena Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the PUC Biology Department.

Arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel.
 

Merlin Forgey

A memorial service will be held at Redwood Campmeeting the later part of July for Merlin Chester Forgey, a former resident of Deer Park who died June 14. He was 68.

Mr. Forgey was born to Robert and Myrtle Forgey in Chowchilla Calif. He served five years in the U.S. Air Force as a military policeman. 

After working constrution for many years, he retired to Deer Park. He enjoyed gardening, mechanics and talking to people.

He is survived by seven siblings, Glenn Forgey of Hermiston, Ore., Donald Forgey of Mabton, Wash., three sisters of St. Helena, Elma Forgey, Eunice Robinson and Fern Chamberlin, Roberta Friesen of Rohnert Park and Edith Habenhict of Berrien Springs, Mich.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Claude Forgey.

Interment will be at the St. Helena Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Thunderbird Pathfinders at Elmshaven SDA Church.

Arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel.
 

Melvin Nelson

Melvin Nelson, 97, died of a stroke Tuesday, June 18, at St. Bernadine Medical Center in San Bernardino, Calif. He was 97.

Born Aug. 5, 1904, in Oakland, he was a 66-year resident of Deer Park. Mr. Nelson earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Pacific Union College in 1928 and worked as an accountant for St. Helena Hospital for 31 years. He also had his own accounting business in St. Helena. In Deer Park, he had served as a deputy sheriff and assistant chief of the fire department, as well as on the boards of various local hospitals, including Queen of the Valley. He was a member of the Elmshaven Seventh-day Adventist Church for 66 years.

He married Nettie Howland on Oct. 18, 1927; she died in 1993. 

Survivors include two sons, Alvin E. Nelson of Angwin and Ivan T. Nelson of Riverside, Calif.; a daughter, Eva K. Nelson-Reiss of Redlands, Calif.; 15 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Services were held Monday, June 24, at 11 a.m. at the Elmshaven Seventh-day Adventist Church, and graveside services will be Monday at 1 p.m. at the St. Helena Cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by Miller Jones and Crematory, 26770 Murietta Road, Sun City, CA 92586.

May Graves

A private service was held for May Graves, a longtime resident of the Napa Valley, who died July 7 at Marlinda Convalescent Hospital in St. Helena. She was 98.

Mrs. Graves was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and was married to Allen Graves.

She was preceded in death by her husband.

Interment will be at St. Helena Cemetery.

Arrangements by Richard Pierce Funeral Service.

Rosetta A. Spicer

A funeral service was held Monday, July 15 for Rosetta A. Spicer, a former Oakville vineyard owner, who died Wednesday, July 10. She was 89.

Mrs. Spicer was born and raised in the Midwest. She was an R.N. She and her family moved to Napa in 1979 and purchased a vineyard on Money Road. She participated in all the diverse tasks including the management and maintenance of the vineyard. Mrs. Spicer enjoyed being a homemaker and loved ballroom dancing. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Spicer and her brother Harold Almendinger.

She is survived by her children LaDonna Spicer of Napa and Ron Spicer and his wife, Kathleen, of Napa; her stepdaughters Jackie Altamura and husband, George of Napa and Pat Smith of Elgin, Minn and several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Napa Valley, 3299 Claremont Way, Napa, CA 94558.

Arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel.

Marvin F. Switzer

A funeral service was held Friday, July 12 for Marvin F. Switzer, a former resident of St. Helena, who died July 9. He was 77.

Mr. Switzer served in World War II and the Korean Conflict. Following WWII, he began a career in insurance, which he returned to after the Korean Conflict. 

He and his wife, Louise, moved to St. Helena in 1982. While in St. Helena, he was a member of the St. Helena American Legion, Sons of Italy, Native Sons of the Golden West and St. Helena Bocce Ball Club. He enjoyed maintaining his vineyard, playing bocce ball and watching the 49ers. 

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond and Melvin Switzer.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Louise Switzer of St. Helena; two children, Darrell Moody of Sacramento and Linda Minnick of Concord; one stepdaugher, Gena Stephens of Pacifica; one sister, Eunice Kuykendall of Middletown; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to the St. Helena High School Agriculture Program, 1401 Grayson Ave., St. Helena or to WeCare Animal Rescue, 1345 West Charter Oak Avenue, St. Helena.

Arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel.

Marvin Reginald Poston 

Marvin R. Poston, Optometrist, whose offices in Oakland and Danville flourished for 40 years, and following his retirement established Poston Crest Vineyard in Calistoga, died on July 18, 2002. He was 87 years old. 

Marvin graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry in 1939. He went on to serve his Bay Area communities through the care of his patients and his immeasurable contributions to many organizations, at local and state levels. 

Marvin was first appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown to the California State Board of Optometry followed by an unprecedented third term appointment by Governor Ronald Reagan. The California Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association named him Optometrist of the Year. He was one of several optometrists who organized the pre-paid insurance program known as California Vision Services, which later became Vision Service Plan, a benefit program currently utilized by millions of Californians.

Locally, Dr. Poston was instrumental in organizing the West Oakland Health Group, the Children's Vision Center of the East Bay, and the vision screening programs for the East Bay Skill Center. He was a member of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity of the Alpha Gamma Boulé, Oakland NAACP, Minority Adoption Committee of the Children's Home Society and Oakland Rotary Club. The Alameda, Contra Costa Optometric Society, recognized him as Optometric Man of the Year for his outstanding contributions to the improvement of vision and eye health of his community.

Following retirement from his optometric practice, Dr. Poston and his wife Arlene, who was his constant support in the optometric practice, moved from the Bay Area to the Napa Valley. There they began a new life as the owners of Poston Crest Vineyard. His love of profession, their vineyard and the Napa Valley was only rivaled by his love for travel in their motor home and the many friendships they cultivated through those endeavors.

Marvin Poston was born on November 13, 1914 in St Louis, Missouri to Willetta Walker Poston and Walker Paul Poston. Walker Poston graduated with a degree in Education from Lincoln University. Just as the nation's economy succumbed to the ravages of the Great Depression, Walker Poston died. Willetta, an insurance agent for Golden State Insurance Company, successfully maintained the family home and helped all three sons secure advanced degrees. Marvin's brother Walker S. Poston graduated from the University of the Philippines, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, and Paul Lemmon Poston graduated from Harvard University with a Ph.D. in business. Both Walker and Paul preceded Marvin in death. 

He is survived by his wife Arlene; his daughter Marlene Bell and her husband Bob of Winters; his sons Gene Smith of Vallejo and Larry Smith and wife Cynthia of Oakland; his grandchildren Maurice Bell and wife Bridgette of Sacramento; Sharaine Bell of San Francisco; Loveta Smith Head and husband Sabastian; Calvin Smith and wife Priscilla, Shomari Smith, Malaika Smith and Shauki Smith. He is also survived by four great grandchildren Briana, Calvin Jr., Wesley and Masii as well as numerous nieces and nephews. 

All those who knew Marvin and enjoyed his soft-spoken nature, warmth in friendship and candid good humor, are invited to attend a "Celebration of Life" in his honor on July 26, 2002 at Kirkland Ranch Winery, located on Highway 12 between Interstate 80 and Highway 29 in the Napa Valley, at 2:00 p.m. 

Arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel, St. Helena, California. 963-3536.Frances Glos

A funeral service was held July 10 for Frances Glos, who died July 6 at Marlinda Convalescent Hospital in St. Helena. She was 87.

Mrs. Glos, a resident of Vallejo and active in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, was a pathfinder leader and a deaconess in the church. 

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Elton; a son, Robert, of American Canyon, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel.

Harriet Fisher

Memorial services were held July 20 in College Place, Wash. for Harriet Elizabeth Flaiz Fisher who died July 15 from injuries sustained in an auto accident in April. Mrs. Fisher, a resident of Cloverdale, Ore., lived in St. Helena from 1985 to 1995. She was 84.

Born in Battle Creek, Mich., she was the daughter of Eleanor Reith and Herschel Ross Flaiz. The family moved to College Place when she was an infant. 

Mrs. Fisher attended Walla Walla College and enrolled in a nursing program at Glendale Sanitarium. She married her husband, Dr. Willard C. Fisher in 1939.

An active member of her community where ever she lived, Mrs. Fisher served the local congregations of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in various capacities.

In addition to her husband of 62 years, she is survived by three sons, Willard C. Fisher Jr., James R. Fisher and Deo F. Fisher; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Flaiz.

Marvin F. Switzer

A funeral service was held Friday, July 12, for long-time St. Helena resident Marvin F. Switzer, who died at the Meadows in Napa July 9. He was 77.

Mr. Switzer, who served in World War II and the Korean Conflict, had a long career in the insurance business.

He and his wife, Louise, moved from San Francisco to St. Helena in 1982 where he had a vineyard. He was an avid '49er fan and a member of the St. Helena American Legion, the Sons of Italy, the Native Sons of the Golden West and St. Helena Bocce Ball Club.

In addition to his wife of 40 years, Louise, he is survived by two children, Darrell Moody of Sacramento and Linda Minnick of Concord; a stepdaughter, Gena Stephens, of Pacifica; a sister, Eunice Kuykendall, of Middletown; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond and Melvin Switzer.

Memorial donations may be made to the St. Helena High School Agriculture Program, 1401 Grayson Ave., St. Helena, or to We Care Animal Rescue, 1345 West Charter Oak Ave., St. Helena.

Arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel.

Elva Vaughn

A private memorial service was held for Elva L. Vaughn who died in Angwin July 17. She was 91.

Mrs. Vaughn, who moved to Angwin seven months ago to be with her grandson, Steven Thrush, was a native of Beviere, Mo. and a long-time resident of Illinois where she was a nurse for the state of Illinois. She later moved to Rogue River, Ore., and was a member of the Assembly of God Church.

In addition to her grandson, she is survived by a daughter-in-law, Reta Thrush; a granddaughter, Tanya Rene Pratt, three great-grandchildren and a great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle Thrush; her only child, Robert Duane Thrush, and 10 siblings. Arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel.

Dr. Orville R. Thompson

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Signs Memorial Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1720 Finnell Rd., Yountville, for Dr. Orville R. Thompson who died in Portland, Ore., July 7.

Dr. Thompson, 80, was an obstetrician and gynecologist and practiced at the St. Helena Hospital from 1964 to 1974. 

Dr. Thompson was born Nov. 16, 1921 to Herbert and Nina Thompson in the home of his maternal grandparents' just outside Olsburg, Kansas. He was the second of five children. A World War II veteran, he was drafted in 1942 and served overseas until 1945. 

After earning a bachelor's degree from Madison College, he attended Loma Linda University Medical School, graduating with the class of 1951. he served a surgical residence in Tacoma Park, Md., and practiced medicine in Loma Linda and Glendale, Calif. from 1956-1964. Over the span of 13 years he and his wife, Mary, adopted six children.

He and his family moved to Tracy in the mid-1970s and lived there until his retirement in 1985. At that time he and his wife, June, moved back to St. Helena, then to Calistoga where they lived for 14 years until her death. He remarried in March 2000 and relocated to Boring, Ore., with his wife, Rosemayne.

He is survived by his wife Rosemayne of Boring, Ore.; children James Thompson, Tricia Robles, Carol Harder, Robert Thompson, Mary Simons, Jerry Thompson and their families; and a nephew, Rick Stimpel, who lived with the family from the age of 10; a sister, Evelyn Aeh, of Kentucky; a brother, Tom, and his wife, Ella Mae, of North Dakota; a brother, Clifford, of Ohio; 15 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and stepchildren Judy Folkenburg, Michael Folkenburg, Brenda Aufderhar, Verna Burden and Wes Burden.

A member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church from the time he was a boy, Dr. Thompson was a supporter of the Foothills Adventist Elementary School where donations may be made in his honor, c/o 711 Sunnyside Rd, St. Helena, CA 94574. 

Ruth Florence Whitsett

A memorial service will be held Sunday, Aug. 11, at 1 p.m. at the St. Helena Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1777 Main St. for Ruth Florence Whitsett, who died at St. Helena Hospital July 28. She was 88.

Mrs. Whitsett, a native of Galt, Calif., was the daughter of William and Bessie (Ford) Plummer. During World War II, she worked as a "Rosie the Riveter," and later was manager of the Valley Hotel at the corner of Main and Hunt streets in St. Helena, a job she held for 22 years. 

She was a member of the St. Helena Seventh-day Adventist Church and a talented piano player. 

Mrs. Whitsett is survived by her daughter, Bonnie Bott, and her husband, Edward, of St. Helena; two grandsons, Dayn Rushby and William Rushby; and a great-grandson, Brandon Rushby of Napa.

Arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel.


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