Miscellaneous San Benito County, California Obituaries - 2000

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Week of December 28, 2000

Luis M. Alvarez
Luis M. Alvarez, who owned Alvarez Auto Repair in the early 1990s, died Christmas Day in Hollister. He was 53.
Mr. Alvarez had moved to Texas five years ago and was visiting his family when he died. In Donna, Tx., he worked for the school district maintenance department.
Mr. Alvarez is survived by his children Linda Alnas, Dianna Alvarez and Luis Alvarez Jr. of Hollister and Lee Alvarez of Texas, his mother Martina Alvarez of Texas, siblings Jesus Alvarez of Los Banos, Marciano Alvarez of Hollister, Frank Alvarez of Hollister, Natalie Sosa of Hollister, Juana Alvarez, Elisa Alvarez, Juanita Salinas, Lupe Lopez and Mary Garza of Texas. He also is survived by two grandchildren.
The rosary and vigil are tonight at 7 p.m. at Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home. Services are Friday at 9:30 a.m. at the chapel, proceeding to Sacred Heart Church for a 10 a.m. mass. Interment follows at Calvary Cemetery.

Rose Mary Cox
Rose Mary Cox, a Hollister resident known for her hospital volunteer work, died at her home on Dec. 21. She was 88.
Mrs. Cox was born in Greenfield and came to San Benito in 1950. She attended Greenfield and Gonzales schools and graduated from King City High School. Mrs. Cox was a member of the Hazel Hawkins Hospital Auxiliary since 1969 and Glad Tiding Church of San Juan Bautista. She worked for Roy Hegg’s 5 & 10 Store in Hollister, Herbert Schulze Store and City TV in Hollister.
Mrs. Cox is survived by her son Davie of Tres Pinos, daughter Carmen Miguel of Hollister, several grandchildren, brother Lawrence of Greenfield, brother Fred of Greenfield, sister Carol of Greenfield, sister Shirley Franscioli of King City, sister Clare Juster of Salinas, very close family friend Pastor John and Jo Amelio of Hollister, 10 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Cox was preceded in death by her husband Don Cox, who died in 1981.
The funeral was Friday in the chapel of Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home and was officiated by Pastor John Amelio of the Glad Tidings Church in San Juan Bautista. Burial and graveside services followed at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery. The pallbearers were: Joey Miguel, Mike Miguel, David Tomasini, Jeff Tomasini, Dennis Fraser, Caleb Porteur and Josiah Porteur.
Contributions are preferred to the Glad Tidings Church in San Juan Bautista.

Edna Gomez
Edna Gomez, who came to Hollister two years ago to be close to family, died Dec. 23. She was 70.
Mrs. Gomez was born in Los Angeles and lived there for most of her life. She attended Mission San Juan Bautista locally.
Mrs. Gomez is survived by her daughter, Edna Gomez of Hollister, her siblings Maria Fregoso and Aurora Martinez of Los Angeles, Ernesto Fregoso and Maria Elva Calderon of Guadalajara, Ana Rosa Fregoso of Soyatlan, Mexico, Rosario Fregoso of Guadalajara, Socorro Fregoso and Gilberto Fregoso of Guadalajara. She also is survived by the Trigo Family of Hollister.
Services and interment will be in Soytaltan Del Oro, Jalisco, Mexico. Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Thomas "Ted" Edward Royal
Thomas "Ted" Edward Royal, a former president and member of the Hollister Exchange Club, died Dec. 21. He was 80.
Mr. Royal was born in Bissell, Canada and came to San Benito in 1951. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and retired in 1978 as owner and operator of Royal TV & Appliance. Mr. Royal was a member of the Presbyterian Church, past president and member since 1967 of the Hollister Exchange Club, a member of Elks Lodge, former director and member of the Chamber of Commerce, past president of SIRS and was very active with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
Mr. Royal is survived by his wife Lila Royal of Hollister, son Larry Edward Royal of Santa Clara, daughter Judy Ann White of Chicago, Ill., daughter Lori Lee Owens of White Salmon, Wash., sister Jean Manett, five grandchildren, six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister Gladys Lohoar and brother Wallace Royal.
A private memorial services was held Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church. Interment was at San Joaquin National Cemetery in Los Banos. Arrangements for cremation were under the direction of Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home and Crematory in Hollister.
Contributions are preferred to the Hazel Hawkins Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 485, Hollister, CA 95024.

Joe "Blackie" Salcido
Joe Salcido, a Hollister resident, died December 24. He was 74.
Mr. Salcido was born in Madera and came to San Benito 48 years ago. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church and the V.F.W. of Hollister. Mr. Salcido was a truck driver for 40 years and last worked for Tony Lomanto Trucking.
Mr. Salcido is survived by his wife Antonia Salcido of Hollister, son Joe "Bobby" Salcido of Orange County, daughter Marlene Salcido Gabriele of Hollister, son Sylvester Salcido of Hollister, son Freddie Salcido of Hollister, son Robert Salcido of Hollister, sister Carmen Rivera of Holtville, brother Manuel Salcido of San Diego, brother Richard Salcido of Los Angeles, brother Rudy Salcido of El Centro, sister Connie Salcido of Holtville, brother Henry Salcido of San Diego, 12 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be today at 9:30 a.m. from Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home proceeding to Sacred Heart Catholic Church for a funeral Mass offered at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Hollister.

Week of December 21, 2000

Zenaida Alvarez
Zenaida Alvarez, a Hollister resident, died December 14, 2000. She was 85.
Mrs. Alvarez was born in Mexico and came to San Benito in 1957 to 1963, she then moved to Morgan Hill until 1998, when she returned to San Benito. Mrs. Alvarez was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She was a cook for Progresso Tamale Parlor restaurant in the 1950’s and she also work for 10 years at the Hollister Canning Co.
Mrs. Alvarez is survived by her son Jose Aguayo of Hollister, son Manuel of Gilroy, daughter Consuelo of Mexico, daughter Aurora Aguayo of Mexico, brother Moises Alvarez of Mexico, brother Eusebio Alvarez of Mexico, sister Josefina Alvarez of Mexico, sister Cuca Alvarez of Chicago, brother Guillermo Alvarez of Chicago, 20 grandchildren 20 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral was Monday at the chapel of Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home. Burial and graveside services will followed at Calvary Cemetery in Hollister.

Julia F. Cervantes
Julia F. Cervantes, a Hollister resident, died December 14. 
Mrs. Cervantes was born in Reynoso, Tamaulipas, Mexico and in 1954 she married her husband Jose in Mexico. She came to Hollister from Texas in 1960. Mrs. Cervantes was a member of Sacred Heart Church and the Guadalupana Society.
Mrs. Cervantes is survived by her husband Jose Cervantes of Hollister, daughter Janie Garcia of Hollister, three granddaughters and many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Cervantes was preceded in death by her sister Maria Martinez who died in 1997.
The rosary and vigil was December 17 at Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home with mass at Sacred Heart Church. Interment was at Calvary Cemetery.

Arvie H. Shockey
Arvie H. Shockey, a Hollister resident who worked for Tri-Valley Growers, died December 13. She was 80.
Mrs. Shockey was born in Speer, Okla., and came to San Benito County in 1954 living in Hollister and Tres Pinos. She had attended the Church of Christ where she was baptized as a young girl.
Mrs. Shockey is survived by her son Ray Shockey of San Juan Bautista, son Mel Shockey of Gilroy, sister Janie Pitchard of Fullerton, sister Peggy Lindsey of Baytown, Texas, and two grandchildren. Mrs. Shockey was preceded in death by her husband Ivan Shockey, who died in 1989, daughter Marilyn, two brothers and one sister.
Services were Saturday at Black Cooper Sander Funeral Home. Rev. Rick Pennington of The First Presbyterian Church will officiated. Interment was at the IOOF Cemetery Columbarium.
Donations are preferred to the American Heart Association.

Manuel W. Silveira
Manuel W. Silveira, a local cowboy whose flashy horse and silver saddle made him popular in local parades, died Dec. 18. He was 86.
Mr. Silveira was born in Castroville and came to San Benito in 1959 from San Jose.
"Manuel Silveira will be remembered as the ‘Cowboy of Cowboys’. Everyone always enjoyed listening to his stories of the past," his family wrote on his obituary notice. Manuel paraded with his horse Jimmy (a fifth-generation descendant of Trigger) in various cities and received many awards. He was Grand Marshal in Morgan Hill’s Fourth of July parade in 1997. He was also Grand Marshal in the last parade in San Juan Bautista. Over the past years Mr. Silveira was involved in Future Farmers of America, a member of the World’s Fast Draw Association for 15 years and he participated in shoots and shows at San Benito County Fair. He was a member of the N.R.A. and the San Jose Horsemen’s Association. 
Mr. Silveira is survived by his wife Angelina M. Silveira of Hollister, son Pete Silveira of Hollister, son Manuel of Washington, son Jim of San Jose, son Henry Silveira of Prunedale, daughter Betty Montero of Hollister, daughter Delfina Sheets of Los Banos, brother Henry Silveira of Modesto, brother Edward Silveira of San Jose, sister Lollie Silveira of Manteca, 32 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Silveira was preceded in death by his daughter Julie Barnard.
Arrangements have been made for cremation through Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Crematory. Friends are invited to attend a mass at the Old Mission San Juan Bautista on Saturday at 9 a.m. A reception will follow.

Timothy C. Vanderford
Timothy C. Vanderford, a Hollister resident, died December 14. He was 52.
Mr. Vanderford was born in Michigan, and came to San Benito in 1997 from Morgan Hill. Mr.Vanderford enjoyed the outdoors and loved to take his children and stepchildren camping and fishing. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to others. Mr. Vanderford was a Maintenance Technician for the Morgan Hill Unified School District for 15 years.
Mr. Vanderford is survived by his wife Devon McDonald of Hollister, daughter Jennifer Vanderford of Dover, Mass., son Landon Vanderford of Dover, Mass., stepdaughter Lindsay Occhipinti of Hollister, stepson Jonathan Occhipinti of Hollister, father James Vanderford of Oregon, mother Lois Vanderford of Oregon, sister Diane Brazil of San Jose, brother Daniel Vanderford of Palm Beach, Fla., brother Joel Vanderford of Paradise, sister Sally Kirts of Gilroy and several nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will gather at the family home in Hollister on Friday at 2 p.m. for a memorial service. Cremation has been arranged through Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Crematory, Hollister, CA.
Donations may be made to the Diabetes Society at 1165 Lincoln Ave., San Jose or c/o the mortuary chapel.

Week of December 14, 2000

John "Jack" Curtis
Jack Curtis, a WWII veteran, died in Sutherlin, Oregon on Dec. 10. He was 79.

Victor T. Gotschall
Victor T. Gotschall, a recent Hollister resident, died Dec. 11. He was 89.

Frank Z. Medina
Frank Z. Medina, a Hollister resident, died Dec. 11 at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. He was 61.

Mary E. Pintello
Mary Pintello, a former Bolado golfer, died Dec. 11. She was 84.

Ailyn E. Rose
Ailyn E. Rose, a local seamstress, died December 10. She was 92.

Kathryn B. "Kate" Sullivan
Kate Sullivan, a substitute teacher for the Hollister School District and widow of pharmacist Bart Sullivan, died Dec. 10 at La Mesa. She was 96.

Edith E. Thomas
Edith E. Thomas, a Hollister resident, died Dec. 7. She was 92.

Mary Ann Whites
Mary Ann Whites, a former county welfare worker, died Dec. 12. She was 82.

Week of December 7, 2000

Louis Cabral
Louis Cabral, an original member of the Cowboys’ Turtle Association, died Nov. 29, at his home in Red Rock, N.M. He was 92.

Grace O’Reilly
Grace O’Reilly, a Morgan Hill resident, died Dec. 2.

Myrtle T. Paullus
Myrtle T. Paullus, a Hollister resident, died Dec. 2. She was 96.

Raymond Pagaran
Raymond "Packrat" Pagaran, a veteran and employee of National Refractories for 25 years, died suddenly Nov. 28 of a heart attack. He was 59.

Patricia M. Rickman
Patricia M. Rickman, a Hollister resident, died Dec. 2. She was 55.

George Vandeman
George Vandeman, the founder of the award winning show "It is Written," died at his home in New Berry Park on Nov. 3. He was 84.

Week of November 30, 2000

Evelyn W. Barkley
Services have been held for Evelyn W. Barkley, who died Nov. 21 in Saratoga at the IOOF Retirement Home.

Salvador M. Bonilla
Salvador M. Bonilla, who worked for Almaden Vineyards, died Nov. 17. He was 79.

Don R. Gargano
Don R. Gargano, the founder of Pop Warner Football for San Benito County, died Nov. 11. He was 57.

Alta M. Martin
Alta M. Martin, owner of Martin & Son Trucking Company in San Jose, died Nov. 26. She was 86.

John Morgan 
John Morgan, an accomplished South Valley horseman who used his knowledge of animals to bring together divergent groups of people, died Nov. 22 after a long illness. He was 74. 

Raymond Pagaran
Raymond "Packrat" Pagaran, a veteran and employee of National Refractories for 25 years, died suddenly Nov. 28 of a heart attack. He was 59.

Florence Paterson
Florence L. Paterson, who used her gift for knitting to make countless blankets, lap robes and dish towels for local club fundraisers, died Nov. 27. She was 94.

Katherine Vochatzer
Katherine Vochatzer, a former Hollister resident who moved to Reno, died Nov. 23. She was 63.

Week of November 23, 2000

Donald L. Holmes
Donald L. Holmes, the owner of Holmes Trucking, died Nov. 20. He was 63.

Peter Martinez
Peter Martinez, a Teledyne McCormick Selph employee, died Nov. 20. He was 45.

Week of November 9, 2000

Charles T. Clark, Jr.
Charles T. Clark, Jr., a WWII veteran, passed away November 7. He was 81.

Cheri McFarland
Cheri McFarland, for six years the branch manager of Hollister’s Bank of America, died Tuesday at Hospice House Monterey. She was 54.

Calvin W. Mead Jr.
Calvin W. Mead Jr., who retired to Hollister after a career as a principal, died Sunday in Hollister. He was 75.

Julius N. Nunez
Julius Nunez, who grew up in New Idria and had been a source for historians who have written about mining life, died Nov. 3. He was 98.

Libertina "Libby" Spina
Libertina Spina, a Hollister resident, died Nov. 4 at Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. She was 89.

Week of November 2, 2000

Consuelo Acevedo
Consuelo Acevedo, a Hollister resident, passed away at her home on October 24. She was 68.

Dorothy E. Behringer
Dorothy E. Behringer, a resident of the San Benito County, passed away Sunday, October 1 at Southside Convalescent Hospital in Hollister. She was 92.

Edward "Eddie" Casillas
Edward Casillas, a resident of San Benito County, died October 23. He was 59.

Iona Good Egleland
Iona Good Egeland, a teacher from Ohio who came to San Benito County in 1984, died Saturday at a local convalescent hospital. She was 88.

Lizzie May Gentry
Lizzie May Gentry, a resident of Hollister, passed away October 31 at Sunbridge Care Center. She was 82.

Frank Goodenberger
Frank Goodenberger, a worker for Bishop Motors in 1968, passed away Thursday morning on October 26at Watsonville Community Hospital. He was 88.

James Frederick Patrick Snyder
James Frederick Patrick Snyder, a veteran of the U.S. Army, died Oct. 24 at his Monterey residence. He was 51.

Week of October 26, 2000

Edler Jullian Anderson
Edler Jullian Anderson, a Hollister resident, passed away October 19.

Edward "Eddie" Casillas
Edward "Eddie" Casillas died suddenly in Payson, AZ., at the age of 59.

Garrik "Gary" Weinberger
Garrik "Gary" Weinberger of Gilroy, who worked at the Wardrobe and at Dick Bruhn’s A Man’s Store in Hollister for 17 years, died Tuesday in Los Gatos of a sudden illness. He was 81.

Josephine C. Welch
Josephine C. Welch, who for a number of years ran the 19th Hole bar with her late husband Lucky, died Sunday at Sunbridge Care Center. She was 75.

Week of October 19, 2000

Robert "Bobby" Carruth
Robert "Bobby" Carruth, a Vietnam Veteran, died October 13. He was 53.

Tome Joaquin Furtado
Tome Joaquin Furtado, who worked as a self-employed farmer and orchardist in San Benito County for more than 44 years, died Friday in Hollister. He was 97.

Franklin "Frank" Lucio Garcia
Franklin "Frank" Lucio Garcia, who lived in Hollister most of his life, died Friday in San Juan Bautista. He was 37.

Mike P. Leyva
Mike P. Leyva, a resident of Hollister, died August 2, 2000 in Wichita, Kansas. He was 72.

Leland A. Nunes
Leland A. Nunes, who could hold worshipers at Mission San Juan Bautista spellbound with his saxophone renditions of "Oh Holy Night" and "Ave Maria," died Tuesday after a period of failing health. He was 78.

Leland Nunez
Leland Nunez, a resident of Hollister, died Tuesday at a local convalescent hospital. He was 78.

Bill Parker
Bill Parker, a World War II fighter pilot and ace, died Monday after an accident in Panoche. He was 84.

Ignacio S. "Stacy" Ureste
Ingnacio S. Ureste, who was born in Hollister, died October 13 as a result of a vehicle accident in San Jose. He was 51. 

Week of October 12, 2000

Charlotte E. Melendy Berberick
Charlotte E. Melendy Berberick, a lifelong resident of San Benito County and rancher, died October 10 in Hollister. She was 93.

Arcadio "Danny" T. Daniels
Arcadio "Danny" T. Daniels, a receiving & shipping clerk for Rohnert Seed Co., died October 7 at Sunbridge Care Center. He was 95.

May Belle Hooton
May Belle Hooton, a resident of San Benito County since 1944, died September, 26, 2000. She was 89

Mary M. Kennedy
Mary M. Kennedy, a resident of Hollister, died October 7. She was 77.

James W. "Jim" Leonard
James W. "Jim" Leonard, a parts man for Tiffany Motor Company for 28 years, died October 4 at El Camino Hospital in Mt. View. He was 73.

Clifford W. Martin
Clifford W. Martin, a former security worker for Plantation Casino in Nevada, died September 28, two days after his mother, May Belle Hooton. He was 59.

Joaquin G. Mazon
Joaquin G. Mazon, a veteran of WWII, died at Pacific Hills Manor, Morgan Hill on October 4. He was 90

Mary Paxton
Mary Paxton, who lived in San Benito County all her life and was the mother of former Free Lance writer Mark Paxton, died Tuesday at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto. She was 74.

Augusta C. Ribeiro
Augusta C. Ribeiro, a resident of San Benito County, died Oct. 5. She was 95.

Paul F. Vasquez
Paul F. Vasquez, a former worker for Botelho Brothers in San Juan Bautista, died October 5. He was 83.

Theron S. Wright
Theron S. Wright, a former member of the Southside School Board & San Benito High School Board, died October 8. He was 91.

Week of October 5, 2000

Louis E. Bourdet
Louis E. Bourdet, a lifelong rancher and member of the San Benito County Saddlehorse Association, died Sept. 28 at his Hollister home. He was 85.

Tillie Gonzales
Tillie Gonzales, who moved to San Benito County from the Mojave Desert 70 years ago, died Sept. 27 after a short illness. She was 75.

Week of September 28, 2000

Lois E. Dunning
Lois E. Dunning, a native of San Benito County, a member of the Kinship Auxiliary of San Benito County and an avid gardener, died Sept. 20 at Sunbridge Care Center after a five-month illness. She was 78.

Norman E. Murphy
Norman E. Murphy, a long-time resident of San Benito County, grape rancher and former employee of Bank of America, died Sept. 21. He was 83.

Week of September 21, 2000

Lois E. Dunning
Lois E. Dunning, a native of San Benito County, a member of the Kinship Auxiliary of San Benito County and an avid gardener, died Sept. 20 at Sunbridge Care Center after a five-month illness. She was 78.

Frances F. Jones
Frances F. Jones, a homemaker and native of San Benito County, died last Wednesday in Santa Cruz. She was 77.

Brian A. Law
Brian A. Law, an electrician’s apprentice, died Sept. 16 in Hollister. He was 41.

Aubrey O. Pollock
Aubrey O. Pollock, a former Hollister chicken rancher, died Sept. 15 in Modesto, where he recently had moved to be closer to his son. He was 91.

Week of September 14, 2000

Darren Gong
Darren Gong, son of a local business family, died Monday at San Jose Medical Center after a solo motorcycle accident. He was 28.

Pascual "Mike" Gutierrez
Pascual F. "Mike" Gutierrez, an avid golfer and member of Bolado Park Golf Club, died Sunday in Gilroy. He was 75.

Mark Rodman
Mark Kenton Rodman, grandson of Fern Fancher of Paicines, died recently in Arroyo Grande. He was 42.

Week of August 31, 2000

Frances "Dee" Shipman
Frances Shipman, who grew up in Hollister, died August 30 at her home in Oroville. She was 60.

Wade Anderson Jr.
Wade Anderson Jr., an avid Harley-Davidson enthusiast and member of the Gypsy Tour Motorcycle Club, died Tuesday in Monterey. He was 53.

Carl Barks
Illustrator behind Donald Duck dies at 99

Cornelia Guerra
Cornelia Guerra, who worked for the Morgan Hill School District, died Tuesday in Hollister. She was 77.

Gregorio Trujillo
Gregorio Ortega Trujillo, who worked for 25 years as a tractor driver for Casillas Bros. Farms, died Monday at Hazel Hawkins Hospital after a two-year illness. He was 60.

Week of August 24, 2000

Natalia C. Dominguez
Natalia C. Dominguez, a homemaker who was born in Texas, died Thursday at Hazel Hawkins Hospital. She was 74.

Gary Sefton
Gary James Sefton died August 18 in Watsonville as the result of a helicopter crash. He was 46.

Leo Teani
Leo Teani died August 16 at Hazel Hawkins Hospital following a brief illness. He was 75.

Clara Sanchez
Clara Sanchez died August 16th at Sunbridge Nursing Center in Hollister. She was 77.

Leo Teani
Leo Teani died August 16 at Hazel Hawkins Hospital following a brief illness. He was 75.

Week of August 17, 2000

Christopher Jon Nold
Christopher Jon Nold, 20, of Tres Pinos died August 8 after a traffic accident.

Henrique Melo
Henrique P. Melo, Co-Owner of Happy Hens Egg Ranch, died August 11 at his Hollister home, after a very lengthy illness. He was 79.

Kathleen Page
Kathleen M. Page died July 25 at Hazel Hawkins Southside Convalescent Hospital after a short illness. She was 94. 

Harold Walker
Harold W. "Wardie" Walker died August 9 in Redwood City. He was 58.

Week of August 10, 2000

Duane Eugene Garner
Duane Eugene Garner, who graduated from San Benito High School in 1965 then joined the Navy and moved from the area, died August 3 in Keller, Tex., after a lengthy battle with lymphoma.

Mary McConnell
Mary McConnell, a former employee of the 33rd Agricultural District Association and the San Benito County Saddle Horse Association, died Monday at her Hollister home after a long battle with cancer. She was 69.

Week of August 3, 2000

Hazel Indart
The funeral for Hazel I. Indart, a part of San Benito County’s ranching heritage, takes place Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church in Tres Pinos. Mrs. Indart, who rode and roped in an era when few women did, died suddenly on August 4. She was 87. Her husband, James “Jim” Indart died in 1982. Interment will follow at the IOOF Cemetery with a reception at the Immaculate Conception Parish Hall. Donations may be made to the San Benito County Saddle Horse Association Museum or the church hall restoration fund. 

More about Hazel Indart
By TRACIE CONE
Hazel Indart, who roped and rode competitively at the San Benito County Saddle Horse Show in an era when few other women dared, died suddenly August 4 after a period of failing health. She was 87.
"It was just so sudden, I can’t believe she’s gone,’’ said her sister, Babe Hubbell from her ranch in Tres Pinos. "She had a good life.’’
Mrs. Indart, who was born in Tres Pinos, spent the happiest years of her life working cattle with her late husband, James T. Indart, manager of the sprawling French Ranch off of Comstock Road, one of the county’s biggest. After he died in 1982, she moved to Hollister, where she had a valve replaced in her heart and eventually became confined to a wheelchair.
"She had great pride, and she didn’t want anyone to see her in that wheelchair,’’ Babe Hubbell said. "We almost had to tie her in it. Even when she had a cane, she hated that.’’
It’s no wonder. Mrs. Indart was probably one of the most active woman of her generation. With her friend, Hall of Fame Cowgirl Lola Galli, she helped to transform the way men looked at women on horseback in San Benito County and beyond. During competitions against men locally and in Monterey and King City, she won dozens of belt buckles, bits and trophies. Mrs. Indart and Mrs. Galli also raced horses in Salinas.
"There was nothing she couldn’t do,’’ Hubbell said. "They weren’t cocky and they weren’t brazen. They just went out and did their work and that was it. And she was still a lady. She liked to dress up.’’
In the early 1930s, Mrs. Indart married Jim and the couple moved to the French Ranch.
"They didn’t have any electricity, and the telephone didn’t work in a storm,’’ Hubbell said. "They had to ride out for everything. If they needed a lot of things, they had a little buckboard they rode out on.’’
Mrs. Indart was an avid gardener, and didn’t let the remote setting keep her from her passion.
"One time it was raining cats and dogs and they started out of town on horseback,’’ Hubbell said. "She had a big flat of petunias and she set it on the horn in front of her. There was a certain time she wanted to plant those flowers so they would bloom at a certain time, and she wouldn’t let anything get in her way.’’
After her husband’s death, Mrs. Indart continued to raise cattle at a ranch off of Union Road. She got rid of all of her horses but one, who lived on the Union Road ranch.
"She kept that one horse out there,’’ Hubbell said. "Sometimes she’d just go out there and look at him. Her and her dog.’’
Mrs. Indart attended Tres Pinos Grammar School and San Benito High School. She was a lifelong member of Immaculate Conception Church. She was a member of the San Benito County Cattlewomen’s Association, the San Benito County Cattlemen’s Association, the San Benito County Farm Bureau, the San Benito County Saddle Horse Association, the S.P.R.S.I and the I.D.E.S of San Benito County and was a former Cowbelle Woman of the Year.
Mrs. Indart did not have children, but was considered to be a surrogate mom by her nieces and nephews. In addition to her sister Babe Hubbell, Mrs. Indart is survived by her brother, Bill Caldera Sr. of Los Alamos and his wife Rose; nieces and nephews Bill Caldera Jr. and his wife Mary of Los Alamos, Sally Silva and her husband Shorty of Hollister, John Hubbell and his wife Marti of Tres Pinos, Mary Hubbell of Hollister, cousins Hugh French, Joan Irvin, Holly McMahon and June Sparks, and many great nieces and nephews.
The funeral was Tuesday at Immaculate Conception Church. Interment was at the IOOF Cemetery. Donations may be made to the San Benito County Saddle Horse Association Museum or the church hall restoration fund.

Ann Domato
Sherry Ann Domato, a resident of Hollister died. She was 49. 

Marvin B. Watts
Funeral Saturday Marvin B. Watts, a veteran of World War II, died August 2 after a lengthy illness. He was 84. 

Diana K. Fletcher
Diana K. Fletcher, a campus supervisor for the San Benito Joint Union high school, died Thursday morning at Monterey Peninsula Community Hospital. She was 48. 

Jerry Baptista
Jerry George Baptista died July 29 of a heart attack at his Hollister home. He was 57.

Bernice Edens
Bernice Linnea Rosengreen Edens passed away July 31. She was 91.

David Quintero
David Joseph Quintero, a Hollister native, died in San Jose July 28. He was 41.

Lena Rose
Lena E. Rose passed away on July 22 after an extended illness. She was 86.


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