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Luther Woods
Manteca resident
Luther "Luke" Woods, 94, died Sunday in Coos Bay, Ore.
Mr. Woods was a native of Suprise, Okla., and was a resident of Manteca for 54 years. He was a member of the Operating Engineers Local #3. He loved to travel, fish, and enjoyed being outdoors.
He is survived by his daughters Beulah Marie Altman of Coos Bay, Ore., Joyce Ann Clark of Salem, Ore.; son Timmy R. Woods of Turlock; sisters Ola Reynolds of San Francisco, Opal Painter of Los Banos; 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Beulah R. Woods, son James Luther Woods who was MIA in the Korean Conflict, and his daughter Janice Woods.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday at Park View Cemetery. P.L. Fry & Son is in charge of arrangements.
Remembrances in Mr. Woods' name may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 207 E. Alpine Ave., Stockton, Calif., 95204.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Nov. 21, 2002

Viola R. Allen
Former Manteca resident
Viola R. Allen of Wewoka, okla., passed away Sunday in a hospital in Seminole, Okla. Mrs. Allen was 88 years old. Mrs. Allen was born in Spiro, Okla. Mrs. Allen had lived in Wewoka, Okla. for two years, prior Manteca for 63 years.
She was a homemaker and a seamstress for many years. She was an active member of the Northgate Community Brethren Church. Volla enjoyed gardening and baking pies. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother and friend. She will be greatly missed by all that knew her.
Mrs. Allen is survived by her son Jack Allen of Manteca, son Steve Allen of Manteca; daughter Dorothy Massey of Wewoka, Okla.; daughter Carol Viss of Ripon; daughter Norma Ellis of Mokewmne Hill; brother Sherman Birchfield, of Spiro, Okla.; sister Odell Dix of Spiro, Okla.; sister Vinnie Lee Laughlin of Oakdale; brother James Birchfield of Lake Almadore; sister Mabel Porter of Ceres; 14 grandchildren , 17 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her son Arvel W. Allen Jr. and sister Catherine Young.
There will be no visitation. Services will be today at 2 p.m. at P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home. Burial will be at East Union Cemetery. 
Remembrances may be sent to Northgate Community Church, 650 Northgate Drive, Manteca, Calif., 95336. P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Dec. 19, 2002

Norman Victor Elliott
Custodian and artist
Norman Victor Elliott, 83, died on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003 in Manteca. Mr. Elliott was born on Dec. 15, 1919 in Dayton, Ohio. He married Geraldine Priser on Dec. 13, 1947. He and Geraldine moved to California with their two-year old son Richard in January 1951. Roger Elliott was born in San Francisco in 1951 and Nancy Bryant was born in Redwood City in 1956.
Mr. Elliott is survived by his children Richard E. Elliott of Manteca, Roger Elliott of Flor., and Nancy Bryant of Livermore; 3 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
During the 1930's, Mr. Elliott joined the Civilian Conservation Corp. (3-C's) serving with Co. 596, Camp Redmond BR-80, in Redmond, Ore. He often commented, "The three C-s taught us about work and gave us a choice in life after the Great Depression.
Mr. Elliott worked as a custodian throughout his life until retiring in 1985 when he and Geraldine moved back to Brookville, Ohio. During his retirement, Mr. Elliott pursued his dream of art, becoming an award-winning artist. After his wife passed away in 1996, Mr. Elliott moved to California, May 1997 to live with his son Richard in San Jose. In February 2002, they moved to Manteca.
Mr. Elliott will be interred at Arlington Cemetery, near Brookville, Ohio, along with his wife Geraldine.
Remembrances can be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society 207 E. Alpine Avenue, Stockton, Cal. 95204.
P.L. & Son Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003

Lonnie Richard Blankenship
Retired carpenter
Lonnie Richard (Dick) Blankenship died on Monday in Manteca. He was 66.
Mr. Blankenship was a native of Brownsville, Texas, and was a resident of Lathrop. He was a carpenter prior to retiring in 2002. He was a member of E. Clampus Vitus, Chapter 69, and was an honorary member of the V.F.W. of Ripon. He was a good friend and a helper to many.
He is survived by his wife of 23 years Maxine Blankenship of Lathrop; daughters Cindy Benefield of Ceres, Sue Benefield of Modesto, Miranda Blankenship of Kentucky, Deneen M. Blankenship of Kentucky; sons Jody Blankenship, Wayne Blankenship, Rocky Blankenship of Kentucky; sister Wanda Stuart of Kenai, Ala.; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 29 at 2 p.m. at The Islander Tavern, 20801 S. Woodward Ave., in Manteca. In place of flowers, the family is accepting donations to help with the memorial service. Park View Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Dec. 19, 2002

Julian David Herrera
Infant
Julian David Herrera died Friday, Feb. 7, 2003 in Tracy. Julian was born on Feb. 7, 2003 at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital. He is survived by his parents Monica Medina of Manteca and David Herrera of Tracy; grandparents, Raul Herrera of Tracy, Cynthia Ann Baker of Louisiana and Patricia Medina of Manteca.
He was preceded in death by his uncle Richard Medina and great-grandmother Leonor Gomez. He will be greatly missed by his family, Julian spread a little sunshine into our lives.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Maternity Ward Staff at Sutter Tracy Hospital, 1420 N. Tracy Blvd., Tracy, Cal. 95376.
P.L. Fry & Son is in charge of funeral arrangements. Interment will be private.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2003

Elida Ayala
A Mass was held Friday afternoon at St. Jude's Catholic Church in Ceres for Elida Gutierriz Ayala, 68, of Ceres. She died Tuesday, Oct. 15 of natural causes at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto.
Burial was at Lakewood Memorial Park under the direction of the McHenry Chapel of Franklin & Downs.
Born Feb. 16, 1934, Mrs. Ayala was a native of Mexico and lived in Ceres for 28 years. She was a homemaker and member of St. Jude's Catholic Church.
She leaves behind her husband, Audias Ayala of Ceres; her children, Yolanda Ramos, Javier Ayala, Roberto Ayala and Rosa Ayala, all of Modesto, and Jose Ayala of Ceres; her brother, Javier Gutierriz of Mexico; her sister, Elisa Rodriguez of Mexico; and 11 grandchildren, 10 stepgrandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Richard Andreasen
Richard Alan Andreasen, 67, of Oakdale died Sunday, June 23, at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto.
Mr. Andreasen was a native of Blair, Neb. and had lived in Oakdale for 35 years. He was a banker for First Interstate Bank for 24 years.
Mr Andreasen served in the Army. He was also a member of Calvary Lutheran Church, Oakdale Lions Club, Oakdale Golf and Country Club, Scoutmaster of Troop 43, and he administered the Carnival at Oakdale Elementary School. He was a 1964 graduate of Cal Poly.
He is survived by his wife, Karen Andreasen of Oakdale; children, Tod Andreasen of Woodland and Michael Andreasen of Idaho; sister, Janet Andreasen of Nebraska; brother, Larry Andreasen of Iowa; mother, Wilma Andreasen of Idaho; sister, Janet Andreasen of Nebraska and eight grandchildren.
Services were conducted on Tuesday, June 25, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Modesto. Burial followed at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Oakdale.
Oakdale Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Remembrances may be sent to Calvary Lutheran Church, 547 Rose Ave., Modesto, 95355 or the Boy Scouts of America.

Ed Deffenbaugh
Ed J. Deffenbaugh, 90, of Oakdale died Tuesday, Dec. 10 at his home.
Mr. Deffenbaugh was a native of South Dakota. He lived in Oakdale 64 years. He was a supervisor for FMC Company for 32 years.
He also owned and operated Ed's Diggins Antique in Columbia for 20 years. He enjoyed fishing, metal detecting and playing cards.
Survivors include his wife, D. Louise Deffenbaugh of Oakdale; children, Edwina Benedix of Valley Home and Darleen Johnson of Oakdale; sister, Hazel Marr of Washington; five grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by five brothers and five sisters.
A graveside service was held Thursday, Dec. 12 at Burwood Cemetery, Escalon. Oakdale Memorial Chapel in charge of arrangements.
Remembrances may be sent to Alzheimer's and Related Disorders, 416 Downey Ave., Modesto, CA 95354.

Muriel Murphy
Muriel Ann Knox Murphy, 81, of Oakdale died Thursday, Feb. 6 at Doctors Medical Center, Modesto.
She was a native of Sacramento and had lived in Oakdale for 30 years. She was a personnel secretary for 12 years for the California Highway Patrol and a homemaker. She belonged to the Church of the Nazarene.
She is survived by her children, Paul Murphy and David Wallace, both of Oakdale, Ronald Wallace of Turlock; two granddaughters, Lisa and Krista Murphy of Oakdale.
A funeral service will be conducted on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. at Oakdale Church of the Nazarene. Burial to follow at Oakdale Citizens Cemetery.
Remembrances may be sent to Mission Aviation Fellowship, P.O. Box 3202, Redlands, CA 92373-0998 or Big Valley Christian School, 4040 Tully Road, Modesto, CA 95356.
Oakdale Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
The Oakdale Leader
Oakdale, Calif. Feb. 12, 2003

Irene Azevedo
Irene Ghilarducci Azevedo, 89, of Martinez died Sunday, June 23, at John Muir Medical Center.
She was a native of Oakdale. She resided in Ceres for 37 years and spent the last 20 years in Martinez. Mrs. Azevedo retired from Campbell Soup Company in 1977.
Mrs. Azevedo is survived by her children, Toni Rogers of Modesto and Rudy Azevedo of Oakdale; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Tony J. Azevedo.
Arrangements are being made by Salas Brothers Funeral Chapel in Modesto.

Bruce Donnelly
Bruce Martin Donnelly, 39, of Oakdale died Saturday, Aug. 17 in Oakdale.
Mr. Donnelly was a native and lifelong resident of Oakdale.
He is survived by his mother, Tina Barnes of Oakdale; sister, Jennifer Barnes of Elk Grove; brothers, Ray Dickerson and Jeff Barnes, both of Oakdale.
He was preceded in death by his father James Donnelly.
A graveside service will be conducted on Friday, Aug. 23 at 10 a.m. at Knights Ferry Cemetery. There will be no visitation. 
Remembrances may be sent to National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, 1024 J Street, #420, Modesto, CA 95354.
Oakdale Memorial Chapel in charge of arrangements.

William Irwin, Jr.
William A. "Bill" Irwin, Jr., 81, of Modesto died Friday, Nov. 1 at Doctors Medical Center, Modesto. 
He was a native of Waterford and had lived in the Modesto area all of his life. He was a farmer for over 30 years. He served in the US Army, participating in the New Guinea campaign during W.W.II. 
He is survived by his sisters, Patricia Belletto of Oakdale, Mary Pitti of Hughson, Genevieve Bastien of Paso Robles and Elizabeth Johnson of Rancho Cordova; brother, John Irwin of Pennsylvania; and 19 nieces and nephews.
A rosary will be said on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. at Oakdale Memorial Chapel. Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7 at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Oakdale Citizens Cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the chapel.
Oakdale Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

George Gilmore Sr.
George Donald Gilmore Sr., 68, of Riverbank died Tuesday, Dec. 10 at his home.
Mr. Gilmore was a native of Oklahoma. He lived in Riverbank 50 years.
He was a heavy equipment operator all his life. He served in the U.S. Army.
Survivors include his children, Delores Ybarra of Oakdale, George Gilmore Jr., of Oregon, Glenda Gilmore of Modesto, Bobby Higle and Willie Higle, both of Ceres; sisters, Clara Cambria of Idaho, Marsha Martin of Riverbank, Sally Williams of Riverbank; brother, Donald Martin of Sacramento; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Services were held previously. Oakdale Memorial Chapel in charge of arrangements.

Carol Fotheringham
Carol Marlene Wyatt Fotheringham, 58, of Sacramento died Tuesday, June 17 at UC Davis Medical Center.
Mrs. Fotheringham was a native of Sacramento. She lived in Oakdale for 44 years prior to moving to 
Sacramento one year ago. She was a waitress at Party Time Caf/ for a year.
She is survived by her son, James Wyatt of Sacramento; sister, Linda Costella of Soquel; stepbrothers, 
Kurt Caudill of Riverbank, Craig Caudill of Hillsborough; stepfather, Len J. Caudill of Oakdale.
Services were held on Saturday, June 21 at Oakdale Memorial Chapel. Burial followed at Oaklawn 
Memorial Park. 
Remembrances may be sent to American Cancer Society, 1604 Ford Ave. Suite 8, Modesto, CA 95350.
Oakdale Memorial Chapel in charge of arrangements.
The Oakdale Leader
Oakdale, Calif. June 25, 2003

Alma Finney
Alma Agnes Finney, 95, of Valley Home died Sunday, Aug. 18 at Hylond Convalescent Hospital in Modesto.
Mrs. Finney was a native and lifelong resident of Valley Home. She was a homemaker and a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Valley Home.
She is survived by her son, Dean Finney of Prescott, Arizona; one grandchild and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 24 at 10 a.m. at Oakdale Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Valley Home Memorial Park. There will be no visitation.
Oakdale Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Myra Macken
Myra Macken, 96, of Walnut Creek died Friday, Nov. 1.
She previously lived in Oakdale for 30 years. While living in Oakdale she was president of the Oakdale Garden Club and a charter member of the Oakdale Saddle Club. She was on the 440 relay team that tied the world record at the qualifying tryouts in New Jersey for the 1928 Olympics. In 1987 she was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame at the University of the Pacific.
She is survived by her sons, Terry Macken of Walnut Creek and Larry Macken of Cupertino and their families.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Macken, in 1971.
Memorial services will be conducted on Monday, Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. at Oakdale Memorial Chapel.
Remembrances may be sent to the giver's favorite charity or to Alzheimer's research.
Hull's Walnut Creek Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Edna Johnston
Edna Alverta Rinard Johnston, 85, of Oakdale died Tuesday, Dec. 10 at Memorial Medical Center, Modesto.
Mrs. Johnston was a native of Indiana. She lived in Oakdale 12 years. She was a homemaker.
She was a member of Phelta Sigma Phi Sorority and the Red Hat Society.
Survivors include her daughter, Marita Wolfe of Oakdale; sister, Judy Mecker of Indiana; brothers, James Rinard of Indiana, Harold Rinard of San Diego; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
A funeral was conducted at Oakdale Memorial Chapel on Tuesday, Dec. 17. Private burial at Oakdale Citizens Cemetery.
Remembrances may be sent to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, Bethesda, Maryland 20014 or American Heart Association, 1710 Gilbreth Road, Burlingame, CA 94010.

Allen Fox
Allen Fox, 84, of Oakdale died Thursday, April 3 at Riverbank Nursing Center.
He was a native of Webber Falls, Okla. He lived in Oakdale for 50 years. He was a poultry rancher for 40 years. He served in the US Army during WWII.
He was a past master of the Oakdale Masonic Lodge receiving the Hiram Award, past worthy patron Order of Eastern Star, member of AAHMES Shrine Temple, Scottish Rite Bodies, past president of the Stanislaus Farm Bureau and was a board member for Nulaid Eggs.
He is survived by his wife, Marie Fox of Oakdale; children, Robert Fox of Oakland, Glenn Fox of Oklahoma and Pauline Ward of Oakdale; sisters, Violet Nevins of Oklahoma and Naomi Lingwood of Kansas; brother, Herbert Fox of Ripon; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Services were held on Monday, April 7. Burial followed at Lakewood Memorial Park, Hughson. 
Remembrances may be sent to Oakdale Masonic Lodge #275, P.O. Box 224, Oakdale, CA 95361.
Oakdale Memorial Chapel in charge of arrangements.
The Oakdale Leader
Oakdale, Calif. April 9, 2003

Dollie Herbert
Dollie Mae Herbert, 78, of Galt died Monday, Aug. 12 at Lodi Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Herbert was a native of Goodman, Mo. She was a resident of Oakdale for 52 years prior to moving to Galt two years ago. She was a homemaker and a member of the Oakdale Grandmothers Club.
She is survived by her children, Rick Jackson of Galt and Garland Jackson of Missouri; sister, Mildred Dickens of Valley Home; brother, Raymond Sheehan of Norwalk; and three grandchildren.
Private cremation services were held.
Oakdale Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Maria Lewis
Maria DelRosario Maciel "Rosie" Lewis, 49, of Empire died Friday, June 20 at Memorial Medical Center. 
She was a native of Hayward and had lived in Empire for six years. She was a phlebotimist at Memorial Medical Center for four years.
She is survived by her husband, Marshall Lewis of Empire; children, John Osterlund of Waterford, Joseph Osterlund of Empire, Ron Osterlund of Oakdale; stepchildren, Donald Lewis of Oregon and Vicki Lemus of Newman; sisters, Teri Burkman of Washington and Renee Ledbetter of Ceres; brothers, Juan Maciel of Rhode Island and Mario Maciel of Walnut Creek; father, Jose Maciel of Oakdale; and nine grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her mother, Juanita Maciel.
Private services.
Oakdale Memorial Chapel in charge of arrangements.
The Oakdale Leader
Oakdale, Calif. June 25, 2003

Rose Garcia
Rose "Nawnie" Marie Garcia, 64, of Oakdale died Friday, June 21, at Oak Valley Care Center in Oakdale. 
She was a native of New Mexico and had resided in Oakdale for 63 years. She worked as a social worker for the State of California Child Protective Services for 12 years. She was a member of Bethel Assembly of God Church in Oakdale. She was a graduate of Oakdale High School Class of 1957.
Mrs. Garcia is survived by her ex-husband, Manuel Garcia of Modesto; children, Chris Edwards of Vacaville, Pam Strainer, Lisa Gonzales and Victoria Garcia-Corona all of Oakdale; sister, Evelyn Tapia of Oakdale; brothers, James Perea of San Leandro and Victor Perea of Hayward; 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be conducted Saturday, June 29, at 11 a.m. at the Bethel Assembly of God Church.
Oakdale Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


 
 

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