Miscellaneous San Luis Obispo County, California Obituaries


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Antonia Aguilar

Antonia Aguilar, 71, of Oceano died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2001, at an Arroyo Grande hospital.
A time of visitation is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 8, from 1 to 7 p.m. A Recitation of the Rosary will follow at 7 p.m. at the Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel in Grover Beach. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Arroyo Grande. The Rev. Jim Henry will officiate. Burial will follow at the Arroyo Grande Cemetery.
Mrs. Aguilar was born July 5, 1929, in Gonzalez County, Texas. She moved to the Central Coast in 1966 from Nixon, Texas. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. She was a dedicated homemaker. She had a love for music and enjoyed going for rides.
Mrs. Aguilar is survived by her husband of 52 years, Perfecto Aguilar of Oceano; nine children, Manuela Aguirre of Arroyo Grande, Ruben Aguilar of Oceano, Tomasita UC of Arroyo Grande, Celia Guerra of Oceano, Esmeralda Viayra of Grover Beach, Isabel Leon of Santa Maria, Delfina Rocha of Oceano, Hilda Aguilar of Oceano and Irene Rocha of Oceano; five sisters and three brothers; 36 grandchildren, and 27 great grandchildren. Mrs. Aguilar was preceded in death by son Joe Aguilar and her parents, Teodulo and San Juana Perez.
Arrangements are under the direction of Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel in Grover Beach.

David Densmore

David Densmore, 56, of Avila Beach died Jan. 25, 2001, in Santa Nella.
A memorial service was held Feb. 3 at Lisle Funeral Home in Fresno. Cremation has taken place.
Mr. Densmore was born Sept. 12, 1944, in Fresno. He was the son of Otis and Della Densmore. After graduating from Roosevelt High School, he worked for his father at Densmore Engine ReNu and Supply Co. He was the operations manager until 1995. He then moved to the San Luis Bay Mobile Estates in Avila Beach with his companion, Gerrye Scott. He was self employed as an automotive sales representative for Hopper Shop Equipment Sales in Stanton, and Jiscco in Fresno. He loved golfing and attending auto races.
Mr. Densmore is survived by his companion, Gerrye Scott of Avila Beach; her three children, Jeff, Doug and Debbye; mother Della Densmore of Santa Cruz; daughter Dina Lynn of Fresno; grandson Nicolas Lee of Fresno and brother Dennis Alan Densmore of Fresno.
Contributions in Mr. Densmore’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements were under the direction of Lisle Funeral Home in Fresno.

Don B. Miller

Don B. Miller, a 30-year resident of Los Osos, died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2001, from complications of a stroke. 
A memorial service will be held Sunday, Feb. 11, at 1 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morro Bay. 
Mr. Miller was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1924. After serving in the Navy in the South Pacific during World War II, he married Patricia Lorene Sheets in 1946. They were married for 51 years prior to her death in 1997. Mr. Miller graduated from the School of Engineering at Purdue University in 1948, and was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. After graduation he moved to California to work for the California State Highway Department. In the early 1950s, he became a partner of Campbell and Miller Civil Engineering in San Bernardino. The Millers lived in Redlands from 1954 to 1972. They were active at Trinity Episcopal Church and Redlands Country Club. After Mr. Miller’s retirement in 1972, the couple moved to Los Osos. For many years, Mr. Miller was well known for his big band show on local radio. He was an active member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morro Bay and was involved in many other community activities. 
Mr. Miller is survived by three sons, Donald Coatsworth Miller, James Barrett Miller and David Walton Miller, as well as eight grandchildren. 
Memorial gifts may be made to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morro Bay.
Arrangements are by Benedict-Rettey Chapel of Morro Bay. 

Death Notices

— William Perkins, 77, of Morro Bay died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2001, at a San Luis Obispo hospital. Arrangements are pending at Lady Family Mortuary and Crematory of Arroyo Grande. 

— Martin Wayne Brown, 54, of Grover Beach died Wednesday, Feb. 7, at his home. Arrangements are pending at Lady Family Mortuary and Crematory of Arroyo Grande.

Hetty Jenkins
Hetty Faye Jenkins, 80, of San Luis Obispo died Monday, March 26, 2001.
Mrs. Jenkins was born March 6, 1921, on a farm in Midland, S.D., to Art and Nellie Larson. She was raised with four older brothers in Rapid City, S.D. She graduated from high school in 1939 and went to secretarial college. She then worked for the Army Corps of Engineers in South Dakota. She moved to Los Angeles during World War II. and worked at Swedlow Aeroplastics as a purchasing agent.
Mrs. Jenkins married Clayton “Ace” Jenkins on Jan. 26, 1945, and raised four children in Whittier. She had an energetic, loving, and giving nature. She was an active volunteer with the PTA, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and she worked as a teaching assistant and Braille translator for many years. She enjoyed working with her hands. She gardened, crocheted and helped her husband build furniture for family and friends. She also enjoyed baking, her specialties being pies and cinnamon rolls.
In 1992 she and her husband moved to San Luis Obispo. She became an active volunteer at Sierra Vista Hospital after the death of her husband. She loved being a “pink lady” and was known as the neighborhood’s “grandma.”
Mrs. Jenkins is survived by her brother Paul Larson of Rapid City, S.D.; son Ron and wife Gwenn of Huntington Beach; daughter Susan and husband Ke-Ping Tsao of San Luis Obispo; daughter Patricia and husband Harrol Fullbright of Huntington Beach; grandchildren, Mark Fullbright and wife Tara, Jeff Fullbright and wife Michelle of Huntington Beach, Danika Tsao and Kenyon Tsao of San Luis Obispo; step-grandchildren, Valerie and Kim; and great-grandson Shane Fullbright.
Memorial donations may be made to any charity of choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Reis Chapel of San Luis Obispo.

Griselda Brooker
Griselda Patterson Brooker, 98, of Morro Bay, died Monday, March 19, 2001, at a San Luis Obispo hospital surrounded by her family.
A family memorial celebration was held Wednesday, March 21, on the Cayucos Pier. 
Mrs. Brooker was born Sept. 11, 1902, in Earlham, Iowa. She was raised in Pasadena, and resided at various times in Vista, Escondido, Hawaii, Templeton, Atascadero and San Luis Obispo. She enjoyed traveling, reading and learning; she found joy and beauty wherever she went.
Mrs. Brooker is survived by daughters Gail Price of Petaluma, and Skye Patterson of San Luis Obispo; grandchildren Michael Woelke of Rifle, Colo., Elizabeth Hernandez of Alexandria, Va., Gary Spencer of San Diego, Laura Spencer of Huntington Beach, and Katherine Brooks-Patterson of San Luis Obispo; one great-great-grandchild; her sister Jean Bone of Redlands; and numerous nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren. 
Her family would like to extend their gratitude and appreciation to the staff of Pacific Care Center in Morro Bay, Dr. Stephen Hilty, French Hospital Emergency Room staff and the nurses and staff of the Med-Surg Ward. 

Fidel Vela III
Fidel Vela III, 42, of Santa Maria died Wednesday, March 28, 2001, at his residence.
A visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday, with a rosary at 7 p.m., at Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary in Santa Maria. The Rev. Manuel Liendo will officiate. A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, at St. John Neumann Church. The Rev. Emigdio Herrera will officiate. 
Mr. Vela was born Dec. 31, 1958, in McAllen, Texas, to Fidel and Ramona Vela. His family moved to Santa Maria in 1961. He attended local schools and graduated from Santa Maria High School in 1976. He continued his education at Cal State Fresno where he received his degree in journalism. He returned to the local area and was employed with the United States Property and Fiscal Office in San Luis Obispo until his medical retirement due to complications of diabetes. As a result of the disease, he became an amputee. He joined the local support group Central Coast Amputees in Motion and helped provide support to recent amputees. 
Mr. Vela’s love of writing lead to many articles being written and published in local area newsletters and newspapers. He also wrote many short stories on the adventures in his life. He never ceased to provide support to those in the community and became involved with teaching English as a Second Language for individuals working to attain their citizenship.
Mr. Vela is survived by his mother Ramona B. Vela; brother Jorge A. Vela and wife Librada; sisters, Elsa Vela, Sandra and husband Manuel Castro; nieces and nephews, Yesenia Vela, Ricardo Castro, Sidronio Romero, Reena Castro, Tomas Romero, Bianca A. Vela and Marcos Vela. He was preceded in death by his father Fidel Vela Jr., in 1991. 
Memorial donations may be made to the St. John Neumann Church Building Fund.

Edith Helt

Edith Jeanette Fowler Helt, 70, of Oklahoma died Sunday, March 11, 2001, at her residence in Weatherford, Okla. 
Mrs. Helt was born Aug. 25, 1930, in Bakersfield to Fred Crawford Fowler and Grace Stewart Fowler. She was raised and attended school in Arroyo Grande. She married and moved to Okla. with her husband Joe Helt in 1947. She loved to work with her flowers and spend time at her favorite fishing hole.
Mrs. Helt is survived by her husband Joe Helt of Weatherford, Okla.; sons, Tommie Helt of Hydro, Okla., Floyd Helt and wife Elaine of Eakly, Okla.; Glenn Helt and wife Patty of Weatherford, and Richard Helt and wife Leigha of Weatherford; daughter Flora “Blondie” Boland and husband Jerry of Enid, Okla.; brother Lawrence Fowler and wife Judy of Santa Maria; sister Elizabeth Milne and husband Neal of Arroyo Grande; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father Fred Fowler; mother Grace Stephens; son J.E. Helt; grandson Thomas Helt and granddaughter Lori Boland.

Robert Hooks

Robert Dave Hooks, 77, of San Luis Obispo died Wednesday, March 28, 2001, in a San Luis Obispo hospital.
No services will be held. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Los Osos Valley Mortuary. A private inurnment will be held in Los Osos Valley Memorial Park.
Mr. Hooks was born Sept. 16, 1923, in San Francisco to Anita Buzzini and George Hooks. He served in the South Pacific during World War II as a Marine sergeant. He then taught in the Animal Science Department at Cal Poly, retiring as a professor after 22 years.
Mr. Hooks was a life member of the Marine Club in San Francisco, He was also a member of the American Legion Post No. 66 of San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly Retired Faculty and Staff Club and the RAMS of San Luis Obispo. He was a sustaining alumnus of Poly Prep School in Brooklyn, New York, an alumnus of Cal Poly, alumnus of Iowa State University and a life member of the Cal Poly Alumni Association.
Mr. Hooks is survived by his wife, Lillian Hooks of San Luis Obispo; four step-sons, Jim L. Brown and wife Laurie of San Jose, Bud J. Brown and wife Jenna of Boulder Creek, Jack A. Brown of Paso Robles, and Ray W. Brown of Modesto; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; nephews, Bill Hooks and wife Elaine of London, England, Randy Hooks of Ft. Lauderdale, and Joseph Hooks and wife Gail of Charlestown, R.I.; sister-in-law Ruth Hooks of Naples, Fla.; and five grand nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to any Cal Poly organization.
Arrangements are under the direction of Los Osos Valley Mortuary of Los Osos.

Death Notices

LOVELY— Alfred M. Lovely, 86, of San Luis Obispo died Thursday, March 29, 2001, at a local hospital. Arrangements are under the direction of Central Coast Memorial Society. MILLER — Margaret Lucille Miller, 77, of Arroyo Grande died Thursday, March 29, 2001, at an Arroyo Grande hospital. Arrangements are under the direction of Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel in Grover Beach. WEDGE— Gloria Wedge, 80, of Paso Robles died Thursday, March 29, 2001, at a local care facility. Arrangements are pending at Kuehl Nicolay Funeral Home in Paso Robles. Memorial donations for Barbara Kuentzel may be made to the El Camino Art Association Barbara Kuentzel Fund, P. O. Box 1079, Pismo Beach, 93448.