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GEHRKE, George and Julia
Will be laid to rest together on December 20, 1999.
George Carl Gehrke was born December 25, 1903 and passed away in Sacramento in January 1987.
Julia Mary Gehrke was born March 26, 1908 and passed away in Las Vegas on December 6, 1999.
George and Julia were married in Santa Barbara in 1925 and lived here many years before retiring to Lake Tahoe. They remained there until George passed away. Julia moved to Las Vegas and lived with her daughter Kathy until her death.
They are survived by their children, Georgie Donohue (Niles), Robert Gehrke (Helen), Claudette Hall (Buddy), Kathy Cravedi, George Gehrke (Brenda) and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
They are loved very much and will be missed. Services will be private.

Hollander, Jantje
of Carpinteria, passed away December 11, 1999. She was born April 2, 1904 in Ontswedde Netherlands. She came to the United States in 1962 settling first in Santa Barbara and later in 1970 in Carpinteria. Jantje was a Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother.
She is survived by her son Jan and wife Annie Hollander of Santa Barbara, son-in-law Theodorus Veenboer of Carpinteria, Grandchildren and their spouse, Henry, Elona, Loretta, Monica, Debbie and Bryan. As well as 16 Great Grandchildren.
In honor of Oma a Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, December 21 at 11:00 am at 1670 Cravens Lane, Carpinteria.
Arrangements by McDermott-Crockett Mortuary

PETERSON, Martha Wilhelmine
Passed away December 9, 1999 after a sudden illness. Martha was born in Halden, Norway, one of six siblings, on July 22, 1905. She came to the United States in 1931, returned to Norway in 1936 to visit with family, and some time after returning to the United States she married Ragnar (Harry) Peterson, who preceded her in death in 1978. Martha first lived on the east coast in Pearl River, New York, then moved to Berea, Ohio, where they lived many years. In 1965, they moved to Santa Barbara to be closer to family.
Martha was the last survivor of her siblings; her sister, Ruth Borge, and her brother, Henry Dahl, of Norway, her brother Olav Dahl, of Sweden, her brother, Marcus Dahl, of Massachusetts, and her brother, Reidar Dahl, of Santa Barbara. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Edna Dahl, her nephew, Norman Dahl, both of Santa Barbara, her niece, Eva Sjovold and her husband Arve, of Santa Barbara, a nephew, Hans Petter Borge, of Norway, a niece, Eldora Ingolf, of Rockford, Illinois, Norma Delwiche and her husband John of Santa Barbara, and other relatives here in the United States.
Martha's fondest memories were of her youth and adolescence in Norway. She was extremely proud of her Norwegian heritage and was an active member for many years of the Norse Women's Auxiliary of the Sons of Norway lodge here in Santa Barbara.
Those who wish to remember Martha may give a donation to Alpha School in lieu of flowers. There will be a Memorial Service at 2:30 pm at the Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapel, 15 E Sola St , Friday Decemeber 17, 1999.

SMITH, Roger Titus
devoted husband and father, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on December 15, 1999. He was born August 1, 1915 in Mt Vernon, Iowa at home in an unusual summer snowstorm.
In 1925, at the age of 10, he moved to Pasadena, California. His train ride to California with his mother Kathryn, and Sister Lorraine, was one of the great memories of his life. He attended Pasadena High School and later graduated from USC with a major in English and minor in Business. He became a respected businessman and was a lifelong lover of poetry, often reading aloud to his family at the dinner table.
Roger met his wife to be, Anna Sue Borum at the First Methodist Church in Pasadena where his uncle, Dr Merle N Smith, was the minister. She evidently "tripped" at the top of the church steps and fell into his arms. They were married in 1940.
Roger joined the Air Force in 1943 and served in the 445th Fighter Squadron, the service's first jet fighter squadron.
After the war, Roger worked in Southern California real estate investment and development. He was one of the first developers of the Mountain High ski resort in the Wrightwood area, then known as Holiday Hill.
In 1958, Roger realized a lifelong dream when he moved his family to a ranch outside of Paso Robles and learned to farm. He raised Hereford cattle and farmed three hundred acres.
In 1964 he moved the family to Santa Barbara into what became their home on Marina Drive for twenty four years.
Here, he owned and managed commercial buildings, including the Hollister Building and the First American Title Building. He was part of the venerable men's club on Thursday's at Harry's Plaza Cafe with his friends, Randy Chase and the late Joe Makray.
Beyond his devotion to his family, Roger was a true "people person". He was known to all for his generous spirit- lending a helping hand in times of need. He touched many lives with his open and friendly demeanor with everyone. He was a great storyteller, often entertaining his children, nieces and nephews and then his grandchildren with impromptu tales. His sense of humor, which was always strong became even more acute as he aged. He kept everyone laughing and was positive even in the most difficult of life circumstances. His greatest challenge was the passing of his beloved Anna Sue in 1997. just months after their fifty seventh wedding anniversary. Roger was a well loved man by all who knew him and valued for his ability to feel deeply and passionately about Life.
Roger is survived by his sister Lorraine Griffith of Pasadena, four children, Cathy Smith, Neilla Robbins, and Maida Smith of Santa Barbara and Bruce Smith of Berkeley and eight grandchildren Sean and Erik Edwards, Jesse and Makeda Tekle-Smith, Brett and Cole Robbins of Santa Barbara, Sosha Smith of Tokyo and Tamara Alvarez of Berkeley as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
In the final days the Western Gate calls
On a path of Golden Light
Burn the sage and bonfire bright
Surf the waves and play out your days
Written for my father at Hope Ranch Beach
Cathy 10-17-99
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Henry Sanchez Memorial Trust.

MILLER-FULTON, Josephine Marie
A Celebration of Life will be held for Josephine Marie Miller-Fulton on Monday, December 20th at 11:00 a m at Saint Marks in The Valley Episcopal Church, located at 2901 Nojoqui Street in Los Olivos.
Jojo, as she was known to all, passed away December 10th, 1999 after a long fight with blood cancer. Jojo was born on June 11, 1955 in Paso Robles to Bob and Marie Miller and spent most of her younger life around the family's dairy in Templeton and raising horses. She went to Cal Poly, where she received her Bachelors of Science degree in Animal Science. A few years later she went back to Cal Poly and completed her Agriculture Teaching Credential. Jojo taught at Santa Ynez High School and more recently at Santa Maria High School, teaching welding I and II, Ag Mechanics, Ag Science, and was a driving force in the Santa Maria F.F.A. , the largest chapter in California with over 650 members.
Jojo is survived by her husband Robert Fulton, her son Tony Fulton of Los Alamos, father and mother Bob and Marie Miller, sister Lynn Byford, all from Templeton, and brother Robert Hartung of Santa Maria.
In lieu of flowers, an account is being set up at Mid State Bank for the Jojo Miller-Fulton Scholarship fund, which will be used to benefit and sponsor youth in Agriculture.

TAPIA SR, Irene
Transcended on her new peaceful journey, December 16, 1999. She turned 93 years old on Sept 16, 1999. To our Mother, you will be greatly missed. Angel on Earth and in heaven. We love you, our little Granny.
Irene was the second child born to Charles and Theresa Bowen in Santa Barbara, seventh generation, descendant of the Dominquez Guevarra families. Her sibling's who predeceased her: Charles, Andrew and artist William Bowen and Sister Martha Berry Scott. She was the widow of Domingo "Chef Tippy" Tapia, renowned Chef in Santa Barbara restaurants. He died Dec 28, 1955.
Irene loved gardening - collecting rare succulents and selling plants and flowers at the Farmers Market with her son, John. She was a past member of the Begonia Society and Geranium Society. A cane Begonia was named "Irene Tapia" by Judy Ziesenhenne. She loved all living things especially cats and Paloma the dog.
Irene is survived by her devoted little family, her only grandson, Steven West, her son, John Domingo Tapia and her daughter, Irene Tapia Kasper, and cousin Jimmy Ruiz and her cherished cat, Gra-Cee. She is now in heaven. with her devoted son-in-law, Edmond Kasper.
Friends are invited for visitation at Welch-Ryce-Haider downtown on Sunday December 19th from 1:00 P M to 3:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday December the 20th by Father Vince and Father Benny at the Old Mission at 9:30 AM. Followed by a Graveside Service at Calvary Cemetery where Irene will be interred near her son-in-law, Edmond Kasper.
Irene would like you to remember the Sisters at the Monastery of Poor Clares and the Serra Wing at the Old Mission. We were very blessed by God to have had Granny for 93 years, and though we have lost our best friend Heaven has gained a new angel to watch over us.
Granny, be happy and be proud for we are of you! Give us a sign with a little stray cat or one of God's little creatures when you are settled in.
Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels in charge of arrangements

VALDE SAHYUN, Geraldine
was born in Santa Barbara on June 7, 1905, and lived her entire life in her beloved city. She was the granddaughter and great granddaughter of English immigrants who came to Santa Barbara in the 1860's, and who were instrumental in the founding of Trinity Episcopal Church, of which Geraldine remained a life-long member. She was dedicated to the preservation of Santa Barbara's history, arts, and culture, expresed in both its Hispanic and Anglo traditions.
She lived out this dedication through her participation in many organizations. Up until the time of her death she was a Trustee of the Santa Barbara Mission Archive Library. She had previously served as Director of the Santa Barbara Historical Society, of which she was a life member. She was also involved with the Santa Barbara Trust for Historical Preservation, the California Historical Society, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She was a life member and past President of the Women Associates of the University (UCSB) Religious Conference, and past President of the Federation of Motion Picture Councils.
Geraldine spent her childhood in Tajiguas (just north of Refugio Beach) where her father, Charles John Valde, originally of Aalesund, Norway, was sectionmaster for the SP Railroad. Here she learned to love the South Coast countryside and the natural environment. Here too, she grew up speaking both Spanish and English, and she drew on this bilinguality for much of her life's work.
After graduating from Santa Barbara State Teacher's College (a forerunner of UCSB), she taught Spanish for 10 years at Santa Barbara Catholic Girl's School, an institution which subsequently evolved into Bishop Garcia Diego High School. During this time, Geraldine became intersted in the Spanish dance traditions of early California, which she studied under Maria de los Angeles Ruiz. She was extremely active as a performer and participant in ealy Old Spanish Days Fiestas, and was one of the models for Spanish dancers in the mural above the main entrance of the Arlington Center for the Performing Arts.
A highlight in her life was the opportunity to testify, as an expert in Santa Barbara history, before the pontifical court for the case of the canonization of Fr Junipero Serra. Through this experience she became acquainted with Fr Maynard Geiger, OFM, who encouraged her to undertake translation of 18th century Spanish documents for historical research. Some of these more than 300 translations provided the basis for R N Whitehead's Citadel on the Pacific, a history of the Santa Barbara Presidio, for the establishment of Santa Barbara Presido State Park under the leadership of Pearl Chase, and for the ongoing restoration of the Presidio. In 1982, on the occasion of Santa Barbara's bicentennial, she co-authored with her long-time friend, Edwin Gledhill, the Voyage of the Princesa, and account of Spanish sea exploration of the California coast, contemporary with the founding of Santa Barbara. Some of Geraldine's more recent translations were used as a source for John Gherini's History of Santa Cruz Island.
In 1934, Geraldine married the distinquished medical researcher, Dr Melville Sahyun, originally of Beruit, Lebanon, who in 1950 established his own research institute, Sahyun Laboratories, in Santa Barbara, where he was active until his death in 1977. In 1998, Geraldine Sahyun, together with her family, donated the facility to established Melville and Geraldine Sahyun Memorial Library of The Santa Barbara Genealogical Society.
In 1940 their only child, Melvile R V Sahyun, was born. Geraldine home schooled young Melville for the fist four years of his elementary education, during which time she bequeathed to him her love of languages and respect for rigorous scholarship, along with her father's love of railroads. Along with her son and daughter-in-law Irene M N Sahyun, who lived in Maplewood, Minnesota, she is survived by grandson Steven C Sahyun and granddaughter-in-law Martha M Donnelly, of Corvallis, Oregon, grandson Michael N Sahyun and granddaughter-in-law Katherine A Albright, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and by great grandson Leif G Donnelly Sahyun, also of Corvallis.
Visitation will be held at Welch-Ryce-Haider Downtown Chapel, Tuesday, Dec 21, 3:00-8:00 PM, and Wednesday, Dec 22 8:00-12:00 AM. Funeral Services are planned for 1:00 PM Wednesday December 22 at Trinity Episcopal Church. Interment will be at Santa Barbara Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Santa Barbara Mission Archives Library, Trinity Espiscopal Church, or the Foundation Fighting Blindness.

VALDE SAHYUN, Geraldine
was born in Santa Barbara on June 7, 1905, and lived her entire life in her beloved city. She was the granddaughter and great granddaughter of English immigrants who came to Santa Barbara in the 1860's, and who were instrumental in the founding of Trinity Episcopal Church, of which Geraldine remained a life-long member. She was dedicated to the preservation of Santa Barbara's history, arts, and culture, expresed in both its Hispanic and Anglo traditions.
She lived out this dedication through her participation in many organizations. Up until the time of her death she was a Trustee of the Santa Barbara Mission Archive Library. She had previously served as Director of the Santa Barbara Historical Society, of which she was a life member. She was also involved with the Santa Barbara Trust for Historical Preservation, the California Historical Society, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She was a life member and past President of the Women Associates of the University (UCSB) Religious Conference, and past President of the Federation of Motion Picture Councils.
Geraldine spent her childhood in Tajiguas (just north of Refugio Beach) where her father, Charles John Valde, originally of Aalesund, Norway, was sectionmaster for the SP Railroad. Here she learned to love the South Coast countryside and the natural environment. Here too, she grew up speaking both Spanish and English, and she drew on this bilinguality for much of her life's work.
After graduating from Santa Barbara State Teacher's College (a forerunner of UCSB), she taught Spanish for 10 years at Santa Barbara Catholic Girl's School, an institution which subsequently evolved into Bishop Garcia Diego High School. During this time, Geraldine became intersted in the Spanish dance traditions of early California, which she studied under Maria de los Angeles Ruiz. She was extremely active as a performer and participant in ealy Old Spanish Days Fiestas, and was one of the models for Spanish dancers in the mural above the main entrance of the Arlington Center for the Performing Arts.
A highlight in her life was the opportunity to testify, as an expert in Santa Barbara history, before the pontifical court for the case of the canonization of Fr Junipero Serra. Through this experience she became acquainted with Fr Maynard Geiger, OFM, who encouraged her to undertake translation of 18th century Spanish documents for historical research. Some of these more than 300 translations provided the basis for R.N. Whitehead's Citadel on the Pacific, a history of the Santa Barbara Presidio, for the establishment of Santa Barbara Presido State Park under the leadership of Pearl Chase, and for the ongoing restoration of the Presidio. In 1982, on the occasion of Santa Barbara's bicentennial, she co-authored with her long-time friend, Edwin Gledhill, the Voyage of the Princesa, and account of Spanish sea exploration of the California coast, contemporary with the founding of Santa Barbara. Some of Geraldine's more recent translations were used as a source for John Gherini's History of Santa Cruz Island.
In 1934, Geraldine married the distinquished medical researcher, Dr. Melville Sahyun, originally of Beruit, Lebanon, who in 1950 established his own research institute, Sahyun Laboratories, in Santa Barbara, where he was active until his death in 1977. In 1998, Geraldine Sahyun, together with her family, donated the facility to established Melville and Geraldine Sahyun Memorial Library of The Santa Barbara Genealogical Society.
In 1940 their only child, Melvile R. V. Sahyun, was born. Geraldine home schooled young Melville for the fist four years of his elementary education, during which time she bequeathed to him her love of languages and respect for rigorous scholarship, along with her father's love of railroads. Along with her son and daughter-in-law Irene MN Sahyun, who lived in Maplewood, Minnesota, she is survived by grandson Steven C Sahyun and granddaughter-in-law Martha M Donnelly, of Corvallis, Oregon, grandson Michael N Sahyun and granddaughter-in-law Katherine A Albright, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and by great grandson Leif G Donnelly Sahyun, also of Corvallis.
Visitation will be held at Welch-Ryce-Haider Downtown Chapel, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 3:00-8:00 PM, and Wednesday, Dec 22 8:00-12:00 AM. Funeral Services are planned for 1:00 PM Wednesday December 22 at Trinity Episcopal Church. Interment will be at Santa Barbara Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Santa Barbara Mission Archives Library, Trinity Espiscopal Church, or the Foundation Fighting Blindness.

WALTERS, Donna
Donna Walters left her body at Leigh Block Hospice House on Wednesday, December 15th, but her spirit lives on in the hearts of all those she touched. Donna, once an angel on earth that never cared much for staying in one place too long, has now relocated to heaven.
Donna was 65 years young with a zest for living life to it's fullest; appre- ciating art, nature, traveling, reading, music and almost anything that challenged her creative thirst. Donna was confidently independent with a strong will and inspiring ability to extract the positive out of life's challenges, including her battle with cancer.
Donna was raised in a little town outside of Pittsburgh, PA; later moving to Florida; New York City (where she was a runway model); Atlanta, Georgia; Houston, Texas and finally settling in California where she lived for over 15 years. Although she trained in business and accounting, she spent most of her career following her passion in caring for children.
During her last year of life, with the help of the Dream Foundation, Donna realized a final dream to see the Grand Canyon. Always the giver, she returned wanting to give back and lived out her final days volunteering to help make the dreams come true for others families that battled terminal illnesses.
Memorial services will be held for her in January on a mountain peak in Santa Barbara. Donna is survived by her much loved adopted family Kathy and Bill Borgers; Will, age 13 and Krista, age 10. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Donna's memory to Leigh Block Hospice House or the Dream Foundation.
Comforted by the music from her pal Christopher Cross, Donna passed away peacefully with her close friend Jan Cross by her side.

AYALA, Wilma P
96, of Holtville, CA passed away on December 15, 1999 of natural causes at Valley Convalescent Hospital in El Centro, CA. She was born Wilma Putera on December 16, 1902 in Norwalk, CT.
She attended schools in Connecticut. As a young adult she moved with her family to Santa Barbara and lived here throughout the 1920's. After her marriage to Ernest Ayala they moved to the Ventura/Oxnard area in the 1930's. She lived there until 1996 when she moved to the Imperial Valley.
She enjoyed gardening and crafts. She gardened into her 80's and could grow anything.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Ayala in 1974, her daughter, Lillian Young in 1968, her son, Mike Ayala in 1975 and two grand- children.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Ernie and Katie Ayala of Brawley, CA and five grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held today, Tuesday, December 21, 11:00 AM at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park in Ventura, Calif. Arrangements by Frye Chapel & Mortuary, Brawley, CA.
The family suggests memorials be made to: Alzheimer's Association.

FARBER, C Brooks
Of Santa Barbara, passed away December 17, 1999. He was born January 31, 1919 in Baltimore, Maryland.
A Graduate of Mercersburg Academy Class of 1940 in Mercersburg, PA and the University of Virginia Class of 1944. A World War II Veteran he served in the United States Navy. He was employed with Griffin Steel for over 35 years. After retirement, he served as a host for McDonalds Restaurants. He helped organize the University of Virginia Alumni in Santa Barbara. He was also a member of the Exchange Club of Santa Barbara and the Tennis Club of Santa Barbara. He was a volunteer for the Junior Tennis-Patron Associate of Santa Barbara. Also served faithfully in the Special Olympics for 25 years and the Athletic Dept for the City College. Volunteer of the Year for the American Heart Association 1999.
He is survived by his loving wife, Virginia of 34 years. Children, Stuart D Farber of Santa Barbara, Virginia F Buffington of Kokomo, Indiana, Childrey W Farber of Richmond, VA, Brent R Farber of Richmond, VA. Sister, Barbara F Greenway of Baltimore, MD, brother, Brent H Farber, Jr of Bryn Mawr, PA. Five nieces, three great grandchildren, Brian Buffington of Kokomo, IN, Brent R Farber, Jr of Richmond, VA and Samantha Farber of Richmond, VA.
He was preceded in death by his oldest son, Brooks Farber, Jr.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Wednesday, December 22, 1999 at San Roque Catholic Church at 1:00 PM Inurnment at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Heart Association or Special Olympics.
Arrangements under the direction of McDermott- Crockett Mortuary.

DIETRICH, Ken
69, a native Santa Barbaran, died last Saturday, December, 18, 1999 in Glendale after a 5-month illness. A 1948 graduate of Santa Barbara High School, Ken was active in property management in the Los Angeles area. He was an avid tennis player and enjoyed sailing and skiing.
He is survived by a daughter, Pamela of New Mexico and two sons, Bradley and Alan, of Los Angeles.
Other survivors include his twin sister Beverly Mathiasen of Las Vegas, sister Elsie Fillippini of Solvang, brothers Ray of Las Vegas and Donald of Santa Barbara He is also survived by long-time companion Barbara Ching, with whom he recently enjoyed a trip to China.
No local services are planned. Contributions may be made in his name to the local chapter of the American Cancer Society.

EHLERS, Walter Henry
87 years, died peacefully at Vista Del Monte in Santa Barbara, CA on December 18, 1999.
Walter had a wonderful, adventurous life living in New York, Hawaii, New England, Florida, and finally Santa Barbara, California. His career spanned YMCA Director in Kauai, Hawaii, to Palama Settlement in Honolulu, Hawaii, and finally returning as Professor Emeritus in Social Work from Florida State University.
In retirement he wrote many publications and textbooks and taught various courses at SB City College; Golden Gate University; UCSB-Extension; U of LaVerne; CAL Lutheran U in Santa Barbara.
Walter was the beloved husband of 57 years to the late Sabine Ehlers; a loving father of Rhea Maxwell, Joyce Esquith and Carol McMahon. Grandfather of Douglas Maxwell, Sarah Maxwell Parfitt, Jamie McMahon, and Liz McMahon. Greatgrandfather to Isabel Maxwell and Mira Maxwell.
At Walter's request there will be no special services. Inurnment will be private.
Arrangements will be handled by McDermott-Crockett Mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his memory to Vista Del Monte Retirement Residence General Fund, 3775 Modoc Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-4459.

FAIN, Mark Allen
Santa Barbara resident and community supporter, passed away December 16 1999, at the home of his friend. At the time of his death Mark was surrounded by family and friends.
He was born December 5, 1960, in Ventura California. He attended Ventura High School and played in the popular rock band Fusion, graduating in 1979. He then spent time in the Merchant Marines taking him to Central America and through the Panama Canal. Mark then began working in the food service industry in Lake Tahoe and Palm Springs. In 1987 he returned to Santa Barbara making this his home. Mark is also remembered for his astute running of the dining rooms at La Cumbre Country Club, where he was Captain until 1993. Mark then launched HandiMan Hands, which he successfully ran until he was diagnosed with Melanoma recurrence in January of this year. Mark was blessed with sufficient energy and spirit that he was able to travel with friends to Mexico and to the Mountains of San Cristobal New Mexico.
Mark was known for his stewardship of the local chapter of the Great Outdoors , and received the Liberty Award for his commitment to the organization.
Mark was preceded in death by his sisters, Elizabeth Linnette, Cynthia Ann, stepsister Linda and stepfather William. Those left to cherish his memory are his mother Betty Busche, his father and stepmother; Don and Betty Fain of Bakersfield. His sisters and their families, Denise McGee of Upland, and Kristina Fain of Bakersfield, as well as "Gizmo" his canine companion and best friend, plus many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and so many friends.
Mark will be remembered as a loving, caring son, a brother, an uncle, a loyal friend, a teacher and one who loved people.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mark Fain Melanoma Fund, c/o Mid State Bank, PO Box 4550, Santa Barbara CA 93410-4550. As per Marks wishes these funds will be used for a Melanoma awareness program, hoping this knowledge could save a life. A memorial service is planned for January 8, 2000, time and location to be announced later.
Marks family and friends would like to thank Santa Barbara Hospice and it's many volunteers who's compassion and skills made life and his passing much easier for him.
To his many friends who lovingly cared for him daily, words of appreciation seem empty. But our prayer is for God to grant unto each of you a special blessing

VALUCKAS, Cheryl Shipe
Born September 3, 1950 passed away December 17, 1999, after a long battle with cancer. Cheryl was born in Kansas and raised in Livermore, Ca. Graduated from Livermore High School in 1968. Joined the US Navy Waves in 1969 and was stationed at Naval Air Station Lakehurst, NJ. Cheryl married and lived on the east coast until 1982 when she and her two children moved to Dallas where she lived until 1997. She then moved to San Pedro, CA. In 1995 she became ill with breast cancer. She was a born again Christian and fought the disease with her faith in God. During this time she was working at Ashland Chemical Company in both Dallas and San Pedro. She was a happy lady who enjoyed crafts, puppets, ministering to children, studying the bible with her church group and participating any way she could with the theatrical group "The Promise". In fact, beside raising her two children, the highlight of her life was going to Jerusalem with the "Promise" group where she was rebaptized in the river Jordan.
She is survived by her mother Patricia Shipe of Santa Barbara, daughter Mindi of Alexandria, VA and son Adam of Northeast, MD, her four sisters and their families - Christine (Christopher) Frazer and nieces Cari, Shannon and nephew Jason of the Modesto area, Becki (Scott) Davis and nephews Brandon and Dylon, Valerie (John) Maloney and nieces Meghan and Carleigh of Santa Barbara, Laurie Shipe and niece Arielle of Redondo Beach. She was predeceased by her father Edward and bother Scott. She will be also missed by all her coworkers at Ashland and her church family at Highland Park Baptist Church in Dallas. Many thanks to City of Hope and Hospice of Santa Barbara - especially Julie. The family gives big heartfelt "Thank You" to all of you who helped move Cheryl from San Pedro to Santa Barbara, called with emotional support, gave us advice for her medical care, lent time to care for her, sent many, many cards, telephone calls, emails and for all your prayers.
Memorial Services will be held in Santa Barbara on January 8. Call 805-964-7351 for details. Contributions may be made in her memory to Hospice Services, 222 East Canon Perdido, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, American Brest Cancer Foundation, 6920 Donachie Road, Ste 102, Baltimore, MD 21239 or any cancer research center in your area. Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels, Santa Barbara, in charge of arrangements.

WILLSON, Elizabeth G
a longtime resident of Santa Barbara, died December 11, 1999. She was 89.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr Lawrence Willson in 1996. Mrs Willson is survived by sons H Michael Willson and his wife Shirley Jean, of Lompoc and Peter Willson of Santa Barbara, grandson Lawrence M Willson, his wife Linda and great -granddaughters Harmony and Brittany Willson of Santa Barbara, granddaughter Ann E Boone, her husband Craig and great-granddaughter Bryana E and great grandson Conor M Boone of Lexington, Kentucky and several nieces and nephews.
In accordance with the deceased wishes, there will be no services. Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.

KAVARA, Doris
79, passed away December 3, 1999 in Santa Barbara. She was born March 16, 1920 in Los Angeles, CA.
Mrs Kavara lived in Carpinteria. She was a local artist, member of the Carpinteria Valley Art League, the Carpinteria Woman's Club.
Mrs Kavara is survived by her husband John Kavara, daughters; Laurie Kavara, Sherron (Kenneth) Carlson, 3 grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.
Services were held December 8, 1999.
Eternal Valley Memorial Park, Newhall, CA was in charge of arrangements.

ROBINSON, Alberta Eleanor
a 39 year resident of Santa Barbara, died on Sunday, December 12, 1999. Born January 27, 1906 in Ohio to John and Mary Crooks, she moved to California in 1936. She lived many years in the Pasadena before moving to Santa Barbara in 1960.
Mrs Robinson is survived by her son John E Hull of Skaneatelas, NY, her brother Eugene Crooks of Garden Grove, CA, 5 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Neal V Robinson (1986).
A Memorial Mass was held at St Francis Hospital Chapel on Tuesday, December 14th.
Welch-Ryce-Haider was in charge of arrangements.


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