Miscellaneous Santa Barbara County, California Obituaries


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BRUNSTEAD, Frankie Evans

a long time resident of Santa Barbara, died Tuesday, September 12, 2000. 

Born in Callaway, Nebraska, June 28, 1914, she was the daughter of Harry and May Evans in a family of five children. During her childhood, Frankie excelled in her school subjects and studied the violin. Her family had a working ranch and a favorite pastime was riding her horse, Biscuit. After graduating from high school, she taught elementary school for a year, but decided she belonged in the business world. Following her oldest sister to Santa Barbara in 1933, Frankie graduated with honors from Santa Barbara Business College and soon began her career at Santa Barbara Savings. Starting as a teller, she retired after 40 years as Vice President, Savings Administration. In her capacity as Corporate Secretary of Financial Corporation Santa Barbara, the parent company of SBS, she was in New York at the Stock Exchange when the company went public; this was a highlight of her career. A role model to many women, she willingly shared her knowledge and ideas. 

Frankie married Carl Brunstead in 1944; they were married 31 years when Carl died. They had one daughter, Carla May Brunstead. 

A tireless volunteer in her community, Frankie was active in The American Red Cross, The UCSB Affiliates and The University Club, and was Volunteer of the Year for United Way. She served as President of Soroptimist International of Santa Barbara and Chapter ET of the PEO Sisterhood. A long-standing member of Trinity Episcopal Church, she served in many capacities including Sunday School Teacher. 

Frankie is survived by her sister, June Evans Smith of Grand Island, Nebraska, her daughter, Carla Brunstead, of Santa Barbara, and several nieces and nephews. She will be remembered as a warmhearted, loving and generous wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend. Her family wishes to acknowledge the wonderful staff at Villa Alamar who took care of her the past three years. Their compassion and skill made Frankie's life safe, comfortable and pleasant.

Visitation will be Monday, September 18, 2000 at Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapel, 15 E Sola Street, Santa Barbara, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, September 19, 2000 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State Street, Santa Barbara, 2:00 pm. Remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of Santa Barbara, 2024 De La Vina Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 or a favorite charity.


Passed away peacefully at Vista Del Monte, September 11, 2000 in Santa Barbara.

Born December 22. 1914 to Philip and Gladys Shoemaker and attended Hemet schools with her sister, Marion. She graduated from Riverside Junior College, married John K Nelson and started her secretarial career at Lockheed Aircraft. She and he daughter moved to Santa Barbara in 1947. She lived and worked at the Miramar Hotel where she married Byron Patrick Connolly. In later years she worked at the Carrillo Hotel, Talk of the Town and retired from the University of California where she worked for the Academic Senate. She enjoyed volunteer work for St Francis Hospital Guild, serving as president and other positions for many years. She was an avid fisherwoman and received numerous ribbons and awards for her beautiful handmade crafts over the years.

Barbara is survived by her daughter Barbara Ann Barnett, son-in-law Gary and grandchildren Eric C Barnett of Houston, TX and Lee Barnett Long of Centerville, Utah.

A private family scattering of the ashes will be held at a later date as Barbara wished.

Memorial donations may be made to St Francis Hospital Guild or the Braille Institute of Santa Barbara.

Arrangement by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.

JIMENEZ, Carmen Fragosa

Passed away Wednesday evening, September 13, 2000 at home with her family at her bedside. Born in Santa Barbara on July 27, 1921.

She is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Jesus G Jimenez, her children: Dolores, Christine, Roger and Jess. Jr., her immediate family of 4 brothers and 3 sisters. She also has five grandchildren and one great granddaughter as well as numerous family members.

Visitation will be Sunday afternoon Sept 17, at 4 pm with a 5pm Rosary being recited at Welch-Ryce-Haider Chapel at 15 East Sola St At 10 am Monday, Sept. 18, a memorial service followed by Graveside service at Calvary Cemetery.

GOODSPEED, Grace Halloran

died Monday, September 11, 2000 at Saint Francis Medical Center in Santa Barbara. Mrs Goodspeed, who was born on May 27, 1916 in Berkeley, California, was a long-time local resident , having moved to Santa Barbara with her husband, Dr Stephen S Goodspeed, in 1946.

Throughout her life in Santa Barbara Mrs Goodspeed was active in community service. She contributed significantly to the growth and development of the Santa Barbara Visiting Nurse Association, serving as a member of the Board of Directors for several years and a President. She also served as President of The Garden Club of Santa Barbara, of which she was a member for over 50 years. Mrs Goodspeed was also a member of The Little Town Club and, together with her husband, The Valley Club of Montecito.

Dr Goodspeed, her devoted husband of 52 years who passed away in 1991, was a professor and administrator for over three decades at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). During this time Mrs Goodspeed made a major contribution to UCSB, including an active roll in the Faculty Women's Club and in support of numerous initiatives to improve the UCSB campus and community. She continued her involvement following the death of her husband through support of Goodspeed Internship, a program initiated in memory of her husband which continues today.

Mrs Goodspeed is survived by her brother, Ralph Halloran of San Francisco; her son Roger Goodspeed and his wife JoAnn of New York City; and her two grandchildren, Taylor Goodspeed and Stephen Goodspeed.

She will be remembered for her free-spirited and opinionated personality; her courage and perseverance in the face of numerous adversities; her ever present sense of humor, and her love for, and devotion to, her husband and her son and his family. She made a lasting impression on all whom she met, and she will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers please make contributions in Mrs Goodspeed's name to The Garden Club of Santa Barbara, post office Box 5773, Santa Barbara, CA 93150.

A memorial service celebrating Mrs Goodspeed's life will be held on Saturday, September 23 at 1:00 p.m. at All Saints-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, Eucalyptus Lane, in Montecito.

Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.


went to be with her Lord August 26, 2000 at home cradled in her husband's arms. Desyle was a vivacious beautiful lady that brought a glow into the lives of all who knew her. She was born in Sykesville, Pennsylvania, a coal mining town, graduated from high school at age 15, went to business college for a year then completed her education at NYAC, a missionary college in upstate New York. She worked with the China Inland Mission in Boston, Massachusetts where she met and married her husband Lee. She then entered the world of advertising where her talents were used in producing radio & television commercials. Desyle was an accomplished musician and played organ and piano in a number of churches in the Boston area. She and her Lee ministered to the kids, young people and adults at the Church of the Open Bible, Burlington, Massachusetts as choir director and accompanist for 22 years. In 1979 there was a move to Goleta, California after much encouragement from her son Fred who resides in Venice. Many happy hours were spent creating the decorations for the Santa Barbara Christian Womens Club luncheons. Desyle was a member of Trinity Baptist Church, Santa Barbara where she was active with the Keenagers (a wonderful senior group). Surviving is her husband Lee, her son Fred, her daughter Naomi Pritchett ,Victor Pritchett and their children, Desyle's grandchildren, Nathan;,, Sarah, Hannah and Joshua. Saturday September 30, 2000 at 11:00 AM a happy time of remembrance will be held at Trinity Baptist Church, 1002 Cieneguitas Road, Santa Barbara. In lieu of flowers, donations may be male to the Santa Barbara Visiting Nurse Association, 222 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, Ca 93101. 

Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider. 


1/1/23 - 9/15/00. James F Durrenberger was born on Jan. 1, 1923 in St Paul Minnesota. He was one of 5 children born to Angela & Jack Durrenberger. Jim graduated from Perham High School and attended the University of Minnesota. Following military service in the Medical Corps in W.W.II he joined General Motors and retired in 1987. He enjoyed his retirement years doing volunteer work for St Marks Parish and Catholic Charities, traveling with his wife June of 45 years and their daily walks with 'Pierre'.

Jim is survived by his wife June, daughters Sally Williamson and Judy Durrenberger, son Paul Durrenberger, son in law Rick

Williamson, and granddaughters Holly and Natalie Williamson. Jim was devoted to charitable causes, his family, and church. He loved to be with children and animals. We will miss his sense of humor, letters to the editor, and his constant loving support.

Masses will be said in behalf of Jim Durrenberger at St Marks and St Rafaels Catholic churches. A private memoriam will be held for the immediate family members later this week. In lieu of flowers please send donations to St Marks Catholic Church in Jim Durrenberger's name.

JOHNSON, Scott Cecil

passed away on Sept 16, 2000.

He is the son of Dr Gary L Johnson and Geraldine C Johnson. He is survived by three brothers, Dr Steven Johnson of Solvang, Douglas L Johnson of West Valley, Ut, and Gary L Johnson, Jr of Provo, Ut, and five sisters Janine Petersen of Sandy, Ut, Karen Decosta of Santa Barbara, Ca Julie Christensen, Irvine, Ca Jackie Johnson, Santa Barbara, and Geri Michelle Holbrook, Santa Barbara. He also has 7 nieces and 5 nephews. 

Scott was born in Chicago, Ill on July 16, 1957, and moved to Santa Barbara when he was 4, and he has lived in Santa Barbara ever since. He attended local schools graduating from Dos Pueblos High School. He worked as an electrician for several contractors and for a while he was partners in his own electrical contracting business until he became ill with a heart condition requiring a heart transplant four years later. He survived another 11 years with his new heart. He had a passion for trout fishing and was well known in the community as an expert pool player and was a member of the "Men's Eight Ball Association". He was known for his integrity and perfectionism in all that he did and was a man of his word.

There will be a viewing at Welch-Ryce-Haider Downtown Chapel 15 E Sola St, Santa Barbara between 6:OOpm and 8:00pm Thurs Sept 21. A memorial service will be held Friday Sept 22 at 12:30 pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 478 Cambridge Dr, Goleta, followed by a graveside dedicatory prayer at the Santa Barbara Cemetery, 901 Channel Dr, Santa Barbara

CORTEZ, Mary Margaret

52. Gone too soon, though now at peace, our beloved mother, daughter, sister and aunt passed away on Tuesday, September 19, 2000. Born in SB Aug 9, 1948, she was one of six children and Larry and Peggy Cortez. Mary graduated from SB High School in 1966, and later obtained her cosmetology license. She recently lived in Santa Ynez.

In addition to her adventurous spirit, strength and courage, Mary will be greatly missed and remembered for her sense of humor, her beautiful smile, and her loving heart.

Surviving in Santa Barbara are her son Dylan Cortez & wife Julie, sister Virginia Bryant and Mark Robert Cortez. Parents Larry and Peggy Cortez, sister Rita Cortez, of San Jose, Ca, sister Linda Wall of Buellton, CA, brother David Cortez and 11 nieces and nephews also survive.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, Sept 22, 2000 at 12 noon at McDermott-Crockett Mortuary Chapel, 1903 State St.

GUEVARRA, Robert Joseph

Passed away on September 19, 2000 in Santa Barbara, CA.

Robert was born in Santa Barbara, on December 10, 1932. At age 17 he enlisted in the California National Guard 40th Infantry Division 981st Battalion. He served proudly in the Korean War.

He was a 5th generation Santa Barbaran son of Albert C and Eva G Guevarra. He is survived by brothers and sisters John J Guevarra, Cecelia T Guevarra, Barbara A Guevarra, Frank T Guevarra, Albert C Guevarra. Preceded in death by Rosie, all of Santa Barbara.

Children: Robert C Guevarra, Michael A Guevarra, Patricia A Tawzer, Ronnie A Guevarra, Edward J Guevarra, Artemisa M Guevarra and William A Guevarra. Grandfather to 11 grandchildren.

There will be a viewing on Friday the 22nd at Welch-Ryce-Haider Downtown Chapel, 15 East Sola Street, Santa Barbara between noon and 6:00 P M. A Rosary will be held on Friday the 22nd at 7:00 P M. A Mass will be on Saturday, September 23, 2000 at 8:00 A M at Our Lady of Sorrows Church at 21 East Sola Street, Santa Barbara.

A Military Graveside Service will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

WHEATON, Virginia Rodgers Murphy 

died following a brief illness September 19, 2000 in Santa Barbara, California. She was 95.

Born April 3, 1905 on an Army post near Cheyenne, Wyoming, she was the only child of Captain John B Murphy of San Francisco. Schooled in San Francisco and Washington D C , she later lived with her parents at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii in the 1920s.

In 1931 she married George S Wheaton in San Francisco, where they lived until 1941, when the family moved to Pasadena, California. Two sons, George S and John R Wheaton, were born in San Francisco.

While in Pasadena she raised her family, along with a horse, pet skunk, and many other animals who lived in the backyard. She spent many hours volunteering at the Red Cross and the Los Angeles County Hospital. In 1961 she and her husband moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where he served as Executive Vice President and later as Chairman of Dillingham Corporation. During that time they traveled extensively throughout the Pacific Basin.

Returning to Pasadena in 1975, she moved to Santa Barbara following her husbands death in 1985. Her favorite place to be was the mountain cabin she and her family built in 1940 on the American River east of Placerville.

Virginia Wheaton was a descendent of Robert Livingston, who helped draft the Declaration of Independence, and of General George Rogers Clark and William Clark, of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Her great grandfather, Augustus Rodgers, a close friend of John Muir, came to San Francisco in 1880 and surveyed much of Northern California for the U S Coast and Geodetic Service.

Her two sons, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren survive her.

A Memorial Reception will be held at 3:30 on September 29 at Casa Dorinda, 3000 Hot Springs Road, Montecito, California. The private graveside service will be held at the family plot in Oakland, California.

Memorial donations can be made to The Thatcher School in Ojai, California or to the Employee Christmas Fund in care of Casa Dorinda Residents Association. Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels are in charge of arrangements.

BRIAN, Jeanne Evans

1923-2000 (Barbara) Jeanne Brian was born in Santa Barbara Ca Oct 2 1923. Passed away Sept 22, 2000 from complications of a stroke she had on the second of Sept. She was the daughter of Francis Evans of Joplin Mo son of the local Doctor, and Agnes (Hart) Evans.

Her father was in charge of the crew who put through the Dalton tunnel and Jeanne lived in the hills of Tora Canyon while the work was going on.

She and her mother were there during the 1925 earthquake, preparing to take a bath. When the quake happened, her mother grabbed Jeanne and ran out forgetting any clothes for each. The terrified miners who were having lunch in the mess hall, ran passed them and didn't notice a thing.

The workers inside the mine had no idea an earthquake had occurred, until they came out.

The Evans family lived for a while in Lompoc, and then moved to Santa Barbara town where Jeanne grew up and attended school.

Jeanne married Donald Brian in 1945, and moved to Los Angles while Donald attended photography school. Jeanne was his model and assistant. In the early 1950's they settled in Los Alamitos where they raised a family and Don worked in the carpenter trade. The family returned to Santa Barbara in 1976.

Both Jeanne and her husband Donald, were Jehovah Witnesses, and spent many contented hours sharing their faith about God Kingdom and his plan for mankind. When Don passed away in March 1986 Jeanne continued on. She could be found most every afternoon with bible tracts on Henry's Beach.

Jeanne loved her garden and for many years, until age caught up with her, she could also be found tending to her vegetables and flowers along with several cats who always helped.

She leaves: daughter Suzie Brian-Jabot and her husband Mark of Lompoc, son Alan Brian of Santa Barbara, and several cousins in Joplin Mo. Memorial services at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses. 805 Quarantina St Oct 7, 2:00 PM.

All are welcome to attend.

"Do not marvel at his, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out" John 5:28 " and Martha said "I know he will rise in the resurrection on the last day" Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life. He that exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life." John 11 :24,25

Sleep mom, until that day and we will see you later. 

Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.

HUERTA, Jason Paul

3-23-1985 - 9-21-2000. After a long battle with Leukemia may our beloved Jason now rest in peace. He was a native of Santa Barbara, California and is survived by: parents, Sonya and Joel Huerta; brother, Joel; sister, Yvonne; niece, Mariah and mother Gina, niece, Marissa and mother Leianne; grandparents, Oliva and Salvador Vargas, Alex Castaneda, Juan Huerta; great grandparents, Nunie and Trini Garcia, Cresencia Vargas; uncles, Sal and Steve Vargas, Fred Castaneda; Godmother, Maryellen Huerta; aunts, Sandy Lopez and Doris Vargas, his dearest cousins, Stevie Vargas and Johnathon Garcia; his dearest friend Amir Thomas; plus numerous loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

"Jason, now that you are with the Lord and the angels above we know you are no longer suffering. You were a strong young man and loved by many, you have also touched many hearts and souls. Even though we may no longer hug each other, you will always be in our hearts and our thoughts. We will always love you!"

Visitation will be Tuesday, September 26 from 8:00 to 6:00 PM at the Welch-Ryce-Haider Downtown Chapel. The Rosary service is planned for Tuesday, September 26 at 7:00 PM at Our Lady of Sorrows.. The Funeral Mass will be Wednesday, September 27 at 10:00 AM at Our Lady of Sorrows. Interment to follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels are in charge of arrangements.

MALCOM, Velma Grace Pickering

passed away September 23, 2000 at age 87, after a course of Alzheimer's disease. Her long lasting joie de vivre was fueled by the love of her husband of 56 years, Elwood Malcom, who died in 1989; satisfaction from a 20 year career with Douglas Aircraft; enjoyment of boating, travel, golf, square dancing, singing, and hiking; companionship of life long friends; and the closeness of a loving family.

She is still a role model for her daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Jim Stubchaer; grandchildren and their spouses Eric and Melodie Stubkjaer, David and Sandy Stubchaer, and Karen and Phil Esbenshade, and great-grandchildren Dana and Jamie Stubkjaer.

We remember her when.

MASSON, John McMillan

Born Dec 19, 1915 at St Vincent's Hospital in Los Angeles to Raymond and Leta Masson. Died Sept. 21, 2000 in Santa Barbara, CA. John attended LA High School 1931-1934, Stanford U 1934-1938, Stanford Med School 1937-1942. He interned at LA County Hospital 1941-1942. From 1943 to 1946 he served in the US Army. John practiced Internal Medicine in Los Angeles from 1948 to 1985 and in 1990 moved to Santa Barbara, CA.

John was a hiker, fly fisherman, and camper. His love of the outdoors encompassed gardening, golfing, skiing and tennis. His watercolors are coveted by his friends. His knowledge of classical music was astonishing. His lack of conceit, miraculous. 

John is survived by his wife, Maureen; children Raymond Masson (Sile), Paul Masson and Barbara Brewer (John) and grandchildren, Charlie, Marie and Lloyd. 

Graveside services will be Tues, Sept 26, 2000 at 11:00 AM at Calvary Cemetery, Santa Barbara. Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Home, (805) 965-5145.

BOYLE, Terry William

Born September 8,1944, in Beloit, Wisconsin. Died at age 56, on September 14, 2000. He spent over 40 years in the motion picture business, as a theatre manager of some of the country's finest theatres, including the Kimo Theatre, Kansas City, Mo., the NuArt Theatre, Los Angeles, California, the Samuel Goldwyn Pavillion Cinemas, Los Angeles, California, the Fashion Valley Four theatres, San Diego, California, and the Riviera Theatre in Santa Barbara, California. During his long career he was recognized with many awards including "Showman of the Year" at the Show-A-Rama convention. In addition to theatre manager positions, Terry was also Director of Advertising for Metropolitan Theatres Corporation, West Coast Advertising Director for AMC Theatres, and most recently, National Marketing Director for AMC Artplex Theatres. He was a thirty year fan of the San Diego Chargers. 

He is survived by his mother, Alethea Boyle, of Aurora, Colorado and his brother Kerry, Boyle, of Aurora, Colorado. He was preceded in death by his father William Boyle and sister Jennifer Green. Terry's memories will live in the hearts of family and friends.

There will be no memorial service. Cards may be sent to Alethea Boyle at 460 S Victor Way, Aurora, Co. 80012.

CAYTON, William Joseph 

is loved and missed. He was born August 31, 1940. He died September 20, 2000, of pneumonia. He was born and raised in Boston, Mass. He was in the Marine Corps 4 years. During his life he was a hard rock miner, truck driver, youth counselor, and concrete inspector. Most recently he was a Santa Barbara County Recycle worker, their union shop steward and a board member for SEIU local 620.

He leaves a wife, 2 sons, and 4 grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held at Goleta Beach, Area A, Saturday, Sept 30, at 11:00 am.

COUCH, Antonia

Born July 13, 1926 in Santa Ynez, California.

Antonia was a long time resident of Arroyo Grande before moving to the Bay area and has returned to this area for her final resting place.

Antonia was a proud member of the Chumash Indian Tribe of Santa Ynez. Prior to her retirement, she was a nursing assistant who cared for the elderly. She enjoyed life to the fullest including traveling with her family to Hawaii and Las Vegas. She was a very caring and giving person who touched many lives and will be greatly missed by all.

Survivors include daughters; Margaret Kaltenbach of Nipomo, CA, Norma, Lavan of North Aurora, Illinois, Olivia Miller of Mariposa, CA, Frances Snyder of Truckee, CA and Rosalie Marquez (adopted) of Santa Maria, CA; long time companion Reginald "Jim" Ward of Redwood City, CA; grandsons; Richard Dishaw of Santa Maria, CA, Steven Luke of Reno, Nevada and Jason Lavan of Chicago, Illinois, sisters; Mary LaRowe, Eva Pagaling and Esther Manguray all of Santa Ynez, CA; brothers; George Armenta, Manuel Armenta and Victor Cota also of Santa Ynez. Numerous nieces, nephews and many loving friends.

A Rosary took place on Thursday. The Mass at 10:00 AM, Today, Friday 9/29/2000 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Arroyo Grande.

Arrangements are under the direction of Lady Family Mortuary.

REEVES, Clara "Naomi" Brownell

was born at Pendelton, Oregon on March 14, 1920 to parents, Don & Dosha Graybeal Brownell. She died on Monday, September 18, 2000 at the Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston at the age of 80 years. 

Naomi lived in Portland, Oregon most of her childhood. She graduated from Umatilla High School, Umatilla, Oregon in 1939. She married her husband, Harold Ernest Reeves on October 6, 1944 in Santa Barbara, California. Naomi lived most of her adult life in Santa Barbara, California.

Naomi was a hairdresser most of her adult life. In later life, Naomi was a home health caregiver.

She is survived by her husband, Harold Reeves of Santa Barbara, California; Son Kevin L Reeves of Santa Barbara; Daughter, Karin R (Reeves) Gehlen of Umatilla, Oregon; Sister, Ruth Stever of Walla Walla, Washington; 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Graveside Services were held September 21, 2000 at Sunset Hills Cemetery, Umatilla, Oregon.

STEVENS, Henry Ford "Steve"

passed away on September 27, 2000 at his home. 

He was the co-owner with his wife of Stevens Care Home, a Residential Care Home for Developmentally Disabled adults. 

Steve, as he was known to his friends, and family, had a real passion for garage sales. While he never smoked, he was known to light a cigar in celebration when he found an especially good bargain at a sale. He'd bring the treasure home to repair it in his workshop where he spent many joyful hours. 

He is survived by this wife, Rhoda, son, Gary Lyn Stevens of Salt Lake City. A daughter Karen Jeanette Stevens of Santa Barbara. Brother: Roy Stevens of Missouri. A sister, Edna Henley of Colorado. Grandchildren: Adam, Melissa, Andrew, Sarah, Whitney, and Megan Stevens of Salt Lake City, UT. 

No services are planned. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to ALL FOR ANIMALS, 1324 State Street, #J109, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels in charge of arrangements.