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FRIZZELL, William Kenneth (Ken)

passed away Monday, March 20, 2000 at Cottage Hospital with his best friend Clint by his side.

Born in Knox City, Texas, December 10, 1928, he was the son of the late Dr. Tom Paul and Kay Frizzell. He attended school in Knox city until his junior year when he entered prep school in Lawrence- ville, New Jersey. After graduation from Law- renceville, he attended Princeton University, majoring in architecture and graduating magna cum laude, June 1950. 

He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1951, commissioned as an ensign and was assigned to the air craft carrier Leyte. Following his discharge from the Navy, he attended the University of Oklahoma and received his master's degree in architectural engineering in 1955. 

After being a professor at the University of Arkansas for 18 months, he joined the firm of Ed Stone of California and New York and designed and supervised the construction of the US Pavilion for the Brussells, Belgium world's fair. 

Ken later did extensive work for the Marriott Corporation, designing and supervising the construction of many of their resort hotels. 

In addition to his independent practice of nearly 50 years as William Kenneth Frizzell Architects, Ken was a senior partner in Ahrens Di Grazia Frizzell which specialized in international consulting services with offices in Rome and New York. He was also a senior partner and officer in Frizzell Hill Moorehouse Beaubois Associates with offices in San Francisco and Montecito. In 1990, he chose to practice architecture independently as William Kenneth Frizzell Architects in Montecito and Santa Barbara. 

His independent and corporate works include extensive hotel and resort projects around the world. They can be found listed under his name in the Marqui's Who's Who in America. He also took great pride in remodeling and designing his own homes. 

His works of area interest include of the redesign of the cabins at the Biltmore Hotel, Montecito, CA; design of shutters on The Beach, Santa Monica, CA; and the Red Lion Hotel, Glendale, CA. 

In addition to hotel, resort, and residential work, Ken had a considerable background in medical, educational, interior design, exhibition performing arts, commercial, office, and manufacturing facilities as well as being a brilliant pianist. 

He was registered with the National Architectural Registration Board, a member of American Institute of Architects, Washington DC, a member of AIA California, a member of AIA Santa Barbara, past member of Montecito Architectural Review Board, and held licences to practice architecture in numerous states and abroad. 

Ken spent the last 5 years involved in charity work. He quietly collected store goods and then distributed them to the various charities about town. 

Survivors include a daughter, Jane Frizzell of Oscala Florida; a son, John Frizzell of Pacific Palisades, CA; a sister Julie Frizzell Thomas of Benjamin, Texas; a brother Thomas P. Frizzell of Abilene, Texas, and all his friends and neighbors he loved so much. 

Ken's brother and sister held a graveside memorial service at the Frizzell Family Cemetery plot at Knox City, Texas on April 14th, at 1:00 pm. 

Suggested memorials include the charity of your choice.
 

KEENEY, Mary Lou

began life's journey on December 14, 1915 in Wilmette, Illinois and completed it on October 6, 2000 in Wilsonville, Oregon. Her life long love of learning led to the completion of a bachelor's degree is psychology in 1938 at Northwestern University. In 1942 she moved to Seattle where she worked as a secretary. With two friends she bicycled from Seattle to San Francisco before marrying Albert G Keeney on June 8, 1943. At the conclusion of World War II, Mary Lou and Al moved to Juneau, AK for several years before returning to the Seattle-Tacoma area where they made their home and raised their children. In 1969 they moved to San Francisco and in 1974 to Santa Barbara, where she spent 23 wonderful years. 

Mary Lou had a sense of adventure and loved to travel. She visited New Zealand, Europe, India, China, Egypt and other parts of Africa and Asia. Mary Lou enjoyed attending the symphony, theater, and adult education classes.

Remembrances may be sent in her name to the Foundation for Santa Barbara City College; 721 Cliff Dr., Santa Barbara, CA 93109 (attn: Carla Long).

She is survived by her children, Ted Keeney and Anne Christensen; four grandchildren Patrick Keeney, Eryn Elliott-Eckert, Gayle Christensen, and Travis Christensen, as well as two great grandchildren, Christian and Megan Eckert.
 

Miratti, Charles Richard

Passed on September 15, 2000 at a Lancaster Hospital. Richard was born in Santa Barbara on Aug 15, 1938. The only child of Charles T Miratti and Elizabeth Lambert Miratti, both deceased. Richard's early education was in Burlingame and he went on to obtain his bachelor's degree at UC Berkley and his MA as an English major at the University of Wisconsin. Richard will be remembered by his many friends, for his glorious baritone voice and for his warm and vibrant personality. As a bass soloist he appeared in many operatic roles. He especially enjoyed Gilbert and Sullivan and locals will recall his Mikado part as Ko Ko. Music was an important part of his life and he provided us with many happy moments with his God-given talent. The Miratti family name in Santa Barbara has been well know for over a century. The name has been associated with restaurants and boarding houses and hotels, liquor stores and pharmacies since 1888. Richard's grandfather, Louis Miratti, left Northern Italy with his friend Carlo Vizzolini in 1885 and found his niche in his new country. The Miratti name is linked through marriage with more local Italian families than possibly any other. And include among it's relatives, the family names of Bottiani, Vizzollini, Pomatto, Ersetti, Ceriale, Rezzonico, Perelle, Capovilla, and Ferrario. Richard Miratti was very proud of his heritage and especially enjoyed his trips to Italy. Richard will be missed by his many friends and relatives and this bright and loving person will remain in our memory forever. Richard is survived by many cousins of the extended Miratti family and also the Lambert family. Friends may attend the celebration of his life on Monday October 23, 11:00 AM at the Santa Barbara Cemetery.
 

TURNER, Robert E. 

68, was born in Santa Barbara on October 11, 1932. He died in Modesto, CA on October 14, 2000.

Bob attended Santa Barbara City Schools. He joined the Navy during the Korean War where he served as a sonarman on the USS Renshaw DDE 499. After his service in the Navy, he settled in the San Francisco Bay area and worked in the aerospace and electronics industry in `'Silicone Valley". He retired to Modesto in 1992. 

Bob's love of his family, his charm and quick wit, his smile, his thoughtfulness, his love of words, and his wonderful sense of humor will be sorely missed by all who knew him. The world is a little less for all of us now. 

He was preceded in death by his father, James M. Turner of San Francisco. He is survived by his son, Zachary Turner of Oakland, mother, May Huffine, and brother, James A. Turner of Santa Barbara, sister, Sandra Thomsen of Janesville, WI, aunt, Lois Johnson of Santa Barbara, uncles, David Cook of Graham, WA, and Ralph Cook of Lompoc, and two nieces and a nephew. 

The family has planned cremation and burial at sea. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association.
 

AGUILERA, Jason Raymond

Born 06-09-75 Went to Heaven 10-07-00.

Survived by his loving mother Maria E (Barajas) Aguilera, his father John Aguilera, brother Johnny and his family, Nancy Rybnikar, many relatives and friends.

Jason was a devoted uncle, had an easy going nature and a contagious laugh. Thanks to our family and friends for your love and support.
 

GIUSTO James J

died Wednesday, October 11, 2000 of cancer. He was born February 7, 1920 to Agostino and Theresa Delfino Giusto in San Francisco, CA. He attended San Francisco area schools, during which time he was a member of the San Francisco Boys Club. For ten years he attended the Club's summer camp, Camp Marwedel in the Mendocino mountains, first as a camper and then as a wrangler and counselor. He graduated from Mission High School in 1937, after which he served as a US Army Air Force cadet trainer in 1943-44 at Thunderbird Field in Phoenix, AZ and in 1944 was a member of the Air Transport Command at McLellan Field, Sacramento. He attended UCLA from 1952 to 1955. 

He worked for Sears Roebuck & Co. and A & W Root Beer before moving to Santa Barbara. He married Betty More Zinser of Santa Barbara on March 195 8 at First Presbyterian Church. He began his 40-year career with THIS WEEK IN SANTA BARBARA MAGAZINE in 1955 where the magazine was re-established after a 6-year absence. He retired as editor/publisher in 1995. 

He was president of the Goleta Boys' Club for 3 years, served as trustee for the Santa Barbara Foundation for 9 years and was a member of several Foundation committees for 6 years. He was also a board member of the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce as well as the Conference and Visitors' Bureau. 

Mr. Giusto was an active and long-time member of El Montecito Presbyterian Church, Downtown Rotary Club and the Santa Barbara Club. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Joseph; and his wife of 29 years, Betty Zinser Giusto in June 1987. He is survived by his son, Stephen Giusto, Laguna Beach; his son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Tina Giusto, Los Gatos; brother and sister-in-law, Albino and Blanche Giusto, Millbrae; sister, Gloria Giusto Hill, San Jose; granddaughter, Alexandra More Giusto, Laguna Beach, numerous aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews and his sweetheart of 13 years, Marjorie Boyle, Santa Barbara. 

Graveside services were held on October 13 at Santa Barbara Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Santa Barbara Foundatio, 15 East Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara, 93101, El Montecito Presbyterian Church Building Fund, or a favorite charity.

A celebration of Jim's life will be held Thursday, November 2, at 3:30 pm at El Montecito Presbyterian Church, 1445 East Valley Road in Santa Barbara.
 

KEENEY, Mary Lou

began life's journey on December 14, 1915 in Wilmette, Illinois and completed it on October 6, 2000 in Wilsonville, Oregon. Her life long love of learning led to the completion of a bachelor's degree is psychology in 1938 at Northwestern University. In 1942 she moved to Seattle where she worked as a secretary. With two friends she bicycled from Seattle to San Francisco before marrying Albert G Keeney on June 8, 1943. At the conclusion of World War II, Mary Lou and Al moved to Juneau, AK for several years before returning to the Seattle-Tacoma area where they made their home and raised their children. In 1969 they moved to San Francisco and in 1974 to Santa Barbara, where she spent 23 wonderful years. 

Mary Lou had a sense of adventure and loved to travel. She visited New Zealand, Europe, India, China, Egypt and other parts of Africa and Asia. Mary Lou enjoyed attending the symphony, theater, and adult education classes.

Remembrances may be sent in her name to the Foundation for Santa Barbara City College; 721 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109 (attn: Carla Long).

She is survived by her children, Ted Keeney and Anne Christensen; four grandchildren Patrick Keeney, Eryn Elliott-Eckert, Gayle Christensen, and Travis Christensen, as well as two great grandchildren, Christian and Megan Eckert.
 

MERRIFIELD, Glenn M.

was born on April 14, 1914 near Denver, Colorado and went to be with the Lord on October 19, 2000. 

He was the husband of the late Auda Davison Merrifield. They met and were married in Santa Barbara in 1936. During WWII, Glenn served with the 144th Field Artillery and served his country overseas in both North Africa and Italy. I le was on the front lines for three years. After returning from the war, he entered Westmont College and majored in Theology. He also attended the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, obtaining his B. A. degree, and went on to get his Masters at the California Baptist Theological Seminary in Covina. After his ordination as a Baptist Minister, he served several Churches in Southern California. 

He is survived by a daughter: Barbara Burgess of Carpinteria, and a son: Heyoka Merrifield of Stevensville, Montana. He is also survived by one grandson: Leonard Brent Burgess, Jr. of Santa Barbara, and one granddaughter: Beth Burgess Thomas of Carpinteria. He had one great granddaughter, Melanie Anne Thomas, whom he loved dearly. Three of his granddaughters reside in Northern California: Isis, Ishtar and Astarte LaLond. 

He spent his life serving God and helping his congregation. He was a devoted family man and will be missed by all.

A private memorial service will be held at his daughter's home. 

Friends may remember the Alzheimer's Association. 
 

PADILLA, Scott Francis

Oct 23, 1950-Oct 20, 2000. Beloved father of Shanassa Padilla. Survived loving sisters, parents, friends and relatives. A wonderful photographer and a brilliant sense of humor will be missed by all those he touched.
 

SPACKMAN, Lucy Spencer

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our daughter, Lucy, on October 16, 2000, at Cottage Hospital.

She was born on January 30, 1960 in San Bernadino, CA.

Later, the family moved to Sylmar, CA where "Lulu" attended Dyer Street School, Olive Vista Jr. High, and graduated from Sylmar High School in 1978.

She was a Web Designer and Creative Director for Marketing Bulletin Board and Sam magazine in Santa Barbara.

In 1986 she moved to Santa Barbara.

Despite her physical disabilities she was determined to travel to at least seven continents, which she did. The last being the Olympics in Sydney.

To all her friends and relatives world-wide she sends her love.

Leeds & Lucy Spackman & Family.
 

BOROWSKI, Stanley

Our Hero. A vast wealth of knowledge, advice, and comforting strength was lost with the passing of Stanley "Bow-Wow" Borowski, age 86, on October 20, 2000 in Salt Lake City, UT. Born October 2, 1914, the 2nd of six brothers, to Antoni and Kathrine Rogal Borowski in Cleveland, Ohio.

Stan joined the United States Air Force and became a fighter pilot, participating in WWII and the Korean War while achieving the rank of Lt Colonel, a lifetime member of the, "Headhunters" Fighter Squadren Association. Retiring in proximity to family in the Sacramento area, he and his daughter soon relocated to Santa Barbara where he became active in multiple real estate ventures in both areas. Along the way in his other investments came a touch of gold fever, and his true bonanza is yet to come

He is survived by his daughter Beverly and her husband Simon, his grandchildren Adam and Adrienne, his brothers Clarence and Lenny, and sister-in-law Stella Borowski.

Memorial services will be held Friday, October 27, 2000, 11 am at the Santa Barbara Cemetery, 901 Channel Drive, Santa Barbara, CA.

DE PONCE, Novella Hipes

went home to the Lord on Saturday October 21, 2000 at 6:02 in the evening after a one-month illness with cancer. 

Novella was born 11-21-1927 in Santa Barbara to Alex and Velua Hipes. She attended local schools-Hope Elementary, La Cumbre Junior High School and graduated in 1945 from Santa Barbara High School. Later that year she married Joe Rubino and in 1948 she had her son, Vincent Mark Rubino. Novella attended Beauty School and worked locally as a beautician until her second marriage in 1958 to John de Ponce Jr. That union produced her daughter Adrian de Ponce Bates. 

Novella was a homemaker from 1958 to 1978. During this time she enjoyed baking, sewing, and bowling. She was past member at the Santa Barbara Women's Bowling Association, and worked with the Orchid Bowl Junior Bowling Program back in the 1970's. In 1978 Novella purchased Glenda's Bridal Cove, which she operated until the end of 1981. Novella then worked for the next 10 years for Dr James Schieb. In 1995 Novella became a full-time grandma to her beloved grandson, Michael Ehren Bates, She was lovingly known as GAGA and in Michael's words he loved her as much as the whole outer space. Novella was the best mom, sister, GAGA and friend to us all. 

She is survived by her only brother, Michael Hipes (Pam Trudeau). Her son, V Mark Rubino Barbara). Her daughter, Adrienne de Ponce Bates (Michael). Her grandson, Michael E Bates all of Santa Barbara. Then her step-son John de Ponce the III of Ocean View, Hawaii. 

The following poem was written by a dear friend of Novella's after a telephone visit and a few hours before her passing.

I'm Going Now

I'm Going Now
You'll follow me one day
Life has come and passed
The end came so soon
So much I thought I'd do
So many I loved and cared about
We shared so many special times
Yet for me, my name was called
Today was the day to start my
Heaven ward journey
Farewell, dear ones
I'll see you again one day
When our hearts will be reunited
And together forever again.
Daughter, son, brother, grandson, and friends
So dear you were to me you'll always be a part of me
And I hope I will always be of you
Remember the end is a new Beginning

Novella's family would like to thank Dr David Cumes, Dr Jeffrey Fried and Sherry Kraut Kiomer of Dr Fried's office. Dr Stephen Lenchner, Dr Edward Bently, Dr. Steven Lemon, Dr Joseph York, Dr Lynn Jahanke, and special nurse Amy Dawson (Cottage Hospital 6 Central) and for the special care given to Novella. 

In addition, HUGS and KISSES to Novella's other (daughters), Jeanette Arnoldi-Schall and Daisy Scott who gave so much love, support and help to Novella and her family during her illness. 

A Memorial will be held Saturday, October 28, 2000 at 3:00 pm in the garden of Novella's home, 3839 Sunset Road, Santa Barbara. Remembrances may be sent in Novella's name to the Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara or St Francis Hospital. 
 

MOM - I feel as though a part of me died and went to heaven with you. I'm remembering you telling me not to worry, as you would be right with me every minute and knowing you are not suffering and are cozy and peaceful is so comforting. You were my best friend and THE BEST MOM EVER- I love you, Adrienne. 
 

EBY, Earl Samuel

Passed away October 24, 2000. He was born at Newton, Kansas on January 1, 1913 to Jonas Hershey Eby and Mary Erb Eby, the youngest of eight children

After chartering a Nazarene Church in Newton, his family moved to Miami when he was less than one year old to escape the harsh Kansas winters. He remained in Miami and was active in the First Nazarene Church of Miami, also chartered by his family, until he moved to Oregon in 1936. 

He met his future wife, Mabel Lucille Whittinghill, while working on a sawmill in Oregon and attended Northwest Nazarene College in Napa, Idaho along with her. He played in the school band where his musical talents were used to encourage her as a member of the

girl's basketball team. They were wed in 1937 and remained happily married for 57 years, until she passed away in 1994.

He moved to California in 1942 and soon joined the Coast Guard to help fight World War II. He worked in the shipbuilding shops where he put his woodworking skills to good use keeping the ships in service.

After his discharge in 1946, he remained in the Los Angeles area for many years, working as carpenter, toolmaker, master machinist, and shop supervisor. He designed and fabricated many precision tools and machines used in aircraft and cargo loading applications.

He was a pitcher on a fast pitch softball league for several years and later enjoyed bowling and golfing, winning many trophies and awards. He continued to play several musical instruments for pleasure, including the trombone, harmonica and ukulele.

After Mabel passed away he moved to Santa Barbara, where he resided at Valle Verde for the last 5 years.

He is survived by two sons, Richard Eby of Westlake Village and his wife Carolyn and their two sons, Mike and Josh; Jim Eby of Santa Barbara and his wife Jennifer and their children Tom and Tracy; one brother Reverend Amos T Eby of Bethany, OK; and one sister Ester Eby McUne of Medford Oregon.
 

KULL, Emma M `'Em"

08/30/1911 - 10/19/2000
Em died October 19 at the Valle Verde Health Center. It is difficult to briefly capture the richness of her life. She believed that "the only evidence of life is growth" and practiced this for most of her 89 years. Born in Germany, she immigrated to the East Coast at age 17, learned English by working as a nursemaid, and later managed a sweater design and manufacturing company. Shortly after moving to Ventura in 1942 with her husband, Frank, she began working in an upholstery shop which she later purchased with a partner and gradually transformed into Hurst Furniture and Interiors. She retired in 1977, moved to Los Osos and then life really began. She pursued a long-time passion for camping and fishing trips in her van, established yoga-based stretching classes which she taught until age 86, participated in aqua kinetics, nature studies, and art classes, and developed passions for Chinese Brush painting (which she began at 80+ years) and daily walking. When her vision failed, she moved to Santa Barbara and attended daily classes at the Braille Institute.

Em touched the lives of many. Friends and family treasure the plants she started for them, her Chinese brush paintings, her modeling of self-discipline, determination, love, and acceptance, her listening abilities, her intuitive understanding, and her great sense of humor. Her children and grandchildren feel the presence of her spirit deeply in their lives and throughout the natural world. 

Em is survived by her children and sons-in-law (Peggy and Bill Callahan of Santa Barbara, Nancy Kull and Bill Young of Berkeley, and Bob Kull of Vancouver, Canada), her grandsons Greg Callahan of San Diego, Kevin Callahan of Santa Barbara), and her many friends.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made in Em's memory to the Braille Institute of Santa Barbara (2031 De la Vina, SB 93105) or to Friends of the Estuary (PO Box 1375, Morro Bay, 93443).

A memorial celebration of her life will be held in late Nov/early Dec in the San Luis Obispo area. For details please call 805-682-2395.
 

KIMBALL, Dorothy B

died peacefully at Mission Terrace Convalescent Hospital on October 22, 2000, at the age of 94. The daughter of Arthur and Mary Bartlett, she was born in Saginaw, Michigan on July 18, 1906. She attended Saginaw High School and worked as a legal secretary for a well-known legal firm in Saginaw. 

She married Donald Kimball, also of Saginaw, on August 31, 1935 and became his lifelong partner in his family life as well as in his profession as a distinguished architect in Michigan. In 1954 the family moved to Santa Barbara where they lived first in Hope Ranch and then in a house they designed across from the Santa Barbara Mission. She found great satisfaction in her work as a Pink lady for Cottage Hospital for many years. Her husband of 63 years predeceased her in 1998.

She is survived by her son Andrew of Hayward, California and her daughter Jane of Davis, California. She will be remembered as a devoted wife and mother and as a kind and gentle person to all who knew her. 

Internment was at the Santa Barbara Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity.


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