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Services today for Margaret Jane Melott

DOWNEY-Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. today (Friday, Feb. 27) at Rose Hills Memorial Park's Azalea Lawn, Gate 17, in Whittier, for Margaret Jane Melott, a former longtime nurse at Downey Community Hospital.

She was 79, born May 4, 1918, in Montpelier, Indiana, and died Feb. 22.

She attended the University of Cincinnati School of Nursing, moved to California in 1938, and joined the U.S. Navy in 1942. She was honorably discharged in 1945, and married Edward L. Melott in 1946.

She was active in the Presbyterian Church School and many community activities, and was a nurse on the surgical floor of Downey Community Hospital for 15 years, being named the first employee of the month by her peers there in April of 1980, for her professionalism and dedication to duty.

Survivors include her daughters, Patricia J. Griffin of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Susan C. Sagehorn of Lakewood, Margaret A. Bowman of La Mirada; a son, Edward L. Melott, Jr., of Kent, Washington; and 10 grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Downey Community Hospital Foundation.

Arrangements are by Rose Hills.


Services held Tuesday for Lorene Opal Bean

DOWNEY-Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 24 at the Miller-Mies Mortuary Chapel in Downey for Lorene Opal Bean, a resident of Downey for 12 years and a homemaker, who died at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center March 19.

She was 82, born in Dolf, Arkansas, and was a member of the Calvary Chapel in Downey. In the 1960s she was an avid coach of Little League with her husband. They went on to coach all-star teams.

Survivors include her daughters, Kellene Gilbert Cohen of Fullerton, Vonda Seals of Colorado; sons William Arthur Bean of San Diego, Charles Oliver Bean of Bellflower; 15 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Betty Jean Carroll La Rue.

Pastor Glenn Kravig officiated. Burial followed at Park Lawn Memorial Park in Commerce.

Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.


Reuben Clarke Foote remembered at age of 77

DOWNEY-Friends and family mourn Reuben Clarke Foote.

He was 77, born in Aberdeen, Idaho, and come to Los Angeles at the age of two. He lived in the Los Angeles area all his life, and worked for the Mosquito Abatement District for more than 30 years.

He was a veteran of World War II.

His hobby was horses, and he owned several until 10 years ago. He joined the Elk's Lodge of Downey and the Jim Beam Bottle Club of North Long Beach.

Survivors include his two sisters, Kathryn Hofley of Hawaii and Margaret Gray of Hemet.

Arrangements were by Morrow's Mortuary of Pico Rivera.


Memorial mass for Thomas J. Cahill at 49

LONG BEACH-A Memorial Mass was heard Wednesday, Feb. 25, at St. Bartholomew's Catholic Church in Long Beach for Thomas J. Cahill, who died Feb. 20 at the age of 49.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Marie; his mother, Mary M. Cahill; and sisters Liz, Kathy and Ann.

Private family interment followed. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to "Cahill Childens' Trust Fund," F & M Bank, 4827 E. 2nd St., L.B., 90803.

Arrangements were by the Brothers Mortuary.


Graveside services today for Marietta Nicholas

DOWNEY-Graveside services will be at 9:30 a.m. today (Friday, Feb. 27), at All Souls Cemetery for Marietta Nicholas, a homemaker and resident of Downey for 44 years, who died Feb. 21 at Downey Community Hospital.

She was 75, born in Salem, New Jersey, and was a leader in the Junior Catholic Daughters' of America.

She was preceded in death by a son, Neil Nicholas in 1963.

Survivors include her daughters, Mary Anne Buckles of Downey, Theresa Nicholas of Downey, Andrea Griffin of South Gate; a sister, Mabel Kofoet of New Jersey; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Father John will officiate. Arrangements are by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.


Funeral services held for Wilda Wimmer McRae

DOWNEY-Funeral services were held Feb. 25 at the Downey 1st Ward Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for Wilda Wimmer McRae, a longtime Downey resident and a former employee of Douglas Aircraft.

Born Sept. 30, 1908 in Vernal, Utah, she died Feb. 21 in Downey.

"Grandma Wilda," as she was known to many, was an active member of the Downey 1st Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Survivors include her daughter, Ellen Osterbauer of Downey; her son, Garry O. McRae of Utah; a sister, Gwen Johnson of Buena Park; brothers Clifford Wimmer of Washington, and Ray Wimmer of Utah; 16 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Burial followed at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier.

Arrangements were by the Allen-English & Estrada Funeral Service of Bell Gardens.


Memorial services for Daryl Eugene Hubbard

DOWNEY-Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 28), at the Memorial Chapel of Rose Hills Mortuary in Whittier for Daryl Eugene Hubbard, who was born in Downey and attended Warren High School.

He was 45, lived in Hesperia, and died at his home Feb. 19.

He was an employee at AFG Industry Inc., in Victorville where he worked for 10 years.

Survivors include his wife, Debbie; three children, Jimmy, Amber and Paul; his mother, Dorothy of Downey; two brothers, Jay Bowman of Delta, Colorado, and Michael Hubbard of Big Bear; and his sister, Linda Keehn of San Bernardino.


Former teacher Thelma Uzes mourned by many

DOWNEY-Thelma L. Uzes, an accomplished pianist and a former elementary school teacher in Downey for many years before moving to Napa, died Jan. 29.

She was born in Livermore Falls, Maine, May 4, 1905, and was a 1926 graduate of the University of Redlands. She also studied at the Fontainebleau School of Music in France.

She lived in Downey more than 40 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Francois, in 1952.

Survivors include her sister, Ruth Grijalva of Long Beach; her daughter, Marie Stoker of Napa; sons Bud of Loomis, Charles of Athens, Georgia, and Robert of Hacienda Heights; eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, two nieces and two nephews.
 
 




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