Miscellaneous Santa Barbara County, California Obituaries


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BABCOCK, Cheryl Dee

Cheryl Babcock, mother, daughter, relative, and friend to so many, left us on Saturday, August 26, 2000. 

Cheryl was born in Santa Barbara. As a mother and homemaker, she worked as a bookkeeper for several years. She enjoyed people and plants, and she shared her enthusiasm working independently while her children were young. Cheryl loved people but her real passion evolved around animals-all sizes, breeds, even if injured and in need of nurturing-this was her specialty, not only in her personal life but professionally as well. Cheryl worked as a State Humane Officer with the Santa Barbara Humane Society having been a very loyal and dedicated employee for 15 years. 

Cheryl leaves behind many close friends, cousins, aunts and uncles from in and around the Santa Barbara area and beyond. She was the daughter of Dwight H and (the late) Josephine (Babe) Stewart Babcock, both life long residents in the Santa Barbara Area. In addition, she is survived by her two sons, Steven M Hauf of San Diego and James A. Wilson of Lompoc; and her granddaughter Kelsey Paige Hauf of San Diego; and a brother, Dwight Babcock and wife, Patty, and two nieces Sabrina and Nicole Babcock of San Diego. Her presence will be greatly missed by all....but her spirit and love will live on in our hearts. 

A memorial service will be held for Cheryl on Saturday, September 2nd, 2000, at 1:00 p.m. at the Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapel at 450 Ward Drive with Reverend Glenn Weslander officiating. It is the family's wish that, in lieu of flowers, she be remembered through your donation to the Bar None Boston Terrier Rescue, 11562 Moreno Ave. Lakeside, CA 92040, 1 -800-622-0484. 

Arrangements are under the direction of the Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapel.

BAKER, Richard A

born September 6, 1937, died August 21, 2000 in Santa Barbara after a lengthy illness which he gallantly fought to the end.

Richard attended schools in Santa Barbara entering the Navy during his senior year of high school. He spent 3 years in the service. Upon leaving the Navy, he worked for the Automobile Club for 15 years. Next he worked with Granite Construction as an insurance adjuster. Then 5 years of heavy equipment in the frozen food industry. Finally upon retirement he took up farming which he fully enjoyed for five or more years.

Richard is survived by his father, Fred A Baker, Santa Barbara, step-sister Arly Miller, Arkansas, his aunt, Charlotte Woods, Santa Barbara and many cousins in Arkansas, Santa Barbara and Hawaii.

Richard was preceded in death by his step-mother Edna and his long time companion Jo Walcott, and Muriel Ketz, his mother.

Graveside service at Calvary Cemetery 11 AM Sept 5.

Donations may be made to St Anthony's Church or your favorite charity.

CUNNINGHAM, John Alexander

formerly of Santa Barbara, passed away suddenly on August 15, 2000 in San Francisco. He was born here in 1948 and went to San Roque School and Bishop High (class of '65). He then attended college in San Francisco and later received a master's degree from Pepperdine.

Cunningham is survived by his mother, Vella, of Lafayette, California, his brother Richard, also of Lafayette, his aunt Julia of Santa Barbara, his father, John M. of Ashland, Oregon, and his sister Mary Howard of Austin, Texas. Cunningham's death occurred on the same day as that of his sister's son Patrick, age 14, who passed away in Texas after a long illness.

Also surviving are two daughters, Ellen and Allyson, of Sacramento, an uncle, Alex Bisbee, of Morro Bay, and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Memorial services and inurnment were held in San Francisco.

EDMONDS, Helen Carr

Mrs Warner Edmonds, also known as Helen Carr Edmonds, died peacefully at 3:05 on Saturday afternoon August 26, 2000. Peggy, as she was known to her close friends, was a long time resident of Montecito . Born in Dubuque, Iowa on February 12, 1912, she attended the Santa Barbara School for Girls, the Masters School, Dobbs Ferry, New York and graduated with honors from the French School, New York in 1931. She was married to Warner Edmonds, Jr in 1937 and remained so until the time of his death from cancer in 1977.

Mrs Edmonds was a volunteer with the Junior League of Santa Barbara, served on the Women's Board of the Santa Barbara Art Museum and the Board on the Visiting Nurse Association, all causes she cared deeply about and devoted much time to. She was a member of All-Saints-By-The-Sea Episcopal Church and also the Valley Club of Montecito and Birnam Wood Golf Club.

She is survived by her three daughters, Ann Edmonds Spencer of Vero Beach, Florida and Little Compton, Rhode Island, Margaret Edmonds Terbell of New York, New York, and Jeanne Edmonds Anderson of Charlottesville, Virginia and Naples, Florida, her six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

GRUEL, Kelly Nalani

Born August 27, 1962 in Los Angeles, California, passed away in Santa Barbara, California August 27, 2000. Rare, insightful, always giving of herself. She touched so many people in such an indescribably, profound way that all who knew her understand personally the depth and effects of her love and caring for each of us. During her early years she lived in the San Fernando Valley. She also lived in Hawaii where she cultivated her Hawaiian heritage and and lived with her large and loving family. Later, Kelly settled in Santa Barbara and attended San Marcos High

School. She became an accomplished hula dancer and shared her love of the Hawaiian culture through the various costumes and implements she handcrafted. She was creative an expressed her simplistic nature in her paintings, ceramics and writing poetry. She enjoyed designing theatre sets and always loved the arts. She was a behind the scene organizer for numerous luaus, Hawaiian/Polynesian dances, functions and family gatherings. Kelly loved to cook and gave of herself through the memorable meals she prepared for so many through the years. It has often been said that everyone she ever met always came away with something she cooked or food she grew. Kelly valued giving to those in need and placed a high priority in taking care of the earth's natural resources. Kelly is and will always be - special.

She was proceeded in death by her loving father Jess Gruel. Her memory will be treasured by her beloved mother, Julie Gruel of Santa Barbara, her brothers Kevin, Kalei, and Keith Gruel of Santa Barbara County and their Ohanas, the Fahilga Ohana of Huntington Beach, the Arellian Ohanas from Hawaii, the Lux Ohana of Nevada, the Figuerro Ohana of Nevada, Gibbs Ohana of Washington, Shankland Ohana of San Diego and Arizona, the Peters Ohana of Menlo Park, California, and all the extended Ohana that we hold dear in our hearts.

Friends are invited to join the family for a memorial service at 1:00 pm Saturday, September 2, 2000 at 15 E Sola St Santa Barbara, California at the Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapel.

HARRAH, Marian

passed away unexpectedly on Monday, August 28, 2000. Marian was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 16, 1916 and came to Santa Barbara at an early age. She attended local schools and graduated from Santa Barbara High.

Marian was a homemaker, was honored with a Life-time Achievement Award from the California Parent-Teachers Association, past president of the Carpinteria's Women's Club, docent for the Santa Barbara Zoo and Carpinteria Historical Museum. Marian was preceded in death by her husband Harold Harrah, son, George and grandson Kekoa. Survivors include her children, Ali, Mary, Harry and Nancy, 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. 

Funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, September 2, 2000 at 9:30 am Old Mission Santa Barbara.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Carpinteria Historical Museum. Welch-Ryce-Haider in charge of arrangements.


Born June 2, 1916 in New York City. Died Tuesday, August 22, 2000 in Santa Barbara.

A resident of Santa Barbara for 20 years, he is survived by a daughter, Sara; son Ted, grandsons Andrew, Ian and Matthew Heisler and sister Helen Levin.

A private family service will be held.


passed away Saturday, August 26, 2000, at age 31, as a result of injuries incurred in an automobile accident on August 22nd. Eric was born in Phoenix, AZ, December 27, 1968. He attended Sunnyslope High School where he was active in student affairs, a basketball letterman and a top honor student (having been voted outstanding graduating senior). In 1987 Eric moved to Montecito, CA to attend Westmont College, where he excelled academically (graduating Summa Cum Laude) and he also began a deeper spiritual walk that continued the remainder of his life. Eric then attended U.C.S.B. where he obtained an accounting credential and later passed the national C.P.A. exam. He also became a licensed California real estate broker. At the time of his death, he was the Controller for Tynan Group, Inc., a national real estate consulting company with headquarters in Santa Barbara, CA. Eric was also an active member of Santa Barbara Community Church. Despite his many worldly accomplishments, Eric remained humble and focused upon his real goal in life, which was to model his life (as much as he was capable) after Jesus Christ whom he knew and loved, and to have a deeper walk with Him. All who knew Eric well would say he accomplished his goal. Eric was known for his honesty, responsibility, compassion, gentleness, enthusiasm for life and sense of humor, as well as for being a deep thinker and seeker of truth. In commenting upon his untimely death, one or his very dear friends said, "I don't know of anyone less deserving, but I also don't know of anyone better prepared."

A private graveside service was held Tuesday afternoon at Santa Barbara Cemetery near the ocean that Eric loved so much. A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held at Santa Barbara Community Church, at the campus of Living Faith Center, 4597 Hollister Ave, Santa Barbara, CA on Saturday, September 2nd at 7:00 PM. Our beloved Eric is survived by his parents, Wayne and Lyn McKellips of Phoenix, AZ, his older brother Briant (and his family) of Lakewood, CO and a multitude of loving friends. The family suggests donations instead of flowers to two of Eric's favorite charities: World Relief Corporation, c/o Steen Hudson, 5276 Hollister Ave., Santa Barbara, CA 93111 (which provides education and tools to permit some of the world's poor to care for themselves); and, Life Network, PO Box 3668, Santa Barbara, CA 93130 (which provides Christian counseling to teenagers and cares for unwed mothers).

VASQUEZ, Charles John

a long time resident of Santa Barbara, passed away on August 26, 2000. He was 78. Mr Vasquez was a descendant of the late Captain Vasquez, who in Santa Barbara's early days sailed his small schooner between Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands. During High School he played Football for the Santa Barbara Don's under Coach Clarence Schutte.

Mr Vasquez was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Cora. He is survived by his brother, Manuel (Lucy) Vasquez, his sisters, Mary Herrera and Julia (Merle) Brooks, of Santa Barbara. Jessie Greco of Lompoc and Louise (Errol) Turner of Dallas, Texas, as well as many nieces and nephews. It was his wishes that there were to be no services. Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.

PUGH, Brian Scott

22 years old of Santa Barbara passed away August 24, 2000.

Brian is survived by his mother Joyce of Santa Barbara, brother Jonathan also of Santa Barbara, his father David of Arizona, grandfather John Mobaldi of Lancaster, aunt & uncle Mr. & Mrs. Robert Kircher of San Ramon, Ca and a gazillion aunts, uncles & cousins. His God father Jack Cardone of PA, Godmother Dolores Costlow of Granada Hills, CA.

We all miss you dearly and you will be forever in our hearts. We love you

Graveside Services were held Friday, September 1, 2000 at 2:00 pm at the Santa Barbara Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to SBCC Foundation Memorial Fund, 721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109 in Brian's name.


a lifelong teacher and a native Santa Barbaran, died on Friday at her home in Santa Barbara. She was 88 years old.

Mrs Thorne-Thomsen was the granddaughter of George Edwards, a banker who served as mayor of Santa Barbara during the administration of President Theodore Roosevelt. She grew up in the family home on Los Olivos and Laguna streets and attended the Santa Barbara Teachers College on the Riviera. She graduated from Stanford College with a B.A. in English.

Mrs Thorne-Thomsen pursued a passion for teaching all her life. She taught for 10 years at Lake Forest High School in Lake Forest, Ill., and, toward the end of her tenure, won a national competition for excellence in teaching, sponsored by the Danforth Foundation. The prize was a full scholarship to Northwestern University for one year.

From Lake Forest, Mrs Thorne-Thomsen moved to Juneau, Alaska, where she taught English in the state prison and received an Honorary Inmate award. She later served on a Presidential commission on prison oversight.

Mrs Thorne-Thomsen moved back to her hometown in 1981. In recent years, she volunteered as a reading and writing assistant in the fifth and sixth grades at the Franklin School. She received local awards for her efforts to promote literacy.

Literature, gardening and photography were the other great pleasures of Mrs Thorne-Thomsen's life, and she was a master of all of three. She also was a volunteer at the Visiting Nurse Association and the St Cecilia Society.

Mrs Thorne-Thomsen is survived by a brother, John S Edwards of Walnut Creek; three sons, Leif and John of Lakeville, Conn., and Roger of Londonderry, Vt; a daughter, Ruth Thorne-Thomsen Metzker of Philadelphia; nine grandchildren; and two close friends, Melinda Burns of Santa Barbara and Sara Thorne-Thomsen of Blacksburg, Va.

Mrs Thorne-Thomsen's husband, Leif, preceeded her in death. Their fifth child, Carl, was killed in Vietnam in 1967.

Memorial services will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association in Mrs Thorne-Thomsen's memory. The Neptune Society is in charge of arrangements.


He is survived by his father and mother, Arthur Jr and Idia Phillips, his only brother Antony, his grandfathers; Arthur Sr and Robert Whitfield, grandmother Laura J Carter, uncles; Louis Carter, Ross L Whitfield and Malvin Whitfield, aunts; Nealie Martin, Helen Jackson and Addie Fisher, cousins; Wendy Carter, Elizabeth and Cedquettia Doggett and a host of loving relatives and friends.

Friend may call on Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the mortuary.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, September 2nd at 12:00 Noon at First African Methodist Episcopal Church, 2270 South Harvard Blvd in Los Angeles. Gates, Kingsley & Gates Moeller Murphy Funeral Directors Santa Monica 310-395-9988.

YOUNG, David (Jack) Jackson

Jack Young peacefully passed away August 29, 2000 at the age of 95 to join his love of 68 years who previously passed away 1995. Born in 1905, he experienced many dramatic events during his lifetime and will be remembered for overall kindness to his many friends and family. After a childhood in Calgary Canada, he came to the United States and worked at the Fox studios as a camera technician, where he developed the first photo finish camera for the horse racing industry and various slow motion cameras for Fox studios. After his service in the army during WWII Jack was active in small real estate developments in Canada and Southern California. Most recently he will be remembered for his love of automobiles, motorcycles, and golf during his residence in Santa Barbara for the last 35 years. The annual Jack Young Invitational golf tournament held in December will continue on for many years in his honor. His daughter Juliana Hemke, grandchildren Clinton Colvin, Jacqueline, Schwartz, Juliann Alden, Veronica Colvin, 3 great grandchildren, and other family members will remember his cheerful smile and humor in their memories for many years to come. A special thank you goes out to all who helped provide his care over the last year of his life. A gathering of friends, family and care providers will be held on September 16th at 1:00 pm in his remembrance at his residence.

ATCHLEY, Theodore R (Ted) 

passed away at his home in Anacortes, WA Saturday morning Sept 2, 2000 after a lengthy illness. At his side were his loving wife Robyn and devoted son Mike. Born in Upland, CA on June 27th, 1927. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1945 after graduating from Alhambra High School. At the end of WWII he was discharged and went to work for Southern California Edison Co. He Moved from Arcadia, CA to Santa Barbara in 1961, where he worked for both the City and then the County of Santa Barbara As head of the Property Management Department, until his retirement in July 1987. Ted was also an active member in the Scottish Rite in Santa Barbara. Ted and Robyn then moved to Anacortes, WA in April of 1989.

He is survived by his wife Robyn of Anacortes, WA., a son and grandson, Mike and Christopher, of Santa Barbara, a daughter, Cheryn Elliot, two grandsons Greg and Randy DeWeese, and 5 great-grandchildren, all of Carrollton, TX, and many, many, friends in Santa Barbara. A small private memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, Sept 9th, in Anacortes, WA.

He will be missed greatly by those whose lives he touched. In lieu of flowers the family requests a small donation in his name to the Skagit Valley Hospice, in Mount Vernon, WA.

DE LEON, Muriel

died peacefully in Santa Barbara on Sept 3, 2000 at the age of 96. Born in Maquoketa, Iowa on January 21, 1904 to George and Minnie Hess. She was preceded in death by her first husband Eugene Bowman, second husband Eugene De Leon, and a sister Eloise Mathews. Affectionately known as "DeDe" by her many grandchildren she leaves a loving and grateful family, including two daughters, Marilyn (Bowman) Bingham, of Fair Oakes, California, Joanne (Bowman) Tveidt, of Santa Barbara, and one son, Eugene Bowman of Caldwell, Idaho, 12 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren, a sister, Clarabel Moore of Santa Barbara, and nieces and nephews.

She came to Santa Barbara in 1925 and was married here. She worked at Bank's Stationary Store, owned and operated by her brother-in -law and sister-in -law, for 25 years, where she brought much joy. Until her death she remained a staunch supporter of this city. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Thank you to, Pastor Ev Nielsen, Pastor Darcy Jensen staff and the many members who visited and comforted her. God Bless you Mother, De De, Aunt Muriel and Muriel. Thank you for how you touched each of our lives. Services will be 1 PM Saturday, Sept 9, 2000 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 909 N La Cumbre Rd, Santa Barbara, Calif 93105.

Remebrances in Muriel De Leon's name may be made to: Braille Institute, 2031 De La Vina, Santa Barbara, California 93105.

Arrangements by McDermott-Crockett Mortuary.


Mary Antonia Hochman (Toni), loving wife and mother, passed away Thursday, August 31, 2000. Mary was born on December 3, 1947 in Los Angeles. In 1967 she graduated Most Outstanding Nurse from Los Angeles Valley College, then married her husband and joined him in Rantoul, Illinois where he was serving in the USAF. In 1972 she received a BS in Public Health from CSU Northridge and in 1982 an MS in School Health Education from CSU Long Beach. Since 1992 she worked as a nurse in long term care in Santa Barbara.

She is survived by her husband Michael, her daughter Bridget, her brother Tom Alexander, her sisters Ann Curran, Bernice Alexander, Daria Perez, and many friends and relatives who will miss her dearly.

Funeral services will be held at St Anthony's Seminary, 2300 Garden St, Santa Barbara, at 10am on Thursday, Sept 7, followed by interment at Calvary Cemetery.

Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.


formerly of Santa Barbara died on August, 28, 2000 after a year-long battle with cancer. She was 72. She was preceded in death by her husband, Nelson R Reed.

She is survived by a daughter, Susan Reed of Las Vegas, Nevada; a son, Chrisley Reed of Santa Barbara; a daughter, Debbie Reed of Santa Barbara; and, a granddaughter, Tania Sierra of Santa Barbara.

Funeral Services were held last week in Christianburg, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Cancer Society's - "Relay for Life" event.

RIVERA, Catherine

84, of Santa Barbara died on September 1, 2000. Catherine was born in Santa Barbara on March 22, 1916 and attended local schools. She was a housewife all her life and was preceded in death by her husband, Lino H Rivera. 

Catherine is survived by her three children, Mary Escobar and Bernard Martinez, both of Santa

Barbara, and Gene Martinez of Santa Maria; 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grand children; and 3 sisters, Martha Mata and Josephine Moreno, both of Santa Barbara, and Mary Louise Pierce of Santa Ynez.

Viewing will be at McDermott Crockett Mortuary Chapel on Tuesday, September 5, 2000, from 1:00 p m to 7:00 p m , followed by a Rosary Service at 7:30 p m. The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Wednesday morning, September 6, at 10:00 a m , at Our Lady of Sorrows. Interment services will follow immediately at Calvary Cemetery. 

Catherine was a kind and gentle woman who will be missed dearly by her family members and those whose lives she touched. 

Arrangements by McDermott Crockett Mortuary.

THEILMANN, Audrey Irene

of Fridley, MN, passed away on her 85th birthday, August 23, 2000. She is preceded in death by her husband Ted, after 61 years of marriage. Audrey passed away gracefully in Ely, MN surrounded by her family and her life long friend. She raised goats and provided goats milk to many people. She enjoyed playing cards & her laughter will be severely missed by all who lost games to her.

Audrey is survived by daughter, Judy (Bill) Bradley of Ely, MN; son, Ted (Mary Ann) of Santa Barbara, CA; grandchildren, Kevin, Krista, Jay, Mark, Steven, Damien & Jessica; 10-great grandchildren; and many wonderful & loving nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral Service was held Monday, August 29, at the Miller Funeral Home, 6210 NE Highway 65, Fridley. Interment Sunset Memorial Park, St Anthony. Miller Funeral Home, Fridley Chapel.

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