2012-08-23 / Obituaries

Jeanetta Mae Sanchez Wells

Jeanetta passed away at her son's home in Silver Springs, Nev. after years of declining health. Well-known in Calaveras, Tuolumne and Mariposa counties, she graduated from the old Bret Harte High School, was a Belle of the Camp at the Calaveras Jumping Frog Jubilee, worked for Calaveras County, and spent numerous years managing various restaurants and hotels in the gold country.

She owned her own restaurant in Mariposa County for a time, and during the course of her time in the restaurant/hotel industry, had the opportunity to meet numerous film stars and politicians, and formed some definite opinions of them. She was well known for her drawing talents, her love of books, bingo, playing poker and slot machines, and was especially proud of her delicious cookies and candies that she would sell every Christmas holiday season. But she was most proud of her family.

Jeanetta was preceded in death by her husband Merle; stepson, Harold; grandsons, Merle and Mitchell; and her sisters, Jackie and Nadine.

She is survived by her sons, Rusty and Jim; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, her sister Patty; Laurie, her special niece Dolly who was "my little doll," numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. But her special love was for her daughter-inlaw Annie, who was her caregiver in her later years, and as Annie says, "My very best friend.”

A memorial for the celebration of Jeanetta's life will be held Saturday, Sept. 8 at noon, at the Frogeteria building, Calaveras County Fairgrounds in Angels Camp. Friends and family are welcome to attend. Food will be provided, with a dessert potluck for anyone who wishes to bring something. Questions can be directed to Laurie Coghlan at (775) 315-7513 or Roseanna Gilbeau at 728-9970.

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Jeanetta's memorial service

Jeanetta's memorial service has been moved to the Ranch House, Calaveras County Fairgrounds (Frogtown) in Angels Camp. It's still Saturday, September 8, 12:00 noon. The original building's transformer was hit by lightning and now has no power. There will be signs directing people to the Ranch House, located near the rodeo arena.

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