Obituaries

Leota L. Tucker

Leota L. Tucker was born in Atchison, Kan. on July 23, 1923 to George William Neville and Lydia Louise Neville. She was preceded in death by her husband and father of her three children, Frank Albert Edward Ledgard, in 1958; her second husband, Leo Tucker, who passed many years later; two brothers: Eugene Neville, who was killed in World War […]

Wayne Bullis

Wayne Cannon Bullis, 92, passed away on June 7, 2019 in Reedley, Calif., surrounded by family. He was born to Angus Bullis, Sr. and Laura Bullis (Myres) in San Jose, Calif., on Nov. 30, 1926. He was married to Elvera Bullis on Nov. 8, 1952 in Merced, Calif., and celebrated 66 years of marriage. During the great depression, Wayne grew […]

Jay Johnson

Our beloved Miwuk/Paiute elder, Jay J. Johnson, passed away peacefully on May 26, 2019, at his home in Mariposa, Calif., with family by his side. Jay was born on Nov. 29, 1931, in Yosemite National Park, his ancestral home, to Harry and Sarah (Tom) Johnson. Jay lived at the Indian Village across from Yosemite Lodge until he was sent to […]

Claudia Irene Smith

Claudia Irene Smith passed away peacefully on May 23, 2019 at the age of 62 after a long battle with cancer. She was under the excellent care of John C. Fremont Hospice in Mariposa, Calif. She was born in Long Beach, Calif., and moved with her family to Santa Barbara when she was 12 years old. She graduated from Dos […]

Marie Theresa Hall

Marie Theresa Hall, 66, of Mariposa, Calif. passed away on May 11, 2019, surrounded by her family. She was born to George and Florence Ernst, on Oct. 3, 1952, in Bakersfield, Calif. Marie graduated from Mariposa County High School with the class of 1971. She was married to Martin (Butch) Jay Hall Sr. on July 28, 1973. Marie is proceeded […]

Doris Jamgotchian

Doris Jamgotchian was born in New York City on March 23, 1940, and passed away at the age of 78 in Clovis on Feb. 21, 2019 after a long illness. Doris lived in New York City until 1950, when her family moved to Los Angeles. Doris graduated from Dorsey High School in Los Angeles in 1957. She married Charles Jamgotchian […]

Jennifer Clarissa Victoriano-Manzanares

On Saturday, May 18, 2019, Jennifer “Jenny” Clarissa Victoriano-Manzanares, an employee of Yosemite View Lodge, tragically lost her life while driving home from work through the Merced River Canyon. Jennifer is survived by her boyfriend of 14 years, Jose “Pepe” Rafael Herrera, and their 3-year-old son, Isaac. Jennifer was 26 years old and moved to Mariposa just three years ago […]

Witt Hawkins, Jr.

Witt O. Hawkins, Jr. was born in 1939 and died on May 12, 2019. A man of faith and commitment to his Lord and Savior, his life was well lived and he was well loved! The Lord called him home on May 12, 2019, in Oakhurst, Calif. Witt was born in Chicago, Illinois to father, Witt and mother Catherine 79 […]

Joy Ladd

Joy Ladd was born Feb. 22, 1932 in Hollywood, Calif. The youngest of three, Joy was doted on by her parents. She married the love of her life, Walter Ladd, at the age of 18 and they raised their four girls in a house filled with laughter. The fabric of her life was made up of her family and stitched […]

Chris Burnett

On May 4, 2019, Chris Burnett passed away at age 74 after a 20-year long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He is loved and missed by his wife, Lene’ and their three grown children, Brian, Melissa and Leesa and his six grandchildren. Chris was born in Bakersfield, where he spent his childhood under the California sun, learning to become an extremely […]


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