Obituaries

Richard Phillips

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On Sunday, Feb. 16, Richard Phillips passed away at Memorial Hospital in Modesto at the age of 90. Richard was born on July 21, 1929 in Santa Monica, Calif. He became interested, at a young age, in livestock and while following his passion, met his future wife, Sue Akerman, while showing cattle. They were married in 1950. Richard then completed […]

Suzanne Turpin

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On March 14, 2020, Suzanne B. Turpin passed away at home with family to spend the rest of eternity with the Lord Jesus Christ. Suzanne was born on Feb. 14, 1942 in Clearfield, Penn., to Paul and Maryjane Blommen. Never knowing her father, Capt. Paul Blommen, (U.S. Army) was killed in action in Italy on July 1944 during World War […]

William Ward

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On Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, William Arthur Ward entered eternity into the loving presence of the Lord. Billy was born on March 20, 1951 in Oakland, Calif., and grew up in Ned’s Gulch on his family’s mining claim. He is survived by his four sons: Jesiah, Haakan, Caleb and Zac as well as his niece, Kylie Metzler. A memorial will […]

Stuart Eggleston Tanner

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Stuart Eggleston Tanner passed away March 21 at 94. He was born July 12, 1925 in Marshallton, Del. to parents Col. Archibald Elmer Tanner and Janet “Jessie” Rose Daniels. Stu married the love of his life, Mary Eleanor O’Connell, on Sept. 5, 1948 enjoying “61 wonderful years” until her passing in 2010. Stu worked mostly in computer programming, finally retiring […]

Kevin Orton

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Kevin Michael Orton joined our family on April 14, 1981, and he left us unexpectedly on March 16, 2020, in Mariposa. Kev was a man of many trades; he was an excellent and creative chef, a talented photographer, avid reader, movie buff and fisherman extraordinaire. As a child, he was enthralled with the World Wrestling Federation, and his siblings, cousins […]

Vern ‘Willie’ Williams

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Vern “Willie” Elwyn Williams was born on Nov. 13, 1946 and died on March 16, 2020. You will be forever in our hearts. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 1 p.m., Friday, March 27 at the Merced County Cemetery located at 13th and B streets in Merced, Calif. There will be a celebration of life […]

Mass for Seymour delayed

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The Seymour family would like to respectfully recognize the health concerns of our community, and postpone the Mass and memorial for Carmen Leiva that was to take place on Saturday, March 21 at St. Josephs. The date for the Mass will be announced at a later date.

Carmen Leiva

It is with sad hearts that the Seymour family announces the passing of Carmen Leiva. Born Feb. 10, 1920, in San Francisco, she passed away on March 4, 2020, at her home in Mariposa. She was a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, known to all of her family as “Gramdmama.” Carmen Leiva leaves behind two daughters, Gerry and Elaine, and […]

Helen Reneau

Helen Reneau, formerly of Mariposa, Calif., passed away Dec. 5, 2019 at the age of 97. She was born Helen Lorene Rader on Sept. 7, 1922 in Tecumseh, Okla. to parents Champ and Alice Rader. She married Ewen W. Reneau on June 28, 1942. After Ewen’s retirement from the U.S. Air Force, they moved to Visalia, Calif., where they raised […]

Alva Kennedy

Born Alva Jean McCarty in Dubuque, Iowa, on Dec. 25, 1936, Alva passed away Jan. 13, 2020 in Citrus Heights, Calif., at the age of 83. Alva was a loving mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to many. She will be deeply missed. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Clark; father, Frank McCarty; stepfather, John Clark; […]


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