Obituaries

Elna Philbert

Born in Wichita, Kansas, on Sept. 29, 1925, Elna passed away at her home in Mariposa on Sept. 2, 2020. The family thanks her wonderful caregivers who enabled her to stay in her home as she wished. Elna wanted nothing more than to celebrate her 95th birthday, so her family and friends were celebrating her birthday month. Elna was the […]

Gregory Jines

It is with a heavy heart that Greg’s family and loved ones report his recent passing. Greg was a fun, gregarious, generous and caring individual. His first concern was always for those less fortunate than himself, and he took steps to help. He was born April 14, 1958, in Ventura, Calif. He formed lifelong friendships there, and after two years […]

James Holder

“Big” James Holder was born Jan. 1, 1964, in Concord, Calif., to Robert “Tex” and Joan Holder. James spent his youth in Concord with his three brothers, John, Bob and Mike, and his sister, Sue. He graduated from Mountain Diablo High School in 1963 and later married the love of his life, Grace. In the 1990s, James worked for a […]

Wayne Collier

Wayne A. Collier of Mariposa died on Aug. 23, 2020, at the age of 85. He was born on Jan. 3, 1935 in Phoenix, Ariz. He died at the Merced Anberry Trans Care Center. Wayne had lived in Mariposa for 42 years. He was self-employed in the floor covering business. He was preceded in death by his father, St. Elmo […]

Earlene Lawhon

Earlene Rae Lawhon 72, of El Portal passed away in Fredericksburg, Texas with family by her side. Mom was born on Jan. 24, 1948 in Modesto to Lloyd and Mary Lou Dickerson (Williams). Mom married the love of her life M.L. (Sonny) Lawhon on May 5, 1967 and had 45 years together until his death. She was raised in El […]

Gerald Progner

Sadly, Gerald “Jerry” Progner lost his long battle with cancer on March 14, 2020. His final days were spent at home, surrounded by his family: wife Elizabeth Darcy; children, Diane Crossfield (Matt) of Kentucky, Courtney Progner Morrow (Robert) and Ryan Progner (Sara) of Mariposa, step-daughter, Mary Darcy of Oregon; brother, Fred Progner (Madeline) of Escondido; and nephew Freddy Progner (Elizabeth) […]

Alice Douglas

Alice was born in Globe, Ariz., and moved to Santa Barbara as a toddler with her family. Always a gifted athlete, she was the only girl to compete as a member of the boys Tennis Team at Santa Barbara High School. She married Walter Douglas after graduation from high school and together they raised four children and many well-loved pets. […]

John Phipps

Master Chief Petty Officer John K. Phipps, U.S. Navy (retired), 78, born Oct. 6, 1941 to Garnet W. (“Jack” or “Red”) Phipps and Mabel Matney Phipps in Ironton, Ohio, died peacefully at home of natural causes, surrounded by loved ones, on Aug. 11, 2020 in Provo, Utah. MCPO Phipps was a decorated Vietnam War veteran. At the end of the […]

Michael ‘Wolf’ Wise, Sr.

Michael ‘Wolf’ Thomas Wise Sr. was born on Dec. 3, 1961 in Harrisburg, Penn. His parents were Imogene Madole and George Wise Sr. Sadly, he passed away much too soon on Aug. 1, 2020 at the age of 59 years. Michael was preceded in death by both of his parents, brother, George Wise Jr.; and sister, Jamie Matthews. He is […]

Patricia Depew

On July 2, 2020, Patricia Jane Dannelley Depew, known to most as Pat Depew, passed away at Cedarbrook Memory Care facility in Fresno, Calif., following a relatively brief struggle with Lewy Body Dementia. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandma, confidant and a friend with traditional family values and an abundance of faith and love. She was born in […]


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