Charles Lee Smith, 69, of Clancy, Montana, died on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2007 at a nursing home in Clancy, due to natural causes. He was born Nov. 1, 1937, to Arthur, Jr., and Minnerva (Parker) Smith, in Talapoosa, Alabama, where he was raised and educated. He served in the U.S. Navy.
Charles and Mary O. Everson were married in Fort Benton, Montana. From this union were born five children. He owned and operated his own demolition business, CBS Trucking & Jungking Corporation in San Francisco. He later divorced in 1972, then married Barbara Jean Howard, in Reno in 1976. They had one daughter.
He loved to fish, take Sunday drives, and look at old cars. Family members say he loved to laugh and “there wasn’t enough lobster in the world, and his favorite restaurant was Borries.”
Surviving are his daughters, Debbie Martell of Great Falls, Montana, Charlotte Frye of California, Dinah Standley of Great Falls, Montana, Sandra Frye of Lancaster, JoAnn Frye of Great Falls, Montana, and Christi Smith of Winters; a stepson, Tommy; 11 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins in Alabama.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Cindy; two stepchildren, Mikey and Terry; and two grandchildren.
At his request, no services will be held. Schnider Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Condolences for the family may be sent online at www.schniderfuneralhome.com.
John Chase Greenwood died on Aug. 22, 2007 at his home in the country near Winters. He was born into a distinguished family of clerics and businessmen. His grandfather, John W. Greenwood, was the long time venerated Episcopalian Rector of Trinity Church in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and the author of “Days in the East,” a book that recounted his travels through Greece, Palestine and Egypt in the early 1880s. His father, John Loveridge Greenwood was a successful ceramics manufacturer. His mother was Alice Chase.
Brought up in South Pasadena, he attended public schools there and received his B.A. degree from Stanford University in 1939. That same year, just days after the Nazi invasion of Poland and the onset of WWII, he married Bobbie who had graduated from Occidental College. After a brief business career, cut short by the war, John volunteered for the army, serving in the 89th Mortar Battalion on the Western Front until 1945.
According to a family member, one day, dug into a foxhole during an especially fierce battle with German shells exploding overhead, he vowed to establish a quiet business after the war in a small-town somewhere in California. He and his wife, however, first went to work in the Bay Area where his business acumen earned him a bit of start-up capital along with Berkeley’s Jr. Chamber of Commerce “Man of the Year” award in 1949.
The following year, his persistent dream of a small-town business led him to Winters where, according to a family member, he negotiated with Ed Baker over an afternoon glass of whisky in a local bar for the purchase of what would become a flourishing department store at the corner of Main and First streets. He ran this business for 35 years, from 1951 to his retirement in 1985. All three of his teen-aged daughters, sometimes all at the same time, worked with him in the store; “a circumstance which explained, no doubt, his frequent need to duck down to Vasey’s grocery store for what he called ‘nerve medicine’ in the form of a soothing glass of chocolate milk,” says a family member
In company with his active and community-conscious wife, he soon became a pillar of the local community. He served on the local school board, was a charter member and president of the Rotary Club, and was a former Citizen of the Year.
“He was inevitably respected, if not always agreed with, for his fair-minded and straight-forward opinion in community matters,” says a family member, who adds:
“Behind John’s public persona was a deeply private person, a man devoted above all to his ever-increasing family and friends. His local fame as public speaker, master of ceremonies and raconteur, his engaging manner and delightful wry wit, concealed an essentially shy person most comfortable with close friends and family. He played no favorites with his daughters nor with their children and grandchildren. He faithfully and actively loved them all. After retirement, his interest in family also turned to the past. He traveled the country and the Internet in order to research and then compile a three-volume account of his own ancestry.
“In 1959, John built, in part with his own hands, a Sierra cabin. For many years on most winter weekends after the store closed on Saturday afternoon, he and Bobbie bundled up blankets, parkas, ski boots, books and groceries to haul the impatient young daughters up the two-lane, traffic-chocked highway (which then ran through downtown Sacramento) for the six-hour, often stormy trek to Tahoe for a few brief hours of skiing. Afterward, there were stories, games, talks and jokes around the evening fire. These unforgettable occasions, still enjoyed by the second and third generations, helped form the close family and friendship relations that John Greenwood must proudly have seen as his life’s finest work.
“Few people are called to public greatness; most of us slog along trying not to cause too much harm. Others, by virtue of character, kindness, and an unwavering moral compass, touch our lives and gently nudge us to be better human beings. George Eliot, the Victorian novelist, wrote of the heroine of her great book, Middlemarch, that ‘the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts, and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life and rest in unvisited tombs.’ These lines might equally serve as the epitaph for John Greenwood, an honest, gracefully kind, and loving man.”
He is survived by his wife, Barbara “Bobbie” De Nure Greenwood; daughters, Danielle Greenwood of Davis, Kim Chevalier of Woodland and Niki Greenwood of Winters; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Betty Ann Inman of Walnut Creek.
Respectful of Mr. Greenwood’s wishes, there will be no public memorial. Community and friends may remember him through the Winters Rotary Club.
Francis Eugenia Marcum entered into rest on Aug. 16 in Winters. Marcum was born Francis Eugenia Burgess on April 14, 1912 in Nebraska.
Eugenia graduated from Park College in Parkville, Montana in 1932 and continued her college education while teaching in California. She was an elementary school teacher in Vacaville until she retired at the age of 62. After retirement, she became a substitute teacher in Winters and Vacaville.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Curtis Marcum, and her oldest son, Roy Curtis Marcum Jr.
Eugenia leaves behind a son Mike Marcum from Arizona, and four grandchildren: Michael Burgess Marcum of Roseville, Roy Curtis Marcum of Elk Grove, Kenneth F. Gooden of Roseville, and Leslie Amos Marcum of Roseville. She also leaves behind thirteen great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
There will be a memorial service held on Thursday, Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. at the Pioneer Presbyterian Church located at 205 Russell Street in Winters.
Edna L. Gonzales was born on September 27, 1914 in Galata, Montana. She died on March 26 at the age of 90. She was a resident of Winters for 47 years.
As a child she moved to Graten, California where she graduated from the eighth grade. Edna met and married Alejandro "Red" Gonzales and together they farmed and raised their children. In 1961 she moved to Vacaville to care for her father-in-law, Weto, until his passing, and she then cared for her daughter, Edna Jo.
Mrs. Gonzales was a member of the Church of Christ. Favorite pastimes included reading her bible and cleaning her house. She was a great cook making her famous hamburger pie, garbanzo beans, and canning apricot and peach jam.
Edna was dearly loved by her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, church friends and extended family.
Edna was preceded in death by her mother, Artie Mae Dollison Flint, her father, John R. Flint, her sisters, Ruby Bristol and Ruth Webb. She is survived by her sister Elsie Henderson of Silverdale, Washington, her sons Herman Gonzales of Woodland, Willie Gonzales and his wife Vivian of Fairfield, John Gonzales and his wife Virginia of Woodland, Ralph Gonzales and his wife Linda of Winters, and Buell Gonzales and his wife Susie of Drewsey, Oregon. She is also survived by her grandchildren Robbie, Herman, and Tim Gonzales of Woodland, Don and Debi Borges of Sacramento, Carl Borges of Gold River, Richard and Michael Gonzales of Sacramento, Leila Drummond and John Gonzales of Corning, Cathy Ogando, Carole Armstrong and Chery Thomson of Winters, Steve Gonzales and Susie Shoffit of Woodland, Ralph Gonzales Jr. and Della Wharton of Winters, Jack Foster of Helena, Montana, Jeff Foster of Lake Oswela, Oregon, Jana Wolery of Inverness, Montana, Julie Hawkes of Wheatland, Wyoming, Buell Gonzales Jr. of St. Paul, Oregon, and Josh Gonzales of Vancouver, Washington. In addition, Edna leaves 53 great grandchildren and 17 great great grandchildren.
Visitation will be Thursday, March 31, from 5-8 p.m. at McCune Garden Chapel, 212 Main Street in Vacaville. The funeral service will be Friday, April 1 at 10 a.m., also at McCune Garden Chapel.
Catherine Mary "Kay" Calvert, age 77, passed away on Thursday, March 24 at her Winters home following a brief illness. Born on May 9, 1927 in Groton, Connecticut to Italian immigrant parents Dominic and Annunziata (Franco) Cedio, Catherine married Billy Gene Calvert in 1946 and together they raised five children. She was a homemaker for over 50 years, and resided in Napa County from 1962 until this year.
She is survived by her daughter Mary Ann Aultman of Yelm, Washington, sons Donald Calvert and wife Traci of Winters, and Billy Gene Calvert and wife Sharon of Lacey, Washington. She also leaves daughter-in-law Rosemary Calvert-Conley, grandchildren Bonnie Mott, Jennifer Chadwick, James Calvert and Jody Aultman all of Napa, grandchildren Andrea Blake, Caitlin and Austin Calvert of Winters, Bryan Calvert of Ventura, Christine Calvert and Kathy Chaidez of Washington, and John Calvert of Colorado. She also leaves behind 11 great grandchildren, close friend Jackie Cole, and her beloved dog, Jaydee.
Preceding her in death was her husband Bill, sons Vincent and John, as well as son-in-law Marvin Aultman.
A celebration of life service is scheduled for Monday, March 28, from 4-8 p.m. at Kay’s home in Napa.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to Yolo Hospice in her memory. Assisting the family with arrangements is the Evergreen Funeral Service of Woodland.
Bob Taylor passed away on March 23, 2005 at the age of 77. He was born on July 14, 1927, in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, moved to Southern Calfornia when he was a few months old, and lived in Long Beach for 46 years. He retired in Davis in 1995 and most recently lived in Winters with his daughter, Diana, and her husband, Rick Baker.
Bob was known for his friendly conversation. He liked to speak with everyone and had an avid interest in life, most importantly in culture. He was a volunteer and supporter of the Mondavi Center, U. C. Davis Arboretum and the Winters Community Theater. He traveled extensively, most recently, this past fall he spent three weeks in Europe.
Bob worked in the American Can Company for his entire working career. He served his country immediately following World War II in the Army Air Corps. He was a dedicated and loyal man, with a deep sense of integrity.
He is survived by his two daughters, Diana Baker and her husband, Rick, and Wendy Taylor; his two sons, Eric Taylor and his wife, Laura, and Craig Taylor; seven grandchildren, Sanford and Emily Worth, Nils and Willis Taylor, Richard Almonte and his wife, Rebeca, Raphael Huber and Hazel Ozturk; two great-grandchildren, Ricardo and Reuben; sisters Dorothy Brown and her husband, Jack, Maggie Thackaberry, Doryce McCutchen and her husband, Tom, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, of 50 years, Gerry Taylor.
His joy of life, friendly smile and kind heart will be missed by all.
Interment will be held at the Winters Cemetery
on Friday, April 1, at 1:30 p.m.
A memorial service will be held at Rick and Diana Baker’s, Rancho Inviernos, 31187 Russell Boulevard, Winters, on Saturday, April 2, at 11 a.m.
Bob’s family welcomes all who would like to celebrate his life.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Bob’s name to U.C. Davis Arboretum or the Winters Community Theater.
Louise Hollingsworth Zane died at her home in Woodland Thursday, March 10, at age 83. Born on June 17, 1921 in Woodland, she was a lifelong Yolo County resident. She enjoyed painting, gardening, bridge and fishing. She was the heart and soul of her family and large circle of friends in the Woodland and Winters communities. Louise’s love and thoughtfulness will be missed by many.
Survivors include Louise’s husband of 59 years, Joe Zane; her daughters, Becky Ewert and her husband Corky of Carmichael and Mary Parrish and her husband Dennis of Woodland; her sons, Neil Zane and Joe Zane Jr. and his wife Wendy, all of Woodland; her grandchildren, Beth Teague and her husband Jim; Isaac Parrish and his wife Rosario; Justin Ewert and his wife Sarah, Joshua Ewert and Tammy Hintz, Stella Parrish and Logan and Stuart Zane; her great-grandchildren, Kirtsen, Aaron, Zach, Isaac, Julie and Brianna; her sister, Ann Sandstrom and her husband Marc; her brothers, Robert Hollingsworth and Jim Hollingsworth and his wife Karen, her sister-in-law, Jean Blickle and her husband Ken and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Hazel Cobb Hollingsworth; her mother and father-in-law, Neil and Norma Zane, and her sisters, Phyllis Meek and Georgene Rietow.
A graveside service will be held Friday, March 18 at 11 a.m. at the Woodland Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to a celebration of Louise’s life following the service at Cracchiolo’s Banquet Hall, 1320 East Main Street, Woodland.