Robert “Bob” Harris Scully
Robert “Bob” Harris Scully, 81, died on Friday, April 4, 2003, in Sacramento surrounded by his loving family.
Mr. Scully was born on June 16, 1921, in Ione.
A Native Son of the Golden West, Bob was a third generation resident of the Ione Valley.
He retired from the California Youth Authority and was a life-long rancher.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Etta Scully; daughters, Kathleen Scully Bryant, Patricia Scully, Margaret Scully Tarantino; son, James Robert Scully; brother, Jack Scully; grandchildren, Jason, Thomas, Lisa, Peter, Timothy and Emily. He was preceded in death by his sister, Eleanor Scully Vance and brother, Thomas Scully.
A memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, April 12, at 10:30 a.m., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ione. Inurnment will be at the Ione Catholic Cemetery
in Ione. Arrangements are being handled by Sierra Aftercare Center in Jackson.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Amador, P.O. Box 595, Jackson 95642.
Carol Ann Pulskamp
Carol Ann Pulskamp, 57, died on the morning of Saturday, March 29, 2003, at the home she shared with her parents in Sutter Creek, with much of her family there around her.
With the soft sunshine of an early spring morning and the sound of her much loved National Public Radio music trying to outdo the sounds of her double oxygen machines, Carol stopped fighting for another breath and let go of her physical ties.
She had been actively involved with the struggle for breath for four weeks, spending some of that time with our angels in the Critical Care Unit at Sutter Amador Hospital and then still more time at University of California, Davis Medical Center (UCD) before coming home.
Carol was born in Carthage, Mo., on April 15, 1945, while her father, John, was in the Philippine Islands on duty with the U. S. Army Signal Corps. While in Carthage she had many friends to help her and her little family. Opal and Elmer Bell and their family were especially helpful. During those war years, Ruth Bell, became like a second mother to Carol.
Carol did not meet her father until early in January 1946 upon his return home. She was the second child in the family. Because Los Angeles was previously the home of her family, she, with her mother and older brother, Dick, traveled by train back to Los Angeles where her father had found a little home in the area. Her first years in California were spent in a part of Los Angeles called El Sereno. She went to kindergarten in South Pasadena at Holy Family Church School and by the time she was six, the family moved into a house in Van Nuys where they stayed for forty-five years.
Most of Carol’s schooling was in Catholic schools where she excelled. She was a social activist from the time she was a little girl growing up in the San Fernando Valley. While in elementary school she became an activist, organizing the girls so that they could use the ball field. Long before her first cancer bout she worked diligently to reduce smoking in public buildings and restaurants.
She was driven to find a way to do God’s work. After graduating from St. Genevieve’s High School, she stubbornly insisted on joining the Cloistered Carmelite Community in Alhambra, where she stayed for five years. She would later try again to make a go of her Carmelite dream in the Reno area.
Having undergone a chemotherapy treatment at UCD, she knew her hair would be gone again in a couple of weeks. With the help of her niece, Tyx and her sissy Mary, she found the strength to bleach her once carrot-topped head and re-invent herself as the green-haired lass she was meant to be.
What a sight to behold during those hours when she sat like an angelic queen on the couch with a brightly colored rainbow boa around her neck and Mary’s tiara resting softly on her thinning hair. The love and the serenity in her soul were clearly exposed for all to see and the memory of that sight is a gift to all of us there with her.
About a week before Carol died Morrigan (another niece) came for a quick visit, bringing with her young Ken O'Malley, our family Dubliner. Ken, a well respected Irish musician came to serenade Carol and her heart and ours were light and joyful for it.
During this period of her illness she was visited multiple times by each of her siblings, it was a great joy and peace for her. Of special delight were her visits with Cailin and Carol’s beloved Fiona who entertained her with violin playing.
Carol had a remarkable love of learning and a near obsession with good books, which though she could share, she was completely unable to let go of. She was also a gifted writer (who or whom would have had something to say about the above dangling participle) with a keen and clear mind. Sadly, she was also a perfectionist when it came to that sort of thing, which up until the end was a source of much conversation and chiding, as many who loved her sought ways to jump start her ‘in-progress’ masters thesis.
Carol worked varied jobs during her life. She was the first woman to work on the computer main frame while working at the Pasadena office of the Pacific Bell Telephone Company. She was a teacher for several years, working with deaf students in the Grass Valley area then later teaching in Iowa, North Dakota and southern California.
She went to work for J.C. Penney in a less stressful job so she could spend her energy on activities she thought most important. During this period she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She helped found the Northern California Coalition for Cancer Survivorship and was an advocate for many new friends who found her while being ground through the medical system.
What a gift and relief to find a strong brave soul to help through that scary medical maze that many encounter. Carol was a noble champion to those in need and a sometimes pain in the butt to the insurance and health providers. Through her personal experiences with cancer, she formed loving and lasting relationships with several outstanding doctors, most notably Dr. David Patella of Sacramento, to whom her family will always be indebted.
Carol was an avid bike rider having participated in bike treks of 500 and 1000 miles earning funds for the American Lung Association. And she loved it!
In the summer of 2001, she and all her siblings spent two weeks together touring Ireland. It was a dream come true for all involved.
She became a helper for anyone. Her business card said, “Freelance Activist, Somebody's got to do it!” She did help, especially the cancer survivors. She helped found the Northern California Coalition for Cancer Survivorship.
She went back to college to become a Hospice worker. Carol began to feel sick a few months ago but she just kept going. She gave up bike riding but nothing else. She marched for peace. She joined “Murder Victim’s Families for Reconciliation” and tried to educate people against the death penalty. She was working toward a world where violence was not the path of choice. She felt our culture suffered from a severe failure of compassion. Carol’s last words were, “I love you.”
Carol will be missed by many, especially her family: her parents, John J. and Kay Pulskamp of Sutter Creek; siblings, John R. and Betty Pulskamp of Granada Hills, Ellen and Ray Turner of San Jose, Patti and Ron Busch of Jackson, Mary Pulskamp and Bob Lockhart of Sutter Creek, Mike and Deborah Pulskamp of Sacramento; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Viewing will take place at her home: 290 Gold Strike Court, Sutter Creek on Friday, April 11 from 2 to 6 p.m., and a vigil service will follow at 7 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sutter Creek.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday April 12, at 10 a.m., at the same location followed by burial at Sunset View Cemetery
in Martell. A reception will follow at her home where all are invited. Arrangements are being handled by McCrory’s Funeral Home in Pine Grove.
Memorial contributions may be made to Jericho, 926 J Street, No. 410, Sacramento 95814, or to Murder Victim’s Families for Reconciliation, 2161 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, Mass, 02140.
Cameron Rose Delaney
Cameron Rose Delaney, 16, died on Saturday, May 17, 2003, in Jackson.
Cameron was born Dec. 30, 1986, in Jackson and attended local schools. She was a sophomore at Argonaut High School.
She is survived by her mother, Cheryl Allen of Pioneer; father, Steve Delaney of Pioneer; grandparents, Vivian Rose Delaney of Lathrop, Bob and Bette Blake of Bullhead City, Ariz.; sisters, Tina Marie Allen of Burbank, Michelle Jeanne Allen Cuevas of Duarte; brother, Steven William Delaney Jr. of Pioneer; nieces, Alexis Marie Cuevas, Anica Victoria Cuevas, Chloe Ann Delaney, and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be held Friday, May 23 at 3 p.m. at Daneri Mortuary Chapel in Jackson. Inurnment will be at the Amador Memorial Cemetery
in Pioneer. Arrangements are being handled by Daneri Mortuary in Jackson.
Memorial contributions may be made to A-PAL, P.O. Box 190, Jackson 95642.
Kathryn May Grijalva
Kathryn May Grijalva died on Wednesday, May 28, 2003, at her home in Jackson.
She was born in Martell.
Visitation will take place on Sunday, June 1, from 2 to 7 p.m. at Daneri Mortuary in Jackson, to be followed by a vigil at 7 p.m.
The funeral service will be held on Monday, June 2, at 10 a.m. at Daneri Mortuary Chapel in Jackson. Internment will be at the Sutter Creek Catholic Cemetery
in Sutter Creek. Arrangements were handled by Daneri Mortuary in Jackson.
William Alvin Colvin
William Alvin Colvin Sr., 75, died on Friday, May 23, 2003, at Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson.
Mr. Colvin was born on Sept. 11, 1927, in Oklahoma.
A memorial service will take place on Sunday, June 1, at 2:30 p.m. at Grace Fellowship Church in Jackson. Inurnment will be in the Garden of Valor at Sunset View Cemetery
in Martell. Arrangements are being handled by Daneri Mortuary in Jackson.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Amador, P.O. Box 595, Jackson 95642.