Ellen Elizabeth Crippen Bellairs
Ellen Elizabeth Crippen Bellairs, beloved wife of Harold Bellairs, died Sept. 25, 2004.
Ellen was a faithful member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church from 1977 until her death. While attending the church, she was a member of St. Anne’s Guild and the Altar Guild. Ellen worked at the Gilroy Senior Center as Activity Coordinator for 15 years, retiring in 1991. She enjoyed her work planning trips and the monthly newsletter. Most of all she loved the people, and they loved her. She, her daughter Carol and her granddaughter Christina volunteered as docents at the Mission in San Juan Bautista. For the pleasure of visitors she often played a piano that came around the Horn in the 1860’s. The piano was located in the Zanetta House at the mission.
She is survived by her daughters Carol Jeanne Eshom, Susan Ellen Edwards, and her twin sons Charles Todd Bellairs and Stephen Kent Bellairs; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and her two sisters Mrs. Joyce Hanna of Baltimore, Md. and Ruth Jared of Tonkawa, Okla.
She was preceded in death by her daughter Marcia Ann Bellairs, her parents Vernon Simpson and Elsie Mae Crippen, and her brother James Crippen of Merced, Calif.
A memorial service took place Thursday, Sept. 30, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Gilroy.
Ellen loved flowers and she and her husband owned a flower shop in South Dakota before coming to Gilroy. Flowers will be welcome at the memorial service. If desired, donations may be made to the Gilroy Senior Center or to research for Parkinson’s Disease.
Arrangements were made by Habing Family Funeral Home.
Linda L. Strahl
Linda L. Strahl died Sept. 22 in Palo Alto at the age of 63.
Linda was born in Whittier and was raised in Whittier, Santa Monica and Gilroy. She attended Whittier College and graduated from Mills College. She was a resident of Oakland and was employed by Swett-Crawford Insurance Co. in San Francisco.
Linda was an avid 49er fan. She was passionate about her politics, loved antiquing, traveling, cooking and making beautiful flower arrangements for her friends. At the time of her death she was surrounded by family and a close knit group of very supportive friends.
She is survived by her sisters Ona Driscoll of Soquel, Shirley Rosenberg of Portola Valley, Susan Filice of San Jose, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Louise and Don Strahl, and her sister Christine.
John Sibert Siverson
John Sibert Siverson, 61, died Oct. 7, 2004, with his family at his side in Morgan Hill.
John was born in Veblen, S.D., on Feb. 3, 1943. After World War II, John moved with his parents to the Imperial Valley. He graduated from Holtville High School in 1960, where he lettered in track and basketball. He attended Redlands University and CalPoly Pomona before returning to Imperial Valley to marry and have one child, Pamela. He worked many years for Thor Packing Co. in Holtville and Sahara Packing Co. in Brawley. John last worked for the Glenn Trucking Company in Phoenix, Ariz., for more than 20 years.
Though John was born on the plains of South Dakota, he grew to love the California and Arizona deserts he called home. While still in high school he built his own dune buggy and loved to cruise the Glamis and Yuma sand dunes and open desert. Above all his primary interest was his family. He especially treasured spending time with his daughter and granddaughters.
He will be greatly missed by his daughter and son-in-law Pamela Siverson Downs and Jeff Downs; granddaughters Camden and Dresden Downs of Clovis; parents Lyle and Ellen Siverson; brothers and sisters-in-law Allen and Marjorie, and Erik and Nancy; nieces Callie, Clara and Emma; nephew Rolf, all of Gilroy; and many other loved ones and friends.
A memorial service takes place at 2pm today, Oct. 16, at Advent Lutheran Church.
Donations to the American Lung Association in memory of John will be made by his family. All who would join them in making such donations will be appreciated.
Richard Charles Perry
Richard Charles ‘R.C.’ Perry of Hollister, formerly of San Martin, died Oct. 11, 2004, at the age of 79.
R. C., born Aug. 18, 1925, was raised in Los Gatos. He was a farmer, truck driver and owner of R.C. Perry Trucking in Los Gatos and San Martin for more than 50 years. R.C. served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Mr. Perry is survived by his wife, Glenna Perry of Hollister; children and their spouses Ronald and Carol of Morgan Hill, Adeline and Sam Pearson of Los Gatos, Ida and Mike Freitas of Morgan Hill, Gary and Teresa Perry of Gilroy, Eleanor Perry of Aromas, Mark and Tena Thorpe of Morgan Hill, and JoAnne and John Sarkisian of Hollister; sister Lois Beattie of San Jose; 17 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
A memorial service takes place at 6pm Tuesday, Oct. 19, at Johnson Funeral Home. The family asks that any donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Theresa S. Cayton
Theresa S. Cayton of Los Banos died Sept. 23, 2004. She was 96. Theresa was born in the Azore Islands.
She was preceded in death by her husband John Cambra Cayton, her son Arnold Kenneth Cayton, her daughter Bernice Cayton and her five sisters.
She is survived by her daughter-in-law Klea (Glenn) Cantrell; granddaughters Kim Wells, Dixie (Ted) Roma, Gina (Ken) Kightly and Victoria (Andrew) Wilson; and great-grandchildren Brandon, Danielle, Lauren, Giovanna, Christopher and Irene.
A viewing takes place at 10am on Wednesday, Sept. 29, with Mass at 11am at St. Catherine’s Parish. Anyone wanting to send flowers should send them to Johnson’s Funeral Home.
Arrangements were under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.
Ruby May Willard
Ruby May Willard, 80, of Chiloquin, Ore., died of natural causes Aug. 28, 2004, at Merle West Medical Center in Klamath Falls, Ore.
Ruby was born May 25, 1924, in Van Buren, Ark., to Henry Columbus Allen and Maggie E. Parr. She was the oldest of four children and attended grade school in Arkansas. In 1937, the family moved to Santa Clara County where Ruby met Jess Willard through a family acquaintance. Ruby and Jess married Oct. 3, 1945, in Reno, Nev., and made their home in San Martin where they started Jess Willard Dairy. Ruby did all the bookkeeping and worked alongside her husband tending to the daily chores and helping with the cows.
They retired in 1984 when they sold the dairy in Merced County. They sold their pasture ranch near Chowchilla in 2003, and moved to the Sprague River area.
Mrs. Willard loved to work in her garden where she raised beautiful flowers and tender vegetables. Every year she enjoyed making jellies and jams and canning her produce. Last week she canned peaches to see her family throughout the winter. She was an excellent cook. Her family and friends fondly remember her German chocolate cake, potato salad and fried chicken. She won a first place award for her apple pie at the Madera County Fair.
Mrs. Willard loved to go trout fishing, listen to country western music and collect ceramic farm animal figurines. She enjoyed raising border collies, many of which were regional champions, and one of which one a national championship.
As an animal lover she was known to many as the “cat lady” and she loved her canaries. She enjoyed bowling in a league in Gilroy where she won many trophies. Every year she crocheted slippers for every member of the family.
She always supported her children’s activities and was a cooking and canning 4-H leader for many years. She also helped with FFA and PTA. She was a California Milk Advisory Board member for more than 30 years, a member of the Western Dairyman’s Association, a member of the Eagles in Madera County, and she and Jess were founding members of the North American Sheep Dog Society. She also was a member of the Calvary Chapel Church in Sprague River.
Ruby is survived by her husband Jess of Sprague River; son Ken Willard of Sprague River; son and daughter-in-law Rich-ard and Marsha Willard of Hollister; daughter Mary Lou Waller of Merced; brother and sister-in-law Gene and Ernie Allen of Morgan Hill; grandchildren and spouses Kathy and Bill Gordon of Aurora, Colo., Carolyn and Bob Tienken of Antelope, Calif., Richard and Michele Waller of Merced, Neil Willard of Santa Rosa, and Nancy Willard of Santa Cruz; great-grandchildren Aaron, Brandon and Beth Gordon of Aurora, Colo., Daniel Canada of Merced, Tim Canada of Antelope, Calif., and Jesse Porter-Waller of Merced; and numerous nieces and nephews, friends and pets.
She was preceded in death by her sisters Geneva Schneider and Laura Brooks.
Contributions in memory of Ruby may be made to the Heart Research Foundation, P.O. Box 789, Klamath Falls, OR 97601; the Merle West Cancer Treatment Center, 2865 Daggett Ave., Klamath Falls, OR 97601; or to Calvary Chapel, P.O. Box 312, Sprague River, OR 97609.
A memorial service took place Sept. 24 at the Calvary Chapel of Sprague River, Ore. Cremation was arranged by Klamath Cremation Service.