Elva Doris (Womack) Lowry passed away on Jan. 24, 2007. Born on Jan. 13, 1911 in Winters to Wallace and Maude (Harvey) Womack, she was 96 years old. She loved Winters, and her favorite memories were of the Fischer family ranch.
She is survived by her daughter, Ardelle( Lowry) Hampton; grandchildren Lorinne (Rego) Griswold and Leneeí (Rego) Jacobson; great-grandchildren, Allie, Nicky, Ella, and Anna; sister Alda Mae (Stark) Baily of Payson, Arizona; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Lowry Jr. of Oakland; brother Elllis Womack of Menlo Park; and aunt, Carrie Fischer, who was born in Winters and lived on the Fischer Ranch on Putah Creek until her death at age 98. The ranch was later sold to the Marianis.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 10 at New Hope Christian Fellowship, 22110 Montgomery Street, Hayward, CA, 94541. For more information, call (510) 537-6230.
Philip Joseph Carando passed away on Feb. 2, 2007 in Sacramento. Born in Woodland on Dec. 7, 1942 to Anack P. and Irene (Meyer) Carando, he was 64 years old.
Mr. Carando was a 1961 graduate of Winters High School, and attended Chico State University. He loved mechanics and worked on automobiles for 15 years, then became a truck driver for 32 years.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Lynn; daughter and son-in-law Sherri and Joe Corrales of Winters; brother Joseph Carando of Woodland; brother-in-law Pat Baker of Yuba City; grandchildren, Chelsea, Courtney and Christian Corrales, all of Winters.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A graveside committal service will take place at the Winters Cemetery
on Friday, Feb. 9, at noon. After the service, a reception will be held at the Buckhorn banquet room. Friends and family are invited. No visitation is planned. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made in Mr. Carando’s name to the Yolo County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals, P.O. Box 510, Davis, CA 95617. Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors of Woodland is in charge of arrangements.
Frank I. Ramos passed away on Feb. 4, 2007 in Brookings, Oregon, following a long illness. Born in Winters on July 5, 1937, he was 69 years old. He was a retired farmer, and enjoyed fishing and spending time with his grandchildren, and was an excellent cook.
He is survived by his wife, Rose; sons and daughters-in-law Frank I. Ramos Jr. and wife Mary of Winters, Scott Ramos of American Canyon, Randy Ramos of Sacramento, Jeff Ramos and wife Carol of Corning; stepsons, Wyatt Earp of Dixon, Darrell Christie of Dixon, Billy Christie of Arkansas and Bob Christie of Brookings, Oregon; brother, John I. Ramos of Winters, and sister Rose Lopez of Vacaville; numerous grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Filomena Ramos, and sister Isabel Gordon.
A Funeral Mass is planned for Monday, Feb. 12, at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church, with Father Chuck Kelly officiating. Burial will follow at the Winters Cemetery.
Patricia Loretta Reddick passed away surrounded by family on Jan. 22, 2007 in Davis following a long illness. Born on Feb. 4, 1941 in Pixley to Wallace Birdwell and Retha (Birdwell) Stallings, she was 65 years old. She was a 55-year resident of Dixon.
She is survived by her son, David Whiteside; sisters Shirley Scribner and husband Jim of Dixon and Margurite Ruiz of Sacramento; brother and sister-in-law, Wallace and Sherry Birdwell of Sacramento; numerous nephews, nieces, grand-nephews and grand-nieces.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Charles Whiteside and Harold Reddick; parents, sister Imogene Carpenter, and brothers, Donald, David, Gary and Stanley Birdwell.
Graveside services were planned for Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. at the Dixon Silveyville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Reddick’s name to the diabetes or lung associations.
Walter Lee Spurlin, loving husband and best friend of Genevieve Spurlin for 67 years, passed away Jan. 25, 2007 in Sacramento. He was born in Green City, MO, on June 18, 1917. Graduate of Winters High School and University of California Davis. Member of Alpha Gamma Rho, IBEW#340, American Legion, Dixon Boat Club and Thousand Trails. Served in WWII aboard the destroyer, the USS McGowan in the Pacific Area. Returned to work as an electrician in the Sacramento area and was a member of Local #340 for 60 years. He enjoyed life to the fullest with hunting, fishing, square dancing, following the Kings, and traveling in his RV. He is survived by brother-in-law of Donald Johnson of Dixon and Steve Carlson of Davis. Dearest friends of Bill and Jackie Cotter of Sacramento, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sister Lorene Gale, sister-in-law Eileen Carlson, brother-in-law Harry Johnson, and his beloved dog, Heidi.
Friends are welcome to attend Graveside Services on Wed., Jan. 31, at 10 a.m. at Silveyville Cemetery, 7661 Rio-Dixon Rd., Dixon. Arrangements under the direction of Harry A. Nauman and Son Funeral Directors.
Caroline “Carol” B. Graham, 64 of Winters passed away Jan. 25, 2007 at her home surrounded by her family. She has been an area resident for the past 43 years. Carol met her husband Jack in 1964 in Winters. She was born Nov. 2, 1942 in St. Louis, Mo. to Kenneth and Catherine Coombs. She attended Solano Community College graduating with an associate’s degree in Registered Nursing, later attending Sacramento State University receiving a Bachelors degree in Registered Nursing. Carol’s nursing career began at Woodland Memorial in 1987. There she worked as a pediatric nurse and later became an ICU nurse. She worked at Woodland Memorial for 12 years. She left Woodland Memorial in 1975 and went to work for Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Vallejo. Her career at Kaiser took her from pediatrics to the ICU and later to join the Cardiology department. In Carol’s 32 years of nursing she loved working with the children the most and was known best for her patient advocacy.
She was an avid gardener, she had a love for opera, sewing and doing projects around the house; from tiling her own counters to laying her own back patio. Carol loved spending time with her family, specially her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Jack.
She is survived by her son John and wife Courtney, her daughter Cathy and husband Johnny, her daughter Caroline, and her grandchildren Jack, Jessica , Eryn, Caitlyn, and Kameron all of Winters.
Services for Carol will be held at the Epiphany Episcopal Church in Vacaville 300 West Street at 4 p.m. Sat. Feb. 3, immediately followed by a reception at the Vacaville Opera House in Vacaville 560 Main Street.
Longtime Winters resident, Lee William Gildart, died suddenly at Sutter-Davis Hospital on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007 from a pulmonary embolism. He was 96. Two of his four daughters were at his side.
Born on Oct. 24, 1910, to Emerson Osborne Gildart and Estelle Cross Gildart in Mason, Michigan, Dr. Gildart lived a long and interesting life, a life that spanned the era from the horse and buggy to the space shuttle, from hot lead type to the world-wide web. As a child, he evinced an early interest in science, conducting youthful experiments with electricity involving a steel clothesline and the household cat. Happily, the cat survived. He was fascinated by automobiles and began driving at age 14 on his grandfather’s apple farm. As a young man, he helped his father run a small weekly newspaper, the Utica Sentinel, in Michigan, running a linotype machine. For the rest of his life he was able to read upside down and backwards, astonishing his children.
He first attended Albion College in Albion, Michigan, transferring to Michigan State, and then to the University of Michigan, graduating in 1936 with a degree in Physics. After graduating, he obtained a job with Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan, where he developed a sealable rock-salt cell for infrared samples. During his time there he met his future wife, Marcella Faulds Markland, a reporter for the Midland Daily News. They were married, Feb. 22, 1941, at the height of World War II, and began married life in California, where Dr. Gildart worked for Beckman Instruments, doing war-related research and development. After the war, he entered Northwestern University, obtaining his Doctorate in 1950. Always interested in new situations and new ideas, Dr. Gildart worked and taught in many places, including North Carolina State University, the University of Kentucky, and Fairleigh-Dickenson University, in New Jersey. In 1960, while working for the University of Kentucky, he took his entire family with him to Bandung, Java, Indonesia, where he taught for three years, giving his daughters an experience of the world that has shaped their lives, and which they will never forget.
In 1971, on sabbatical from F.D.U., he packed up his family, including the dog, and took a 55,000 mile road trip around the United States, Canada, and Mexico. During the wonderful year-long experience for his family, he also managed to visit over thirty universities and colleges to see what innovations they had to attract physics students. After the year was over, he developed a successful program that tripled the number of students in the physics department.
In 1976, Dr. Gildart retired from Fairleigh-Dickenson, and moved to Winters, going on to fulfill his long-time dream of building his own house, on a property on Holmes Lane. Winters was the perfect place to retire, he said. From his house, he could look out the west windows, and see beautiful hills, and his wife, a native of Illinois could look out the east and see her beloved flatland view. His wife Marcella died there in 1989, two days before their 48th anniversary.
From 1990 to 2003, he lived in Las Vegas where he stayed with his former college sweetheart Myra Hilpert. They took trips around the United States, Asia, and a trip to Alaska, where he fulfilled two of his remaining wishes: he stayed up all night to watch the sun never set, and he dipped his toe in the Arctic, the last ocean on his list to experience. In 2003, after a fall in Las Vegas, he moved back to Winters to live with his daughter, Rebecca, and her family. Here he spent his time reading, doing crossword puzzles and looking forward to the next dinner party or a lunch at Steady Eddy’s.
Last year, in May, a former student — space-traveler Greg Olsen — honored Dr. Gildart by donating money to Fairleigh-Dickenson University, with the stipulation that the science building be renamed the Gildart-Hasse building after Dr. Gildart and another professor. Dr. Gildart, his four daughters, and his granddaughter flew to the East Coast for the dedication ceremony aboard a private jet, the gift of Greg Olsen, an experience Dr. Gildart thoroughly enjoyed.
A long-time leftist and liberal, Lee Gildart kept a lively interest in politics and world affairs until the end of his life. In 2003, he attended a Winters candlelight vigil and protest against the Iraq war, although by then, because of poor balance, he had to protest from a wheelchair.
Dr. Gildart is survived by his four daughters, Laura Gildart Sauter, of Bodega, Martha Cross Gildart, of Sacramento, Rebecca Gildart Fridae, of Winters, who lovingly cared for him during the last stage of his life, and Sarah Gildart Contreras of Davis. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and their spouses, Eli and Katie Peck, and Seth and Heather Peck; Jemima Sauter and fiancé Travis Menke, Markland and Andrew Fridae; Joseph, Daniel, Isaac, and Stephen Contreras, as well as one great-granddaughter, Logan Peck, and three great-grandsons, Jakob Peck, Ethan Peck, and the newest addition to the family, Morgan Peck, whom he never met, born 11 days before his great-grandfather’s death. He is also survived by his long-time devoted companion Myra Hilpert, of Las Vegas. Other survivors include his four sons-in-law, Gary Sauter, Fernando Berton, Woody Fridae and Rick Contreras.
A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 17, at a place yet to be determined. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Winters Healthcare Foundation, Winters Friends of the Library, Heifer International, or any radical leftwing organization of your choice.
Robert Lincoln Tipton, 76, of Cushing died on Jan. 17, 2007 at the Hillcrest Hospital, Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was born on Feb. 12, 1930 in Avery, Oklahoma, the son of Robert Burton and Agnes Jane (Schoonover) Tipton. He grew up in Kendrick and graduated from Kendrick High School in 1948. He enlisted in the U. S. Navy on Jan. 29, 1949, and served his country during the Korean Conflict. He was discharged on Jan. 24, 1950 in San Diego.
Mr. Tipton moved to Winters, and worked as a correctional counselor at the California Department of Corrections in San Quenton and Vacaville. He moved from California to Cushing after retiring in 1989. He was a member of the American Legion, the Longhorn Band, Smithsonian Native American Museum Charter, California Peace Officers Association.
Mr. Tipton played the dobro, which he taught himself to play. He enjoyed playing for many different senior citizens and church groups. He was an avid reader of books that increased his knowledge and awareness of the world, of people, and his surroundings. He had a love and interest for Native American history and culture, and family members say he had a loving and caring spirit, constantly reaching out to others in need. He enjoyed going on senior citizens trips. Although he never married or was a parent, he had a strong devotion and commitment to family and friends. He loved nature and all of its beauty, especially wildflowers.
Survivors include his sister Nina Elsie Chrisp, nephews Leon Chrisp, Jim Chrisp and wife Marcy, all of Cushing, Oklahoma, and Kenneth Messer and wife Terry of San Pablo, niece Treva Bess and husband Mike of Concord, and many other great nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers-in-law Leonard Chrisp and Edgar Messer, sisters Wilma Stanley, Hazel Messer, brother Everett Tipton, and niece Nelda Messer.
Funeral services were held on Jan. 23 at the Palmer Marler Funeral Home in Cushing. Pastor Kevin Clouse officiated. Interment followed at the Kendrick Cemetery, Kendrick, Oklahoma. Serving as casketbearers were Tony Chrisp, Bryan Chrisp, Brett Prothe, Adam Tuttle, Clayton Chrisp and Dyllon Chrisp.
Woodland resident Marjorie Singleton passed away on Jan. 20, 2007. Born in Kansas on Feb. 22, 1921, she was 85 years old. A former Winters resident, she was a 1938 graduate of Winters High School and earned her bachelor of science degree in home economics from UC Davis. She was homemaker most of her live, and moved to Winters in 1929.
During her younger years, she enjoyed working with 4-H and PTA and was an active member of the Winters community. She married William F. “Bill” Singleton on July 21, 1943. The Singletons were in the family ranching business until their retirement in 1972, when they sold their Winters ranch and relocated to Woodland to enjoy their leisure time. They were both active members of the Landmark Buckeye Masonic Lodge F&AM No. 195 of Esparto for more than 50 years. They were also avid travelers and spent time in Japan, Hawaii and Alaska, and traveled all over the United States, including trips to the East Coast. Until late 2002, Mrs. Singleton was active with friends and companions on the golf course at the Yolo Fliers Club.
She is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Sue and Mike Enos and Linda Cotner, all of Woodland; grandchildren Michael Conter, Lisa Schafer and her significant other Ray Hernandez, all of Woodland, and Bret Schager of Sacramento; great-grandchildren Alexandria Hernandez, Sydnie and Michael B. Cotner of Woodland, Brionna and Samantha Schafer of Placerville, and sister, Mary Lee Pokrywka of South San Francisco.
She was preceded in death by her husband on Nov. 20, 2006.
Funeral services are planned for Thursday, Jan. 25, at 11 a.m. at Kraft Bros. Chapel, 175 Second Street in Woodland. Reverend Janet Mueller will officiate. Burial will follow at Monument Hill Memorial Park. For information, call 662-4658.
Memorials may be made in Mrs. Singleton’s name to Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, 95617, or to the charity of donor’s choice. Visit her guestbook online at www.dailydemocrat.com.