Anna Reyes, Retired
DINUBA -- Anna Maria Reyes, 75, of Dinuba died Monday, Jan. 29, 2001. She was retired from fruit packing.
Mass will be 10 a.m. today at St. Catherine's Catholic Church, Dinuba. Interment will be at Smith Mountain Cemetery, Dinuba. Arrangements are by Dopkins Funeral Chapel, Dinuba.
Carlota Rojas, Homemaker
Carlota Rojas, 102, of Visalia passed away Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001, in Visalia. She was a homemaker.
Carlota was born in Fresnillo, Zacatecas, Mexico, on Nov. 1, 1898, to Gregorio and Louisa Villalobos. She married Anastacio Rojas in Mexico in 1915. She became a U.S. citizen in 1997. President Bill Clinton also honored Carlota by sending a card wishing her a happy 100th birthday. Her husband preceded her in death in 1972. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Survivors include three sons, Manuel Rojas of Long Beach, Henry Rojas of Campbell, and Richard Rojas of Fresno; seven daughters, Lupe Gutierres of Visalia, Maria Ramos of Fresno, Ginger Gonzales of Visalia, Teresa Sanchez of Fresno, Josephine Esparza of Madera, Mary Louise Hernandez of Fresno and Florence Rodriguez of Walnut Creek; one sister, Manuela Campos of Mexico; 25 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 2-7 p.m. Sunday at Miller Memorial Chapel, 1120 W. Goshen Ave., Visalia. Rosary will be 7 p.m. Sunday at the chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be 9 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church of Visalia. Burial will be at Visalia District Cemetery.
Juan Valenzuela, Shipping/receiving clerk
Juan Valenzuela, 77, of Visalia died Monday, Jan. 29, 2001. He was a shipping and receiving clerk.
Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. today at Heritage Funeral Services, Visalia. Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Fortress of Truth, 4500 W. Caldwell Ave., Visalia. Interment will be at Visalia District Cemetery.
Tillie C. Perry
Tillie C. Perry, 79, of Visalia passed away Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001.
Tillie C. Perry was born on Dec. 31, 1921, in Pico, Azores. She immigrated to Lompoc on Oct. 15, 1938. She became an American citizen in 1943. On Jan. 12, 1945, she settled in Visalia. She was grand president of the Portuguese Society of Saint Anthony from 1961-62. She was grand regent of the Catholic Daughters of America Court 1003 from 197-73.
She was grand president of the Portuguese Society of Queen Saint Isabel from 1975-76. From 1980-82, she was president of the Tulare County Cotton Wives. From 1993 she was an honorary supreme officer of the Portuguese Society of APUMEC, which is now IDES. She also belonged to the Altar Rosary Society of St. Mary's Church, St. Mary's Our Lady of Fatima, St. Mary's Church and other Portuguese organizations, such as UPPEC of Visalia 64, SES of Visalia 31, UPEC of Visalia 110, ISMM of Pinole Circle 10, IDES of Visalia 89, St. Anthony of Visalia 24, and SPRSI of Visalia 106.
Tillie Perry accomplished much while here in Visalia. In 1967, she wrote to then-Gov. Ronald Reagan, wishing to create a Portuguese immigrant week. She also wrote to many other high officials. All of this resulted in the second week of March becoming Portuguese Immigrant Week as of 1967. She was officially presented with a framed resolution for Portuguese Immigrant Week. For many years she entered all kinds of events at the Tulare County Fair and won many trophies and ribbons. She traveled all around the world, making stops at Fatima in Portugal, Lourdes in France, Coimbra in Portugal, and Rome, where she visited the pope personally several times. She also became godmother to Bishop Augusto Filho in Brazil.
She is survived by her husband, Leonard Perry; children Leo Perry of Calgary, Canada and Shirley Azevedo of Visalia; sisters, Adelaide Alvarnaz and Albertina Melo of San Jose and Milli Clemente in Pico, Azores; and eight grandchildren.
Rosary will be recited 7:30 p.m. Friday at Hadley Funeral Chapel, Visalia. Mass will be 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Visalia. Interment will be at Visalia District Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hospice of Tulare County, 332 N. Johnson St., Visalia 93291.
Vera May Morris
LINDSAY -- Vera May Morris, of Lindsay died Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2001.
She was born in Lindsay, Okla., in 1903. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Lindsay
She is survived by three daughters, Nancy Bessey of Lindsay, Loretta Loeber of Springfield, Ore., and Norma Bryan of Visalia; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Webb-Sanders Funeral Home, Lindsay. Burial will be 11 a.m. Monday at Vandalia Cemetery
Memorials may be made to Sequoia Subscribers, P.O. Box 3435, Visalia 93278.
Opal D. Miller
Opal D. Miller was born in Douglas County, Mo., on Nov. 7, 1907, to Harrison and Ella Youngblood Watts and was the eldest of four children. She passed away in Lindsay on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001, at the age of 93.
At age 7, she learned to sew and crochet and made many beautiful crafts throughout the years. In 1922, she met and married Elza Miller and together they farmed in Missouri until 1962, when they moved to Exeter. Opal worked as a housekeeper at Exeter Memorial Hospital for 10 years until retiring in 1972. Opal made Exeter her home and enjoyed living there. She was always busy, caring for her children or grandchildren, taking care of her yard and plants, or tending her animals, large or small. If she found a baby bird in the yard, she would take it in and feed and care for it until it could survive on its own. If a piece of a plant was broken off, she used it to start another plant. Opal loved to start with something small and watch it grow and prosper. She was a true nurturer.
She enjoyed her family and was the mainstay throughout the years. She is preceded in death by her husband, Elza; three sons, Willard, Delmar and Granvel; two grandsons, Shawn and Rodney Miller; and one granddaughter, Bev Weitzel. She is survived by her son, Harold Miller and wife, Delores, of Chadwick, Mo.; three daughters, Susan Lewis and husband, Roy, Delores Evans and husband, Bill, of Springfield, Mo., and Bonnie Cornwell of Visalia; 18 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
The last years of Opal's life were spent at Lindsay Gardens, where she crocheted many beautiful afghans and touched many lives. Her family extends heartfelt thanks to the wonderful nurses who cared for her and made her comfortable and to her neighbor, Sue Reeves, who cared for her plants and animals at home.
Friends may call 1-4 p.m. today at Smith Family Chapel, Exeter. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Exeter District Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Center for Companion Animal Health, UC Regents Dean's Office, School of Veterinary Medicine, 1 Shields Ave., University of California, Davis, 95616-8734, or to the donor's favorite charity.
Katharine McPherson, Bookkeeper
TULARE -- Katharine Amanda McPherson, 87, of Tulare died Monday, Jan. 29, 2001. She was a bookkeeper.
A memorial service will be at a later date. Arrangements are by Hamilton Peers Lorentzen Funeral Service, Tulare.
Remembrances may be made in memory of Katharine McPherson to the American Diabetes Association, Central Valley Chapter 35, 55 W. Shaw Ave., Suite 105, Clovis 93612-3611.
Chloe Lytle, Nurses' aid
BAKERSFIELD -- Chloe America Lytle, 84, of Bakersfield died Monday, Jan. 29, 2001. She was a nurses' aid.
Visitation will be 2-7 p.m. Sunday at Myers Chapel, Porterville. Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Hillcrest Memorial Park, Porterville.
Memorials may be made to Hoffman Hospice, 6501 Schirra Court, Suite 301, Bakersfield 93313.
Jennie Garcia, Student
Jennie Garcia, 17, of Visalia died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001. She was a student at Redwood High School.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday at Miller Memorial Chapel, Visalia. Rosary will be 6:30 p.m. Friday at the chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Family Catholic Church of Visalia. Burial will be at Visalia District Cemetery.
Cpl. I.B. Earles, U.S. Marine Corps
TULARE -- Cpl. I.B. Earles of Tulare was 18 when he died Aug. 17, 1942. He was in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Bethel Assembly of God Church, Tulare.
Interment will be at Tulare District Cemetery
with full military honors.
Arrangements are by Hamilton Peers Lorentzen Funeral Service, Tulare.