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Date: Friday, 21 November 2014, at 12:23 a.m.

Betty Ann Hicks
Betty Ann Hicks was born
Betty Ann Mann in Kentucky on
February 13, 1924. She passed
away peacefully at her home in
Livermore on Monday September
28th at the age of 85. Betty
was a devoted and loving wife,
mother, grandmother and friend
as well as a successful businesswoman.
Betty grew up and attended
high school in Iowa. She was
a majorette with her two best
friends and even performed as
the Queen Mary brought soldiers
home to New York City at the end
of the war. In her youth she held
a variety of jobs from being a
waitress to working in an arsenal
during World War II. Betty was
always known for being hard
working, ambitious and “an up
and comer”. She had to be busy
and productive.
Betty met her husband Mearle
Hicks of 58 years and worked
while he worked and attended
Engineering school. After living
in Iowa, Wyoming, Texas
and New Mexico they moved to
Livermore with their 5 children
Jim, Marika, Jerry, Jeffrey and
While Mearle worked at Sandia,
Betty got busy and first
opened a laundromat. Shortly
thereafter she decided she wanted
to sell clothes rather than clean
them and she opened her first
small women’s clothing store,
which was not much larger than
a closet in the Rincon Center.
The store was called Betty Ann’s
The business was successful
and she expanded to larger stores.
She also owned a store called The
Rage Cage. These businesses
offered personalized customer
service, gift wrapping and free
alterations. Betty knew most of
her customers by name as well
as their sizes, style and color
preferences. Sometimes while at
the market in San Francisco she
would buy a dress with a certain
customer in mind. She offered
true customer service. Betty, with
the help of her husband Mearle
ran these businesses profitably
and successfully for 32 years in
Betty loved to cook, ski and to
travel and went to France, Germany,
Greece, Jamaica and other
locales. She skied until the age of
70. Whenever she did get off her
feet she loved to read. She read
every night before bed and loved
to read to her children and to
children at her church. She loved
to invest in stocks and was quite
good at it. She loved to decorate
and maintain her beautiful home
in Livermore.
Betty is survived by her children
Jerry of Washington State,
Jeff who travels in a mobile home
and Joel of Anaheim as well as
her brother Fred Mann and her
grandson Scott Gomes. Betty’s
oldest son, Jim died in 1965.
Her only daughter, Marika, died
in 1989. Despite these tragedies
Betty maintained a spirit of true
joy and optimism. Her exuberance
and energy brought her
through some difficult times and
brought joy to every one around
her.Friends, family and former
customers are invited to a Celebration
of Life Memorial and
visitation on Saturday, October
10 at Our Savior Lutheran
Church, 1385 S. Livermore Ave.,
Livermore. Visitation is from 11
a.m. until 1 p.m. The memorial
service is at 1 p.m. followed by a
reception at her residence at 1118
Tulane Court, Livermore.

Larry Craig Jenkins
Larry Craig Jenkins died
peacefully at home on Saturday,
October 3, 2009, after a
courageous battle with Multiple
System Atrophy. He was born
December 17, 1953. He and his
wife had resided in Pleasanton
since 1986.
Larry graduated from the
University of West Florida with
a BA in accounting and was selfemployed.
He is survived by his wife
Bronwen, son Eric, mother Pauline,
sister Debbie (Joey) Jones,
sister-in-law Brooke (George)
Smith and five nieces and nephews:
Kevin Smith, Krista Smith,
Sara Jones, Leah Jones, and
Rachel Jones.
Family and friends are invited
to attend a celebration of his life
on Friday, October 9, at 7:00 pm
at Valley Community Church,
4455 Del Valle Parkway, Pleasanton.
The family would like to
thank his devoted caregivers,
Patty and Vida, as well as everyone
at Hope Hospice who took
such good care of Larry. A special
thank you goes to our angel
Patsy Valenziano.
In lieu of flowers, donations
may be made to Hope Hospice,
6377 Clark Avenue, Suite 100,
Dublin, CA 94568 or the Valley
Community Church Benevolent
Fund, 4455 Del Valle Parkway,
Pleasanton, CA 94566.

Francisca Valdez
Francisca Valdez went home
to be with the Lord after a short
illness on October 5, 2009. She
was 81 years old. She was born
October 4, 1928.
She was preceded in death by
the love of her life, Cesar Valdez
in 1998. She is survived by her
daughter; Grace (Bill) McGrath;
sons Cesar (Virginia) Valdez and
Gus (Denise) Valdez. She was
the loving grandmother of Jennifer,
Tito and Cesar Valdez, Billy
and Xochi McGrath, and Krystal,
Justin and Kandee Valdez. She
was the great grandmother of 5.
Francisca was a very loving
and giving woman who loved
to cook for all. Her family will
miss her great sense of humor
and her undying commitment to
her family. She was loved by all
who knew her.
The family would like to
extend a big thank you, for the
great care she received over the
years at Hacienda Care Center in
Visitation for family and
friends will be held from 9:00
- 11:00 a.m. with a Chapel Blessing
to follow at Callaghan Mortuary
in Livermore on Friday,
October 9 at 11 a.m.

Jimmie “Duke” Wills
Jimmie "Duke" Wills passed away
unexpectedly on March 27, 2009 at the
age of 59. Duke was born and raised
in Livermore.
He loved camping, fishing and
hunting. Until his retirement in 2007,
he worked for various contractors as
a warehouseman at the Lawrence Livermore
National Laboratory.
He is survived by his children,
Jesse (Amanda) Wills, Jake (Heather)
Wills, Lyla (Curtis) Jacobson, his
mother, Pansy Jean Wills, brothers,
Terry Wills & Gary (Patty) Wills. He
is also survived by eight grandchildren,
Ashley, Payton, Ethan, Corbin,
Elijah, Anna-Lisa, Mary-Jean and
Joshua, all of whom were very dear to
A funeral service was held April 6
in Livermore.
Arrangements by Callaghan Mortuary.

Jack Milton Turpin
Jack Milton Turpin passed away in
his Livermore home on Friday March
27, 2009 at the age of 73. Jack was
born in Webster City, Iowa on October
30, 1935 to Ben and Marie Turpin.
He was a longtime member of The
American Legion. He worked in restaurants
all of his life. He loved gardening,
fishing, 49ers and the Giants.
He enjoyed baking Christmas goodies,
and was especially was known for
his chocolate fudge and decorating for
the holidays.
Jack was preceded in death by his
parents, Ben and Marie Turpin, his
sister, Dixie Deese and his son,
Norman Turpin. Jack is survived by
his sons; Robert (Liz) Turpin of
Oakdale and Donald (Karen) Turpin
of Livermore, his ex-wife, Theresa
Turpin of Livermore. He is also survived
by his sisters, Sharon Varney of
Livermore and Toni Camp of Oregon
and granddaughters, Melissa Perez,
Melinda Turpin and Tracy Wilson and
eight great grandchildren, all of whom
were very dear to him.
Graveside services were held
April 8, 2009 at Memory Gardens
Cemetery, Livermore.
Arrangements by Callaghan Mortuary.

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