Alma Lee Farris, 75, passed away on Sunday, September 6, 2009, at Sierra Healthcare in Davis. Born on April 25, 1934, in Sasakwo, Okla., to John and Myrtle (Battershell) Rice, she attended California area schools.
A resident of Winters for the past 22 years, she was employed by Basic Vegetable in Vacaville for more than 28 years, prior to her retirement in 1983.
She is survived by her daughter, Julie Lopez-Rojas and husband Pete Rojas of Winters; a brother, Bob Rice, of Chowchilla; grandson Brad Lopez and wife Wendy of Winters; great-grandchildren Christyna, Nathan and Katelyn Lopez, all of Winters and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Farris.
Private family services will be held at a later date, with interment at Winters Cemetery, 415 Cemetery
Drive, in Winters. Assisting the family with funeral arrangements is Evergreen Funeral Service of Woodland.
Frank Hendricks, 81, of Napa, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009, from liver cancer.
He graduated from Armijo High School in Fairfield in 1946. Thereafter he joined the Merchant Marines. In 1950, he married Myrtle Joyce Moody and had two sons, Frank Jr. and Carlton. He worked for PG&E in Vacaville in the early 1950s then later became a barber and owned barber shops in Sacramento.
In 1968 he moved to Moskowite Corners in Napa County and went to work for the FAA as a caretaker of the Napa airport tower. In the late 1970s he moved to Napa and worked as a barber at the California Veterans Home at Yountville. During those years he developed a Christian tape ministry and was active in the Full Gospel Business Men’s fellowship International. Later he went to work at Larry’s Barber shop in Yountville for 20 years before retiring in 1999.
His retirement years were spent at leisure studying the Bible and leading people to the Lord whenever possible. He enjoyed having lunch and the camaraderie at the Napa Senior Center, where he and his companion, Barbara, rode their bicycles to. In retirement, Frank wrote and self-published a book titled “The Coming Great Reunion,” which chronicled the many miracles he witnessed over his life. The book was dedicated to his high school friends he dearly loved and expected to see in heaven.
He is survived by his son, Carlton Hendricks, and his companion of 38 years, Barbara Pridmore.
He was predeceased by his son, Frank Jr., who died in a car accident in 1977 at the age of 27.
Barbara’s six grandchildren considered Frank to be their grandfather. For seven Monday evenings prior to his passing, family and friends gathered for barbecues so Frank could enjoy his own memorial. As a final farewell, a graveside memorial service is planned on Thursday, Sept. 10, at 2 p.m., at Napa Valley Memorial Park, 2383 Napa-Vallejo Highway in Napa. Treadway & Wigger Funeral Chapel of Napa is in charge of services, and family and friends may relay condolences online at treadwayandwiggerfuneralchapel.com.
Robert (Bob) Charles Wion, age 61 passed away on July 30, 2009 due to injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. He was born on November 13, 1947 in Redding, California to Robert D. and Evelyn Lois (Spray) Wion.
Robert was an avid hunter and fisherman and was a law enforcement officer for over 20 years, he was retired from the Yolo County Sheriff's Department. He loved spending time with his children and grandkids.
Robert leave behind his loving wife of 31 years, Sandra Lynn (Utter) Wion; children, Andrea Jordan (Darren) Manion of Park Hills, MO; Laurie (Michael) Kelley of Guinda, CA; Deanna (Felix) Cano of Winters, CA and Dean Bell also of Winters, CA; Grandchildren, Summer Rodgers; Amber Covington; Christina Walker; Natasha Bell; Brent Bell; Laci Kelley; Dani Manion; Zack Walker; Corey Nichols; Kyle Nichols; Michael Kelley; Niko Walker; and Justin Walker; sister, Carol Susa and brothers, Richard (Arlene) Wion and Michael Wion along with numerous nieces and nephews. Robert will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Graveside services will be held on Thursday, August 6, 2009 at the Winters Cemetery
at 11:00 A.M. with a viewing held on Wednesday, August 5, 2009 from 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. at Wiscombe Funeral Home 34 Main Street Suite B Winters, CA.
Betty D. Williams, a longtime Winters resident before she moved to Madison, passed away in Madison on August 16. She was 80 years old.
Williams was born November 20, 1928 in Watonga, Oklahoma, and lived in Yolo County for sixty years, working as a hairdresser.
She is survived by daughter Charlotte “Shy” Ann Farnham and her husband Cliff of Judith Gap, Montana; son Charles Steven Williams and his wife Susan of Lincoln; sister Pat Koontz of Bow, Washington; brother Larry Long of Colorado; and grandchildren Roger Cornwell, Anson Cornwell, Nicole Williams, James Williams and Marianne Williams.
Williams was preceded in death by her husband Vernon Williams, her parents William Johnston and Ruby Dennis and her sister Naydean Stafford.
A memorial service will be held August 21 at McNary’s Chapel, 458 College Street, in Woodland. Donations will be accepted in her honor at Yolo Hospice.
Former Winters resident Janice Marie Walters, 59, of El Dorado, Arkansas, died July 23 at Medical Center of South Arkansas.
The daughter of Larry Sipp and Alma Frances Gieber Sipp, she was born Oct. 26, 1949 in Lincoln, Nebraska.
She was preceded in death by a twin brother, James Duncan.
Survivors include her husband, Eddie Walters Sr. of El Dorado, Arkansas; two sons, Chris George and his wife, Jennifer of El Dorado, Arkansas, and Eddie Walters Jr. of Arizona; a daughter, Janet Parker and her husband John Sr. of Calion, Arkansas; her husband’s sister Dorothy Hutchinson and husband Frank of Winters; her parents, Larry and Alma Sipp of Nebraska; five brothers, Johnny Duncan and Charles Duncan, both of Wisconsin, Thomas Duncan of El Dorado, Arkansas, Mark Duncan of Nebraska; and six grandchildren, Rachel George, John Parker Jr., Lacie George, Tristan George, Eddie Walters III and Tyler Walters.
A memorial service was held on Sunday, July 26 in El Dorado, Arkansas. Horace Andrew Westbrook, 68, died on Tuesday, August 4 at Alderson Convalescent Hospital in Woodland.
Born on February 22, 1941 in Mississippi to Clovis and Zella (Colburn), he had been employed within the petroleum industry prior to his retirement.
A resident of Winters for the past 20 years, he is survived by his daughter Anna Westbrook of Woodland; sons Andrew Westbrook of Susanville, and Anthony Westbrook of Corning; a sister Shirley Zimmerman and husband Ralph of Winters; a brother Marvin Westbrook and wife Bobbi of Corning.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Zella Mae Hays, Henrietta Spracklin and Midge Bemis, and brothers Junior, Thomas, Jessie, and Billie Jackson.
Private family services to be held at a later date. Assisting the family with arrangements is Evergreen Funeral Service of Woodland.
Memorial services in honor of Marcos Enrique Gonzalez will be held on Sunday, August 16, from 2-5 p.m., at the First Baptist Church of Winters, 512 First Street.
Gonzalez, a Winters resident, unexpectedly passed away on August 1. He was 24.
Marcos Enrique Gonzalez, 24, of Winters, unexpectedly passed away August 1, 2009.
He was born in Fort Bragg on October 10, 1984, to Francisco Gonzalez and Pennie McMillen-Bigelow. He attended Manchester Elementary School, Winters Middle School and graduated from Winters High School in 2003.
He loved being with his friends and family. He enjoyed sports and immersing himself in music. He was kind to all those who he came into contact with.
Mr. Gonzalez is survived by his mother and stepfather, Pennie McMillen and Perry Bigelow of Winters, father and stepmother Francisco and Cindy Gonzalez of Manchester, sisters Ashley and Celia Gonzalez, grandmother Sheila McMillen and grandparents Joel and Celia Gonzalez of Mexico. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He will be forever loved and missed by all those who knew him.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Marcos Gonzalez benevolent fund at First Northern Bank, 48 Main Street in Winters.
Memorial services will be announced.
Myrtle Oma Kidder, age 95, passed away on August 2, 2009 in Woodland.
She was born on July 11, 1914, in Suisan, to Edward and Ruby Hopkins Walther. She married Glenn C. Kidder on July 14, 1935 in Fairfield. He preceded her in death on September 18, 1989.
Mrs. Kidder moved to Winters in 1941 from Fairfield. She was employed with the Yolo County Justice Court where she served as a legal clerk for Judge Degener and Judge Martin.
She had a love for gardening and sewing, she taught 4-H and was an avid reader. She was very active in the Pioneer Presbyterian Church where she had served as the church treasurer for many years. She served as PTA President on two separate occasions.
She is survived by her three children, Mary Louise Gray of Winters; Glenda Lee Matties of Galt and David Glenn (Viola May) Kidder of Winters, and five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held on Friday, August 7, 2009 at 10 a.m. at the Winters Cemetery. For those who would like to sign a guestbook on line may do so at www.wiscombefuneral.com.
Robert (Bob) Charles Wion, age 61, passed away on July 30, 2009, due to injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. He was born on November 13, 1947, in Redding to Robert D. and Evelyn Lois (Spray) Wion.
Mr. Wion was an avid hunter and fisherman. A law enforcement officer for over 20 years, he retired from the Yolo County Sheriff's Department. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Mr. Wion leaves behind his loving wife of 31 years, Sandra Lynn (Utter) Wion; children, Andrea Jordan (Darren) Manion of Park Hills, MO; Laurie (Michael) Kelley of Guinda; Deanna (Felix) Cano of Winters, and Dean Bell also of Winters; grandchildren, Summer Rodgers, Amber Covington, Christina Walker, Natasha Bell, Brent Bell, Laci Kelley, Dani Manion, Zack Walker, Corey Nichols, Kyle Nichols, Michael Kelley, Niko Walker and Justin Walker; sister, Carol Susa and brothers, Richard (Arlene) Wion and Michael Wion along with numerous nieces and nephews. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Graveside services will be held on Thursday, August 6, 2009, at the Winters Cemetery
at 11 a.m. with a viewing held on Wednesday, August 5, 2009, from 6-8 p.m. at Wiscombe Funeral Home, 34 Main Street, Suite B in Winters.