Susana S. Darby passed away peacefully surrounded by her loved ones at her Winters home on April 7, 2010. Born in Cavite City, Philippines in 1926, she was 83 years old. She survived the bombings and rigors of World War II in the Philippines and was the sole support of her widowed mother. She came to America in 1956 and lived with her husband and children in Chicago, Sacramento, and for 37 years in San Francisco.
A loving wife and mother, when her children were grown she worked for 22 years in a convalescent hospital where her aged patients much appreciated her loving care. After retirement, she enjoyed many trips with her close-knit family.
She moved to Winters with her husband in 2001, and enjoyed the peace and quiet and the songs of the birds. Throughout her life she loved music, and was an unfailing source of inspiration to those who knew her.
She is survived by her husband of more than 60 years Gerald, and her daughters Marion and Dorothy, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Esperanza Garcia Jimenez 84, a Winters resident for 65 years, died Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at her home. Born in Mexico on Oct. 25, 1925, she worked at Hunts Cannery in Davis for more than 20 years. She became a United States citizen in 1995 and loved good food and socializing, family gatherings, Saturday morning yard sales, and had a boisterous laugh that could be heard from across the room.
She is survived by children, Rafael Gonzalez, Javier Gonzalez, Rudy Gonzalez and Ramiro Garcia Jimenez; several grandchildren, grandnieces and grandnephews, all of whom live throughout the United States and Mexico.
A funeral Mass is planned at St. Anthony Catholic Church on Thursday, April 15, at 11 a.m.
Robert D. Newcomb of Winters died March 24, 2010, in Davis, after a brief illness. He was 90.
Newcomb was born Feb. 12, 1920, in Vallejo.
A graveside service and burial are planned at 2:30 p.m. Monday, April 19, at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road, Dixon.
Deborah Lee Howard, 55, passed away on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at her sister’s home in Winters following a brief illness. She was born on July 23, 1954 along with her twin sister in Corcoran to James and Margree Thomas.
She and her husband, Rev. Dean Howard, resided in Biggs. She was an active member of the Victory Chapel in Live Oak, where she organized and led the children’s ministry. Her greatest passion in life was to serve the Lord, which gave her much joy and happiness, says a family member.
“She was compelled to share this joy and the words of the Lord with everyone. The Lord gifted Deborah with many talents. Two of those special talents were singing and playing the piano. Deborah touched many lives with her kindness, generosity and wonderful smile.”
She is survived by her husband, her love of 33 years, Rev. Dean Howard; son Brandon Howard, his wife Christine and their children, Cody and Draven, of Woodland; son David Howard, his wife Donna and their children, Alyssa, Megan, and Eric, of Vacaville; sister Barbara Swink, twin sister Donna Thomas and youngest sister Dorothy Rutler, all of Winters; brothers James Thomas of Winters and Robin Thomas of Phoenix, Arizona; many nieces, nephews and extended family.
She was preceded in death by her father James Thomas, mother Margree Thomas, brother Wayne Thomas and stepson Troy Howard.
Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6, at the Winters Cemetery. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 9, at The Fathers House in Live Oak.
Former Winters resident Alan “Pete”“ Petersen died on March 25, 2010 in his Laguna Hills home surrounded by his children, Shirley Crowell, Bill Petersen and Kay Hendricks. Bill and Kay graduated from Winters High School in the mid 1960s during the time the Petersens owned and operated “P and L Hardware”, having purchased Finley’s Hardware from Mr. Finley.
He was known for his smile, his affection for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, and his unfailing willingness to lend a helping hand, says a family member.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille Petersen.
Patrick Francis Smyth, known to many as “Paddy,” passed on to greener pastures on Saturday, March 27, 2010. He was born on May 25, 1927, in the town of Ballyhaunnis, County Mayo, Ireland. He was raised and educated through college there.
He was a man who lived by the old Irish adage, “Never arrive with one arm as long as the other,” bringing his signature gift of meat or wood, accompanied by joy, laughter and his Irish wit with him wherever he went. In his “day,” he could often be found at the sale yard in Fortuna or at Carl Johnson’s doing what he loved best — honest work.
He immigrated to the United States in 1950 on his way to Canada to work for the Canadian Railroad. On his way north, he found Klamath, connected with some folks and decided to stay on to work as a butcher for the Brizard Company. He married Wendy Bess, the daughter of the owner of the Five and Dime store in Klamath, and together they headed to Winters in 1955 where they lived for 22 years and raised a family of four. He continued his work as a butcher and eventually bought a ranch and raised sheep and various crops. While living in Winters, Paddy always had strong ties throughout the livestock community in Humboldt and Del Norte counties. He loved working with livestock and cherished the relationships he had with all those in the industry.
In 1977, he, his wife and two youngest children moved to Arcata and eventually to Ferndale where he continued to interact in the livestock community as a broker. In 1987, he semi-retired to Klamath, making a full circle. He continued to dabble in the livestock business until 2004, when he retired fully.
He is preceded in death by his two beloved sons, Michael Thomas and Timothy Donovan Smyth, and his sisters, Noreen Keane of Claremorris, County Mayo, Ireland, and Claire Walsh of Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, England. He is survived by his two daughters, Stephanie Smyth-Jackson of Eureka and Kathleen Gage (Smyth) of Carlotta and their husbands, Paul Jackson and Larry Gage; grandsons, Riley Jackson and Devin Morton; granddaughter Jordan Jackson; and former wife Wendy Smyth.
Sing a round of Danny Boy and raise a glass to a good man.
James D. Hartman, 66, died on March 15, 2010 surrounded by his loving family. Born on Jan. 3, 1944 in San Rafael, he spent his younger years in Yolo County before settling in the Marysville area.
He is survived by his wife Patricia of 45 years; daughter Linda, grandson Jay and great-grandson Hunter; brother Tony and wife Pat of Roseville; niece Paula Russell of Winters; nine nephews, Tony Jr. and James of Woodland, and Mike, Pat, Denny, Tom, Charles and John Devlin, and Jeff Hartman of Bakersfield; many great-nephews, nieces and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alex and Della Hartman, brother Phillip, and sister and brother-in-law Barbara and Paul Devlin A family member said he loved his family dearly and a friend said that he was a good man and the only time he made someone shed a tear was when he died.
Jeanette “Jean” Laura Cahill, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on Feb. 10, 2010, at the home of her daughter, Deborah Elaine Cahill Damon, in Winters.
Jean was born on
Jan. 7, 1923, to the late Florence Reaney Warner and Wilbur S. Warner
in Bridgeport, Conn. Jeanette married Lt. Roderick “Rod” Thomas Cahill (AAF, deceased 1999) on Sept. 6, 1944. Jean and Rod adopted their daughter Deborah Elaine in April 1955 in West Palm Beach, Fla., and son Roderick “Rory” Thomas Jr. in September 1957 in Tacoma, Wash.
The family resided in Lakewood, Wash. Jean was very active and loved sewing, bowling, gardening, cooking, reading, playing cards (bridge), raising cocker spaniels and being a member of The Ladies of the Elks.
Jean is survived by daughter Deborah “Debbi” and son-in-law David R. Damon Sr., son Roderick T. Cahill Jr., grandsons Brenden Charles Damon (Army specialist, wife Melinda), David Ronald Damon Jr. (Navy, P.O.3), and Thomas Jack Damon, 16. She was blessed with two great-grandchildren, Annabelle Danger, 6, and Amelia Tempest, 2, sisters-in-law Kathleen Laflin and Sue Cahill of Connecticut, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Memorial services took place on Saturday, Feb. 20, in the Mountain View Garden Chapel with reception following in the Willow Room.
The family thanks Yolo Hospice and the love of family and friends. Donations in Jean’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice.
David E. Baxter died Feb. 14, 2010. He was 76. David was born on Oct. 24, 1933, in Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, where his father worked as a nurseryman on the Wrigley estate.
He and his family moved to Vacaville in 1936, and stayed there until 1940. They then moved to Winters, where his father began his real estate brokerage business on Main Street, next to the current
location of the Buckhorn restaurant.
David attended Winters Grammar School through the eighth grade, moved to Campbell in 1947 and attended Campbell Union High School, where he graduated in 1951.
During his high school years, he was involved in student government and played on the basketball, football and tennis teams. On the tennis team, he was the No. 1 men’s singles player during his senior year.
After graduation from high school, he attended UC Berkeley where he received a bachelor’s degree in political science and belonged to the Kappa Sigma fraternity. He graduated from UCB in 1955.
David was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1955 and served most of his two-year stay on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.
Upon leaving the service, he began a varied and interesting career working with U.S. Steel. He served as human resource manager at Omark Industries; executive director of the California Commission on Aging; president of the Medical Foundations in both Mendocino and Merced counties; and worked as an independent salesman with AFLAC until retirement in 2006.
David returned to Yolo County as a resident in 1999, moving into the home of his deceased mother Constance Baxter.
After retirement from AFLAC, he became
involved in local community projects. He joined the Friends of the Library and was active in the planning of the new library building. He also was instrumental in the renovation of the Winters High School tennis courts, bringing together community members, suppliers and contractors.
He moved to the Santa Cruz area in 2008 to be closer to his son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren where they were able to spend quality time together until the end of his life.
David was predeceased by his parents David and Connie Baxter, longtime residents of Winters, and his sister Patricia Cutler. David is survived by his son David A. Baxter, his daughter Sandy Baxter-Claude, his daughter-in-law Maria Baxter, and his grandchildren Isabella, Max, Graham, Tyler and Madison. He also is survived by his brother Michael S. Baxter and a niece and nephew.
A memorial service is planned at 1 p.m. March 20 at Pioneer Presbyterian Church, 205 Russell St., Winters.