Mary McBride Saumure
Mary Saumure remembered for poise, resolve
Mary McBride Saumure battled breast cancer for four years and, family members say, she never complained.
Instead, she lived her life fully -- and gracefully.
She died Friday at her Carmichael home, with her husband of seven years, Patrick D. Saumure, at her side.
She was 33.
"She was a person of uncommon poise and calm," said her aunt, Marie Carter.
A fifth-generation Sacramentan, Ms. Saumure was an International Sales Service manager for Diamond of California Inc., where she worked with brokers abroad and coordinated the transportation and distribution of walnuts to western Europe.
She was tirelessly devoted to her job, even while enduring the ill effects of intermittent chemotherapy after she was diagnosed with cancer. In 1996, Diamond recognized her as Management Employee of the Year.
Her family says people admired her resolve and intelligence.
In 1990, she graduated from UC Davis with a degree in international relations. She was fluent in French and refined her language skills as an AFS student in France. She also studied German and Italian.
"She was remarkable and thoughtful. She tried to do everything she could," Carter said.
She tried sports, too. And succeeded: Ms. Saumure was a member of the UC Davis women's crew team and competed in the Western Pacific Rowing Championships. She also belonged to the Ophir-Milan Woman's Cycling Club, her personal hero being cancer survivor Lance Armstrong, the three-time winner of the Tour de France.
In 1996 she bicycled through Italy.
Ms. Saumure enjoyed cooking and entertaining family and friends. And she enjoyed her garden, now a living tribute to her love of plants and flowers.
She was a precocious youngster, relatives said.
Reared by Realtor Margo McBride, she handled many of the household affairs and helped with her mother's real estate errands when she was in junior high school.
She was an honors graduate of El Camino High School and served as president of the Key (Kiwanis) Club for two years.
While battling cancer, relatives said, Ms. Saumure was concerned about how her illness would affect others.
"She was remarkable. She was just one of those rare people," Carter said.
Beside her husband and mother, Ms. Saumure is survived by her father, John McBride; brother, William Rupp; and other relatives.
Memorial services are scheduled for 2 p.m. today at East Lawn Sierra Hills Chapel, at Interstate 80 and Greenback Lane.
Contributions may be directed to the Sacramento chapter of the American Cancer Society or the Sutter Cancer Center, 2801 L St., Sacramento 95816.
AZEVEDO, EDWARD F. Age 54, of Cary, died Thursday, October 25, 2001, at Sherman Hospital, Elgin. He was born March 3, 1947, in Sacramento, CA. The Son of Wilbert and Georgette (DeVreese) Azevedo. His mother, of Sacramento, CA, survives. He is also survived by his wife Vida (Avila) Azevedo, married Feb. 1, 1969, in Sacramento, CA; two children, Lisa Azevedo and Jessica Azevedo of Cary; a Sister Elizabeth Walsh of Sacramento, CA; and a Brother Dennis Azevedo of Vancouver, WA. He owned and operated Azevedo Design in Cary. His best known works include the Kellogg's cereal logo, Igloo products, and locally, Cary's Centennial Logo and Cary's Welcome Sign. He was very active in Cary Youth Baseball, the Cancer Foundation and giving back to local communities. Visitation will be Wednesday, October 31, 2001, from 5PM until time of Service at 7PM at the Kahle-Moore Funeral Home, Cary. Interment Private. Memorials may be made to Cary Youth Baseball.
BAEZ, RALPH JR. In this city, October 30, 2001. Aged 77. Beloved husband of the late Mary E. Baez. Loving and devoted father of Mary Louise Baez and the late Rose Marie Baez. Loved brother of Benjamin, Alfred and Arthur Baez, Frances Valencia, Madeline Aguilar and the late Lupe Blanco. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. A native of Sacramento, CA. Graduate of Grant High School, U.S. Army Air Corpsman and WWII Veteran, McClellan Air Force Base Civilian for 35 years, and Pinkerton Security Guard. Member of Sacred Heart Church, Central Lions Club, Mexican Athletic Club, Mexican-American Hall of Fame and PTA. President of Sacred Heart School Dad's Club and Ballet Folklorico de Sacramento. Friends are welcome at Nicoletti, Culjis & Herberger Funeral Home at 5401 Folsom Blvd. Friday, Nov. 2 for a vigil service at 3:00 p.m. and are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be offered for the repose of his soul, Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church. Private Inurnment. Memorials preferred to American Diabetes Association.
BAILEY, REVA REBECCA Entered into rest Sunday, October 28, 2001 in Sacramento at age 84. Born Thursday, July 19, 1917 in Quincy, Missouri and was a 55 year resident of Sacramento. Beloved mother of Carol Snow, Glenn A. Bailey, Jr. and Mary Lou Konvalin. Loving sister of Edna Johnson. Doting grandmother of Pamela and Kenneth Briggs, Jr., Amy Sullivan, Thomas Konvalin and 4 great grandchildren. A member of the Eastern Star Order. Reva worked for Priatt Whitney Aircraft Co. during WWII as a chief inspector. Preceded in death by her husband of 27 years Glenn A. Bailey, Sr. and granddaughter Christina Konvalin. Family and friends are invited to a visitation Wednesday, October 31, 2001, from 4 to 8 pm and funeral services Thursday, November 1, 2001 at 2 pm at Sunset Lawn Chapel of the Chimes- 4701 Marysville Blvd., Sacramento (922-5833). Burial to follow in Sunset Lawn Memorial Park. Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
BAUER, JO ANN A 27 year resident of Yuba City, passed away October 24, 2001. Born November 21, 1932 in Carey, Texas to George and Bonnie Freeland. Preceded in death by her son, William "Bill" Bauer. She is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, William D. "Bill" Bauer; her children, Deborah Franklin and husband Douglas Mitten, and Mark Bauer; her grandchildren, Andrew Franklin, William "Will" Bauer and wife Kelly, Scott Franklin, Rebecca Bauer, Whitney Leisenning, and Melissa Bauer; her great grandsons, Zachary Ivan Gray, and William Douglas Bauer; her siblings, Robert Freeland, and Norene Wilson, and numerous other family members and friends. Memorial services will be held Sunday, November 4, at 2PM in the Church of the Valley at Mount Vernon Mortuary, 8201 Greenback Lane, Fair Oaks, CA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Arthritis Foundation, or the Lupus Foundation of America.
BERGER, KEITH VERNON Keith Vernon Berger was born Sept. 24, 1922 in Iowa and passed away Sunday, Oct. 21, 2001 in Sacramento, CA. at age 79. He had been a resident of Pollock Pines, CA. for several years. In addition to working for the State Dept. of Veterans Affairs for many years, he became a very accomplished carpenter and contractor. Throughout his life he built 6 homes and remodeled many others. He served in the Navy as a Chief Petty Officer and a medic during WWII. It is during this time that he met and married his lifelong love, Mary Frances Berger. They had two children. Mary Frances passed away 4 years ago. Keith is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Sally; two granddaughters and their husbands - Christy Berger and Thom Mathis and Tiffany Berger and Eric Williams; a brother Roger and his family of Iowa; a sister Elaine and her family of Washington; and an extended family of cousins in Stockton, CA. There will be a private memorial service. The family requests that any contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.
BONNALLIE, LORAL "BO" Born December 31, 1914 in Mt. Vernon, Washington. Passed away October 21, 2001 in Roseville, California. He was a collector extraordinaire, and a member of the Fleet Reserve Association. His wife, Beulah M. Roberts-Bonnallie, survives him. Friends are invited to visitation Friday, November 2, 4:00-8:00 PM. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 3, 2:00 PM in the Church of the Valley at Mount Vernon Mortuary, 8201 Greenback Lane, Fair Oaks, California.
CADE, DONNA MARIE Born on October 24, 1958, in Chicago Illinois, passed away on October 25, 2001 in Sacramento. Loving daughter of Donald T. and the late Shirley Cade. Loving sister of Cheryl D. Cade, Karen L. Cade, Suzette J. Cade and Stephanie Valadez. Granddaughter of Susie M. Owens. Great granddaughter of the Reverend James H. Brown of West Point Baptist Church of Chicago Illinois. Aunt to Keyara D. Cade and Gabriel Valadez. Niece to Leon Brown Jr. and Effie Brown of Chicago IL. Cousin to: Herman, Belinda, Pam Abraham and family. Friends are welcome for a visitation on Wednesday, October 31, 5-8PM, Thursday, November 1, 2001 3-8PM, and a service on Friday, November 2 at 5 PM all at East Lawn Rancho Cordova, 10450 Colomas RD., Rancho Cordova.
CALLAHAN SR., WALTER LEE Born Sept. 26, 1915 in GA. Married Helen Callahan July 13, 1941. He was raised in the Bethesda home for boys in Savannah, GA., from the age of 7 to 17. He served in the CC Camp for 2 years, 5 years in the Merchant Marines, and 5 years in the Army Air Force. Survived by his loving and devoted wife of 60 years, Helen Callahan, his two children Evelyn Lee Barb and son Walter Lee Callahan III, his son-in-law Michael Barb and daughter-in-law Melody Callahan. He had 11 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Also surviving him is one brother Raymond Callahan of Texas. He was predeceased by his daughter Joyce Elaine Callahan Knoble. He will be dearly loved and missed by all. We measured our standards by him. Private services will be held.
CHRISTENSEN, MARVIN WAYNE In this city, October 28, 2001. Beloved husband of Doreen Christensen. Loving father of Cheryl Christensen of Sacramento and father-in- law of James Enos of Sacramento. Loved brother of Helen Christensen of Harpers Ferry, lowa, Bernie Christensen of Calgary, Canada and Marlys Wagner of Texas. Native of Cedar Falls, Iowa, age 76. Retired Operational Engineers Local #3. Memorial Services are private. Arrangements by NICOLETTI, CULJIS & HERBERGER Funeral Home.
CIRCO, JOSEPH H. Joe was born February 24, 1918 in Valdez, Colorado and passed away on October 29, 2001 in Sacramento California. He is survived by his dear loving wife of 54 years, Jean; his daughters Laura Yenyo of Walnut California, Joanne Tessler of Sacramento, California; Son in law Jim Yenyo, six grandchildren, David Zander, Autumn McIntosh, Reese Nosler, Gavin Nosler, Aaron Nosler, Jason Nosler, Father of grandsons Cary Nosler of Carmichael California, and Joe's two lovely sisters Josephine Shisler and Joan Occhiato of Pueblo Colorado. He was with the Army's 128th Infantry, 32nd Red Arrow Division, and was assigned to the 3rd Battalion Headquarters where he was among the soldiers who were on hand when Japanese General Tomoyuki Yamashita formally surrendered in September 1945. After he was discharged from the Army in 1946, he worked as an Industrial Engineering Technician for McClellan AFB. Because he was in the Army Reserves, he was called back to duty during the Korean War and spent 13 months at Fort Ord in Monterey. "I am very proud to have served my country. There were many nights I could not sleep, but it was well worth it!" A memorial service is planned at his daughter, Joanne Tessler's home at 4417 Surita Street in Arden Park at 2:00 pm on Saturday November 3rd. Donations can be made to The World War II Memorial Fund, American Battle monument Commission, P.O. Box 96766 Washington D.C. 20090-6766 or Mercy Hospice, 7919 Folsom Blvd. #200, Sacramento, CA 95826. So long Joe...You are in our hearts forever!!!
CORNELISON, DAN G. Passed away in Auburn, October 22, 2001 at the age of 80 years. He was born in Lebanon, Missouri, May 26,1921. Dan was a 50 year member of the Tehma Masonic Lodge #3. A Veteran of the U.S. Air Force for 21 years. He was an avid golfer with a 2 handicap, playing and winning many tournaments for the USAF all over the world. Survived by his wife Catherine (Kaye); Brother Dale; Sister Hazel; and also survived by host of other loving relatives and friends. Services will be private. A celebration of his life will be held Sunday, November 4, at his "FARM" from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers the family request memorials in his memory to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children or to the Parkinson Disease Foundation. Arrangements by COCHRANE'S Chapel of the Roses, 103 Lincoln Street, Roseville, Ca 95678.
CORRAL, JOSEPH WILLIAM Passed away in Carmichael, October 28, 2001 at the age of 50 Years. Joseph was born in Sacramento, Ca May 24, 1951. A Roseville resident for 18 years. A veteran of the U.S. Army. Survived by his loving wife, Judi Corral, Daughters, Rachael M. Corral of Sacramento, Jennifer P. Corral of Roseville, Sons, Joseph W. Corral Jr. and his wife Eva of Oregon, Mathew J. Corral of Roseville, his mother, Pearl Corral of Citrus Heights, Ca. Brother Robert Corral of Citrus Heights, Sister, Janet W. Meshell of Roseville. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Rose Catholic Church 615 Vine Ave. Roseville, on Friday November 2, 2001 at 1:00 P.M. The family request memorial donations in his name to Mercy San Juan Hospice, or to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Cochrane's Chapel of the Roses, 103 Lincoln Street, Roseville, Ca 95678.
CU, GIOK SUY Of Sacramento, October 27, 2001. Loving husband of Lina Cu of Sacramento. Beloved father of Ben Cu, (owner of South Villa Restaurant), Sacramento, Luis Cu of Sacramento, Frederick and William Cu of the Philippines, Norma Ang of Sacramento, Dorothy Lim of the Philippines and Carolyn Cu of Sacramento. Also survived by 17 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and 4 sisters. A resident of Sacramento 8 years. A native of China, aged 79 years. Friends may call for visitation Thursday, 12:00 Noon til 8:00 P.M., Friday 9:00 A.M. til 8:00 P.M., with Recitation of the Rosary beginning at 7:00 P.M. in ELK GROVE FUNERAL CHAPEL, 9101 Elk Grove Blvd. in Elk Grove, 686-1888, and are welcome to attend the Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, November 3, at 10:00 A.M. in ALL HALLOWS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5500 13th Ave. in Sacramento. Interment in the Philippines will be private.
CURTEMAN, DOUGLAS R. "GEORGE" Age 65, passed away October 28, 2001 at his home in Loomis. Survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Mary, 6 children Ray & Nita, Mary, Larry, Gary & Sarha plus ?, 2 brothers, 1 niece, 13 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He was a man of the world and loved by many. Friends are invited to a visitation Wednesday 4 pm - 8 pm and Funeral Services Thursday at 10 am both at Reichert's Funeral Chapel. 729-2229. Interment following services at Gridley-Biggs Cemetery.
DU FRAIN, MINNIE ANN Died in Sacramento, CA, October 29, 2001. Age 94. Born September 15, 1907 in South Ogden, Utah. Moved to Sacramento in 1921. Graduated from Sacramento Senior School. Preceded in death by her husband George Evan DuFrain and five brothers and sisters. Loving sister of Cleone Crowther of Magalia. Loving mother of Doreen Clark, Jeannette Cedusky and David DuFrain. Survived by 12 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. A life long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She held many positions in the church. Some of her favorites were teaching dancing, directing and acting in local church productions. A member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and a Temple worker. Funeral Services November 1, 2001 at 10:00 am in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 51st and Dover Avenue, Sacramento, CA. Memorials to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817.
EVANS, JOHN H. Beloved husband of Marcia Lynn Evans, went to be with the Lord on October 27, 2001. Born in Los Angeles, California on September 15, 1946, he is survived by his loving wife, Marcia, his loving children, Jill, Bob, Kory, Trina, Brian and Shelby, his parents George and Jerry Evans and his sisters, Katy Evans and Lisa Jones. He was preceded in death by his late sister Gloria Mallen. John was a graduate of USC and a business owner of Evans Mortgage in Sacramento for the past 11 years. John will be remembered by all who crossed his path for his intelligence and generous spirit as well as his warm sense of humor and large collection of Hawaiian shirts. He had a love for music, gardening, golf, and above all family, friends and his Lord. We will love him forever. Family and friends are invited to a memorial service Thursday November 1, 2001 at 3pm at Greenhaven Lutheran Church located at 475 Florin Road, Sacramento, CA 95831. (916) 428-8449. Any remembrance can be directed to the Alzheimers Association of Greater Sacramento (916) 482-8290 or Greenhaven Lutheran Church in the memory of John H. Evans.