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Death notices published Feb. 10, 2011


Obituaries: David James Cooper, M.D. (Feb. 18, 1935 – Feb. 5, 2011)

Read more...David James Cooper, M.D., died Feb. 5, 2011, after a lengthy illness.

Born Feb. 18, 1935, in Los Angeles, David grew up in Whittier, Calif., where he attended Rosemead High School, graduating in 1951. He went on to attend UCLA where he received his BA in zoology, his medical degree in 1962, and his osteopathy-physicians-surgeons degree in 1961.

He married Mona L. Throneberry in 1961. They moved to Fresno in 1962, opening his private practice offices, and 10 years later joining fellow physicians in opening the Fresno Family Practice. Retiring from private practice in late 1990, Dr. and Mrs. Cooper relocated to Del Norte County in 1991 where he joined the Pelican Bay State Prison medical department for the following eight years.


Obituaries: Miles Robert Vaughan( June 19, 1980 – Jan. 27, 2011)

Read more...It is with the deepest regret that we must announce the death of Miles Robert Vaughan. His life of 30 years ended on Jan. 27, 2011. In those 30 years he had influenced the lives of many people as a friend, a soldier, a wrestler, a surfer, a musician, a brother and a son.

Miles was born on June 19, 1980, in Riverton, Wyo. His family first moved to Crescent City, in 1984, where Miles began his love affair with the ocean. In 1990 his family relocated to Roseburg, Ore., and Miles began a love and hate relationship with school wrestling. At various weight classes he was the Douglas County Champion for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. Miles wrestled varsity at Roseburg High School while he attended Fremont Middle School. In 1995, his family moved back to Wyoming where he attended Hot Springs County High School in Thermopolis. Here he excelled at wrestling, baseball and making friends.

In 1998 the family moved back to Crescent City where Miles graduated from Del Norte High. During the move back to Crescent City, Mile’s love of the ocean turned into a lifelong passion with surfing and its lifestyle.


Obituaries: Dolores Barreras (Feb. 28, 1925 – Feb. 5, 2011)

Read more...Dolores Barreras, 85, passed away Feb. 5, 2011, in Crescent City. Dolores was born in Clemenceau, Ariz., to Rafael Marquez and Bessie Pellejero-Marquez. Orphaned at the age of 6, she and her younger brother Alex would live with their widowed grandmother Rita Valencia in Long Beach, Calif. After Rita’s death, 9-year-old Dolores and 7-year-old Alex would move in with and were raised by Rita’s niece Ophelia Cruz, her husband Alexander and their two children Irene and Gilbert.

As an adult, Dolores would learn that her given name was Belzora, she never knew where the name Dolores came from. In the early 1950s Dolores moved from Los Angeles to Blythe, Calif., where she met and married James Barreras. In 1958 they moved to Aguila, Ariz., where they owned and operated Jim’s Market for nearly 30 years.

In 1990, she and her husband moved to Crescent City to be near their daughter and family. Dolores embraced volunteering at St. Joseph’s School and joined the Sutter Coast Auxiliary. After her husband Jim’s death in 1999, she added St. Vincent De Paul to her list of volunteering.


Death notices published Feb. 09, 2011


Obituaries: Polly Ann Legault (Mar. 28, 1937 – Dec. 6, 2010)

Read more...Polly Ann Legault, born Polly Ann Stewart, in Scotland, Ark., on March 28, 1937, passed away on Dec. 6, 2010, after her home in Crescent City caught fire.

Polly lived in Crescent City for 40 years, making her home here. Polly worked in a number of fisheries, at the old Med-ply Mill, making lunches for the school district, doing laundry at the convalescent center, and then she worked for the Del Norte County Juvenile Hall. While working at the Juvenile Hall Polly went to Yuba City College and became a correctional officer. Polly retired from the Juvenile Hall after working there for 27 years.

Polly was an active member of the Eagles Lodge for many years. She loved arts and crafts, gardening, canning, fishing, camping, barbeques, and spending time with her family and friends.


Obituaries: Sidney Josephine β€œJo” Tolman (Nov. 13, 1925 – Feb. 1, 2011)

Sydney Josephine “Jo” Tolman, 85 born in Loleta, Calif., Nov. 13, 1925, and passed away Feb. 1, 2011, at Mad River Hospital.

She is survived by her children, son Donovan Tolman and wife Alice of Arcata, and daughter, Vivien Liegh of Crescent City, sister Irene Hodges of Novato, Calif., grandchildren Jason Tolman of Portland, Ore., Tammy Saldana of Nice, Calif., Jody Patton of Murrietta, Calif., Jennifer Germain of Sunnyvale, Calif., Robin Pruitt of Crescent City, and also survived by eight great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents, her brother in Loleta and her husband Marion Tolman in 2004. Condolences to the family may be sent to P.O. Box 864 Crescent City, CA 95531. Mrs. Tolman requested no services. Cremation will be handled by Humanitarian Cremations, and placed in Smith River Cemetery.

— Submitted by Family

 


Obituaries: Forrest Tobey Choate (Aug. 10, 1917 – Dec. 21, 2010)

Read more...Forrest Tobey Choate, age 93, peacefully passed away on the morning of December 21, 2010, surrounded by family. Forrest was recovering from a fractured hip secondary to a fall 10 days earlier when the Lord called him home. Forrest was the only son of Berkeley and Virginia Tobey and was born August 10, 1917, in New York City. Daphne, his loving wife of 65 years, preceded him in death in 2007.

He is survived by sons John (Patricia) of Omaha, Neb., and Michael (Kristin) of Palmdale, Calif., daughters Ann (Bradley) Call of Thousand Oaks, Calif., Susan (Willis) Good of Salem, Ore., and Deborah (James) Lisle also of Salem, Ore, 18 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.


 


Obituaries: Valery Stewart (Cardy)( Jan. 23, 1947 – Jan. 31, 2011)

Valery, beloved daughter of Pastor Samuel and Jean Cardy, brothers: Trevor (Bel­fast), Ronald (Calgary, Alberta), Raymond (Smith River) and Ian (Crescent City).

“At home with the Lord.”

Valery lived the principles of the Christian life because she was one of them.

— Submitted by Family

 


Obituaries: Sandra E. MacCleave (July 24, 1943 – Jan. 7, 2011)

Read more...Sandra E. MacCleave, 67, of Brookings, passed away Jan. 27, 2011, at her home. 

Sandra was born July 24, 1943, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, to Donald and Dorothy (Bell) MacCleave. 

The family moved to Southern California when Sandra was 10.

After graduating from high school, Sandra earned an associate degree from Santa Barbara City College. She graduated from Whittier College, in Whittier, Calif., in 1966, where she earned a bachelor’s degree.


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