Westside Obituaries
Page "D"


Dennis P. Dabbs
March 26, 1948 - November 5, 2010



Dear Dennis You will be greatly missed, and mourned by our family whom I know you adored. Your wonderful sense of humor that always kept us laughing in any situation. Your tremendous love of country, a deep and life long interest in aviation and everything about our country's history even made me a better patriot. Your curious and funny love-hate relationship with fishing used to keep me guessing, the excitement and thrill you had while taking on the challenge of a new trail while "jeeping" worried me as you had "no fear", luckly you came home safe and sound.

Heaven is getting a most interesting and well rounded resident that keeps all laughing sweetly.

God blessed us with you.
Love,
Lorraina, Caitlin, Kendall
Dennis & Martha, Brian, Briana, Kelsey
Chad & JacLynn, Elijah, Skyela, Teagan

Buried at Arvin National Cemetery December 20, 1:15 p.m.
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Bonnie L. Daily
August 6, 1932 - May 18, 2011



A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Bonnie Lou Daily, 78. Rev. Mark Fitzsimmons, pastor of Lighthouse Foursquare Church in Taft, will officiate.

Mrs. Daily was born in Licking, Missouri on August 6, 1932 and passed away in Bakersfield on May 18, 2011. She came to California in 1948 and was a graduate of Taft Union High School. She married Frank Daily on March 10, 1950.

In the 1960's she worked at J.C. Penney's and in the 1980's at the West Side District Hospital. Mrs. Daily was the co-founder of the Westside Country Music Organization and was an active member of several country music artists. She was always a big fan and historian of country music as well as writer of "Country Music Echo's." She was a member of Lighthouse Foursquare Church for many years.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Oneta Stafford; father, Boyd Bethell; her adopted father, Karl Tulk; and in 1995 her brother, Doyle Karnes. After 52 years of marriage, her husband, Frank, passed away on August 15, 2002 and her son Karl Franklin passed away on January 4, 1998. Mrs. Daily is survived by her son, Mark Daily of Taft; daughter and friend, Margi Lawrence on Arizona; brother (who was like a son) Lloyd Karnes and his wife, Jackie, of Taft and brothers, Dean Karnes of Missouri and Jim Bethell of Bakersfield; sisters, Rosalie Miller of Missouri, Della Bench and Beverly of Bakersfield; many nieces and nephews who loved their "Aunt Bonnie" as she did them; also many dear and close friends locally and across the country as well as several children that refer to Bonnie as Grandma B. All were very special to her.

Don't cry for me - just treasure your memories of me, I am now with many other loved ones and will be waiting for YOU to join the circle of family friends and loved ones.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of Mrs. Daily. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Frank Daily
January 6, 1928 - August 15, 2002



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday morning at 11:30 a.m. for long time Taft resident, Frank Daily, 74. Pastor Bob Birch of the Westside Christian Center will officiate. Mr. Daily was born in Success, Arkansas on January 6, 1928 and passed away in the local hospital on August 15, 2002.

He moved to the Westside from Missouri in 1942. He proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy. Chevron Oil Company had employed him as a mechanic for over 27 years and he retired in 1993. Mr. Daily was baptized in 1955 and was a member of the Four Square Church. He was the co-founder of the Westside Country Music Organization in the 60's. Mr. Daily was a member of the past president of the Taft Sportsman's Club. He loved fishing at Pismo Beach and also stream fishing. Going to see the Cougars play football was the highlight of his life. He was a big booster fan of the girl's softball team.

He was preceded in death by his parents Odos and Jewel Daily and his son, Karl Daily in 1998. Mr. Daily is survived by his wife, Bonnie Daily; his son, Mark Daily both of Taft; his daughter, Margi Lawrence of Yucca Valley; his brother, Carroll Daily and family of Porterville; his brother-in-law, Lloyd Karnes and family of Taft; a special friend and "like a daughter" Donna of Susanville; his granddaughters, Kim and Kelli; his great-grandaughter, Kasey and Makalay and several nieces and nephews, some of whom were very special to him.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Tuesday from 2:00 to 8:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Patricia Clarine Daily
June 27, 1920 - October 18, 2008



Patricia Clarine Daily was born on June 27, 1920, In Bakersfield, California and passed away on October 18, 2008, in Ventura, California. She lived most of her adult life in Bakersfield after growing up in Maricopa where she graduated from Maricopa High School in 1938. Pat began working in the oil industry in 1943 at Bankline Oil Company in Maricopa and remained there until 1983 when she transferred to Tosco Corp's in Bakersfield refinery. After working 40 continouous years she retired. During retirement Pat was able to do the things she loved most which included golfing and playing bridge. She enjoyed all sports with golf predominating and was very active until she suffered a stroke in June of 2007.

Pat is survived by nephew, Greg Sapp, and brother-in-law, Jim Sapp, of Ventura, California; niece, Lynn Wewer of Pottsville, Arkansas; and many dear friends in Bakersfield and Taft.

It should be no surprise to those closest to her that she had made advance arrangements for her final resting place and, in keeping with her "no nonsense" philosophy, did not want a memorial service. Pat did request, however, that any memorial donations be made to: The National Health Federation, P.O, Box 688, Monrovia, California 91017 www.thenhf.com. Mish Funeral Home - Oildale.
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Vonda Carrol(Pete)Daily
July 15, 1936 - March 31, 2009



V. Carroll "Pete" Daily passed away March 31st on Bainbridge Island, Washington after a long illness. Pete was born in Doniphan, Missouri in 1936 to Edna Jewell and James Odos Daily. He moved to Fellows, California (near Bakersfield) when he was six years old, later attending Taft High School playing football and baseball, graduating in 1955.

Pete attended Taft College and Humbolt State University majoring in forestry. At Humbolt, he met Shirley June Ross they married in 1963. In 1967, the family moved to the Porterville area, settling in Springville where they lived for 20 years. Pete worked for the U.S. Forest Service in Timber management, retiring in 1995 after more than 30 years of service. He worked for two local school districts driving a bus and enjoyed interacting with the children and youth. He moved to Bremerton, Washington in 2005.

Pete wore a happy smile, was ready to tell a story or joke and was always ready and willing to lend a hand to anyone. He enjoyed many things in life: fishing, camping, bowling and crafting custom fishing poles and golf clubs. He especally loved participating in a watching sports, particularly golf in his later years. He was a long time member of the Porterville Association of Retarted Citizens and remained an advocate for persons with developmental disabilities. He enjoyed the fellowship of his church and was always an active member, serving as a deacon, and AWANA teacher, member of the choir and driver for youth activities. His faith was strong and he lived a life dedicated to loving God and loving others. While living in Porterville, he was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church.

Pete is survived by his wife Shirley, his son Steve, daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Rob Wood, and grandsons Sean and Kelsey Wood of Bainbridge Island, Washington. He also leaves his sister-in-law Bonnie Daily, nephew Mark Daily, and niece Margie Lawrence.

In leiu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to your local ARC, Special Olympics, or Autism Speaks. Sympathy cards and letters can be sent to Carol Wood, 10187 NE Garibaldi Loop, Bainbridge Island, Washington 98110. You may also sign the guestbook at www.cookfamilyfuneralhome.com.

A celebration of Pete's life will be held at the First Southern Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 1641 W. Henderson Avenue, Porterville, California, May 2, 2009 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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Leland Elvie Dalton, 67
February 1, 1934 - December 12, 2001



Elvie Dalton died from heart failure on December 12, 2001 at his home in Beaumont Texas. His body was cremated and no local services have been planned.

Elvie was born February 1, 1934 in Plainview Texas. His family moved to California in 1936 and eventually to Taft where he went all through the local schools and graduated from TUHS with the class of 1952. Elvie enjoyed many sports and continued to play softball, mostly as a southpaw pitcher, well into to his adult life and after he left Taft. Elvie will be remembered for his sence of humor and the love of a good joke. He loved to play with the English language.

Among other endeavors Elvie was most at home employed as a Tech Writer in the aerospace industry in Santa Barbara, Austin, Texas and other locations.

Elvie's Parents Leland (Pete) Dalton and Merle Dalton preceded him in death. He is survived by five children: Debbie Davis of Bakersfield; Vickie Selby of Soper, Oklahoma; Joe Dalton of Virginia Beach, Virginia; Peter Dalton of Renton Washington; Jenni Dalton of Santa Rosa, California. He leaves a sister, Gwen Guinn of Santa Ynes California. He also is survived by four grandchildren, five great grandchildren, one nephew, three aunts, one uncle and many cousins.

We pray that Elvie is finally at peace and that he is home with the Lord. In his later years Elvie was seldom far from his Bible.
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Shirley Daly
March 21, 1918 - September 13, 2003



Shirley was born in Bakersfield on March 21, 1918 and passed away in her home September 13, 2003. Shirley was a teacher's aid at the Maricopa schools and was active in Eastern Star along with volunteering for numerous other community events. Shirley's great sense of humor and honesty will be fondly remembered by everyone who knew her.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Leota Elder. Her survivors include her son Engene Roeben and his wife Lavon of Visalia; her sisters, Fran Dickinson of Taft and Thelma Beebe of Bakersfield, 4 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Cremation will be handled by the Neptune society with no further services to be held.
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Dewey W. Daniel, 80
July 19, 1916 - June 18, 1977



Graverside funeral services will be held Friday at 3:00 p.m. at Los Osos Valley Memorial Park Cemetery for former Maricopa resident Dewey W. Daniel, 80. Pastor Sam White of the New Cuyama Assembly of God will officiate in the services.

Mr. Dewey was born July 19, 1916 in Van Buren, Arkansas and passed away June 18, 1997 in a Templeton hospital. He was as farmer in Oklahoma. He worked for Richfield Oil Comopany for 12 years. He was self-employed for a time when he owned Daniel Radio, TV, Sales and Service in Maricopa. He also did construction work. Mr. Daniel was a resident of Maricopa from 1948 - 69.

He is survived by his daughters and their husbands, Melva and Leroy Brunk of Atascadero, and Katherine and Jerry Lape and Mary and Butch Edwards, all of Placerville; a son and his wife, the Rev. David and Adene Daniel of Taft; and 10 grandchildren.
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Mamie K. Daniel, 86
September 2, 1920 - March 10, 2007



Funeral services will be held in the Calvary Temple Assembly of God Church on Wednesday 3/14/2007, at 12:00 noon for former Maricopa resident, Mamie K. Daniel, 86. Rev. Tom White pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God Church will officiate, and burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery. Mrs. Daniel was born in Wilberton. Oklahoma on September 2,1920 and passed away in Atascadero on March 10, 2007. She had lived in Maricopa for forty plus years before moving to Atascadero about six years ago. Mrs. Daniel was a member of the Assembly of God Church. Her survivors include her children, Melva Brunk of Atascadero, Katherine Lape and Mary Edwards both of Placerville and Pastor David Daniel of Taft, her two brothers Ray Martin and Elsie Martin of Oklahoma; her ten grandchildren and her eight great grandchildren.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Wednesday from 10;00 a.m. to service time at the Calvery Temple Assembly of God. The services were under the direction of Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Joseph Thomas Dante, 91
August 31, 1910 - January 18, 2002



Funeral Services will be held in the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. for Taft resident Joseph Thomas Dante, 91. Bishop Harold Pease of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Taft Ward will officiate at the services. Burial will follow in the Westside District Cemetery. Mr. Dante was born in Norfolk Virginia on August 31, 1910 and passed away at his residence on Jan 18, 2002.

He proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army during the second World War. He had been employed as a carpenter all his working life. Mr. Dante moved to Taft six years ago. He was a member, and an elder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Mr. Dante was also a member of the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite and Shriners, American Legion and Carpenters Union.

He was preceded in death by his wife Sarah F. Dante, in September of 1999, his parents, Gaetano and Carmella Dante and by his brothers. His survivors include his children and their spouses, Claudette Beare, C.J. and Woody Missamore, all of Taft, Gilbert and Gloria Dante of Napa Valley, Patricia Coley of Taft and Joyce Sperry of Oroville, his grandchildren and their spouses, Toni Marie and Frank McCorkle of Yuba City, Kathy and Anthony Santos of Bakersfield, Thomas Arthur Coley of Taft, Margaret and Mark Missamore of Arroyo Grande, Janae Dante Of Idaho, Mandy, Issac and Dion Dante of Napa Valley, Christian Dante of Idaho, Raymond and Stephanie Sperry of Oroville, Gilbert Hopfer of Oroville, Karen and Ed Bearden of Kentucky. Tsgt Jerry and Sonja Coley of Spokane, Washington, Sgt. Patrick and Tatjana Coley of Bombholder Germany, Michelena and Billy Boehmer of Longview, Texas; Saralee Sanchez and Sally and Don Garberg, all of Washington, his great grandchildren, Kathleen, JR, Tianna and Alexis Santos, Heather Lee and Joe Fitgerald, Thomas Arthur Coley III, and Brandy, Holly, Elizabeth Coley, Ashley and Joseph McCrokle, Eleana and Jerry Missamore, Amber, Joshua, Rachael and Mark Coley, Michelena and Pamela Brown, Hunter, Stewart, Signa and Nels Garberg and numerous other great grandchildren; his sister, Rosemarie Fiorella of Pennsylvania; his brother-in-law and his wife, Carmine and Frances Idore of Valencia, his sister-in-law Sylvia Dante and her son, Joseph and his family; his nieces Denna and Deborah, his great nieces, Tara and Danielle, his nephews and their spouses, Tom Dante and family, Patsy and Ann Dante and family, Anthony and Linda Dante and family, Gussie and Joan Dante and family, Lennie Dante and family, and Joseph and Margine Dante and family and old friend Bill Lamb of Arizona.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to service time at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Lena Mae Darbyshire, 88
November 10, 1906 - October 29, 1995



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. for long-time Taft resident Lena Mae Darbyshire, 88. Bishop J. Sterling Bryan of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taft Ward, will officiate the the services.

Mrs. Darbyshire was born in Broungh, Missouri, on November 10, 1906 and passed away at her home October 29. She lived in Taft since 1924. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, Taft Ward. She had worked as a nurse's aide for 26 years, having last worked at Pacific Regency in Taft.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Darbyshire; a daughter, Jocelyn Eicher, in 1974; and a son, Kenneth Darbyshire, in 1977. She is survived by her grandchildren, Lynette Zittel, Carol Khampraseut, Michael Darbyshire and David Darbyshire; and four great grandchildren.

Friends may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Tuesday until 8:30 p.m. and again Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. to pay their respects.
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Leslie L. Darling, Jr.
October 25, 1908 - November 30, 1997



Graveside services will be held Thursday, December 4, 1997 at 11:00 a.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park for Leslie L. Darling. Jr. who passed away November 30, 1997. Pastor Marc Mullins of the First Christian Church and officiating Master Charles Kilby P.M. & Chaplin Glen Worell P.M. of Cledonia Masonic Lodge #486 will officiate at the services.

Living his entire life in Kern County. Mr. Darling a descendant of California pioneers, was born October 25, 1908 in Maricopa, California. During his lifetime he first worked for local dairies and then was empolyed by the U.S. Post Office for 33 years retiring in 1971 as Supervisor of the Hillcrest Branch. He served with the Cub Scouts as Hourace Mann as Scout Master; also as Elder and Property Chairman of First Christian Church. He was a active member of Cledonia Masonic Lodge #486 for over 50 years: past President of Kern County Mineral Society - California and American Federation Mineral Societies and the mended Hearts Society. He was an avid rockhound, this was his lifetime hobby collecting, cutting, polishing and displaying his collection nationally. He also lectured with slide presentations and was a specialist in the identification of petrified wood.

Recently celebrating their 62nd Wedding Anniversary, he is survived by his wife Winifred. Other survivors include his son Gail and wife Shirley; grandchildren Jana Darling, Jennifer Kangas and husband Keith, Jeff Darling and wife Kristen; great grandchildren Paige, Kevin, Jacob, Jeramie Kangas and Madison Darling all of Bakersfield; brother Albert F. Darling and wife Bonni; sister, Edna Colburn all of Glennnville; brother and sister-in-law Parker and Wilma Van Neman; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 3rd from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Mortuary.
Hillcrest Memorial Park & Mortuary Funeral Directors 366-5766.
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Mary Mildred (Cox) Daughtry
August 5, 1925 - November 24, 2012



Mary Daughtry was born in Taft, California and raised in Bakersfield, California. She loved having family over for BBQ's and working in her garden where she grew everything imaginable. She was a huge animal lover with everything from dogs, cats, birds, (including peacocks) to livestock.

She was preceded in death by her son, Eugene Daughtry. She is survived by her husband of 67 years Jessie Daughtry, daughter Vivian Daughtry, daughter Janice Massingill and her husband Hal, granddaughter Laurie Jones, grandson, Gary Butcher and 7 great grandchildren, Scott, Ryen, Matthew, Sarah, Seth, Gabriel and Tuesday.

Viewing will be held at Greenlawn Southwest - 2739 Panama Lane on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. and services on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. www.bakersfield.com/obits
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Stacie E. Daugherty, 85
March 27, 1919 - March 11, 2002



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. for Taft resident Stacie E. Daugherty, 85. Pastor Cindy of Bakersfield will officiate and burial will follow at the Westside District Cemetery. Mrs. Daugherty was born in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma on March 27, 1916 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on March 11, 2002.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard; her brothers, J. R. and Bud Swarb; and her sister, Ethel Daugherty. Her survivors include her daughter, Darlene Helms of Bakersfield; her brother Favel Swarb of Oklahoma; her sister, Elsie Hogan and Violet [Lott] Roundtree both of Taft; her nieces and nephews, Glenn Lott, Doris Decker, Sherry Smith and Jackie Karnes all of Taft and several other nieces and nephews living outside of Taft.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to service time at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Charles F. Dausman, 78
November 7, 1922 - January 28, 2001



Funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Fellows resident, Charles F. Dausman, 78. Elder James M. Richey of the Ford City Missionary Baptist Church will officiate and entombment will follow in the West Side Mausoleum.

Mr. Dausman was born in Sacramento on November 7, 1922 and passed away at his residence on January 28, 2001.

He was raised in the Los Angeles area and graduated from UCLA. During the Second World War he served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy. Mr. Dausman also served in the U.S. Maritime Service. He was employed as a physical therapist for over 40 years; the last 30 of which he was employed in Hawaii. He lived the last 18 months in Fellows.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Lillian Dausman. Mr. Dausman is survived by his brothers, Charles E. Gardner Sr. of Fellows, Dale Gardner of Bakersfield and Kenneth Gardner of Nebraska; his sisters, Jaque Mitchell of Sacramento and Wanda Mead of Nebraska.

Friends may pay their respects on Friday from 3:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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John

John A. Davidson, 79
November 30, 1921 - June 9, 2001



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Taft resident, John A. Davidson, 79. Burial in the West Side District Cemetery will follow.

Mr. Davidson was born in Wyonewood, Oklahoma on November 30, 1921 and passed away at this residence on June 9, 2001. During the Second World War he served his country as a member of the U.S. Army. He had been employed for 20 years by North Orange County Community College District and retired in 1983. After retiring he moved to Taft.

Mr. Davidson was a member of the Episcopal Church. His survivors include his wife, Margie Davidson of Taft, his children and their spouses. Steve and Duan Davidson of Orange, Don Davidson of Orange, John and Annie Davidson of Covina and Susan and Mike Beasley of Taft: his sister, Mary Maxie Uzzi of Hemet: his seven grandchildren and his two great grandchildren.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Monday until 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Margie Juanita Jones Davidson
January 10, 1927 - August 25, 2010



Margie Juanita Jones Davidson was born January 10, 1927. A determined tomboy she lived in overhauls and learned to swim in the ditch beside her house. She ate cold biscuits with blades of garlic plucked from the garden and climbed ladders to the top of the oil tanks to play on the walkway that went around the top. As ideal as it sounds, her childhood was anything but easy. Her parents divorced when she was three, and she didn't meet her father, until she was eleven. Living in Oklahoma during the Depression made things even tougher. During the worst times, she and her mother Effie and her brother Charles survived for weeks on a large gunny sack of yellow onions someone gave them. It says something about her practical nature that Margie still enjoyed the taste of onions even as an adult.

Margie was fifteen when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, and she distinctly remembered sitting in her typing class when the announcement came over the loud speaker. When the factories began hiring women, she got a job at the Douglas Aircraft Plant in Midway helping to build C-47 planes. When the war was over the women in the factory were fired so Margie and a girl friend decided to travel. The drove from Oklahoma, to California, worked for awhile, and then took a trip to New York to live for a bit. She worked as general manager for a dry cleaning store, learned to shuck fresh oysters, traveled the city, and attended vaudeville, and broadway shows.

After three months and no wages, Margie returned to Oklahoma. She found a job with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company and went dancing with her friends for fun. It was there she met her future husband, John Abriant Davidson. A tall, handsome red-head a polite manner, the two dated for 10 months and discussed marriage many times. When they finally decided to tie the knot, they planned it for the following week. The wedding supper consisted of "Oklahoma round steak dinner" (bologna sandwiches) and the honeymoon was a weekend in John's sisters house. Their marriage survived 51 1/2 years and ended when John passed away in June of 2001. She is survived by her four children (Steven Michael, Donald Brian, John Patrick and Susan Lynn), seven grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

When John's job moved them to Georgia the two of them joined St. Anne"s Episcopal Church. Margie learned to play the violin and fell in love with the south. John's job continued to move them around, from Florida to another section of Georgia, and finally back to California. Margie found a job with General Telephone, working as an operator before being retiring as a supervisor and the traffic observing department. After retiring Margie and John enjoyed visiting the races to bet on the horses. Margie's biggest win was the year she retired --- she played the first six digits of her mothers telephone number on a "pick six" and won over $24,000.00.

Margie and John made the move to Taft in 1982. When John passed away, Margie began attending St. Andrews Episcopal Church. Over the years she served many roles: choir member, Lector, ECW President, Altar Guild Directress, Bishops Committee Member, Jr. Warden, and the Diocesan Honored Woman from St. Andrews.

Margie was honest, straight forward, and loyal. If she felt there was an issue to address, she would meet the problem head - on and find a solution. A dependable person you could lean on, she held herself to extremely high standards. If she felt she had done someone wrong, she would seek them out and apologize immediately. She had a no nonsense way about her. If something needed to be done, she did it, and didn't waste any time procrastinating.

She "dabbled" (her words) in oil painting, creating dozens of beautiful works that hang in many different homes. She was a fantastic cook and could make incredibly delicious meals out of simple ingredients. One year, when Christmas grocery shopping had accidentally been postponed until after the stores were closed, she headed down to the corner store and created a "chili spaghetti" that her family still talks about to this day. She loved music "especially" stringed interments, had a dry sense of humor and love of laughter. She was intelligent and trustworthy.

After struggling with a heart condition for a few months, Margie went in for some testing and was diagnosed with Leukemia. She passed away in her home two weeks later on August 25, 2010, surrounded by loved ones.

Visitation will be held Thursday, September 2, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. Services will be held at St. Andrews Episcopal Church on Friday, September 3, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Raymond Lee"Tyke" Davidison
Died - January 10, 2014



Raymond Lee "Tyke" Davidson, 83 resident of Woodburn, passed away January 10, 2014. There are no services scheduled. Arrangements are under the direction of Simon-Cornwell Colonial Chapel.
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Alvin Ray Davis
August 7, 1948 - August 20, 2008



Alvin "Ray" Davis (60) was born in Turlock, California on August 7, 1948. He graduated from Livingston High School and enlisted in the United States Navy where he proudly served two tours in the Vietnam War. Ray earned numerous honors including a bronze star and two purple hearts before returning to the states and making his home in Taft. He soon married his soul-mate, and became an integral part of the local oilfield community. Ray made a multitude of friends while working in the Westside, and as an ultimate outdoorsman he loved motorcycle riding, hunting and fishing. Ray retired from AERA Energy in 2007 and soon after went to work in the oilfields of Oman where he passed away on Wednesday, August 20, 2008.

Ray is survived by his beloved wife Robin of Taft, daughter Christy Morasco and husband Jason, and grand-dogs; Morticia and Gizmo of Bakersfield, as well as his parents-in-law Bob and Mozelle Connick also of Taft. He also was the big brother to his surviving sisters; Cathrin Emberson of Taft and Qula Kuenzinger and Verna Black and husband Whittie of Turlock, California and brothers; Billy Joe, Roy and wife Sam, and Jay of Delhi, California, Finally, an infinite number of biological and psychological nieces and nephews will forever remember and love the embodiment of our real-life Superman in their "Uncle Ray".

Friends and family may pay their respects on Wednesday, August 27, 2008 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the West Side Memorial Services - Porteous Family located at 1150 4th Street in Taft. Graveside Services will be held at the West Side District Cemetery on Thursday, August 28, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to your local homeless veteran's shelter or animal shelter. You may sign the on-line guestbook at. West Side Memorial Services - Porteous Family has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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Arzelia "Sally" Davis
July 3, 1925 - July 3, 1925



Services: Tuesday, November 23, at 1:00 p.m. services will be held at the Westside District Cemetery Chapel, 26910 E. Cedar Street, in Taft for Arzelia "Sally" Davis, 79, who passed away November 19, 2004, in Bakersfield.

Mrs. Davis was born on July 3, 1925, in Lemoore, California and resided in Kern County for 49 years. She had worked as a teachers aide for six years. Mrs. Davis was a member of the Lost Dutchman Mining Association and Taft Association and Taft Prospectors Club and was a resident of Taft for many years.

She is survived by her husband Milton D. Davis, retired Taft, High teacher of Caliente; daughter, Vicki S. Davis of Taft; son Wayne E. Davis of Taft; granddaughter Kali Davis of Sacramento; sisters Louise Wilson of Bakersfield and Dora Esrey of Grass Valley and brother Delbert Fall of Lemoore.

Visitation begins at 12:00 noon today Monday, at Taft West Side Cemetery Chapel, Greenlawn Mortuary, Funeral Directors.
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James

James Owen Davis
April 29, 1924 - July 1, 2001



A loving husband, devoted father, enthusiastic teacher, sailor, skier, backpacker, and amateur astronomer, Jim Davis lost his struggle with Alzheimer's disease this week.

Born in Bakersfield in 1924, Jim was the only child of Walter Owen and Alice Jean. Jim was subsequently adopted by Doug Davis. He graduated from Taft High School, attended Bakersfield College and graduated from the University of California Davis. His Masters Degree was from California State University Bakersfield.

During World War II, he was a member of the USAF, serving in French North Africa and Italy as a cryptographer, writing and deciphering messages in code. Part of his duties involved developing codes to enable USAF planes to land safely. After a brief time teaching at Standard Junior High, he spent the rest of his twenty-year teaching career at East Bakersfield High School. His attitude toward teaching was I love what I"m doing and I get paid for doing it! At East High he was also the advisor to the EB Ski Club.

Jim was also active in community affairs. He served on the Kern County Air Pollution Hearing Board and was one of the founding members of the Kern Solar Energy Society. He also belonged to the Kern Reading Association, the Kern Science Teachers Association, the California State Science Teachers and the Kern Adult Literacy Council. He was a long time member of the First Presbyterian Church, serving as an elder.

Survivors include Carol, his wife of 52 years, sons Doug and wife Alice of Colorado, Paige and wife Stephanie of Oregon, Matthew and wife Ginger of Colorado, daughter Laurel and husband Anton of Virginia, grandchildren Vincent, Phillip and Nicolaas, Bardoin, Adriene, Nell, Errol and Graham Davis, brothers-in-law David Cunningham and wife Anne, Charles Cunningham, and sister-in-law Jan Wood, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to express appreciation to Bucky Hassain and the caring staff at Sherwood Samaritan, Barbara, Nell, and Mary for their loving care provided to Jim, to Hoffman Hospice for their meaningful addition to the comfort of his last days and to the many loving friends who have been so supportive.

Services will be in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church at 9:30 Friday morning, July 6th, with a reception to follow in Westminster Hall. In lieu of flowers please support Elder Life, First Presbyterian Cross Over, or the Hoffman Hospice.
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James L. Davis, 79
May 1, 1927 - January 3, 2007



Funeral services will be held in New Hope Temple on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for Taft resident, James L. Davis, 79. Rev. Bill Dunahoo will officiate at the service. Family burial service will be in the West Side District Cemetery on Monday morning at 11:30 a.m.

Mr. Davis was born in Poteau, Oklahoma on May 1, 1927, and passed away in Bakersfield, on January 3, 2007. During WWII he proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy. In November of 1946 he moved to Taft. He was employed by Standard Oil Company for over 37 years and retired in 1985. After his retirement he moved to California Hot Springs and lived there until moving back to Taft a short time ago. Mr. Davis was a long time member of the New Hope Temple and served that church as a youth leader for 17 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and a brother. Mr. Davis is survived by his wife of 59 years, Lois Davis of Taft; his son and his wife, Darrell and Iris Davis of Livermore; his daughter and her husband Linda and Tim Caudill of Gardner Kansas; his siblings Ruby Baldwin of Poteau Oklahoma, Vida Curry of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Athlene Bunce of Bonner Springs, Kansas, Katie Cantrell of Shawnee Kansas and Floyd Davis of Shady Point, Oklahoma; and his grandchildren, Nathaniel Davis, Lindsey Caudell, Danyel Bevan, Matt Ritter, and Carly Tippit and by his eight great grandchildren.

Friends are invited to pay their respect on Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Jinni Vee Davis, 70
April 29, 1932 – April 11, 2003



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Taft resident Jinni Vee Davis, 70.

She was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on April 29, 1932 and passed away at her residence on April 11, 2003. She was a longtime resident, of Kilgore, Texas before moving to Bakersfield five years ago where she lived for three years before moving to Taft. Jinni Vee was a member of the Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Dotson; her parents Pete and Dolly Davis; her brother, Harold Davis and her twin sister, Jinni Lee Chavez. Surviving her are her children Claudia Shoeman of New Mexico, Steve Bunch of Taft, Connie Giles of Arizona and her brother Syd Davis of Texas and several grandchildren and many great grandchildren.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Joseph Paul Davis
March 4, 1957 - May 2, 2011



A memorial service will be held at the Hillside Baptist Church on June 11th in Mariposa, California at 1:00 p.m. for former Taft resident Joe Davis, 54. Joe was born on March 4, 1957 in Taft, California and passed away in Mariposa, California on May 2, 2011.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Pauline "Cookie" (Morton) Davis and Warren "Bud" Davis, and his sister Sammie Brown. He leaves one niece, Robin Zubiate and two grandnephews, Anthony (18) and David (15) Zubate of Delano along with a large family of aunts and uncles including Belva Lee Taylor, Eula Morton, Bob and Sandy Morton, Rocky and Donna Morton, and Sandy and Debbie Kiser, as well as many cousins.

Joe was employed at Above All Automotive and made his home in Bear Valley at the time of his death. He will be greatly missed.
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Orlene Martha Davis
April 29, 1920 - January 21, 2007



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, January 26th at 11:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident. Orlene Martha Davis, 86. Burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mrs. Davis was born in Chickala, Arkansas on April 29, 1920 and passed away on January 21, 2007. She came to live in Taft 54 years ago.

She was preceded in death by her parents. Howard and Annie Rowland; her husband of 62 years, Woodrow Davis; her son, Johnie Davis and by her grandson, Richard Beard; and by eight siblings. Mrs. Davis is survived by her children, Pat Glendening, Charlotte Luther and her husband, Wayne, Sue Anderson, all of Taft, Howard Davis of Wichita, Kansas, Bill Davis and his wife, Linda of Bakersfield, Georgia Havens and her husband, Chuck of Taft; her sister, Anna Watson and her husband, Jim of Neodesha, Kansas; and by many wonderful grandchildren; great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
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Particia Ann Davis
July 11, 1942 - December 9, 2002



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetry on Saturday, December 14th, at 10:00 a.m. for Valley Acres resident, Patricia Ann Davis, 60. Mr. Jerry Botts, minister at Taft Church of Christ will speak at the services. Mrs. Davis was born in Flagstaff, Arizona on July 11, 1942 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on December 9, 2002.

Mrs. Davis is survived by her husband of 30 years, Ron Davis of Valley Acres; her uncle, James Inglis of Fellows; three stepsons and their families, Steve Davis of Van Nuys, Tony Davis of Escondido and Mike Davis of Vista.

Pat will be missed by all who knew her. The Family asked that in lieu of flowers please make donations to the Taft Animal Shelter or Adopt-A-Pet. No visitation hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Ronald Lynn Davis
December 10, 1963 - July 19, 2011



Ronald Lynn Davis - Age 47 passed away July 19, 2011. A previous resident of Taft, Ron moved to Bakersfield in the 1990's. Ron was born December 10, 1963.

He was survived by his wife Shelly Darnell Davis, his parents Edward and Donna Davis of Taft, sister and brother-in-law Bonita and Terry Bullard of Maricopa, brothers, Larry Davis of Bakersfield and Edward and Monica Davis of San Diego and sister Susan Davis of Taft, stepdaughter Crystal and granddaughter Reily and many nieces and nephews. In-laws Ben and Ann Darnell, Darrell and Sheila Darnell, and three sister-in-laws, Sheila, Sherry andCheryl and their husbands. Ron was preceded in death by his brother Timothy Kevin grandmother Maude Waldron and grandfather Roy Waldron.

Ron graduated fromTaft Union High School in 1982. He married Shelly Darnell on August 28, 1988. Ron and Shelly were blessed with apple of his eye Reily in 2006.

Ron passed away at his home due to a long term illness. By his side were his wife Shelly, sister Bonita, brother Larry and niece Christina. Anyone who knew Ron knew his love of sports. Growing up Ron played little league baseball, Babe Ruth and in HIgh School was a member of both the football and baseball varsity team.

A Memorial Celebration of his life will be held at the First Southern Baptist Church at 120 Pico Street, in Taft, August 6, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. The family would like to thank Bakersfield Dialysis Center for all your years of caring for Ron. We would also like to say a special Thank You to Dr. Harold Baer.
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Roy A. Davis, 81
August 1, 1920 - November 14, 2001



Roy A. Davis born August 1, 1920 to Henry and Virgie Frazier Davis on a farm at Edgar Springs, Missouri. Passed away November 14, 2001 in a Templeton, California hospital. Both parents preceded him in death, as did his youngest brother Robert Ray Davis.

Roy spent his childhood and school in Taft, California. He remained in Taft to work in the oilfields, then to the California coast, then settled in Templeton where he spent the remaining years. He retired several years ago due to failing health.

Roy leaves his wife of 59 years, Bessie Noble Davis, his sons and their wives Donald and Mary Davis of San Diego, California, David and Linda Davis of Paso Robles, California, Bill Davis of Texas and Darrel Davis of Taft, California; one daughter Marcia Baugham of Paso Robles. He also leaves to mourn his passing 10 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren one brother Joe Davis, three sisters Ruth Masters, Betty Blanco, and Wanda and her husband Max Russell all of Taft.

Numerous nieces, nephews and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Cremation has taken place.
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Harold Richard Day, 75
March 11, 1926 - October 15, 2001



Services will be held in Greenlawn Memorial Chapel, 3700 River Blvd., Bakersfield, California; Wednesday, October 17th, at 1:30 p.m. and graveside services will be held in Auberry Cemetery, Tollhouse, California Thursday October 18th at 1:30 p.m.

Harold was born on March 11, 1926 in Taft, California to Charles Eberly Day and Viola McKanna Day. Harold is survived by his wife of 55 years, Dolores, his daughter Sheryl Butz and partner George Blake; son Chuck and wife Laurie and daughter Janice Baker and partner Steven White. Grandchildren Richard and wife Danielle Day, Nicki Day and partner Roger, Brandy and husband Jamie Holt, Dustin Day, Stephen Renfro, Jessica Waldron, Tiffaney and husband Troy Spears, Leah Butz, Joshua Baker, Mitchell Baker, Ben Baker, Becky Baker, Fred White, and Whitney White, great-grandchildren Riley and Jacob Spears, Kalysta and Kassie Holt, Kinsey, Brandon and Megan.
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Elmer L. Dean
July 19, 1939 - June 29, 2003



Elmer L. Dean, 63, of Maricopa died of Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) on Sunday, June 29, 2003, at 2:03, at his home. Graveside services will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 5th at West Side District Cemetery.

He leaves behind his caring wife, Florence of 43 years, one daughter, Donna, and three sons; Elmer and wife Donna, Ray and wife Pam, and James and wife Melissa, he also leaves eighteen grandchildren; Nickolas, Cheyanne, Joshua, Tyler, Canon, Michael, Randall, Patricia, Krista, Curry, Stephanie, Christopher, Amber, Ashley, Laura and finace Travis, Kevin Ray, Shasta and husband Jason and great granddaughter Kylie Leeann. He also left behind five sisters Clara Garlock, Verna and husband Bo Griffin, Joyce and husband Tom Queen, Loretta and husband Whit Free, Evelyn and husband Gene Uhles; 3 brothers; Joe and wife Debbie, Dean, Red and wife Jonie Dean, Harold and wife Judy Dean and many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. A great husband, dad, papa, brother, uncle, cousin, friend, hunter and fisherman, he is deeply missed. Visitation will be held on Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Jerry Lyndon Dean
April 16, 1937 - August 28, 2011



Riverside, California - Jerry Lyndon Dean, 74, of Seal Beach, California, passed away August 28th 2011 in Riverside, California. He was born April 16th, 1937 in Seminole, Oklahoma, the son of LeRoy Calvin and Irene Alberta Dean.

In 1965, he married Monica "Nikki" Skalko Dean. She preceded him in death on January 15th, 2009. He graduated from Taft Union High School in Taft, California, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He was a computer programmer who worked in the aerospace industry, most recently at TRW. He had an average interest in flying, amateur radio and electronics.

He is preceded in death by Royce Irene Taniguchi. He is survived by his sister, Doris Dyer, of Taft, California; three children, Karen Camarda, of Lawrence, Kansas, Shelley Wallevand of Eastvale, California and Eric Dean of Glen Ellen, California; four grandchildren, Diane Camarda, Logan Camarda, Riley Wallevand and Jamie Wallevand.

Funeral services will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, September 3, 2011 at St. Hedwig Catholic Church in Los Alamitos. Interment will be held at The Good Shepherd Cemetery in Huntington Beach. Funeral arrangements are by Luyben Family Dilday-Mottell Mortuary in Long Beach. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America at www.alzfdn.org to advance research and support services for individuals with dementia.
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Douglas Glenn DeCambra
March 16, 1951 - April 10, 2007



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday in morning at 11:00 a.m. for Taft Resident, Douglas Glenn DeCambra, 56. Mr.DeCambra was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on March 16, 1951 and passed away at his home on April 10, 2007.

He is survived by his two daughters, Darla Johnson and Danelle DeCambra; his son, Dawson DeCambra; his son-in-law, Trotsky Johnson; his daughter-in-law, Mary Garcia; his six grandchildren, Alexah Johnson, Monique DeCambra, Diego DeCambra, Kawena Johnson, Dezirae Lopez and Marylea DeCambra; his two sisters, Gertrude of Oregon and Joanne of Hawaii; his brother, Andrew of Hawaii and other siblings living in Hawaii, Calfornia and Oregon and a special friend and campanion, Theresa and her daughter, Sabrina.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to service time at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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James W. Decker, 72
November 29, 1928 - March 2, 2001



A memorial service and potluck dinner will be held on Wednesday from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints, Taft Ward located on Church and A Streets for Taft native, James Wesley Decker, 72.

Mr. Decker was born in Taft on November 29, 1928 and passed away at his home on March 2, 2001. He was raised and educated in Taft and graduated from Taft Union High School in 1947. He graduated from St. Mary’s College. Mr. Decker served his country as a member of the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He had been employed at West Kern Water District and retired as pumping superintendent. Mr. Decker was a member of the American Legion. He was a volunteer fireman for the City of Taft for over 25 years. Jim will be remembered as a good husband and father.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Josie Decker, in March of last year. His survivors include his sons, Jeff Decker of Taft and Drew Decker and his wife, Robin of American Fork, Utah; his grandchildren, Trevor, Michael, Holly and Megan Decker, his brother, Vernon Decker of Bakersfield and his sister, Pearl Paules of Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Private cremation and burial in the West Side District Cemetery will take place under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Jeff Allen Decker
November 2, 1956 - June 16, 2001



Jeff Allen Decker died Saturday, June 16, 2001 of a gun shot wound in a tragic accident. Born November 2, 1956 to Jim and Josie Decker, he was raised in Ford City and attended Taft City Schools. He graduated from TUHS in 1975. He was an expert paint and body man and was well known for his brick and tile work. He loved hunting and fast cars and bikes. He loved baseball. He married Mary Treadway in July of 1988. They had a son, Trevor James Decker. Jeff was a loving father who faithfully attended Trevor's sports events. Jeff was a loyal friend willing always to help anyone in need.

Jeff was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Josie Decker. He is survived by his son Trevor and Mary Decker, his brother Drew and Robin Decker, nephew Michael Decker and nieces Holly and Megan Decker, as well as a large extended family.

Services to be held at Westside Family Mortuary, Wednesday, June 20th at 7:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made for Trevor Decker at Taft National Bank.
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Minnie Florence McMahan-Decker, 64
March 26, 1933 - November 11, 1997



Funeral services will be held Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home for long-time Taft resident Minnie Florence McMahan-Decker, 64. Visitation will be Friday, November 14th until 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. The Reverend Tommy McWhorter will officiate. Burial will follow at the West Side District Cemetery.

Minnie was born March 26, 1933 in Norman, Oklahoma, the third of seven children born to George and Lena Mize. She passed away November 11, 1997 at her home in Taft. Minnie married Roy McMahan in 1948 and the couple moved to Kern County in 1953. After Roy's passing she married Virgil Decker in 1976. She was a member of the Gateway Temple Church of Maricopa.

She is survived by three sons and their spouses: William and Nancy McMahan of Fresno, Keith and Kelly McMahan of Bakersfield, and Paul and Lori McMahan of Taft; her daughter and her husband, Jenny and Larry Robison of Taft; 11 grandchildren; Kristen, Marissa and Samantha McMahan; Dave Hook; and Sean, Joshua and Larry Robison, all of Taft; Tammy Bodewig and Veronica Peevy of Bakersfield; Katie Armstrong of Fresno; and Tim Arzi of Fallon, Nevada; and four great granddaughters. She is also survived by four brothers: Harvey and Eugene Mize of Lexington, Oklahoma; Edwin Mize of Taft and DeWayne Mize of Briston, Oklahoma; and two sisters: June Hook of Fillmore, Utah; and Merle Mize of Meeker, Oklahoma. She was preceded in death by her husbands: Roy McMahan in 1974 and Virgil Decker in 1990; and by her grandson, Bryan McMahan, in 1984.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations in her memory be made to: the Dream Center, c/o L.A. International Church, P. O. Box 26629, Los Angeles, California 90026.
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Vernon Allen Decker
September 20, 1926 - November 26, 2001



Memorial services will be held at Laurelglen Bible Church, 2800 Ashe Road, Friday,November 20 at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be private.

Vernon is preceded in death by his father, Frank: mother, Stella: and brother, James. He is survived by his wife, Sherry Gibson: sister, Pearl Paules of Cheyenne, Wyoming: children, Bishop Decker and wife, Kathy of Midland, Texas: Denise Barker and husband Bill of Bakersfield, Toni Gibbons and husband Greg of Bakersfield, Tod Decker and Peggy of Livermore, 15 adoring grandchildren; Melissa Smith, Ashleigh, Lisa, Ben and Joe Decker, Sean, Annah, and Ryan Barker, Grant, Nate, Hank and Sam Gibbons and Wesley, Karen and Wade Decker; and three great grandchildren.

Vernon will be remembered for his many early morning walks on Oceano's beaches with his grandchildren during Easter break camping trips. He cherished family outings and holiday gatherings. He instilled a love of the outdoors in all of his children and grandchildren. The memories of Vernon will also be filled with his love of children, his wit, and his ability to make those around him laugh and smile.

Vernon proudly served his country during W.W. II aborad a naval destroyer, the USS Phillip in the Pacific. Vernon went to work for the State Board of Equalization as an auditor in 1954. While working for the state he was active with the California State Employee Association and at the State Employees Credit Union. Vernon retired from the state in 1987. He spent his retirement years, hunting, fishing, traveling, attending, family gatherings, visiting his many friends from work and spending time with Sherry his loving wife of 8 years.

The family would like to express their graditude to Sherry's mother, Jane Ware and sister, Brenda Waldelich for the warm and loving care they gave Vernon over the past several months.

God may have called him home but his spirit, warm smile, gentle wit and his love of the Condors will remain his legacy. "God's finger touched him and he slept," Lord Alfred Tennyson.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hoffman Hospice, 6507 Schirra Ct., Bakersfield, California 93309 or California living Museum, 10500 Alfred Harrell Hwy., Bakersfield, California 93306.
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Mary Ellen Deeds
May 21, 1938 - March 28, 2012



A graveside memorial service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Saturday, May 19, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. for Mary Ellen Deeds, 75. Chaplain Craig Amos will officiate.

Mrs. Deeds was born on May 21, 1938 in San Fernando, California and passed away quietly in Bakersfield on March 28, 2012 with her family and close friends by her side. Prior to becoming ill, Mrs. Deeds was employed by Transwest Security for 19 years at Elk Hills, Gate 3, in the position of security guard, a job in which she took great pride. She loved her pets - her parrots and chihuahuas.

She was predeceased by her parents, mother, Consuelo Ramirez and father, Candelario Ramirez and her husband, Richard Deeds. Mrs. Deeds is survived by her daughters, Linda Golden and husband, Mike, and Velda Long and fiance, Joe; her grandchildren, Justin Burch, Jimmy Golden, Alexis Long and Alexis' father, Bill Long; Mary Ellen's surviving sister, Violet Ridenour and husband, Al; and several nieces and nephews. Mary also leaves behind her dearest friends who were with us during this difficult time, Jan, Fay, Ray, Rosita, Izi and Pascual. God bless all of you.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To convey condolences, please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Loretta Jean Defehr, 70
February 1, 1938 - December 30, 2008
Services Pending



Services are pending for Loretta Jean Defehr, 70. The services have been entrusted to the West Side Memorial Services, Porteous Family.
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Mildred L. DeLancy, 82
August 21, 1919 - November 24, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. for former Taft resident Mildred L. DeLancy, 82. Pastor John Shirley, of the Valley Baptist Church in Bakersfield, will officiate at the services.

Mrs. DeLancy was born on August 21, 1919 in Oklahoma and passed away on November 24, 2001 in Bakersfield. Mrs. DeLancy had lived in Taft from 1968 to 1998. She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett [Cotton] DeLancy, in 1992 and by her son, Everett [Bud] DeLancy in 1990.

Her survivors include her two daughters and their husbands, Peggy and Loren Woods of Bakersfield and Jewell and Richard Peterhans of Grants Pass Oregon; her daughter-in-law, Katherine DeLancy of Rio Vista; her sister and her husband Connie and Leroy Hilton of Hanford; her brothers, Albert Null of Texas, Preston and William Null both of Oklahoma, Larry Null of Oregon and Monty Null of Florida; her seven grandchildren and her nine great grandchildren.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Tressie L. Demarest
May 9, 1915 - February 9, 2004



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, February 12, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. for longtime Taft resident, Tressie L. Demarest, 88. Mrs. Demarest was born in Harrison, Arkansas on May 9, 1915 and passed away at her home in Taft on February 9, 2004. Mrs. Demarest moved to Taft in 1945. She worked for Topper's Motel and the Caprice Motel as a clerk for 30 years.

Mrs. Demarest was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Demarest Sr. in 1998. Her survivors include her son, Fred Demarest, Jr. and his wife, Barbara of Lake Las Vegas, Nevada; her grandchildren, Steve Demarest of Manhattan Beach and Laurie Feltheimer of Brentwood; her great grandchildren, Jillian, Trace, Maya, Jack and Ryan. She is also survived by her sister Alta Morris of Taft.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Wednesday from 3:00 to 8:30 p.m. and again on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to service time.
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Gwendolyn Dennis
July 31, 1915 - December 18, 2013



Gwendolyn (Gwen) Dennis was born in July 31, 1915 in Southern California, and passed away Wednesday, December 18, 2013 in the hospital in San Luis Obispo.

She was a member of the SLO Farm Bureau Women and the Paso Robles Eastern Star. Gwen was an accomplished artist in water color and satined glass. She attended elementary school in Paso Robles, high school in Taft, California (class of '34) and, after graduation, the L.A. Art Institute. She married John Dennis in 1938 and they resided in various towns in central California until they retired in Santa Margarita in 1971.

Gwen is survived by her two sons George (Linda) and James (Karen). She was preceded in death by her parents, Euall and Ruth Harrison, her husband, John and sister, Helen Lewis.

Her ashes are to be scattered at sea. There will be a celebration of Gwen's life on February 8, 2014 at the San Luis Bay Inn in Avila, California. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to your favorite charity.
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Clifford Dale Denny
March 27, 1953 - August 9, 2008



Clifford Dale Denny 55, passed away Saturday, August 9th, 2008 in San Miguel, California. Survived by his wife Chris and 3 daughters Elizabeth, Sara & Jessica, father Cliff Denny of Pueblo, Colorado and brother Jack Malone of Fairfield, California.

He was preceded in death by his mother Violet Irene Denny. A longtime resident & graduate of Taft High School, he was a kind and caring man who will be missed by everyone. Services are pending with Blue Sky Cremation Service.
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Violet Irene Denny, 82
April 17, 1919 - December 23, 2001



Violet Irene Denny, 82 was born April 17, 1919 in Oklahoma and passed away December 23, 2001 in a Bakersfield hospital.

Mrs. Denny moved to Taft in 1957. She was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church. She loved her hobbies, including making dolls and ceramics. She will be missed by family and friends.

Mrs. Denny was survived by her husband Clifford Denny of Taft, two sons: Jack Malone of Fairfield, California and Clifford Denny of Atascadero, California. Five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Services will be held Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. at West Side Family Mortuary Chapel. Interment at West Side District Cemetery. Pastor John Greenwalt of the First Southern Baptist Church will officiate.

Services are under the care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary.
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Alvin Richardson "Sonny" Denver
June 24, 1920 - November 20, 2004



Alvin Richardson "Sonny" Denver, age 84, of Roosevlet, Utah, passed away peacefully November 20, 2004, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born June 24, 1920, in Ft. Duchesne, Utah, to Elmer and Mary May Harris Denver.

He married Naomi May Houtz, September 18, 1938, in Vernal, Utah. He attended Whiterocks Indian School, then went on to technical school. At the age of sixteen he learned to operate heavy equipment and continued doing this most of his life.

Alvin served in the Navy during WWII and was stationed in New Guinea where he was a part of a construction battalion. He was on many of the road construction and dam building projects throughout the state of Utah and California. He was a mechanic for the last years of his career and retired in 1985. He was renowned as one of the best equipment operators in Taft, California.

In Lamont, California, he held a lifetime membership with VFW 8393. He was a member of the VFW Post 8398 Lamont, California. He was an avid reader, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, visiting relatives, playing baseball in his younger years, and watching WWE Wrestling on TV. He especially loved a good joke and spending time teasing his grandchildren.

Alvin is survived by his wife Naomi, Roosevelt, Utah; Alvin Richard "Little Sonny" (Melva) Denver, Roosevelt; Flora Jean Heater, New Mexico; Roberta Lee Denver, Roosevelt; Earl Stanley (Kathy) Denver, Taft, California; Sheila Rodden, Roosevelt; grandson whom they raised, Ronald Allan Dawn Woodin, Roosevelt, 18 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren 4 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Ellis Denver, Roosevelt; Pauline Freeman, Pala, California Ada (Jerry) Padilla, Flordia. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Lorena Lorg, Lena Sixkiller, Florence Meyers, Edith Gardner; brothers, Connie Mac Denver Sr., Elmer "Toes" Denver, Jr.; Milton Denver; and one great granddaughter, Ariel Holtschulte.

Funeral services held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, Chapel. As per his wishes, he will be cremated. Services under the direction of the Hullinger Mortuary, Roosvelt, Utah.
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Kerry Robert De Remer
December 30, 1953 - October 11, 2012



Kerry was born in Palmerton, Pennsylvania to Bob and Shirley DeRemer on December 30, 1953 and passed away at the home in Bakersfield on October 11, 2012. Kerry attended Taft High School and Taft College. He worked for various oilfield contractors in the Taft area. He was known for his wry sense of humor and his generosity. Kerry loved music, was a NASCAR fan and an avid reader.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bob De Remer. He is survived by his mother, Shirley DeRemer of Bakersfield and his sister, Kim DeRemer of Healdsburg, California.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Kerry's name to Odyssey Hospice. There will be no visitation by graveside services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery in Taft on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. To convey condolences or sign an online register, please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com.
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Mary Lucille Melo DeWell
February 5, 1925 – April 14, 2003



Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, April 25, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taft for former Taft resident, Mary Lucille Melo DeWell, 78.

Mrs. DeWell was born in Maricopa on February 5, 1952 and was in Pueblo, Colorado when she went to be with the Lord on April 14, 2003. She was a member of the Y.L.I., S.P.R.S.I and U.P.P.E.C. She was a volunteer for the Pueblo Meals on Wheels Program. Mrs. DeWell was an avid bowler and she loved her cats.

She was preceded in death by her parents Gus and Mary Melo; her brother Gus Melo and her sister, Virginia Lumpkin. Mrs. DeWell had a kind and loving heart and she will be deeply missed by her husband of 44 years, Laurence W. DeWell; her nieces and nephews and their spouses, Mike and Chris Melo, John and Judy Melo, Tony and Susie Melo, David and Sandy Melo, “Stephen and Marilyn Melo, Catherine and John King, Denise and Ray Gobberg and Greg and Tammy Lumpkin; and by several great nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Mary’s long time friend, Melinda Grant, for her friendship, loving care and support.

The family respectfully requests the omission of food and flowers and asks that those wishing to do so make contributions in memory of Mrs. DeWell to St. Mary’s Altar Society, in care of St. Mary’s Church, 110 East Woodrow Street, Taft, California 93268. No visitation hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Herbert William Dewing, 72
July 14, 1929 - September 18, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. for Taft native, Herbert William Dewing, 72. Mr. Dewing was born on July 14, 1929 and passed away on September 18, 2001 in Bakersfield. He was raised and educated on the Westside. He attended Belridge Elementary School and the first two years at Taft High School. He graduated from Tamalpias High School in San Rafael. Mr. Dewing proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict. He had been employed as a gas plant operator for many years and was last employed by Bechtel Petroleum Operations Incorporated.

Mr. Dewing was preceded in death by his parents. Charles and Lora Dewing and by his sister, Katherine Jackson. His survivors include his wife, Josephine M. Dewing of Taft; his son William Herbert Dewing of Taft; his daughters and their husbands, Jewell and Jim Jones of Taft, Elaine and Monty Sepulveda of Paso Robles and Joanne Dewing and Bob Comstock of Buttonwillow; his brother and his wife, Charles and Darlene Dewing of Ojai; his grandchildren, Bryan Jones, Aaron and Mandy Jones, Melissa Jones, Sky Sepulveda, Whitney Sepulveda, Heather Sepulveda, Nathaniel Sepulveda, Zachary Dewing and Alexander Dewing; his former daughter-in-law Linda Garland and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers the family has suggested that donations may be sent in Mr. Dewing’s name to St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital or Shriners Hospital or any organization involving children. Friends are invited to pay their respects on Friday from 3:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Nolie

Nolie Lucille De Witt
August 16, 1912 - October 28, 2001



Nolie Lucille De Witt was born to Eugene and Kate Whitley on August 16, 1912 in Red Boilling Springs, Tennessee. The family moved to Taft, California when Nolie was only eight because she was ill and needed to be in a drier climate. The Whitley family moved from Taft to Bakersfield in time for Nolie to attend Washington Jr. High School. Nolie graduated from Kern County Union High School in 1931. She worked for Richfield Oil Company, Montgomery Ward and Hopper Machine Works. It was during this time that she met and married Paul Chester De Witt on October 5, 1934. Nolie and Paul had three children, David, John and Jeanne.

Nolie was in numerous organizations, including Lion’s Club, Women’s Division of Chamber of Commerce, Business and Professional Women and Eastern Star. In the Eastern Star, she served as a grand officer and also as Worthy Matron for both Bakersfield and Wasco Chapters.

Nolie and her husband, Paul, assisted each other in the management of Pittsburgh Paint and Glass Company here in Bakersfield. They developed many long last friendships during their twenty years of managing the paint store. Nolie then launched a new career at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary that lasted the next 25 years. Nolie started selling insurance at Hillcrest and qualified as Millionaire Sales-person continuously for over ten years. The insurance company rewarded Nolie with trips to Mexico City, Jamaica, New Orleans, Reno, San Francisco and Hawaii. She remained actively working until after she was 78 years old, always looking fresh and happy.

Nolie loved to watch the sunsets over the ocean. She could spend hours watching the ocean and dreamed of one day getting to live at the ocean. After the death of her son John, in June, 1998, she spent two years living with her daughter and son-in-law, Jeanne and Ed in San Simeon, California. There she got to wake up early in the morning to a fireplace and the Pacific Ocean. She also got to enjoy the Senior Citizens program in Cambria and develop some friendships with people from all different areas in California.

The last year and a half, Nolie has resided at Carriage House Estate in Bakersfield. Nolie once again got to enjoy being around people and many residents remembered her from her career at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary.

Nolie was also preceded in death by her parents, Eugene and Kate Whitley; her sister, Goldie Whitley; and her husband, Paul De Witt. Nolie is survived by her son, David De Witt of Santa Maria and his wife, JoAnne and her daughter Jeanne and her husband, Ed Lopez of Bakersfield. She is also survived by her four grandchildren, Susan Anspach, Sherri Sanborn, Greg DeWitt and Sean Clason. Nolie also had eight great grandchildren, all from Bakersfield. Nolie is also survived by her sister, Ruth Rowan and her two children, Judy Marty and Jim Upton and their children. In addition, Nolie leaves her brothers in law, Richard De Witt and Doug De Witt and their families.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to your favorite charity. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 31st, at 10:00 a.m. at Hillcrest Morturary. Hopson-Anspach Family Mortuary Bakersfield.
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Gary Leon DeWoody
August 14, 1952 - January 31, 1997



Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at Union Cemetery in Bakersfield for former Taft resident Gary Leon De Woody, 44. The Rev. Tom LeClair, pastor of the Community Christian Fellowship, will officiate at the services.

Mr. DeWoody was born in Bakersfield on August 14, 1952 and passed away January 31, 1997 in a Bakersfield hospital. He attended Arvin schools, graduating from Arvin High School. He served in the U.S. Army. He married Emy Lou Loman in 1974. They later divorced. Mr. DeWoody was a well known musician and performed a lot of singing at jam sessions everywhere. He was a member of the Country Music Society.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gurney DeWoody; his sister, Brenda DeWoody; his brother, Michael DeWoody; his stepfather, Pete Riggins; his grandparents, Clarence and Daisy Powers, and Bob and Eva DeWoody. His survivors include his daughters, Juanita Kaye DeWoody, Mindy Lynn DeWoody, and Sue Ellen DeWoody; his stepson, Bobby Patrick; his long-time companion, Jo Sinder; his mother and step-father, Jewell and Jim Lay; his sisters, Lynda Perez and Leslie Carlon; his brothers, Cliff DeWoody; Rodney DeWoody; Thomas DeWoody, Chuck Riggins; Kenneth Carlon; Jeff Carlon; his stepbrother, Jeff Lay; his sisters-in-law, Betty DeWoody, Marilyn Carlon; Debbie Carlon, Debbie DeWoody; Katie Loman; his brother-in-law, Rodney Loman; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at Bakersfield Family Funeral Director, 701 34th Street, Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. family and friends are invited to a memorial service at the Moose Lodge in Taft Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. Gary had many friends and will be missed.
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Harold W. Dickey
December 3, 1927 - January 11, 2010



Graveside funeral services will be held in the Westside District Cemetery on Friday, January 15, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Harold W. Dickey, 82. Rev. Tom White, pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God, will officiate.

Mr. Dickey was born December 3, 1927 to Walter and Christine (Pearson) Dickey in Enid, Oklahoma and passed away on January 11, 2010 in a Bakersfield hospital.

He came to California as a teenager and attended Taft Union High School, before dropping out of school to join the Merchant Marines in 1945. After his discharge, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and signed up for jump school at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Taft and worked for Honolulu Oil and Standard Oil Companies in 1950. He retired from Chevron in 1986 after 36 years of service. He married Chloetta Kuykendall in 1949 and they had two children.

His survivors include his wife of 60 1/2 years, Chloetta; his sons, Randy and his wife, Patty, of Bakersfield and Gary and his wife, Tina of Taft; his grandchildren, Jeff and his wife, Jaine Dickey, Brian Dickey and fiancee Jenna Cota and Marcie and Garrett Dickey; his two great grandchildren, Branton and Kailey Dickey; his brother Elmer and his wife, Peggy Dickey of McKinlyville; his sister-in-law, Colleen Beck of Modesto. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins, as well as many dear and long time friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, an infant sister and a brother, Chuck.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Friday from 8:30 a.m to 10:00 a.m., at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Frances "Fran" Dickinson, 87
January 15, 1920 - March 12, 2007



Lifelong Taft resident Fran Dickinson passed away March 12th in Reno Nevada. A Celebration of her remarkable life will be held on Saturday April 28th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Taft Moose Lodge.All of her friends are invited to come and share their memories of this truly amazing women.

She was born Janurary 15, 1920 to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Elder and through her long life was well known and loved throughtout the community. She worked many years at Taft College where she befriended many students. She was a woman of many talents and often entertained people with the ukulele and accordion. She was an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed bowling, golf, and softball. She played on a national championship softball team as a young woman. Fran is survived by her sister Thelma Beebe of Bakersfield, her son Charles and his wife Karen Dickinson of Reno, granddaughter and her husband Amber and Colin Dowling of Reno, grandson, Danial Dickinson and his wife Brenda of Vacaville California, and two great grandchildren, Kimberly Dickinson of Vacaville and Kayla Dowling of Reno and a nephew Gene Roben and his wife Lavon.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Lou Dickinson, sister, Shirley Daly and her brother-in-law Bill Daly.
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Doyle Lynn Dickson
July 3, 1946 - October 28, 2012



Doyle passed away in Bakersfield on October 28th after a long fight with diabetes and heart complications.

He was preceded in death by his father Pat Dickson in 1982 and his mother Kathleen in 2008. He is survived by his daughter and her husband, Christina and Alan Asp, his brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Glenice Dickson, their children Bryce and Kendra, of Houston, Texas, his cousins, Kent and Sherry McBride of Bakersfield, his step children Jeff Bolivar, Tina Cash and several grandchildren of Taft, as well as his beloved little sidekick "Buddy". Doyle was a distinguished Vietnam Veteran, receiving the Bronze Star with "V" device and the Purple Heart for his heroism while serving with Troop C, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Calvary Regiment. Doyle's big, loving heart endeared him to nearly all he met. Doyle never met a stranger and did his best to live each day to the fullest. To his family and friends he will be greatly missed and long remembered.
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Virginia [Ginger] Dilbeck, 55
January 6, 1945 - March 3, 2001



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. for former Taft Resident, Virginia [Ginger] Dilbeck, 55.

Mrs. Dilbeck was born in Hydro, Oklahoma on January 6, 1946 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on March 3, 2001. She moved to Taft as a young child and was raised and educated in Taft. She was a member of the 1964 graduating class at Taft Union High School. She later graduated from Fresno State College with her Bachelor’s Degree. Mrs. Dilbeck had been employed as a schoolteacher and last taught at Standard Middle School. Her students were very important to her. Mrs. Dilbeck had a special bond with her nieces and nephews and was very devoted to them.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe D. and Inola Rose Bozarth and by her brother, Jody, Bozarth. Her survivors include her loving husband of 28 years, Roger Dilbeck of Bakersfield, her brother and his wife, Ted and Betty Jo Bazarth, her sister and her husband, June and Howard Matney all of Taft; her nieces and nephews, Tom Bozarth, Steven Bozarth, Melissa Matney Taylor, Donna Matney Chow, Angela Bozarth and Robert Bozarth and her six great nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family has suggested that donations in Mrs. Dilbecks’ name may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
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Rose Evelyn Odale Dill, 88
September 1, 1908 - February 22, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be held in the Lemoore Cemetery, Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. for Taft resident Rose Odale Dill, 88.

Mrs. Dill was born in Nance County, Nebraska on September 1, 1908 and passed away February 2, 1997 in a local nursing home. She had lived in Anenal for several years before moving to Taft in 1973. Mrs. Dill was a member of the Community Presbyterian Church, Taft Rebekahs and the Taft Grandmothers Club.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Vincel L. Odale; her second husband, Alvis Newt Dill; and two brothers, Harold Paul Beeman and Murlin K. Beeman. She is survived by a daughter, Rosemeay Sagaser of McKittrick; two sons, James J. Odale of Trintiy, Texas, and Vincel Leroy Odale of Cincinnati; two stepsons, Gene and Wayne; two step daughters, Wanda and Sue; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren.

Friends may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home, Monday until 8:30 p.m. to pay their respects.
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Justin

Justin Dillingham
December 31, 1982 - June 4, 2003



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. for Taft resident Justin Dillingham, 20. Mr. Zach Echols, minister at Rosedale Church of Christ will officiate. Justin was born in Bakersfield on December 31, 1982 and passed away as the result of an auto accident in Taft on June 4, 2003. He was raised and educated in Taft and was a member of the 2001 graduating class at Taft Union High School. Justin had worked at the 11-C Market as box boy and was currently employed by Albertson's Taft store. He was recently promoted from courtesy clerk to general merchandise clerk. Justin loved music and sports, especially baseball.

Justin was preceded in death by his grandfather, Lee King. His survivors include his parents, Michael and Janice Dillingham; his sister, Courtney Dillingham; his grandmother, Lola King all of Taft; his grandparents, Doyle and Laura Dillingham of Los Osos; his aunts and uncles, Paula and Michael Hauser of Sugar Land, Texas and Jerry and Teri Dillingham of Los Osos; his cousins, Brad and Summer Hauser and Melessa and Mallery Dillingham and by numerous extended aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends.

Flowers are welcome and those who wish may make a donation in Justin's memory to the American Cancer Society. No visitation hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Mary Louise Dillingham
August 12, 1930 - November 16, 2010



Mary Louise Dillingham, 80, of Taft, California, died suddenly at her home on Tuesday, November 16, 2010. She was born in South Haven, Michigan on August 12, 1930 to Richie and Mable (Hodge) Nelson.

Besides her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband W.R. (Slim) Dillingham; her former husband Leonard (Jr.) Till; her brother Robert Nelson; her son Nicholas Till and one great-grand child. She is survived by her daughter Cyndee (Dave) Robertson of Taft, California; sons Douglas (Dee) Till of Kalamazoo, Michigan; James (Charmaine) Till of South Haven; Michigan, 4 step-children, 16 grand children and 29 great-grandchildren.

Mary was an avid sports fan who enjoyed rooting for the Detroit Tigers, playing cards and following high school baseball and wrestling. Mary and Slim enjoyed many summers at Swan Lake in Allegan County Michigan. Mary was a home beautician and worked for the Bohn Aluminum Company in South Haven, Michigan and the Donnelly Corporation in Holland, Michigan before retiring and moving to California in 2000.

Memorial services will be held on December 11th at 11:00 a.m., at Westside Christian Center, 207 Tyler Street, Taft, California and in South Haven, Michigan in the spring or early summer 2011. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that donations be made in Mary's name to your favorite charity.
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Betty Dimmick, 69
September 14, 1931 - April 24, 2001



Betty Dimmick quietly passed away April 24th, 2001 at the age of 69 from complications following cancer surgery. She passed peacefully and without discomfort.

She is survived by a brother, Doyle Dillingham of Los Osos, California, a sister, Vivian Dobbins of Bakersfield, California, a son and daughter-in-law, Dale and Donna Dimmick of Kelso, Washington, and a daughter, Kathy Kiger of Pine Mountain Club, California. Her grandchildren are Heather Kiger, Christopher Dimmick, Ashley Dimmick and Kaleb Smith. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a sister Lavelle Pope.

Betty was born in Indian Trail, North Carolina on September 14th 1931 to Lloyd and Jessie Dillingham. Betty’s family moved to Taft, California in 1939. She grew up there, and met and married the love of her life Jack Dimmick in 1951. The Dimmick family moved to Ventura, California in 1971. Upon retirement, Jack and Betty relocated to Longview, Washington where they found their "paradise" and enjoyed all the benefits of a country lifestyle.

The community welcomed them in and they formed some of their life’s most valued friendships. The family extends their deepest appreciation to the congregation of the Abernathy Assembly of God Church, and the fine people and businesses of the Longview and Kelso communities for their friendship, kindness and support.

A memorial service for Betty is planned on the third anniversary of her husbands passing, Sunday, April 29th, 3:00 p.m. at the Abernathy Assembly of God Church, 702 Abernathy Creek Road, Longview, Washington. Memorial Donations can be sent to 1298 Abernathy Creek Road, Longview, Washington 98632 or the charity of your choice.

Flowers can be ordered and delivered by contacting Dora at Banda’s Bouquets in Longview, Washington. (360) 577-3824
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Paulette L. Dineley
October 11, 1952 - February 12, 2003



Graveside funeral services will be held in the Pierce Brothers' Santa Paula Cemetary in Santa Paula on Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. for Taft resident, Paulette L. Dineley, 50. Rev. Tom White of the Cuyama Assembly of God will officiate at the services.

Mrs. Dineley was born on October 11, 1952 in Oregon and passed away at her home on February 12, 2003. She had lived in Taft for about the last 15 years. Mrs. Dineley was an animal lover.

Her parents, Owen and Helen Dean; her brother, Richard Dean and her nephew, James Richard Copeland preceded her in death. Her survivors include her son, Marcus Dineley of Taft; her sister, Lynda Copeland of Taft; her brothers, Hugh Dean of Arkansas, James Dean of Washington and Mark Dean of California; several nieces and nephews and other family members.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Monday from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Pearl "P.M." Dixon
July 19, 1920 - December 30, 2003



Pearl M. Dixon, better known as "P.M." was born in Novinger, Missouri, to Louis and Martha Dixon on July 19, 1920. But on December 30, 2003, after a long illness he passed away peacefully at the age of 83.

PM spent many years working in the oilfields as a Foreman for Western Production retiring in 1985. His favorite pastime was doing odd jobs around the house.

PM was preceded in death by his parents and as son Tommy Dixon. He is survived by his sons, Mike Dixon, Terry Dixon and Gary Dixon of Missouri, he was also a loving father, grandfather to several grandchildren, and a companion.

As PM requested there will be no services. Arrangements were handled by Bakersfield Family Funeral Directors.
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Rufus James Dixon
December 10, 1902 - April 23, 1970



Funeral services for Rufus James Dixon, 126 Woodlawn, will be held Monday at 11:00 a.m. at Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel. Mr. Dixon died yesterday morning at a local hospital.

A native of Wild Cherry, Arkansas, he was born December 10, 1902 and had resided in the community the past 46 years. He was a retired Standard Oil employee and a member of the First Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Verda Lee Dixon; two sons, Robert C. of Morgan Hill, and Richard G. of Santa Maria; seven grandchildren; two brothers, Henry R. Dixon of Taft; and Oral R. Dixon of Wasco; and one sister Bernice Taylor of Wasco.

The Rev. Charles Salvaggio of the First Baptist Church will officiate at the funeral. Burial will be at West Side Cemetery.
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Terry L. Dixon
October 3, 1954 - January 16, 2014



Terry L. Dixon was born October 3, 1954 and passed away January 16, 2014 from complications of a long illness with Diabetes.

Terry was born and raised in Taft, and as a young boy started racing motorcycles. That was a love he never lost. After graduating high school, he went to work in the oilfields from 1973 to 1996 working mainly for Shell Oil Company and Western Production. From there he went to work in construction.

Terry loved the drag races and if he wasn't watching them you could find him working on motorcycles for his friends. And any time his good friend Uncle Don was racing you could bet Terry would be out there cheering him on. Terry also liked racing radio, boats, planes and drag racers with his brother Larry, but neither one would admit to losing.

But the one thing Terry always looked forward to was going fishing. And if Jamye, Kerry and whoever would go with him didn't catch a fish, than they'd all head over to Cliffs to catch a big one from his boat. Good time with good people. Terry loved fishing so much he'd fish in his living room with the girls Tawyna and Marion.

Terry was preceded in death by is father "P.M.", his mother Shirley and his younger brother Tommy. He is survived by his daughter Chasidy and brothers Gary, Mike and Larry all from Taft. At his request there will be no services. But a memorial for close friends and family is being arranged to celebrate his life.
Terry, we will miss you!
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David Dobbins
July 2, 1931 - October 27, 2003



David Dobbins was born in Asher, Oklahoma to Jim and Idella Dobbins on July 2, 1931. He died on October 27, 2003 due to heart failure following surgery for an aneurism. His services will be held at the grave site at Westside District Cemetery in Taft at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 30, 2003 with Pastor Bobby Joe Self officiating.

He came to California as a young boy and attended schools in Maricopa, Fellows and graduated from Taft High School in 1950. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War as an aviation mechanic. While attending school in Tennessee he married his high school sweetheart Doris Vivian Dillingham in Hernando, Mississippi. They together they raised five children.

David was preceded in death by his father and grandparents. He is survived by his mother Idella, his wife of 52 years, Vivian, his sister Nellie Bazzell; Susan Koble and husband David, Jill Solomona; sons Charles Dobbins and wife Dionna, nine grandsons, three granddaughters, two great grandsons, and many nieces and nephews.

Before retiring in 1988, Dave worked for Midway School in Fellows. He maintained and drove school busses and in all his 30 years never had so much as a fender bender, nor did any of his buses fail to meet California safety standards. He was one of the first drivers to go through the CHP certification program to train bus drivers. He taught the drivers class for many years at Taft College.

His true love was family. If at all possible, where he went; whether to the dump, on vacation, or to football games. He was and is well-loved and respected by his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and we will miss him.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Javier Miro, Dr. Sam Singh and all the other doctors and nurses at San Joaquin Hospital ICU unit for their valiant efforts. Visitation will be at Erickson & Brown Funeral Home in Taft from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 29, 2003.
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Joe Dodge, 72
February 4, 1925 - June 20, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. for Derby Acres resident Joe Dodge, 72.

Mr. Dodge was born in Henryetta, Oklahoma on February 4, 1925 and passed away at his home on June 20, 1997. He came to the Taft area 20 years ago. He was in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

Mr. Dodge was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Kathryn Dodge; his brohter, Nugent Dodge; and his parents, Bert and Rachel Dodge. He survived by three daughters, Dianna Dodge of Taft, Lynda Skinner of Bakersfield and Tammy Dodge of Taft; four grandchildren, and one great grandchildren.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Alice Adele Dodson, 59
June 2, 1938 - October 5, 1997



Alice Adele Dodson, 59 died Sunday, October 5, in El Paso, Texas.

Born in Florence, Colorado, Adele was a resident there before relocating to Taft in 1953. She was a graduate of Taft Union High School (1956) and Taft College (1958). She received her Bachelor of Arts degree and California teaching ceredential from The University of the Pacific, and her librarian credential from Fresno State University.

Her professional career spanned over 30 years as an educator and libraian, the last seven in El Paso. She began her teaching career in Rosamond with additional stops in Visalia, Placerville, and Taft before moving internationally to Guatemala, Kuwait and Ecuador. At the time of her dearh, she was school librarian for Stanton Elementary School in El Paso. Adele considered Taft her permanent residence and always teturned here for her summer vacations. She was a member of the methodist Church in TAft, and severa professional organizations including P.E.O., The Order of Eastern Star, N.E.A., Texas State Teachers Association and the National Association of School LIbrarians.
She is survived by her mother, Imogene Hadley Dodson; brothers' Joseph M. and Charles H. Dodson, two nephews, Jon C. and Mark R. Dodson; and nieces, Jennifer L. and Stephanie Dodson.

Memorial services will be held at Taft Methodist Church on Sturday, October 18th at 2:00p.m. Graveside services and internment were held on Saturday, October 11th in Florence, Colorado.
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Gail L. Dodson
October 13, 1953 - September 4, 2007



Visitation for Gail L. Dodson will be held at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home (501 Lucard Street, Taft, California) on Monday, September 11th, at the Westside Cemetery in Taft.

Gail was born in Altona, Manitoba, Canada and was raised in North Dakota. Gail was baptized and confirmed in the Zion Lutheran Church. She worked in Winnipeg, Manitoba before moving to Bakersfield to work as a payroll supervisor for Neighbors Drilling. She met Lew Dodson in 1985 and remained a joy to his life as his best friend, lover and wife until she was called to be with her Savior.

Gail is preceded in death by her brother and sister, Steve and Lori Hartje. She is survived by her husband, Lew Dodson; sons, Michael of Tonopha, Nevada, Steven of Bakersfield; and daughter, Amber and husband, Mike to Taft; parents, Lee and Anne Harje of Hamilton, North Dakota; sisters, Ruth and husband, Lee of Fairfield, California, Deb and husband, Howard of Grand Forks, North Dakota; brothers, Mike and wife, Tammie of Creswell, Oregon, and Ric and wife, Brenda of Grand Forks, North Dakota; grandchildren, Emily, Amy, Stacy, Skyler, Ashlyn, Alex, Shaila and Lonnnie. She is also survived by a host of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Thanks go to Bill Schaefer and Rev. Robert W. Lutjens of the Lutheran Church of Prayer. special thanks go to Gail's sister, Ruth, Lew"s sister, Ruby and niece, Ashley for their constant care and untiring suppport.
We love you Gail
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James

James Samuel Dodson
September 20, 1928 - November 11, 2001



Services will be held in Greenlawn Memorial Chapel, 3700 River Blvd., for James Samuel Dodson, 73, who passed away November 11, 2001. Pastor Jerry Delaney will officiate.

Mr. Dodson was born on September 20, 1928, in Taft, California. Mr. Dodson retired as Captain from the Kern County Fire Department after 25 years. He was a lifetime member of the VFW #97, in Bakersfield.

He is survived by his wife Mary L. Dodson of Bakersfield; son and daughter-in-law James L. and Brenda Dodson of Bakersfield; daughter Janice Rowles of Arroyo Grande; step-daughter and her husband Rorra and John Martin; step-son and his wife Richard and Gail Gleghorn all of Bakersfield; 15 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren: numerous nephews and nieces and sister Jackie Hutson of Victorville, California.

Visitation begins tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. at Greelawn Mortuary Funeral Directors.
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Noah John Doe
died August 20, 2008



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday morning, August 20, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. for infant Noah John Doe. Members of the community are invited and encouraged to attend the services. Rev. Jim Beilstein, pastor of Peace Lutheran Church, will officiate. Baby Doe was found abandoned in Taft in late May of this year. All attempts to locate his parents or other family members have failed. The Kern County Funeral Directors Association would like to thank the Taft Police Department, especially the lead investigator, Officer Corey Beilby, for their care and professionalism in dealing with this diffcult situation, the Kern County Sheriff's Department for their involvement and assistance, the Kern County Coroner's Office for their assistance and for their thoughtfulness in giving Baby Doe his first name. To the West Side Christian Minister's Association for providing the funds to purchase the grave space and other cemetery costs to allow Noah to be buried here in Taft, to Rev. Beilstein for his time and consideration, to Country Corner Florist and Jack's Flower Shop for providing flowers for the service, to the Midway Driller and the Taft Independent for publishing Noah's Obituary and to the members of the community who have made donations to the West Side Chirstian Minister's Association to help defray the cemetery costs. Anyone wishing to make a donation may donate to the West Side Christian Minister's Association, P.O. Box 1023, Taft, Ca 93268. Anyone wishing futher information may contact the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home at 765 - 4111.
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Martha Jean Dole
September 24, 1925 - January 30, 2010



Martha Jean Dole was born on September 24, 1925 and died peacefully at her home in Fellows on Saturday, January 30, 2010 at the age of 84.

Martha was well known in the oilfield community. She operated a small lease out by Fellows for over 30 years. She retired at the age of 82.

Martha is survived by her five children, Cecelia Shinkle and her husband, Stan, of Haysville, Kansas, Robert Corby and his wife, Rita, of Wichita, Kansas, Pam Tapia and her husband, Joe, of Phoenix, Arizona, Rick Dole and his wife, Paulette, of Everett, Washington, and Vicky Burell and her husband, Bob, of Derby Acres, California; 11 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; her sister, Doris in Seattle, Washington; step-sister, Fran, in Paradise, California; step-brother, Bill, of Sun City, California; many nieces and nephews and, of course, her many friends. The family would like to express their thanks and gratitude to Rusty and Tammy for the loving care they gave to Martha in her final weeks. Martha will be missed by all who knew her; she was fiesty right to the end.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. at the Lighthouse Foursquare Church, 210 Harrison Street, Taft. Pastor Mark Fitzsimmons will officiate. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Richard "Dick" Dole
August 22, 1927 - April 6, 2005



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. for Maricopa resident, Richard "Dick" Dole, 77. Rev. Msgr. Loydell J. Marth, pastor of the St. Mary's Catholic Church will officiate.

Mr. Dole was born in Burton, Kansas on August 22, 1927 and passed away at his home on April 6, 2005. During the Second World War he proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy. Mr. Dole moved to this area in 1965 and had been employed in the oilfields for over 50 years. He retired as a supervisor from Pool Well Service Company.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Cliffton and Ruth; his brothers, Stan and Leroy. Mr. Dole is survived by his wife, Emy of Maricopa; his son and his wife, Rick and Paulette Dole of Washington; his daugher and her husband, Vicky and Bob Burell of Fellows; his step-sons and their wives, Chris and Ann Borres of San Antonio, Texas and Nino and Lynn Borres of San Diego; his step daughter and her husband, Maria and Anthony Ortiz of Bakersfield; his sisters and their husbands, Ruthann Banks of Snyder, Texas, Margie and Mel, Lavonne and Jeff; his brothers and their wives, Jim and Pam and Mike and Patty all of Burrton, Kansas; his grandchildren, Jennifer and George Koval, Brian Burell, Lo's Anthony, Raven Marie, Faith Elizabeth, and Eva Danielle Ortiz; and great grandchildren Madeline Rose and Clara Lyne Koval.

Pallbearers are Jim Mayo, Rick Dole, Anthony Ortiz, Chris Borres, Nino Borres, and Chuck Kaufman. No visitattion hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Margie

Marjorie "Margie" Donnel, 68
January 5, 1933 - December 17, 2001



Marjorie "Margie" Donnel was born January 5, 1933 in Taft, California and passed away December 17, 2001 at her home. Margie was a life long resident of Taft. She attended all of Taft schools and married Cork Donnel in 1951. She was an active member in the Desk & Derrick. Margie will be remembered most for her love for her family and friends. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by: husband: C.R. "Cork" Donnel of Taft, two sons: Mike Donnel of Taft and Cory Donnel of Maricopa, one daughter: Denise Kincade of Texas, five grandchildren, one brother: Alvin Amos of Washington.

Visitation will be December 20, 2001 from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. funeral services will be Friday, December 21, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. in the West Side Family Mortuary Chapel. Rev. Sam White will officiate at the services. Interment will be in the West Side District Cemetery. Services are under the care and direction of the West Side Family Mortuary.
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Darrell Lee Dooley
August 19, 1936 - March 17, 2008



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for Taft native, Darrell Lee Dooley, 71. Rev. Tom White, Pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God will officiate. Entombment will follow in the West Side District Cemetery Mausoleum.

Darrell was born in Taft on August 19, 1936 and passed away in Bakerfield on March 17, 2008. He was raised in Fellows and attended Fellows elementary schools and graduated from Taft Union High School in 1954. Darrell also attended Taft College. He served his country as a Member of the U.S. Navy Reserve. He owned and operated Darrell's Body Shop for over 50 years and Darrell's Towing for over 35 years. Darrell was very active in the community and was a member and past president of the Taft District Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Taft. Darrell was an active member of the Highway Rodders Car Club and he enjoyed fellowship with other car clubs, especially the Bent Axles and the Old Friends car clubs. Car shows of every kind were of great interest to Darrell, especially the Run To The Sun car show.

He was precede in death by his parents, Garnett and Wilma Dooley and by his first wife, Joyce. His survivors include his wife, Shirley of Taft; his children, Lynn of Petaluma, Lisa of Bakersfield, Marsha, Denise and Jason all of Taft; his grandchildren, Sarah, Jeffrey, Britney, Lonnie and SJ; his sister Darlene; his special friend Virgil Merrell, Fred Ash and Ed Norton and by many, many friends.

Those who wish may pay their respects on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Friday from 9:00 a.m. to service time at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home, Taft.

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Joyce A. Dooley
May 26, 1939 - January 21, 1997



Funeral Services will be held Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church for lifelong Taft resident Joyce Arlene Dooley, 57. Greg Brooks, associate pastor of the First Baptist Church in Taft, will officiate and the services and entombment will follow in the West Side District Cemetery Mausoleum.

Mrs. Dooley was an active member of the Soroptmist Club of Taft and along with her husband, Darrell, was the owner of Darrell's Body Shop for 26 years. She thoroughly enjoyed the time she spent with her grandchildren.

Mrs. Dooley is survived by her husband, Darrell Dooley of Taft; her daughters, Lyn Banducci of San Mateo and Lisa Kurtz of Bakersfield; her grandchildren, Sarah Banducci and Jeffrey Banducci, both of San Mateo; her sisters, Delores Newby of Bakersfield and Cheryl Ward of Sutter Creek; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Joyce Dooley to the American Cancer Society or to Kern Hospice. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Gladys Irene Doolittle
May 28, 1922 - June 29, 2003



A memorial service was held in Tehachapi on July 2, for former Bakersfield resident, Gladys Doolittle. Services were held at Wood Family Funeral Chapel and were conducted by her children. Interment followed at West Side District Cemetery in Taft, officiated by Security Chapter No. 426 Order of Eastern Star. Gladys was born in Del Rey, California on May 28, 1922. Her family moved to Fellows, California where she attended local schools in Fellows and Taft. She married Dwight Doolittle and had 51 years of a loving marriage. Gladys Doolittle was involved in Eastern Star, Camp Fire Girls, Mended Hearts, Bakersfield Model A Club and the KCFD Retirees.

Mrs. Doolittle was preceded in death by her husband. She is survived by three children, three granddaughters, two great grandsons, three sisters and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Gladys will long be remembered for her constant faith, friendly smile and creative talents.

In lieu of flowers Gladys requested donations be made to Tehachapi Hospital Building Fund or West Kern Oil Museum or Kern County Museum/Pioneer Village for the Fellows Hotel.
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Robert A. Dopyera
April 2, 1900 - October 28, 1994



Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at the West Side District Cemetery for former Taft resident Robert Andrew Dopyera was born in Dolnakrupa, Czechoslovakia, April 2,1900 and passed away at his home in Arroyo Grande, October 28. He immigrated to the United States in 1908, settling in Los Angeles. In 1917 he moved to Taft where he lived until relocating to Arroyo Grande in 1975. Mr. Dopyera had been an owner of Tasco Auto Parts Store from 1935-53. He was a member of the Taft-Midway Lodge #426 Free and Accepted Masons and was an honorary life member of the Scottish Rite.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Edith Dopyera, in 1970. His survivors include his wife, Rhona Dopyera of Arroyo Grande, two sons and their wives, Robert and Patricia Dopyera of Las Vegas, and Kennett and Particia Dopyera of San Jose; a daughter and her husband, Susan and Carl Kovalik of San Jose; two stepdaughters and their husbands, Zeyn Forrest of Livermore and Chrys and Ed Melendez of Redlands; a sister, Gabriella Lazar of Corona; six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel in Grover Beach.
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Tommie Joe Dotson
December 31, 1952 - December 1, 2010



Tom was born in Taft on December 31, 1952 and passed away on December 1, 2010 in a Minnesota hospital. He was raised in the McKittrick, California area and later moved to Taft where he lived for many years before moving to Evanston, Wyoming and then Williston, North Dakota. He was employed at General Production Services for 15 years or more and was well known for his hard work in the oil fields.

He will be missed greatly by his family and friends and anyone who knew him. He is preceded in death by his father Thomas Earl Dotson "Charlie"; his mother Ruby L. Owens; his stepfather David Owens; his brother Larry "Wayne" Dotson; his sister Linda Currey and his daughter Christina Rose Dotson. He is survived by his brother Lester Dotson; his spouse Arva Coffee; his children, Trish Robbins & husband Don Robbins of Derby Acres, Stephanie House and husband Roy House of Bakersfield, Tommie Dotson of Williston, North Dakota, Andrea Bredwick and husband Brandon Bredwick of Williston and Wayne Dotson of Williston, North Dakota; 3 stepchildren, Sara, Mark and Michael Yates and 8 grand children, Devin and Dustin Robbins, Kyle Crabb, Raygan, Bailey, Christina Cazarres and Taylor and Tanner Bredwick.

We invite anyone who knew him to join us at the Westside Believers Fellowship on Sunday December 12, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. to remember his life and then to Petroleum club after service.
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Rosie

Rose Zey Dow
September 23, 1921 - January 29, 2003



Graveside services will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2003, at 2:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery. A visitation will also be held on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Born Rose Zey Kofahl in Taft, California on September 23, 1921. She passed peacefully at home on January 29, in the company of her loving family. Rose Zey met Kenneth Dow in 1936, and they married on June 9, 1938.

Rose graduated from Kern County Union class of 1940. Rose Zey loved Jesus and memorizing Bible verses. A favorite verse that helped her through trying times was James 1:2-8. Rose Zey also adored and loved her family and pets. She enjoyed camping with her family, and especially being near the ocean.

Rose Zey is preceded in death by son, Paul, daughters, Kerry and Leanne. Rose Zey is survived by her devoted husband, Kenneth; son, Edward and wife, Linda; daughter-in-law Brenda; son John and wife, Jeanette; sister, Florence Dillow; brother William Kofahl; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Rose Zey and her family appreciate the comforting care she received from Dr. John T. Young and his wonderful staff, Dr. Tetsuo Ishimori and the wonderful staff at CCMC, and the nurses of Hoffmann Hospice, and Carol and Larry Snyder.

In lieu of flowers Rose Zey would have liked donations made to Love Inc. of Greater Bakersfield, P.O. Box 10082, Bakersfield, California, 93389.
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Lou Ann Meeks Downen
September 17, 1941 - August 18, 2003



Lou Ann Meeks was born and raised in Taft and moved to Bakersfield 20 years ago. She passed away on August 18, 2003 after a valiant six-month battle with cancer. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister, friend, and companion.

She leaves to cherish her memory her daughter Laura Downen, her precious grandson Ian Bonilla, her son Doug Downen and his wife Robyn Stanley, her sister and brother-in-law Judy Kelly and Lee Kelly, and her companion of 15 years, Kenneth Devine. Lou Ann is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and family friends who will miss her dearly.

No formal services are planned, but a gathering of family and friends will be held on Friday, August 22, 2003 at noon at 4308 Eakins Court, Bakersfield, California 93311.
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Eldon Leverre Dragoo
March 6, 1919 - March 20, 2010



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery in Taft on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. for Eldon Leverre Dragoo, 91.

Mr. Dragoo was born on March 6, 1919 in Reynolds, Nebraska and passed away on March 20, 2010 in San Luis Obispo. Eldon was a proud veteran from World War II as an Army Air Corps aircraft and engine mechanic, flight chief, aircraft inspector, and an airplane maintenance technician in British Guiana and then in South Carolina and Florida. Before and after his service time he worked in several positions, before becoming a long-time worker in the oil fields, beginning in Wyoming. He accepted a position with Honolulu Oil Company in Cody, Wyoming for one year before transferring to Taft in 1960. He continued living and working for Honolulu, Tidewater and Getty Oil Companies, as the mergers took place, in Taft and Bakersfield until his retirement from Getty in 1984.

He and his wife, Phyllis, moved back to Taft in 1996 and remained there until her health diminished in 2007. After her passing in 2009 he moved to Atascadero until heart problems led to his move to a San Luis Obispo Health Center.

Eldon was preceded in death by his father, Carl Dragoo and his mother, Pearl Gregory Dragoo, his younger brother, Paul Dragoo and his wife, Norma, their daughter Vickie, his grandson Mathew Brice, and by his wife, Phyllis McKillip Dragoo in 2009. He is survived by his elder son, Gerald Dragoo and his wife, Leslie of Shell Beach, their daughter, Lara Eriksson and her husband, Daniel and Eldon's great grandson, Nicklas Eriksson of Soederhamn, Sweden; younger son, James Dragoo and wife Jeannie of Sparks, Nevada and Jim's daughter, Jennifer Rokes and her husband, David of San Jose and by his nephew Robin Dragoo and his wife, Joanne and their sons Scott and Chad of Lodi.

In lieu of flowers a donation to the Taft Union High School Scholarship Fund, 701 7 th St., Taft, California 93268, in Eldon's name would be appreciated. Friends are invited to pay their respects on Tuesday, March 30, from 3:00 p.m.to 8:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Phyllis Madonna McKillip Dragoo
February 6, 1920 - February 4, 2009



A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday, February 13, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. for former Taft resident, Phyllis Madonna McKillip Dragoo, 88. Rev. Tom White, pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God, will officiate at the service.
Phyllis was a very loving and supportive wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She supported her family with care and attention, working at support jobs at times once her sons were older. She lived in Taft, California from 1960 to 1970 and from 1996 to 2007 when she suffered multiple strokes and was moved into an intensive care facility in Bakersfield.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her father, William McKillip; her mother, Teresa Heyland McKillip; her older sister Winnniford McKillip; her younger sister, Gladys McKillip Lee and her husband, Doug; and her grandson, Mathew Brice Dragoo. She is survived by her husband, Eldon Dragoo of Bakersfield; her older son, Gerald Dragoo and his wife, Leslie of Shell Beach; their daughter and her husband, Lara and Daniel Eriksson; and Phyllis' great grandson, Nicklas of Soederhamn, Sweden; her younger son, James Dragoo and his wife, Jeannie of Sparks, Nevada; his daugher and her husband, Jennifer and David Rokes of San Jose; and by her nephew, Robin Dragoo and his wife, Joanne and sons Scott and Chad of Lodi.
Vistiation will be held on Thrusday, February 12, 2009, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Millicent Morger Drake
October 23, 1912 - November 25, 2004



"Millie" Drake went to be with her Lord and Savior at the age of 92 as a result of a severe stroke. Graveside services will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 1, 2004.

Millie was mother of four children, grandma to seven, and great-ma to 20. She was born in Fort Collins, Colorado; the youngest of ten siblings. She graduated from high school in Fort Collins. She moved to Pico, California, in 1933 and then moved to Bakersfield in January of 1936 at the time of her marriage to Dale Drake. She has been a Kern County resident for 68 years having resided in Arvin, Taft, and Bakersfield. Millie spent a great deal of her time rearing children and volunteering in many of their activities - church, scouts, school, etc. After her children were well on their way toward being grown, Millie worked at the Arvin High School cafeteria and then at the Bakersfield College Cafeteria, retiring from there in 1978. Upon that retirement, she worked at Fike's Finer Foods as a cook, leaving many of her famous recipes when she retired in 1986 at 74 years of age.

Faith has always been a major part of Millie's life. She always said she started going to church from the time she was just a few days old and has never stopped. She belonged to the First Baptist Church in Bakersfield (Truxtun Avenue) until she moved to Arvin in 1952. There she was a founding member of the Calvary Baptist Church. When she moved back to Bakersfield, she attended West Park Baptist Church and for many years had been a faithful member at Valley Baptist Church where she volunteered in the kitchen and was also a member of the Berean Sunday School Class. Her life was dedicated to God and Service. Music was an integral part of Millie's life as well. Over many years she participated in musical events - high school choir, Mother Singers, Messiah Chorus, church choir, and soloist for special occasions.

She loved sewing, handiwork and crafts. These were all joyful experiences for her.

Millicent Morger Drake is survived by three children; son, Larry Drake, married to Loretta; daughter, Sandra Dahlstrom, married to Arthur; and daughter Kaye Vibe married to Bob. Mary Elizabeth (Beth) Calley who predeceased her mother in 1994, was married to Kenneth. Millie had seven wonderful grandchildren: Lori Park, Eddie Drake, Patrick Calley, Scott Calley, Denise Ford, Karen Vibe, and Stephen (Bucky) Martin. Twenty great grandchildren are family treasures; Kailan and Kalli Park; Hunter, Haiden and Holly Drake; Kristen, Ryan, Beth, Allison and Justin Calley; Johnathan, David and Elizabeth Ford; Rachel Adams, Damien and Danica Martin; Brett and Kyle Bailey, and Taylor Smith.

We all wish God's blessing and know we shall see her again one day. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church, 401 Franklin Street, Arvin, California 93203. Mish Funeral Home - Oildale.
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Marion L. Draper
August 6, 1916 - February 28, 2011



Graveside funeral services , under the direction of the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home, were held on March 2, 2011 for Marion L. Draper, 94. Mrs. Draper was interred in the West Side District Cemetery, next to her late husband, Carl Draper.
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Lois Ann Driscoll, 75
August 27, 1926 - November 11, 2001



Lois Ann Driscoll, age 75, passed away November 11, 2001 in a Bakersfield hospital. Mrs. Driscoll was born August 27, 1926 in Coalinga, California. She moved to Taft as a small child and attended all of the Taft schools. For several years she was employed by Taft City Schools. Being of kind heart she gave generously to many charities. She loved to crochet and make things to give to her family and friends. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her son Bill in 1998.

She was survived by: two daughters: Patricia Foucault of Liberty Lake, Washington, and Jayne Driscoll of Bakersfield, California; one sister Beverly Cole of North Fork, California; three grandchildren; Alex, Arianna, Gunnar and a fourth and one on its way.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday, November 20, 2001 at 3:00 p.m. at the West Side District Cemetery. Officiating at the services will be Rev. Trent Meadors of the First Assembly of God Church. In lieu of flowers, friends who wish may give to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 1311 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, New York, 10605. Services are under the care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary.
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Glenna I. Droney, 75
October 20, 1925 - February 27, 2001



In loving memory of Glenna L. Droney, age 75, passed away at her home in Bakersfield on February 27, 2001.

Glenna was the widow of Edward Droney who passed away April 25, 1999. They had resided in Taft for 27 years prior to his death. There, Mr. Droney had managed the T.G. & Y store and was the owner and manager of Youthville Children’s Store until his retirement in 1990.

Mrs. Droney was born to parents George Lewis Lindamood and Mildred McLaughlin Lindamood in Portsmouth, Ohio, on October 20, 1925. There, Glenna attended Centerville Rural School from 1st through 12th grade. After graduating from high school, Glenna worked as a clerk and typist for the Air Service Command in Dayton, Ohio for one year during World War II.

In 1947, Glenna graduated from Ohio University with a B.S. degree in business. After graduation she married Edward Droney who also attended Ohio University. In 1949, they moved to California, where they resided in several southern California communities from Riverside, San Diego and El Segundo. Mr. Droney pursued his profession in the retail business and Glenna worked part time for various school districts, retiring from her position as Registrar at Taft College in 1990.

Mrs. Droney is survived by her children and their spouses. Pamela and Douglas Murray of Bakersfield. Gerald and Wendy Droney of Plantation Key, Flordia, Linda and Robert Troller of Bakersfield and Carolyn Droney of Bakersfield, her eight grandchildren: Heidi Marsh, Kelly Murray, Katie Murray, Erin Droney, Erica Oliver, Edward Droney, Robert Troller and Chad Troller, and her two great grandsons, Kyle Oliver and Carson Troller.

No visitation hours were scheduled and at her request, the immediate family held a private service February 28, 2001 under the direction of Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.

Mom you fought your battle with cancer long and hard and with such courage. Now it’s time for you to rest in peace. Until we meet again… we love you.
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Mervin Willis Dubbers, 72
1925 - December 21, 1997



Passed away in Bakersfield, California on December 21, 1997. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 30, 1997 at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Mervin was born in Taft, California and attended schools in Taft graduating from high school in 1944. Mervin was a very talented athlete, playing football, baseball, track and swimming. He was offered a football scholarship to Stanford University, but elected to play professional baseball. He was signed by the Cleveland Indians and played in their organization for the Bakersfield Indians. Mesa Arizona, Kansas City and Tacoma, Washington. Merv also played softball for the Taft Mechants world championship team. He was an avid golfer being a charter member of the Rio Bravo Country Club. Mervin served in the Army Air Force as an aviator cadet at Lowery Field in Denver, Colorado. After the service, he returned home and Attended Taft College. He went to work for Chevron Oil Company as a draftsman, where he retired after many years.

He leaves his wife, Aline Dubbers; brother Robert Dubbers of Bakersfield; a nephew, Mitch and his wife Cindy Dubbers and a great nephew, Austin Dubbers, all of Arroyo Grande.
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Robert

Robert Leland Dubbers, 76
August 13, 1924 - June 21, 2001



Graveside Services will be held at Greenlawn Southwest Memorial Park, 2739 Panama Lane, Tuesday, June 26, 2001 at 9:30 a.m. for Robert Leland Dubbers, 76, who passed away June 21, 2001 in Bakersfield. Rev. Jeff Harrington and the Veterans Association of Kern County will officiate.

Robert was born August 13, 1924 in Taft and had resided in Kern County all of his life. He retired from Chevron Oil Company after 41 years and retired after 9 years with Bechtel. While in the U.S. Army Air Corp in World War II he was a mapmaker for the army intelligence. Robert was an avid Dodger, football and golf fan. He painted many oil paintings and also loved to draw cartoons and caricatures of family and friends.

Robert was a member of the River Valley Community Church. He was loved by his family, church family and many friends.

Robert is survived by his wife Wilma Dubbers of Bakersfield; son and daughter-in-law Mitch and Cindy Dubbers of Arroyo Grande; grandchildren Austin and Anne Dubbers; daughter from the heart, Becky Gunter and husband, Mark of Taft; step-children and their spouses, Steve and Kari Fitzsimmons, Mark and Kathy Fitzsimmons all of Taft, Debi and Phil Halcomb of Meridian, Idaho, Leaha and Victor Mayfield and Mary and Mark Barnes all of Taft; grand-daughters, Erin, Megan and Kate Gunter; grandchildren, Brian, Kenny, Bethany, Cody and Justin Fitzsimmons, Joseph and Jennifer Fitzsimmons, Matt, Tabitha and Ami Halcolm, Nikita, Miranda and Shiloh Mayfield and Josh Barnes; and former mother-in-law, Myrtle Smith of Los Osos.

Visitation will begin Monday, June 25th from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Greenlawn Southwest Mortuary Funeral Directors.
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Clarence Puni DuBois
November 1, 1919 - April 2007



Clarence was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on November 1, 1919. He was the youngest and the last of eight siblings to pass away.

He leaves behind a wife of 38 years, Vilma "Pat"; a son, Clarence DuBois, Jr. and wife Kin; a son, Dennis Marcel DuBois and his wife, Theresa; a daughter, Annette Shumpert; a step-daughter, Donna Kirking and her husband, Matt; a step-daughter, Debra Harlan and her husband, Donnie, a step-son, John R. Miller, II and his wife, Penney; nine grandchildren, four great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

We would like to thank All American Hospice in Hemet and Optimal Hospice of Taft. The Rosary will be recited in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Mary's Catholic Church on Saturday morning at 9:30 p.m. Rev. Msgr. Loydell J. Marth, pastor of St. Mary's will be the celebrant and burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery. Friends are invited to pay their respects on Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Vilma Aileen DuBois
August 17 , 1931, March 8, 2011



A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the St. Mary's Catholic Church located at 110 E. Woodrow Street, Taft, on Monday, March 14, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. for Vilma A. DuBois. Burial will follow at the West Side District Cemetery .

Mrs. DuBois was born on August 17, 1931 in Bangalow, Australia and passed away on March 8, 2011 at her home in Taft, California.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence DuBois and by her sisters, Marcel Currie and Maureen Ledbetter. She is survived by her brother, John Englert; her daughters Donna and her husband, Matt Kirking, Debra and her husband, Donnie Harlan, and Corinna Kaanapu; her sons, John Miller, and Dennis and his wife, Theresa DuBois; her grandchildren, Nichols Gilham, Karen Gilliam, Cynthia Britt, Isabelle DuBios, Waipa Kaanapu, and Kalani Kaanapu; her great grandchildren, Sean, Lucas, and Sophia Gilham, Jade and Hannah Stairs, Seth Lemmons, Na'i Kaanapu.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Kathryn

Kathryn Emma Duclos
November 19, 1939 - September 14, 2003



Tranquil sleep… When the mind is at Peace, the body at Rest.

Rosary will be held at Erickson & Brown Funeral Home, 501 Lucard Street, Taft, California. Thursday July 17th, at 7:00 p.m. Church services will be held Friday, July 18, at 12:00 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Taft, Officiated by Monsignor Michael Braun.

The "dash" between birth November 19, 1939 and death September 14, 2003 of Kathryn Emma Duclos include a devoted husband Leon A. Duclos and six children. Three male children which include Russell K. Duclos and wife Lynette, Nipomo, California, Richard W. Duclos and wife Diane, Bakersfield, California and Ronald W. Duclos and wife Juanita, Taft, California. Three female children which include Linda S. Sexton and husband Dennis Sexton, Sacramento, California, Shelia A. Vanderlei and son Trevor Dillon, Bakersfield, California, and Christina M. Walker and husband Magellon Walker and husband Magellon Walker III, Bakersfield, California and a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Kathryn was born and raised in Taft, California and was proceeded in death by father Roni Sprung, mother Lillian Irene McCloud both from Licking, Missouri; remember, your love now is like the wind we can't see it but will always be able to feel it.
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Leon Arthur Duclos
January 15, 1927 - May 26, 2011



Leon Arthur Duclos, resident of Taft since the 1960's passed on Thursday, May 26, 2011. He passed in Bakersfield at the age of 84 due to complications with pneumonia.

Leon was born in Manila, Arkansas on January 15, 1927 to Arthur and Clara Duclos. At the age of seventeen he joined the Navy. Leon is a U.S. Naval Veteran that served his country during WWII on the ship USS San Francisco. He boarded his ship in January 1945 and was at the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. At Okinawa, he received a hand injury and was offered the Purple Heart by his commander. He refused the honor because "I saw too many people killed and seriously injured and felt my small injury did not warrant the medal."

After his discharge, he returned to the family farm near Blytheville, Arkansas and finished his final year of high school education. Becoming bored with farm life, he rejoined the Navy and was stationed at San Diego. Later on leave with George Sprung, he met George's sister Kathryn Sprung inTaft. They married and spent 53 years together until Kathryn passed in 2003.

Leon was devoted to his community. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and donated many years of service to the church. He also inspired many chidren at the Little League Baseball Park. Leon and Kathryn ran the concession stand at the baseball park, and he also coached many teams. He retired from Santa Fe Energy after 30 plus years and then became a camp host with Kathryn at several different California State parks. After several years as camp hosts, they then returned to Taft.

Leon is survived by his recent wife, Maria Duclos; his four brothers; John Duclos, Jack Duclos, Alvin Duclos, and Leo Duclos; and six surviving children: Russell Duclos, Linda Sexton, Sheila Vanderlei, Ronald Duclos, Richard Duclos, and Christina Webb. He also has 14 grand children and 10 great grandchildren.

The rosary service for Leon will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 2nd at Erickson and Brown Funeral Home, 501 Lucard Street, Taft, California. The funeral service will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, June 3rd at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 110 East Woodrow Street, Taft, California. Following the service, Leon will be laid to rest at the West Side District Cemetery, 440 E. Cedar Street, Taft, California. A military guard will honor Leon's service to his country at the graveside. His oldest son, Russell, will also be performing a Lakota Indian ceremony to sing his Spirit on its way.
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Bessie Dudley
June 1, 1891 - May 28, 1970



Funeral services for Bessie J. Dudley of Maricopa were scheduled for Monday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. at Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel.

Mrs. Dudlely a resident of this area for the past 40 years, was the widow of the late Harry Dudley. She was born June 1, 1891 at Mena, Arkansas and died Thursday at a local hospital.

She is survived by a daughter, Lois Rader of Chula Vista and a brother, Charles, J. Webber of San Bruno.

Burial was at the West Side District Cemetery.
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Harry A. Dudley
February 28, 1883 - February 24, 1963



Funeral services for Harry Arthur Dudley, 79, who died Sunday in a local hospital, were held this morning in the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.

Dudley had resided in Maricopa for the past 40 years and in Kern County for the past 50 years. He was very active in the Oil Workers Union, the Taft Moose Lodge and was formerly employed by the General Petroleum Corporation before retiring 15 years ago.

He is also survived by a step-daughter, Mrs. Lois Roder of Bakersfield and two step grandchildren.
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Ruth Mae Dudley
November 6, 1935 - April 7, 2010



Ruth was born in Hanford, California on November 6, 1935. She passed away in Taft, California on April 7, 2010.

Ruth lived on a farm in Lemoore where she loved and cared for many animals. Her childhood days would begin at 5:00 a.m. feeding the livestock, which she enjoyed very much. That instilled the work ethic she carried through her life. Ruth attended Lemoore High School where she excelled in swimming and academics. Ruth met Don W. Dudley her Junior year in high school, whom she married a few years later. Don and Ruth have been married for 54 years.

Ruth went to college at San Jose State then on to Fresno State where she received her Bachelors degree. After having three children she finished up at Cal State Bakersfield with her Masters degree. Ruth taught elementary school for thirty six years, thirty one years of teaching were dedicated to Midway School in Fellows, California. Ruth inspired both students and friends with her passion for teaching.

After her retirement Ruth filled her days volunteering at the West Kern Oil Museum where her passion and inspiration continued to effect everyone around her. Ruth loved to ride on the back of the motorcycle with Don. Ruth and Don have ridden over six hundred thousand miles on their motorcycle, they have amazing stories of trips to Alaska, Florida and most impressive across the Panama Canal of which they joke, it only took them 4 hours to drive from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.

Ruth had three children Jamia, Rob and Rich. Jamia her only daughter is married to Steve Marcell and lives in Bakersfield. Rob her first son lives in Ventura. Rich her youngest son is married to Dottie and lives in Taft. Ruth's pride and joy is her grandson Clayton who lives in Taft. Ruth and Don have shared their lives so closely with Clayton, taking him on vacation with them and supporting his every venture.

Ruth has gone to join her father and mother Art and Roselea Ball, her sisters Valda Derlim and Mary Tibbett. Ruth was a very loved wife, mother and friend. She will be missed dearly. She will always be in our hearts. Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 3:30 p.m. in the Sunset Chapel at West Side Memorial Services, 1150 4th Street, Taft, California. Services are under the direction of the West Side Memorial Services - Porteous Family.
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Patricia Alice Duke
October 4, 1937 - October 27, 1997



Services will be held in Greenlawn South West Memorial Chapel, 2739 Panama Lane and Hwy. 99 on Saturday, November 1, 1997 at 9:00 a.m. for Patricia Alice Duke, 60, who passed away October 27, 1997. In Bakersfield, California. Pastor Milt Cole will officiate.

Patricia Lackey Duke was the child of Mildred Louise Woods Lackey and James H. Lackey both deceased. She is survived by her devoted husband, James. S. Duke; her children, whom she loved deeply, Shelley Walters and John Kessler of Bakersfield and John Kessler of Bakersfield, Bob Kessler of Sacramento, and her three beloved grandchildren, Ricki, Cristen and Jordan her sisters and brothers-in-law. Nancy and Frank Alvarez of Bakersfield, Brenda and Darrol Veronie of Sacramento; her brothers and sisters-in-law James D. and Frankie Lackey of Bakersfield, Mike and Karl Lackey of Dove Canyon, Steven C. Lackey of Bakersfield, Dana Lackey of Bakersfield; step-mother Louise Rush Lackey; nine nephews, three nieces; very special and faithful friends Nita and Paul Bugni, Mimi Deeths; her many other wonderful co-workers and friends. She was greatly loved by all and will be missed.

Patricia was born in Bakersfield and spent her childhood years at DiGiorgio Farms and in Taft, her adult years in Bakersfield. In Taft, Pat attended first grade through Taft Junior College. During her school years at Taft High she was an honor student, cheerleader, majorette, Queen of the Christmas Ball. Queen of the Cinderella Ball, and was Homecoming Queen at Taft College.

After moving to Bakersfield, she was employed by Tenneco West and Dole Food Company for 24 years, as a Secretary and Executive Secretary to Tenneco West's President, John Etcheverry until 1988. After Tenneco West was purchased by Dole she remained as Excecutive Secretary and Adminitrative Assistant to Dole's President Gregory Costly until July 1, 1997. At Tenneco and Dole, Pat actively supported charties, GET "Christmas Bus Tour", American Cancer Soctey, "Daffodil Days", "Link to LIfe", United Way, Special Olympics, Starlight Foundation and manny others.

At her request, in lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Starlight Foundation or Hoffman Hospice of the Valley. Casketbearers will be David Barnard, Paul Bugni, Joe Demont, Carroll Gordon, Frank Alvarez, and Darrol Veronle. Honorary casketbearers will be John Etcheverry, Kevin Fiori, Greg Costly, Butch Stewart, Hal Davis, Brad Troxel, and Bruce Burton. Visitation begins today, Friday at 5:00 p.m.
Greenlawn Southwest Mortuary Funeral Directors
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Guy Norris Duley
September 1, 1937 - June 19, 2007



Visitation for Guy Norris Duley will be held at Basham Funeral Care (3312 Niles Street) on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. with funeral services beginning at 7:00 p.m. internment will be at San Joaquin National Cemetery.

Guy was born September 1, 1938 in Taft, California and passed away on June 19, 2007 in Bakersfield, California. He is preceded in death by his father Winfield Scott Duley Sr. his mother, Elinor Duley; brother Winfield Scott Duley Jr; and brother Robert Duley. He is survived buy his brother and sister-in-law, Dale and Linda Duley; nieces, Pamela Michelson, Kimberly Tschanz and Casie Tallon; nephew, Timothy Tallon and his sister in-law Pauline Duley.

Guy graduated from Taft High School and Taft College. He served in the United States Army from 1962 through 1965. He loved going to the beach, fishing and camping with family and friends. He was employed at CSUB for 21 years and he had many friends there. He was loved by all who knew him and he will be greatly missed for additional service or floral delivery information please contact Basham Funeral Care at 873-8200 Guy Norris September 1, 1937 - June 18, 2006 Basham Funeral Care.
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Edna "Eadie" Dunn
December 1, 1911 - May 6, 2011



Edna "Eadie" Dunn passed away in Reno, Nevada on May 6, 2011 at the age of 99. She had lived in Reno since 2005 to be close to her daughter, Diana. Up until that time she lived in Cayucos and Santa Maria, California with her son Mike, and remained active in the motel business with him until her 90th birthday. Eadie was born in Gainsville, Texas on December 1, 1911 to Scott and Pearl Newell and was one of six children and the Newell family.

After finishing business college in Southern California, and working for the Southern Counties Gas Company, she met and married in 1939, John "Johnnie" Dunn, a widower with two daughters, Sally and Diana. Eadie and Johnnie had one son, John Michael Dunn. They began working in the restaurant and resort businesses in Ojai, California before moving to Taft to take over Topper's. They ran, then later owned and ran, with their son, Mike, Topper's Restaurant, Bar and Motel from the Fall of 1953 until the Spring of 1990, when Johnnie passed away. Eadie was always known as a wonderful cook and had an enthusiastic following whenever she worked in the food business. She and Johnnie enjoyed many years and many friends during the years they ran Topper's in Taft and often said how happy they were living in Taft.

Eadie was preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie and her daughter, Sally. She is survived by her daughter, Diana and son MIke. Also surviving her are 11 grandchildren, Sally's children, Brian, Scott and Jennifer; Diana's children, Lynn, Leslie and Jeffrey; and Mike's children, Mike, Jr., Patrick, John, Jeff and Eric Dunn. She is also survived by 18 great grandchildren.

A graveside memorial service will be held for Eadie at the West Side District Cemetery in Taft at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 4, 2011. That will be followed by a no-host buffet lunch at Jo's Cafe on Kern Street, also in Taft. The family requested no flowers, but would enjoy the presence of anyone who would like to attend the service or lunch. If you can attend the lunch, please contact Dottie Anderson in Taft 763-1606 by May 31st.
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William Shirley Durkan
October 19, 1923 - December 20, 2002



William Shirley Durkan was born on October 19, 1923 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado to James and Annie Durkan who preceded him in death along with his brothers, James and Jack Durkan. He was a resident of Taft since 1951 and retired from Standard Oil Company in 1981. Mr. Durkan served his country during the Battle of the Bulge as a member of the U.S. Army Infantry, receiving the Purple Heart. He met and married his loving wife Harriet in 1946 in Watsonville. They have been married for 57 years. Mr. Durkan was an avid traveler, hunter and fisherman. He was a loving husband, father and friend. The "Little Irishman" will be dearly missed and remembered.

Dr. Durkan is survived by his wife, Harriet; his three sons and their wives, Bill and Christy, Larry and Sandy, and Jim and Deborah; his grandchildren Brian, Brent, Dawn and Matthew Durkan; his great grandchildren, Amee, Christopher, and many in-laws, nieces nephews and a life time of loving friends.

Graveside funeral services were held in the West Side District Cemetery on Thursday, December 26, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. The arrangements were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Margaret Du Vall, 83
August 7, 1913 - July 18, 1997



Margaret Du Vall, 83, of Grover Beach died on Friday, July 18, 1997 at a San Luis Obispo carecenter. A family service will be held in Carmel Valley at a later date.

Mrs. Du Vall was born on August 7, 1913 in Fellows. She had lived in Taft, where she was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, for many years before moving to Bakersfield and then Carment Valley. She then moved to Grover Beach in 1977. One of their greatest enjoyments in life were her grandchildren.

Mrs. Du Vall is survived by her two sons, David Tucker of New York and Bryan Du Vall of San Luis Obispo: one brother-in-law, C.K. Du Vall of Taft, one sister-in-law, Hazel Delorey of Woodland Hills; nine Vall.

In lieu of flowers, memoirals may be made in her honor to the San Luis Obispo Chapter of the American Red Cross, 225 Prado Road, San Luis Obispo 93401. Arrangements are under the direction of Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel in Grover Beach.
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Samuel A. Duvall, 81
February 19, 1916 - August 11, 1997



Private family memorial services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel for Taft native Samuel Atherton Duvall, 81. Pastor Mike Harrell of the First United Methodist Church will officiate and burial will be in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mr. Duvall was born in Taft on February 19, 1916 and passed away in a Bakersfield hosptial on the evening of August 11, 1997.

He was raised and educated in Taft and graduated from Taft Union High School in 1934 and from Taft College in 1936. Mr. Duvall had been employed by Chervon Oil Comany for 32 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Eliza Duvall, who were Taft pioneers. His survivors include his wife of 59 years, Elizabeth Duvall of Bakersfield; his daughters, Susan Kerr and Linda Carney, both of Scotts Valley; his sisters, Mary Renz of Bakersfield and Emma Simon Reed of Taft; four granchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Donations in Mr. Duvall's memory may be sent to your favorite charity. No visistation hous are scheduled and services are under the direction of the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Dennis Dyer
February 1, 1947 - May 17, 1968



A full military funeral will be held for Dennis Dyer, Monday at 2:00 p.m. at Erickson & Brown Funeral Chapel with Rev. Ben Datria of the First Baptist Church officiating, along with military personnel. Burial will follow at West Side District Cemetery.

Dyer, who graduated from Taft High School and Taft College, was killed in Vietnam this month. A squadron leader, Dyer was one of 11 American infantrymen who were overrun and killled by the enemy in an undisclosed town in Vietnam. Shortly before his death, the young soldier had been promoted to E6, from buck to staff sergeant.

On his 21st birthday, February 1, Dyer was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action - the third highest medal in the United States. Other awards he won include the Purple Heart, Infantry Badge and the Vietnam campaign ribbon. The gallantry for which he was awarded the Silver Star consisted of his rescuing 28 men and two dead under fire. He was with Company A, 3rd Battallion, 47th Infantry, 9th Division.

Dyer was born February 1, 1947 in Oakland and had resided in Taft since 1951. He graduated from Taft High in 1964 and from Taft College two years later as an industrial arts major. During his high school career, Dyer set several records as an outstanding swimmer and was also a member of the band. Following graduation from Taft College, he was employed with Texaco Oil Company one year before entering service in the U. S. Army, June 22, 1967. On November 22, 1967, he sailed for Vietnam.

The young soldier is survived by his wife, Laura Lee Dyer; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred O. Dyer and a brother, Larry Dyer, all of Taft; his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. T. B. Dyer, Hart, Texas, and his maternal grandfather, Wiley Nelson, Earth, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, Dyer's family has requested that friends contribute to the Dennis Dyer Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of Taft College, which will be used to provide a scholarship to a returning veteran.
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Dr. Ben Dykes
August 21, 1922 – April 10, 2003



Dr. Ben Dykes passed away at his residence in Jackson, California on April 10, 2003. A longtime resident of Taft, he is survived by is wife of sixty years, Evelyn. Dr. Dykes moved from Airiton, Alabama, in 1924 and lived in Taft until 1967.

He is survived by his four daughters and their husbands, Carol and Ray Zak, Nancy and Carl McEnroe, Kathy and Bill Bolding, and Kim and Bob Kaehler. He was blessed with thirteen grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; his sister, Martha Sherman and several nieces and nephews. His is also survived by his extended Cambodian family, the Lims.

Dr. Ben attended Conley, Roosevelt, Lincoln and Taft High where he graduated in 1940. He graduated from U.S.C. and Northwestern University Dental School. He was a member of Taft Rotary Club and served as President of the Taft High School and College School boards. He was an active member of the Methodist Church while in Taft, serving on the board during the building of the Annex. He also served on the Westside Park and Recreation District Board and was active in various charities in Taft.

He was President of the Taft Quarterback Club for ten years. He later moved to Pleasant Hill, California and was responsible for establishing five dental hygiene programs in California, the Taft one always being his favorite. He was a lifetime member of the American Dental Association and was inducted into the International College of Dentistry in 1972. Dr. Dykes served his country during World War II and again during the Korean Conflict. He and Evelyn went to Thailand with World Concern in 1980 working as missionaries for the Cambodian people. It was at the time he met the Lim family.

He was a devoted husband and a loving father and grandfather. His family is secure in knowing he is in the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and that they shall be together again. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at 2:00 p.m., in the First United Methodist Church, Seventh and North Streets, Taft. Rev. Carl McEnroe will officiate and burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery. Friends are invited to give their respects on Tuesday, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Nina Ann Dykes
March 19, 1935 - January 9, 2009



Nina Ann was born in Taft March 19, 1935, the youngest of twins. She went to be with the Lord, January 9, 2009 in Bakersfield.

Attended Taft City Schools and graduated from Taft Union High School in 1953. She was a checker at Safeway in Taft for many years and later assisted her husband, Dr. Dick Dykes in his dental practice.

Nina was preceded in death by her parents, Lester and Vera Heaps, her husband, Dr. Dick Dykes and two nephews. Nina is survived by her sons David Morris, Kriston Morris of Taft and grandson Caleb; her daughter Kellie and husband Bob Pattaloci of Colorado and their daughter Casey of Arizona; stepson Lance Dykes, wife Sherri and family; her twin sister Norma Sisneros, "Little Sister" Glenda Hickernell of Taft and numerous nieces and nephews.

A private memorial service was held January 17, 2009. She will be greatly missed by those who loved her.
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Ruth Dee Dykes
May 24, 1922 - November 5, 2010



Ruth Dykes, 88, passed away on November 5, 2010. Born in Binger, Oklahoma on May 24, 1922 to Robert William and Betty Blanche Nuttle. She married S. Eddie Sargent of Sickles, Oklahoma in 1940 and had a daughter, Connie Ruth.

After relocating to California after WWII, Dee married Bill Dykes in 1953. They made their home for many years in the Cuyama Valley she raised a family to whom she was deeply devoted. Their son William Dee was born in 1954 and their daughter Robin Lynn was born in 1957. Dee enjoyed spending time at the family cabin in Pine Mountain Club where she played countless rounds of golf and created memorable holiday gatherings. She was famous in her family for her chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin pie, angel food cake and french toast and was well known outside the family for her kind caring nature and beautiful blue eyes.

Dee was an avid sports fan, supporting not only the teams coached by her husband and daughter, but several college teams and, most notably, the Los Angeles Lakers. She and her husband moved to Taft in 1996, so that they could care for her mother.

Dee was preceded in death by her husband Bill Dykes in 1999, and she continued to live independently and happily, surrounded by several children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She moved to Glenwood Gardens in Bakersfield in 2009 where she tried to recover from a broken hip and cancer. When she passed away she was surrounded by family. She is survived by her sister Mildred Lockheart, of Bakersfield; her daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Harry Geivet of Shafter; her son and daughter-in-law Bill and Vicki Dykes of Houston, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Robyn and Byron Nelson of Cochiti Lake, New Mexico; step-sons John and Joe Dykes and step-daughter Cindy Foley; her grandchildren Kimber Boswell, Sarah Hamblin, Wil Bernhardt, Kathryn Taylor and Jessica Dykes; several step-grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Services for Dee were held at the West Side District Cemetery in Taft on Monday, November 8, 2010, where she was interred next to her devoted husband Bill. The family requests that any donations be made to Hoffman Hospice in Bakersfield. The arrangements were made under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Jenny Lee Dyson
July 3, 1957 - October 9, 2012



Jenny passed away with her son and 3 lifelong friends by her side. The angels came and guided her on her journey at 8:50 p.m. on October 9, 2012. She loved the times she spent with her friends and family. She loved to venture out in her Jeep and explore and hunt for treasure and artifacts. Jenny graduated from Inglewood High School in 1975 in Inglewood, After high school she was always on the go. She always said she had Gypsy in her blood when asked why she moved so much. She loved the adventures in life and always wanted to explore new things.

Jenny is survived by her sons JP and Joshua Schenider, her brothers Ron and Don Glagovich, and her sister Paula Wells. Jenny is preceded in death by her loving father and mother Paul and Veronica Glagovich and her daughter Shandon Dyson.

Visitation will be Thursday, October 18, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and funeral service will be Friday, October 19, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and funeral service will be Friday, October 19, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. Both will be held at Eternal Valley Memorial Park and Mortuary, 23287 N. Sierra Hwy., Newhall, California 91321. (661)259-0800.
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