Westside Obituaries
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Freda J. Fagan
March 16, 1950 - August 18, 2007



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Freda J. Fagan, 57.

Mrs. Fagan was born in McAlester, Oklahoma on March 16, 1950 and passed away in Bakersfield on August 18, 2007. She was a long time member of the Lighthouse Foursquare Church. Mrs. Fagan was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Tehelma Wingo.

Her survivors include her husband, Bill of Taft; her daughter, Ehrissa Carpenter and Heidi Mosier both of Taft; her sister and her husband, Joyce and Bill Sullivan of Taft; and by her brother, Fred Wingo.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.

Freda was known as a loving sister, mother, wife and nana. She will live on in the hearts of all the lives she has touched. She was an amazingly strong woman whose faith in the Lord got her through her many struggles. To conclude, Freda's beautiful style and grace will forever be remembered. We are at ease to know that she is now and angel that will forever watch over us.
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Grace L. Fair - 93
December 1, 1980 - April 17, 2002



Graveside funeral services will be held in the Westside District Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. for former Taft resident, Grace L. Fair, 93.

Mrs. Fair was born on December 1, 1908 in Springhill, Kansas the daughter of Bemjamin and Estella Sleppy Hayden and passed away on April 17, 2002 in Astoria Oregon. She was raised in Wellsville, Kansas and married to Robert Glen McHenry on December 3, 1927 in Paola, Kansas. After his death she married Marion Harley Fair in Las Vegas, Nevada. She worked as a licensed practical nurse in Los Angeles County for many years prior to her retirement in 1970. She moved to Astoria Oregon, from Taft in 1993. While in Taft she was a member of the Rebekah Lodge since 1973, having served as Noble Grand three times in 1978, 1985, and 1991. Within the Rebekahs she was a member of the LEA and LAPM in both Taft and Bakersfield. She served as chaplain in 1989-90 and received the Decoration of Chivalry.

She was preceded in death by both husbands and is survived by her daughter, Mary Pat Miller of Astoria, Oregon; and Raymond Morris of Bakersfield; her granddaughter Carol Rogers of Bakersfield; nine great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Julia Fairbanks, 97
January 25, 1873 - April 24, 1970



Funeral services for Julia Etta Fairbanks, 120 San Emidio Street, will be held Monday at 3:30 p.m. at Erickson and Brown Chapel. Mrs. Fairbanks died early today in a local hospital at age 97.

Born January 25, 1873 in Grant County, Iowa, she had lived in this commentary for the past 26 years and was the widow of the late William A. Fairbanks.

She is survived by a son, Judge Wiliam Z. Fairbanks of Honolulu; two daughters, Mrs. Vern W. DeTar of Fairfield and Mrs. George R. Butlin of Taft.; eight grandchildren, 20 great grandchldren and one great-great grandchild.

Pastor A. E. Schmitt of the Peace Lutheran Church will officiate at the funeral. Burial will be at the West Side Cemetery>
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Betty Fairrington
April 5, 1928 - April 21, 2011



The Lord called Betty home on April 21, 2011 after a courageous battle with dementia. Betty was a devoted Christian who would do anything for anyone, always ready to give. Betty was born in Earlsboro, Oklahoma, on April 5, 1928, and was raised in Slick, Oklahoma. She and her sister, Lorene, followed their brothers to Taft, California, after graduating from high school. She met the love of her life in Taft, Don Fairrington, who became her husband in 1949. She was one of six children born to the late Oscar and Hannah Ezell.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Don; brothers, Raymond and Oscar Ezell; and sister, Lorene DeClue. She is survived by her brother, Billy and wife, Janeen Ezell; sister, Shirley and husband, Rod Brown; her son, Ron and wife, Vicky Fairrington; and daughter, Trudy and husband, David Villanueva. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Rob and Heidi Fairrington, Karen and husband, Charles Leask, Andy and Matt Dyer; step grandchildren, David Jr., Mike and Stephanie Villanueva; and many great grandchildren, whom she all loved greatly. Betty also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Graveside service will be held today, Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. at Greenlawn Southwest Memorial Park, 2739 Panama Lane. The family would like to thank Arbolado House and Hoffmann Hospice for the exceptional care given to Betty in her final days. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hoffmann Hospice or Christ's Church of the Valley. Greenlawn Southwest.
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Maynell "Dixie" (Dixion) Fallis
April 18, 1937 - September 30, 2010



Maynell "Dixie" (Dixon) Fallis, 73 of Coeur d' Alene, Idaho, formerly of the Silver Valley, passed away September 30, 2010 at the Kootenai Medical Center of Coeur d' Alene. She was born April 18, 1937 at Taft, California; Dixie was the daughter of Henry and Mary Jane (Shugart) Dixon.

Dixie moved to the Silver Valley in 1975 from California.

Dixie was a bartender and worked at Inland Lounge and the Rio Club of Kellogg and many other places throughout the Silver Valley.

Dixie was a member of the Hayden Lake Eagles. She loved and enjoyed bowling on the Bunker Hill team and playing pool.

She is survived by one daughter, Debbie Millett of Rathdrum, Idaho; one granddaughter and her husband Brandi and Dustin Howe of Hayden, Idaho; one grandson, Josh Lawrence of Arkansas; one brother Lloyd Dixion of Burbank, California; three great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Dixie was preceded in death by her parents and one son Greg Lawrence.

Graveside services will be held at the Westside District Cemetery of Taft, California. You may sign Dixie's on line book at: SHOSHONE FUNERAL SERVICES & CREMATORY, KELLOGG, IDAHO is entrusted with local arrangements and ERICKSON & BROWN FUNERAL HOME OF TAFT, CALIFORNIA are in charge of the arrangements in California.
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Denise Cheryl Falls
March 31, 1961 - November 3, 2008



Denise was born on March 31, 1961 in Inglewood, California. She passed away with her family by her side on November 3, 2008 at her home in Taft.

Denise was preceeded in death by her parents Don and Daisy Falls, grandmother Joan Kent, and granddaughter Riley. Left to remember her through memories are her brothers Dennis and Michael, sister Donna from Taft, children Matthew, Cheryl, Lisa and Donnie; 5 grandchildren, Chloe, Corey, Skylar, Jaine and and Jessie James, Uncle Jack, Uncle John, cousin David, nieces Sandy, Mallory and Kristen, nephews Sam and Zack, and all the family and friends that knew and loved Denise.

Denise raised her four children and never lost a beat. Denise enjoyed the outdoors, she loved everyone and made sure her family came first. She enjoyed taking care of her five grandchildren who cherished their "Grammie". Denise loved kids, because she raised her first four children until it was time for them to go out in the world as adults, but she knew she was not done yet, because she got some grandbabies to chase around. Denise loved to spoil her grandbabies, that was her new job, not to raise them, but to spoil them rotten. Denise was young when she came to Taft, and decided Taft was her home. She has lived in Taft for the past 20+ years. Her family was her life, and we all loved and cared for the devotion she had for her family, because in her eyes, we all came first. She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

West Side Memorial Services - Porteous Family has been entrusted with the arrangements. You may sign the on-line guest book at www.westsidememorial services. com.
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Addison James Fancon Jr.
November 12, 1946 - March 26, 2003



Born in Santa Monica, California to Carolyn and Addison Sr., Ad and brother Greg grew up in West LA and attended the University High School. He went on to San Fernando Valley State College (CSUN) where he competed in football, and played in the 1967 Junior Rose Bowl. Ad graduated in 1968 with a degree in Physical Education and began teaching and coaching at Taft Union High School. In 1972, he joined the Peace Corps with Group 51 where he met his future wife Marie "Ne" whom he married in 1974. Ad returned to Taft to teaching U.S. histroy and coached baseball, varsity football and was head track & field coach. He was honored as a Coach of the Year at the California State High School Track & Field Championships in 1994. His love for people and places was evident in his many travels throughtout the U.S. and around the world. Ad retired in 2004 and spent his time between homes in Taft and San Luis Obispo. He was loved for his sense of humor and known for his immeasurable accumulation of facts.

Ad is survived by his wife, Marie, daughter, Lori and son, Brad. For information regarding a celebration of his life to be held near San Luis Obispo, please call (805) 544-0059.
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Deonia Charlene Fannon
February 28, 1957 - December 17, 2011



A funeral service will be held in the the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 12:00 p.m., noon, for Deonia Charlene Fannon.

Deonia was born to Richard Smith and Shirley Farmer in Corpus Christi, Texas on February 28, 1957 and passed away at the age of 54 on December 17, 2011 in Fellows, California. As a young child, Deonia moved to Taft, California where she met the love of her life, Gary Fannon at the age of 8. When Dionia was 24 years old she was involved in a horrible car accident which left her paralized from the neck down. Although she was faced with tremendous obstacles, she never allowed them to hinder her or her spirits, in any way, and was determined to still live a full and happy life.

Deonia married the love of her life, Gary, and became a homemaker and mother. She accomplished many things through her determination to have a normal life. She succeeded in completing college and earned a college degree. She was committed to helping and encouraging other people who received spinal cord injuries and did so by serving on the spinal cord injury hot line as a counselor.

She loved to fish and enjoyed being outdoors when ever she could. She was heavily involved in 4H and enjoyed it very much because it helped fill her love for animals. Deonia was also part of the Kern County Fair Committee for seven years which brought her tremendous pride and joy. Deonia's love for music and her constant positive attitude will be missed immensely by her family and friends.

Deonia is survived by her husband of 29 years, Gary; her daughters, Amanda and Jennifer; her sons, Kenneth and Jeffery; and her six grandchildren.

Deonia's family would like to thank Odyssey Hospice and Kimberly McMillan, R.N. for the care provided to Deonia. Your care and gentle touch in Deonia's time of need is greatly appreciated. Visitation will be held on Monday, December 26, 2011 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To convey condolences or sign and online registry, please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Hazel Oleata Fannon, 71
December 19, 1931 - July 3, 2003



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday morning at 11:00 a.m. for McKittrick resident, Hazel Oleata Fannon, 71. Mrs. Fannon was born to Sally and Roy Harris in Sallisaw, Oklahoma on December 19, 1931 and passed away at her home on July 3,, 2003. At the age of 14 she married Jessie Fannon.

Her survivors include her four children, Wanda Pierce, Gail Robinson, Gary Fannon and Thelma Evans; her sisters, Lois Baughman, Jewel Taylor and Thelma Franks; her sister-in-laws, Essie Jordan, Gladys Reed And Ivanell Harris; her 19 grandchildren and her 20 great grandchildren, the last of whom was born on the day Mrs. Fannon passed away.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. Mrs. Fannon's family would like to thank Odyssey Hospice.
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Millie M. Fannon
September 5, 1923 – June 11, 2003



Chapel services will be held on Tuesday, June 17, 2003 at the West Side Family Mortuary for Bakersfield resident, Millie Marie Fannon.

Millie was born on September 5, 1923 in Salsaw, Oklahoma to Jonathan and Ida Fannon and she passed away on June 11, 2003 in Bakersfield, California at the age of 79. She loved the outdoors and working with her hands. She loved making crafts to give to her friends and making flower arrangements. She always made people feel right at home with her beautiful smile and laugh. She loved to spend time with the elderly and with children, they made her smile. She was a very gentle and loving lady and is referred to as, “The best cook in the world.”

She is survived by the love of her life, Joe Reed of Arvin; her daughter, Glenda Moslander of Bakersfield; son Bobby Henry of Arkansas; grandsons, Lain MacGriogair of Bakersfield, Robert Henry of Mississippi and Austin Henry of Arkansas; sisters, Glads Reed of Taft, Essie Burke of Taft and Mary Reedy of Taft and by 4 great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her baby son, Billy Joe Henry in 1943; great granddaughter, Claudia Savanna Henry in 1997; her parents John and Ida Fannon and by 7 siblings.

The family wishes to express their sincere thanks to Millies’ Optimal Hospice nurses, and to Suzanne Drew, who treated Millie like her own mother. Millie was a very special lady and will be sorely missed by all who were blessed enough to have known her.

A public viewing will be held on Monday, June 16 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the West Side Family Mortuary. All funeral services are under the care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary, Taft. 661-763-1594.
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David Fanshier
September 6, 1932 - July 24, 2010



David Fanshier was born in Bakersfield on September 6, 1932 and passed away in Bakersfield on July 24, 2010. He was survived by his wife, Alpha Fanshier of Taft; his daughter and husband, Diana and David Banks of Colorado; his two granddaughters; and by his two sisters.

At the request of Mr. Fanshier there will be no funeral service. The arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Von A. Fanshier
was written as: Don
May 15 1895 - May 8, 1968



Former Taft resident Von A. Fanshier, 72, died Wednesday in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington D. C. while on a extended two-months tour of the United States.

A resident of Kern County for 42 years. Mr. Fanshier was employed by Union Oil Company for 31 years. He resided at 3038 Spruce Street in Bakersfield.

He is survived by his widow, Bertha; sons, Glenn, Bakersfield; Carol, Lost Hills, and David, Taft; daughters. Eunice Rohrman, E. Chicago, Indiana; Velma J. Myers, Whittier, and Mary Ann Ayer, Eureaka; brothers, Ed and Guy, both of Pendleton, Oregon, and Walter, Needles; 27 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. at Hillcrest Mortuary Chapel in Bakersfield with the Rev. G.L. Owen of at the Woodlane Baptist Church officiating. Interment will be at Parkview Lawn of HIllcrest Memorial Park.
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Paul Richard Fanska
November 2, 1923 - September 3, 2002



No services are scheduled for longtime Taft resident Paul Richard Fanska. Mr. Fanska was born on November 2, 1923 to Richard and Bonnie Fanska in Oklamugee, Oklahoma and passes away in a local hospital on September 3, 2002 at the age of 78. Paul was employed with CWOD Oil Company for over 40 years as an operator before he retired.

All funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594
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Kathleen Ruth Farley
September 18, 1921 - August 25, 2007



Kathleen Ruth Farley was born in Massachusetts on September 18, 1921. Ruth was an outgoing fun loving person who loved life and loved dancing. Her love for dance and acrobatics began early, she danced and prerformed as a child and by age 18 was dancing with the San Francisco Ballet Campany. After a few years Ruth joined a professional dance company touring the U.S. performing at the Moulin Rouge Club, Coconut Grove and other renowened nightclubs in the U.S. It was at one of her performances where she would meet the love of her life, Bill Farley. shrotly after they met the two were married and together they toured the U.S. as stage performers, Ruth a dancer and Bill a singer.

In 1952 Bill, Ruth and their daughter, Winnie, moved to Taft, California. Bill took a job with Standard Oil and Ruth taught dance, both in Taft at her own studio and later in Bakersfield. Bill went back to school to pursue a teaching degree. After Bill completed his degree he and Ruth moved to Lake Isabella, California. Bill taught elementary school in Kernville, and Ruth opened her own dance studio in their home and began teaching the children in and around Lake Isabella. In addition to teaching at her dance studio. Ruth was very active in their community; working for the Parks and Recreation Department as a score keeper for the summer baseball program while Bill umpired; Ruth also worked as the summer arts and crafts instructor, holding classes at area parks.

Having danced for over 65 years and taught dance for over 45 years, Ruth's love for dance never faded, she continued to dance well into her seventies; dancing and performing with other fun loving seniors. After Ruth and Bill retired they traveled the U.S. in their motorhome and on their motorcycle. They spent their twilight years as they has spent their whole lives together, simply enjoying one another, family and life.

Ruth was a devoted, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Ruth is survived by her daughter, Willie Neff and son-in-law, Rob Neff of Bakersfield, California; her two granddaughters, Shannon Richardson of Bayfield, Colorado; Teri Neff of Lake Isabella, California and her six great-grandchildren, Aaryn Richardson, Brandon Richardson, Blair Richardson, Hailey Richardson, Zackery Neff, and Brock Neff. She was loved very much and will be greatly missed.

Ruth passed away on August 25, 2007, 6 months and one day after her husband, and love of her life for 63 years passed. On this day they meet again in eternity. At Ruth's request there will be no funeral services.
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Patricia Ann-Walker Farmer
September 24, 1930 - February 17, 2014



Patricia Ann-Walker Farmer passed away at home on February 17th, 2014.

She was born September 25th 1930 in Colorado Springs, Colorado to Oscar and Katie Fontana Walker. After living in Colorado, Wyoming, Oklahoma and Idaho, the family moved to Taft in 1944. Pat worked in the family business, Walker's Hamburger and Malt Shop and later, The Tea Cup Chinese Restaurant. In 1948, she graduated from Taft Union High School and one year later married Loyd Farmer. Shortly after their marriage, Loyd was drafted and while serving in Korea, Pat found employment at the Crocker Angelo Bank. A year after returning from Korea, Pat and Loyd welcomed the birth of their first daughter, Linda and five years later, daughter Kathy joined the family. In 1957, Pat joined the Seventh Day Adventist Church which became a major part of her life.

While raising her family, Pat took babysitting jobs until she returned to school in 1961. She began her nursing career at the Taft Westside Hospital and later at the Kern County Convalescent Facility. She retired in 1980 where she was known to all at Patty Ann.

Her retirement years were spent taking care of her grandson, Freddie II and traveling with Loyd. The family grew over the years to include adopted grandchildren, Michelle, Carlos, Marty and Isaac. After Loyd passed away in 2004, Pat continued to be very active with her family and church. She loved to bake and became famous for her fabulous desserts! In 2008 she was delighted to welcome her first great grandson.

Pat is survived by her daughters, Linda (& Freddie) Fontes and Kathy Farmer, all of Taft, Grandson Freddie Fontes II, adopted grandchildren Michelle Alspaw, Carlos Chivira, Marty Fontes and Isaac Fontes, three great grandsons, four adopted great grandsons and two adopted great granddaughters. Brother Mickey Walker of McAllister, Oklahoma, numerous nieces and nephews and many special friends at the Adventist Church.

A viewing for Pat will take place at Lori Family Mortuary (1150 4th Street, Taft) on Saturday, February 22nd, from noon to 3:00 p.m. Her funeral service will be held at the Seventh Day Adventist Church (401 Harrison Street, Taft) on Sunday February 23rd, at 2:00 p.m., with a reception to follow at the Seventh Day Adventist Church Social Hall. A short graveside service for Pat will take place Monday, February 24th, 2014 at 2:00 p.m., at the West Side District Cemetery.

Services have been entrusted to the care of Lori Family Mortuary, Taft, California 661-763-1594, www.lorifamiymortuary.com
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Gail Farris
October 2, 1927 - November 22, 2012



Rosie Abigal Farris went to be with Jesus on Thanksgiving Day of natural causes. After 50 days of hospitalization during which she celebrated her 85th birthday, she came home under hospice care two days before her passing.

Gail was born October 2, 1927 in Wichita Falls, Texas, to Charles and Irene Philips. Gail was the 6th of 8 children who were raised on a farm. At 16, she married Lonnie Farris a Texan, and quickly became Mom to 2 daughters and a son. In 1948, news of work in the California oil fields motivated them to head west. Leaving behind all of her furniture and household goods, Gail set up a new home and in the spring of 1950, their fourth child was born. Gail placed very high value on family and spent her time and energy instilling wholesome, Godly values in her children. There were hard times and financial shortfalls for quite a number of years but Gail was able to use these time as character building experiences for the kids. She was directly involved in the grade school activities of her kids and was an active member in her local church.

She is survived by one sister, Juanell Green, (Pearland, Texas); her four children: Joetta Sagaser (McKittric), Lona Posey (Taft), Ed Farris (Leona Vallley, Californina), and Bill Farris (Leona Valley, California); 16 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren, and many related by marriage who considered her Mom, Grandma, or GG.

Gail faithfully served her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for the duration of her life. It is because of her trust and faith in Him that her family and friends are assured that she is now in the Lord's presence and free of the pain that she endured for so many years.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 1st at the Westside District Cemetery, 26910 E. Cedar Street, Taft, Followed by a memorial service at 12:00 p.m. at Lighthouse Foursquare Church, 210 Harrison Street, Ford City. Viewing hours are Friday, November 30th from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home, 501 Lucard Street, Taft. Flowers can be sent to the funeral home or in lieu of flowers, donations in the name of her only deceased grandchild, William Sagaser, can be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
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MaryDell Farris
January 28, 1913 - February 15, 2012



A graveside funeral service was held on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, at the West Side District Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. for MaryDell Farris, who died Wednesday, February 15, 2012, at the age of 99.

MaryDell was born in Carthage, Tennessee on January 28, 1913. She married Clay Farris and followed him to California to find work in the California oilfields making their home in Taft, California in the early 1930's. Her husband, Clay Farris, and her daughter Helen Watkins preceded MaryDell in death. Four grandchildren and their spouses along with numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren survive MaryDell.

MaryDell had a strong spirit and a great faith in Jesus Christ that provided her with comfort in knowing she would one day be in the arms of her Lord.

There were no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To convey condolences or sign an online registry, please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Floyd Farrow - Rites Pending
February 7, 1953 - July 11, 2003



Funeral arrangements are pending with West Side Family Mortuary for Bakersfield resident, Floyd Farrow. Mr. Farrow was born on February 7, 1953 and he passed away on July 11, 2003 in Clovis, California at the age of 50.

All funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594
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Vergie Mae Farrow
May 2, 1918 - March 17, 2010



Services are pending for Vergie Mae Farrow, 91. The arragements have been entrusted to West Side Memorial Services, Porteous Family.
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Helen Mae Faughn
November 22, 1918 - June 14, 2002



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday, June 18, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. For longtime resident, Helen Mae Faughn, 83. Rev. Trent Meadors, pastor of the First Assembly of God Church will officiate at the service. Mrs. Faughn was born in Atoka, Oklahoma on November 22, 1918 and passed away in Bakersfield on June 14, 2002.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, and her son Tommy Lee Faughn in 1989. Her survivors include her husband, Lee Faughn of Taft; her daughter, Dianna Faughn of Taft; her son, Terry Faughn of Bakersfield; her sister, Jessie of Susanville; her two brothers, Martin Harris of Susanville and Leonard Harris of New York; her sister-in-law, Bernice Rector of Bakersfield; her daughter-in-law, Diane Faughn of Bakersfield; her four grandchildren; her six great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Lee Faughn
October 21, 1915 - December 2, 2003



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Monday, December 8, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Lee Faugh, 88. Rev. Trent Meadors, pastor of the First Assembly of God Church will officiate at the service.

Mr. Faughn was born in Campbell, Missouri on October 21, 1915 and passed away in Bakersfield on December 2, 2003. He worked for Standard Oil Company for over 30 years. He enjoyed buying and selling rent houses. He also enjoyed working on his houses.

Mr. Faughn was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Faughn in June 2002 and by his son, Tommy Lee Faughn in 1989. He is survived by his daughter Dianna Faughn of Taft; his son, Terry Faughn of Bakersfield; his sister, Bernice Rector of Bakersfield; his daughter-in-law, Diane Faughn of Bakersfield; his four grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and by his many nieces and nephews.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Betty was born to Roy and Ila Rose Knox in Big Fork, Montana on December 26, 1927 and went to be with the Lord on December 27, 2008.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, brother, sister-in-law and neice. She is survived by a son, daughter-in-law, grandson, three great-grandchildren, a brother and wife, nieces and nephews and many dear friends.
One of her greatest joys was to travel in the motorhome with her husband of 54 years, Stan. They, along with close friends, traveled all over the United States.
The family would like to thank the staff at Hallmark Assisted Living for the wonderful care and love they gave to Betty; also their thanks to Hoffman hospice for all the loving care that Lauura and all the staff extended to Betty. A memorial in her honor will be held at a later date at Hoffman Assisted Living. Erickson & Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
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Stanley H. "Stan" Flick
May 11, 1926 - October 19, 2003



Memorial services will be held in the First Baptist Church, 220 North Street, Taft on Saturday, November 1, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Stanley H. "Stan" Flick, 77. Rev. Scott Pearson, pastor of the First Baptist Church will officiate.

Mr. Flick was born in Los Angeles on May 11, 1926 and passed away in Bakersfield on October 19, 2003. He moved to Taft in 1976 and was a member of the First Baptist Church. Mr. Flick had been employed as a painter for over 35 years and was last employed by Bob Wiens. He enjoyed traveling.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Flick of Taft; his son and his wife Jerry and Terry Flick of Bakersfield his daughter, Kathy Lopez of Northern California; his grandson and his wife, Misty and Jerry Flick, Jr. of Bakersfield; his great grandchildren, Brooke Flick and Jerry "L. J." Flick, III both of Bakersfield.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the cremation was under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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James Flippen
June 21, 1933 - May 27, 2010



Services have been scheduled for Taft resident, James Flippen, 76. The graveside service will be June 4th at 2:00 p.m. at the West Side District Cemetery, Taft. The arrangements have been entrusted to West Side Memorial Services, Porteous Family.
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Bruno P. Flores, 79
October 6, 1921 - January 1, 2002



Bruno P. Flores, long time resident of Maricopa died Monday, January 1st , in a Thousand Oaks hospital following a brief illness. Bruno and his wife were visiting with family inthe Camarillo area.

Bruno was born October 6, 1921 in Los Angeles, California and had lived in Maricopa for the past 33 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WW II having served in Central Europe. For over 35 years. Bruno worked for Patman Meats Inc. and retired as a butcher in 1979. Bruno was United Food and Commercial Workers Union; local 0770. Following his retirement he continued to provide services to his many friends in the Cuyama Valley. He loved the out of doors and was an avid fisherman. He enjoyed teaching most of his grandchildren how to fish.

He is survuved by his wife of 54 years, Frances; son and daughter-in-law Jim and Brenda Flores of Camarillo, daughter and son-in-law Isabelle and Alex Santana of Oceanside, California; son and daughter-in-law Ralph and Pam Flores of Victorville, California; granchildren; Sandra Santana, Catherine Santana, Christopher Flores, Craig Flores, Alexis Flores, Stephanie Jillson, Jaime Flores, Gregory Flores, Jessica Flores, Nicole Flores; great grandchildren; Michael Giblin, Joseph Giblin, Kane Burton, Lisabeth Santa; six sisters.

A time of visitation and viewing will be on Friday, January 5th, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with the Vigil Rite Service at 7:00 p.m. at Padre Sserra Church, 5205 Upland Road, Camarillo. The funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in Padre Serra Church. Assisting the family with funeral arrangements is Pierce Brothes Griffin Mortuary, 1075 E. Daily Drive, Camarillo, (482-2711).
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Herbert D. (Sully) Flores, 69
October 1, 1931 - February 27, 2001



Sully Flores, age 69, passed away February 27, 2001 at his home in Kingman, Arizona.

Sully was born in San Fernando, California on October 1, 1931. Sully was raised in San Fernando and attended local schools prior to serving in the U.S. Army. After serving his country, he returned to San Fernando where he went to work for Continental Telephone. In 1963, he moved his family to Taft, California where he was a life long member of the Moose Lodge and served as a Boy Scout Leader to many locals. Sully was a fixture at his children's sporting events, was a proud supporter of the Taft Union High School athletic teams and music program, and was a "super fan" of the Taft College football team. Throughout his years in Taft, he tended bar at the White Elephant, Toppers and Oasis restaurants as well as at the Petroleum Club. For several years he and many locals "held court" at Art"s Corner. In Taft, he began his over 40 years in the carpentry and mason trades. Sully left his mark, literally, in many homes, businesses, and schools in the Taft and Bakersfield area as well as in the San Fernando Valley after the 1972 Sylmar earthquake. Sully also utilized his trade skills for a brief time in his work for Habitat for Humanity.

His interests included his family, cooking, reading books, listening to all types of music, playing guitar and singing his "for mature audiences only" songs, solving crossword puzzles, attending and serving his church, and most recently was a struggling computer hack.

His parents, Adam and Cleo Flores; his sister and brother-in-law Gloria and Emilio Albano; his niece Gail Dorta; and his nephew Peter Flores preceded Mr. Flores in death. He is survived by his daughters Loretta Cross and Gloria Waddell of Taft; his sons Charles of San Fernando, Herbert M. (Mike) Flores of Dover, New Jersey, Richard Flores of Eagle Rock, Adam Flores of Fort Wayne, Indiana and Patrick Flores of Taft, California; his grandchildren Alissa Torres of Carpenteria, California, Charles, Jr. and Kristi Flores of San Fernando, Kaylin and Jesse Flores of Auburn, Christopher Flores of Dover, New Jersey, Patrick Monique, and Adam Flores of San Fernando; and Richard, Michael, Marcus, Mathew, Marissa Spell, and Wayne Smith, of Taft; great-grandchildren Mikyla Torres of Carpenteria. Lysette and Jonah Flores of San Fernando; his brothers and sister-in-law Manuel and Sally Flores of Henderson, Nevada, Adam and Willie Flores, and Pete and Norma Flores of San Fernando; his sister and brother-in-law Eva and Andy Santiago of San Fernando; and numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and acquaintances.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 8th from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. with Rosary services immediately following at 7:00 p.m. in the chapel at the J.T. Oswald Mortuary, 1001 N. Maclay Street, San Fernando. Funeral services will be on Thursday, March 9th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Ferdinand's Catholic Church in San Fernando, with the burial to follow at San Fernando Mission Cemetery.
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Cecil Raymond Floyd, 77
June 26, 1924 - November 15, 2001



Cecil Raymond Floyd, age 77, passed away Thursday at Churchill Community Hospital. He was born June 26, 1924 in Memphis, Tennessee to Samuel and Blanche Ashmore Floyd and had been in Fallon a short time coming from Bruce, Mississippi. He was a retired Motel Manager, life member of BPOE (Elks) Lodge having served as exalted ruler and district deputy in Taft, California.

He is survived by his sons Larry and Raymond Floyd both of Fallon; and 3 grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Monday at 1:30 p.m. at Smith Family Funeral Home. Graveside military services will be Monday at 3:00 p.m. at the Northern Nevada Veterans Cemetery in Fernley. Arrangements are under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Home and Crematory, 505 Rio Vista-Fallon.
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Thomas Henry Floyd
May 25, 1949 - October 29, 2011



Tommy was born in Taft, California on May 25, 1949 and passed away in Bakersfield, California on October 29, 2011.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Brenda Bell Floyd; father Earl William Floyd; mother, Dora Frances Floyd; brother, Glenn Floyd; and sister, Dolly Woods. Tommy is survived by his daughter, Kasey Henderson of Maricopa; brothers and spouses, Frank and Betty Floyd of Bridgeport, California and John and Nelda Floyd of Maricopa; sisters and spouses, Anna an John Wagner of Bakersfield, California, Bernice and Larry Grimes of Klamath Falls, Oregon, Shirley and Richard Smith of Bakersfield, California and Janie and Robert Teel of Maricopa; sister-in-law, Joan Floyd of Bakersfield, California; brother-in-law, Leroy Woods of Taft; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Tommy started working for Contel Telephone Company in 1969 and retired after 30 years of service. He later worked part-time for the Westside Mosquito Abatement for several years. Tommy enjoyed fishing and hunting, especially with his brothers-in-law, Wayne and Virgil Bell. He loved barbecuing for Kasey's dogs, Lucy James and Nellie Monster. Tommy was such a joy to be around and he will truly be missed.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the West Side District Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday, 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. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Brian Keith Fonner, 33
September 14, 1968 - March 4, 2002



Services are pending at the West Side Family Mortuary for Brian Keith Fonner, 33 passed away in Frenso, March 4, 2002.
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Laura

Laura Jean Fore
March 24, 1929 - February 9, 2004



Laura Jean Fore aka Jean Fore left us Monday afternoon to be with the Lord. She was born March 24, 1929 in Burlington, Colorado. The eighth child and only daughter of James and Josephine Weaver. Laura Jean and Tom moved to Taft in June 1968. Laura started working at Jo's Restaurant in 1968, Westside Hospital, Taft, in the kitchen in 1972. Stewarts Drug Store in 1980, and in 1983 Laura Jean started her own business 4's Ceramic and Hobby Shop. Laura only retired because of Alzheimer's. Laura Jean became a family member at the Westside Hospital Resthome the last four years of her life. Laura was a member of the Women of the Moose, and the Grandmother Club of Taft. She was a Boy Scout Den mother; she worked on the election board for over 30 years. She enjoyed sewing, hobbies and every kind of craft.

She is preceded in death by both her parents, 4 brothers and two half sisters. Her survivors are her husband of 56 years, Thomas A. Fore. Their five children Bob Fore and LouAnn Campbell, Donna and Dan Grijalva, Wanda & Tim Johnson, Bill and Pat Fore, Thomas James (JIm) and Nancy Fore. Fourteen grandchildren: Denise and Kevin Hunt, Dan and Jennifer Grijalva, Mike Johnson, Brad and Dawn Fore, Laura Johnson, Dennis and Stormy Grijalva, Donald Grijalva, Chris, Megan, Kaitlyn Heather, Layne, Zachery and Johathon Fore. Six great grandchildren Brandon and Kelsey Ford, Allison Arnold, Austin Hunt, Brianna Johnson Austin Fore and Kamryn Grijalva. Brothers: Dannie, Glen and Gordan Weaver all of Colorado.

Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for Mrs. Fore. Rev. Scott Pearson, pastor of the First Baptist Church will officiate and burial will follow at the West Side District Cemetery. Friends are invited to pay their respects on Thursday until 8:30 p.m. and again on Friday from 9:00 a.m. to service time at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Michael E. Gooden Foreman
March 17, 1945 - July 7, 2002



Memorial funeral services will be held in the Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 26 Emmons Park Drive, on Wednesday morning at 11:00 a.m. for Taft resident Michael E. Gooden Foreman, 57.

Michael was born in Bakersfield on March 17, 1945 and passed away at his residence on July 7, 2002. He moved to Taft in 1955 and attended Taft schools, graduating from Taft Union High School in 1964. He had been employed as an oil worker and not only worked in the Kern County oilfields but in many countries overseas.

His survivors include his mother and father Jerry and Royce Foreman of Taft; his son Dustin Waters of Freud, Montana; his grandson Jade Waters of Freud, Montana, his brother and his wife, Stanley R. and Dixie Foreman of Bakersfield; his nephews, Michael and Royce Foreman and several great nieces and nephews.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Zeyn Milton Walsh Simmons Forrrest, 67
May 26, 1929 - May 6, 1997



A memorial service will be held May 12, 1997 at 2:00 p.m. at Callaghan Mortuary in Livermore, for Taft native Zeyn Milt Walsh Simmons Forrest, 67. A Reception will follow in The Callaghan Fellowship Hall and burial will take place at Peaasantion Memorial Gardens in Pleasanton.

Mrs. Forrest was born May 26, 1929 and passed away May 6, 1997 in Pleasanton. She was a writer of short stories and founder of the Writer's Bloc of Livermore. She was the music director of Golden Follies Productions and loved to sing ans play the piano.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Gary Simmons, in 1984. Her survivors include her daughters, Shelley Smuthwaite of Pleasanton, Mindy Milton of Sacramento and Penny Walsh of Santa Clara, her mother, Rhona Dopyera of Redlands; her sister, Chrys Melendez of Redlands; and two grandchildren.

Memorial gifts may be made to Tri_Aegis Residential Service Inc., 100 W. Rincon Ave., Suite 100, Campbell, California 95008.
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Charles (Chuck) Foster, 73
March 15, 1924 - August 10, 1997



Charles (Chuck) Harrison Foster was born March 15, 1924 and passed away in Shafter on August 10, 1997 at the age of 73. Chuck married Frances Carmean on August 10, 1964, and worked for Chevron for many years at Cymric before retiring to spend time with his family.

Chuck leaves his wife of 33 years and two sons; Robert of Taft, and George and his wife, Mollie, of Atascadero; one brother, Fred B. Foster and his wife, Mary, of Salinas; two sisters, Elaine Pauls and her husband, Don, of Fresno, and Arlene Peach and husband Darrell of Georgia; and a half-sister, Marie Pearson, and her husband, Don, of Hayward. Chuck also leaves many grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives as well as many friends in the local area.

Graveside services will be held Thursday August 15, 1997 at 2:00 p.m. in the West Side District Cemetery. Pastor Daniel Petsch of The Taft Seventh Day Adventist Church will be presiding. Visitation is schuduled Wednesday from 1:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Taft Funeral Home. Services are under the care of the Taft Funeral Home. Order of the Golden Rule.
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Ethel A. Foster, 81
January 31, 1920 December 22, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. for Fellows resident, Ethel A. Foster, 81. Amy Parker will officiate at the service. Mrs. Foster was born in Ryan, Oklahoma on January 31, 1920 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on December 22, 2001. She had lived on the Westside for the last 33 years. Mrs. Foster enjoyed sewing and doing for others. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom; her son and daughters, Ruth and Connie.

Mrs. Foster's survivors include her son and his wife, Mitchell and Angie Foster of Taft; her daughters, Ruth and Connie. Her daughter and her husband, Gearl Dean and Sam Lopez of Fresno; her sister and her husband, Thelma and Charles Foster of Oklahoma; her adopted sister, Millie Norris of Tennessee; her ten grandchildren and numerous 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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George H. Foster
October 1, 1945 - October 27, 2002



George H. Foster, 57, of Atascadero died October 27, 2002 at his home. At his request, no service will be held.

Mr. Foster lived in Taft until the age of 16 and graduated from Taft High School. He worked for Payless Drug Store in Bakersfield and after moving to the area, he worked at TG&Y in San Luis Obispo as a store manager. Upon moving to the north country in 1979 he became the manager of the Cornet Store in Paso Robles, after working at Paso Robles, Mr. Foster transferred to Atascadero to manage the Cornet Store there, retiring after a few years. Mr. Foster was a gourmet cook and fantastic gardener and he loved his garden.

Mr. Foster is survived by his wife, Mollie Foster of Atascadero; brothers, Robert Foster of Taft; J.C. Wilson of Longmont, Colorado; John Wilson of Bakersfield; Terry Wilson of New York, New York; sister, Sherry Barger of Grover Beach; his father, J.C. Wilson, Sr.; and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Roses, Atascadero, California.
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Jesse Charles "Charlie" Foster
July 31, November 13, 2010



Charlie Foster, 89, passed away in Bakersfield, California on Saturday, November 13, 2010.

Charlie was born on July 31, 1921 in Reward, California and grew up in Taft, California. After high school, he joined the Marine Corp. and served during three wars. He bravely fought in World War II with the Marine Corp. with the 4th Raider Battalion, in the Korean War with the 7th Engineering Battalion and served at Camp H.M. Smith in Hawaii during the Vietnam War. After a distinguished 22 year career with the U.S.M.C., he retired with the rank of Master Sergeant.

He returned to Taft and started a job with the U.S. Postal Service and served as a mail carrier for 17 years.

Taft First Assembly of God church, where he was a deacon and taught Sunday school. For the past four years, he attended Valley Baptist Church in Bakersfield.

He was a loving and generous man who opened up his home and family to others and become a second "Dad" or "Grandpa" to those in need of one.

Charlie is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary (Ault) Foster; daughter, Janice Brown and her husband, Gary; daughter-in-law Betty Foster; four grandsons, Chris (Ricki) Foster, Dwayne (Nanetta) Ward, Mike (fiance' Jennifer Gutierrez) Foster and Joel (Rachael) Foster and eleven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Nellie Foster; his son, Jim Foster; two sisters, Ellen Lyon, Betty Greagrey and brother, Joe Foster.

Graveside service will be held Thursday, November 18, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. at the West Side District Cemetery in Taft. Visitation will be at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home in Taft on Wednesday, November 17, 2010, from 3:00 p.m. 8:30 p.m. and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Mary

Mary J. Foster
November 28, 1926 - January 3, 2004



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Mary J. Foster, 78. Rev. Scott Pearson, pastor of the First Baptist Church and officers of Eastern Star will officiate the service.

Mrs. Foster was born in Stamps, Arkansas on November 28, 1926 and passed away at her home on January 3, 2004. Mrs. Foster moved to Taft in 1953 and had been employed as a dispatcher at Excel Mineral for 15 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star, Bakersfield chapter. Mrs. Foster served the Eastern Star as a Worthy Matron of the Taft chapter in the early 1980's.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Elmer Bright, in July of 1955 and by her second husband, Bill Foster in April of 1993. Mrs. Foster is survived by her children, Randy Bright of Reno, Nevada, Tracy Bright and his wife Belinda of Derby Acres and Barbara Hacker of Taft; her step-daughter, Judy Arnold of St. Louis, Missouri; her 13 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Mary Louise Foster
April 13, 1928 - March 17, 2014




She is survived by a brother, Bill Ault and wife Hazel; her daughter, Janice Brown and son-in-law, Gary

Ruth Ellen Foster, 57
August 22, 1943 - May 20, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. for Fellows resident Ruth Ellen Foster, 57. Amy Parker will officiate at the services.

Miss Foster was born in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma on August 22, 1943 and passed away in Bakersfield hospital on May 20, 2001 . She had lived in Fellows for the last 31 years.

Miss Foster was preceded in death by her father, Thomas Foster; her sister, Connie Elaine Foster and by her brothers Torn Foster and Virgil J. Foster.

Her survivors include her mother, Ethel Foster; her sister and her husband, Gearl Dean and Sam Lopez of Fresno; her brother and his wife, Mitch and Angie Foster of Taft and by several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Sara Frances Foster
May 24, 1912 - November 28, 2003



Graveside services will be held Thursday, December 4, 2003, at 1:00 p.m. at the West Side District Cemetery, 26910 E. Cedar Street, Taft, California for Sara France Foster. Officiating will be Pastor Paul Wilson. Visitation for Mrs. Foster will be Thursday, December 4, 2003 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the West Side Family Mortuary, Taft, California.

Sara Frances Foster was born on a farm near Fairfax, Missouri to Leslie Thomas and Mary Lea (Freet) Carmean on May 24, 1912 and passed away on November 28, 2003 in Taft, California.

Mrs. Foster was preceded in death by her husband Charles H. Foster, Father, Mother, Sister Dorothy F. Brown, brothers L.T. Carmean Jr., and Forrest (Bus.) David Carmean, Kyle Carmean of Missouri. A niece Janet Watkins of Missouri, a stepson Robert Foster and step grandson Jeremy Foster of Taft, California numerous great nieces, nephews and friends. Mrs. Foster is survived by nephews Dr. James Leslie Brown of Cupertino, California, David Carmean, Kyle Carmean of Missouri.

Mrs. Foster attended a country school close to her home. She graduated from Fairfax High School in Missouri and after high school she graduated from what is now Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri and did post graduate work at Iowa State University at Iowa City, Iowa.

Mrs. Foster began her teaching career at a county school close to her home in Fairfax, Missouri, then taught Art and English at Clarinda, Iowa. Mrs. Foster moved to Taft, California and taught Art and English until she retired. Her favorite art medium was clay and she liked to say that she was a potter. She found beauty in people, ideas and things. She loved the desert and its subtle changes in color and texture. She was a spirit-filled, joyfully living and practicing christian.

Services are under the care and direction of the West Side Family Mortuary, Taft, California (661) 763-1594.

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Virgil Foster, 59
November 4, 1941 - May 9, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. for Fellows resident, Virgil Junior Foster, 59.

Mr. Foster was born in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma on November 4, 1941 and passed away on May 9, 2001 in a Bakersfield hospital. He had lived in Fellows for the past 31 years. Mr. Foster had been employed in the oilfields as an oil worker for several years.

He was preceded in death by his father Thomas Foster. Mr. Foster is survived by his daughters, Donna Foster and Terry Kosack and four grandchildren all of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; his mother, Ethel Foster of Taft; his sisters, Ruth Foster of Taft and Gearl Dean Lopez of Fresno and his brother and his wife, Mitch and Angie Foster of Taft.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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William Pope Foster, 79
December 23, 1917 - December 19, 1997



Pope Foster was born on December 23, 1917 and passed away on December 19, 1997 at the age of 79. At his request no services will be held. Mr. Foster owned and operated the Taft Coca-Cola Bottling Company for many years.

Mr. Foster was preceded in death by his wife Geraldine in January of 1997. He is survived by his daughter Lori Bown, his son and daughter-in-law Lanse and Karen Foster and his grandchildren Bart and Piper Brown and Justeen and Summer Foster.
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Donald Wayne Foust
July 1, 1941 - April 5, 2011



"Papa Don" as he was affectionately known, went to be with his Lord and Savior early Tuesday morning after a long and courageous with multiple illnesses and aliments. Don passed from his life peacefully with family and loved ones by his side.

Born in 1942 to his long time Taft residents Alvin and Audrey Foust, he spent most of his life working in some capacity in the oilfields, except for the time he spent a serving a tour of duty in the US Army during WWII. But his real passion was spreading the word of God to anyone and everyone he came in contact with. Working in the oil industry for 41 years afforded him the opportunity to not only spread the Good News domestically, but in many countries covering 4 different continents around the world. He even lived in Germany for some time where he met and kept in touch with many friends who he considered family. Being an ordained for 35 years, he was able to touch so many lives with the light of the word and was delighted to be Assistant Pastor at Gateway Temple in Maricopa, but was able to finally realize his dream and true call from God in 1996 when he became the full time Pastor at Fellows Lighthouse of Grace Church. There he spent 6 glorious years doing God's work and even found his true love, Lora whom he would go on to marry in 2003.
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Jacob Anthony Foust
May 20, 1989 - February 9, 2014



A cryptside service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery, 440 East Cedar Street, on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. for Taft resident, Jacob Anthony Foust. Following the cryptside service a celebration of Jake's life will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 630 North Street. Jake went to be with the Lord on February 9, 2014.

Jake loved and enjoyed every minute with his family and friends. There was nothing he wouldn't do for those who were blessed to have known him.

He is survived by his mother and father, Barbara and Robert Bumpus, who loved him dearly: a brother, Daniel Wilson and Becca: a sister Allison Bumpus and Tyler; the love of his life, Disa Cranmer; his beloved grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Visitation will be held at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home, 501 Lucard Street on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. To convey condolences or sign and online register, please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Marjorie Dawn Foust
April 12, 1929 - September 23, 2002



Marjorie Dawn Foust, a beloved former TUHS Art teacher, passed away Monday morning September 23rd, 2002 in Taft while surrounded by those who loved her. Her words of departure being "I'll just go with this and see where it takes me." Up to the end she was always analyzing both the process and the experience not missing anything along the way.

Marjorie arrived in Taft in 1957 attracted by the excellent teaching opportunity. She taught at Lincoln Jr. High for three years and then went was hired by the High School until 1984 when she retired. She has influenced lives in a profound way clear up to her passing. Affirming, teaching, encouraging, supporting, and sharing her quick wit with those who knew her best.

She loved traveling, the many forms of art expression, and cats {but not orange cats ones.) Foremost, she loved sharing in her students many accomplishments as many kept in touch with her through the years. Her last pupil was John Beyerbach who appreciated her learned suggestions towards the painting of his birdhouses. Her last days were made happy with visits to the Midway Sunset Trading Post sharing in the new happenings, planning the future expansions, and teasing the owners, John and Craig Noble. She will be greatly missed by those who took the time to know her.

Marjorie was born April 12, 1929. Her Mother and Father, Della Audrey Huffman Little and Thomas Frank Little, and brother Joe H. Little, all of Springfield, Illinois, precede her in death. She is survived by a sister, Nading Stidd in Minneapolis Minnesota, a niece Sandra Jo Whalen of Springfield and a nephew Thomas Edwin Little of Columbia, South Carolina and many great friends.

A Memorial Service is planned at the Midway Sunset Trading Post at 10:00 a.m. October 19th, 2002. You are welcome to attend.
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Darrell Lee Fox
November 30, 1964 - December 1, 2007



Funeral services will be held in the Westside Believers Fellowship Church located at 101 Main Street on Thursday, December 6, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. for Taft native, Darrell Lee Fox, 43.

Darrell was born in Taft on November 30, 1964 and passed away at his home on December 1, 2007. He was raised and educated in Taft and was a member of the Westside Believers Fellowship Church. Darrell worked in the oil fields of Kern County for over 18 years. He enjoyed hot rods and working on cars. He enjoyed being around his family and friends. He loved camping and fishing.
Darrell was preceded in death by his uncle, Ron Gunter; his niece, Latessa Fox: his grandfathers, Bill Gunter and Walter Wright: his grandmother, Elana Kokkonen; his cousin, Judy McNinch. Darrell is survived by his daughters, Sarah Fox of Taft, Kayla Lee Fox of Adkins, Arkansas, Cindy Leann Butz of Derby Acres and Christy Nichole Fox of Taft; his parents, Lewis Fox of Taft and Darlene Fox of Cushing, Oklahoma; his sister, Barbara Sue Fox of Taft; his brothers, Ricky Fox of Taft and Jimmy Carter of Taft; his grandmother, Barbara Evelyn Wright of Taft; his best friend, Tom Drouillard and many grandchildren.
Those who wish to pay their respects may do so at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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Lewis Fox
December 17, 1943 - December 21, 2011



A memorial service will be held in the Westside Believers Fellowship, 101 Highway 33, Taft on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. for Taft native Lewis Henry Fox, 68.

Mr. Fox was born in Taft on December 17, 1943 and passed away in Bakersfield on December 21, 2011. He was raised and educated in Taft and attended Taft Union High School. Mr. Fox had been employed as an oil worker for 50 years in the oilfields surrounding Taft. He enjoyed camping and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Evelyn Gunter Wright; his son, Darrell Fox, his brothers, Ronald and OC Gunter and his granddaughter, Latessa Longoria. Mr. Fix is survived by his son and his wife, Rick and Regina Fox; his daughter, Barbara Fox all of Taft; his brothers, Jim Fox and Billy Rose Gunter, his sister, Sheryl Martinez; his 12 grandchildren and by several great grandchildren.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To convey condolences or sign the online register, please visit www. EricksonAndBrown.com
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Clyde D. Frazier
January 2, 1926 - October 6, 1995



Graveside funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 11, 1995 in the West Side District Cemetery for Taft native Clyde David Frazier, 69. The Rev. Sam White, pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God will officiate at the services.

Clyde Frazier was born in Taft on January 2, 1926, and passed away at his home on the afternoon of October 6, 1995. He was raised and educated in Taft. He was a proud veteran having served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946. Clyde Frazier was a member of the Taft-Midway Lodge #426 F.&A.M. He had been a very active supporter of Little League here on the Westside. Clyde loved all sports. He had been employed by Texaco for many years and he retired as foremen in 1993.

His survivors include his wife, Marjorie Frazier of Taft; son and his wife, Keith and Nancy Frazier of Bakersfield; two grandsons, Steven and Michael Frazier both of Bakersfield; two sisters and their husbands, Lorraine and Don Baker of Taft and Joann and Kenneth Evans of Visalia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Tuesday from noon until 8:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to pay their respects.
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Johanna Frakes
January 13, 1949 - January 30, 2010



A funeral service will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 11:00 a.m for longtime Taft resident, Johanna Frakes, 61. Rev. Trent Meadors, pastor of the First Assembly of God Church, will officiate.

Johanna was born in Connecticut on January 13, 1949 and passed away in Bakersfield on January 30, 2010. She moved from Santa Cruz to Taft in 1989. Johanna enjoyed scuba diving with her husband and weaving rugs. For many years she was the office manager for John W. Bitzer, M.D.

Her survivors include her husband, Gregg R. Frakes of Taft; her son, Joel D. Frakes and Melissa Bura and her daughter, Jaysi-Mae Jo Neel all of Taft; her grandchild, Jeremiah Daniel Frakes; her sister, Theresa Bormann of Lincoln, California; her brother, Matt Dombkowski of Connecticut; and by her many nieces and nephews.

Johanna will be missed by all of her family and friends. Those who wish to pay their respects may do so at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Friday, Februrary 5, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. until service time. The arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Mary Alice Frakes
June 26, 1914 - November 17, 2007



Mary Alice Frakes was born June 26, 1914 in Akron, Ohio. She fell asleep in death on November 17, 2007 in Bakersfield, California. Alice was the daughter of Thomas Albert and Mary Alice Gandee. She was the youngest of four children. Alice and her sister Vivienne were professionally known as the Gandee sister's. It was during one of their singing engagement's that she met her late husband Frank. They had three children; Larry and wife Esther Frakes of Adelaide, Australia; Vivenne and husband Rick Whitaker of Fayetteville, Georgia; Marliee and husband Gary McDaniels of Bakersfield, California. She was a loving mother and grandmother to Larry and wife Denise Frakes; Jeannette McDaniels; Ty and Marc Shaffer; Trey and wife Andrea Whitaker; Lynnette and husband Ralph Tejeda; Greg Whitaker and Erik Whitaker. Great grandmother "Gigi" to Cris and wife Elisbeth Frakes; Brandon and wife Breanana Shaffer; Lauren and husband Harvey Bohn; Patsy Shaffer; Brad Brown; Jesse and wife Shandon Ferguson; Dawn Frakes; Nik Tejeda; Marc Shaffer; Stevie Tejeda; Gavin Whitaker; Cole Whitaker. Great great grandmother to Sarah Frakes; Keira Wolf.

"Alice Sweet Alice" a poem wirtten and read by long time friend Leslie Merriweather at the graveside services held on November 21, 2007 at the West Side District Cemetery, sums up what type of person she was. Full of life, love and wisdom. Always a smile on her face. All those who knew her loved being around her and will truly miss her. She maintained a courageous spirit of determination in her failing health and never wavered in her faith of God's promise that the dead will live again. Isa. 26.19. If love could have saved you; you would have lived forever because of Jehovahs love and promise of resurrection in John 11:25 she will have that chance. Until then "Sweet Alice" we love you and bid you a good sleep.
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Donna Mae Francis
March 11, 1947 - April 1, 2012



Donna Mae Francis was born on the 11th of March, 1947 in Orland, California to Owen and Marjorie (Craytor) Rees and passed away at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield, California on the 1st of April, 2012. She was good at anything she tried to do. As a youth she was involved with Junior Riders and Gymkana with her horse Dusty. She was also involved with band in high school playing the drums, the string bass, the violin and the piano. She also was involved in building displays for state and county fairs. She participated in the El Dorado County Wagon Train.

She was a loving wife and mother. She raised her two daughters in Placerville where she was involved in many different projects. She also enjoyed being a beautician for many years and a real estate agent, sometimes both at the same time. She enjoyed sewing, crafts and especially painting.

She was easy to get along with and definitely a free spirit willing to try new things. After years of living in the Placerville area, she upped and moved to New Mexico, then back to the deserts of California, then to the tropical beaches of Florida and finally to Taft.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Marjorie and and step-father, William Oviatt; her sister, Bonnie; and her second husband, Willie Francis. She is survived by her husband, Ralph Lee; daughters and their husbands, Jennifer and Tod Waller and Sarah and Mark Lamberson; her grandchildren, Emma and Jeffery Waller and Alex Toenjes and Willow Lamberson. She is also survived by her father, Owen Rees; her sister and her husband, Ann and Guy Lingo; a brother, Danny Rees; and step-sisters, Connie Lamorie and Rose Imhoff.

A funeral service was held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel in Taft on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. led by Fr. Karl Dietz of St Paul's Anglican Church. The arrangements were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To convey condolences or sign an online registry, please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Dorothy

Dorothy M. Franey
March 27, 1917 - May 21, 2001



Dorothy was born in Taft, the third of four daughters of David and Betsy Ross, Scotch immigrants. She was the loving wife of James T. Franey and the beloved mother of Marilyn, Kathleen, James F., Phillip, Richard T., Dennis, John and Mary. She was an active member of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Guild. She was very interested and active in the education of her children.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, James T. Franey; sister, Bunty Sterling of Olympia, Washington, and children and spouses, Marilyn Jett, Kathleen and Jim Wibdell, Philip and Dina Franey, Richard T. and Karl Franey, Dennis and Stephanie Franey, John and Susan Franey, Mary Franey, also numerous nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her son, James F. Franey.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Shane Jett, Steven Webdell, Thomas Webdell, Jeffrey Webdell, Jonathan Franey and James R. Franey. Mass of the Resurrection, preceded by two decades of the Holy Rosary will be celebrated at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 124 Columbus, for the repose of the soul of Dorothy. Mass will be celebrated by Monsignor Michael Braun and assisted by Monsignor Ralph Belluomini. Graveside services will immediately follow at Union Cemetery. The family thanks the staffs of San Joaquin Community Hospital and Laurel Springs for their compassion and care.
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Ed

Ed Frank
December 23, 1921 - April 20, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday morning at 11:00 a.m. for Ed Frank, 79. Rev. Sam White will officiate at the services.

Mr. Frank was born in Burley, Idaho on December 23, 1921 and passed away in Bakersfield on April 20, 2001. Mr. Frank was raised in Fellows and attended Taft Union High School, graduating in 1939. He went on to college at USC and graduated with an Electrical Engineer Degree. Mr. Frank served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Welles during World War II. He married Betty Jean Ross in November 1948 and was employed by Standard Oil Company as an electrical engineer until his retirement.

Mr. Frank is survived by his wife, Betty Jean Frank of Bakersfield; his three sons and their wives, Tom and Donna Frank, Ed and Joan Frank, and Bob and Renee Frank, all of Bakersfield; his grandchildren, Ryan, Lindsay, Kim, Scott, Sean and Janae.

In memory of Ed, donations may be made to the American Heart Association or a charity of your choice. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Bertha L. Franke
May 27, 1933 - May 9, 2010



A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Mary's Catholic Church on Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 12:00 noon, for Kern County native, Bertha L. Franke, 76. Rev. Gene Demecais, pastor of St. Mary's, will be the celebrant. Burial in the West Side District Cemetery will follow.

Miss Franke was born in Bakersfield on May 27, 1933 and passed away in Bakersfield on May 9, 2010. She was raised and educated in Taft, graduating from Taft Union High School and Taft College. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Fresno State. Miss Franke started her teaching career in Oxnard and later in Porterville and then taught at Taft Union High School starting in 1962 and retired in 1986. She taught P.E. for 20 years and English for ten years. She coached the girls tennis team for ten years and she and her team took the league championship in 1968 and 1969.

Miss Franke is survived by her sister and her husband, Barbara and Glenn Caywood; her nephew and his wife, Charles John and Kristen Caywood all of Arock, Oregon; her great nieces, Kayla Brown, Haley Caywood and Morgan Caywood and by her life long friend, Lorraine Dolan of Taft.

In lieu of flowers her family has suggested that memorial donations may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church, 110 East Woodrow Street, Taft, California 93268. Friends are invited to pay their respects on Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www. EriksonAndBrown.com
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John D. Franklin
May 6, 1916 - January 13, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be held Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the West Side District Cemetery for long time Taft resident John David Franklin, 80.

Pastor Sam White of the Cuyama Pentecostal Church will officiate at the service. Visitation will be Thursday from noon until 5:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 p.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the Taft Funeral Home Sunset Chapel.

Mr. Franklin was born in Manard County, Texas, on May 6, 1916 and passed away January 13, 1997 in a local hospital. He had lived in Taft since 1932 and served as a private in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Maudelene Franklin of Taft; a son, Charles Michael Franklin of Bakersfield; a stepdaughter, Virginia Carol Desjardins of Taft; a cousin, Myrtle Mary Doiser of Santa Maria; six grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren. The services have been entrusted to the Taft Funeral Home.
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Maudeline Franklin
June 28, 1918 - April 15, 2005



Funeral services are pending with the West Side Family Mortuary for longtime Taft resident, Maudeline Franklin. Mrs. Franklin passed away at a Bakersfield hospital on Friday, April 15, 2005. All funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763 - 1594.
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Brenda Lea Frazier
July 22, 1922 - July 22, 1922



Brenda Lea Frazier was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma and passed away in her home in Maricopa Thursday night.

Brenda is survived by her husband of 25 years, Verlin Frazier; her children, Verlin Jr., CW, and Sheri; and by her parents, Louise and Chester Rappe of Okay, Oklahoma. Brenda came to California from Oklahoma in 1984. She began volunteering at Maricopa elementary in 1991. She had a passion for working with children in Kindergarten, treating every child as if they were her own. Brenda will always be remembered for her heartwarming personality, simple, yet, positive outlook on life, and her unselfish dedication to her family and friends.

Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at the First Congressional Church from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., located and 395 California Street, Maricopa, California 93252. Finger food and beverages will be provided.
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Clyde David Frazier, 69
January 2, 1926 - October 6, 1995



Graveside funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. in the West Side District Cemetery for Taft native Clyde David Frazier, 69. The Rev. Sam White, pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God, will officiate at the services.

Mr. Frazier was born in Taft on January 2, 1926 and passed away at his home on the afternoon of October 6, 1995. He was raised and educated in Taft. He was a proud veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy from 1944-46. Mr. Frazier was employed by Texaco for many years, retiring as a foreman in 1993. He was a member of the Taft-MIdway Lodge #426 F.& A.M. and had been an active supporter of the West Side Little League.

His survivors include his wife, Marjorie Frazier of Taft; a son and his wife, Keith and Nancy Frazier, of Bakersfield; two grandsons, Steven and Michael Frazier, both of Bakersfield; two sisters and their husbands, Lorraine and Don Baker of Taft and Joann and Kenneth Evans of Visalia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Tuesday from noon until 8:30 p.m. and again Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. to pay their respects.
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Betty J. Free
February 3, 1924 - August 23, 2007



Betty J. Free, a native of Taft, Kern County, California born to John Craig McLaughin and Mary Belle Fleming McLaughlin on February 3, 1924, died peacefully on August 23, 2007, in her daughter's (Gena"s) home in Orem, Utah, of causes incident to old age.

She was a life long resident of Taft, attending local schools. Having become a very accomplished pianist, organist and bass violinist, she frequently performed with the Taft High Orchestra and at many local piano performances. She provided organ music as well as piano accompaniment for various funerals, performances and church activities.

Betty married "Jerry" (Stanley Eugene) Free, her high school sweetheart, on February 9, 1944, in Taft, California while he was training as a Marine pilot for WWII. After living in Santa Barbara, and El Toro for that military duty and later in Laguna Beach during training for the Korean War, they eventually returned to permanently reside in Taft. Their first home was on "B" Street and their permanent residence was 526 Washington Ave., in Taft. Later in 1964 along with Jerry, Betty helped fulfill their dream of creating a lovely vacation home at Lake Tahoe where they spent many happy days with family and friends. They owned a dry cleaning and laundry service called Sparkle cleaners on Center Street in Taft, and operated it for over 40 years.

During her young married years, Betty was a piano teacher. She also became accomplished in the art of hand-painting fine china. Additionally she learned to downhill ski and so she and family enjoyed many ski trips together. She was an avid seamstress and excellent cook. Loving to entertain both family and friends. Because Jerry developed an intense love for flying from his military career, he continued to fly after the war. Eventually owning their own plane Jerry flew Betty all over the country. They enjoyed many flying experiences together. As a woman of lovely graciousness, she mentored all the good qualities of value-centered living to her only child, a daughter, Merry Eugena (Gena). She enjoyed being a homemaker. She devoted her best to every member of her family.

She was preceded in death by her older brother, "Jack" John Gilbert McLaughlin; her parents; her older sister, "Bonnie" Bonita Sarah McLaughlin Kidd; and her husband, "Jerry" Stanley Eugene Free. She is survived by her daughter, Gena and her son-in-law, John F. Greenhalgh of Orem, Utah; six grandchildren, four of their spouses and nine great grandchildren; Devin Carri and Cory Arthur Wengreen and their daughter Emma Grace of Bozeman, Montana; Brance Craig Greenhalgh, Orem, Utah; Corbett Layne and Elisabeth Rebecca Schoenwald Greenhalgh and daughters, Samantha Nadine and Leah Talia and sons Morgan Stanley and Joathan Michael of Hillsboro, Oregon; Garrick Rand and Shelli Vreeken Greenhalgh and daughters, Lyndi Lorraine and Ashleigh Gene and son, Tanner Rand of Salt Lake City, Utah; Linc Chase and Meagan Williams Greenhalgh and daughter, Zelli Shea of Bozeman, Montana; and Brianne Carrine Greenhalgh of Bozeman, Montana.

A memorial service for Betty J. Free will be held at the West Side District Cemetery in Taft, California, Tuesday August 28th, at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be directed to any American Red Cross chapter or other humanitarian aid charity of your choice.
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Jerry Free
June 27, 1923 - August 14, 1997



Jerry Free, born Stanley E. Free June 27, 1923, a long-time Taft businessman, peacefully passed away in his sleep early Thursday morning, August 14, 1997 while vacationing with all his family together in his beloved Lake Tahoe.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Betty Free, his daughter, Gena, and her husband, John Greenhalgh, Jerry was the proud grandfather of Devin Greenhalgh Wingreen, her husband, Cory, and Brance, Corbett, Garrick, Line, and Brie Greenhalgh.

An open house will be held at the Free family home at 526 Washington Street, in Taft, Sunday August 17, 1997 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider dontaions to the American Cancer Society.
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Irving Ralph Freeman, 78
April 12, 1928 - February 28, 2007



Irving passed away Feb 28th in Bakersfield California. Private services Mish Funeral Home Oildale.
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William J. Freiberger
March 17, 1917 - January 3, 2003



Funeral services will be held at a later date in New Hartford, New York for Bakersfield resident, William J. Freiberger. Mr. Freiberger passed away on January 3, 2003 at the age of 85 in Bakersfield. He was born on March 17, 1917 in New York to William and Antoinette Freiberger. All funeral arrangements are entrusted through West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594.
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Jeffery Kenneth Friend
February 21, 1965 - December 6, 2007



On December 6, 2007, Jeffrey Kenneth Friend went to be with our Lord Jesus. Jeff was born February 21,1965 in Taft, and he was 42 years old.
Jeff was preceded in death by his beloved grandparents, Fletcher and Leona Cline of Fellows. He leaves behind, his mother and father, Linda and Bill Friend, his brother and sister-in-law Martin and Genie Friend, his sister and brother-in-law, Christie and Aaron Greening of Atascadero, his nieces Melissa Greening and Tabi Garcia, his nephews Alex Friend and Nick and Josh Garcia.
The Friend and Greening families would like to thank all the good friends that have been there for the families in their time of grief.
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Guy Gene Fuller
December 30, 1950 - February 27, 2011



Services are scheduled at the West Side Memorial Services, Sunset Chapel on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 11:00 a.m.

Guy went to be with his father, Frank; mother, Bertha; brother, Jimmy; sister, Lydia and an uncle, Guy. He leaves behind his brother Frank Jr.; son, Frankie; nephew and his wife, Jason and Missy; his grandchildren, Michael, Aliza and Korey; great nephew and niece J.D. and Brittany; and numerous other family and Friends. We won't forget how you loved to putt around town on your scooter, you will be missed.
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Sara Lynn Fuller, 45
December 10, 1951 - July 15, 1997



Graveside services will be held in Greenlawn Southwest Memorial Park, 2739 Panama Lane, on Saturday, July 19th, at 10:00 a.m. for Sarah Lynn Fuller, 45, of Derby Acres, who passed away July 15, 1996.

Sarah was born December 10, 1951 in Union City, Indiana and had resided in Kern County for 30 years. She was a bookkeper for the Goodyear Tire Center for 10 years.

She was preceded in death by her son, Mike Fuller, in August of 1992; her father, Charlie Reynolds, in 1988; and her brother and sister-in-law, Jeff and Patsy Reynolds, in 1979. Survivors include her husband, Joe E. Fuller Sr. of Derby Acres, sons and daughters-in-law Joe E. Fuller Jr. and Angie of Maricopa, and Tim and Shelli Reynolds of Soper, Oklahoma; daughter Amy Reynolds of Bakersfield; grandchildren Mathew, Misty, Cheyenne, Garrett and Mikaela; mother Freda Reynolds of Derby Acres; brothers and sisters-in-law Rance and Pamela Reynolds and Danny and Karen Reynolds all of Bakersfield, David and Salley Reynolds of Clovis, Steve and Resa Reynolds of Bakersfield, and Kevin Reynolds of Poteau, Oklahoma.

Visitation will begin Friday, July 18, at noon. Greenlawn Southwest Morrtuary, Funeral Directors.
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Mackall Ivan Fultz
Jan, 24, 1917 - December 28, 2009



Mackall Ivan Fultz was born in Forestville, Virginia in 1917. He lived in Coalinga most of his life, until moving to Dustin Acres in 1952. He blessed this earth with his presence for 92 short years, until his death on December 28, 2010. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Louise, to whom he was married for 48 years. He also leaves behind 3 daughters; Nancy Starkey of Taft, Barbara Davis-Kimler of Bakersfield and Marie Redding of Coalinga. He was blessed with 9 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren. He also leaves behind many friends that he cared about and that cared for him.

As a young man, he donated his expertise to the U.S. Army in WWII. He was, later in life, a Boy Scout leader, and after moving to Taft, volunteered time to the Kern County Search and Rescue (Badge #1), Taft Sportsman Club and the Taft Rock Club. His interests were many, as long as it involved being in the outdoors. He loved hunting, fishing and shooting, and reliving the stories from his past to those willing to lend an ear. Mackall was a friend to many; a father to others and a hero to most who knew him.

The highlight of his year was celebrating New Years Eve with family and friends; drinking whiskey and telling stories around the "burning barrel". We were so grateful to have him with us for one more year, and he said that he was grateful to be here. Family and friends meant everything to him.

Our father told us many times that he was thankful for the long life that he had; that he had been places and done thing that many people were not able to do. He wants his family and friends to remember those times when they think of him.

At Mackall's request, there will be no funeral. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Kern County Search and Rescue Unit, whom he proudly served for many years and under 5 different Sheriffs. A special thanks to his daughter, Nancy, for her devoted caretaking for these last 15 years. Rest in peace Daddy. We will all miss you so much. Please tell Manna and Grandma "Hi!" for us!
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Irene W. Furman
October 16, 1918 - September 18, 2002



A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 28, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Christian Church, 1660 "S" Street for Irene W. Furman, who passed away on September 18th. Dr. Tom Toler and the Reverend Marc Mullins will conduct the service.

Irene was born in Fellows, California to Pearl and Blaine Wilson. She lived in Bakersfield for most of her 83 years. She attended primary and secondary schools, graduated from Shafter High School and attended Bakersfield College. She was employed by the Kern County Superintendent of Schools for a brief period of time until her marriage to Steve F. Furman in 1942.

Irene's life was devoted to her husand an to raising her three daughers. She was an active member of the First Christian Church volunteering her time as a Sunday School teacher, a member of the choir, cooking for various church functions and serving as wedding hostess for 29 years. In addition, she volunteered her time to the Kern County Braille Association and was instrumental in raising funds for Heifer International, a charity near and dear to her heart.

Irene had a zest for life. She loved spending time with her family and friends and never met a stranger. Her love was unconditional, her presence calming, and her laughter contagious. Irene was revered by those who knew her as loyal, honest and extremely geneorous. Her hobbies included sewing, china painting, flower arranging, football games, shopping, entertaining and making the world's best fried chicken.

Her love of education is evidenced by the fact that at her request, her body is being donated to the school of medicine at the Unliversity of California at Davis for scientific research and educational study.

Irene is survived by three daughters, Jan Furman of Aptos, Susie Reedy and nancy Andrus of St. Helena, son-in-law Monty Reedy, three grandchildren Nicole Andrus and Courney and Kaitlyn Reedy. Other survivors include her sister and brother-in-law Frances and Milo Hall, and many other loving relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial gifts to the Irene Furman Memorial, Heifer International, P.O. Box 8058, Little Rock, Arkansas 72203.

Nancy, Jan and Susie wish to acknowledge and thank Denis Maddos, M.D., the staff at the Bakersfield Heart Hospital, and Hoffman Hospice. We will forever be indebted to their attentive care and gentle professionalism.
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Thelma Irene Furman, 88
January 31, 1909 - October 17, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be held Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at West Side Cemetery District.

Mrs. Furman was born on January 31, 1909 and passed away October 17, 1997 at her home in Carson City, Nevada, where she had resided since 1987.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George E. Furman, in 1986. Her survivors include a son, Harry Furman; a daughter and her husband, Nilla and Roy Dahna; eight grandchildren: Cathy Miller; Theresa Savage; Chiristy Gant; Wade Furman and his wife, Cindy; Mike Furman and his wife, Misty; John Furman and his wife, Jana; Cindy Aguirre and her husband, Bobby; and Rhoena Neff and her husband, Tom; and 16 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
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Mary J. Furrh
April 21, 1945 - September 13, 2008



A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday, September 17, 2008, at 9:30 a.m. Rev. Tom White, pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God, will officiate at the service.

Long time Taft resident, Mary J. Furrh, went on her journey with the Lord, Saturday, September 13, 2008. She was born in Antioch on April 21, 1945 and was raised in Maricopa and Taft. Mary passed away at Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield.

Mary was preceded in death by her darling parents, Furman and Ethel Wilson; her two brothers, Jerry and J.D. Wilson and by her sister and best friend, Nancy Brogdon. Mary is survived by her loving husband, Everett Furrh; her three brothers and their wives, James and Carol Wilson of Maricopa, Cleatus and Nell Wilson of Indiana and Donnie and Frankie Wilson of Maricopa along with all of their children and families; her brothers and sister-in-law and their spouses, Charles and Betty Glenn of Kerman, James and Jacquetta Glenn of Oklahoma, Hazel and John Hough of Taft and Wesley and Brenda Furrh of Fresno; and by her many nieces, nephews, cousins, and good friends. Mary loved and enjoyed any kind of animals. There are no visitation hours scheduled, and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Pearl E. Furry, 102
December 28, 1894 - April 30, 1997



Private family services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery Friday for Taft resident Pearl E.Furry, 102. The Rev. Sam White, pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God, will oifficiate at the services.

Mrs. Furry was born in Arkansas on December 28, 1894 and passed away April 30, 1997 in a local nursing home.Prior to moving to Taft six years ago, she had lived in Bakersfield for 61 years. She was a 50 year plus member of the Libertas Chapter Number 362, Orderof the Eastern Star, and was acitce in the North of the River Parks and Recreation District. Mrs. Furry was a member of the Bakersfield Christian Life Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jacob Furry, in 1971; three sisters; three brothers; and her son-in-law, Robert Wilson. She is survived by her daughter, Oleta Wilson of Taft; her sister, Erma Whittet of Muskogee, Oklahoma; her grandchildren, John Wilson, James Wilson and Roberta Kelley; her seven great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; and one great-great-great grandchild.

Friends may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Thursday until 8:30 p.m. and again Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to pay their respects.
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Melissa Brenda Mae Fussel
August 30, 1979 - August 10, 2003



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. for Taft native, Melissa Brenda Mae Fussel, 23. Mrs. Fussel was born in Taft on August 30, 1979 and passed away in Bakersfield on August 10, 2003.

She was raised and educated in Maricopa and graduated from Maricopa High School in 1997. She had been employed as a sales clerk at J.C. Penny's for several years.

She was preceded in death by her father, Tony Salazar, her aunt, Joyce Rayhawk; her uncle, Troy Powell and her close friend, Kelly Peevy. Mrs. Fussel is survived by her husband, Troy Fussel; her children, Skyler Nicole Dunlap, Destiny Marie Fussel and Trinity Rose Fussel all of Bakersfield; her mother, Brenda Salazar of Bakersfield; her brother, Tony Salazar of Maricopa; her sister, Salena Salazar of Bakersfield; several aunts, uncles, and a host of family and friends. She will be remembered as a great mom.

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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Marjorie D. Faust
April 12, 1929 - September 23, 2002


Marjorie Dawn Faust, a beloved former THUS Art teacher, passed away Monday morning September 23rd, 2002 in Taftwhile surrounded by those who loved her. Her words of departure being "I'll just go with this and see where it takes me." Up to the end she was always analyzing both the process and the experience not missing anything along the way.

Marjorie arrived in Taft in 1957 attracted by the excellent teaching opportuinty. She taught at Lincoln Jr. High for three years and then was hired by the High School until 1984 when she retired. She has influenced lives in a profound way clear up to her passing. Affirming, teaching, encouraging, supporting, and sharing her quick wit with those who knew her best. She loved traveling, the many form of art expression, and cats (but not the orange ones). Foremost she loved sharing in her students many accomplishments as many kept in touch with her through the years. He last pupil was John Beyerbach who appreciated her learned suggestions towards the painting of his birdhouses.

Her last days were made happy with visits to the Midway Sunset Trading Post sharing in the new happenings, planning the future expansions, and teasing the owners John and Craig Noble. She will be greatly missed by those who took the time to know her.

Marjorie was born April 12, 1929. Her Mother and Father, Della Audrey Huffman Little and Thomas Frank Little and brother Joe H. Little all of Sprinfield, Illinois, precede her in death. She is survived by a sister Nading Stidd in Minneapolis, MInnesota, a niece Sandra Jo Whalen of Springfield, and a nephew Thomas Edwin Little of Columbia, South Carolina and many great friends.

A Memorial Service is planned at the Midway Sunset Trading Post at 10:00 a.m. October 19th, 2002. You are welcome to attend.
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Margaret Smith Ferguson
December 10, 1964 - October 23, 2002



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Monday, October 28, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. for former Taft resident, Margaret Smith Ferguson, 38. Margaret passed away as a result of an automobile accident on October 23, 2002 in Lassen County, California.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Melba Ruth Ferguson
August 6, 1926 - April 29, 2010



A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Thursday, May 6, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Melba Ruth Ferguson, 83. Her brother Charles Walrath, will be the speaker at the service. Mrs. Ferguson was born in Success, Missouri on August 6, 1926 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on April 29, 2010.

Her hobbies included reading, watching soap operas, games shows and NASCAR races. Jeff Gordon was who she counted on to come across the finish line first.

She was preceded in death by her parents Bert and Lurlee Walrath; her sisters, Erma Schuster and Bernice Simmons; her brothers Edward Walrath and Delbert Walrath; and in 2000 by her husband, James Ferguson. Mrs. Ferguson is her daughters and their husbands, Diana and John Montgomery of Taft and Lori and Ray Benson of Inyokern; her granddaughters and their husbands, Stacy and Leon Black of Fellows and Michelle and Brian Kincade of Taft; her great-grandchildren, Jordan, Shelby, Curtis, Jamie, Brandi and Luke; her great-great grandchild due in October; her brothers, Charles Walrath and Raymond Walrath and his wife, Marlene, all of her husband, Kenneth, all of Paso Robles; her sister-in-law, Beverly Cole of Bakersfield; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

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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Ann L. Fernimen
March 30, 1940 - June 25, 2003



Memorial funeral services will be held in the West Hills Church of the Nazarene on Monday morning at 11:00 a.m. for former Taft resident, Ann L. Fernimen, 63. Pastor Mick McMahon will officiate at the services.

Mrs. Fernimen was born in Delano on March 30, 1940 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on June 25, 2003. Mrs. Fernimen had lived in Taft for 40 years and the last ten years she had lived in Bakersfield. She had been employed as a restaurant manager for over 30 years.

Mrs. Fernimen was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Fernimen and by an infant daughter, Anna Jean. Her survivors include her three daughters, Debra Ingram of Bakersfield, Laura Fawn Spradlin of Los Angeles and Julie Ferguson of Bakersfield; her sisters, Betty Russell of Taft and Maxine Swafford of Carson City; her brothers, Connie Hudson of Arkansas and Johnny Hudson of Ojai and her grandchildren, Chad Ingram, Kala Ferguson and Gabrielle Spradlin all of Bakersfield.

No visitation hours are scheduled. Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Chris Fernimen, 39
May 17, 1958 - November 21, 1997



Chris Fernimen was born on May 17, 1958 and passed away in Santa Barbara on November 21, 1997 at age 39. Chris attended Taft City schools and graduated fromTaft Union High School.

He is survived by his mother; Marylin Fernimen of Santa Maria, father and step-mother; James F. and Ann Fernimen of Bakersfield; grandmother, Lucy Canepa of New Cuyama; brother, Mike Fernimen of Bakersfield; sister, Cindie Herman of Taft and a niece, Angie Lovett of Taft. Aunts and uncles; Tom and Betty Canepa of Los Angeles, Wilma and Fred Barrett of Oregon, Jewel and Kenny Kohol of Taft, Lee and Bonnie Fernimen of Saugus, Joe Stacey of Missouri and several cousins.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday November 25th from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. Graveside funeral services will be on Wednesday at the West Side District Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. The services have been entrusted to the care of the Taft Funeral Home, Order of the Golden Rule.
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Gene Fields
July 15, 1935 - May 25, 2012



Graveside funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery for Taft native, Gene Fields, 76. Pastor Rodney Wikoff of the West Hills Church of the Nazarene will officiate.

Mr. Fields was born to Homer and Cora Fields on July 15, 1935 and he holds the distinction as being the first baby born in the West Side Hospital. He passed away at his Taft residence on May 25, 2012 after a long battle with cancer. He was raised and educated in Taft and graduated from Taft Union High School in 1953. He went to work at the Taft Midway Driller where he worked until 1956 when he accepted the position as a police officer at Taft Police Department. In 1960 he became a California Highway Patrolman and retired in 1991. Mr. Fields was a current member of the West Hills Church of the Nazarene and a former member of the Taft First Baptist Church where he had been a deacon for many years. He enjoyed fishing, RVing, golfing and cruising and traveling with his wife and family.

Mr. Fields is survived by his wife of 55 years, Dovie Fields of Taft; his daughter, Katherine Lee and her husband Dan, of Taft; his son, Darren Fields and his wife, Lori, of Bakersfield; his granddaughters, Krista Long and husband, Billy, of Taft and Breanna and Tiffany Fields of Bakersfield; his great granddaughter Isabella Long of Taft; his sister, Donna Mae Williams of Oklahoma and his longtime friends, Dub Jennings of Bakersfield, Bud Garner and Dick Winslow both of Taft.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To convey condolences or sign and online registry, please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com.
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Pansie Rose Fields, 90
April 18, 1908 – February 17, 1999



Pansie was born April 18, 1908, and passed away February 17, 1999. Services will be held Saturday May 4th at 11:00 a.m. at the West Side District Cemetery.

Pansie lived in Morrow Bay, California for many years. She lived in Taft, California and she worked for J.C. Penny’s for years before moving to Morrow Bay and even worked at J.C. Penny’s in San Luis Obispo, California.

In lieu of flowers donations would be appreciated to be made to the Heart Society in Pansie’s name. American Heart Assoc., 404 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, California 93301. (661) – 327-1173
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Shaye Lee Fields
July 6, 2009 - January 16, 2009



Shaye Lee Fields was born on Monday, July 6, 1992 and graduated to Heaven with Highest Honors on Friday, January 16, 2009. Shaye is survived by her loving family, Kim, Gina and Kyler Fields. She is also survived by grandmother, Glenda Thurman; great-greatmother, Faye Bonner; uncle, Kei Fields; special aunt and uncle, Debbee and David Hardt and Lesha Ramzan (her other mother) of Taft; also grandparents, Gary and Shirley Reed-Hawkins; great-grandmother, Lois Stewart; Uncle Paul, Aunt Shelly and cousins, Braiden and Madison Reed; and great Aunt Carol and Uncle Jim Jett of Bakersfield; as well as numerous other aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends.

Shaye was a Junior at Taft Union High School. She was involved in many different activities including AVID. Leadership and the S Club. She was awarded the Violet Richardson award by the Soroptimmist International of Taft. Golf was one of her passions and helping other came as second nature to her. Shaye was a special young lady who was active in church and community activities. She was employed by Kmart and was working to pay for a trip to New York next summer with a school group. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In lieu of plants or flowers donations may be made to the Shaye Fields Scholarship Find. Please make checks payable to Taft Union High School ASB, 701 7th St., Taft, California 93268. Funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery, 440 E. Cedar St., Taft, on Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Pete Fife
September 29, 1940 - October 28, 2008



A memorial funeral service will be held at the Westside Believers Fellowship Church located at 101 Main Street in Taft on Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Pete Fife, 68.

Pete was born in Santa Cruz on September 29, 1940 and passed away in Bakersfield on October 28, 2008. He was raised and educated in Maricopa and was a graduate of Maricopa High School. Pete worked for 29 years as a dispatcher for Kern Rock. He was a member of the S.V.G.T.A. He loved his family and golf.

Pete was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Jeanie Fife. His survivors include his wife, Carol Fife of Taft; his children, Carrie and Michelle, Darin and Racheal Fife, Misty and Mike Furman. Gwen Scott, Gail and Marty Knauss, Chet Goff, and Pam Hudgens; his sister, Sharon and Richard Gaar of St. Louis, Missouri; his brother, Rick and Lou Fife of Arizona; and his many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

There are no visitation hours scheduled. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the American Cancet Society. The arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Alva Eunice Fillmore, 73
December 12, 1927 - March 7, 2001



Graveside services will be held on Monday, March 12, 2001 at Greenlawn Cemetery, River Blvd. at 11:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Alva Eunice Fillmore.

Alva was born on December 12, 1927 in Chico, California and passed away on March 7, 2001 at her home in Taft, California at the age of 73. Alva was employed with McKee Elementary School for 25 years where she was a dedicated teacher. Survivors include her son Kenneth Fillmore of Watts, Oklahoma, daughters: Linda Hicks of Taft, Deborah Severy of Bakersfield, brother, Milton Rubert of Florida, sister Joy Kendall of Coalinga, California. Grandsons: William Hicks of Bakersfield, Jonathan Severy of Bakersfield, Aaron Fillmore of Riverside, California and Timothy Hicks of Taft, granddaughters: Ulie Martin of Taft, Cynthia Holland of Alturas, California and Sandra Severy-Sanders of Bakersfield, Alva also had 8 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Alva was loved by many and will be deeply missed.

A public viewing is scheduled for Saturday, March 10, 2001 from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the West Side Family Mortuary Chapel. For questions or floral tributes please contact West Side Family Mortuary (661) 763-1594
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Byron Dean Fillmore
February 19, 1958 - January 13, 2005



Byron Dean Fillmore was born in Hawthorne, California on February 19, 1958. He passed peacefully on January 13, 2005 joining his father Jesse and sister Gina. Byron was part of the graduating class of 1976 from Taft Union High School and a United States Marine Corps Veteran.

He will be missed dearly by his mother Jody, brother Wayne, his six children: Matthew of Marysville, Washington, Carolyn, Stephanie, and Ryan of Tupman, Kendal of Taft, and Haley of Bodfish, his one and only granddaughter Rylee Karis Beaty, his fiancée Kara Work, her two children Kandice and Marcus Cerna of Bakersfield, and many other family members and friends. Byron was a blessing to all who knew him - He will be in our hearts forever. WE LOVE YOU DADDY!!

A memorial service to celebrate Byron's life will be held on Saturday, January 22nd at 12:00 p.m. at the West Side Family Mortuary. All funeral services are under the care and direction of the West Side Family Mortuary (661) 763-1594.
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Jessy Wayne Fillmore
April 11, 1935 - May 4, 2003



Memorial services will be held on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel for Taft resident, Jessy Wayne Fillmore, 68. Private burial will be in the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery.

Mr. Fillmore was born in Crescent, Oklahoma on April 11, 1935 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on May 4, 2003. He proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Fillmore has worked as a machinist for over 50 years and had live in Taft since 1972.

He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Fillmore. His survivors include his wife of 49 years, Jody Fillmore of Taft; his children, Scott Wayne Fillmore of Bakersfield, Gina Page of Taft, and Byron Fillmore of Bakersfield; his mother, Audrey Fillmore; his five brothers and sisters; his 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Regina Lynne Fillmore
March 1, 1957 - November 5, 2004



Memorial services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for Taft resident, Regina Lynne Fillmore, 47. Ms. Fillmore was born in California on March 1, 1957 and passed away in Bakersfield on November 5, 2004. She was raised and educated in Taft and was a member of the 1975 graduating class at Taft High School.

Ms. Fillmore was preceded in death by her father, Jessy W. Fillmore, in May of 2003. Her survivors include her four daughters, Tiffany Rowden and her husband, Kevin of Taft, Holly Villatoro and her husband, William of Bakersfield, Alise Fillmore of Taft and Madison Filllmore also of Taft; her grandchild, Hunter Rowden; her mother Jody Fillmore of Taft and her two brothers, Wayne Fillmore and Byron Fillmore both of Bakersfield.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Fillmore Family account at Chevron Valley Credit Union.
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Dennis Clarke Fimple
November 11, 1940 - August 23, 2002



Actor

Dennis Clarke Fimple was never known as a leading man in the movies, but the character actor always left audiences entertained by his performance. That's what people who knew the 61-year-old former Taft resident said about his life. Tuesday, as they mourned his death. Fimple played many colorful characters in television shows and movies, and those who knew him said he was quite a colorful character himself. "He was an actor's actor," said Steve Stephens, Fimple's agent. "The leading men always have the problem of people losing interest in them as they grow older. But character actors can work all the time."

Fimple died at his Frazier Park home Friday. He had been recovering from injuries he suffered in a traffic accident Aug. 19. Although he grew up in Taft, Fimple sought fame in Hollywood in the early 1960s. He appeared in dozens of films and televisions shows, including guest spots on "ER," "Party of Five," "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," "M*A*S*H," "The Rockford Files," "Starsky and Hutch," "Charlie's Angles," "Knight Rider" and the "A-Team."

His feature film credits included parts in "Swing Shift" with Goldie Hawn, "Stay Hungry" with Jeff Bridges and Sally Field and the 1994 movie remake of "Maverick" with Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster. Fimple played lots of Western characters such as cowboys and hillbillies, but Stevens said he never seemed to tire of those roles. "I took him to his first film festival in Asheville, North Carolina, last year, and he was surprised to see how many people knew him from his films," Stevens said, "I don't think he realized he had that many fans out there." Al Fleming, a fellow character actor who met Fimple on the set of the Western movie "Winterhawk," said Fimple was able to work steadily for more than 20 years, something that's very difficult for any actor. "He's one of a dying breed, "Fleming said. "It was the character actors who played the sidekicks and interesting character who made things interesting."

Fimple's son Chris said his father was first bitten by the acting bug in junior high school when he appeared as Tom Sawyer in a school production. A Taft High School graduate, Fimple went on to San Jose State University and obtained a teaching credential. While teaching was Fimple's day job, he indulged his passion for acting on the weekends, playing roles on the dinner and regional theater circuits. , Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. for Dennis Fimple, 61. Rev. Scott Pearson, pastor of First Baptist Church, will officiate at the services and burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery. Dennis was born in Ventura, California on November 11, 1940, and passed away at his Frazier Park home on Friday, August 23, 2002 due to complications from a car accident. Dennis was a graduate of Taft Union High School and also a graduate of San Jose State University where he obtained a teaching credential. He was a drama major. Dennis had a colorful career as a character actor in both motion pictures and television. He had many wonderful stories of the places he had been and people he had met in the film industry. He was a avid reader but his true love was antiques and collectibles, which he called "treasures."

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dolly and Elmer Fimple and his brother Marvin Fimple. Dennis is survived by his loving and always faithful son, Chris Fimple of Frazier Park; and his sisters, Sharon Driskill of Taft and Karen Zimpher of Sebastopol. He also had many other loving relatives and many friends. We will greatly miss Dennis and cherish his memory. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. and again on Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to service time at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Grace Agnes Stewart Fimple
July 29, 1923 - October 23, 2003



Grace was born July 29, 1923 in Coalinga, California and passed away October 23, 2003. She was educated at Midway School in Fellows and graduated from Taft Union High School in 1940. Grace worked for Ray Mish Funeral Home for over 30 years. She enjoyed being with her family and friends. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Grace is survived by her son, Robert Schroeder and wife Connie, sister Betty O'Brien of Taft, sister Edith and her husband Jack Cooper of Bakersfield, daughter-in-law Della Wilson of Bakersfield, her grandchildren Shelly, Steven, Amanda, Samantha, and Bobby, six great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and good friend, Dorothy Guest. She is predeceased by her son, Bruce Wilson, brothers, Quicksel, Russell, Wesley and Allen Stewart, and sisters, Rena Hansen, Nadene Wilde and Sadie Skaggs.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday from noon till 8:00 p.m. services will be held on Thursday, October 30, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. at Mish Funeral Home in Oildale at 120 Minner Avenue (Norris Road and Chester).
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Eugene "Geno" Fink Jr., 54
October 27, 1946 - January 21, 2001



Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 27, 2001, at 2:00 p.m. at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness 17855 Cherry St., Hesperia, California for Eugene "Geno" Fink, Jr., 54 of Hesperia, California.

Mr. Fink had lived in Hesperia for 12 years and in California for 47 years. He was a resident of Taft, California for 14 years. He passed away at his home in Hesperia on January 21, 2001. Mr. Fink attended Congregational meetings and Assemblies of Jehovah’s Witnesses during his lifetime. Member of JOB - Regional Center, Westside Training Center in Taft, California. Attended Taft College on a "Temporary Basis," in 1979. Loved bowling and had many trophies. Formerly worked for Payless Drug, and Food Court VV Mall.

He is survived by his parents Eugene and Eleanor Fink of Hesperia, California, sister, Carol Hollinger of Dayton, New York, sister, Lydia Montross of Carrollton, Texas; Uncle, Robert C. Thierry, Fairfield, California; aunt, Ann Swotkewicz of Holiday, Florida.

Kern Hesperia Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements. Private burial will be at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, California. For information: Kern Hesperia Mortuary: 244-9313: Sondra Courtright, Funeral Director.
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Myrl Francis Fink
August 26, 1916 - June 2, 2007



Myrl Fink, long time Taft resident, passed away in Bakersfield on June 2, 2007. Graveside services will be held Saturday, June 9, 11:00 a.m. at the West Side Cemetery.

Myrl was born and raised in Taft, California. He attended grammar school, high school, and Taft College. He then joined the U.S. Army and proudly served his country in the 31st Infantry Division. Upon his return to Taft, Myrl married Leona Kelley Rybnicek and raised five children. He worked for JC Penney's Pruitt's and the U.S. Post Office in Taft until he retired in 1983 after 33 years of service. Myrl received many awards including "Most Courteous Mail Carrier On The West Side", "Rotarians Citizen of the Year", and "Taft Primary's Founders Day Award". He was also a devoted member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Myrl was best known as "The Voice Of The West Side". He announced softball games for 52 years and was very honored when Field #1 at the Franklin Field Complex was named after him. Many senior citizens in Taft looked forward to seeing him every day when he worked for the "Meals On Wheels" food program.

Myrl is survived by his beloved wife Leona and his children and their spouses, Steve Rybnicek of Los Angeles, Mike and Shirley Fink of San Diego, Christine and Richard Padilla of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Mary and Ron Bartolomie of Taft and Gregg and Susan Fink of Taft. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Myrl was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He will greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved him. We wish to thank everyone who knew and loved him. We wish to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers during his illness and a special thank you to Dr. Claiborne and his staff.

Viewing will be held Friday, June 8th, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Jay D. Finster
February 9, 1921 - April 21, 2011



A graveside service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, 2011 for Jay D. Finster, 90. Pastors Charles T. and Mary McWhorter will officiate at the service.

Mr. Finster was born in Ranger, Texas on February 9, 1921 and passed away at his home in Bakersfield on April 21, 2011. Jay served his country as a member of the U.S. Army, Private First Class, and received an honorable discharge. He worked for Signal Oil and Gas in the Taft area then moved to Bakersfield to work for Tosco Corp. and retired in 1983. Jay loved to fish and was very good at it. He also won a lot of fishing derbies at Buena Vista Lake. He loved spending time with his family and was a friend to everyone. He told everyone about Jesus Christ and all the good he did in his life. Jay was saved 25 years ago at Gateway Temple in Maricopa. When the time came that he could no longer attend church services he continued to support the church and its pastors.

His survivors include his son, Bill Finster; his daughters, Donna Clark and Pamela Duke; his grandchildren, David Finster, Lori Floyd, John Loucks, Marty Loucks, Brenda Loucks, Lee Duke and Jayson Duke; and many great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Robert Irwin Fiscus
May 2, 1920 - February 28, 2012



Robert Irwin Fiscus was born May 2, 1920 to James and Edna (Loge) Fiscus in Sinnamehoning, Pennsylvania and passed away on February 28, 2012 in Bakersfield, California. He was one of nine children, seven having survived. Upon leaving high school, after the start of WWII Robert showed great prowess in mechanics, scholastics and particularly engineering. High AGCT scores landed him the opportunity to attend Yale University, specializing in aircraft engineering and he graduated in the top percentile of his class. He worked his way up the ranks to Second Lt. in charge of B-29 Bomber Service Operations and hundreds of servicemen. After being honorably discharged in 1944, he hitch-hiked his way to California settling in Taft in the late 40's. In 1949 Bob took a job at a Mobil Gas Station in Maricopa where he not only became owner/proprietor but met the love of his life, the former Aileen Rowe. The two were married in 1950 and enjoyed 61 years together raising two children and making their home in Maricopa, California. Bob took employment with Standard Oil Company of California (now Chevron U.S.A.) in 1951, retiring in 1983 as a construction technologist in engineering. Bob was a founding member of Sovale Credit Union (now Chevron Valley.) He was a Maricopa City Councilman from 1968 - 1972. He served on the board of the Local Agency Formation Commission (L.A.F.C.O.) and was a founding member of Kern County Council of Governments. Mr. Fiscus also served as Board President of the First Congregational Church of Maricopa from 1975 to the mid 90's. He was also responsible for much of the remodeling of that historic building.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Edna Fiscus; his brothers, Jay, Ray and Tracy Fiscus; sisters, Lola Jordan, Celesta Dempsey, Reva Johnson, and Verlyn and Charlotte Fiscus. He is survived by his wife, Aileen Fiscus of Maricopa; son, Gary (Eileen) Fiscus of Prospect, Virginia, son, Michael Fiscus of Emporium, Pennsylvania, daughter, Suzy (L.D. Armstrong) Jackson of Taft, and son Jim Fiscus of Taft; grandchildren, Kevin, David and Mark Fiscus, Emily Maze, Christina Lindsay and Lacy, Kenny and Derik Casparis; 10 loving great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, March 5, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. in the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home Chapel, 501 Lucard St., Taft, California. Interment will follow at the West Side District Cemetery. Viewing will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2012, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again Monday from 9:00 a.m. to service time at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Alzheimer's Association, the West Kern Oil Museum or the Fort Preservation Society. To convey condolences or sign an online registry, please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Allen Fisher
May 1886 - May 29, 1935



After a lengthy illness, Allen Grover Fisher, 49, well-known oil worker and resident of the community for 20 years, passed away Monday night in his Bakersfield home. He was a member of the Taft Masonic Lodge.

He leaves his widow, Mrs. Ora B. Fisher at the family home at 216 Eureka Street, Bakersfield; two daughters, Eva and Alice Fisher; his father, living in West Virginia, native state of the deceased; three brothers, Warren Fisher of Bakersfield; Ray Fisher, of New York, and Charles Fisher of Taft; three sisters, Miss Effie Fisher of Los Angeles, Dr. Gay Fisher of Chicago and third in West Virginia.

The body is at the Dought Calhoun-O'Meara Chapel in Bakersfield. Funeral services have not yet been announced.
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Sarah Sildeth (Moore) Fite, 87
July 4,1919 - March 4, 2007



Sarah Sildeth, Moore, Fite, was born July 4, 1919 in El Dorado, Kansas and stepped into the arms of Jesus on March 4, 2007.

Sarah grew up in Taft California, and attended Taft High School and graduated from Taft College with a AA in Business Administration; Sarah worked in Taft as Office Manager for J.C. Penney until she moved to Sacramento during WWII. There she worked for a gasoline distributor. She worked there until she met and married Charles Wilson Fite on February 20, 1955. Shortly after that she started working for at Feingold's Restaurant Supply as Office Manager until she retired.

Sarah was a faithful and active member of the Landmark Missionary Baptist Church of Roseville (now the Landmark Missonary Baptist Church of Granite Bay) which is located at 7150 Wildwood Place, Granite Bay. Sarah moved to Taft, California in 2003 to be with her sister, Dorothy Gardner.

She went to be with the Lord she loved on Sunday, March 4, 2007. Sarah was loved by all who knew her Charles W. Fite her husband for 29 years; her father and mother, Claude and Thresa Moore, brother Joe Moore; and sister, Ruth Chocker, preceded Sarah in death. Her sisters Dorothy Gardner and Helen Brown both of Taft, California, her brother Jim Moore of Ventura and many neices and nephews survive Sarah.

Funeral services were held in Roseville on Friday, March 9, 2007 and burial was in Roseville Public Cemetery. Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Cheryl Lynn Fitzgerald
October 27, 1955 - March 13, 2004



Memorial services will be held on Friday, March 26th at 11:00 a.m. at the Open Door Church in Oceano, California for Taft resident, Cheryl Fitzgerald.

Cheryl was born on October 27, 1955 in San Luis Obispo to Kenneth and Beverly Schofield and she passed from this life on March 13, 2004 in a Bakersfield Hospital at the age of 48.

She is survived by her fiance Thomas Mansell of Taft; daughter; Christina Giddings, and her husband Douglas, and Lisa Schofield; step-daughter Janene Mansell; mother Beverly Petersen (all of Santa Maria); sisters; Linda Forrster of Arroyo Grande and Denise Rendeck of Colorado; brother Kenneth L. Schofield of Colorado; four grandchildren; Matthew, Ashlee, Noah and Branson all of Santa Maria; six step-grandchildren; two nieces; one nephew and numerous other family and friends.

There will be no public viewing scheduled and all funeral services have been entrusted to West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594.
After Glow
I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one
I'd like to leave an after glow of smiles when life is done.
I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.
I'd like the years of those who grieve, to dry before the sun
Of happy memories that I leave When life is done.

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Linda Diane Fleetwood
October 20, 1943 - November 4, 2012



Linda Diane Fleetwood, 69, of Phoenix, Oregon, passed away peacefully in her home Sunday, November 4, 2012, with her daughter, Tammy, son-in-law, Devon, special friends, Barbara, Linda, Wanda, and Pam by her side.

She was born October 20, 1943, in San Benardino, California. She was a past member of the Southern Oregon Clayfork. She loved to do claywork, painting, and mosaic. Before her illness, she was also an avid pet-sitter in the community. Linda was a very spiritual person. There was not one person that met her that was not blessed for doing so. Linda touched many lives and will be greatly missed my many. Her laugher will stay with us all forever.

Linda will be remembered by her loving children, Tammy (Devon) Heckmann, and Timothy Fleetwood, both of Taft, California. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Allison Heckmann, Christopher (Charisse) Heckmann, Benjamin Heckmann, and Jimmy (Donna) Fleetwood; eight great grandchildren, Kamrun, Boston, Gavun Tytun, McKaysun, Irie, Nathan, and Kevin; and many special friends.

The family would like to thank everyone for their support and encouragement during this difficult time. Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives, 550 Business Park Dr., Medford, Oregon, 541-770-6505.
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Arletha M. Flewelling, 95
September 22, 1906 - April 29, 2009



Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. at Glen Haven Cemetery in San Fernando, California for Bakersfield resident Arletha Flewelling. Arletha was born on September 22, 1906 in Oklahoma to Archie and Nora Smith and passed away at the age of 95 on April 29, 2002 in Bakersfield, California.

Survivors include her sister Betty Tray of Oklahoma and her son Patrick West of Los Angeles, California. Arletha was loved by many and will be deeply missed.

All funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of the West Side Family Mortuary, Taft, 763-1594.
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Betty Rose Flick
December 26, 1927 - December 17, 2008