Westside Obituaries
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Craig "Mac" MacCallum
August 14, 1949 - January 18, 2012



A funeral service will be held in the Bakersfield National Cemetery located at 30338 E. Bear Mountain Blvd., Arvin, California 93203 on Wedensday, January 25, 2012 at 1:15 p.m. for Maricopa resident, Craig "Mac" MacCallum, 62. Rev. Tom White will officiate at at the service.

Mac was born in Glendale on August 14, 1949 and passed away in Bakersfield on January 18, 2012. He was raised and educated in Maricopa and graduated from Maricopa High School in 1968. After graduation he immediately entered the U.S. Coast Guard. Mac enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Reva MacCallum and his father, Walter MacCallum. Mac is survived by his mother, Betty MacCallum of Maricopa; his daughter, Donna Jean MacCallum; his step-children, Sabrina, Marina, and Yolanda; his brother and his wife, Darrell and Belena MacCallum; his two sisters, Bonnie Wilson and Annette Ormond and her husband, Marty; and by his several nieces and nephews.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are 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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Walter MacCallum Jr., 73
July 27, 1924 - April 13, 1997



Memorial services will be held Monday at 10:00 a.m. at the Union Cemetery Rose Garden for Walter Craig MacCallum Jr., 73.

Mr. MacCallum was born on July 27, 1924 in ElDorado, Kansas, and passed away April 13, 1997 in Bakerfield. he came to Maricopa in 1965 and was a self-employed sign painter. He enjoyed fishing and hunting.

His survivors include his wife, Karen MacCallum; four children and their spouses, Darrell and Belena MacCallum of Maricopa, Craig MacCallum of Modesto, Bonnie Wilson of Maricopa, and Martin and Annette Ormond of Utah; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
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Bobbie Mace
September 30, 1930 - April 26, 2010



Bobbie Mace, age 79, passed away on April 26, 2010 in Bakersfield, as a result of a stroke. She was born in Rush Springs, Oklahoma to parents, Elmer and Ruth Fuller. She moved to Taft as a child and spent the remainder of her life here.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Don Mace. She is survived by her son, Rick Mace of Bakersfield; one grandson, Cody Mace (Ari) of Taft; numerous nieces and nephews; two sisters, Geneva Seay (Eual) of Bakersfield and Doris Gibbs (Randy) of Santa Clarita; and one brother, Gary Fuller (Deon) of Santa Clarita.

Visitation was held at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Thursday morning. A graveside service was held in the West Side District Cemetery on Thursday, April 29, 2010, at 12:00 noon under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com

In Loving Memory of Bobbie Mace
God looked around His garden and
He found an empty space.
He then looked down upon this earth
and saw your tired face.
He put his arm around you and
lifted you to rest;
God's garden must be beautiful,
He always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering,
He knew you were in pain.
He knew that you would never get well
on earth again.
He saw the road was getting rough and
the hills were hard to climb,
so he closed your eyeslids and
whispered "Peace be thine".
It broke our hearts to lose you,
but you didn't go alone.
For part of us went with you
the day God called home.
We love and miss you so very, very much!
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Don R. Mace, 79
February 4, 1928 - February 14, 2007



Don was born on Feburary 4, 1928 and passed away on Feburary 14, 2007, his parents George Richard and Ella Mae Mace were blessed with a fine son who they raised in Taft, California. Don attended Taft City Schools and graduated from Taft High School. He worked for Belridge Oil Company 30 plus years, with the exception of his service in the United States Air Force. He married Bobbie Jean Fuller in 1948 and lived in Taft where they raised their son Rick, until they moved to Bakersfield four years ago.

Don retired in 1985, which gave him lots of time to spend with his family especially his grandson, Cody. He loved to camp at Sand N Surf in Pismo, go to Bass Lake with his family, work in his garage and yard and visit with friends. Don loved life and was a calming influence to those who knew him.

He is survived by his loving wife Bobbie, his son Rick, his grandson Cody, his brothers and sisters-in-law, Eual and Genevaeay, Randy and Doris Gibbs, Gary and Deon Fuller and dozens of nieces and nephews who will miss their uncle Don.

Services for Don will be held on Tuesday Feburary 20, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home with internment to follow immediately following at the Taft West Side District Cemetery. The Maces would like to thank family and friends for all your love and support over the years.
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Felix Joseph Macewich
November 24, 1918 - March 18, 2005
Service Friday March 18, 2005 at 11:00 a.m.



A memorial service will be held Friday, March 18, 2005 at Hillcrest Memorial Park & Mortuary, Felix Joseph Macewich, beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away on March 13, 2005.

He was born November 24, 1918, in the White Mountains of Lincoln, New Hampshire. His parents ran a boarding house for the loggers who worked for the paper mill. At age thirteen his family moved to Portsmouth where they owned and operated a large dairy farm.

In 1941 at age 22 Phil joined the Navy where he met and married his wife Lois a year later. He served five years on a Naval ship and was based in the Philippines and Sidney, Austalia. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Phil was brought into do underwater welding repairing the damaged battleships. Honorably discharged in 1946 he went home to work the dairy and decided to look for work in California. Landing a job with only six dollars in his pocket he began work in 1947 for Mobil Oil, living in Taft and working the next 36 years for Mobil he retired as a welder at age 65 in 1983.

For the next twelve years he and his wife Lois traveled in their fifth wheel about the country from Alaska to Mexico, throughout his life he enjoyed raising birds, deer hunting by horseback in the high country, fishing, traveling and many other hobbies. His highest accomplisment besides helping raise four daughters was building a home on Greenhorn Mountain east of Bakersfield. Buying and spending many weekends tearing down the old McKittrick Cook house along with two other houses that he purchased at age 45. He began using the lumber to build, spending almost every weekend for the next 10 years he built a magnificent mountain home for his family to enjoy and get away from summer heat of Taft, a never an ending job he continued laying out beautiful rock walls around the property among the trees.

Phil is preceded in death by his wife Lois of 58 years, a son, John Stanley Macewich. Survived by daughters Carol Sweaney and husband Max Carpenter of Missouri, Phyllis Nunes of Taft, Mary Jo and husband Larry Joyner of Lake Isabella area. Janet and husband Rick Hawkins of Taft, five grandchildren Roger and wife Melissa Sweaney of Wisconsin, Kiah and husband Steven Paies of Lake Isabella area Kadiah Bauer of Taft. Landon and Dallis Joyner of Lake Isabella area along with five great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.
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Jack N. Madsen
August 3, 1930 - December 29, 2007



Jack N. Madsen August 3, 1930 - December 29, 2007. Mr. Madsen was born in Bakersfield on August 3, 1930 and passed away at his home in Taft on December 29, 2007.

He graduated from Maricopa High School in 1948. Mr. Madsen served his country form 1950 to 1954 in the U.S. Marines during the Korean Conflict. He married Frances Vaughan on June 20, 1953. Mr. Madsen worked as an electrician for 30 years and he was an avid golfer.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Frances Madsen of Taft; his daughter, Valerie LeGar of Arcata; his granddaughters, Sarah LeGar and Olivia Le Gar both of Eureaka; his brothers-in-law, Allen Vaughan of Westwood and Paul Vaughan of Oneals; his sister-in-law, judy Vaughan of Bakersfield; his niece, Sara Vaughan of Illinois and by his nephew, Michael Vaughan of Fresno.

At Jack's request there will be no viewing or funeral services. Burial will take place in the West Side District Cemetery at a later date. The arrangements were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Jack Magar
September 2, 1926 - December 23, 2011



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, December 30, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Jack Magar, 85. Private burial will take place in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mr. Magar was born in Boulder, Colorado on September 2, 1926 and passed away in Bakersfield on December 23, 2011. During the Korean Conflict he proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army. After his discharge from the Army he joined the U.S. Navy and later served in the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Magar moved to Taft in 1958 and he owned and operated Jack's Catering and Westside Carpet. Starting in the early 60's he served as a local television interviewer. Mr. Magar was a member of the Bakersfield Elks Lodge and the Art Association. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Priscilla Magar of Taft.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To convey condolences or sign as online register please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Coy A. Maize, 82
July 11, 1918 - June 5, 2001



Memorial services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, June 14, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. for longtime Taft resident, Coy A. Maize, 82. Rev. Sam White, pastor of Cuyama Assembly of God, will officiate at the services.

Mr. Maize was born in Licking, Missouri on July 11, 1918 and passed away in Bakersfield on June 5, 2001. Mr. Maize moved with his family to Taft when he was two years old. After graduating from Taft Union High School in 1937. Mr. Maize joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and was stationed at Gardner Field. He worked here as an airplane mechanic throughout most of W.W. II. Later Mr. Maize moved to Santa Cruz, where he worked as an electrical contractor for several years. After he retired in 1984, Mr. Maize returned to Taft. He was married to Gerry Pesante of Taft from 1984 until 1996.

Mr. Maize was preceded in death by his first wife, Velma Maize. His survivors include his daughter, Donna Haiman of Oakland; his two granddaughters, Kelly Wissmar of Sunnyvale and Erin Shelley of Oakland; his two great grandchildren Conor Lum and Alicia Shelley both of Oakland; his sister, Mattie McCravey of Taft; his brother, Deward Maize of Taft; his two nieces, Judy Leonard of Taft and Deva Michaelson of Simi Valley; his two nephews, Lloyd McCravey of Bakersfield and Doyle McCravey of Reno, Nevada. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Deward Maize
July 2, 1914 - December 3, 2008



A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. for Deward Maize, 94. Rev. Trent Meadors will officiate.

Mr. Maize was born in Licking, Missouri on July 2, 1914 and passed away in Taft on December 3, 2008. Mr. Maize worked as a mechanic in the auto repair business for 60 years. Deward and his wife, Juanita, were the store managers at the Ocean Canyon Resort in Avila Beach and was made honorary mayor of the park. Deward and Juanita, were also honorary members of the Gypsy Trailer Club. Mr. Maize attended the First Assembly of God Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Maude Maize; his wife, Juanita Mae Maize; his sister, Mattie McCravey; his brothers, Wesley, Coy and Don Maize; his grandson, William Zimmerman, Jr. his survivors include his daughters and their husbands, Judy and Jack Leonard of Taft and Deva and Larry Michaelsen of Simi Valley; his grandchildren, Fred Zimmerman, Cynthia Anderson, Gary Michaelsen, Diane Michaelsen, Tim Michaelsen, Don Leonard, Dale Leonard, and Lora Lee Leonard; his 25 great greatgrandchildren; his two great-great-grandchildren; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Jack and Betty Slentz, Patsy and Virgil Hill, Betty Barnes, Helen Richards, and Boyd Slentz; and his many nieces and nephews; the family suggests that donations be made in Mr. Maize''s name to the American Cancer Society.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 9, 2008 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday, December 10, 2008 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Juanita Maize
November 6, 1917 - January 11, 2006



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Juanita Maize, 88. Rev. Trent Meadors, pastor of the First Assembly of God Church will officiate at the Service. Mrs. Maize was born in Van Wert, Ohio on November 6, 1917 and passed away in Bakersfield on January 11, 2006.

She was raised and educated in Taft and was a member of Taft First Assembly of God. Mrs. Maize was a member of the Nomad and Gypsy Trailer Clubs. She ran the store at Avila Beach Trailer Resort, now called Ocean Canyon, for ten years. Mrs. Maize loved crafts and taught crafts for many years. She loved that time spent with her grandchildren and really enjoyed family get-togethers.

She was preceded in death by her two brothers, Raymond and Henry Sletz and four infant siblings and by her grandson, William A. Zimmerman, Jr. Her survivors include her husband of 67 years, Deward Maize of Taft; her two daughters and their husbands, Judy and Jack Leonard of Taft; and Deva and Larry Michaelsen of Simi Valley; her brothers and sisters, Betty Barnes and Jack Slentz both of Taft, Boyd Slentz of Downey. Helen Richards of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Patsy Hill and Mary Lou Garges both of Bakersfield; her grandchildren, Fred and Frank Zimmerman, Gary Michaelsen, Cynthia Anderson, Diane and Tim Michaelsen, Don, Dale, and Lora Leonard and adopted grandson, Ronnie Lemen; her 24 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Monday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Laura (Wilt) Malcolm
August 6, 1931 - November 24, 2004



Laura, age 73, a 54 year resident of Santa Barbara passed away November 24th after stubbornly fighting several complex medical conditions. She retired after 24 years as an engineering assistant with the Goleta Water District. Laura also worked for Garret Air Research and McCray Seed and Fertilizer Company. She was a proud and supportive 1949 graduate of TUHS.

Laura is survived by her brother and sister-in-law John and Carolyn Wilt, Rancho Cordova, California, brother-in-law Merton Preston, Santa Rosa, California; nieces and nephews; Debi and Keith Austin, Shawn & Korri Clark Wilt, Aric Wilt, Al and Deb Preston, Tim and Patricia Preston, Clarice and Rich DePata, Lauri Morgan; cousins Walter and Raymond Moore, Larry and Bruce Vierling, Karen Allen; her dear friend Ralph, and 12 grandnieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by both parents Jim and Helen Wilt, Taft, California and her older sister Ann Wilt Preston.

A memorial service celebrating Laura's life will be held Saturday December 4th at 2:00 p.m. at the Welch, Ryce, and Haider Funeral Chapel, 15 East Sola Street, Santa Barbara followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity.
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Ruth I. Malin, 81
May 9, 1919 - April 24, 2001



A private cremation service was held for former Taft resident, Ruth I. Malin, 81. Mrs. Malin was born in Missouri on May 9, 1919 and passed away in a Ventura nursing home on April 24, 2001. She had lived in Taft for over 30 years before moving to the Ventura area.

Mrs. Malin was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Malin. The arrangements were under the direction of Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Doris May Mallory
August 5, 1910 - December 24, 1997



Services will be held in Greenlawn Memorial Chapel, 3700 River Blvd., Saturday, December 27, at 9:00 a.m. for Doris May Mallory, 87, who passed away December 24th in a local hospital. Rev. Milt Cole will officiate.

Mrs. Mallory was born August 5, 1910, in Nevada, Iowa and resided in Kern County for 44 years. She was a homemaker and a member of Fruitvale Community Church.

Survivors include her husband Clifford Mallory of Bakersfield; daughters, Evelyn Sheler and husband James of Bridgewater, Iowa; Marjorie York and husband James and Janet Sweet and husband Robert, all of Bakersfield; son Mark Mallory of Taft; brother, Clifford Applegate of Iowa; 16 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Casketbearers will be Steve York, Bill York, David Sweet, Mike Sweet, Mike Mallory and Gary Meeks. Honorary casketbearers will be Dennis Sheler, Bob William and Carl Stephens. Visitation will begin today at 3:00 p.m. Greenlawn Mortuary Funeral Directors.
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Floris E. "Flo" Malters
December 20, 1923 - January 1, 2008



Floris E. "Flo" Malters December 20, 1923 - January 1, 2008 Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery, 440 E. Cedar Street, Taft, on Friday at 2:00 p.m. for Bakersfield resident, Floris E. "Flo" Malters, 84. Chaplain Mike Lynch will officiate.

Mrs. Malters was born in Richmond, Indiana on December 20, 1923 and passed away in Bakersfield on January 1, 2008. She had been employed as a waitress for over 20 years. She has spent the last 54 years in Bakersfield. She loved playing bingo and cards. Mrs. Malters will be remembered as a person whose family meant everyting to her.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Carol Morrow; her brother, George Long and her sister, Doris Wallace. Her survivors include her husband, John Malters of Bakersfield; her children, Russell Aston of Kentucky and Lester Aston of Bakersfield; her step-children, Linda Jumangit, Nancy Malters and Margaret Anthony all of Colorado; her sister, Bert Feldman of Florida; her ten grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and her loving dog, Kimmie. The services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home, Taft.
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Charles (Chuck) Manes
August 3, 1930 - February 11, 2010



Our dad left us a year ago on February 11, 2010 after losing his long battle with emphysema and COPD. Although we were young adults when our mom married Chuck, we were able to love and treasure our time with him and he loved us all unconditionally.

As our mom battled cancer, Chuck took such wonderful care of her and loved her through her last breath. He was my rock as we cared for her during that time, and after 20 years of missing our mom, I followed his last wishes as he knew his time with us was growing short.

He requested no service, no formal obituary; so we were with him as God reunited him with our mom. Chuck was retired from the U.S. Navy and the West Side Cemetery District in Taft. He was remembered by many in Taft when he worked and ran the Mobile Service Station on Harrison Street.

He was preceded in death by his mom and dad and two brothers, his spouses Ravona Manes, and our mom Ardis Hull Manes. He is survived by his sister Ruby Crawford, Taft, and his son Jeff Manes South Dakota and numerous nieces and nephews. He is missed by us - Larry and Barbie Hull, Nixa, Missouri; Gary and Kathy Smith, Bakersfield, Glenda Hamilton, Colorado Springs, Colorado along with two grandsons Eric and Crystal Smith, Dublin, Texas, and Cody and Lauren Hull, Denver, Colorado, two granddaughters Alice and Mitch Hammons, Bakersfield, Logan Hull, Nixa, Missouri; and three great granddaughters, Shaylan Hammons, Bakersfield; Sierra Smith Dublin, Texas, and his newest great granddaughter, Luna Hull, Denver, Colorado. He also left us his beloved "Skeeter", his 14 year old silky terrier.

It's now time for us to say good-bye and thank you for letting us be us and for our dad. We love you and rest in God's assurance of eternal life in heaven.
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Ronald Warren Manley
December 20, 1930 - June 3, 2002



Ronald Warren Manley, 71, of Ventura, retired ARCO superintendent, died June 3rd.

He was raised in Taft and worked in Cuyama prior to being transfered to Ventura in 1972.
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Ronald Warren Manley, 71
December 20, 1930 - June 3, 2002



Ronald Warren Manley, 71 of Ventura, retired ARCO superintendent, died June 3rd. He was raised in Taft and worked in Cuyama prior to being transferred to Ventura in 1972.
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David Mann
May 26, 1964 - June 6, 2012



David Mann, born May 26, 1964, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his Bakersfield home on June 6, 2012. David grew up in Taft and graduated Taft High in 1982. He was a Kern County Sheriff for many years. David enjoyed working on projectors and loved Frank Sinatra. He was co-owner of the Taft Fox Theatre. Theatre's and classical music were always a part of his life.

David was preceded in death by his grandparents Evelyn Burgess, James David Abney, Darold and Louise Mann. He is survived by his children Ashley and husband Josh Marshall, Scott and wife Cassie Mann and Bailey Mann all of Bakersfield and Shane and wife Danika Santa Cruz of Reno, Nevada, parents Jean and Bard Kearns of Ramona, California and Jerry Mann of Bakersfield, his sister Sheila Ojeda and her children Kelsie Cooney, Christian and Dayton Ojeda of Bakersfield and one granddaughter Dani Marshall also of Bakersfield. He also has many uncles, aunts and cousins who love and miss him deeply. He was laid to rest at Greenlawn of River Blvd., in Bakersfield, California on Thursday, June 14, 2012.
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Henry Brooks Mann
February 13, 1913 - January 16, 2012



Henry Brooks Mann was an exceptional human being. He was a hardworking, kind, compassionate, generous man who had the love and respect of his family. He started his journey on February 13, 1913 in Silver City, New Mexico. As a young man, he was a Copper Roofer in Salt Lake City, Utah and then moved to Taft to work for Standard Oil.

After he married Barbara Jean, he started his own business called "The Tin Shop" down in Ford City, Henry was very involved with his children as they grew up and was always there when they needed him. There was never a shortage of "Monkey Blood" for all the scrapes and scratches. He was a Boy Scout leader and a member of the Joy 20 Club at the Moose Lodge where he and Barbara would square dance on the weekends. He enjoyed everything from fly fishing to hunting antique bottles with Nana sitting on the back of his "Tote Goat" (motorcycle).

He had sayings that always rang true like: "It pays to pray", "The best is none to good", and best of all, "Good morning sweetheart." After retiring from the shop, Brooks and Barbara started a new chapter in their lives right in the middle of "God's Country," better known as Big Rock. They spent 31 years at the ranch building memories that will live on through all lucky enough to be touched by Nan and Pop's. From taking cold baths in the antique tub by the water tank to having Pop teach us, one by one how to drive the "Jeeper", the fourth of July deep pit BBQ's, hikes to the rock and countless sunsets on the deck, no matter how you knew him. Pop, Poppy, Popa, or Pa, he will always be remembered through these wonderful experiences. After 74 years of marriage, you'd still see Brooks holding Barbara's hand and always standing by her side. No one will ever forget his dedication to his family and friends and the quiet calmness of his enduring strength.

And although his journey ended on January 16, 2012 here with us on Earth, the next one starts in the hands of our Lord. A man who will be dearly missed, Brooks is survived by his wife Barbara and three children Patricia, Melinda and Michael. He had eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

A memorial celebration will be held at Big Rock Ranch on July 7, 2012 to honor him.
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Kenny Mann
July 10, 1962 - February 9, 2012



A graveside funeral service will be held in Shafter Cemetery on Thursday, February 16, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. for Kenny Mann, 49. Pastor Ron Griffith of Westside Believers Fellowship, will officiate. Kenny was born in Ojai, on July 10, 1962 and passed away in Coalinga on February 9, 2012.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Shirley Mann, his son, Kenneth Mann and his father-in-law, James Copeland. He is survived by his wife, Cindy Mann; sons, Donald Stone, Scott Stone and Cody Mann; daughter, Rebecca Mann; grandchildren, Deegan and Skyler; brothers, Andy Mann and Ronnie Mann; sister, Marion Dunn; mother-in-law, Molly Copeland; sister-in-law, Sandy Garoutte; niece, Deborah Warnock; many other nieces and nephews; and dear friend, Rita.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Shirley A. Mann, 61
December 27, 1935 - March 23, 1977



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery Friday at 10:00 a.m. for Maricopa resident Shirely Ann Mann, 61. The Rev. Howard Gay, Pastor of the First Southern Baptist Church, will officiate at the services.

Mrs. Mann was born in Coalinga on December 27, 1935 and passed away in a local hospital on March 23, 1997. She had lived in the Ojai area for over 40 years before moving to Maicopa four years ago. She had worked as a housekeeper in the Ojai area for many years and was well known for her cooking. She was a member of the Oakview Woman's Club and the Maricopa Women's Club. Mrs. Mann loved to sew and work with children.

Her survivors include her husband, Andrew "Jim" Mann of Maricopa; her children and their spouses, Andy and Jolene Mann of Grand Junction, Colorado; Ronnie Mann of Louisville, Kentucky, Marion Warnock of Maricopa, and Kenneth and Cindy Mann of Derby Acres; her sister, Barbara; her step-mother, Grace Beeman of Arroyo Grande; her 14 grandchildren; and all of her wonderful friends.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Evelyn Ileen Manuel
August 24, 1926 – February 18, 2003



“Eve” was born on August 24, 1926, in Taft, California, to parents, Frank H. and Ethel E. Fagan, and passed away on February 18, 2003, peacefully in her home.

Eve is a lifetime resident of Kern County, living in Taft, Ridgecrest and Bakersfield.

Eve was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Ethel and is survived by husband, Chas H. Manuel of 30 years; daughters, Peggy Howard and husband, Robert and Linda Hill and husband, Larry; sister Dorothy Wallace and husband, Wally; and brother, Rodney Almstrom and wife, Marge. She is also survived by 4 grandchildren, Troy Howard and wife, Rachelle, Chad Howard and wife Alicia, Ryan Hill and Ty Elam; as well as 4 great grandchildren, Brooke Howard, Tyler Howard, Morgan Elam and Emily Elam.

Our mom is working in her yard, planting flowers and caring for all the “kitties” that found their way to her door for a bite of food. Mom was a very special, loving and caring person as a Mom, Grandmother and Friend. She was also a jail matron serving for the Kern County Sheriff Dept., in Ridgecrest, California. Mom you are loved and will be greatly missed.

Graveside services will be held on Friday February 21, at 2:00 p.m., at Hillcrest Memorial Park, with visitation on Thursday, February 20, 2003, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Mortuary
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Kim Manuz
July 6, 1958 - June 25, 2012



A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday, June 29, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. for Kim Manuz, 53. Rev. Joey Pittman, Pastor of New Hope A Place to Connect, will officiate the service. Following the interment a reception will be held in the Taft Moose Lodge.

Kim was born in Aurora, Illinois on July 6, 1958 and passed away at home in Taft on June 25, 2012. She came to Taft in 1989 and in 1994 she became a member of the Taft Moose Lodge and had many good times camping out at the Moose Lodge parking lot. Among her interests were listing to music dancing and camping. She also enjoyed karaoke, shopping and spending time with her grandchildren. Kim lived life with to the fullest.

She was preceded in death, by her father Jim Roach and her mother-in-law and father-in-law Gasper and Terry Manuz. Kim is survived by her husband of 22 years, Larry Manuz of Taft; her children and their spouses, Jamie and Tom Wilson of Bakersfield, Brandon and Anita Norman, Joey and Sonia Manuz and Brian and Ehrissa Manuz all of Taft; her grandchildren, Cole Wilson and Brynnlee Manuz her mother Paula Roach; her sisters and brothers and their spouses, Kelly and Kenny Ward, Steve and Sharon Roach and Paul, Bill and Mike Roach her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law and their families Debbie Turner, Donald and Vanessa Manuz, Mark and Janice Manuz and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 28, 2012 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To convey online condolences please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com.
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Larry Leroy Marcell
March 25, 1938 - January 23, 2010



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday January 29, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. for Taft resident, Larry Leroy Marcell, 71. Pastor Mark Fitzsimmons of the Lighthouse Foursquare Church officiated. Mr. Marcell was born on March 25, 1938 in Kansas City, Missouri and passed away at his home on January 23, 2010.

Larry enjoyed living and working in Taft for many years, graduating from Taft Union High School in 1956. He retired from McFarland Energy after many years of working in the oil industry, as well as being a local entrepreneur. He served in the National Guard earlier in life. He was an avid car and motorcycle enthusiast, attending shows and races whenever he could. He loved working on cars and would lend a helping hand to family and friends. He and his wife, Leona, were longtime members of the Bakersfield T-Bird Club as well as past active members of the Taft College Football Booster Club. He enjoyed RVing with his wife and friends, reading and relaxing. Larry had many friends that he loved and spent time with; you could say he never met a stranger. He will be greatly missed.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Don and Mildred Marcell. He was a loving, caring husband and father who is survived by his wife Leona; son, Steven Marcell and wife, Jamia of Bakersfield; daughter, Victoria Zdarko and husband, Tim of Bakersfield; daughter Rebecca Solberg of Taft; grandson, Jeffery Solberg of Bakersfield; stepchildren, Debbie Meyers and husband, Jim of Bakersfield; Tim Hill and wife, Lisa of Taft, Dan Hill and wife, Kalina of Texas; stepchildren, Dusty and Gavin Leavitt, Shawn and Conner Hill.

The services were under the direction of Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Lois Margetta
July 9, 1948 - December 10, 2003



Lois Margetta was received into the arms of Jesus on December 10, 2003. She was born on July 9, 1948 in Fall River, Massachusetts and was a resident of Taft, California for the last year.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Dolores Petras. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Kim and John Kopp and grandchildren Emily and Andrew of Taft, her sisters Shirley Hayhurst of Rhode Island, and Joyce Mattos of Massachusetts, her brothers, Herman Petra of New York and Charlie Petras of Rhode Island, and many nieces and nephews .

Private family services will be held on the coast.
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Manuel Marino
Services Pending



Services are pending for Manuel Marino, 23. The services have been entrusted to the West Side Memorial Services, Porteous Family.
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Mary L. Marking, 82
January 31, 1920 - July 15, 2002



Private family services will be held for Taft resdient, Mary L. Marking, 82.

Mrs. Marking was born in Springfield, Missouri on January 31, 1920 and passed away in Taft on July 15, 2002. Mrs. Marking moved from Springfield, Missouri to the Kern County area in 1964. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. Mrs. Marking attended Taft College, taking oil painting classes in the late 1960"s.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Henry Marking and by two sons, Charles Leo Marking and Thomas Marking. Her survivors include her four sons, Michael Henry Marking of California, Ronald Eugene Marking of Nipomo, Dennis Lee Marking of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Kevin L. Marking of Taft; her four grandsons and three great grandsons.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Opal Beatty Marshall
August 22, 1920 - February 9, 2010



Opal was born in Fallen, Churchill County, Nevada as the youngest of six children. Her father was in the construction trade and as a result the family moved many times over the ensuing years. The family first moved to Taft in the mid 1920's so her father could work in the oilfields building wooden derricks. They left Taft during the depression and sought work in northern California, Tahoe and Reno areas. While in Taft Opal met her future husband, Robert Clay Marshall and they were married June 29, 1936. The marriage produced four children, Robert Charles of Bakersfield, Richard Thomas of ElDorado Hills, Pamela Ann of Sacramento and Suzanne Lynn of Cameron Park, California. All of which are alive and well.

Opal is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren. The marriage lasted 56 years until Robert Clay expired on December 29, 1992 at Pine Mountain Club. Robert and Opal resided in Taft until 1979 when they retired to Pine Mountain Club. After the death of her husband Opal moved to the Roseville area in 1994 to be near 3 of her children.

While living in Taft Opal was active in the community serving as president of the Soroptimist Club; acting as City Hostess for several years and completing her AA Degree at Taft College resulting in her working for the Kern County Welfare Department, soon becoming supervisor of that department in Taft. She also helped found the Taft Hospital Auxiliary and was a founding member of CASA of Kern County.

Services will be at a later date with internment with her husband in the Bakersfield VA National Cemetery. In her memory donations may be made to CASA of Kern County, 2000 24th Street Suite 130, Bakersfield, California 93391.
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Beulah May McMurtrey Martin, 62
February 1, 1940 - December 30, 2002



Beulah May McMurtrey Martin born on February 1, 1940 passed away at the age of 62 on December 30, 2002 at Mercy Hospital.

She is survived by her husband, Bruce Wayne Martin from Taft, California; Edward Stroud, Robert Stroud; sister Donna Hughes Emery; brother-in-law Michael Emery all from Maricopa, California; daughters and son-in-laws Carol and Michael Meacham from Bishop, California; Cindy and Loren Ringo from Dayton, Ohio; Anna McMurtrey, Debbie and Tim Lund from Taft, eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
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Bruce Wayne Martin
March 26, 1950 - January 12, 2004



Memorial services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Bruce Wayne Martin, 53. Rev. Sam White, pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God will officiate the services.

Mr. Martin was born in Eloy, Arizona on March 26, 1950 and passed away in Bakersfield on January 12, 2004. He moved from Buttonwilow to Taft about 20 years ago. Mr. Martin had been employed by Westside Security.

His survivors include his daughter, Lena McCurdy; his father, Russell Olin Martin; his mother, Mary Katherine Martin all of Taft; his sisters, Kathy Clayton of Lincoln City, Oregon; Fay Sandoval of Taft, Mary Burns of Lincoln City, Oregon; his brother, Russell Martin of Taft; his three grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and a great niece and nephew.
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James E. Martin, 78.
May 13, 1922 - January 8, 2001



James E. Martin was born May 13, 1922 in Wewoka, Oklahoma. He passed away at his home in Bakersfield January 8, 2001.

His parents, Thomas A. and Margaret Martin and his brother, Monroe Martin preceded him in death.

He is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Wanda Martin, a sister, Bertha Sears, a brother Floyd Martin and a daughter and son-in-law, Alex Zenzuni and Skip Browne. He is also survived by 5 step-children, Judy Wahaus and fiance, Chuck Moore, Sandi and Dick Rhodes, Mike and Robin Sturgeon, Gene and Giselle Olson and Jim and Nelia Olson, along with numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

After graduation from high school, Jim joined the Army and was honorably discharged after W.W.II. Jim retired from Southern California Gas Company in 1984 after 32 years of service. Jim’s interests were many. He was an avid pool player, loved to handicap the horses, and go fishing.

The services will be Saturday, 2:00 o’clock p.m. at Hillcrest Mortuary where he will be buried with full military honors in the veteran’s section.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Optimal Hospice or a charity of your choice.
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Jessie Edward Martin
February 5, 1920 - September 25, 2001



Jesse Edward Martin, age 81, passed away September 25th at a Bakersfield hospital. Mr. Martin was born February 5, 1920 in Texas and had lived in Taft for many years.

He is survived by Bruce Martin, Kathy Clayton, Fay Sandoval, Mary Barnes and Russell Martin all of Taft, California. Jesse loved music and to play his guitar. He will be missed by many friends and relatives.

Visitation will be at West Side Family Mortuary, 1150 4th Street, Thursday, September 27th from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Funeral services will also be at West Side Family Mortuary, September 28, interment will be private.
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Kathryn Hill Martin
December 20, 1900 - October 26, 1979

Graveside services were held this morning at 10:00 a.m. at Westside Cemetery for Kathryn Hill Martin of 408 Naylor Street who died in a Bakersfield hospital Friday.

She was born December 20, 1900 in Millsap, Texas and had lived here for 66 years. She was 78 years old.

Survivors include her husband, Virgil Rex Martin; and one sister, Mrs. Madge Roberson of Long Beach.

Rev. William Harrison of the First Baptist Church officated and Erickson & Brown was in charge of arrangements.
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Wanda Jean Martin
August 10, 1920 - April 3, 2003



Wanda Martin passed away April 3, 2003 after a brief battle with cancer. She was born August 10, 1920 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Ruth and Earl Douthitt. She was 3rd of eight siblings. She spent her early years at St. Vincent's Orphanage where she was taught her strong Catholic faith and her exceptional work ethic.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Charles, four sisters Nadine, Margaret, Wilma and Joan, her first husband George Sturgeon with whom she had three children, her second husband Joe Olson with who she had three children, and her third husband Jim Martin who gave her a step daughter. She was also preceded in death by her daughter Anita.

Survivors include her five children and their spouses, Judy and Chuck Moore, Sandi and Dick Rhodes, Mike and Robin Sturgeon, Gene Olson, Jim and Nella Olson, and step daughter Alex Zenzuni and Don Brown. She will be greatly missed by her 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews, to whom she was always an inspiration and role model. Her extended family included everyone she ever met. She retired as court clerk from Maricopa Justice Court in 1982. She lived in Taft for 50 years and was an avid bowler, golfer, and pool player. She still played ladies league pool as recent as 2002. She always loved to bet the horses and was at the book just 2 weeks ago. She was a loyal and enthusiastic fan of the San Francisco Giants and the Taft College Cougars. She was the Matriarch of the Martin Mini-Olympics for 25 years, winning several trophies over the years.

A celebration of her life will be held following the graveside service at West Side District Cemetery at the Moose Lodge in Taft. Visitation will be held on Monday, April 7th followed by a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at Bakersfield Family Funeral Directors. Services will be held on Tuesday, April 8, 2003 at our Lady of Perpetual Help 124 Columbus Ave. Interment to follow at Westside District Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Optimal Hospice 1315 Boughton Dr. Bakersfield, California 93308 in her name.
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Dorothy E. Mason
June 14, 1910 - November 13, 2002



Graveside funeral services will be held on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery for Taft resident, Dorothy E. Mason, 92. Rev. Sam White, pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God will officiate.

Mrs. Mason was born in Hortonville, New York on June 14, 1910 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on November 13, 2002. Mrs. Mason moved to the Westside in 1956. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Mason had been employed as a supervisor with Pacific Telephone for over 20 years.

Her husband, Hubert F. Mason in October of 1991, her brother, Robert Boehmer and her sister, Gertrude Gettle, preceded her in death. Mrs. Mason is survived by nieces and nephews, Carl Gettle of Bakersfield, Nancy and Bill Arp of Pahrump, Nevada; Robert Boehmer, Philip Boehmer and Gail Lilley all of Pennsylvania; John Boehmer of Maryland; Marlon Smith, Gaylon Smith and Marshall Smith and their families of Los Gatos; Jean Soto and family of Sacramento, Dell Tully and family of Santa Rosa and Nona Burgess of Ridgecrest and her sister-in-law, Dorothy Boehmer.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Kenneth G. Masters
May 9, 1935 - September 4, 2003



Private memorial services will be held for Ridgecrest resident, Kenneth Gordon Masters. Kenneth was born on May 9, 1935 in Michigan to Arne and Joann Masers and he passed away on September 4, 2003 in Ridgecrest, California at the age of 68. He was employed as an airline pilot for the last 16 years of his life.

All funeral services are under the care and direction of the West Side Family Mortuary.
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Amber Nicole Cox, Paolo Matamoros & Andre Hayden Matamoros
May 2, 1983 - December 3, 2002
April 27, 1986 - December 3, 2002



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Amber Nichole Cox, 19, Paola Andre Matamoros, 16 and their infant son, Andre Hayden Matamoros. The young family lost their lives in a tragic auto accident on December 3, 2002.

Amber was born in Taft on May 2, 1983. She was a member of the 2001 graduating class of Taft Union High School. For the past year Amber has been employed as a medical records technician at Wackenhut Correctional Institute.

Her father, Shelton Cox, preceded her in death in 2000. Amber is survived by her mother Patsy Cox of Taft; her brothers, Melvin Cox, Billy Cox, and Kenny Cox all of Taft; her sister, Loretta Simpson of Taft; and her grandmother, Lorene Christian. Paolo was born in Los Angeles on April 27, 1986. He had lived in Taft for the last eight years and had attended Taft Union High School. Paolo is survived by his father, Miguel Matamoros of Honduras; his mother, Maria Alvarado of Taft; his twin brother, Chris Matamoros; his brother Joe Matamoros; his sister, Deidra Matamoros all of Taft and by his uncle, Miguel Angelo Carcoilly of San Jose.

There are no visitiation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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William V. Maheney, 82
May 4, 1913 - November 8, 1995



A memorial service will be held Saturday at the First United Methodist Church, 4600 Stockdale Highway in Bakersfield, for former long-time Taft resident Willliam Vaughn Matheney, 82.

Mr. Matheney was born May 4, 1913 in Pulaski, Virginia and passed away November 8, 1995 following a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Mr. Matheney won a football scholarship to North Carolina State University. He joined ROTC and upon graduation enlisted in the army as a second lieutenant. While on Maneuvers in Louisiana he met Eloise Poole and they were married August 6, 1941. He served in Europe during the war and left the Army in 1945 as a Captian.

Mr. Matheney moved to California in 1946 and joined the oil industry in which he worked his entire career. He had his own oil tool sales business from 1950-69 and also worked for others until his retirement. He was a member of Libertas Lodge #466 of the Free and Accepted Masons, the Order of the Scottish Rite, Kern County Shrine Club, the Al Malaikah Temple of Los Angeles, the High Twelve Club, South Bakersfield Lions Club, the Petroleum Production Pioneers, the American Petroleum Institute, the Trade Club, and the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Eloise Matheney; a daughter and her husband, Debra and Jim Mueller; and two sisters.
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Ronald "Ron" Matheson
July 7, 1941 - December 6, 2003



Memorial services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, December 13, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. for longtime Taft resident, Ronald "Ron" Matheson, 62. Mr. Matheson was born on July 7, 1941 in Maryville, Missouri and passed away at his home on December 6, 2003.

Mr. Matheson came to Taft in 1955 and attended Taft City Schools and Taft College. He excelled as as athlete, breaking the pol-vault record at Taft Union High School. He did exceptionally well in all events involved with track and field and also football. Mr. Matheson attended Washington State on a football scholarship before transferring to Fresno State on a track scholarship. He taught Social Science classes at Taft Union High School from 1966 to 1981. He then retired and started his own oilfield maintenance company called Triple Nickel. Mr. Matheson left the oilfield business and enjoyed retirement for several years. He then returned to work for various oilfield companies until he became ill and was no longer able to work. Mr. Matheson was a well liked teacher and he was successful at whatever he put his mind to. He was a brilliant man with a tortured soul who didn't realize there was a way back until he became ill.

Mr. Matheson was preceded in death by his parents, Ronald "Cotton" and Ruth Matheson. He is survived by his brother, Lonnie Matheson and his wife, Barbara of Merced; his former wife, Melinda; his son, Craig Matheson along with Laurie and Tyler of Taft; his daughter Stacy and her husband, Jerry Boyd of Taft; his daughter, Christy and her husband, Rino Risi of Taft; and his only grandchild, Travis Neumann.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Dorajean Baumeister-Mathews
September 3, 1924 - December 10, 2003



Dorajean Mathews, 79, died at her home December 10, 2003 after a valiant fight with cancer. She was born a Baumeister Farm near Barnum, Wisconsin on September 3, 1924.

She was preceded in death by her parents William and Jessie Baumeister, and three sisters: Jenny Baumeister, Jessie Stowell of Milwaukee and Evadna Turk of Taft, California.

She went to High School in Boscobel, Wisconsin. She went to F.B.I. school in Minneapolis, Minnesota learning Morris Code for Air Control to be used in WW II home front defense. She worked making rocket powder in a defense plant there. She worked in the department for over two years.

She married Oscar Mathews in February 1946. They started farming in Wisconsin. Two daughters, Sandra Mathews Smith and husband David and Suzanne Mathews Kelsey and husband Rick were born of this union. In 1953 they moved to Taft to be with her sister, Evanda Turk. Here she finished her nursing training and then worked for the West Side Hospital for fifteen years.

Dorajean and Oscar Mathews were honored with a 50th wedding anniversary party by their girls, who both live in Taft. Oscar and Sandra were at her side when Jesus called her home.

She is survived by her husband Oscar Mathews of 57 years and daughters Sandra and Suzanne. Two brothers Richard Baumeister, (Ruth) Gays Mills, Wisconson, Loren Baumeister of Clovis, California, one sister, Alice Steele of Boscobel. She has seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked that you make your donations to the Hospice nearest you or your favorite charity. Funeral services are under the direction of Erickson & Brown Funeral Home, Taft, California. Visiting hours will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on December 15, 2003. Funeral services will be graveside with Earnest Johnson officiating on December 16th at 2:00 p.m.
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Alvin Cloyd Mathis
March 15, 1946 - April 1, 2010



A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Thursday, April 8, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. for Derby Acres resident, Alvin Cloyd Mathis, 64. Mr. Mathis was born in Taft on March 15, 1946, and passed away at his home on April 1, 2010. He proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy. His interests included building hot rods and racing and was a welder by trade.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Lueanna Mathis; his father, James Mathis; and his daughter, Tina Renee Mathis. Mr. Mathis is survived by his wife, Debra Mathis; his daughters and their families, Charistina Mathis; Alicia, Robbie, Trenadee, Kaylee and Riylee Price, Felicia, Scott, Devon and Makinsey Mattila, Theresa, Hubbell, Zachary and Skyler Self; sisters, Mary Wilson and her husband, James and Judy Wiegis.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Nellie Fay Mathis
January 14, 1941 - April 26, 2011



A graveside service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. for Nellie Fay Mathis, 70. Chaplain Ken Burnett will officiate at the service.

Nellie was born in Saltillo, Texas on January 14, 1941. She lost her struggle for life on April 26, 2011 with her husband by her side.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Fay Flowers and her brother, Chester Flowers. She is survived by her husband, John Mathis of Taft; her father, R.T. Flowers of Taft; her brother R.L. Flowers of Bakersfield; sisters, Estiline Lewis of Modesto and Zoramae Reynolds of Texas; two very dear friends, Pauline Skaggs and Jorge Torres of Taft; three daughters, Tammie Pierce of Oklahoma, Nancy Gray of Bakersfield and Ann Hoger of Anaheim; her son, Harlan Mathis of Fresno; her grandchildren, Odessa Regan of Idaho, Matthew Hoger of Riverside, Penny Marsh of Sacramento; and nine great grandchildren.

By family request, there will be no visitation. Special thanks to Kitty and Optimal Hospice. The arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Mary Beatrice (Barba) Matney
July 30, 1920 - June 7, 2006



An Angel has been called home.

On June 7, 2006 Mary joined her husband of 47 years Ellsworth Matney, her parents, Frank and Elena Barba (Higera), 4 sisters, and her only brother, in heaven.

Her loving family includes her children: Jackson Matney, Howard Matney and his wife June, Martha Twisselman and her husband Rick, Kenneth Matney and his wife Susie, her grandchildren: Mary Hagstrom and her husband Chuck, Rick Twisselman and his wife Stacey, Julie Twisselman, Melissa Taylor and her husband Randy, Donna Chow and her husband Mike, Kathy Tracy and her husband Troy, her sisters and brother-in-law Clara Moraga and Ron: and Bertha Young, her foster son and his wife Ed and Lupe Morshige. Mary's pride and joy were her great grandchildren: Martha and Hanna Jameson, CT, Jeremiah, and Karlie Twisselman, Donnie, Justin, and Brandon Baggs, Haylee, Kathryn, and Trent Tracy, Trenton Taylor, Vanessa Smith, and Elena and Sophia Chow. She had four step great-grandchildren; Dein and Austin Smith and Krystal and Samantha Hagstrom. Mary was loving and generous and will be missed by many friends and extended family members.

Mary was born July 30, 1920 in Paso Robles California. She was the seventh of eight children. Mary attended Paso Robles High School but didn't finish because she had to go to work. In 1938 at the Paso Robles Fair she met the love of her life Ellsworth Matney. They were married August 5, 1939 and Mary loved to say the happiest times of her life began that day. Over the next 47 years Mary and Ellsworth would live in Atascadero, San Luis Obispo, Oakland, Creston, Coalinga, finally settling in McKittrick. Mary would become a mother, aunt, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was a lifetome member and past president of the PTA, a Brownie/Girl Scout/Cub Scout Leader, an officer of the juvenile delinquent board of Taft Union High School, a charter member of the McKittrick chapter of Pocahantas, and a member of the Taft Lutheran Church. Being a part of Mary's family meant you were special. At least that's how she always made you feel. Mary's life revolved around her family. Her support, confidence, and a snack were things we could always count on. Mary embodied the command to never close your door to a stranger. She didn't know a stranger and never hesitated to lend a helping hand. She was our angel and we well miss her.

Graveside funeral services will be held in the San Luis Cemetery, 2 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo, California, Tuesday, June 13, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. The arrangements are under he direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Mark Matovich, 75
April 20, 1916 - August 31, 1991



The Rosary will be recited in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. in St. Mary's Catholic Church for Taft resident Mark Matovich, 75. The Rev. Loydell J. Marth, pastor of St. Mary's will be the celebrant.

Mr. Matovich was born in Barberton, Ohio, on April 20, 1916 and passed away Saturday evening in the local hospital. He worked for 29 years in the chemical manufacturing industry and was employed by Internaitional Mineral & Chemical Company. He moved to Taft from San Jose 11 years ago and was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. He enjoyed woodworking in which he made toys. He was also an amateur organist.

Mr. Matovich is survived by his wife, Mildred Matovich of Taft; a son, Mark Matovich Jr. of Houston, Texas; a daughter, Valerie Alexander of Taft; a sister, Katherine Negovan of Sparks, Nevada; and four grandchildren, Debora Everts, Steven Alexander, and Jonathan and Jeffrey Matovich.

Those who wish may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Tuesday until 8:30 p.m. to pay their respects.
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Judith Kay Matteson
March 9, 1953 - September 16, 2003



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday. September 16, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. for Judith Kay Matteson, 50. Judy was born on March 9, 1953 and left this world on September 8, 2003.

She was preceded in death by her father, Marvin L. Duncan and her nephew, Corey Wise. She is survived by her children, Jennifer Matteson and Greg Duncan; her step-children, David Matteson and Angela Matteson; her grandchildren Jessica, Jordan, J.C., Jenna, Destiny and David and Angela's children. She is also survived by her mother, Betty Duncan of Taft; her sisters and their spouses, Debbie and Jim Wise of Maricopa, Vickie and Rick Bringer of Atascadero, Cathy and Chris Fuller, Marvina and Randy Lightbody of Taft; her brothers, Michael Duncan and Danny and Kathy Duncan of Bakersfield; and she is also survived by many nieces and nephews and a large loving family.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Helen Louise Matthew
February 12, 1922 - August 18, 2001



She was born Helen Louise Byers in Tulsa, Oklahoma on February 12, 1922 of a Scottish father and part Cherokee mother, she passed away on August 18, 2001.

She moved with her parents and brother to Taft, California in April 1928 and attended schools through Taft College. In college she participated in an acappella choir singing in locations throughout the state. She and her brother, Steve, performed in many dance recitals given in the community and she was an active member of Job's Daughters. During the early 40's she married and had her first child. During World War II she was employed at Gardner Field Air Force Base and in 1945 at Standard Oil's 11C Camp. In 1948 she married Bill Matthew of Hughson and lived in Bodfish, Cambria, Hughson and Modesto where her other 3 children were born. They moved to Palmdale where she was President of the PTA and was the Rainbow Girls Mothers Club President and was active in the community. After the family moved to Lompoc in June of 1961, she was employed by the Lompoc School District for 11 years. She was active in community affairs volunteering for Meals On Wheels and the Suicide Hotline. She had an inquiring mind, loved politics, read voraciously and participated in many crafts projects, which included knitting and crocheting. Her famous Christmas fruitcake would make a fan out of the most skeptical critic. She gave generously to many charities. Especially those benefiting the American Indians.

She leaves Bill, her loving husband of 53 years. She leaves 4 children: Luanne Gray of San Jose, Michael Matthew of San Francisco, Steve Matthew and Vikki McGee of Lompoc. She leaves 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. She will be missed by her family, neighbors and friends. One of the greatest gifts she gave her family was the example of honoring all people regardless of race, religion of ethnic background.

At her request there will be no services. Contributions may be made in her memory to Meals On Wheels or to your favorite charity.
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Lois Lea Mattly
March 15, 1930 - March 11, 2002



Born to Henry and Carrie Fisher in Montebello California. Most of her youth was spent living here in Bakersfield and out on the oil leases of Elk Hills. Her passion for reading led to trouble with her eyes so her father bought her a horse. She would ride the foothills of the lease and eye the handsome sailors who worked there during W.W.II. After graduating from Taft High School, she trained in San Francisco as a Dental Assistant. Her mother planned for her success through music, but mom just wanted children and a home. Marrying Leonard [Chris] Mattly on a hot July evening in 1953, she proceeded to work towards that desire.

Over the next eleven years they together fulfilled her desire by birthing four children whom she; loved dearly. She in order to raise her family, and the friends and strays that we brought home, sacrificed much. Her home was open to all, and many found sanctuary from their own trouble because of it. She made many of our clothes and passed on to us her sweet tooth by keeping cakes with thick icing always on hand. She could make a dollar stretch far beyond a shop keep's intentions. She was always up first in the morning for her quiet times and then would go next door, having coffee with her life long friend Wanda. That ritual continued for more than forty years. Often the two along with another life long friend Esta would go out for breakfast and shopping, exchanging gifts and news about their families. Mom sang beautifully as a soloist in church for many years. One of her favorite hymns to sing was "How Great Thou Art". Her home and colorful gardens of flowers where she spent countless hours were her haven; holidays and birthdays and family gatherings her delight. She was a reserved and quiet person who practiced patience, honesty, integrity, impartiality, and optimism. She could always tell when something was wrong and with a mothers instinct have a solution. She was always there to remind us to "keep your chin up cause it will get better".

Her father and mother, brother Edwin and sister Isola preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband of forty-eight years. Chris Mattly; sister Enid; children Lea Ann Mattly, David Mattly, Heidy Huckaby, Carrie McCan, Michael Mattly and their spouses; grandchildren; Josh, Justin, Jim, Nathan, Colleen, Madison, Andrew, Sierra, and Braden; nieces and nephews and friends.

A memorial service will be held on March 14, 2002 at Ridgeview Church 8420 Stine Road at 3:00 pm.

"May the road rise to meet you, may the wind always be at your back, may the good Lord make the sun rise to shine on your gardens, and may he always hold you in the hollow of his hand."

For additional service information or floral delivery information. Please contact Basham Funeral Care (661)873-8200 Basham Funeral Care
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Ronald John Mayer
February 1, 1944 - May 8, 2011



Ronald John Mayer born 1944 and passed away May 8, 2011. Ron was born and raised in Washburn, North Dakota. He joined the Navy in 1963 where he served for 4 1/2 years on the USS Monticello LSD. In 1967 he married Betty Brown and lived in Williston, North Dakota until 1989 when they moved to Taft. Ron worked for Various wireline oil companies.

Ron is survived by his wife Betty, his daughter Shayla (Mike) Madden, three grandchildren; Kyle, Natasha, and Corey all of Williston, North Dakota.

Celebration of Ron will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at OT Steakhouse from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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Angela D. Mayfield
July 8, 1912 - December 19, 2006



Anglea Doss Mayfield passed away on December 19, 2006. Angela was born in Los Angeles, California on July 8, 1912. Memorial services were held on Friday, December 22, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home located at 501 Lucard Street, Taft, California.

Angela was preceded in death by her parents Eleanor Mary & William Porter Doss, her husband Joe Trusty Mayfield and two of her sons Paul Joseph and John Thomas Mayfield. She is survived by her chidlren David William Mayfied and William Doss & Patsy Charlene Mayfield, grandchildren Victor & Leah Mayfield, Tom & Wendy Mayfield, Mike Mayfield, Veann and Dennis Hansen, Shannon & Jim Cheatley of San Clemete, great grandchildren Nikita & Joe Payne, Miranda, Shiloh, Jason, Brittney and Bailee Mayfield, Charene McKinney, Tyler Cheatley.

Angela lived most of her life in the Taft & McKittrick area. She attended Taft City Schools and graduated from Taft High School, for a time Angela worked for the Ventura County Schools before moving back to Taft. She worked at Taft College as a tutor for several years. Anyone who got to know her never forgot her. The arrangements were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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C. T. Mayfield
September 6, 1906 - September 9, 1973



Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. in the Sunset Chapel of the Taft Funeral Home for Clarence T. Mayfield, 801 Pierce Street who died in Sandy, Oregon. He was 66.

Born September 10, 1906 in Licking, Missouri. Mr. Mayfield had been a resident of Taft for the last 27 years. He was retired from Standard Oil Company.

Survivors include his wife Vera, of the home address: two children Maria McMare of Taft and Howard Mayfield of Carson, California; a brother Elmer Mayfield, of Sandy, Oregon, and a sister, Irene Whittiker of Taft.

Dr. Neil Hudson of the First Baptist Church will officiate at the services, and interment will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.
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Vera Mae Mayfield, 78
June 8, 1913 - August 30, 1991



Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10:00 a.m. in the Sunset Chapel of Taft Funeral Home for Vera Mae Mayfield. The Rev. Scott Pearson, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Taft, will officiate interment will be in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mrs. Mayfield was born in Houston, Missouri, on June 8, 1913 and passed away Friday in a Bakersfield hospital. She spent her early years in Missouri and moved to Taft with her husband, Clarence Mayfield, in 1946. She was the manager of the Barco Uniform Company in Taft for many years. She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Taft.

Mrs. Mayfield was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence T. Mayfield, in 1973. Her survivors include a son, Howard Mayfield of Bakersfield; a daughter, Marie McNamara of Taft; two sisters, margie Kelly and Sammy Hascom, both of Oceana; four grandchildren, Wayne Karns of Bakersfield, Debbie Karns of Taft, Virginia Poole of Bakersfield and Michael Mayfield of Taft, two great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Visitation will be held Friday from 9:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m. at the Taft Funeral Home.
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Whitney [Babe] Maygren, 84
September 17, 1916 - December 29, 2000



Whitney Maygren, former longtime resident of Taft, died in Phoenix, Arizona. He was 84.

He was a postal carrier for many years when residing in Taft.

The native of Chicago lived in Southern California over 10 years ago prior to moving to Phoenix. He and his brothers, Frank and Chuck, were prominent softball players while living in Taft.

He is survived by his nephew, Gary Maygren of Peoria, Arizona and grandniece Stacy Maygren Watkins of Phoenix. He was preceded in death by early Taft residents, his parents Frank and Etta Maygren and brothers, Frank and Chuck.

Funeral arrangements were made by a local Phoenix Mortuary.
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Rodney Arlen Maynor
September 21, 1966 - November 19, 2003



Born on 9-21-66 in Exeter, California, Rod as he was known to his friends, spent nine years in Taft until his death on 11-19-03.

Rod leaves behind his long time companion, Patrick Walker of Taft, his two sons, Wesley and Douglas of Porterville, his mother, Carrie Haubbert of Oregon, two sisters; Leah of Stockton, and Jaime of Washington. He was preceded in death by his father, Bob Maynor and his grandparents, Clarence and Vi Maynor.

Photography and camping were just a few of his hobbies. He also enjoyed his gardens and his two dogs. Weekends were spent with his two sons and numerous trips to the beach. Rod has enjoyed many jobs over the years, his most recent and favorite occupation was working with the elderly in the "In Home Heath Car" profession.
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Hugh Crumpton Mays, 90
December 13, 1911 - April 9, 2002



Memorial services will be held on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. in St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Taft for long time resident, Hugh C. Mays, 90.

The Rev. Mark K. Lawrence, Rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Bakersfield, will officiate at the services. Rev. Sam White, pastor of Cuyama Assembly of God Church will also be speaking at the services. Mr. Mays was born December 13, 1911 in Sausalito and passed away in his home in Taft on April 9, 2002. He was preceded in death by his former wife Josephine Mays.

They were married for 45 years and were both long time resident of Maricopa and Taft area. They moved to this area in 1936. Mr. Mays was manager and part owner of the Crescent Petroleum Oil Company in Maricopa, Wilmax Oil Company in Fellows and the Vista Grande Oil Co. He was very active in our community in many oilfield and charitable organizations. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Taft for 54 years. He served on the Bakersfield College Foundation. Although he was a staunch Republican and served his party well. He also served on LBJ'S war on poverty. He was an excellent photographer and won many prizes for his photography. He will be missed by his friends and family.

Mr. Mays is survived by his wife Mary Frances Mays; his son C. Hugh Mays of Temecula; his daughter, Diane A. Thurlin Schultz of Alexandria Virginia; there spouses, Jill Mays and Thomas Schultz; his grandchildren, Julie L. Thurlin, John K. Thurlin and his spouse Jody Thurlin; David Mays and his spouse Linda, and Chris Mays and his spouse Denise; and four great grandchildren. Mr. Mays was the youngest of four children and is now survived by his sister. Catherine Buttrum of Sonoma, California.

The family request in lieu of flowers please make contributions to the Rotary Club of Taft Foundation, c/o Don Zumbro, 11103 Iron Creek Ave. Bakersfield, California 93312. There is no visitation hours scheduled and arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Karla Pauline Baldwin-Mays
August 3, 1963 - September 20, 2012



Karla Pauline Baldwin-Mays, known to many as Abby growing up, went to be with the lord and her father, Ronald Baldwin suddenly September 20, 2012 at Mercy Southwest Hospital. Karla was able to give the gift of life to others through her wish to be an organ donor.

Karla was born August 3, 1963 in Arroyo Grande, California to Shirley Posten and Ronald Baldwin. Karla Graduated from Taft High School in 1981. Karla was fun loving, colorful and full of life. She will be missed by all whom had the opportunity to know her.

Karla is survived by her mother: Shirley Posten; stepfather: Charles Kory Mays, Dylan Mays; her sisters; Kelly and Kacie; her aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and her beloved grandchildren: Kayla Reid and Brandon Reid Jr.

A private ceremony will be held.
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Albert Lucien Maysonave
October 3, 1915 - January 13, 2004



Maysonave, Albert Lucien on January 13, 2004 died peacefully at his Villa Marin home in San Rafael, California at the age of 88. A first generation Californian who's parents came from France, Al was born in Oakland, California and is survived by his three sons; Paul of Sonoma, California, Philip of Hanford, California, and Stephen of Austin, Texas, 6 grand children; Lisa Layton, Waldo, Ohio, Gena Strang, Fresno, California, Scott Maysonave, Sammamish, Washington; Stephanie Maysonave, Raleigh, North Carolina; and Arianna Maysonave, Sonoma, California; and two great granddaughters, Madalyn and Victoria Layton, and three great grandsons, Carter Layton, and Kyle and Joshua Maysonave; and 2 nephews and 4 nieces.

Al graduated from Armstrong College, with a degree in international business, where he met his future wife, Ruth Hofmeister Maysonave, now deceased. He had a 41 year career at Standard Oil of California, now Chevron, after having sailed twice around he world as a purser on Dollar Steamship Lines. Al's passions were golf and traveling.

Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service at 3:00 p.m. at St. Isabella's Church, one Trinity Way at Manuel Freitas Pkwy., Terra Linda, California, on Saturday, January 17, 2004. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Ave., Corta Madera, California 94925, or your favorite charity.
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Harvey

Harvey Ross McAllister, 80
September 30, 1920 - February 10, 2001



Former Los Angeles Police Officer Harvey Ross McAllister, who unwittingly began the funeral tradition of bagpipe playing for law enforcement personnel, died Saturday.

Following the tradition he started, a bagpiper will play at McAllister’s service at, noon Saturday at the Mount Carmel Church in Glennville.

McAllister, 80, was a 30-year veteran with the LAPD, former Taft resident and lover of bagpipes. In 1963, he was asked to play a bagpipe tribute at the funeral of Ian Campbell, the LAPD officer who was kidnapped, shot and then killed in a field south of Bakersfield by two gunmen. The incident became known as the Onion Field Murder and was the subject of Joseph Wambaugh’s book “The Onion Field.” McAllister was the lone piper at the funeral, a role immortalized in the book, which later became a tradition during the funerals of police officers and firefighters.

McAllister was humble and somewhat shy about his playing, said his niece, Julie McAllister, who is now a detective with the LAPD. He was initially reluctant to perform at the funeral but agreed because the Campbell family had asked, she said.

McAllister also was quiet regarding his role in law enforcement history, his niece said. While sharing stories, he once mentioned that he was the lone bagpiper described in the book. But she did not know the historical significance until the current pipe band manager for the LAPD told her that the tradition of piper began with her uncle. “Nobody knew how monumental (his role) was, “ McAllister said. Now, the funeral piper has a place in the future Los Angeles Police Museum, which is being built in Highland Park.

In September, McAllister was honored on his 80th birthday for his historical contribution to the LAPD pipe band.

He spent his childhood in Taft and Glennville before joining the Navy and later the LAPD. Upon retirement, McAllister and his wife, Josephine, moved to their ranch in Poso Flat. “He had tremendous devotion and love for the Los Angeles Police Department, only second to the love of his family,” his niece said.
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James T. McAnalley
August 12, 1915 - June 27, 2001



Memorial services for James T. McAnalley, 85, of Taft, will be Tuesday, July 3, 2001 at 6:00 p.m., in the Masonic Temple of North St. everyone is welcome.

James was born August 12, 1915, in Birmingham, Alabama, and passed away June 27, 2001, in Bakersfield. He was a member of the Center Point Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama. After spending 6 years in the U.S. Navy, from 1934 to 1940, he had a versatile career. He was an aircraft welder, 1940 to 1943, in the Merchant Marines, 1944 to 1945, and an iron worker, 1945 to 1949. Then, he attended Barber College in Los Angeles and began a long career (51 years) in barbering. He came to Taft November 11, 1949, to work for his brother-in-law, Les Price, in the OK Shop in the Oasis complex on Center Street. He purchased Jim's Barber Shop on 6th Street in 1951, moving the shop to 118 Harrison Street in 1981, until his retirement in 2000. His sports activities were cars and dirt-motorcycles. He chose Taft as his home and wanted to remain here. He enjoyed his shop and his good and loyal customers and friends. Jim belonged to the IOOF #426 and Masonic Lodge #426 receiving the Hiram Award.

He was a family man with a wife of 58 years, Barbara, a daughter Marie and husband Gary Billingsley of Taft, son James R. McAnalley of Tucson, Arizona, two granddaughters, Andrea Dodson of Taft, and Stephanie Billingsley of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a grandson, Chad Dodson of Taft, and a great granddaughter, Kayla Dodson of Taft.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Fund or your favorite charity. All funeral arrangements are under the direction of the West Side Family Mortuary, Taft, 661-763-1594.
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Justin McBee
June 27, 1976 - June 13, 2008



Justin McBee, 31, of Wellington, Utah, died at his home on June 13, 2008. He passed away peacefully in his sleep.

Justin was born on June 27, 1976 in Los Alamitos, California to Ronald and Ann (Murry) McBee. On February 14, 1999 he married Jamie Coleman (daughter of Kim and Cindy Coleman of Big Piney, Wyoming), and during the years they were married they had two children, Troy and Candis. Justin loved spending time with his family, hunting, fishing and the outdoors. He loved his church tending to his pets and taking evening walks with his wife.

Justin is survived by his wife Jamie McBee of Wellington, Utah, children Troy and Candis of Wellington, Utah and Candence of Cheyenne, Wyoming. He is also survived by father Ronald McBee and mother Ann McBee of Big Piney, Wyoming, sister Kristan Young of Virginia Beach, Virginia and nephew Ty Young of Virginia Beach, Virginia, grandmother Mary Murray of Cypress, California and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins who all loved him very much. He is preceded in his death by uncle Anthony Murray of Cypress, California, grandfather John Murray of Cypress, California, grandfather Earl (Cotton) McBee of Midland, Texas and grandmother Shirley McBee of Midland, Texas.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 19, 2008 at the Fine Arts Center in Big Piney, Wyoming. If desired, in lieu of flowers donations may be made to Bank of the West, 440 Budd Ave., Big Piney, Wyoming 83113.
He Only Take the Best
God saw him getting tired
and a cure was not to be.
So He put His arms
around him and whispered
"Come to Me."
With tearful eyes, we miss him
Although we loved him dearly,
we could not make him stay.
A golden heart stopped beating;
Hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best.
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Wayne L. "Mac" McBride
December 18, 1911 - November 12, 2004



Services: Saturday November 20, 2004 at 10:30 a.m. funeral services will be held in Greenlawn Memorial Chapel, 3700 River Blvd., Bakersfield, for longtime Kern County resident Wayne Lawrence McBride, age 92.

Wayne was delivered by his father, Dr. Oba C. McBride on December 18, 1911, in Oscar, Missouri, the eighth of eleven children born to Oba Chesley and Dunnie Belle (Harry) McBride. Wayne passed away in Bakersfield, Friday, November 12, 2004, after a short illness.

Wayne moved to Taft in 1934 and found work in the oilfields near Taft. He hired on with Tidewater Associated and retired 38 years later as a District Foreman for the pipeline department of Getty Oil (Chevron Texaco) in 1974.

He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 41 years, Kathryn (Trinkie to friends) and eight of his siblings. Survivors include his sisters Margie and Avolyn; his son and his wife Kent and Sherry McBride and their daughters, Jennifer, Kimberly and Amy and grandchildren, Armando, Jessica, Madison and David.

Friends and family are invited to pay their respects, Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. to service time at 10:30 a.m. at the Greenlawn Memorial Chapel. Wayne led a strong, healthy, loving life for nearly all of his 92 years. An avid golfer, he was able to enjoy the game with friends and his son until just a few months before his death. He gladly gave assistance to others, but never asked for any himself. He is dearly missed by his family and friends, but Heaven gained a wonderful man.
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Helen McCall
June 15, 1921 - March 13, 2005



Graveside funeral services will be held Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at Westside District Cemetery for longtime Taft resident Helen McCall.

Mrs. McCall, who was born June 15, 1921, in Desloge, Missouri, died early sunday in a Bakersfield hospital at the age of 83. She came to Taft with her family in 1933 when her father, James Milford Eaves, brought the family west in search of better opportunities after the lead mine he worked in, closed. She graduated from Taft Union High School in 1940 and married Jack McCall later that year. They were married for 56 years before his death in 1996.

Mrs. McCall went to work for Standard Oil Company in 1955 as a jantress at the company's headquaters at 11-Camp, working a four to midnight shift so the family could afford to buy a home. The family bought a home in South Taft in 1958 that she still lived in at the time of her death. She was an active volunteer a the West Kern Oil Museum and enjoyed her Wednesday lunch dates at local restaurants with several other volunteers.

Mrs. McCall, who relished being independent, also kept busy with her roses and camellias and tending to her desert tortoises. Her family was important. She enjoyed hosting the family christmas dinner every year and buying gifts to commemorate birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and special occasions.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; her sister, Hilda Locarnini; and her brother, Audell Eaves. Survivors include her children, Dennis McCall and wife Jan of Taft, Jim McCall of Taft, and Bonnie Crabb and husband Don of Bakersfield; her sister, Darlene Vidal of Orcutt; her brothers, Ross Eaves of Pacifica and Roy Eaves and of Arnold; her granddaughters, Laurie Crabb of Portland, Oregon, and Julie Santiago of Bakersfield; her great granddaughter, Jersey Santago and great grandson Jaxton Santiago, who was born days before her death; cousins Opal Smith and Harry Wilson of Taft; and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 3:00 - 8:30 p.m. and Thursday from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. at Erickson and Brown Funeral Home. The Rev. Doug Davis of Calvary Baptist Church in Bakersfield will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the West Kern Oil Museum, P.O. Box 491, Taft, California 93268.
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Mary Frances McCarley
June 18, 1922 - December 18, 2008



Mary F. McCarley 1925 - 2008.

Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. for longtime Taft resident, Mary Frances McCarley, 86. Rev. Scott Pearson, pastor of the First Baptist Church, will officiate.

Mrs. McCarley was born in Duncan, Oklalhoma on June 18, 1922 and passed away December 18, 2008. She moved to Taft in 1946 and had been employed as a secretary and bookkeeper for the Elk Hills School District for over 20 years. Mrs. McCarley was a member of the First Baptist Church and was active in the Church Circle. She enjoyed goofy times with her friends.

Mrs. McCarley was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Ray McCarley, in 1981. Her survivors include her daughter, Margaret McCarley of Taft; her cousin, Reba Miles and her daughters; Shelia and Jackie and by her dog, Karma.

The family has suggested that in lieu of flowers donations in Mrs. McCarley's name, may be made to your favorite charity. Friends are invited to pay their respects on Monday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home, Taft.
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Timothy Arnold McCarthey
June 27, 1945 - February 14, 2003



Timothy Arnold McCarthey passed away February 14, 2003 at the age of 57 years at the Veterans' Hospital in Seattle, Washington. Born in Taft, California on June 26, 1945, Tim was the son of Raymond and Helen Adams McCarthey, father of Pete, Shane and Amy McCarthey, grandfather of Eva and Hannah McCarthey, David Newman, and Justin Reed and father-in-law to Dee Dee McCarthey, Willa McCarthey and John Newman.

Tim enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1965 and served one tour of duty in Vietnam. After his military service, he continued his eduction and received a Bachelor of Science Degree from California State University of Fresno. In 1989, Tim became a heart transplant recipient and was one of the longest living transplant patients on the West Coast. One of Tim's most precious moments was when he became the guardian and father of Yvonne and Amy McCarthey. He and his wife Helen, opened their home and hearts to his niece Yvonne when she was 11 years old and later to Amy at her birth in 1991 bringing the number of children in the household to five. Even though disabled, Tim assumed the duties at home and encouraged his wife to obtain her teaching credential. In 2001 Tim, Helen and Amy moved from Squaw Valley, California to Seattle, Washington where Helen's family resides and where Helen began her teaching career.

Tim was an avid outdoorsman and loved traipsing off into the mountains to hike, hunt or fish and as he requested his sons will scatter his ashes at one of his favorite "highland" haunts.

Tim was preceded in death by his father, Raymond. Tim's name and memory will be added to his father's resting place in the Taft Cemetery - they loved to go hunting together.

Remembrances may be made to a favorite charity or to Amy JoAnn McCarthey, c/o Peggy McCarthey, Custodian, 5350 North West Avenue , Fresno, California 93711.

"Forget to grieve for my going. I would not have you sad for a day. But in Spring, just gather some flowers and remember the place where I lay. Come in the shade of the evening when the sun paints the sky in the west. Stand for a few moments besides me and remember only my best.
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Francis McCarthy
September 13, 1918 - August 6, 2001



Recitation of the Rosary will be held on Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Msgr. Loydell J. Marth at St. Mary's Catholic Church on Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. for Frances Veronica McCarthy who passed away on August 6, 2001. Interment will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Frances was born on September 13, 1918 in New York City, New York to Irish immigrant parents. She attended St. Thomas Aquinas School in the Bronx and graduated from St. Brendan's Diocesan High School in the Bronx, New York. In 1946 she married Francis Thomas McCarthy in New York City, at the age of 35, she left New York to relocate to California. Frances was very devoted to her Roman Catholic faith and to her family. She was always involved in her parish, St. Mary's where she attended Mass regularly and served on the Altar Society. Additionally, she was very involved with the parish school from which all of her children gradated. Time outside church and family was spent working as a youth director for the West Side Recreation and Parks District. After retirement, she enjoyed traveling to the East Coast to visit friends and family. Frances' fondest times were being with friends and family.

Frances was preceded in death by her husband Francis, her parents, Charles and Margaret, brother Tom, sisters Teresa, Kathleen and Margaret and daughter-in-law, Julie McCarthy. Surviving her are four sons, Robert and daughter-in-law, Linda, Dave and daughter-in-law Betty, Paul and Gerry; two daughters, Claire Finster and son-in-law Bill and Loretta Yaws and son-in-law Russ. Frances was also a proud grandmother and great grandmother. She is also survived by Dave, Sarah, Natalie, Nolan, Erin, Caitlin, Melanie and Alison McCarthy, Sean and Tiffany and daughter, Brooklyn, Daniel, Amy and Dale Yaws, Kelly and Mike and children, Jason, Shane and Kelsey Lotridge, David and Robbie and children, Teressa and Brett Finster, Laurie and Gregg and children, Mason and Mackenzie Floyd.
A special "Irish Blessing" for you dear Frances,
May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sunshine warm upon your face.
And the rains soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again.
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
The family extends thanks to Dr. Tang and Mercy Westside and special thanks to nurse, Sharon Thomas. Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Jesse Fred McCarty
Feburary 8, 1923 - January 27, 2010



Jesse McCarty passed away January 27, 2010 at the age of 86. He was well known to Taft residents as the co-owner and operator of McCarty Brothers and for carrying the American flag at football games and parades. He was a Navy veteran and longtime member of the American Legion and the BPO Elks.

Jesse is survived by his wife, Goldie; daughters, Lynne (David) Cavillo and Pam (Jim) Stangland; granddaughters, Melinda (Don) Wilmont and Kimberly (Don) McDonald; and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lola and grandson Aaron Stangland.

A celebration of Jessie's life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 3, 2010 in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel. A reception will follow at the American Legion Post 63, 618 Center Street, Taft. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Legion Post 63. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Martha Ann (Marty)McChristian
October 4, 1930 - November 4, 1979



Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Chapel for Martha Ann (Marty) Mc Christian of 117 Pierce Street, who died Sunday in a local hospital following a short illness.

She was born October 4, 1930 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and had lived in Taft for the past 34 years. She was employed as a clerk at the Safeway Store for many years. She was a member of the Foursquare Church the Emblem Club, and Woman of the Moose.

Survivors include her husband, Jim of Taft; one daughter, Linda Kitchen of Taft; a brother, Jim Pence of Taft three stepsons, Robert and Dennis McChristian of Bakersfield and Steve McChristian of Oak Grove, Missouri; her grandmother, Anne Boots of Las Vegas; 11 granchildren, and one stepdaughter, Janet, of Oak Grove.

Rev. Ron Pennington of the Foursquare Church will officiate with burial to follow at Westside Cemetery.
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Everett Gene McClain "Coach" "Mr. McClain"
July 9, 1935 - September 10, 2010



Everett passed away peacefully last Friday night at the Valley Convalescent Hospital in Bakersfield. He had suffered for the past twenty years from the nasty Parkinson's Disease. Everett was 75 years old.

He was a very active person, having been the P.E. coach/teacher at Lincoln School from 1965 until his retirement in 1989. Every student that had Mr. McClain for a teacher automatically knew what getting in trouble with him meant - one finger meant running one cross country lap and two fingers meant two laps. Everett enjoyed each and every one of his students, even the bad eggs. He absolutely enjoyed his job as a P.E. teacher and coach. He also was a very talented handyman. He loved to fish, hunt and enjoy his favorite beverage. Everett was an only child.

He was preceded in death by his father, Emmitt McClain; his mother Kylene McClain; his first wife, Charlotte (Wagner); a special aunt, Reba Mitchell; and by many aunts, uncles and cousins. He is survived by his only son, Michael; his special niece, Vicki Jacobs and her son, Adam; and by numerous cousins.

Mr. McClain was born in Adams County, Iowa and grew up on a farm in Mt. Etna, Iowa. At the request of the deceased there will be no service. Mr. McClain has coached his last game and it was a hard fought battle against parkinson's disease, which he finally lost. He will be missed by all. Rest in peace Dad. 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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Kylene McClain "Gram"
January 31, 1915 - December 15, 2004



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. for Taft resident, Kylene Griselda McClain, 89, was affectionately known as "Gram". Kylene Griselda McClain was born in Adams County, Iowa on January 31, 1915 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on December 15, 2004. She lived her younger years on a farm in Mt. Etna, Iowa. She met and married her late husband, Emmett on August 6, 1934. In 1936 the couple loaded up the truck and moved to California, Taft that is, "tumble weeds, oil derricks and smog". Kylene and Emmett later owned and operated Hoyst Pipe and Supply Company on Supply Row until Emmett's retirement in 1963. Kylene then proceeded to work at our local school district for several years as a custodian and cafeteria worker until her retirement in the late 70's Kylene was an avid member of the Rebekah Lodge for many years. She was also an active member of the First United Methodist Church and West Kern Oil Museum.

Kylene was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Emmett, in 1989, a brother, Kenneth of Iowa, sister, Ada Noecker of Idaho, parents, Chester and Ethel Thompson of Mt. Etna, Iowa, nieces, Terri and Melissa McClain of Delano, and special sister-in-law, Louise McClain of Bakersfield, brothers-in-law, Cecil McClain of Bakersfield and Lemmie McClain and his wife Ruth of Delano. Kylene is survived by a son, Everett G. McClain of Taft, grandson and his wife, Michael and Reba Mitchell of Taft and Neta Romer of Iowa and special niece Vicki (Roberts) Jacobs of Taft, and special nephews, Clancy McClain of Huntington Beach and Gary Freiburgh, as well as several cousins, folks and friends throughout the Iowa and California area.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Louise Laverne McClain
September 14, 1919 - March 17, 2001



Graveside services will be held in Greenlawn Memorial Park, 3700 River Blvd., Wednesday, March 21st at 11:00 a.m. for Louise Laverne McClain, 81, who passed away March 17, 2001. Rev. Scott Allred will officiate.

Mrs. McClain was born on September 14, 1919 in Reward, California and resided in Kern County for 81 years. Mrs. McClain was a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. She was happiest when her busy hands were helping others.

Mrs. McClain is survived by her nephews, Gary E. Fredburg of Burbank, Gene E. McClain of Taft, and Clancy McClain of Corona, California and niece, Melissa McClain of Garden Grove, California.

No visitation is scheduled.
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Stephen A. McClard, Jr., 39
November 21, 1957 - October 21, 1997



Stephen A. McClard, Jr. was born in Trenton, New Jersey on November 21, 1957 and passed away in Taft on October 21, 1997 at 39 years old. Stephen came to Taft in 1966, entering the local schools. He graduated from Taft High in 1974, later graduating from Taft College in 1994. Stephen spent time in the Navy, then returned to work in the local oilfields. He was a member of the men's eight-ball-pool league, and enjoyed working in his yard and garden. Stephen was a loving husband and father and spent many hours with his family.

Stephen is survived by his wife Cindy; two sons, Stephen III and Jeremy, and two daughters, Kristy and Jennifer, all of Taft; mother Rose Soares and father Stephen McClard, Sr. of Taft; a sister and her husband, Bob and Diane Holt of Taft; other sisters; Kathy Barnes of Taft, Karen Cook of Barstow and Brenda Love of Bakersfield; grandmother Tavia Holt of Chatwood; father and mother-in-law Vigil Holt of Taft, Eulah Brotzman of Camdenton, Missouri; brothers-in-law Chuck Holt of Norco and Ron Holt, and his wife Wendy, of Taft. Other survivors are Cindey and Ashley Barnes of Las Vegas; Nicholas Chance of Barstow; Mike DeSanto, Jr. of New Jersey; Billy Terry Holt of Washington; Ray and Pat Ware of Glendora; Kelly and Stacy Long, Nancy Eugene Fisher, Larry Owens, Jr.; Brian, Robert, and Genio Holt; Ricky and Branson Holt, Gene and Sue Holt, all of Taft; great nephews. Jarrod and Zack Owens and Nathan Holt; special friends, Don and Jessie Hamblin of Cuyama and many more friends and relatives.

Graveside services will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. at the West Side Cemetery District. Services have been entrusted to the Taft Funeral Home, Order of the Golden Rule.
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James

James E. McCluskey
April 7, 1921 - September 14, 2003



A celebration of the life of James Eugene McCluskey will be held at Valley Baptist Church (4800 Fruitvale Ave.) on Thursday morning September 18, at 11:00 a.m. Jim was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Jim was affectionately known as "Mac".

He was born on April 7, 1921 in Rudd, Iowa and passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on Sunday morning September 14, 2003, with his family and friends by his side. Jim served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked in many different types of jobs after his honorable discharge. He worked primarily in the oil fields of Taft,

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, John and Daisy McCluskey; brothers, Kenneth and Harold McCluskey; sister, Irene McCluskey and his grandson, Tyler McAllister. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Janey McCluskey; daughters, Loree Lindeborg and Gina Crabtree and her husband, Stephen; sons, John McCluskey and his wife, Sherry and Greg Brown, brother, Myron Lee McCluskey; 9 grandchildren, and 23 great grandchildren and many, many friends.

The family wishes to thank Hoffmann Hospice for their support, guidance, expertise and compassion. For additional service information or floral delivery information, please contact Basham Funeral Care.(661) 873-8200.
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MaryAnn

Mary Ann McCormick, 70
February 5, 1930 - February 1, 2001
Memorial Services: Thursday 08, 2001 2:00 p.m.



A memorial service will be held for Mary Ann McCormick, 70, on Thursday, February 08, 2001, 2:00 p.m. at the Carson Valley Residential Center, 1189 Kimmerling Road, Gardnerville, Nevada. Mary was born on February 05, 1930 in Fellows, California and entered eternal life on February 01, 2001 in Gardnerville, Nevada.

Mary spent her early years growing up in Taft. Mary married the love of her life, James “Pat” McCormick, Jr., and after living many years in Taft they moved to Bakersfield, until moving to Nevada last year. Mary worked many years for Frey-Miller Trucking in Bakersfield until retiring. Mary felt her family was the greatest gift of life and cherished them all. Her smile and quick wit, embellished with all of her love, is what her loved ones will remember her for most. Mary treasured her many friendships, which were filled with all of her love and laughter. Mary also enjoyed traveling in her retirement years.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband Pat and son Michael. She is survived by her sister, Lois Lynch of Bakersfield, daughter, Connie Terry of South Lake Tahoe, Nevada, grandchildren, Aurora and Berret, also of South Lake Tahoe, special “nephews” Randy Thompson and Robert Brennan of Arvin and special friends Roger & Ann Nielsen & family of Glenville.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made in Mary’s memory to the charity of your choice.
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Mildred M. McCormick
July 24, 1915 - June 19, 2001



Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Taft on Friday, June 22, 2001, at 11:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Mildred Martha McCormick, 85. Burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mrs. McCormick was born on July 24, 1915. She was the daughter of Luther Arnold and Lillian Bass of Reward/McKittrick, California. She passed away in Taft on June 19, 2001. She was a graduate of Taft Union High School in 1932 and also attended Taft Junior College. She worked for Cavins Oil Tool Company, as a bookkeeper until her husband, Phillip R. McCormick passed away in December of 1970. After his untimely death, she was a housekeeper.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Esther Johe and by her brother, Chester Arnold. She is survived by her two sons, Michael McCormick and his wife, Pamela of Taft and The Rev. Patrick McCormick of Fresno, her grandchildren, Shawn Dowdy and her husband Steve of Bakersfield, Allison McCormick of Scottsdale, Arizona and Caitlin and Kelcey McCormick of Taft.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. Remembrances may be sent to the St. Mary's Building Fund at 4636 West Dakota Ave., Fresno, California 93722.
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Burt McCoy, 76
March 14, 1919 - December 9 1995



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel Tuesday at 10:00a.m. for Burt McCoy, 76. Burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mrs. McCoy was born on March 14, 1919 in Norman, Oklahoma, and passed away December 9, 1995 in a Taft nursing home. She was retired from the restaurant business, having owned several over the years. Her main interest was her family; she loved going places with them.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Yarbrough, in 1985 and a grandchild, Lisa Thompson, also in 1985. She is survived by three daughters, Barbara Gregory and Pat Watson, both of Taft, and Peggy Tazioli of Buttonwillow; her grandchildren, Marty Hutchins, Kim Morrison, Terry O'Boyle, Sabrina Rowland, Bobby Thompson, Jackie Hedrick, Shawna Tazioli, Johnny Yarbrough, Chris Yarbrough, Gary Gregory and Teresa Rodmon; 22 great grandchildren; a brother, J.F. Wagner of El Reno, Oklahoma; her sisters-in-law, Bonnie Miller of Oceano, Dovie Winters and Esther Otis, both of Washington, and Dortha Forshey of Fresno; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Monday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Calvin Everett McCracken
April 29, 1921 - May 15, 2010



A funeral service will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Sunday, May 23, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. for longtime Valley Acres resident, Calvin Everett McCracken, 89. Private burial in the Westside District Cemetery will take place. Mr. McCracken was born in Grandfield, Oklahoma on April 29, 1921 and passed away in Bakersfield on May 15, 2010.

He proudly served his country during WWII as a member of the U.S. Army. Valley Acres had been home for over 50 years. Mr. McCracken had been employed by Chevron for well over 30 years and retired as lead diesel mechanic in 1981. He was an active member of the Taft Seventh Day Adventist Church. He was a sergeant with the Kern County Sheriff's Department Reserve. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping and was a licensed pilot. Mr. McCracken was very active in many groups and organizations. He was a member of and past president of, Taft Motorcycle Club, Taft Horse Club, Taft Rock Club and the Taft CB Club. He was also a member of the Kern County Sheriff's Department Search and Rescue and the Taft Gymkhana.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Ruth Ann Moore and his step grandson, Douglas Wheeler. Mr. McCracken is survived by his wife of 70 years, Alberta; his two daughters and their husbands, Barbara and John Cawelti and Connie and Gary Wheeler all of Valley Acres; his son-in-law, Mike Moore; his grandchildren, Johnny Cawelti, Beverly Woods, Brian Wheeler and Amber Reeves; his step grandson, Leroy Wheeler; by 11 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Lois Pond McCravey
January 2, 1930 - February 2, 2014



Lois Pond McCravey was born in Taft, California on January 2, 1930. On February 2, 2014 she joined her twin sister, Doris (Pond) Lewis, who preceded her in death on February 20, 2013. Her parents, sisters Jeanne and Lorraine, along with many other beloved relatives and friends welcomed her to heaven. Henry and Rose Pond with their daughters, Jeanne and Lorraine, were surprised to welcome identical twins, Doris and Lois, to their family. The four sisters excelled in academic life in Taft. Lois and Doris were co-valedictorians, graduating with honors from Taft Union High School in 1947.

Lois married Lloyd "Mac" McCarvey in 1947. During their 68 years of marriage, they loved their "children" eight wonderful boxer dogs, Thor, Thor II, Eric, Schatzie, Toxie, Coco, Ginger and Candy Cane. Lois leaves behind her husband, Lloyd, many nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews, and Candy Cane McCravey, her surviving boxer. Lois worked as a bookkeeper for many years at the Ford Garage in Taft and Haberfelde Ford in Bakersfield in her forties, she had a burning desire to finish her education and graduated from Fresno State University with a teaching credential in elementary and secondary school. She taught fifth grade children at Fairview School. In later years, she worked in the Purchasing Department for California State University Bakersfield until her retirement.

Lois' love for travel began when she was a young girl, living for one year with a German family in Germany while her husband was stationed there while serving in the military. She and her husband continued their travels through Europe, the Middle East, Mexico and Tahiti with their traveling companions, the Morgans,the Lewises, the Sanfords and the Gaithers.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages your donation to Gentiva Hospice Foundation, 7801 Mesquite Bend Drive, Suite 105, Irving, Texas 75063 or the Bakersfield SPCA, 3000 Gibson Street, Bakersfield, California 93308 in memory of Lois McCravey. A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery, 440 E. Cedar Street, Taft, California on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. No visitation hours are scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To express online condolences please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com

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B. McCullough
July 18, 1903



Dead in McKittrick

Coroner Mullins left this morning for McKittrick in response to a telegram from A. Bandettini saying a man named B. McCullough had died suddenly at that point. No particulars were given. Payne & Hansberger shipped a coffin to the camp at the request of M. Bandettini.
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Henry Benson McCune
October 23, 1915 - August 29, 2003



"Hank" was born October 23, 1915. Hank lived his entire life in Bakersfield. He graduated from Kern Union High School in 1933. Hank retired from Mobile Oil Corporation after 43 years of service.

Hank was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Edith, of 54 years; a son and two daughters. He is survived by his son, Michael; daughter-in-law Chris; and two grandchildren, Sandra and Sean.

Hank served in the Pacific with the U.S.M.C. He was active in civic organizations, scouting, and his church, St. Mark's United Methodist. He particularly loved backpacking in the high country, dancing, art, woodworking and singing in his church choir.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 7, 2003 at Greenlawn Cemetery, River Blvd. In lieu of flowers, send donations to St. Mark's United Methodist Church.
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Earl Leo McCurdy Jr.
September 30, 1935 - March 25, 2008



A memorial service will be held in the New Hope Temple Annex located at 308 Harrison Street, on Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. for Earl Leo McCurdy, Jr. Rev. Joey Pittman will officiate at the service.

Earl was born in Titusville, Pennsylvania on September 30, 1935 and passed away in Crescent City on March 25, 2008. He moved to Taft in November 1980 and lived here for 24 years before moving to Cresent City. Earl loved hunting, fishing, and trips to Las Vegas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Effie McCurdy; his brother, Robert McCurdy, his sister, Nancy Proper; and by his daughter, Vennie Oaks. His survivors include his wife, Patsy McCurdy of Cresent City; his children, Jerry and Julie Breck of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, Teri Lewis of Bakersfield, Jon Decker of Taft, Earl McCurdy of Taft, Michelle and Joey Gregory of Taft, Terra Lopez of Bakersfield, Tiffany Finney of Bakersfield and by many other grandchildren and great grandchildren; his sisters, Janet Phyllis and May Smith both of Titusville, Pennsylvania; and by his brother, James McCurdy of Franklin, Pennsylvania; and many nieces and nephews.

There are no visitation hours scheduled.
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Eugene Lamar McDaniels
August 2, 1926 - April 29, 2009



Eugene Lamar McDaniels, passed away April 29, 2009. By his bedside were his wife of 62 years, Louida Marie McDaniels, and sons; Scott McDaniels of Atascadero, California and Gary McDaniels of Atwater, California.

Gene, as he was known by friends and family, was born in Taft, California on August 2, 1926. After graduating from Taft High School he joined the United States Navy at the age of 17 and served in the South Pacific during WWII. After the war he returned to California where he met and married Louida "Sue" Marie Saniter. With the assistance of the GI Bill and his bride, Gene attended Claremont Men's College. Upon earning his Bachelor's degree Gene set out on a long and successful business carrier in the oil industry. During his career he worked for Standard Oil of California, MacMillian Ring Free Oil. Shaheen Natural Resources, and Fletcher Oil and Refining. At the age of 60 he decided to retire from Fletcher Oil and Refining where he had served as the Executive Vice President. However, that was not the end of his business success as he shifted his focus from the oil industry to real estate.

Perhaps one of Gene's proudest accomplishments though was one in which there was no mometary reward, but rather a personal satisfaction. Not knowing much of his own ancestry he set out on a endeavor that would take him nearly 10 years to research. When he was done he had traced his family lineage back nearly a thousand years. At approximately 5:00 p.m. today he departed this world to join the ancestors he so diligently sought out. He will be dearly missed by those he leaves behind.

In addition to his wife and sons Gene is survived by a granddaughter, Megan Burkamper of Havelock, North Carolina and grandson, Ryan McDaniels of San Francisco, California. Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. there are no visistation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Fannie [Etolyea] McDaniels
September 20, 1913 - March 1, 2003



A graveside service will be held on Thursday, March 6, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. in the West Side District Cemetery for long time Taft resident, Etolyea McDaniels. Etolyea was born on September 20, 1913 in Missouri to Benjamin and Kizzy Borders and she passed way from this life on March 1, 2003 at her home with her family close by her side.

Etolyea was employed as a cook at Mercy West Side Hospital for over 11 years before she retired and became a homemaker. She was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church for many years. She was also a member of the Golden Agers and the Women's Missionary Society. She loved spending time with her family and playing several board games with them.

She is survived by her son, Richard McDaniels and his wife Kathy of Taft, daughters, Frances Ozburn of Sanger, California, Dorothy Carmical and her husband Ken of Bakersfield, Earlene Johnson and her husband Jerry also of Bakersfield, Betty Batson of Fairfield, Montana and Nancy Page of Taft, 19 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Earl McDaniels in 1979.

There will be a public viewing on Wednesday, March 5th from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and again on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon at the West Side Family Mortuary Chapel. All funeral services are entrusted through West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594.
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Richard Earl McDaniels
August 31, 1956 - February 28, 2007



Funeral services will be held Wednesday the 7th at the First Baptist Church on North Street, at 11:30 for Richard Earl McDaniels born August 31, 1956 to Earl and Etolyea McDaniels in Taft, California. Richard passed away at home February 28, 2007.

He was preceded in death by his parents Earl and Etolyea McDaniels and a sister, Francis Osborn. He is survived by his wife Kathy McDaniels of Taft; his children and their fiancees, son Mike McDaniels and Janiece Smith of Bakersfield, and daughter Brandy McDaniels and Bryan Do from Canoga Park; sisters and their spouses; Dorthey and Ken Carmical of Bakersfield, Earlene and Jerry Johnson of Oildale, Betty Batson of Montana, Nancy Paige and Tommy of Taft, also an older son Wayne Sneddon of Arkansas.

Richard loved his family and spending time with them. He got to spend time with his new granddaughter, Nadine. He is deeply loved and will be greatly missed.

Viewing will be at Westside Memorial Services, Tuesday evening.
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Nettie Vernice McDaris
September 11, 1910 – July 31, 2003



Nettie Vernice McDaris went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 31, 2003. Nettie was born in Lebnon, Missouri, on September 11, 1910, to Alexander James Kelsay and Georgia Vina Wynn Kelsay. She and her late husband Roy moved to Taft in 1945, and were members of the First Assembly of God Church.

Nettie is survived by one brother George Lee Kelsay of Hartville, Missouri; three daughters, Kathryn Rook and her husband Don of Sacramento, Beverley McDaris of Long Valley, New Jersey and Patricia Sabin and her husband Norm of Hixson, Tennessee; seven grandchildren, Robin Douglas, Kerry Rook, Shelle Windrum, Elizabeth Bethell, Daris Freeman, Kelsey Sabin and Zachary Sabin; two great grandchildren, Joshua Longbrook, Brandi Douglas; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Services will be held at noon on Wednesday at Erickson & Brown Funeral Home (501 Lucard Street, Taft). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Maintenance Fund at the First Assembly of God Church (314 Asher Ave., Taft)
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Delvin D. McDonald
March 29, 1932 - December 30, 2004



Delvin D. McDonald passed away December 30, 2004, in Arroyo Grande, California after a long battle with cancer. Del was born in Maricopa, California March 29, 1932 to LeRoy and AnnaBelle McDonald. The family moved to Fellows, California that same year where Del and his siblings attended primary school, then on to Taft Union High. Del graduated from there in 1950. After High School Del was drafted in the U.S. Army and proudly served his country in the Korean conflict.

Del is survived by his wife of 38 years, Betty Lynn; son, Douglas McDonald, Robert and Crystal McDonald, James and Vicki Estes, David Estes and Chris Estes; grandchildren, Bryan McDonald, Brittney Anne and Grant McDonald, Jason and Scott Estes, Zack, Alyssia and Heather Estes. Del was preceded in death by his father, LeRoy McDonald; his mother, AnnaBelle McDonald; sister, Katie Vaughn; and a brother, Hester (Hash) McDonald. Two surviving siblings are a sister, Ramona Kirkpatrick of Long Beach, and one brother, Marvin (Dumpy) McDonald of Washington; several nieces and nephews, and many friends.

Del was a member of the Choctaw Indian Tribe and found much pleasure in attending the tribal festivities when held locally. Del was also a 44 year member in the Elk's Lodge as well as the Moose Lodge. He lived and worked many years in Bakersfield in the oilfield business, bartending business, trucking business, and was an avid golfer, but his real love was being a cowboy and cattleman, spending many hours on his ranch in Bakersfield. Del and his wife, Lynn retired to Oceano in 1998 and loved living near the beach. He spent most of his time in woodworking, building bird houses and home improvement. He loved his workshop. Del will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.

Please join us to celebrate Delvin McDonald, at the Woolgrowers, 620 E 19th Street, Friday January 7, at 12:00 p.m. for lunch.
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Jean McDonel, 68
June 15, 1933 - March 30, 2002



Graveside funeral services will be held in the Westside District Cemetery on Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Jean McDonel, 68.

Mrs. McDonel was born in Sidney, Ohio on June 15, 1933 and passed away at her home on March 30, 2002. Mrs. McDonel arrived in September of 1957. She worked for Sparkle Cleaners for many years. Mrs. McDonel was a member of the Taft Motorcycle Club for eight years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Florence Dowden and her brother Ronald Dowden. Her survivors include her husband of 52 years Dick McDonel of Taft; her children and their spouses, Rick and Cathy McDonel of Bakersfield, Connie (McDonel) Parker and Chris Lack of Bakersfield, Scott and Debbie McDonel of Taft and Kevin and Brandi McDonel of Bakersfield; her 12 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; her sisters, Doris Black, Sue Davis and Ruth Brown; her mother-in-law, Helen Hornsby; her sister-in-law and her husband, Janet and Gary Stalling; her brother-in-law and his wife Ed and Darline McDonel and many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to pay their respect on Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Kevin Wayne McDonel
August 27, 1956 - April 21, 2007



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Thursday morning, April 26, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. for Kevin Wayne McDonel, 50.

Kevin was born in Sidney, Ohio but was raised in Taft, California by his parents, Richard and Jean McDonel. After serving in the Army he lived the rest of his life in Bakersfield where he was a loyal employee of OXY for 30 years. Kevin was a loved family member, respected man and just a great guy to be around. He enjoyed camping and riding his quad with family and friends, playing sports with his children and just living life. He will always be remembered as a funny, handsome, unselfish man and will be extremely missed.

He is survived by his beautiful wife of 14 years, Brandi; his children, Brandon and his fiance', Jessica, Jenna and Katelyn; his father, Richard; his brothers, Rick (Cathy) and Scott (Debbie) and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins all family and friends. A public visitaion will be held on Wednesday, April 25th from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Betty J. McDonell
July 9, 1936 - July 11, 2010



A funeral service will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 15, 2010, for Taft resident, Betty J. McDonell, 74. Burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mrs. McDonell was born in Huntsville, Alabama on July 9, 1936 and passed away in Bakersfield on July 11, 2010. She had lived in Taft since 1991, having moved here from Palmdale. She was a sports fanatic and especially enjoyed the LA Dodgers and the LA Lakers. She had been and excellent softball player when she was in school. Several years ago she had enjoyed bowling. Lately she was a fan of Dancing with the Stars and American Idol.

She was preceded in death by her children, Wanda, Bobby and Brenda. Mrs. McDonell is survived by her husband, Robert of Taft; her grandsons, Jason Wheat of Pleasantview, Tennessee and Eric Wheat of New Orleans, Louisiana; her granddaughter, Lucretia Doba of Dixon, Missouri; her nephews, Atticus Williams of San Luis Obispo and James Lewis Williams, Jr. of Riverbank; her niece, Joann Ashmore of Riverbank; and her five great grandchildren. Betty is now home in the arms of the Lord and with her children.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Delmer   Delmer

Delmer Olof McElmurry
March 12, 1914 - September 26, 2003



Delmer Olaf McElmurry "Mac" of Taft was born in Moody, Missouri on March 12, 1914 to Rose and James Vernon McElmurry. He passed away on September 26, 2003, surrounded by his family, at the age of 89 in Bakersfield.

Mac came to California in 1937 with his grandmother. He married Wilma Welch on November 8, 1941 in Maricopa. Mac and Wilma moved to Long Beach in 1942 where Mac worked for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft as a foreman constructing B-17's and A-26's combat aircraft used in World War II. In 1947 Mac and Wilma moved to Taft where Mac worked for Atlantic Richfield as an oil pump repairman for 29 years.

Mac and Wilma opened "Taft Interiors" in 1972. Mac's wife and family meant the world to him. Mac loved to visit and spend time with his family, as well as his many friends in Taft. Mac only spoke kind words. He was a loving and generous and appreciative man, always thinking of others before himself. "Papa," as Mac was known by his grandchildren, loved to brag about his grandchildren, and indulge their sweet tooths, (as well as his own)!

Born with a quick wit, Mac loved to tell a good joke. Mac enjoyed fishing and hunting, he and Wilma also enjoyed square dancing with the San Joaquin Squares in the 1970's.

Mac is preceded in death by his sisters Deloris Beerbower Worrell and June Severy. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Wilma, of Taft; siblings Gwen Carpenter and husband Boose of Taft, Oleta Love of Fort Scott, Kansas, Elrod McElmurrry and wife Lena of Taft, Ray McElmurry of Santa Cruz, Rex McElmurry and wife Alice of Fort Scott, Kansas and Ella Stone and husband Max of Bakersfield; brother-in-law Bud Severy of Bakersfield; sons and daughters-in-law Keith and Sharon McElmurry of Taft and Ken and Diane McElmurry of Taft;daughter and son-in-law Kay and Vernon Powers of Taft; grandchildren Brent McElmurry and wife Dede of Taft, Erin Powers of Santa Barbara, Gillian McElmurry of San Francisco, Courtney Powers of Los Angeles, and Vallie McElmurry Ward and husband John of Taft; step grandchildren Michael Kaess, wife Wendy and daughters Morgan and Andie of Bakersfield, Michele Bork, husband Ray and Daughter Megan of Augusta, Georgia, Matthew Kaess, wife Jennifer and children Alyssa and Garrett of Bakersfield; and great grandchildren Amber, Ariel, Brooke, Chelsea, Darian and Mia McElmurry. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Graveside services will be held on Thursday, October 2, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. at Taft West Side Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Elrod J. "Mac" McElmurry
May 2, 1919 - September 26, 2004



Elrod McElmurry was born May 2, 1919 in Missouri to Vernon and Rose McElmurry and was raised on a farm in Kansas. He moved to California in 1940 with his brother and began working for Lockheed. While visiting family members in Taft he met the love of his life, Lena Rader, who became his wife of soon to be 62 years. Elrod was dedicated and baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses and spent the remainder of his life serving his God, Jehovah, along with his wife.

Elrod was preceded in death by his mother and father, sisters, Delores Warell and June Severy and brother Olaf McElmurry. He is survived by his wife Lena, son and daughter-in-law Jim and Terri McElmurry of Phoenix, Arizona; granddaughters Kim Wilson and Kelly Ruiz and husband Robert; great granddaughters Casey and Makala, two brothers Ray and Tex, three sister Gwen, Oleta, Ella; nieces and nephews and many, many friends. Elrod loved fishing and remembering his boyhood fishing experiences in Kansas. He also loved gardening and growing prize winning vegetables and generously sharing them with his friends and neighbors.

A memorial service will be held at the Kingdom Hall of the Taft congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses located at 705 South 10th, on Saturday October 2nd at 1:00 p.m. No public viewing will be scheduled. Elrod will be greatly missed by his family and friends. All funeral services are under the care and direction of the West Side Family Mortuary.
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Vancil H. McElwrath
March 9, 1918 - December 29, 2001



Funeral services will be held at the West Side Family Mortuary on January 3, 2002 for Bakersfield resident Vancil H. McElwrath was born March 9, 1918 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on December 29th at the age of 83. There will be a public viewing prior to the funeral on Thursday.

Survivors include: Richard, Robert, Vancil and Gordon McElwrath - sons of Bakersfield, Linda McElwrath - daughter of Bakersfield, 9 grandchildren.

All funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of the West Side Family Mortuary. 661-763-1594.
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Florence Dinsdale McEwen
June 17, 1909 - November 23, 2002



Florence Dinsdale McEwen, a longtime resident of Taft and Bakersfield, California died on November 23, 2002 at the age of 93.

Florence was born in Dickinson, North Dakota, June 17, 1909 the daughter of Alexander A. Dinsdale and Susie J. Bird Dinsdale. She was raised in Dickinson, North Dakota. During her high school years she lived in Santa Cruz, California returing to Dickinson, North Dakota to attend Dickinson State University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Histroy. After college she worked in Dickinson for her father who owned a coal and oil company and raised sheep. Florence married William L. McEwen, M.D., also of North Dakota, in Chicago in 1934. After he completed his residency at Los Angeles County General Hospital, they moved to Taft, California where he established his medical practice. In Taft, Florence was a active member of the community and was awarded an honorary life membership in the West Side Parent-Teachers Association for her services to the children of the community. She was active in both the Community Chest and the Woman's Improvement Club. Florence was a 72 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star and was Worthy Matron of Faith Chapter in 1952. She was also a 72 year member of the Rebekah Lodge No. I.O.O.F. of Dickinson, North Dakota. She was an avid bridge player. After her husband retired in 1969, they moved to Kern City in Bakersfield, California.

Her husband precedes Florence in death. She is survived by her sons James A. McEwen of Bakersfield, William D. McEwen and wife Sue of Ventura, California; daughter Daphne M. Gantner and husband Steve of Washington, D.C.; brother John Dinsdale of Dickinson, North Dakota, and sister Mary Jane Baggenstoss of Minneapolis, Minnesota; grandsons Will C. and Matt A. McEwen both of Seattle, Washington.

Vistation will be Saturday and Sunday November 29th - 30th, 1:00 to 5:00 at Hillcrest Mortuary. Graveside services will be Monday December 2, 2002 at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Bakersfield, California. In leiu of flowers, donations may be made to Dickinson State University for the Florence Dinsdale McEwen Scholarship Fund, 291 Campus Drive Dickinson, North Dakota 58601.
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Carmen A. McFadden
June 14, 1915 - April 12, 2011



Carmen A. McFadden went to be with Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at the age of 95 on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 2:00 a.m. She was born June 14, 1915 in St. Mary's, Ohio. Her family moved to Taft, California in 1917 to work in the oil industry. Carmen was a devout Christian who attended Westside Christian Center Foursquare Church in Taft, California. She tirelessly served the Lord for many years. She graduated into heaven Summa Cum Laude. She was a loving and prayerful mother who prayed diligently for her children, family and the salvation of people everywhere.

She is survived by her son, Larry McFadden, wife Rose and their children; Shawn McFadden, Christina Mota, husband Frank and their son, Nathaniel Mota, daughter-in-law; Ruth Ann (Schwartz) wife of the late William Maize Sr., their two sons; David and Mark Maize, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren in Ohio and a host of family and friends. She is also survived by her two best friends, Bob and Gayle Hayes who were always a source of inspiration and blessing to her. Carmen was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin A. McFadden, her oldest son, William Maize Sr., and her granddaughter, Michelle Allinder. Our living and devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend will be missed. We are all looking forward to that glorious day when we will be reunited in heaven with this wonderful lady.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Miller-Jones Moreno Valley Mortuary, 23618 Sunnymead Blvd., California Interment is in West Side District, Cemetary, Taft, California.
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Hadden V. McFaddin, 80
March 25, 1859 - June 19, 1939



McFaddin rites will be held Wednesday, in Taft, June 20th funeral services for H.V. McFaddin, 80, 609 Warren Street who lived here for over 20 years will be tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. at the Masonic Temple with local lodge in charge of the services, internment will be at the West Side District Cemetery.

Mr. McFaddin died last night at 8:30 p.m. in the Taft Community Hospital after a short illness. He was born in San Jose, California. He had worked as a night watchman at the Taft High School for 10 years and has been a member of the Masons for over 50 years. He was born in San Jose 80 years ago. He leaves, in addition to his wife Martha McFaddin, two daughters, Mrs. Clara Yotes and Mrs. Esther Gray of Los Angeles and 4 grandchildren.
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William McFarland
June 20, 1872 - September 28, 1927



Funeral services for William J. McFarland, who died suddenly some time Sunday night at the family home on the Pyramid Lease in Maricopa, will take place Thursday morning at the Masonic Temple in Maricopa, with the Maricopa Lodge of Masons, of which he was a member, in charge of the ceremony.

The Taft Undertaking Company will have charge of the arrangements.
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Thelma McGray
May 12, 1925 - July 20, 2002



A memorial service will be held at the First Christian Church, 1550 South College Ave., Santa Maria, on July 20, 2002, at 12:00 noon for Thelma McGray who went home to be with her Lord and Savior on July 15, 2002. A celebration of life will be held following the service at the church.

Thelma McGray was born in Southgate, California, on May 12, 1925, to Archie and Lena Whitley. At the age of three, she moved to Taft, California, where she attended grade school. She graduated from Taft High School in 1943. Following graduation, she worked for Standard Oil Company before marrying Donald McGray on June 21, 1947. Donald and Thelma moved to Santa Maria, California, where Donald worked for R. McGray Construction company.

Thelma was a homemaker for many years raising her four children. During this time. Thelma was active in Junior Community Club, Job's Daughters and Eastern Star. You could always find her knitting a sweater for a new baby or baking an award winning cake for the Santa Barbara County Fair. She also enjoyed preparing communion for the First Christian Church.

In 1975, Thelma began college at Hancock Community College, graduating with a A.A. from the Medical Assisting Program. She interned in Dr. Campbell's office while attending Hancock, then began her nursing while attending Hancock, then began her nursing career assisting Dr. Garabed Messrobian, for whom she worked over 20 years. Retiring in May of 2000 at the age 75. She then moved to Bakersfield to be closer to her youngest grandchildren.

Thelma McGray was preceded in death by her loving husband Donald Herbert McGray in 1979, her youngest daughter Margaret Elizabeth McGray Given in 1997, her parents, Archie and Lena Whitley and a brother Gerald Whitley. She is survived by her son, Donald and his wife, Bobbie McGray of Santa Maria; grandsons, Sean and Donald; her daughter, Nancy McGray of Bakersfield; her son, John and his wife, Cheryl and Jamie: her son-in-law, Mark Given of Bakersfield; grandchildren, Joshua, Sarah, and Megan; her mother Melvin Whitley of Taft; her sister,Margaret Wright of Santa Maria; and several nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by her very good friend of 50+ years. Lila Reynolds.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in loving memory of Thelma McGray to the First Christian Church Building Fund.
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Edward Lee Mcintyre
October 25, 1925 - September 30, 2002



Born October 25, 1925 in Fleetwood, Oklahoma, Edward Lee McIntyre, age 76, succumbed to cancer on September 30, 2002. A resident of Taft, California since 1977, he moved to town to help his invalid mother.

He met, fell in love with, and married Bonnie Wilson in January 1981. Lee took great pride in his family, his naval service, and his service to the Elks. He served as secretary of the Taft Elk Lodge #1527 for a number of years. He enjoyed discussing current events and politics with his friends at daily gatherings over coffee at Jo's Restaurant, and he received great satisfaction working on inventions in his workshop.

he was a Lieutenant, jg, in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and prior tothe Korena Conflict, served on the USSLST-123, USS Sphnix (ARL-24) and the USS Theodore E. Chandler (DD-717). He served in the Far East, mainlly in China. He was discharged in October 27, 1947. Lee was actively involved in the early space program, working in research and development of the Atlas, Polaris, and Minute Man, Pershing rockets, and manned and unmanned spacecraft programs. He also worked in the the aircraft industry in the development of the 707, 727, 737 and the DC-8.

Beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, he is survived by his wife of 21 years, Bonnie Rachael (Dawson-Wilson) McIntyre; his daughters Lynda Marie Horst and husband Jim, of Salem, Oregon; Carolyn Lee Artieres and husband Albert of Rohnert Park, California; and his grandchildren Erin Marie Horst, Kelsey Jane Horst; Gianna Lee Artieres, and Joseph Albert Artieres. In addition, he is survived by his stepchildren, Vernon Robert (Bob) Wilson and wife, Cheri of Eugne, Oregon, and Sandra Braden of St. Clair Shores, Michigan, 4 step grandchildren and 2 step-great grandchildren.

With deep appreciation, Mrs. McIntyre and the family thank the staff of Mercy Westside Hospital skilled nursing facility, especially Celeste, Patsy, Kitty, Melodie and Patricia who provided great comfort and care to Lee, and thank the many friends, new and old, for their love, care, and compassion these last few weeks. They trully feel blessed with allof your kindness and love.

No services are planned.
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William G. McKinley
July 16, 1926 - March 7, 2002



A memorial mass will be recited by Monsignor Michael Braun on Tuesday, March 12, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. for William G. McKinley at Our Lady of Prepetual Help 124 Columbus Street, Bakersfield, California. Internment will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery, 3700 River Boulevard, Bakersfield, California.

William was born July 16, 1926 in El Segundo, Bill was 5 years old when the family transferred with Standard Oil Company to Taft, California. He attended local schools and graduated from Taft High School. He served in the United States Air Force during the World War II campaign as a communications Specialist. After his military career ended, he returned to Taft and attended Taft Junior College. He was a tremendous athlete and swam competitively for Taft High School and the United States Air Force.

Bill met his wife Julia Ghilarducci while selling cars in Taft. They were married on June 25, 1950 and resided in Buttonwillow, California. They started their family and lived in the small farming community for nearly 30 years. Bill was in car sales for years, working for Ed Fant Buick and for Gene Winer Cadillac, before becoming a self employed cotton farmer until he became ill in 1984.

Bill loved the game of golf and encouraged all his family to play. Taking many trips with his friends and family to play all over the state. He was instrumental in starting the first and only Golf driving range at a Kern County Park in Buttonwillow, which in turn allowed the young golfers to take golf lessons in Buttonwillow, from golf Pro George Mifflin of Buena Vista Golf Course. Bill was one of many local businessmen and farmers who founded the Buttonwillow Little League which has grown to be successful youth baseball program. Bill was also involved in Cub Scouts, became Cub Master and put together the first pinewood derby in Buttonwillow.

Bill was a avid sportsman who found happiness in camping, boating, hunting, and fishing. He had an abundance of patience when it came to his grandchildren. He taught each of them to fish, and tie their own hooks. He always looked for an opportunity to take them fishing so that they could pass on his fishing Talents. He never missed an opportunity to support his grandchildren in their school or sporting events. His whit and sense of humor always made his grandchildren smile and laugh whether it was with him or at him.

Bill was past President of Stockdale Country Club, was an active member of Bakersfields Elks, Buttonwillow Lions and Buttonwillow Chamber of Commerce.

Bill cherished all the friends he had including his classmates from Taft Union High School, and his card playing buddies at Stockdale Country Club. All of his avid fishing and golfing friends whom he shared the most interesting of stories. Most of all his best and loyal friend Dr. Glen Siemon. Bill always said he might not be the richest man, but all the friends he had made him feel like he was.

Bill was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friends whom we will miss but will always be in our hearts.

He is preceded in death by his parents George and Emma McKinley, Bill is survived by his wife Julia, son Bill [Butch] McKinley and daughter-in-law Nance, daughter Paulette Cutherell and son-in-law Jeff, grandchildren Todd, Natalle and Courtney McKinley, and Kristen and Brian Courtney all of Bakersfield.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Juvenille Diabetes Foundation 1712 19th Street Bakersfield, California, to the Heart Association 404 Truxton Ave, Bakersfield, Ca. Greenlawn Mortuary Funeral Directors.
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Lory Adison "Mac" McLain
February 10, 1921 - February 23, 2001



Funeral services will be held in the Greenacres First Baptist Church, 2550 Jewetta Avenue, Bakersfield on Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for longtime Taft resident, Lory Adison "Mac" McLain, 80.

Mr. McLain was born in Fox, Oklahoma on February 10, 1921 and passed away in the Bakersfield Heart Hospital on February 23, 2001. He had been employed as a gauger for Atlantic Richfield Oil Company for over 35 years. He had lived in Taft for over 50 years. He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Taft Lodge #426 for over 25 years and a member of the Taft Midway Lodge #426 F& A.M. for over 13 years.

Mr. McLain is survived by his wife, Millie McLain of Taft; his son, Jim McLain of Paso Robles; his daughters and their husbands, Donna and Richard Alsop and Sue and Carl Wilcox all of Bakersfield, his step-children and their spouses; Karen and Larry Stripling of Bakersfield, Stan Reeves of Taft, Steve and Julie Reeves of Taft and Mike and Kelly Reeves of Maricopa; his sisters and their husbands, Ida and George Coughran of Bakersfield and Geneva and Eldon Bonrager of Red Bluff; his special brother-in-law and his wife, Sam and Jonita Morris; his 18 grandchildren and by many nieces and nephews and many friends.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Monday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. The family would like to extend their special thanks to Dr. James Penrose and his staff and to the staff of the Bakersfield Heart Hospital.
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Mary Helen McLaughlin
May 17, 1932 - December 14, 2010



Mary Helen McLaughlin was born on May 17, 1932 in Vienna, Dane County, Wisconsin to John Rutledge Craytor and Iva Mae Long, and passed away peacefully on December 14, 2010.

While a teenager she moved from Wisconsin to Orland, California with her parents. In 1950 she met and married Gerald McLaughlin, a native of Ireland. They had three children and Mary's early year's were devoted to child rearing. Mary later pursued an educational career and received a Masters of Arts in Speech Pathology from California State University Chico. Mary worked for Butte County for about 25 years as a speech pathologist and retired at the age of 55 in 1987. Upon her retirement she moved to Comala, State of Colima, Mexico. She lived in Mexico for more than 17 years. She had a love of Pomeranians, her cat, Tomasina and her chicken, Kata. She also enjoyed movies and good books as well as the view of the active volcano from her balcony. She will be greatly missed by all of her friends, whom she considered family, in both Mexico and the States.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Conrad Craytor in 1938; her brother, John Royal Craytor in 2008; her sister, Marjorie Oviatt in 2009; her husband, Gerald Mclaughlin in 1973; and by her ex-husband, Richard Brush in 2007. She is survived by her children, Kathy Hutchison and her husband, Mark, Fawn McLaughlin and Lori Hale, and Ken Mclaughlin; by her grandchildren, Amy Corrigan and her husband, Rick and Hayley Hutchison; and by her great grandaughter, Lilyanna Corrigan. She also leaves behind her nieces, Ann Lingo and her husband, Guy and Donna Francis and her husband, Ralph Lee. There are no visitation hours or services scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Minnie Florence McMahan-Decker, 64
March 26, 1933 - November 11, 1997



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

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

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

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations in her memory be made to: the Dream Center, c/o L.A. International Church, P. O. Box 26629, Los Angeles, California 90026.
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Gary M. McLean
January 5, 1945 - September 28, 2008



Memorial funeral services will be held at the Westside Believers Fellowship Church on Saturday, October 11, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resdient, Gary McLean, 63. Gary passed away on September 28, 2008.

"A good sport in athletics and everything else". Gray was born in Fullerton, California and raised in Taft where he remained a lifelong resident. Gary is survived by his two brothers, Terry and Bart McLean; Randee McLean (daughter), Sean MeLean (son), and six grandchildren, Gary passed away at Delano Regional Medical Hospital where he had been in the Special Care Unit for the last several years. Gary will be remembered at the memorial service for his athletic ability, hunting skills, kind heart, friendship and free spirit.

The memorial service will be held at the Westside BelieversFellowship, 101 Main Street on October 11, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Gordon "Gordy" McMillan
November 5, 1916 - December 25, 2011



Gordy was born on November 5, 1916, in Kerman, California, to Pryor and Laura McMillan. Gordy was the youngest of seven children. Gordy was married to Mary Deaubler on April 10, 1941.

He was employed by the Bank of America and the Taft City School District until his retirement in 1975. He moved to Baywood Park, California until 1984 and returned to Bakersfield to be closer to his family. While in Taft, Gordy was a member of the Taft Shamrocks, who won the Men's Fast Pitch Softball World Series in 1948.

Gordy is survived by his daughter, Linda Griffith; grandchildren, Tom Reifel and spouse, Carrie, and Terri Robinson and spouse Robert; along with four great grandchildren, Dusty Robinson and Austin, and Sawyer and Chaney Reifel.

A private service was held on Thursday, December 29, 2011, at Greenlawn Memorial Park. For condolences please visit www.greenlawnmortuaryandcemetery.com
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George L. McNeal
November 2, 1919 - July 22, 2001



Funeral services will be held in the First Baptist Church on Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. for longtime resident, George L. McNeal, 81. Rev. Jerry Buzzell will officiate at the service. Mr. McNeal was born in Fairfax, Missouri on November 2, 1919 and passed away on July 22, 2001 in Taft.

He moved to Taft in 1925 with his parents when he was five years old. He attended Taft City Schools until he was a junior at Taft Union High School. He then moved to Bakersfield in 1936 and graduated form Bakersfield High School in 1937. Mr. McNeal married Eldora Yarian on November 5, 1938. He had started working for Shell Oil Company as a service station attendant in 1937 and became the General Manager of the service station until 1942. Mr. Neal joined the Army Air Corps in 1942 and served in the United States Pacific areas until he was discharged as a Sergeant in February of 1946. He then moved back to Taft in 1951 and started working for General Petroleum (Mobil Oil) as a consignee until 1981. He then became a distributor for Mobil Oil in 1981 and incorporated to McNeal & Shuck in February of 1982.

Mr. McNeal has been the president of several organizations including, Taft Lions Club for 10 years, Taft Pilots Association, Taft Rotary Club 1976 - 1977, with 22 years of perfect attendance, Model T Club of Kern County-Bakersfield Club, Highway 33 Association, including interstate 5 planning, High Twelve and Southern Division Kern County Association of Cities. He has also served on the Following organizations, Taft Chamber of Commerce and Taft Planning Commission. He was elected to the Taft City Council from 1979 to 1987. He was Mayor of Taft form 1980 to 1982 and represented Taft on the Kern County Council of Government. He was on the committee responsible for getting roadside call boxes in place of Kern County highways and the expansion of shoulders on Highway 119. He was appointed to the Kern County Grand Jury term 2000-2001.

Due to George's interest in flying, his grandson, Jeffrey Shuck, graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in May of 1999 and will receive his wings in August 2001. Mr. Mc Neal was member of the Taft-Midway Lodge # 426 F.& A.M. and the Community Presbyterian Church, where he served as the treasurer for many years. He is listed in the book, "Kern County Movers & Shakers."

His survivors include his wife of one year, Lorrain "Tiny" McNeal of Taft; his son, Edward McNeal of Sutter Creek; his daughter and son-in-law, Gale and David Shuck of Bakersfield; grandchildren and their spouses, Christa and Kevin Burton of Bakersfield; and Jeffery and Joy Shuck of Mississippi; great grandchildren, Averi and Alyssa Burton of Bakersfield and many other relatives and friends.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Vera Pearl McNeill
October 15, 1935 - November 10, 2011



Graveside services, a celebration of Pearls life, was held at the Cayucos Cemetary, at 11:00 a.m. Beloved wife and friend to many, passed away peacefully at her home on November 10th, 2011 in Cayucos, California.

Pearl was born October 15th, 1935 in Camanche, Texas and moved to California at the age of 18 months. She loved traveling locally and abroad with her husband.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sisters, Ruth and LaVerne. She is survived by her beloved husband and best friend, Boyd Wayne NcNeill, her son, Larry D. McNeill and nephew Marvin W. McNeill and his wife Catherine McNeill, as well as her sisters, Virginia, Doris, Delores, Dorothy and her brother Donald.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Vera McNiell's name to the Salvation Army of Morro Bay, California, 540 Quintana Road 93442.
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Judy Ann McNinch
January 27, 1951 - August 17, 2003



Born January 27, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan and passed away August 17, 2003 in Taft, California. At a young age her family moved to Buena Park, California where she attended grade school. Judy then moved to Taft where she attended and graduated from Taft Union High School. Judy then went on to be a cosmetologist, specializing in hair for over 30 years.

Judy was preceded in death by her father Malcomb Boydston, and mother Vivian Brueske. She is survived by her brothers Pat Boydston of Taft, Don Boydston and his wife Diane, of Taft; two nephews Aaron Carter of Eureka, California and Andrew Boydston of Taft; two nieces, Alison Wescott and husband John, and Jessica Boydston; two great nieces McKenlee and Raygan Wescott all of Taft. A step-daughter, Tara McNinch and her children Dale and Anna. Her boyfriend Rick Burdick and his children Stephen, Stephainie and Jo Jo. Her cousin Rick Fox and his family and many friends.

A memorial service will be held Thursday August 21st at 11:00 a.m. at the Westside Believers Fellowship.
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Fay Edward McPherson
April 16, 1925 - March 19, 2009



Ed McPherson died March 19, 2009 in Bakersfield. He was 83.

He was preceded in death by, Betty Lou Allison McPherson. He will be greatly missed by his three children, Jan McPherson, Terry Younes and husband Alex, and Bill McPherson and wife Tracye, his eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren, and his longtime companion, Myrna Jacintho.

Ed came to Taft with his young family in 1964. He was the Superintendent of Midway School District until his retirement. He was active on the Taft Water Baord, The Taft Red Cross Board, and Taft Elks Club. Many will remember him as the announcer of every home swim meet for Taft High School from 1965 through 1973.

Ed was originally from Iowa. He joined the U.S. Navy during his senior year in high school and served in the Pacific during World War II. In his later years he often reminisced about returning troops home from the war as fast as his troop transport could cross the Pacific. One crossing carried survivors of the Bataan Death March.

Taking advantage of the GI Bill, he earned his teaching credentials from Southern Oregon College and held various teaching and administrative jobs prior to moving to Taft. After retirement Ed's interests were varied. He traveled throughout the United States in his RV with Betty Lou. He enjoyed spending time at the family cabin in French Gulch, Oregon. He never missed the No Whiners Golf Invitational until declinging heath prevented his participation. His family benefited from his wood working and handyman skills. His family and friends will miss him.

Services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. in Medford, Oregon.
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Mary Opal McPhail
August 4, 1912 - March 12, 2005



Mary Opal McPhail, 92, of Fort Smith passed away Saturday, March 12, 2005 in Fort Smith. She was a member of the River View Fellowship Church, and a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband Reverend W.V. McPhail; one daughter Opal Laverne Gosnell and one brother Reno Jackson.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Monday at Fentress Mortuary Chapel with burial Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at the West Side District Cemetery in Taft, California.

She is survived by her two daughters, Linda and her husband Jack Gilbert of Van Buren, Arkansas and Ruth Moore of Fort Smith, Arkansas; one son; Billy Bob McPail and his wife Ruth of Springfield, Missouri; ten, grandchildren, twenty two, great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren; four, great great great grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons. Family will visit with friends Sunday afternoon at Fentress Mortaury from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. To place an online tribute please visit www.fentressmortuary.com.
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Dorothy L. McVicker
October 4, 1906 - August 4, 2002



No funeral services are scheduled for Bakersfield resident Dorothy Ingebjorg McVicker was born on October 4, 1906 in North Dakota to Skull and Edith Skuleson and passed away at the age of 95 on August 4, in Bakersfield.

Survivors include her daughter Dorothy Drummond of Bakersfield and numerous friends and family in Nebraska.

All funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594.
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James Joseph Meachem
November 2, 1941 - September 5, 2003



Jim Meachem passed away September 5, 2003, after a four month battle with liver cancer. Jim was born in Taft to Frank and Frieda Meachem. He graduated from Taft Union High School where he was a champion swimmer and held numerous records. He attended college in Santa Monica and later returned to Taft where he briefly worked for Continental Telephone Company before beginning a career in the oil industry. During his oil career he worked for Tide Water Associated, Getty Oil and Texaco where he was an Automation Supervisor in the Kern River area for over 25 years. He retired from Chevron-Texaco in November of 2001.

His friends called him Jim, JJ, Peaches, Jimbo and Mr. Jimmy. His grandchildren knew him as "Grandpa Jimpy". Immediately following retirement, Jim and Julie, his best friend, lover and companion traveled to many places including London, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Alaska, Europe, Tahiti, the Panama Canal and numerous gambling destinations. Jimmy loved NASCAR, snowmobiling, riding his Harley and dirt bike, boating, golfing, rafting and time in the garage with his friends and BUD. Mostly he enjoyed spending time with his family, close friends and his grandchildren who always had him wrapped around their little fingers. Jim and Julie spent much of their home time at their mountain retreat in North Fork, California where Jim enjoyed playing on his big boy tractor, mostly creating dust storms.

Jim is survived by Julie Ahrens; his two sons, Jeff Meachem and wife, Joni of Lake Isabella, California, Brian Meachem of Bakersfield; two stepsons, David Ahrens and wife Heidi of Bakersfield and Mark Ahrens and wife, Toni of Modesto, California; his two sisters Janet Lee and husband, Monty of Bakersfield and Pauline Meachem of Camp Nelson, California. Jim is also survived by his grandchildren Joey, Jonathon and Jamie Lanza; Nicole and Logyn Aherns and Cody Green; John and Jordyn Aherns and Roland; and expected in December, James Jeffery Meachem. Jim is also loved by many nieces, nephews, extended family, and close friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jim's name to Hoffman Hospice. Visitation is Wednesday, September 10th from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Mish Funeral Home.
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Peggy Meacher
April 20, 1903 - June 28, 2007



There will be no funeral services held for Peggy Meacher. Peggy was the wife of Gene Meacher and she is survived by her son, Mike Meacher. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Paula Jo Mead
June 21, 1962 - August 22, 2006



Memorial services will be held in the Taft Church of God, 419 Polk Street, Taft on Thursday August 31, 2006 at 5:00 p.m. for Taft resident Paula Jo Mead 44.

Mead was born in Montana on June 21, 1962 and passed away on August 22, 2006 as a result of injuries sustained in an auto accident on highway 119. She lived on the westside for the last 30 years and graduated from Taft Union High School and Taft College. Mrs. Mead had been employed as an operator at Rowland Communications for over ten years.

She was preceded in death by her father, Paul Bark and her aunt, Jean Crabtree. Mrs. Mead's survivors include her two sons, Damon Mead and Michael Mead both of Taft; and by several nieces and nephews.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements were made through the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Betty Jane Meares, 65
July 3, 1930 - September 26, 1995



Private family funeral services were held for life long Taft resident Betty Jane Meares, 65. Interment followed in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mrs. Meares was born in Taft on July 3, 1930 and passed away in a local hospital September 26, 1995. She attended school in Taft and 1946 married Dale Millard.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Rena Mae Blanco; three brothers, Bob, George and Ted Blanco; a sister, Shirley Wood; and a grandson, Ryan Brown, who passed away in January of this year. She is survived by three daughters and their husbands, Jane and David Hawley of Taft, Jodi Bailey of Taft, and Janice and Mitch Horn of Texas; a son and his wife, Steve and Sylvia Millard of Bakersfield; seven grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

The family suggests remembrances in her name to the Kern Hospice, 4300 Stine Road, Suite 740, Bakersfield, California, 93313. The services were entrusted to the care of the Bonewell Family of the Taft Funeral Home.
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Antiono Medina
June 13, 1975 - September 28, 2002



A public viewing will be held on Thursday, October 3rd from 4:00 - 9:00 p.m. with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m. at the West Side Family Mortuary Chapel for New Cuyama resident Antonio Medina.

Antonio was born on June 13, 1975 in Mexico to Augustin and Teresa Medina and passed away on September 28, 2002 in New Cuyama, California at the age of 27. He was employed as an irrigator for 3 years. He is survived by his wife Miriam of New Cuyama, California, sons, Jonathan and Antonio Medina of New Cuyama, California, daughters, Teresa and Daisy Medina of New Cuyama, California, brothers, Jose Pena and Osiel Medina both of Riverside, California and Lorenzo Medina of Bakersfield and by his parents. Augustin and Teresa Medina of Mexico.

All other funeral services will be held on a later date in Mexico. Funeral services are entrusted through West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594.
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Forrest E. Meeks, 23
December 5, 1973 - May 16, 1997



Funeral services will be held in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taft Ward Chapel, Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. for Taft resident Forrest Eugene Meeks, 23, Bishop Sterling Bryan will officiate at the services and burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Forrest was born in Bakersfield on December 5, 1973 and passed away May 16, 1997. He was raised and educated in Taft and graduated from Taft Union High School in 1992. While in high school he was involved in the school choir for four years. During his junior and senior year, he earned all SSL in baseball and soccer. In addition, during his senior year, he earned All Area in baseball. After high school, Forrest continued to be an avid sportsman and enjoyed playing softball, baseball, football and soccer. Above all, he loved to fish.

His survivors include his parents, Gene and Paula Meeks of Taft; her brothers, Shea Meeks and his wife, Jackie, of San Diego, Lonn Meeks (who is serving a mission in Argentina), and Tye Meeks of Taft; his sisters, Keely Meeks and Lacey Meeks, both of Taft; his niece, Alissa; his grandparents, Norvel and Betty Kirby of Bakersfield and Ken and Corine Kennon of Sunland; his best friend and fiance, J.J. Underhhill and her parents, Bill and Linda Underhill; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and many, many friends.

Those who wish to sign the memorial book prior ro the service may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Monday until 8:30 p.m. and again Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. until noon.
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Marguerite L. Meeks, 85
September 20, 1911 - May 15, 1997



Marguerite L. Hicks was born in Johnson City, Texas on September 20, 1911 She moved to Taft in the 1920's where she met and married Willard P. Meeks. Together, Marguerite and Willard raised three children: Wilard P. Meeks Jr. and Lou Ann Downen, both of Bakersfield and Judy Kelley of Chatsworth.

She is survived by nine grandchildlren, Nathan, Garrold and Gary Meeks, Jenni Quigley, Vicki Nessmith, Doug and Laura Downen, John and Erin Kelley; and 15 great grandchildren.

Marguerite's family was very important to her, and she was the bond that held them all together. Marguerite loved watching sports on television and playing with her great grandson, Ian. She will be remembered for her great sense of humor, open mind and kind heart. Known by most as Grandma, Marguerite will be dearly missed by all.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery.
Erickson & Brown Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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Willard P. Meeks Jr.
January 1, 1928 - January 6, 1995



At the request of the deceased there will be no services for Willard P. Meeks, 67, of Bakersfield, who died January 6, 1995.

Mr. Meeks was born in Taft, California on January 1, 1928 and served with the Navy from 1945 to 1946 during WW II. He became a field supervisor for U.S. Steel for 34 years.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Barbara of Bakersfield; mother, Marguerite Meeks, also of Bakersfield; son, Nathan Meeks of Pleasanton, California; daughters, Jennifer Quigley and Vicki Nes Smith, both of Bakersfield; sons, Garrold Meeks of Fairfield, California, Gary Meeks of Ft. Smith, Arkansas, Thomas Van Arkel of Bakersfield, Michael Van Arkel of Hayward and Joseph Van Arkel of Taft, California; sisters, Lou Ann Downen of Bakersfield and Judy Kelley of Chatsworth, California with 19 grandchildren.
Centurian Memorial Society.
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Joe Mele
April 27, 1925 - April 1, 2003



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, April 5, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. for Joe Mele, 77. Burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mr. Mele was born in Manhattan, New York on April 27, 1925 and passed away in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 1, 2003. Mr. Mele served in the U.S. Navy during WW II. He was employed by Chevron Oil Company for 35 years. Mr. Mele was a member of the Taft Elks Lodge and the American Legion Fellows Post #63.

His survivors include his wife, Lou Anne Mele of Las Vegas, Nevada; his two sons, Steven Mele of San Francisco and Anthony Mele and his wife, Cathy of Bakersfield; his sister, Clara Schunke of Florida; his grandchildren, Amber Moore of Bakersfield and Chance Goble of South Korea and many nieces and nephews.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Duane Ray Melton
December 24, 1965 - February 7, 2009



A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Thursaday, February 12, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Duane Ray Melton, 43.
Duane was born in Taft on December 24, 1965 and his soul flew away home on February 7, 2009. Duane was an avid fisherman and loved to hunt. He was an excellent cook and a dedicated family man. Duane was a loving father to his children. He was deeply adored by all of his family and friends and will so very deeply be missed.
Duane was preceded in death by his brother, Ronnie Melton. His survivors include his wife, Abby Melton of Taft; his children, Duane Melton, Jr., Kayla Melton, Sarah Melton, and Bradley Melton all of Taft; his grandson Kyler Melton of Taft; his parents, Gerlin and Cindy Melton of Taft; his sister, Jane Pittman of Taft; his nieces and nephews, Michael Patterson and family, Stephanie Beard and family, Christopher Beard, Brittany Melton, Matthew Melton, Michael Fannon, Destiny Gutierrez, Corey Gutierrez, and Zachary Gutierrez; and by numerous aunts, uncles and friends.
Those who wish to pay their respects may do so at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Jeanette Melton, 61
March 11, 1941 - March 15, 2002



Funeral services will be held in New Hope Temple, Taft on Thursday morning for former Taft resident Jeanette Melton, 61. Rev. Sam White, pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God will officiate and burial will follow at the Westside District Cemetery.

Mrs. Melton was born in Paris, Arkansas on March 11, 1941 and passed away in a Bakersfield Hospital on March 15, 2002. She had lived most of her life in Taft and moved to Kernville a few years ago. She and her husband owned and operated the R. L. Melton's Backhoe and Conductor service for many years.

Mrs. Melton was a loving and devoted wife and mother. She was a member of New Life Assembly of God in Wofford Heights where she served as a deaconess. She also was a member of and very active in Women's Aglow.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Lura (Dodson) Bench, in 1970; her father W.C. Bench in 1974; her sister, Ella Dillingham, in 1992; her brothers, Lee Bench in 1996, Jearld Bench in 2001; her mother and father-in-law Laurine and Ralph Melton, both 2000. Mrs. Melton survivors include her husband of 45 years R. L. Melton of Kernville; her son, Randall Melton, Alan Melton and his wife, Terri and Darrell Melton and his wife Holly all of Taft; her grandchildren Kasey, Kyle, Robert, Matt, Laura, Kelsee, Lauren and Garret; her brothers and their wives, Don and Della Bench, Ervin and Donna Bench, John and Alice Bench, and James and Patty Bench; her sister Sue Hester; sister-in-law Lola Bench; her aunt and her husband, Eileen and Bill Schouweiler of Texas; her brother's and sister-in-laws Jerry and Judy Melton, Gerlin and Cindy Melton, Betty and Bob Hays, Nancy and David Hall, Sue White, and Judy and Paul Watson and many nieces and nephews, cousin and friends.

Friend are invited to pay their respects on Wednesday between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Paul Dennis Melton
June 4, 1972 - August 22, 2009



Graveside funeral services will be held in the the West Side District Cemetery on Saturday, August 29, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. for Paul D. Melton, 37.

Paul was born in Taft on June 4, 1972 and passed away on August 22, 2009. He graduated from Taft Union High School and has worked for the family business, Jerry Melton and Son Construction, since he was 12 years old. Paul enjoyed camping and fishing with his family, model airplanes, RC cars,and motorcycles.

His survivors include his parents, Jerry and Judy Melton of Taft; his brothers and sisters and their spouses, David and Kim Melton of Bakersfield, Karen and Steve Melton of Bakersfield, Karen and Steve Havens of Taft, Linda and John Folger of Bakersfield, Steven and Robyn Melton of Taft, and Greg and Tabitha Melton of Taft; his girlfriend, Andrea Bullard and her children, James Casteel and Brystal Wood all of Taft; his numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins; and many other family members from California to Arkansas. Paul will be greatly missed by all.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home at 501 Lucard Street, Taft, California. www.EricksonAndBrown.com

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Mildred V. [Millie] Mercer
August 18, 1926 - April 4, 2002



Long time resident of Kern County, 40+ years, passed away last week. She is survived by her sons Roy Byrd and Chuck Clarida of Taft, and Ronnie McDonald. She is also survived by eight grandkids and great grandkids.
Memorial service Sat. April 13, 2002, 12:00 noon at A St. Park.
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Lucille Merrell
September 15, 1911 - November 10, 2002



Private family graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon for longtime Taft resident, Lucille Merrell, 91. Rev. Sam White, pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God will officiate.

Mrs. Merrell was born in Chelsa, Oklahoma on Septemer 15, 1911 and passed away in Taft on November 10, 2002. She had been employed for over 25 years at the Buena Vista Golf Course.

Her husband, Arvel Merrell, preceded her in death in 1997 and by her granddaughter, Sandra Wilson, in 1957. Mrs. Merrell's survivors include her daughter, Colleen Wilson of Taft; her grandchildren, Robert Wilson and Tena, Susan Gallegos and Steven Wilson all of Taft; her great grandchildren, Daniale, Kyle, Jestin, Miranda and Chad and by her great great grandchildren, Jeffrey and Cortney.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Tuesday until 8:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Eulah Merrill
June 25, 1914 - April 6, 2010



A funeral service will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Monday, April 12, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. and burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mrs. Merrill was born in Marion, Kansas on June 25, 1914 and passed away in her home in Taft, on April 6, 2010. Mrs. Merrill lived in Reward, California from 1922 - 1930. She was a member of the Taft Union High School all girls band and marched in the Rose Parade. She graduated from Springfield Baptist School of Nursing in 1940. She worked at Baptist Hospital, Burge Hospital, and O'Reilly Veterans Hospital in Springfield, Missouri until she was transferred to a Veterans Hospital in Northern California for a brief period of time before moving back to Taft in 1952. Mrs. Merrill worked as a registered nurse for 49 years at the West Side District Hospital. She was a member of the Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett Merrill in 1973; her son Ralph McKee Merrill in 1977; her daughter Sarah Tucker in 1973; and by her son Donald Merrill in 2006. Mrs. Merrill is survived by her son, Bryce Maloney and his wife, Freda of Salem, Missouri; her daughters, Eulah (Snooks) Howell of Taft, Melinda Jane Criswell and her husband Ed of Taft, Faith Mitchell of Taft, and Linda Wade of Tell City, Indiana; her three sisters Lela Louise Low of Rolla, Missouri, Lucille (Babe) Steele of St. Paul, Missouri and Nancy Wood of Springfield, Missouri; her 15 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Sunday, April 11, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. to service time at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Henry Franklin Messenger, Sr.
March 17, 1940 - May 31, 2003



Funeral services will be held at the West Side Family Mortuary for Henry Franklin (Papa Frank) Messenger, Sr., Friday June 6th at 6:00 p.m.

Henry was born March 17, 1940 in Texas and passed away May 31, 2003. Henry owned Franks Auto Dismantling and was known for being a, jack of all trades, master of none. He knew no strangers. He coached softball and could always be found at the softball fields. When he wasn't at the fields you could find him with his grandchildren.

He is survived by one son, Henry "Jr." Messenger of Taft; and two daughters, Sharon Messenger of Taft and Carolyn and husband Mark Golleher of Taft; one brother, John Messenger of Oklahoma; two sisters, Meselda Rowe of Mariposa, California; and Alice Stevens of Texas; eight grandchildren Holly, Heather, Cortney, Michael, Cody, Tyler and James; nephew, Kenneth Howard and special friend Linda Cunningham of Taft.

All funeral arrangements are under the care of West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1584.
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Marian Louise Metheny
April 27, 1937 - April 26, 2012



After a long illness, Marion passed away on April 26th at her home in Maricopa with her husband, Don, and best friend, Jan, by her side. Marian was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania to Donald and Maude Goetz. After military retirement in 1953, the family settled in Taft where Marion graduated high school.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Maude. She is survived by her husband, Don Metheny of 27 years, son Albert Cranford and wife Barbara of Maricopa, California, daughter Yvonne of Nevada, and step-son Chris of Atlanta, Georgia. Grandsons Jason of Lake Tahoe, California, Adam and family of Oklahoma, Josh of Oklahoma, granddaughters Aubnee of Oklahoma, Shannon and husband Paul and great grandson Austin of Arizona. She will be sadly missed by her husband, Don. Best friend, Jan Moreno, and her beloved pets Gidget, Rascal and Chu Chu. l will always love you, baby.

There will be no services scheduled for Maricopa resident, Marian Louise Metheny, 74. The arrangements are under the direction of West Side Memorial Services, Porteous Family.
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Leola Christine Metsch
April 19, 1921 - June 1, 2009



A graveside funeral service will be held on Saturday June 6, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery for long time Taft Resdient, Leola Christine Metsch, 88. Mrs. Metsch was born in Taft on April 19, 1921 and passed away in Bakersfield on June 1, 2009.

She was preceded in death by her parents, E. J. and Lela Jeffress; her husband, Leonard Metsch; her daughter, Loree Short; granddaughter, Jennifer Phillips; grandson, Kelly Short; and her siblings, Verga Nash, Joe Jeffress and Charles Jeffress. Mrs. Metsch is survived by her daughters, Lee Skidmore of Ketchikan, Alaska and Lynn Snowden and her husband, Elwood, of Taft; her granddaughter, Corrie Chambers and her husband, Chris, of San Antonio, Texas, grandson, David Skidmore of Ketchikan, Alaska, grandson, Brian Snowden and his wife, Megan, of Reeds Spring, Missouri, grandson, Kasey Short of Bakersfield; sister-in-law, Melba Jeffress of Fresno; grandson, Jeffery Snowden and his wife, Debbie of New Blaine, Arkansas, granddaughter, Tracy Hursell and her husband, Paul, of San Miguel, granddaughter, Nicole Cruz and her husband, Phillip, of Bakersfield, grandaughter, Chauna Kirkham and her husband, Alan of Ogden, Utah, grandson, Rafe Short of Bakersfield; 15 great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and many friends.

Mrs. Metsch had lived in Taft for over 85 years. At one time she and her husband owned Metsch Automotive. She was a member of Neighbors of Woodcraft, Pythian Sisters, The Rebekah's, The Grandmothers' Club, Housewives League, Past Presidents of the PTA and Girl Scout Leader. Leola "Teni" enjoyed camping, boating, fishing, ceramics, china painting, upholstery, crocheting, knitting, sewing and cooking.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to your favorite charity or to the American Heart Association, or the Diabetes Association. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Marjorie Lorraine Mettler
June 22, 1921 - September 26, 2009



Margie Mettler was born June 22, 1921, in Taft, California and passed away September 26, 2009. She graduated from Taft College and met Walter Mettler at Gardner Field during WW II. They were married June 7, 1947.

Margie was an employee and was last employed by Boynton Bros. Tire Company for 16 years. Most importantly, she was a loving mom and grandmother. Margie was a genuine friend you could count on and was always ready to chat and make people feel at ease.

She was preceded in death by her husband Walt. She is survived by her son, Ken and daughter-in-law, Barbara; grandchildren, Robert and Michael.

Visitation is Thursday, October 1, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Mortuary. Graveside services will be held on Friday, October 2, at 10:00 a.m., at Hillcrest Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers please send donations in Margie's name to Olive Drive Church, 5500 Olive Drive, Bakersfield, California 93308.
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Alma D. Meyer, 89
April 13, 1908 - October 17, 1997



Funeral services were held in the Calvary Temple Assembly of God at Kern and Seenth streets for Taft resident Alma D. Meyer, 89. Burial followed in the West Side Cemetery District.

Mrs. Meyer was born in Denver, Colorado on April 13, 1908 and passed away in a local nursing home on October 17, 1997. She served the Assembly of God as a minister for 50 years. Mrs. Meyer had made Taft her home for the last 20 years. She was a member of the Calvary Temple Assembly of God.

Mrs. Meyer was preceded in death by her daughter, Marian, in 1973 and by her husband, Rev. Harry C. Meyer, in March of 1995. Her survivors include a daughter and her husband, Harriette and John W. Bitzer, M.D. of Taft; her grandchildren: Lana Miller of Bakersfield, Renee Hill of Escondido, Lon Bitzer, M.D. of Sheridan, Arkansas, Desiree Rice of Canon City, Colorado, and Rachelle Kuddura of Pleasanton; by her 15 great grandchildren, two of which are Chelsie Black and Brock Flanagain of Taft; and four great-great grandchildren.

Services were under the direction of the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Jeanine M. Meyer AKA Krause, Muns and Kelly
December 28, 1922 - April 15, 2007



A Chapel service was held Friday, April 20, 2007, at 1:00 p.m., at Greenlawn Memorial Chapel. Pastor Duane Meadors officiated, intermenet was at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Janie was born in Paul's Valley, Oklahoma. She came to Bakersfield in 1941. She also lived in Taft and Tehachapi for several years. She was in nursing most of her life. She loved caring for and taking care of people. She was at KMC, Sheriff's Dept., at the jail and the nurse at CCI in Tehachapi. She also helped start the Indian Group at the prison in Tehachapi. Her greatest joy was her family. She was the pied piper of chidren. Her grandchildren and great-great grandchildren will remember her as their best friend and playmate. She was always ready to tell a story or play games with them.

She is survived by a brother, Tom Bradshaw; children Gene Krause and wife Sue, Cheryl Horvath and husband Stephen, and John E. Meyer. She leaves behind nine grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She also leaves behind her devoted friend, Lorraine Stiern.

The family wishes to thank Westchester Gardens, Pleasant Care, and Optimal Hospice for their love and care of our mother. In lieu of flowers you may send donations to the Optimal Hospice, 4800 Stockdale Highway Suite 215, Bakersfield, California 93309. Visitation was held Wednesday and Thrusday.
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Hazel L. Michaelsen
July 20, 1916 - September 16, 2007



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Saturday, September 22, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Hazel Lois Michaelsen, 91. Her nephew, Rev. Kenneth Tracy, will officiate at the services.

Mrs. Michaelsen was born in Prescott, Arizona on July 20, 1916 and passed away at her home in Taft on September 16, 2007. She had lived in Taft for the past 73 years. She had worked at The Fort as a nurse's aide for 20 years and before her husband passed away they were very active in the Taft Nomad Trailer Club. She was involved with the Standard Oil Retirees Association and the ARCO Retirees Association and their activities. She was a volunteer with the Reach Program through PG&E.

Mrs. Michaelsen was preceded in death by her husband, Harry P. "Pickles" Michaelsen in 1974. Her survivors include her sons and their wives, Larry and Deva Michaelsen of Simi Valley and Mark and Judy Michaelsen of Elko, Nevada; her eight grandchildren, Gary, Diana, Timothy, Laurie, Brian, Ryan, Michael and Zachary; her eight great grandchildren; two nieces and one nephew.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Friday from 3:00 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Marian Edith Mickalson
May 23, 1931 - September 29, 2003



Marian passed away at The Methodist Hospital in Houston Texas on September 29, 2003. She survived thoraxic anurism surgery but died of complications following.

Marian had no living relatives, but is survived by many friends who loved her. She is a long time employee of Food Services at Taft College. Her friendly face and pleasant smile will be missed by many. She was born May 23, 1931 in Escanaba, Upper Peninsula, Michigan.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Marian in The Taft College Quad on Thursday, October 9th, at 12:00 p.m. everyone who knew Marian is invited to attend.
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Alma Lorene Midkiff
April 27, 1918 - September 15, 2007



Funeral services for former Taft resident Alma Lorene Midkiff will be held at the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday, September 19, at 1:00 p.m.

Alma moved to Southern California in 2002 after having lived in Taft for 45 years. She died peacefully in her sleep.
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Kathryn R. Mifflin
May 29, 1913 - May 14, 2009



A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Kathryn R. Mifflin, 95. Rev. David Daniel, pastor of the Calvary Temple Assembly of God, will officiate at the service.

Mrs. Mifflin was born in California on May 29, 1913 and passed away in Bakersfield on May 14, 2009. Mrs. Mifflin and her husband George, operated the Buena Vista Golf Course for 27 years and had many great memories there. She was a charter member for the Buena Vista Womens Golf Association. After retiring from the golf course they moved to Hawaii for 10 years and due to illness they moved back to California to be closer to family.

Mrs. Mifflin is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Olive Hedrick and by her husband, George Mifflin. Her survivors include her son and his wife. Ralph and Frances Arnold of Santee; her daughter and her husband, Norma and Dick Robinson of Taft; her step-daughter and her husband, Nancy and Bud Migues of Penn Valley; her five grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

The arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Gerald Dean Miles, 73
October 16, 1927 - July 25, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Maricopa resident, Gerald Dean Miles, 73. Pastor Tommy McWhorter and Rev. Thum Cloud will officiate at the services.

Mr. Miles was born in Bradford, Arkansas on October 16, 1927 and passed away in Taft on July 25, 2001. He lived in Bakersfield from 1953 to 1975 when he moved to Taft and in the 1980’s he moved to Maricopa.

He was a member of Gateway Temple and the Bakersfield Moose Lodge. Artifacts and memorabilia relating to Mr. Miles are on display in the Bakersfield Music Museum. During WWII he served his country as a member of the U.S. Army and during the Korean conflict he was a member of the U.S. Air Force.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Lula Mae Miles and by his wife, Meredith “Pee Wee” Miles in 1988. Mr. Miles is survived by his son and his wife, Gerald J. Miles, Jr. and Paula of Taft; his daughter and her husband, Marilyn and Jeff Carlon of Maricopa; his grandchildren, Jennifer, Jasmine, Erik and Jeffery; his sister, Maelena Metcalf of Bradford, Arkansas; his brother Billy Joe Miles of Bradford, Arkansas; several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Wilma "Pat" Miles, 69
September 29, 1930 - April 3, 1997



Wilma Patricia Miles, 66, passed away at a local hospital on Thursday, April 3, 1997. Memorial services will be held at the Erickson & Brown Funerl Home Chapel Thursday, April 10, 1997 at noon.

Wilma was born in Taft on September 29, 1930. She was raised throuoghut Kern County and attended local schools, graduating from Maricopa High School in 1948. She had worked at Hahn's Restaurant for several years and will be greatly missed by her family and friends she leaves behind.

Pat was preceded in death by her sisters, Dorothy Dickerson and Linda Turner. She is survived by her aunt, Donna Saunders of Ventucopa; her husband, Dowling V. Miels of Taft; her son, Steven and Charles Miles of Taft and Charlie Choi of Santa Maria; her daughter, Lucinda MIles of Taft; her daughters-in-law, Robbi Miles of Taft and June Choi of Santa Maria; her grandchildren, Sonny Miles of Rialto, Jeff and Dawn Miles of Vandernberg AFB, Talawna and Nicole Abrams of Taft, Matthew, Mark and Craig Miles of Taft, and Sarah and Michael Choi of Santa Maria; her great grandchildren, Joseph Michalski and Katalynn Cortez of Taft, and Chasidy and Dustin Miles of Vandenberg AFB.

There are no visitation hours schelduled and the arrangements are under the directio of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.

The Miles family would like to thank the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home for handling all of the arrangements.
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Laurene R. Milford
December 19, 1912 - September 6, 1995



At the request of the family no funeral services will be held for longtime Taft resident, Laurene Rosalie Milford, 82.

Mrs. Milford was born on December 19, 1912 in Golden, Colorado and passed away on September 6, 1995 in a Bakersfield convalescent home. She had lived in Taft since 1943. She was a past president of the Taft Primary PTA and for a time worked for Taft Union High school as an assistant librarian. her first husband, Lawrence Harman Peahl, passed away in 1950. In 1959 she married Norman J. Milford and he passed away in 1987.

Mrs. Milford is survived by her son and his wife, Larry and Pat Peahl of Taft; her daughters and their husbands, Barbara and Elmer Malakoff of Sacramento, Judy Milford of Oakland and Janet and Bill Sanders of Stillwell, Oklahoma; her 9 grandchildren; and by nine great grandchildren.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Brenda Ann Miller
January 10, 1947 - August 5, 2008



A celebration of life of Brenda Miller, 61, will be held on Saturday, August 9 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Congregational Chruch of Maricopa.

Brenda was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Miller. She is survived by her daughter Kimberlee Miller of Sacramento; daughter (in Christ) Rachel Schulz of Taft; sister Michelle Messick of Diamond Bar, California, and numerous family and friends.
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Dale G. Miller, 58
May 24, 1937 - September 29, 1995



Graveside funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery for Dale Grant Miller, 58. Greg Brooks of the First Baptist Church will officiate at the services.

Mr. Miller was born on May 24, 1937 in Miami, Oklahoma, and passed away last week in Santa Maria. He had been a self-employed carpenter for 38 years.

He is survived by two sons, David Michael Miller of San Bernardino and Jeffery Dale Miller; a brother and his wife, Frank and Judy Miller of Bakersfield; a sister and her husband, Charmayne and Lloyd Brooks of Taft; five grandchildren, Joshua, Charlie Lindsey, Lauren and Angel; an aunt, Ruth Gress of Taft; a niece, Michele Brooks of Pismo Beach; and his nephews, Greg Brooks of Taft and Keith Miller of Bakersfield.

There are no visitation hours scheduled. The arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Don Miller
May 5, 1945 - October 16, 2001



Don Miller, age 56, passed away in Michigan, October 16, 2001 following a heart attack. He was a former Taft resident and a late resident of Michigan. He was a self employed building contractor. He was born in Chicago.

Don is survived by his wife Mary of Michigan and a brother Frank.

Graveside services were held Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. at Belmont Memorial Park in Fresno under the direction of the West Side Family Mortuary, Taft.
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Fred Miller
June 23, 1894 - October 20, 1953



Last rites for Fred Miller, who was killed in an auto accident at the Buttonwillow Ginning Company will be conducted Tuesday from the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home at 1:00 p.m. Rev. C. H. Ward of the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church of Bakersfield will officiate. Interment will be in the West Side District Cemetery.

Fred Miller was born on June 23, 1894 at Muskogee, Oklahoma. He had been employed at the Buttonwillow Ginning Company, Plant #5.

Besides his widow Pearl Miller from Cuyama, he is survived by six sons, Freddie of Cuyama, Johnnie of Checotah, Oklahoma, Boyd of Cuyama, Calvin C. of Fellows, Ralph in the Armed Forces in Korea, and Jack of Cuyama. Three daughters Nadine Ross, of Checotah, Oklahoma, Mildred Dyer of Mojave, California, Fay Spencer of Checotah, Oklahoma, 15 grandchildren, one brother Cecil Miller of Checotah, Oklahoma, Grace Aldredge of Watsonville, California.
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Louise H. Miller
May 31, 1920 - October 12, 2011



Louise went peacefully to be with her Lord on October 12, 2011 with her three sons and her grandson Rodger, III, at her side, after complications from a recent surgery.

Mom was born in the proverbial log cabin on the family farm on May 31, 1920 in Campbell, Missouri to James and Fay White. The family moved to Long Beach, California in 1925 and then later to Taft where her father worked for Honolulu Oil Company. She met her future husband Roger, in Maricopa at a skating rink where Roger honed his skate dancing skills. On a whim in 1938, they went with another couple to Las Vegas to witness their wedding vows when they up and decided to get married themselves. Mom was still in her senior year at TUHS so they waited until she graduated to announce they were married. Three years later the first of her three sons, Roger, was born.

Mom worked during WWII for Standard Oil as a secretary in the engineering department at 11-C Camp. When the war ended, son number two, Randy, came along. In 1948, son number three, Richard, was born to seal her fate as a stay-at-home mom. In 1957, mom went to work for the Kern County Welfare Department where she retired in 1983 as an Eligibility Worker. Mom was known as a sharply dressed woman whenever she left her home. She is probably best remembered for the trademark white bouffant hairdo, which was all hers, riding around Taft in her small blue convertible automobile. She enjoyed life to the fullest and loved being with her family and her many friends and she loved living in Taft. She enjoyed painting, reading novels and catching up on all the talk going on around town. Never a mean word said, always a special kindness and gentleness given to all. She will always be remembered and loved by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Roger, her brothers, Vane and James, her beloved sister, Ila, and her other brother and sisters-in-law. She is survived by her sons and their spouses, Roger, Jr., Randy and Ginny, Rich and Janet; her grandchildren, Roger, III, Ryan, Jordan, Jeffrey, Jessica, Melissa and Andrew. She leaves behind 11 great grandchildren.

We especially want to acknowledge and say thank you to the overwhelmingly wonderful care these past many weeks that was provided to her and the family from the staff at Hallmark Assisted Living, Mercy Hospital Truxtun and Hoffmann Hospice, all of Bakersfield. Please join us for a celebration of life that will be held for mom at The Historic Fort in Taft on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Prior private graveside services were conducted by the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home in Taft. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to The Historic Fort or the West Kern Oil Museum. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Pearl Miller
June 30, 1897 - June 19, 1959



Pearl Miller, 312 Shattuck and Cuyama succumbed yesterday, June 19, at a local hospital.

She had been a resident of the West Side and Cuyama for the past four years. Mrs. Miller was born in Checotah, Oklahoma on June 30, 1897 and they had lived in California for the past 12 years.

She is the widow of the late Fred Miller and is survived by six sons, Johnie of Checotah, Oklahoma, Fredie, Boyd, Ralph, Jack all of Cuyama and Calvin of Taft; three daughters Mrs. Madine Ross of Checotah, Oklahoma, Mrs. Mildred Dyer of Cuyama and Mrs. Faye Spencer of Los Angeles; four brothers, Bill, Joe, Johnie and Jimmie Wiseman all of Checotah, Oklahoma; two sisters, Mrs Myrtle Sherwood of Texas and Mrs. Babe Meuner of Los Angeles; 23 grandchildren and other relatives.

Funeral services are pending with the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Pearl Miller
September 6, 1906 - October 12, 2002



Graveside funeral services will be held at Gross Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday October 15, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. for Royal, Arkansas resident who was originally from Taft. Pearl Miller, age 96 was born on September 6, 1906 in Henryetta, Oklahoma to Joe and Ila Gunn. Rev. Bill McWha, pastor of Church of God in Yucaipa, California will officiate at the service.

Pearl passed away in a local hospital on October 12, 2002. Her husband, daughter, and 2 granddaughters preceded her in death. Her survivors include her daughter, Thelma Moshier of Royal, Arkansas; her daughter and son-in-law, Pat and Bill Bradford; her son and daugher-in-law Wayne and Kim Smalley; her daugher, Lola Dunham of Eunice, New Mexico; her brother Joe Gunn of Apache, Oklahoma; 22 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren 18 great-great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great-great grandchildren.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Monday, October 14, 2002 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Gross Funeral Home, 120 Wright's St., Hot Springs, Arkansas.
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Raymond Miller
April 24, 1933 - February 16, 2002



A Celebration of Life for Raymond Miller will be held at the Petroleum Club in Taft on Saturday, February 27, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. Raymond was born April 24, 1933 near Paris, Arizona and he passed away February 16, 2002 in Bakersfield, California.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Clara Miller; three infant brothers, Elbert and Lindel Miller and great grandson, Gabriel Almengor. Raymond is survived by his wife of 56 years, Valerie Miller; son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Barbara Miller; daughter and son-in-law Linda and Larry Suniga; son and daughter-in-law, David and Mary Kay Miller; sister, Eula Morton; sister and brother-in-law, Lillie and Harry Sanders; brother and sister-in-law, Thurman and Valerie Miller; grandchildren Ben and Kasey Rosales, Jimmy and Tracy Miller and Carley and Hayden Miller; great-grandchildren Jensyn Soulas, Mikey Almengor, Hurley Rosales, Roxy Rosales, and Jordan Bustamante; special friends, Alan and Jeri Poznoff as well as numerous neices, nephews and other relatives and friends.

The family spent many fun filled days boating and water skiing in the summer. In the cooler months, we all enjoyed riding our dirt bikes in the desert of hills above Taft. Mom and Dad enjoyed many road trips where dad always made sure they took the road less traveled. They had a way of making breakfast, lunch and dinner a true adventure! Dad worked many years as a mechanic have more time to ride his dirt bike. He was loved by all who knew him and he will be greatly missed.

Basham Funeral Care
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Raymond E. Miller, 85
June 9, 1916 - February 25, 2002



Funeral services are pending at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home for former Taft resident, Raymond E. Miller, 85. Mr. Miller passed away in Clovis on February 25, 2002.
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Charlotte Lorrriane Mitchell
June 11, 1924 - November 26, 2008



Charlotte Lorraine Mitchell lived and loved life. Born on June 11, 1924 in Taft, California she never left...the people, the stories, this small desert town that held her history, was home. Adolph and Ethel Petersen owned and operated Petersen's Market in Valley Acres (1937 - 1968). The little store accommondated their grocey business and their living quarters. The "mom & pop" store holds fond memories for all of our family, especially for Charlotte who worked behind the counter-because of the people. She new all of her customers by name, their families and where they lived. She delivered groceries to the elderly and gave groceries to those who ran on hard times. People talked, people visited, people cared-those were the times Carlotte lived.

When Charlotte married Donald Mitchell, they built their house across the street from the store. All of her kids, Caroline, Robert and Dennis, grew up in the tiny community with the big heart. Her grandchildren, Caryn Conway, Michael Conway, Scott Conway, Patrick Kinnikin and Jonathon Kinnikin have their roots in Taft. Every Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year has been celebrated in Taft a renewal of small town values. Evann, Anthony and Hanna, her three great grandchildren, love to visit and run wild in the wide open spaces-the place where we all began. Her mother, Ethel retired in 1968, bulit her house on the lot behind the store, grew a rose garden and the two girls were constant compaions until 2005 when "Greaty" died at 103. Our family had it all-each other, thanks to these two ladies. Charlotte was a gifted artist whose soul was expressed through her paintings. She was passionate and grounded. She loved her kids, the earth, the trees, the rain, the desert, the cactus, her cats and dogs, rusty old cool stuff and her garden. Through her life she spent much time at her walnut ranch in Morgan Hill. She loved camping, the mountains, the ocean, museums, history and was able to travel to beautiful places. She loved the beauty and mystery of the world and took her kids with her dream, impossible dreams. (1924 - 2008) We love you Mother. Thank you for your gifts.

A graveside funeral service will be held on Friday, December 5, 2008, at 1:00 p.m. at West Side District Cemetery. Viewing will take place on Thursday, December 4, 2008, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Herbert Henry Mitchell
September 27, 1925 - December 1, 2008



A funeral services will be held at the Lighthouse Foursquare Church located at 210 Harrrison Street on Monday, December 8, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. for longtime Taft resident, Herbert Henry Mitchelll, 83. Rev. Mark Fitzsimmons will officiate and burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mr. Mitchell was born in Bokchito, Oklahoma on September 27, 1925 and passed away in Bakersfield on December 1, 2008. Mr. Mitchell had lived in the Taft area for 68 years. He was a member of the Lighthouse Foursquare Church and he enjoyed playing the guitar to Bluegrass and Gospel music. Mr. Mitchell never met a stranger.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and two sisters. He has left behind his wife of 61 years, Alma Lola Mitchell of Taft; his son and his wife, Jim and Pam Mitchell of Taft; his two daughters and their husbands, Linda and Mark Tucker of Taft and Sandy and Dennis Murphy of McKittrick; his two sisters, Juanita Waddle of Oregon and Mardella Matthews of Modesto; his seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Sunday, December 7, 2008 from noon to 5:30 p.m at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Jerome (Ricky) Mitchell
December 21, 1952 - October 18, 1997



Jerome (Ricky) Mitchell, son of the late Joseph R. Mitchell, passed away on October 18, 1997 in Spokane, Washington.

Rickey was born in Bakrsfield December 21, 1952. He lived in California until 12 years ago when he moved to Spokane.

Rickey is survived by a daughter Jolene Rodriquez and husband Andy of Rawlins, Wyoming; two sons, Johnny and Justin of spokane; a sister Diane of Bakersfield; several half brothers and sisters; his stepmother, Reba Mitchell, and step-sister Vicki Jacobs of Taft.

Services will be held Wednesday October 22nd at 2:30 p.m. with burial in Memorial Garden Cemetery in Spokane. Heritage Funeral Home of Spokane is in charge of the arrangements.
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Melba Maxine Reeves Mitchell
June 6, 1929 - May 5, 2010



Melba Maxine Reeves Mitchell was born June 6, 1929 in Abilene, Texas. She went to be with the Lord on May 5, 2010.

Survived by two siblings, Fay and husband Joe Bartlett, and Clearance (Colonel) and wife Barbara Reeves; her four children, Donna Clardy, Nancy Peel, David Mitchell and Richard MItchell; 10 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren along with many cousins, nieces and nephews.

She married Huston Willis Mitchell on January 8, 1949 in Comanche, Texas, who passed in 1971 in Taft, California. Her parents, A. J. and Lucy Ellen Reeves had 9 children. Melba grew up and attended High School in Comanche, Texas. She later graduated from Taft College in 1974 and continued at CSUB. She worked for Edwards Air Force Base in the Computer Department. She retired in 97' after 20 years. She volunteered at Mercy Hospital. She spent many years researching the POW's of WWII one of which was her brother, Gerald Reeves. In 09' her discoveries were donated to War Museum in New Orleans. She loved traveling the worked and she took great pride in the places she visited. She was a wonderful lady and she always had a soft place to fall for whoever needed it. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and loved her.

There will be a viewing at Erickson & Brown, Taft, California on Saturday, May 15, from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m., with a graveside service at West Side Cemetery at 11:00 a.m.
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Misty Kay Mitchell
October 16, 1965 - November 26, 2001



Memorial funeral services will be held at the Community Christian Fellowship, on the corner of Seventh and North Streets, on Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Taft native, Misty Kay Mitchell, 36. Pastor Bob Self will officiate at the service.

Mrs. Mitchell was born in Taft on October 16, 1965 and passed away at the local hospital of November 26, 2001. She was raised and educated in Taft and attended Taft Union High School.

Her survivors include her husband, Ryan Mitchell; her children, Jordan Bonner and Gavin Bonner; her parents, Jim and Linda Goad all of Taft; her brothers, Donny Franey of Sandy, Oregon and Tony Franey of Bakersfield and her sister, Robin Harte of Taft. Misty was loved and will be missed deeply.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Reba Mitchell "Nana"
November 18, 1926 - January 20, 2005



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Monday January 24, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. for long time Taft resident Reba Angelie Mitchell, affectionately known as "Nana" by her only grandchild, Adam.

Reba Angelie Mitchell was born in Adams County, Iowa on November 18, 1926 and passed away at home on January 20, 2005 with her daughter by her side. She lived her younger years on a farm in Mt. Etna, Iowa where she met and married her late husband, Cleo Roberts on May 6th, 1944. In 1952 they loaded up their belongings and moved to Taft, California to be near her sister Kylene McClain. After the passing of her first husband in 1971, Reba married Joe Mitchell of Taft. She helped run one of the first Backhoe services in town, and was housewife and proud mother. Reba belonged to the Taft Emblem Club and was a member of the first United Methodist Church.

Reba was preceded in death by her husband of 27 years, Cleo Roberts in 1971. By her husband of 23 years, Joe Mitchell in 1994. Stepson Jerome Mitchell of Washington, brother Kenneth Thompson of Iowa, sister Ada Noecker of Idaho and sister Kylene McClain of Taft. Parents Chester and Ethel Thompson of Mt.Etna, Iowa. Reba is survived by her daughter Vicki Jacobs (Roberts), grandson Adam Jacobs of Taft. Sister Neta Romer of Iowa and nephew Everett G. McClain of Taft, his son Michael and his wife Debbie McClain and their son Josh of Taft; sister-in-law's Lois Young and Helen Roberts, of Iowa; sister-in-law's Gladys Beiring and Claire Adams of Michigan as well as several cousins, family and friends throughout Iowa and California.

The Broken Chain - We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone, for part of us went with you, the day God called you home. You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide, and though we cannot see you, you are always at our side. Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same, but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.

No visitation hours are scheduled and services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Robert Joel Mitchell
July 13, 1918 - April 18, 2010



Visitation for Robert Joel Mitchell will be held at Basham Funeral Care (3312 Niles Street) on Sunday, April 25, 2010 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Graveside services will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park on Monday, April 26, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a memorial service at First Assembly of God at 11:30 a.m.

Robert went home to be with the Lord on April 18, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. Robert was born on July 13, 1918 in Campbell, Missouri. Robert's parents were Oscar Leo Mitchell and Lona Etta Mitchell. In his early years, as a child, his family moved from Missouri to Taft, California, where he attended school. They later moved to Bakersfield where he graduated from Kern County Union High School in 1937. Robert met his loving wife while she attended Taft Union High School, when he spotted her coming out of church one Sunday afternoon; he knew she was the one. They were married for 69 years.

Robert served his Country as a Sergeant in the United States Air Force, from 1942 - 1946. He was in the 706th Air Material Squadron. Robert worked for Carlton Dist. Co. from 1938 to 1954 then Glaser Bros. from 1954 to 1980, he then retired. Still eager to work, he did so as a salesman. He also became busy, doing what he really looked forward to, which was buying, fixing up and selling used automobiles.

He would enjoy spending time with several of his friends that were also in the business and he was known to them as R. J. or Mitch. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, he always enjoyed the special moments spent together, and always looked forward to more. He loved his dedicated wife, whom he adored, and could be remembered as enjoying a lot of attention from everyone. He had a sense of humor that was all his own.

Robert left behind his wife, Joan Mitchell; his two sons, Steve and Jay Mitchell; daughters-in-law Cindy and Toni Mitchell; sister Grace Shaffer; nephew, Doug Shaffer; his grandchildren, Tara Mitchell, Jason Mitchell, Jessica Mitchell and Landon Grisham and several nieces, nephews and cousins. When leaving Robert after a visit, he would often say, "Sure glad you got to see me", and from those of us who loved him well, we say "The pleasure was all ours".

Special thanks to those at Optimal Hospice who gave selfless time to effort to be caring hearts, as well as those special ones at Emeritis who work hard to gift our elderly their dignity. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation to Optimal Hospice in Roberts name. For additional service information, please contact Basham Funeral Care at 873-8200. Basham Funeral Care www.bakersfield.com/obits
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Ilene Miwa
July 22, 1930 - September 14, 2009



Ilene Miwa passed away in Alhambra, California on September 14, 2009. She was born in Taft on July 22, 1930 and attended grammar school in Taft until she and her family were relocated to a Relocation Center in Parker, Arizona in early 1942. After the war, she and her family returned to Taft where she finished high school. Shortly afterwards, she moved to the Los Angeles area where she worked as a legal secretary for more than 50 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Masao and George. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Ruth Miwa of San Jose and Ann Miwa of Taft: as well as two nephews and three nieces.

A private funeral service and interment will be held in the West Side District Cemetery. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Sheri Gail Mize
April 30, 1958 - March 2, 2002



In loving memory of Sheri Gail Mize. A Memorial service will be held March 29, 2002 at Community Christian Fellowship 700 North St. at 11:00 a.m.

She is survived by her husband Jack Mize, her 2 sons Jonathan and Jacob. Two daughters Liberti and Jacque. Her mother Carolyn Yarber, her sister Kim Blackwell and her two brothers Alan and John.
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James Elsworth Mizell
June 28, 1919 - December 23, 2011



James Elsworth Mizell born June 28th, 1919 in Jamesville, Martin County, North Carolina to John Henry and Effie Mae Wallace Mizell passed away on December 23, 2011 at the age of 92.

Survived by his wife Joyce Picard Mizell, two of this three sisters Dorothy Stone and Joyce Hardison of Janesville, North Carolina, son Craig Mizell, daughters Stephanie Spiller and Melanie Hanley, ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his four children, Beverly Keene Mizell, his eldest son, James (Jamie) Elsworth Mizell II and "Sister", Juanita Ambrose.

Jim Helped his family with farming until he was 17 when he joined the Navy, serving as machinist mate second class on the USS New Mexico, USS Argonne, signing of the USS Nevada shortly before the bombing of Pearl Harbor after which he reenlisted in the Merchant Marines achieving the rank of Chief Petty Officer.

On leave in San Francisco he met Beverly Keene daughter of Walter and Ellen Keene, of Taft, California. They married April 20th, 1946 and settled in Beverly's home town in Taft where Jim was an insurance broker, owner of a Chrysler/Plymouth dealership and began what became a life-long career in real estate. He served on the city council and as President of the Chamber of Commerce.

The family relocated to Costa Mesa, California in 1962 where Jim continued doing business as Mizell & Associates. Jim spent over 65 years in the real estate industry as salesman, broker, builder, general contractor, investor and manager. He loved to hunt, fish, golf and motorhome, traveling cross-country annually to visit his family and for years has been 'camping out' with the Elks Newport Wanderers. A machinist by trade he loved to tinker and repair things. Over his lifetime Jim has been a member of the Masons, Shriners, Kiwanis and Elks. A great memory for details, tough and opinionated, he was always the boss and happily shared his opinions.

On April 28th 2001 Jim married Joyce Ann Picard a long-time friend from Kern County. Proud of passing his driver's license exam on his 92 birthday, Jim continued to work up until his death. He took his last motorhome trip a few months ago. Memorial service will be held Saturday, January 21, 2012, 11:30 at the Duck Club, 5 Riparian View, Irvine, California. Contact Stephanie Spiller at 760 449-6006. Donations to: National Kidney Foundation, 15490 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, California 91403-3016 (800 747-5523 www.kidney.org.
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Marvin R. Mobley
January 18, 1944 - December 14, 2004



Memorial service will be held at the VFW Hall in Lake Isabella, January 8, 2005 at 12:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers send donations to Marie Mobley, P.O. Box 436, Weldon, California 93283.
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Opal R. Mobley, 79
September 6, 1923 - October 30, 2002



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Monday, November 4, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. for longtime Taft resident, Opal R. Mobley, 79.

Mrs. Mobley was born on September 6, 1923 in Texas and passed away at her home surrounded by her loved ones on October 30, 2002. Her husband, Lonnie I. Mobley in 1988, preceded Mrs. Mobley in death. Her survivors include her children, Laguin Wilson of Taft, Lonnie Leon Mobley of Maricopa, Jeanene Goodman of Bakersfield, Marvin R. Mobley of Lake Isabella and Larry Mobley of Taft; her sister, Louise Smeed of Tehachapi; her many grandchildrren; numerous great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and lots of friends. She will be missed and loved by all.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and again on Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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Doris Diane Jimenez Molina
May 14, 1985 - November 24, 2011



A funeral service will be held on Friday, December 2, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. in Templo Agua Viva, 500 Kern Street, for Taft resident Doris Diane Jimenez Molina, 26. Pastor Tomas Vega will officiate and burial will follow in the Westside District Cemetery.

Mrs. Molina was born in Bakersfield on May 14, 1985 and passed away on November 24, 2011 in Bakersfield. She was a graduate of Taft Union High School and had worked as a medical assistant. She enjoyed dancing, photography and reading.

Her survivors include her husband, Jesse Molina; her son, Andrew; her daughter, Laila; her mother, Janie Lopez; step-father, Omar Lopez; father, Jesus Jimenez; sisters, Delia Madera and Christina Gonzalez; brother, Jesse Jimenez, Jr.; step-brothers, Walter Figueroa and Jaime Ornelas; step-sister Bianca Johnson; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins; and her best friend, Laura Saucedo.

Visitation will be held on Thursday December 1, 2011, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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George Buchanan Moncier
October 23, 1913 - July 19, 1997



Recitation of the Rosary will be held in Greenlawn Southwest Memorial Chapel, 2739 Panama Lane on Tuesday, July 22, 1997 at 6:00 p.m. and Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Francis Church, 900 H Street, on Wednesday, July 23, 1997 at 9:30 a.m. for George Buchanan Moncier, 83, who passed away July 19, 1997 in Bakersfield. Father Leonard Trindale will officiate, and interment will be in Greenlawn Southwest Cemetery, 2739 Panama Lane.

Mr. Moncier was born October 23, 1913 in Greenville, Tennesse, and had resided in Kern County for 45 years. He graduated from Taft High School and Taft Junior College. He was on the Taft High School valley championship baseball team in 1932. He loved baseball and enjoyed watching his son John, and grandsons play ball. He was an autoparts manager for 12 years, and was employed by Haddad Dodge. Also, he was a member of the Eagles Lodge and the Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife Florence E. Moncier of Bakersfield; son and daughter-in-law, John and Cherly Moncier; and daughters and sons-in-law. Connie and Jim Manus and Georgia and Bob Twist all of Bakersfield; ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Casketbeares will be Jim Manus, Bob, Denny, Jeff and William Twist, and Jacob Freeman, Honoray Casketbearer will be John Pavietich. Visitation will begin Tuesday at 1:00 p.m.
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Vernon Mollohan
August 10, 1918 - September 12, 2001



Born August 10, 1918 in Stinson, West Virginia. Enlisted in the Air Force and was stationed at Garner Field. He decided to make Taft his home. Vernon was a Chevron Oil retiree living in Bakersfield. He was an active member of the Taft Masonic Lodge. For many years he engaged in charity work at the Gleaners in Bakersfield.

He will be missed by his daughter Helen Wheeler and grandsons Brennan and Bryan Wheeler.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, September 15th at 10:00 a.m. A visitation will be held on Friday, September 14th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
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Raymond M. Moncier Jr., 52
May 25, 1949 - January 14, 2002



Funeral Services were held on Monday, January 21, 2002 at 6:00 p.m. at Stephen Episcopal Church for Raymond M. Moncier Jr. of Denver, Colorado.

Mr. Moncier was born in Taft, California on May 25, 1949, he passed away on January 14, 2002 in Denver, Colorado. Mr. Moncier was a florist, he also was a member of Stephen's Episcopal Church of Aurara; wherever he lived he was active in the Episcopal Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife Lea Aitken, whom he married in Fresno, California in 1975. Survivors include his mother Caroline Casparis of California. His son Tim Moncier of California; Aunt Delores Dovie of California and a sister Joslyn Aitken of California.

Contributions may be sent to St. Stephen's Episcopal Church Building Fund Del Mar Circle, Aurora, Colorado 80010
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Anna Louise Monreal
February 18, 1931 - February 24, 2003



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. for Taft resident, Anna Louise Monreal, 72. Mrs. Monreal was born in Eldon Missouri on February 18, 1931 and she lost a brave four-year battle with cancer on February 24, 2003. When she was 12 years old she moved to Taft with her family. She attended Taft schools and after marrying Vito Monreal they moved to San Pedro. Mrs. Monreal returned to Taft as a permanent resident in 1983. She loved gardening and sewing and enjoyed the Laughlin bus trips she made with her friends from the San Pedro Elks Lodge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vito Monreal and her father, Raymond Lee. Mrs. Monreal is survived by her children, John Monreal of Bullhead City, Arizona; Dianna McConnachie, Greg Monreal and Phil Monreal all of San Pedro; her mother, Bessie Arnold of Taft, her sisters and their husbands, Erma Howell Parrent and Marjorie and Dee Stewart all of Taft; her grandchildren, Raymond Allen and his wife, Tonya of Corona, Cory McConnachie of Long Beach and John Michael Allen of Bullhead City, Arizona and her nieces and nephews, Michael Parrent of Bakersfield, Melanie Parrent of Clovis, Keith Stewart and his wife, Kim of Las Vegas, Nevada and David Stewart and his wife Tara, of Texas.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Judy Monroe, 64
Died - August 5, 2001



Judy Monroe, age 64, passed away on August 5, 2001. She was a late resident of Pismo Beach and formerly of Taft. She was a native of Madison, Wisconsin. Judy was employed as a telephone operator for over 20 years.

She is survived by her son Kenneth Monroe of La Habra, California and her daughter Rebecca Krunch of Bakersfield; 4 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. A family memorial service will be held at a later date. West Side Family Mortuary is handling all funeral arrangements.
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Robert Glenn Monson
November 17, 1921 - January 13, 1997



Services will be held in Greenlawn Memorial Chapel, 3700 River Blvd., Friday, January 17, at 10:00 a.m. for Robert Glenn Monson, 75, who passed away January 13, 1997 in Bakersfield. Pastor Daniel Petsch will officiate and interment will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Mr. Monson was born November 17, 1921 in Preston, Idaho and resided in Kern County for 61 years. He had been self-employed as a C.P.A. for 44 years. He was a member of the Hillcrest Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Survivors include his wife Dorothy of Bakersfield; daughter and son-in-law Jo Ellen and Michael Newnam of Valencia; grandchildren Lexi and Zack Newman and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation begins Thursday at noon. Greenlawn Mortuary Funeral Directors.
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Cat Montes
April 20, 1916 - December 15, 2007



Cat Montes April 20, 1916 - December 15, 2007

Memorial services will be held in the Taft Moose Lodge located at 205 N. 10th Street in Taft on Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. for Fellows resident, Cat Montes, 91. Cat was born on April 20, 1916 at Tejon Indian Village and died on December 15, 2007 in Fellows, California.
Cat attended Tejon Indian School then attended Sherman Institute School for Indians in Riverside, California. He served in the Army during WWII in the European Theater and after the war he was honorably discharged. Upon his return to the states he returned to Tejon Ranch and continued his career as an Indian cowboy. He worked at a number of differnt ranches in California where he honed his skills as a ranch hand. His final job was with Bidart Brothers where he worked for over 50 years. He made his home during those years in Fellows, California where he raised his family and made countless friends until his passing.
Cat is survived by his wife, Juanita Montes of Fellows; daughter, Donna Montes and Doug Evans of Taft; grandsons, Chris Montes of Rancho Cucamonga, California and Levi Montes and his wife, Robin of Taft; special nephew, Bud Montes and his wife, Laurie of Orange Cove, California; his brother-in-law and closest friend, Buzz May of Bakersfield and numerous nieces and nephews. Cat was preceded in death by his son, Leonard Montes in 2005.
Please no flowers. In lieu flowers the family has requested donations can by made to The Tejon Indian Tribe Memorial Fund, 2234 4th Street, Wasco, California 93280. If you knew Pop you knew that blue was his favorite color. Wear your favorite blue shirt to his memorial. Arrangerments are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Berenice L. Montgomery
November 7, 1921 - April 2, 2007



Graveside funeral services were held Friday, April 6, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at the West Side District Cemetery for Berenice L. Montgomery, 85. The Pastor Scott Pearson of the First Baptist Church officiated at the services. Mrs. Montgomery was born in Flat Rock, Illinois, on November 7, 1921 and passed away April 2, 2007 in Bakersfield, California.

She was a Taft resident for 50 years. She enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles, painting and attending church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John W. Montgomery, her parents; Alah and Blanche McCarty; a son, Stephen Montgomery; a grandson; Joshua Montgomery; her brothers; Gerald, Dick, and Robert McCarty; her sisters; Irma Montogomery and Aleen Montgomery. Mrs. Montgomery is survived by her sons and their wives; John & Diana Montgomery, Roger and Robbin Montgomery all of Taft; daughters and their husbands; Denise and Jimbo Ferrantelli of Lowell, Indiana; Cheryl and Tom Prime of Foreman, Arkansas; her sisters, Martha Cullom, Novella Johnson; sister-in-law, Joan McCarty, and many nieces and nephews; grandchildren, Stacy & Leon Black, Michelle and Brian Kincaid, Barry Montgomery, Brandi & Mike Alcott, Sheila Starrick, Wes & Chrissy Starrick, Stephanie & Brent Crow, and Teresa Prime; great-grandkids; Luke and Brandi Shelby; Jordan & Shelly Cordova, Curtis & Jamie Kincaid; Hayley and Reagan Montgomery; Brook, Nathan, and Logan Alcott.

We would like to thank the staff at Parkview Julian Convalescent Hospital, Hoffman Hospice, Dr. Patel and Dr. Tang and Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Rosemary Montgomery
March 13, 1928 - November 18, 2010



Rosemary passed Thursday, November 18, 2010 in Grover Beach, California. She was born in March 1928 at the Hotel in Fellows, California where she lived with her parent, C.H. "Calrence" and Ruby Bebut Long.

The family then moved to Elk Hills, where she attended grade school and then Taft High School. She then attended nursing school in San Francisco. Upon her return to Taft, she worked for Richfield Oil Company and married and started a family of her own. She was blessed with three daughters, Paula, Sandra and Candace. Rosemary was always busy being a mother and a troop leader for both Brownies and Girls Scouts for over 10 years. She owned and ran the Reliable Tire Shop in Taft until 1977. She and Monty "M.L." moved to their beloved Cambria in 1977 and lived there for 26 years, then moved to Grover Beach in 2002. They loved to travel overseas and drive across America in their RV. Rosemary co-founded the Butterfly Blankets and Rainbow Quilts and was always busy china painting and sewing, and was an avid reader.

Those left to grieve are daughters Paula Montgomery of Grover Beach, Sandra Steel (William) of Tecumseh, Missouri, and Candice Bowie (Ed) of San Luis Obisbo; stepson Martin Cody Montgomery of Corona, California; grandchildren Michael Russell of Taft, Darran Sanders (Coral) of McKinnleyville, California, Joshua Sanders (Johanna) of Los Osos, John Jackson (Rayleen) of Ventura, California, and Michelle Reynta (Ruby). She will also be grieved by her great grandchildren Joseph Russell, Samatha Russell, Marina LIndemans, Justin West, Sydney Sanders, Autumn Sanders, Sienna Reynta and Danielle Cox; great-great grandson, Mason Cox; sister Joann Colston (Bob) and their five daughters and families. Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents, C.H. and Ruby Long; beloved husband Monty "M.L." Montgomery; grandson, Eric C. Jackson; stepson, Michael Montgomery; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
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Florence Irene Montoya
February 23, 1917 - August 18, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. for Taft resident, Florence Irene Montoya, 84. Pastor Bob Birch of the Westside Christian Center will officiate.

Mrs. Montoya was born in Sonora, Mexico on February 23, 1917 and passed away in the local hospital on August 18, 2001. She had lived on the Westside for the last 50 years. During the 50's Florence owned and operated Irene's Cafe at 6th and San Emidio Streets. This was a hot spot for the high school students at lunch. Mrs. Montoya was a member of the Westside Christian Center and she loved the Lord. She enjoyed gardening and crafts and was a devoted wife, mom and good friend.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Montoya and a great granddaughter, Crystal. Mrs. Montoya's survivors include her children and their spouses, Lee Montoya and Bonnie Beaty, Frank and Diane Montoya, Shirley and Bill Elom all of Taft and Florence and Dick Rees of Newport Beach. Her grandchildren; Donna Montoya, Frank Montoya, Frank Montoya, Jr., Joe Montoya, Mike Wheeler, Rick Wheeler, Steve Wheeler, Dave Wheeler, Jeremy Elom and Maya Elom; her 11 grandchildren and three great grandchildren on the way and her great-great grandchild.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
Dearest Mother, We are going to miss you soooo very much. You were there through the good and bad times. We would come to your for help or advice and you had the answer. You listened, you loved, you cared. I pray that we can be as kind and gentle as you. We love you. Thank you for being our mom and friend. May God hold you in His arms and keep you. P.S. Try not to pick on Pop when you see him.
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Alvia Jay Moody
March 12, 1934 - February 3, 2012



Alvia Jay Moody, age 77 resident of Taft, California passed away on Friday, February 3, 2012 in Bakersfield, California of natural causes. Jay was born March 12, 1934 in Pittsburgh County, Oklahoma.

Jay Moody is survived by his wife; Wanda Moody sons; Hershel Moody, James Moody daughters; Dana Lerma, Suzette Caples and grandchildren; Christopher, Nikole, Cameron, Jakob, Kendall, T. J., Shelby, Hailey, Jamie and Ali.

Jay Moody loved life and lived it fully! Jay, always a hard worker, even in retirement he kept amply busy. He loved his family and friends, and they knew it. Jay had an infectious smile and laughter and a gift for story telling. During his retirement he and Wanda enjoyed camping, gardening, spending time with loved ones and helping others whenever possible.

Celebration of Jay's life will be held Saturday, February 11, 2012 at the New Hope Temple Church, located at 308 Harrison Street, Taft, California at 1:00 p.m.
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Harold Wayne Moody
April 9, 1937 - September 13, 2009



Harold Wayne Moody, 72 of Taft, California and formerly of Santa Maria, California passed away Sunday, September 13, 2009 at San Joaquin Community Hospital in Bakersfield, California with his loving family at his side.

Harold was born April 9, 1937 in Pittsburgh County, Oklahoma to Alvia and Mary Maxine Moody. He came to the Santa Maria area with his family when he was 10 years old. Harold was employed as a dispatcher with Kaiser Concrete in Santa Maria for many years before retiring. He later moved to Taft, California in 1998. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and traveling with his wife in their RV. Harold was a member of Calvary Temple in Taft and a member of the Operating Engineers Local #12. He was an honorable man with high integrity who was loved and respected by all who knew him. Harold loved God and his family. He will be truly missed.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Carmen Moody of Taft, California, son Harold "Rocky" Moody Jr. and his wife Cathy of East China, Michigan, daughter Denise Lane Mansell and her husband Robert of Taft, California, son Michael Lewis of Spokane, Washington, and son Rick Lewis and his wife Sharon of Spokane, Washington, sister Jackie Womack and her husband Chuck of Hollister, Missouri, brother Alvia Jay Moody and his wife Wanda of Taft, California, sister Judith Brown and her husband David of Franklin, Kentucky, brother Joe Bob Moody and his wife Alice of Santa Maria, California, sister Mary Jane Ornelas and her husband Richard of Taft, California numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son Joseph Wade Moody and brothers Kenneth and Terry Moody.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. at the chapel of the Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary with Pastor Elmer Moody officiating. Cremation was requested with private inurnment at Santa Maria Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Harold Moody at the United Security Bank, 523 Cascade Place, Taft, 93268 California. Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary and Crematory.
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Roger Lewis Moor Jr.
December 5, 1963 - June 18, 2008



Roger Lewis Moor Jr. was born on December 5, 1963 to Roger and Particia (Requarth) Moor, and passed away in Taft on June 18, 2008.

Roger, even though he might have been a bit of a rebel at times, was known for his impeccable work as a welder, he was a stickler for perfection. He loved welding so much, he even welded on top of high rises in Montana, and one particular time, he stood on top of a high rise without any safety equipment and praised his work. Not only did Roger enjoy what he did for a living, he also had many hobbies. If Roger was not working or welding something, he liked to play the guitar, go hunting and also do some fly fishing in his spare time.

Roger is survived by his parents Roger and Patricia Moor, his children Brandice, Braun, Brian, June, Ian, Ely and Buddy III; his stepchildren; Nicole Truitt, Tiffany Griffith and Gary Valc; brothers; Michael, John and Tad. He is also survived by his great-grandmother Lucille Auchmuty, aunts and uncles Edith and Bill King, Marty and Rori Blackwood, Barbara and Bob Mc Donald; cousins Mark and Robin Leonard, Randy Simon, Chase, Hailey and Amanda. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Roger will be missed by all that knew him and loved him, but he will never be forgotten.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the following people; Taft College Cafeteria staff, Jeff, Cindy, Kathy, Heather, and the rest of the staff, Mr. Kenny Howell, Larry H. and Cole L.

At the request of family, services are private. West Side Memorial Services - Porteous Family in Taft have been entrusted with the arrangements. You may sign the online guestbook at www.westsidememorials.com.
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Donald and Wanda Moore
January 12, 1925 - May 3, 2011 - Wanda
October 11, 1926 - October 15, 2011 - Donald



Donald Moore passed away on October 15th at the age of 86. Don was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda, who passed away six months ago.

Don was born in Maricopa and lived there the first half of his life. He served in the U.S. Army and spent time in the Philippines as WWII was ending. Don and Wanda were both educators in the Maricopa Unified School District. After just a couple of years of teaching Don became the Principal of Maricopa High School. Later he became the Superintendent of Maricopa Unified School District. Years later Don, Wanda and children, David and Jennifer, moved to Northern California and settled in Sebastopol.

Don was a very intelligent person who enjoyed reading and gardening. He also loved hunting and fishing and has passed that passion on to his son, David, and grandson, Henry. Wanda was a dedicated wife and mother. She was also an outstanding cook. Don and Wanda are survived by their children, David and Jennifer Moore, grandson Henry Moore, and several nieces and nephews.
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Lloyd Edward Moore
May 4, 1938 - January 26, 2012



A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. for Lloyd Edward Moore, 73. Mr. Moore was born in El Cajon on May 4, 1938 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on January 26, 2012.

He proudly served his country for 26 years as a member of the U.S. Navy. After his retirement from the Navy he was employed by Chevron and retired after 17 years of service, Mr. Moore was the owner of L&S Performance Horses and he loved to BBQ. Mr. Moore was dedicated to serving his country and his family. In retirement his love was horses.

Mr. Moore was preceded in death by his first wife of 41 years, Clydine Moore. His survivors include his wife, Sylvia Moore of Bakersfield; his sons and their wives, Steve and Debbie Moore of San Diego and Brad and Debbie Moore of Bakersfield; his daughter and her fiance', Debbie Moore and Ken Beard of Bakersfield; his brother and his wife, Tom and Mary Moore of Taft; his step daughter and her husband Koni and George Santos of Bakersfield; his grandchildren, Suzanne and her husband Scott Steele, Tyler Moore, Brandon Hall, Hudson Frankie and Madison and his great grandson Zachary.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home. To convey condolences on sign an online register, please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com. We know heaven has horses, because a cowboy just rode up.
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Ruthie Moore
July 21, 1953 - January 14, 2010



Graveside funeral services were held in the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.for Valley Acres resident, Ruthie Moore, 56.

Mrs. Moore was born in California on July 21, 1953 and passed away in her home on January 14, 2010. She was raised and educated in Taft and was a member of the 1973 graduating class of Taft Union High School. Mrs. Moore had been active in the Taft Acres Horse Club and Westside 4H Club. She loved the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing and camping. She will be fondly remembered as being "the" mom to all the neighborhood children.

Mrs. Moore is survived by her husband by her husband, Mike Moore; her daughter and her husband, Amber and Scott Reeves; her parents, Calvin and Alberta McCracken; her sisters and their husbands, John and Barbara Cawalti and Connie and Gary Wheeler all of Valley Acres.

The services were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Willalrd "Red" Moore, 79
September 7, 1917 - February 19, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. for Willard A. "Red" Moore, 79.

Red was born September 7, 1917 in Byers, Texas, and passed away February 19, 1997 in a Bakersfield hospital. Red had lived in Taft for 52 years. He and his wife, Mildred, ran the M&S Used Car Lot for 22 years before retiring. After retirement, he enjoyed many years fishing and restoring old cars.

He was preceded in death by is wife, Mildred, and two granddaughters, Laurie and Melanie. He is survived by his brother, Earl Dean Moore of Texas; three sons and their wives, Linnard and Sharon Moore of Bakersfield, and Donald and Kathy Moore and Laurence and Bobbie Moore, all of Taft; four grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and many friends.

Visitation will be Monday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Sunset Chapel.
The services have been entrusted to the Taft Funeral Home.
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FayeThurman Moree
July 16, 1915 - November 20, 2011



Faye was born on a farm on July 16, 1915. Faye lived to be 96 years old. Her parents were Luke Thurman and Kate Fenter Thurman. Faye was the seventh of eleven children. There were six boys and five girls. Of the boys there were three Church of Christ preachers and two elders.

Faye married Marvin Eldon Moree on October 13, 1934. They had five children, three girls; (Chris Morgan, Marvine Moree - deceased at two months old - and Pat Hamlet) and two boys; (Marshal Moree; Joe Moree deceased at 65 years old). They also raised five foster children, three girls and two boys.

They lived in Taft, California where Marvin worked in the oilfields and Faye worked in a Pantex Ordinance Plant in Taft that made bombs for the war. Then Marvin was drafted into service, and they moved the family to Oklahoma to be near Faye's family during his time in the service. After he was discharged, they moved to the oilfields near Taft, California. It was during this time Faye became a Nurse's Aide to supplement the family income. She worked at Westside Hospital in Taft. and was given the job of sitting with terminal patients. After she hurt herself trying to turn a patient who was having trouble breathing, she had to quit. She had always loved art, painting and ceramics; so she opened a shop in Taft on Wood Street where she taught ceramics and later oil painting.

Faye loved to travel. She made three trips to the holy land, two trips to Australia, three trips to Alaska, eight trips to Africa, two trips to Egypt and four trips to Europe. On most of her trips at some point there was a cruise involved. She loved being on a ship and being waited on. On her last trip she took her two girls and one niece, Carolyn Brinkley. They went to Australia and saw Ayers Rock, went to Alice Spring in the outback and then boarded a ship that took them around Australia and New Zealand. It was a three week trip in all and Faye, Chris, Pat and Carolyn shared a cabin onboard the ship. They all got real close on that trip.

Fay was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin; daughter, Marvine and her son, Joe. She was also preceded in death by her parents, all of her sisters and most of her brothers. Clem Thurman and Faye Moree are all that is left of the original clan. Faye has numerous nephews and nieces, First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth generations. She also has 13 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, 22 great-great grandchildren and 3 great-great-great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Wednesday, November 23rd, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.; at Mission Family Mortuary. Services will be on Friday, November 25th at 10:00 a.m.; at Highland Church of Christ, 10130 Rosedale Highway Bakersfield, California 93312.
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Alvert Lee Morgan
July 6, 1925 - February 28, 2011



A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Thursday, March 3, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. for Albert Lee Morgan, 85. Rev. Scott Pearson, pastor of the First Baptist Church, will officiate.

Albert Lee Morgan was born on July 6, 1925 in Shamrock, Texas to parents Alva and Burly Morgan and went home to be with the Lord on February 28, 2011.

His legacy lives on through his wife of 61 years, Janice Morgan; sister, Ruth Lewis and her husband, Kenneth; sisters-in-law, Helen Leino and Eulagene Anderson; his children, Cecil Morgan, Janice Rawlins and her husband, David and Dee Morgan; grandchildren, Robin and John Barrett, Carey and Jim Keene, Jeff Morgan, Josh and Crystal Moore, Heather and Tim Chapman and Ashley and Joe Morris; great grandchildren, David, Hayley and Andrew Coker, Bryce, Alexis and Cameron Keene, Katelynn and Adalee Moore and Nathanael Chapman. Al or Lee, as some called him, enjoyed helping people and never said no to any project. He served his country as a member of the U.S. Army during World War II and was always proud of his country.

He worked in the oil industry for over 35 years, most of that time for ARCO Oil & Gas Company where his work ethic was one to be respected and envied. In his spare time and after retirement, he loved to read, camp and fish. One thing that anyone who knew him realized was that most of all he loved his family. He has left this world a much better place by his presence and a void that no one will ever fill. We miss you beyond comprehension, but look forward to seeing you again someday. Until then you're in our hearts and thanks for the memories!

Visitation for Mr. Morgan will be held on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Barbara "Jeanne" Morgan
December 29, 1924 - August 7, 2003



Graveside services will be held for Jeanne Morgan Tuesday, August 12, 2003, 11:00 a.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park. Viewing will be Monday, August 11th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Hillcrest Mortuary.

Jeanne was born December 29, 1924, in Taft, California, to Henry and Rose Pond. There she met and married Tom H. Morgan on January 24, 1942. They had been married nearly 60 years before his passing in 2001.

In 1946 Jeanne moved with her husband to Bakersfield where they raised three children and opened Morgan Air Conditioning and Sheet Metal. Jeanne worked along side her husband as the bookkeeper for their business until their retirement in 1980.

Jeanne and Tom enjoyed traveling the world and driving across the United States to visit family and friends. Jeanne's favorite place was home for many years. She loved walking along the beach with her children and grandchildren hunting for shells.

Jeanne is survived by her loving family, daughter, Sharon Irick and husband, David of Dallas, Texas; son, Dean Morgan; daughter, Kathleen Lamley and husband, Merrill, all of Bakersfield. She was most proud of her three grandchildren, grandson, Dr. Terry Morgan and fianc'ee, Dawn Bernhardt of Bakersfield; grandaughters, Chris Irick of Utica, New York and Jessica Irick of Dallas, Texas. Jeanne is also survived by her twin sisters, Doris Lewis and Lois McCravey; brother-in-law, Lloyd (Mac) McCravey and numerous nieces and nephews. Jeanne was preceded in death by her husband, parents and sister, Lorraine Sanford.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, aunt and friend who will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
www.dignitymemorial.com Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary
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Dorothy Bernice Morgan
November 22, 1915 - July 19, 2002



Graveside services for Dorothy Morgan were held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 22nd at the West Side District Cemetery. Dorothy, the daughter of George and Catherine Barrett, was born in Maricopa died Friday, July 19th at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Brown at Newport Beach. Dorothy was a long time resident of Kern County and was a graduate of the class of 1933 from Taft High School.

She married Guy Morgan July, 1947 and together they raised four children; Carol, Judy, Nancy, and Kathleen. All four daughters were graduates of Taft High School. She was preceded in death by Guy in November of 1982; and her parents, George and Catherine Barrett in 1972; and two brothers, Everett in 1966 and Lawrence in 1975. Those she leaves behind are three brothers; Calvin Barrett of Anaheim, Stan Barrett of Taft; and Jim Barrett of San Francisco; four daughters; Carol Gant of Torrance, Judy Brown of Newport Beach, Nancy Lee of San Luis Obispo, and Kathy Braun of Phoenix; eight grandchildren: Michael Turner; Pamela, Nancy, Caroline, and Andrea Brown; Mia Soon and Mark Lee; and David McCrossan and 2 great grandchildren.

Officiants of the graveside service were Pastors Ken and Ruth Dutro of Newport Beach, California
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Harry V. Morgan
November 23, 1918 - March 15, 1995



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery Thursday at 10:00 a.m. for former Taft resident Harry Vincent Morgan, 76. Mr. Morgan was born in Pompeys Piller, Montana on November 23, 1918 and passed away at his La Pine, Oregon home on March 15, 1995. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Mr. Morgan had been employed as a pusher for Mobil Oil for 30 years. He lived in Taft for 50 years before moving to Oregon in 1980.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruby Morgan, in 1966, his second wife, Florence Morgan in 1993; a daughter, Patricia Ellis in 1966, and a stepdaughter, Betty Boughamer, in 1994. He is survived by two daughters, Anita Hamby and Nancy Morgan, both of Bakersfield; two brothers, Lester Morgan of Taft and Jim Morgan of La Pine; two stepsons, Ernie Cresswell of Sacramento and Harvey Behm of Big Timber, Montana; his grandchildren, Mark Gray of Taft, Julie Cloud Of Bakersfield, Patty Hatchett of Phoenix, Arizona, Terry Wilson of Rialto, Dennis Wilson of San Bernardino, David Cresswell of Sacramento, Dwayne Carlson of Bakersfield, Lynn Sturdebanpt, Laura Wood, Louise Spalding and Lance Behm.

Those who wish may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. to pay their respects.
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Merle Morgan – Rites Pending
September 16, 1914 - February 17, 2003



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Thursday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. for longtime Taft resident, Merle Morgan, 88. Mrs. Morgan was born in Arkansas on September 16, 1914 and passed away in Taft on February 17, 2003. She lost the battle with cancer and has now gone home.

She retired from Sparkle Laundry and enjoyed her years as a mother, grandmother, friend and neighbor. She was a beautiful seamstress and enjoyed making lovely quilts and Afghans and giving them to those she loved.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Vernon W. Krecman and Charles A. Morgan; and by her two sons, Roy Krecman and Ron Krecman. Mrs. Morgan is survived by, and will be dearly missed by eight grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and lots of dear friends and family.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests that one may buy a tree or rose bud and plant it, enjoy it, and think of her. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Tom H. Morgan
October 20, 1915 - November 23, 2001



Chapel services for Tom H. Morgan will be held Wednesday, November 28, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. at Hillcrest Mortuary Chapel. Viewing will be Tuesday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Tom was born October 20, 1915 in Coffeyville, Kansas to Floyd and Viola Morgan. The family moved to California in the 1930's, settling in Taft, California in 1941. There he met and married Barbara Jeanne Pond on January 24, 1942. He was a veteran of WWII, achieving the rank of Technical Sergeant in the Army Air Corps, repairing the sheet metal on P47 Thunderbolt Aircraft in England, France and Germany. In 1946 Tom moved his family to Bakersfield continuing his career as a sheet metal fabricator, eventually opening Morgan Air Conditioning and Sheet Metal. He pioneered the aluminum one piece garage door that was widely used in Valley Home Construction during the 1950's - 70's, he retired in 1980. He was a board of director of the Kern County Builders Exchange and past president and still active member of the East Bakersfield Exchange Club.

Tom is survived by his loving wife of nearly 60 years, Jeanne; daughter, Sharon Irick and husband David of Dallas, Texas; son, Dean Morgan; daughter Kathleen Lamley and husband Merrill all of Bakersfield. He was most proud of his three grandchildren, grandson Dr. Terry Morgan and fiance' Dawn Bernhardt of Bakersfield; granddaughters Chris Irick of Utica, New York and Jessica Irick of Dallas, Texas and numerous nieces and nephews. Tom was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Lem and Jay and sister, Georgia. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend who will be missed by all who knew him.
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Roscoe W. Morgan
December 26, 1913 - February 14, 2009



Roscoe W. Morgan 1913 - 2009 Graveside services will be held Friday February 20, at 11:00 a.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 3700 River Blvd. for Roscoe W. Morgan, 95, of Bakersfield who passed away at home February 14. Pastor Elsea will officiate.

Roscoe was born December 26, in the Jerry Slough area north of Buttonwillow. He attended Wildwood Elementary School, Wasco High, Bakersfield College, UCLA and USC. He taught school in Needles and Maricopa before coming to East Bakersfield High in 1943 where he taughat Business subjects before ending as a full time counselor when he retired in 1974. He was a member of the Wasco Masonic Lodge for 74 years. Trinity United Methodist Church, CTA, CRTA and was one of the first Members and official of the Kern Schools Federal Credit Union. He enjoyed the out of doors, hunting and fishing. He made many pack trips into the High Sierras. After his retirement he and his wife. Mary traveled all over the world.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, John and Ethelyn; his brother, Eugene; sister, Margaret; his first wife, Alma; and his second wife, Mary. Survivors include daughter, Tonja and husband, David Worthley, Vicki and husband, Ken MacIntyre; granddaughters, Erin and husband Bill Buys; Amy Coit, Dana MacIntyre, and Kelley Farrell; and great-greatgrandchildren, Bridgett and Brandon Ferrell and Jackson Buys.

Memorials may be sent to the American Heart Association, Hoffmann Hospice or the charity of your choice. Please join the family for a reception at Roscoe's home immediately following the service.
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Letitia "Lettie" Morrasy, 86
March 13, 1910 - February 20, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery for Letitia "Lettie" Morrasy, 86.

Mrs. Morrasy was born March 13, 1910 in Waterloo, Iowa, and passed away February 20, 1997. She had lived in Taft for about 70 years. Always focusing on giving to others, she worked at West Side and Stewarts Drugs. More importantly, she helped many familites throughout the Taft area as a caregiver in their time of need. She was a member of the Eastern Stars.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob; his daughter, Mema; and her grandson, Jeff. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Pat and Ray Ables; her granddaughters and their spouses, Carol and Dale Cross, and Tish and Tom Sagniere; her great grandchildren, Kempson and Kelly of Clovis; her brother and his wife, Dave and Vera Pett of Taft, her sisters, Dolly Nichols of Santa Maria and Rose Hull of Seattle, Washington; and her extended family, MIke, Karen, Matt and Ben Morrasy of Santa Cruz.

Donations in Mrs. Morrasy's memory may be made to the Hoffman Hospice of the Valley, 6501 Schirra Court #301, Bakersfield, California 93313.
Visitation will be Monday until 8:00 p.m. at the Taft Funeral Home.
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Alta Mae Morris
December 18, 1919 - September 4, 2010



Alta Mae Galigher - Morris, 90, passed away peacefully on September 4, 2010. She is survived by her only son Gene Morris; grandson, Michael Morris; granddaughter, Shannon Banks; great-grandsons, Brian Banks and Daniel Banks; numerous nieces and nephews. Alta was predeceased by her husband of 41 years, Lowell M. Morris; her sisters, Tressie and Adar; brothers, Teddy Bill, Marvin "Doc" and Bert Roland.

Alta was born in Mt. Grove, Arkansas on December 18, 1919. She spent her childhood in Hominy, Oklahoma where she met and married her husband in 1941. They came to California in 1941 and lived in Santa Monica during WWII where Lowell worked at Douglas Aircraft. The Morris family settled in Taft after the war. While Lowell worked in the oilfields, Alta was a stay at home mom and also cared for her mother, Nancy, until she passed away in 1964. Through the years, (Aunt Sis) was a favorite aunt to many nieces and nephews. After her husband passed away in 1977, she went back to school and became a teachers aide and the Taft College Children's Center. "Miss Alta" lovingly cared for hundreds of children during her 17 years at the Children's Center. Alta was well known for her pie baking, her love of children and her sweet disposition. Alta's loving personality left a lasting impression on everyone who knew her.

There will be a viewing on Friday, September 17, 2010 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, September 18, 2010, at 9:30 a.m. burial will follow at 11:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations maybe made in her memory to the Taft College Foundation/Children's Center, 29 Emmons Park Drive, Taft, California 93268. The arrangements were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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James K. Morris
September 7, 1920 - July 21, 2003



James K. Morris, 82 years, died at his home in North Fork, California, July 21, 2003.

His parents, Thomas Garland Morris and Laura Ethel Oxford Morris, and his brother Garland “Bud” Morris preceded him in death. He was survived by Park and Lousie Elliott of Novato, California son Robert Morris of Derby Acres, thirteen grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. Also surviving are his brother John D. Morris in Derby Acres and his sisters Barbara Eveland of Taft and Beverly Hollingshead of Novato, California.

James graduated from Midway School, Taft Union High School, and Taft College. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He worked for Union 76 Pipeline for 31 years before retiring to North Fork, he volunteered in fundraising for the Friends of the Library and the North Fork Boosters during his retirement.

Private graveside services will be held at a later date at the North Fork Cemetery.
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Olive Marie Morris
January 24, 2014 - January 16, 2014



A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. for Olive M. Morris, 79.

Mr. Morris was born in Taft on March 26, 1934 and passed away in Bakersfield on January 16, 2014. She was an avid bowler and played on a bowling league in Taft.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Morris; her sister, Jerry Perry; and by her brother, C.F. Alldredge, Ed Alldredge and Richard Alldredge. Mrs. Morris is survived by her daughter and her husband, Carla and Kenny Busby of Fresno, her son and his wife, Robert and Darlene Morris of Bakersfield; her grandsons, K.C. Busby and Corey Morris. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and other family members.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To convey condolences please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Thomas "Tom" Morris
September 10, 1944 - April 1, 2007



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. for Thomas "Tom" Morris, 62.

Mr. Morris was born in Bakersfield on September 23, 1944 and passed away in Palo Alto on April 1, 2007. He was a member of the DeMolays as a youth and president of the youth group at the First Christian Church. He had served his county as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps for five years.

Mr. Morris was preceded in death by his step-father, Roy Thompson, brother, Michael Thompson and by his grandparents. His survivors include his three daughters, Lori Miller and her husband, David of Bakersfield, Kaitlyn and Lindsey Morris of Freemont; his grandchildren, Megan and Robby Miller of Bakersfield; his step-children, Sandy Morgan, David Trimble and Kim Trimble all of Texas; his six step grandchildren; his mother, Lena Thompson of Taft; his brother, Cliff Thompson and his wife Caroline of Taft; his aunt, Jean Gipson of Texas.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangemnts are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Brian Keith Morrison
March 29, 1980 - October 26, 2003



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Brian Keith Morrison, 23. Mr. Morrison was born in Taft on March 29, 1980 and passed away in Taft on October 26, 2003. He was raised in Taft and graduated from Woodland Hills High School. He had been employed as an oil worker and was last employed by Watkins Construction.

His survivors include his father, Melvin Morrison; his mother, Carol Morrison; his two brothers, Chad Morrison and Scotty Morrison and his grandparents, Gene and Jackie Billings and Raymond Morrison all of Taft. Other survivors include his nieces Katie and Alex Morrison; Shawna; his aunt Marilyn Simpson; cousins Michelle and Johnny Simpson and Debbie Saltiban.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Peter "Pete" Morrison
December 26, 1950 - March 14, 1997



Services will be held at the Sanctuary Cove Church in Tucson, Arizona, on Saturday, March 29, 1997 for Taft native Peter "Pete" Leonard Morrison, 46.

Mr. Morrison was born on December 26, 1950 in Bakersfield and passed away March 14, 1997 in Tucson. He lived in Taft for most of his life but for the past 15 years had made his home on th plains of Arizona where he was a wrangler and professional horse trainer.

Pete was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Johnnie Ruth Morrison. Survivors include his father, Raymond "Pete" Morrison of Taft; his daughter, Julie Holland of New Mexico; his sister, Karen Gafford; his brother Melvin Morrison; and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.

According to his wishes, his ashes will be scattered on the land he loved in Tucson.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Sanctuary Cove Church, 8001 N. Scenic Drive, Tucson, Arizona 85743.
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Carol Morrow
January 12, 1943 - June 16, 2003



On Monday June 16th, at 1:20 p.m. Carol Morrow lost her battle while waiting for an organ donation.

Carol was born on January 12, 1943 in New Mexico. She moved to Bakersfield with her two brothers, mother and grandmother in 1952. Carol was a graduate of East High School. She spent many years working as a waitress at Stan's Diner, the Roadway and many other places while attending Business College. Since 1996 she was working at Ken Small Construction in the accounting department. She was very dedicated to her work; we all believe it kept her going. She continued to work up until January of this year despite her illness. Carol loved all sports and was an avid NASCAR and NFL fan. You could always find her on a Sunday in front of the TV either routing for our hometown boy #29 or screaming for her Falcons. She also loved to watch movies; collect Hallmark ornaments, drink Pepsi and spend time with her friends and family. This wonderful person passed away at the UCLA Hospital in the best of care.

She is preceded in death by her second husband, Billy Morrow. She is loved and survived by her parents, John and Flo Malters; son Brent Bennett and daughter-in-law Sonja Bennett; son Christopher "Niko" Morrow daughter Stephanie Morrow and her fiance's Scott Sutton; grandchildren, Brandi Bennett, Jayme Bennett, Niko Bennett, and Brian Shorr; her two brothers Russell Aston and Buddy Aston. Carol had several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Shirley Thompson, Clarisse Nettleton and Katie O'Neil were very special people in her life that offered her so much love, support and laughter.

Services to be held on Friday, June 27, 2003 at 3:00 p.m. at the West Side District Cemetery in Taft, California on Cedar. A celebration of Carol's life will follow the services at the Bennett residence, 6915 Kings Forest Court, Bakersfield, California.

Family is requesting that you talk about organ donation and make sure your family is aware of your wishes. Give and let live, be an organ donor.
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Helen Louise Morrow
March 30, 1924 - June 14, 2008



Helen Louise Morrow went to be with our Lord and Father on June 14, 2008.

Helen was born on March 30, 1924 in Oxnard, California. Her parents were Frank and Emma (Strobel) Basham. At the young age of 16 she married the love of her life, Dan E. Morrrow in Yuma, Arizona on July 4, 1940. After their marriage, they returned to Oxnard, California where they resided until 1953 when they moved to Port Hueneme. There they owned and operated Morrow's Shoe Repair. In 1966 Dan and Helen moved to the Lockwood Valley and operated the Lodge at Camp Scheideck. Their last venture before retirement, they opened/owned and operated the Half Way Station in the Lockwood Valley on Highway 33. Their reitirement years were spent in Lake Isabella/Weldon area until 1985 when they moved bock to Oxnard, California.

Helen is preceded in death by her husband of 60 years Dan E. Morrow Sr. She is survived by her daughter Juanita Davis and husband Tim from Oxnard, California and son Dan E. Morrow Jr. from Maricopa, California. Grandchildren Rayleen Jackson and husband John of Taft, California; April Lapeer and husband Robert of Bakersfield, California. Helen is also survived by her great-grandchildren, Raymond, Danielle, Jessica, Austin, Makenzi, Madison, Connor, Riley.

Helen enjoyed crocheting and knittting afghans and hand towels. She started crocheting and knitting at the young age of 16. There was no formal training, she self taught herself. In 1999 her first afghan submission into the Ventura County Fair won first prize, and a second agfhan received honorable mention. She also won first prize in 2002 and 2007 for her unique afghans. Helen's talents enabled her to raise beautiful orchids which she proudly gave to family members and friends. She was also proud of her daffodils which bloomed every year in the spring. In 2001 at the ripe age of 77 she learned how to use the computer and enjoyed sending and receiving e-mails and playing solitaire and poker. During her lifetime, Helen was very involved with her children serving two terms as President of the Hueneme Elementary School PTA. She was also involved in Brownies and Girl Scouts.

At the request of Helen no services were held. If individuals so desire, they may contribute to the charity of their choice on Helen's behalf. West Side Memorial Services - Porteous Family Taft, California has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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Raymond R. Mortimer
December 21, 1935 - September 2, 2011



Our beloved son, dad, grandpa, "Papa," brother and friend passed away September 2, 2011 in Bakersfield, California. Ray is survived by, his wife, Carmen Mortimer; father Frank Laskowsky; sisters, Sharon and Anita; daughters and sons-in-law, Grace and John Barber, Janella and Larry Heptinstall; son and daughter-in-law Rick and Susan Byrd; daughters, Debbie Baldwin and Christie Parker; grandchildren, Joseph, Chris, Rick, Kacie, Heleah, Emilee, Scotty, and Lizzie; and great grandchildren, Paige, Ashton, Alex, Julia, Tony and Siena.

Ray was born in Colorado. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict before moving to Taft in 1960 where he resided until his death. He worked for West Kern Water District until his retirement in 1999. For 35 years Ray worked as a Taft Police Department Reserve Officer. In addition he was a strong believer in volunteering his time and was very active in many local organizations, including the American Legion Post #63, VFW Post #11012, West Side Cemetery District Board, Taft Sportsman's Club, and the Taft Lions Club. Ray was very passionate about hunter safety and over the past 40 years taught a hunter safety course and firearm training. Most recently he worked for the Westside Security Patrol and served on the 2010-2011 Kern County Grand Jury. Ray worked hard to take care of his family and to set a good example for his children and grandchildren. He will be missed - may he rest in peace.

A memorial service will be held at the West Side District Cemetery, 440 E. Cedar Street, Taft, California on Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. A reception will follow at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, at 101 Church Street, Taft, California. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association. 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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Imogene Morton
August 28, 1916 - September 5, 2001



Imogene Morton died on September 5th in Taft at Mercy Westside Hospital, of problems caused by Alzheimer's disease. She was 85 and has lived in Alzheimer's Care Facility's since 1994.

Imogene Morton was born Belva Imogene Jameson in Conway, Missouri on August 28, 1916 and made the long trip by car to Taft with her family in 1922. Her father was a mechanic and was immediately hired by an oil company, so it wasn't long until the family owned a home in Ford City. Imogene married Samuel Mahlan Morton in 1934 and they started a family that was to include six children. Imogene was a dedicated mother a fastidious housekeeper and a excellent cook. She also kept the books for the family business and occasionally took extra jobs to help with unexpected expenses.

Imogene was preceded in death by her husband in 1979 and her daughter "Cookie" Davis in 2000. She is survived by, daughter Belva Lee Taylor of Mariposa, California. Daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Sandy Kiser of Maricopa; Sons and daughters-in-law John and Eula Morton of Valley Acres, Bob and Sandy Morton of Taft, and Rocky and Donna Morton of Morgan Hill, California. She is survived by 14 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Friday, September 7th from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at West Side Family Mortuary in Taft. Graveside services will be held Saturday, September 8th at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Belva Morton. All arrangements entrusted to the care of the West Side Family Mortuary of Taft, phone: 661- 763 - 1594.
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John Mahlan Morton
February 8, 1940 - March 3, 2007



John Mahlan Morton was born in Taft, Ca. on February 8, 1940 to parents, Samuel Mahlan Morton and Belva Imogene Morton. John grew up and went to school in Taft all the way thru college. John worked for his father's oilfield contracting business upon his father retirement. John and his brother Robert Morton, split the business their father's business and each went out on their own. John moved his family to Visalia and tried his hand at farming for three years before moving back to Taft so his son could attend Taft High School. John purchased Huddleston Crane Service which he ran for ten years before turning it over to his son, David Morton and son-in-law, Dave Noerr. John raised his family with a strong work ethic and a love for fishing and hunting and the outdoors. Hunting and fishing and traveling with family and friends were the second most important things in life. First and foremost was his wife of 45 years, Eula Morton and watching and being a part of his grandchildren's development and accomplishments.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Imogene Morton and by his sister, Cookie Davis. His survivors include his wife, David an Launa Morton; his grandchildren, Ashley Noerr, D. J. Noerr, Jake Morton, Amelia Morton; his sisters and brothers and their spouses, Belva Taylor, Bob and Sandy Morton, Rocky and Donna Morton and Debbie and Sandy Kiser; many, many nieces and nephews; and by many family friends. Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday, March 7, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Alice L. Mote
October 28, 1916 - July 9, 2008



Graveside services will be held on Wednesday July 16, 2008 at 9:00 a.m at the West Side District Cemetery in Taft where Rev. Scott Pearson of the First Baptist Church will be officiating over the services for Alice L. Mote.

Alice passed away peacefully on July 9, 2008 at her home in Bakersfield, California. Alice was born on October 28, 1916 in Rhea, Oklahoma to Winfield and Alvira (Shaner) Ireton. On February 28, 1941, Alice at the age of 25 received her beautician license, doing hair was her life. Alice not only enjoyed doing her ladies hair, she would get jealous if her ladies went elsewhere to get their hair done by someone other than Alice. Alice loved doing hair so much, she even worked in the local Taft Funeral Homes doing hair for the funeral homes.

Alice was a caring, giving person, one to always please. She would always buy too many presents at Christmas, but the family never complained. Alice was one to always put together and enjoyed big Christmas' and dinners. She loved having her family and friends around her. Another trait Alice had, was the she loved cooking, and cooked lots of food, if you did not eat it all, you would hear about it from Alice the next day. Alice was a Super Fine Lady. Alice loved her church. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Taft, she never missed her church, if she could not make it to the First Baptist Church, she would go to St. Andrews Church, which was close to her home. She was soft hearted to a fault. Alice will be missed by all that knew and loved her.

Alice is preceded in death by her loving husband of 27 years Harvey Mote, her daughter Betty McCracken, grandsons Van and Calvin McCracken, and Brian Mote, her three brothers, and four sisters. Alice is survived by her son Max Mote and his wife Cora of Bakersfield. She is also survived by three grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Continuum Care, especially Carol & Brenda & John's Haven and their staff who took great care of Alice. Friends and Family who would like to make a donation in Alice's name may do so to Optimal Hospice, 4800 Stockdale Hwy., Ste.215, Bakersfield, California 93309_2636.
For further floral and service information, please call West Side Memorial Services 763-1594. You may sign the on-line guestbook at www.wsestsidememorialservices.com. West Side Memorial Services Porteous Family-Taft have been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.
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Dorothy Evelyn Callen Mott
March 10, 1916 - November 19, 2012



Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Taft on Thursday, November 29, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. for Dorothy Evelyn Callen Mott. The Recitation of the Rosary will precede the Mass and Msgr. Mike Braun will be the celebrant. Burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mrs. Mott was born on March 10, 1916 in Tulare, California, the second of three children born to Benjamin and Mabel (Hollingsworth) Bryant, and passed away on November 19, 2012 at the age of 96 in Bakersfield, California. Her early life consisted of constant moves back and forth between Taft and the oilfields of California, accommodating her father's occupation as an oil driller. Starting school in Maricopa, she attended every grammar school in Taft but attended high school in Alberta Canada. Returning to Taft at 19, years of age following the Great Depression, she attended and graduated from Taft College in 1937 her she later worked for 10 years, retiring in 1964.

In 1939 she married Alfred Mott, Jr., a union that lasted 44 years and produced 3 children Virginia, Charles and Marilyn, who died in 1945. In 1988, five years after the death of her first husband, she married James O. Callen, a union that ended in his death in 1990. She was also preceded in death by her long-time companion, Travis George in 2003.

Her greatest pleasure in life was her yard which she lovingly tended until ill health prevented her from doing it. The City of Taft rewarded her efforts with a 1st place place for Beautifying Taft in 1998 of which she was very proud. She was active in her church, serving four years as President of YLI, Ave Maria Institute #103, and later eight years as President of the Altar Society of St. Mary's Church.

Mrs. Mott is survived by her two children, Charles and Ginger; three grandchildren and their spouses, Dave and Robin Taylor, Steve and Robin Taylor and Karen and Kevin O'Leary; her nine great grandchildren, Mark, Jack, Carly, Brad, Jared, Adam, Joe, Jack and Caitlin, and several cousins. There are no visitation hours scheduled. To sign an online registry please visit. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Thelma L. Mott
December 30, 1909 - November 30, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday, December 5, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. for Thelma Lucetta Mott, 91. The order of Eastern Star Taft Chapter #323 will officiate at the service.

Mrs. Mott was born to Charles and Olive Monson on December 30, 1909 in Longbeach and passed away at the Mercy Hospice in Roseburg, Oregon on November 30, 2001. She married Marion George Mott in 1928 in Riverside and then they made their way to Kern County with Standard Oil they then moved into a lease in Tupman for a few months and then to Navy Elk Hills and then to the Standard 1-C lease in Taft. In 1936 they moved to the Standard Oil lease in Bakersfield in the Mountain View area and in 1955 they moved back to Taft. Marion George Mott passed away in 1977 and in the year 2000 Thelma moved to Roseburg, Oregon to be near her daughter and son-in-law, Dorothy and Harry Baumgardner. Through the years she was involved in Campfire Girls, PTA, Fairfax Grange, Taft Women's Club, Job's Daughters, DeMolay and the Order of Eastern Star Taft Chapter #323. Mrs. Mott loved to oil paint, work with leather, doll making, knitting, reading, gardening, playing the piano and organ.

Mrs. Mott was preceded in death by her, husband, Marion George Mott in 1977, her grandson, Marion Mott in 1977, and her son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Hazel Mott. Her survivors include her son and his wife, Harold and Katherine Mott of Bakersfield; her two daughters, Dorothy and her husband, Harry Baumgardner of Roseburg, Oregon and Patricia Mott of Bakersfield; her son and his wife, Robert and Janet Mott of Roseburg, Oregon; her grandchildren, Richard, Kathleen and Maria all of Bakersfield and Marjorie of Texas; her seven great grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren; her sister, Donna Lewis of Hanford and Dallas Johnson of Clairmont; her brothers, George Monson of Van Nuys and Warren and Charles Monson of Washington. She will be laid to rest next to her husband, Marion George Mott.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to your local health care Hospice program. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are in the care of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Beulah D. Muir, 97
August 5, 1908 - April 14, 2006



Memorial services will be held in the First United Methodist Church 7th and North Street, on Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., for long time Taft resident Beulah D. Muir, 97.

Mrs. Muir was born in Richmond on August 5, 1908 and passed away at her home April 14, 2006. She moved to Maricopa at the age of 12 and graduated from Maricopa High School in 1926. She came to Taft in 1932. She recieved her Bachelor of Arts from Fresno State College and was an elementary school teacher for 32 years retireing in 1984. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the friends of the library, Kern Retired Teachers Association, Order of the Eastern Star Bakersfield Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma and volunteered at the West Kern Oil Museum.

Mrs. Muir was preceded in death by her husband Jennings Muir in 1969 and by her son Jenning Muir Jr. Her survivors include her children James Muir and his wife Rett of New Jersey; Beverly Harper of Taft, her daughter-in-law Sharon Muir of Sacremento; her grandchildren Megan Muir, Kevin Muir, Susan Sawer, Scott Harper, Judy Chaidez, James Muir Jr., Alison Keating and by her 13 great grand children.

In lieu of flowers her family suggested that donation may be made to the Memorial Fund at the First United Methodist Church, the West Kern Oil Museum or a charity of your choice. Mrs. Muir's family would like to thank her caregivers Becky, Amanda, Barbara, and Betty. Ther are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Jerrold Mulkey
August 30, 1943 - June 23, 2002



Services are pending for Jerrold Mulkey, 58 of Taft, California. Mr. Mulkey died on June 23, 2002 at his home. Arrangements are by West Side Family Mortuary.
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Coy F. Mullins, 88
January 12, 1914 - March 9, 2002



Coy was born in St. Charles, Virginia to John and Dolly [Campbell] Mullins. The family moved to California about 1920. He attended school in Elk Hills and Taft; graduating with the class of 1932. He married Ruth Evelyn Cruzan December 28, 1934 in the Baptist Church in Tupman.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a shop machinist and was discharged in 1945. His work included barbering, working for Standard Oil, doing machinist work, and retiring from the City of Los Angeles Public Works Department as Assistant Maintenance Supervisor after 26-1/2 years.

His hobbies and interest included hunting, fishing and golf. He was a kind and generous man and always there for those needing a helping hand. He was a member of the Irvine Community Church.

Coy and Ruth spent the last 25 years in Leisure World at Laguna Hills and just recently moved to Glenwood Gardens in Bakersfield; where they celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary. During retirement he was lovingly devoted to caring for his wife, Ruth and his sister, Dorothy Hitchcock and her family of Taft.

No services are scheduled per his request and arrangements are under the direction of the Neptune Society.
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Ruth Evelyn (Cruzan) Mullins
June 6, 1914 - December 25, 2004



Ruth was born in Phoenix, Arizona and was the second of six children born to Robert E. and Ola (Davis) Cruzan. Mrs. Mullins passed away in Bakersfield on December 25, 2004. The Cruzan family moved from Phoenix to Whittier around 1922, and from Whittier to Tupman in 1929. Ruth attended school in Phoenix, Whittier, and graduated from Taft Union High School with the class of 1932. She married Coy F. Mullins on December 28, 1934 in the Baptist Church in Tupman. Ruth and Coy lived in Tupman, Avenal, Downey, Laguna Hills and briefly in Bakersfield. During and after World War II, Ruth worked at McDonnell Douglas as a draftsman. Ruth was an accomplished artist and her work is treasured by her family and friends. Her gentle and kind ways will be greatly missed by those that knew and loved her.

Ruth is survived by two brothers and their spouses, Bob and Joan Cruzan of Nipomo and Roy and Linda Cruzan of Taft; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Coy in 2002. Ruth resided at Glenwood Gardens during the past three years where she was lovingly cared for.

Graveside services will be held in Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier on Wednesday, December 29, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family has suggested donations be made in Mrs. Mullins' name to Hoffman Hospice. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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John H. Munding
October 10, 1929 - April 18, 2008



John Harold Munding, 78, resident of Lone Pine, California for the last 18 years.

John was born in Wasco, California on October 10, 1929 and passed away on April 18, 2008. John went to school in Maricopa and later Taft Union High School. He graduated Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo as an Aeronautical Engineer. As a boy, he was the California State Model Airplane Builder's Champion, going on to work at the Space Technology Laboratories. He joined TRW in 1956 where he was Program Manager on the Apollo 11 project in July of 1969 "One giantleap for mankind" when Neil Armstrong set foot on the lunar surface. After 34 years with TRW (now Northrop Gruman) he moved to Lone Pine, California where he enjoyed flying his own plane and was a member of the Lone Pine Advisory Commmittee.

He was preceded in death by his mother Vera Munding and his brother Ace. He is survived by his wife JoAnnn Munding of Lone Pine, son John and daughter Carol Pino-Williams; grandchildren Jennifer and Jason Olin, Patricia Pino, Elizabeth Pino, Alexandra Pino, and great grandson, Paul; nephew Guy and wife Ann Lingo.

In lieu of flowers donations are requested to be sent to Inyo Mono Association for the Handicapped, 370 S. Warren St., Bishop, California 93514. Funeral services an interment were held on April 25, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. at the West Side Distict Cemetery. Reverend Richared A. Menees of St. Paul's Anglican Parish of Bakersfield.
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Christopher Lee Muniz
June 24, 1987 - December 11, 2011



Christopher Lee Muniz, 24, of New Cuyama, California, passed away while defending his country in support of Operation Enduring Freedom XII in Shaukrai Valley, Kunar Province, Afghanistan.

He was born June 24, 1987, in Taft, California, to Jose Antonio Muniz III and Barbara Jean Kalp. Chris graduated from Cuyama Valley High School in 2006 and then attended Allen Hancock Community College on a football scholarship, majoring in liberal arts, and also attended Hawaii Pacific University, majoring in sports medicine.

Chris enlisted in the United States Army as a Signal Intelligence Analyst in 2008, where he quickly distinguished himself and earned the rank of sergeant before his untimely passing. Sergeant Muniz's awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal (3OLC), Army Achievement Medal (1OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Bonze Service Stars, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, and Combat Action Badge.

Chris was preceded in death by his grandparents, Norma Brown, Richard Brown, and Jose Muniz, Jr. He is survived by his loving wife, Lindsay of Texas; mother, Barbara Kalp of New Cuyama; father, Jose Muniz III of New Cuyama; grandmother, Georgia Games of Connecticut; brothers, Joseph Muniz and wife, Crystal of Pennsylvania, Anthony Muniz and wife, Alicia of New Cuyama, and Joshua Kalp of New Cuyama; sisters, Michaella Muniz of New Cuyama and Jessica Kalp of New Cuyama; two nieces and two nephews. Chris is also survived by a host of loving aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and friends. Chris was a loved member of the community and fostered growth and development in every person that he encountered, and he will be greatly missed.

A service in remembrance of his life will be held today, Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Cuyama Valley High School gymnasium, 4500 Highway 166, Services were handled under the trusted care of Greenlawn Southwest Mortuary in Bakersfield, California. For condolences please visit www.greenlawnmortuaryandcemetery.com
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Jewell Evelyn Murray, 87
March 25, 1915 - March 5, 2003



Jewell Evelyn Murray, 87, former resident of Taft and Bakersfield, died on Wednesday, March 5, 2003, in Falls Church, Virginia.

She was a current resident of Hendon, Virginia and was formerly employed as a bookkeeper for Urners Chrysler Plymouth in Taft and Bakersfield 1955-1980. She was a former member of the First Christian Church of Taft.

She is survived by her daughter, Diana Marshall [Joseph] of Herndon, Virginia; her son, Darrell Murray [Marlene] of Seattle, Washington; her sister Floe Murray of San Jose, California. She is also survived by 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 8th, at 4:00 p.m. at the Money and King Funeral Home, Vienna, Virginia.
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Emma

Emma Murtland, 103
March 7, 1900 – May 9, 2003



Graveside services will be held Tuesday, May 13th, at 2:30 p.m., in Greenlawn Memorial Park, 3700 River Blvd., for Emma Murtland, 103, of Bakersfield, who passed away May 9, 2003, in Bakersfield.

Mrs. Murtland was born March 7, 1900 in Wadestown, West Virginia and had been a long-time resident of Bakersfield, Porterville and Taft. During World War II Emma worked as a Riverter for Lockheed Aircraft Corp. at meadows Field until 1956. She was employed by Weill’s Department Store in the Clothing Department for seven years.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Loyd C. Murtland, in 1983; parents Richard and Priscilla Sargent; sisters, Dessie Walden and Tillie Harder; brothers, Carl and Jesse Sargent and niece, Lois Hamlim. She is survived by her niece Donna J. Murphy of Pismo Beach; and nephew, Richard Noxon of Illinois.

No visitation is scheduled.
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Margaret

Margaret [Peggy] Azbill J. Muser
March 8, 1946 - December 20, 2002



Margaret Peggy Azbill Muser passed away on December 20, 2002 at Memorial Hospital in Bakersfield. She was born on March 8, 1946 at Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield.

She attended Taft schools for a couple of years. She moved to Downey with her family. She graduated from Downey High School in 1963. She attended Woodbury Business College in Los Angeles. She did all of the things that little girls do; Brownies, Girls Scouts, Ballet and she loved horses. She went to work for the Automobile Club of Southern California. She later worked for Chevron for 19 years. She loved flowers and animals. She was compassionate for the homeless and she provided shelter and food for animals and people. Peggy was intelligent, generous, artistic and beautiful both inside and out.

Her father Wally Azbill passed away on May 2, 2002. Her cousin Patty Paterson passed away on May 16, 2002.

Peggy is survived by her husband David Muser, her mother, Sybil Azbill, her brother Waldemar Azbill and his wife Barbara Azbill; Tom Azbill and his wife Jeannie Azbill, her daughter Chrissy Rogers and her husband Todd Rogers, step-children Stacey Muser and David Muser, grandchildren Zakary Krigbaum, Hughston Rogers, Harley Rogers, Lenae Rogers, and JacLyn Rogers, and Uncle and Aunt, Tom and Irene Wagers, cousins Bea Wagers Shipman and Terry Patterson, and nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held in Taft at Westside Cemetery on Friday, December 27, at 10:00 a.m. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to all who have given prayers, cards, food, plants and flowers.
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Leslie Roberta Mutch, 85
June 18, 1916 - February 10, 2002



Graveside funeral services will be held on Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. in the Westside District Cemetery for Leslie Roberta Mutch, 85. Pastor Mick McMahon of West Hill Church Of the Nazarene will officiate at the services.

Born Leslie Roberta Chaiari on June 28, 1916 in Guadalupe, California. She was raised there and in Redondo Beach where she met and married Alex Mutch on October 2, 1943. She and Alex lived in Derby Acres, Reward, McKittrick and Taft. Leslie worked as a cosmetologist, also womens wear and with the U. S. Postal Service. She later became Postmistress at McKittrick, retiring after 20 years. Alex was a active member of the Masonic Lodge in Fellows and Leslie was very active in the Eastern Star in Taft, serving in several offices including Worthy Matron. She had many close friends in the Taft-McKittrick-Bakersfield area where she remained for several years after being widowed. In 1989 she moved to Lakewood to join her beloved companion, Robert Cox, where they lived for several years before moving to Bullhead City, Arizona in 1994. In 1996 they moved to Oceanside, California. They enjoyed many trips, especially to Laughlin, Peppermill and Reno. They enjoyed several cruises to Alaska and Hawaii. After Robert was diagnosed with a terminal illness, she was selflessly devoted to his care. After Robert's death she remained in Oceanside for eight months and then returned to Bakersfield to renew old friendships. She moved into the Varriage House, a senior Community, where she quickly made many new friends and enjoyed her new lifestyle.

She succumbed to previously undetected heart problems on Sunday, February 10, 2002 in Bakersfield Heart Hospital, where she slipped away peacefully. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her husband Alex Mutch, on February 27, 1975, her twin brother Lester Robert Chiari, in 1952, her step-son, Robert Mutch in 1997 and by her beloved companion, August 28, 2001. Her survivors include her step-son and his wife, Edward and Jerrie Mutch; step-grandchildren, Debbie and Susan Mutch; adopted daughter, Joleen Renee Mutch Billingsley and her husband, Tom, Melissa and Melanie, daughters of Joleen; step-son and his wife, Ralph and Judy Cox; step-grandchildren, Joni Cox Gault and her husband, James and Amy Cox Felix and her husband, Bryan; and by her step-great grandchildren, Justin, Kirstin and Carlie Gault.

Donations may be made in memory of Mrs. Mutch to the American Diabetes Association, 1570 Brook Hollow Dr., Suite #120, Santa Ana, CA 92705. 1-888-342-2383. Visitation will be held on Friday morning from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Barbara Ann Myers
February 14, 1927 - February 14, 2002



Barbara Ann Myers of Arroyo Grande, California passed away on her 75th birthday Thursday, February 14, 2002. A memorial service will be held on Saturday February 23rd at 2:30 p.m. in her garden Dreams End at the family resident.

Mrs. Myers was born Barbara Ann Conley, February 14, 1927 in Brea, California. She attended Taft High School, Bakersfield High School and graduated from Arroyo Grande High School in 1944. She met Edward Myers in 1941 at an Arroyo Grande dance and they were married in 1945. They moved to Bakersfield and resided with their family there for 38 years. Barbara was employed for many years in women's fashions and worked as a medical assistant until the couple retired to Arroyo Grande in 1982. Barbara was a member of St. Columba's Angleican Church and very active in the Order of the Eastern Star, Romona Chapter, the Daughters of the Nile, Shell Beach Women's Club. Central Coast Scottish Society, and the Oceano/S-Citues Elks Lodge. She volunteered for many years in civic organizations including the Polly Newell Cancer Dressing Station and the Christian Women's Food Bank. Her hobbies including gardening, painting and traveling.

She was preceded by her husband of 53 years, Edward W. Myers, parents William Conley and Frances Cox Conley of San Luis Obispo, and sister Frances Dennis of Cayocos. Survivors include her daughter Patricia [Pam] Myers of Arroyo Grande; son Glen Myers and wife Susie of Shafter, son Robert Myers and wife Rise of San Ramon; brother William Conley and wife Marion of Redlands; sister-in-law Marie Sluchak of Tahoma; grandchildren Monte and Grant Myers of Shafter; Robert W. Myers Jr., Autumn and Marc Patt of San Ramon; and her beloved nieces and nephews.

The family requests that Memorial donations be made to Shriners Hospital for children, 3160 Geneva Street Los Angeles, Ca. 90020 Arrangements are by Lady Family Mortuary in Arroyo Grande.
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Charles Okley Myers
November 12, 1945 - April 28, 2010



Can't you just hear the laugh behind this smile? He was born in Alameda, California to Charlie and Hazel Myers, November 12, 1945. He graduated from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He then served four years in the U.S. Army.

In 1972 he started his career as a Petroleum Engineer with Getty Oil Company in Bakersfield, California where he constructed and operated a 1,000,000 barrel per water filtering and softening plant in the Kern River Field. He worked on oil and gas well drilling, well completions and work overs, steam flooding, and hydraulic fracturing throughout the Taft and Bakersfield areas. He coordinated and oversaw financial planning for the Kern River Oilfield, then the fifth largest oilfield in the U.S.

In 1978 he was promoted to area engineer for oilfield operations from McKittrick field to Sacramento, California. He supervised 17 engineers and technicians scheduled work hours, resolved conflicts and determined salaries. He was instrumental in the development of the southeast Lost Hills Field where his team of engineers increased oil production from five barrels per day to over 5,000 barrels per day and over 25,000,000 cubic feet of gas per day in one year's time. He assisted the gas department in the design of the Cross Valley gas pipeline which is the only major nonregulated east-west pipeline in California. He coordinated and oversaw the development of a feasibility study for three cogeneration projects in the McKittrick, Midway, and Lost Hills Fields.

He then was promoted to fuels project manager through the Texaco Inc. merger in 1982. He led a four man team that designed, engineered, and permitted the largest cogeneration facility west of the MIssissippi River. There he managed the design, construction, and start -up of that 300 Megawatt electric power and steam plant. He successfully managed and developed a staff over 50 to administer and operate the facility.

In 1985 Charlie became the Vice President of Texaco Cogeneration Power Company. He was the Executive Director of for three generation power plants with over $90,000,000 in profits. He directed the daily operations of the entire steam and electric power supply to Texaco's Kern River Field with the balance of the electric power delivered to Southern California Edison. He managed and trained over 100 professional, technical, and daily rated employees. He developed a system to communicate successful operating and financial results to Texaco upper management as well as their partners.

In 1991 Charlie became the Director of Cogeneration Operations.

He directed the management of 9 cogeneration facilities with over $130,000,000 in profits. He was the management committee representative for 7 electric power cogeneration plants supplying steam for oilfield and refinery operations and electric power for PG&E, Southern California Edison, and Puget Sound Energy. He managed and directed the development, design, construction and operation of 8 cogeneration facilities in California and Nevada. Hence, he earned the title "Co Gen Man".

After retiring from Texaco Inc., in 1996 Charlie then became Owner and President of Melton Backhoe and Conductor Company. He then became responsible for the entire operation of a Rat hole drilling company. He owned and operated three rat hole drilling rigs. He drilled conductors, rat holes, mouse holes, and built cellars for 11 oil companies in the San Joaquin Valley.

In 2003 Charlie became President of Comp Mode. He produced high quality 3 Dimensional Auto CAD drawings for use in Grading and Excavation projects. Beginning with 2 dimensional drawings, he developed 3 dimensional drawings for use in Global Positioning Systems "GPS". These drawings were used to grade property without the need for grading stakes. From 2007 - 2008 Charlie worked as a consultant with Rams Gate Engineering. One of his projects took him overseas to Oman.

In September of 2008 Charlie suffered a massive stroke. Charlie was lovingly cared for in his own home by his wife Connie and Hoffman Hospice until his passing April 28, 2010.

Charlie is survived by his wife and childhood sweetheart Connie: two daughters, Shelli Newton and Angie Fugate; son-in-law Steve Fugate; 4 grandkids, Austin, Brady, Alex, and Ali and sister Jean May.

No services. Memorial donations can be made to Hoffman Hospice, 8501 Brimhall Road, Bakersfield, California 93312.

CHAZ, YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE AND MY SHINING STAR.
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Daniel A Myers Sr.
July 24, 1915 - November 11, 2003



Mr. Daniel A. Myers Sr. a resident of Huntsville, Florida since April 2001, passed away Tuesday. He was 88.

Mr.Myers was born on July 24, 1915 in Jacksonville, Florida and was raised in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Mr. Myers was a veteran serving in the Army Air Corp in World War II. While stationed in California, he met and married Ms. Anne Marie Long. They were married fifty-five years before she preceded him in death in April 2000. Mr. Myers was employed by Continental Telephone Company in California, retiring in 1981 as the Regional Supply Manager after 35 years of service.

Mr. Myers was also preceded in death by one brother and three sisters. Survivors include his son and daughter-in law, Daniel A. Myers Jr. and Brenda Helms of Tampa, Florida; his daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and John P. Nagle of Huntsville; his brother and sister-in-law Marlin and Linda Myers, Altoona, Pennsylvania; and five granddaughters, Melissa Myers of San Francisco, California and Katelyn, Jacklyn, Elizabeth and Julia Nagle of Huntsville.

The funeral service will be held on Thursday, 13 November at 2:30 p.m. at Grace Luthern Church, Huntsville. Visitation will be held at the Church from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, 15 November in the West Side District Cemetery, Taft, California. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Local services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Harriet Louise [Lue] Myers
June 17, 1920 - March 30, 2002



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Taft resident Harriett Louise Lue Myers, 81.

Mrs. Myers was born in Newton, Iowa on June 17, 1920 and passed away in a Bakersfield Hospital on March 30, 2002. Mrs. Myers moved to Taft in 1972. She and her husband owned and operated the J & L Deli Mart for 13 years. Mrs. Myers was a member of Order of The Eastern Star, Soroptomist International, Business and Professional Women and Women of the Moose.

She enjoyed crocheting and doing cross word puzzles. She loved her grandchildren. Mrs. Myers was preceded in death by her husband, James Myers in April of 1999; her parents Julia Whited and Lewis Kono; her step-mother, Juanita Carlock; her brother, Ralph Kono and sister Janet Dahna. Her survivors include her son and his wife, John and Lisa Myers of Bakersfield; her daughter Lori Myers of Taft; her grandchildren, Jessica, Aaron and Marisa Myers; her nieces and nephews, Misty and John Comacho of Taft; Norman and Joan Witt of Valley Acres; Brian and Tonya Dahna of Cheyenne Wyoming, Julia Witt of Modesto and Vern and Kasthy Peacock of Denver Colorado.

Friends may pay their respects on Monday until 8:30 p.m. at Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the funeral home to cover the funeral expenses.
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Irene L. Meyers, 95
December 19, 1901 - October 1, 1997



Irene L. Myeres, 95, of Cayucos passed away Wednesday October 1, 1997 in a Cayucos care center. Memorial services will be conducted Saturday October 11, at 6:00 p.m. at Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall, 704 10th Street. Private Interment willbe in West Side Cemetery District in Taft.

Mrs. Meyers was born December 19, 1901 in Orage, Iowa, where she was raised and educated. She was a long time resident of Taft. She loved horses, eating out, and was an avid reader. Mrs. Meyers was an active member of the Church of Jehovah's Witness of Taft.

She was survived by many good friends.

Arrangements are under the direction of Reis Chapel, Cayucos.
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Robert "Bob" Myers
April 20, 1919 - September 12, 2010



Passed away September 12, 2010, resident of Nipomo, California. Graveside services will be held at the West Side District Cemetery, Wednesday, September 15th at 2:00 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, Crematory and Memory Gardens www.dudleyhoffmanmortuary.com.
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Earl L. Myr, Jr.
September 17, 1923 - October 14, 1997



Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church on Saturday Morning at 11:00 a.m. for Taft resident Earl L. Myr Jr. The Rev. Msgr. Loydell J. Marth will be celebrant. Private cremation will take place and scattering of the ashes will follow off the coast of Ventura.

Mr. Myr was born in Los Angeles on September 17, 1923 and passed away at his home on October 14, 1997. He served his country in the California National Guard for 10 years from 1939 to 1949. He has made Taft his home for the last 25 years and reitied as a foreman from Texaco after 40 years of service. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Taft Area Pilots Association, the Southwest Stinson Flying Club, the Quiet Birdman, EAA, Ojai Valley Gun Club, life member of NRA, the Cuyama Gun Club and the PPP.

Mr. Myr is survived by his wife, Betty Myr of Taft; his children and their spouses: Michael, and Cheryl Myr of Novato, Debbie, and Bill Paul of Santa Paula, and Rick and Rainie Myr of Puoyallup, Washington; his step-mother, Ella Myr of Woodland,Washington; and eight grand-children.

Visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home. In lieu of lowers donations may be made in Memory of Mr. Myr to the Kern Hospice Services, 300 Stive Road, Bakersfield, 93313.
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