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Helen Louise Nadolski
March 11, 1939 - July 30, 2011

Helen was born March 11, 1939, in Taft, California, and passed away in Lincoln, California, on July 30, 2011.

She was preceded in death by her beloved son, Michael "Mike" Nadolski, her parents Gladys and Tom Scarborough, and her mother-in-law, Ruth Nadolski King. Helen is survived by her loving husband of 51 years, Myron Nadolski, her sister Virginia and Ivan Evanoff, nephew Jerry Evanoff, and niece Laura and Craig Risk and many great nieces and nephews; cousins Kathryn and Leonard Plunkett, and my other cousins.

After meeting and marrying Myron, the love of her life, the young couple settled in to life in the USAF. They enjoyed traveling and especially being stationed in Hawaii. During this time, Helen learned to dance and this became their passion that lasted through these many years. One of their favorite songs was Johnny Mathis' "The Twelfth of Never", a romantic nod to their anniversary date of March 12th.

Helen was an avid reader all of her life and loved to learn; she succeeded at whatever she put her mind toward. She had natural athletic and musical talents, too (a pretty decent tennis player) and she played the violin for the Taft Union High School Orchestra - Class of '57!) In retirement, she stayed active and helped to form the Lady Niners 9-hole golf group at Lincoln Hills and was a member for the local chapter of Red Hats.

Helen and Myron made Sacramento their home 45 years ago. Here she held some interesting and varied jobs from administrative assistant for the Assistant Agent in Charge of the Sacramento Office of the U.S. Secret Service (where she even worked undercover in a counterfeiting case), to teaching office practices in adult education, to workig in a linen shop, to working in the wine brokering business.

Helen ran a busy home and she loved being mother to Mike. The whole family studied martial arts, camped in the mountains, water skied, and bicycled. Helen loved to laugh and she will be remembered and deeply missed for this, too.

Services are pending. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Michael Grant Nadolski Memorial Scholarship Fund for Teachers of Tomorrow c/o American River College, Sacramento, California or the Breast Cancer Society.

Edward Mark Napoleon, 65
March 3, 1936 - January 5, 2002

Funeral services for Edward Mark Napoleon will be held Friday January 11, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. in the West Side Family Mortuary Chapel.

Edward was born March 3, 1936 in Massachusetts. He passed away January 5, 2002 in a Bakersfield Hospital. Mr. Napoleon was a long time resident of Maricopa. His hobbies were making remote controlled airplanes and collecting guns. He will be missed by family and friends.

Mr. Napoleon is survived by his wife Ivy of 28 years of Maricopa. Two sons David Napoleon of Arizona; George Miller of Taft; one daughter Laura Napoleon of Idaho, one sister Rosalei Lorie of Anaheim, California; and 5 grandchildren.

Rev. Jerry Botts of Church of Christ will officiate, West Side Family Mortuary is in charge of services
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Jules Napoleon
June 9, 1926

Jules A. Napoleon, age 59, an employee of the Standard Oil Company in the local fields for the past 16 years, died today at a local hospital of diabetes. He is survied by several grown children.

Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 9:00 o'clock at the Taft Undertaking Parlor, with the interment in Union Cemetery at Bakersfield. The funeral sermon here will be preached by Rev. F.W. Crawford and services at the cemetery will be under direction of the Druids Lodge of Bakersfield.
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Rosa Naseri
November 17, 1927 - November 24, 2008

Services are pending for Taft resident, Rosa Naseri, 81. The services have been entrusted to the West Side Memoirial Services, Porteous Family.

Judith [Judy] L. Necessary
September 30, 1945 - February 25, 2002

Funeral services well be held in the Calvary Temple Assembly of God Church at 630 Kern Street on Friday March 1, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. Rev. David Daniel, pastor of the Calvary Temple Assembly of God Church will officiate at the services. Burial will follow in the Conejo Mountain Memorial Park in Camarillo.

Mrs. Necessary was born in Oneida, New York on September 30, 1945 and passed away in Bakersfield on February 25, 2002. She worked as an office manager for Everest and Jennings for five years, She moved to Taft in 1994 and was a member of the Calvary Temple Assembly of God Church.

Mrs. Necessary is survived by her husband, Ronnie Necessary of Taft; her daughter and her husband, Cari and Pete Pietrzak of Taft; her son and his wife, John and Michelle Kaderly of Moorpark; her step-daughter, Jody Moran of Orange Park, Florida; her step-son, Chess Necessary of Oakview, her seven grandchildren and her one great grandchildren, and also her 16 nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to pay their respect at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Thursday from the hours of 2:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
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Cassie J. Neel
December 22, 1939 - October 29, 2002

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. in the Assembly of God Church at 314 Asher for longtime Taft resident Cassie Josephine Neel.

Cassie was born on December 22, 1939 in Casa Grande, Arizona to Robert and Susan Caples and she passed away on October 29, 2002 in Bakersfield, California at the age of 62. Cassie has been a homemaker for the last 46 years of her life dedicating her time and love towards her family. She loved to play bingo and to travel.

She survived by her daughters; Vickie Riley of Virginia, Theresa Jeffrey of Arvin, California; Cathy Neel, Mary Neel and Lori Light all of Taft, son Michael Neel also of Taft, brothers; Bob Caples of Nevada, Cecil Caples of Oklahoma, Richard Caples of Taft, Michael Caples of Arizona, Steven Caples of Tennessee, and David Cales of Bakersfield, sisters; Roberta McKinley of Taft, Mary McClure of Santa Paula, California; Sarah Madden of New Mexico and Dawn Lamey of Bakersfield; 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents Robert and Susan Caples, her brother Sherman Cales, sister Yortis Warman and by her longtime companion, Rocky.

There will not be a public viewing scheduled. All funeral services are entrusted through West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594.

Barbara E. Trogdon Neely
February 2, 1927 - April 28, 2002

Memorial services will be held on May 5, 2002 in Cathlamet, Washington, "Barbie" passed away April 28, 2002 at a Longview, Washington Hospice.

Barbie was born February 2, 1927 in Taft, Califonia. Her parents, now deceased, were H. C. and Vivian Trogdon. She graduated from Bakersfield High School. In 1944, the University of Califorina in Berkeley in 1948, and later received her master's degree from the University of Arizona.

Barbie was a gardener, knitter, avid reader, professional teacher, but above all she loved her family and was equally endeared by them.

She is survived by her husband Francis; daughters Nancy and Claudia Olmstead; sons Scott (Rhoda) and Jim (Debbie) Olmstead; step-sons Kurt, Doug, Paul and Jeff Neely; 15 grandchildren; sister Dorris (Ray) Hensel; and sister-in-law Marge (Warren) Minner.
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Ruth Ellen Neher
September 29, 1941 - August 26, 2003

Services for longtime local resident Ruth Ellen Neher will be held Friday, August 29th inside the West Side Family Mortuary, 1150 Forth Street, Taft. Viewing will take place from 9:00 a.m. until service time at 1:00 p.m. Bob Self is schedule to officiate at the services.

Ruth was born to Jess and Lorene Young September 29-30 1941 in Caney, Oklahoma. She passed away August 26, 2003 in Taft following a lengthy illness. She was 61.

Ruth had many hobbies and interests. Her favorite pastime was without question spending time with her grandchildren. She always found time to watch their ball games and sporting events. Ruth was a big sports fan. When it came to football, she always rooted for the San Diego Chargers and the Taft College Cougars. On the diamonds, she was active as a softball player and youth baseball coach. She loved to watch rodeo events. She was even an active participant in many local horse-riding events, saddling up for an occasional poker run with the Franklin Field Horsemen's Association riders. Ruth featured a delicate side with her gardening, sewing, knitting and cooking skills. She also served as PTA president while her children attended Fairfax School in Bakersfield. She was also an avid reader who particularly enjoyed "whodunit?" and mystery stories. She could solve crossword puzzles with the best of them. She stayed sharp by watching the likes of "Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune". When it came to hard work she didn't shy away from tough stints in the Edison packing sheds and West Side oilfields. While in Taft she donned boots and hardhats for companies such as Di-Chem, Getty and Texaco.

She was preceded in death by a brother Cecil Young and her parents Jess and Lorene Young. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Kenneth L. Neher of Taft; four sons, Johnny Alexander of Texas, Charles Alexander and his wife Jodi of Bakersfield, Timothy Neher of Taft; two daughters, Diane Wheeldon and her husband Ed of Taft and Kathy Neher of Indiana. She is also survived by two brothers, James Young and his wife Margaret of Bakersfield, and Sam Young of Bakersfield; sister-in-law, Linda Stubblefield of Bakersfield; her aunt, Lettie Mae Reed of Taft; several cousins including Gail Adams and her husband Floyd of Taft, Tommy Reed and his wife Linda of Taft, Dennis Reed and his wife carol of Taft, Larry Reed and his wife Donna of Maricopa and Gary Reed and his wife Tiny of Maricopa; several grandchildren including Mindy Wheeldon and Eddie Wheeldon of Taft, Alex Neher of Taft, Kenny Neher, Jessica Neher, Halle Neher and Kaylee Neher of Taft; Krystyn Ballard and Chad Neher of Indiana, Elizabeth Alexander of Oklahoma and Johnny White and Jennifer White of Texas, Alyssa Alexander, Misty Alexander, Justin Alexander and Jamie Bethel of Bakersfield. Ruth also leaves behind many friends, cousins, nieces, nephews and other loved ones.

Services are under the direction of the West Side Family Mortuary. Upon completion of service, burial will follow at the West Side District Cemetery.
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Bob Neiswonger, 66
June 14, 1934 - January 2, 2001

Born in Missouri. Veteran of the Korean War, moved to Taft in 1944 working in the oilfields for many years. He was a devoted husband, father, a good friend to many.

He is survived by his wife Lyn of 29 years, his children: Bobby & Linda Neiswonger of Iowa, Linda Neumeyer of Atascadero, Paul & Paula of Maricopa, grandchildren: Thomas, Jason, Jeremy Robert, Samantha, Mercedes, great grandchildren: Taylor & Lindsy.

At his request, in lieu of services or flowers donations may be made to: The American Cancer Society, 1523 California Ave., Bakersfield, California 93304 or Kern Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 80835, Bakersfield, CA 93380.
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Barbara Ann Nelson
May 8, 1933 - May 8, 1997

Services will be held in Greenlawn Southwest Memorial Chapel, 2739 Panama Lane, Tuesday, May 13, at 10:00 a.m. for Barbara Ann Nelson, 64, of Taft, who passed away May 8, 1997 in Bakersfield, California. Pastor Dennis Draves will officiate and interment will follow in Greenlawn Southwest Memorial Park.

Mrs.Nelson was born May 8, 1933 in Savannah, New York and resided in Kern County for 42 years. She was a food service worker for the Bakersafield City Schools for 29 years. Barbara was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church of Taft.

Survivors include her husband, Jack Nelson of Taft; daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Robert Beckworth of West Virginia; son and daughter-in-law, William A. and Rhonda Nelson of Taft; six grandchildren; and sister and brother-in-law, Marie and Bill Nelson of Texas.

Visitation will begin Monday, May 12 at noon.
Greenlawn Southwest Mortuary Funeral Directors

Bonnie Lou "Teddy" Nelson
December 13, 1928 - December 16, 2007

Bonnie Lou Nelson, formely of Taft, passed away Sunday morning, December 16, 2007. All who knew her appreciated her positive spirit and the twinkle in her eye.
She is survived by her sister, Ruby Hays; twin brother, Jonnie and Arlene Hays; daughter, Chris and Jerry Kaufman and their daughter, Traci and Tom Davey and their daughters, K.C., Courtney, and Kendal; daughter, Jan and Tony Ferguson and their son, Cory and daughter, Katie and Danny Morris; son, Bill and Elizabeth and their children, Elise, Melissa and Spencer Woolley, William, John Nicholas and Emily; son, Bob Nelson; daughter, Jody and Barry Hanson and their daughter, Natalie Vohnout. She dedicated her life to her children.
A graveside service in her memory is scheduled at Greenlawn Southwest, Friday, December 21st, at 11:00 a.m. Bonnie Lou Nelson "Teddy" December 13, 1928 - December 16, 2007.

Clayton S. Nelson
July 11, 1924 - November 13, 1997

Clayton Singleton Nelson was born on Juy 11, 1924 in Kansas City, Kansas to Elmer and Elsie Nelson, and died on November 13, 1997 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Clayton attended Taft High and worked for A.M. Keene after school. In spite of his disability he would attend school, work, and loved to take girls dancing. He had a nickname of "wihizbang". Clayton also worked for Morrie Finkleman Studebaker Auto Shop, and Fritz Braun Electric. Clayton also worked a the old Gardner Field Base.

Preceding Clayton in death were his parents, Elmer and Elsie, and wife Barbara. He leaves four sons; Leon, Kenny, Randy and Johnnie, several grandchildren and one brother, Charles J. (Chuck) Nelson of Bakersfield.

Arrangements being handled by David Funeral Home of Las Vegas, Nevada. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Jack Nelson
February 15, 1930 - August 29, 2003

Services were held at Greenlawn Southwest Memorial Chapel, 2739 Panama Lane, Bakersfield, today, September 5, 2003 at 10:00 a.m., for Jack Nelson, 73, who passed away August 29, 2003 in a Bakersfield hospital. Bishop Sam Thomas and the Veterans Association of Kern County will officiate.

Jack was born February 15, 1930 in Joplin, Missouri and resided in Kern County for 65 years. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran serving during the Korean Conflict. Jack was an automotive and work equipment supervisor, and employed with Southern Pacific Railroad for 25 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara; and son Thomas. Jack is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, William A. & Amy Nelson of Bakersfield; daughters, Cheryl A. Nelson & Jim West Virginia, and Jamie D. Gray of Bakersfield; grandchildren, Jarrod Manes, Carrie Russell, Danielle Nelson, William Nelson, Colt Nelson and Bryan Watson; great grandchildren, Jarrod Manes Jr. and Hannah Marie Manes; brother, William Nelson; sisters, Monte Jean Belleson and Lean Lee; and numerous nieces and nephews. Greenlawn Southwest Mortuary Funeral Directors

Ramona J. Nelson, 62
April 12, 1934 - December 1, 1996

Graveside services will be held Friday at noon at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Bakersfield for Ramona Jayne Nelson, 62. Memorial services will be held at 2:30 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Taft.

Mrs. Nelson was born April 12, 1934 and passed away December 1, 1996 in Taft. She was a secretary for St. Mar's Catholic church for 10 years. Prior to that she had worked for St. Anthony's Church in Atwater, and Our Lady of Perpetual Help and St. Phillips the Apostle in Bakersfield.

Survivors include a son, Larry Nelson of Visalia; a daughter, Essa Gill of Exeter; her mother, Pearl Harrison of Bakersfield: five grandchildren, Amanda, Erika, Wiley, Garrett and Kate; two stepchildren, Grace and Jennifer; and a very special friend, Michael Surban.

Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.

Van Judah Nelson
October 1, 1930 - July 17, 2003

Van Judah passed away on July 17, 2003 in Visalia, California of complications from a fall. Van was born and grew up in Los Angeles, California. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Stanford University and his Master's Degree from Pratt in New York City. He was a Professor of Graphic Design at Stanford University and San Jose State until his retirement in 1990. Van resided in Cambria, California with wife, Fay, for the past 13 years.

He is survived by his wife, Fay of Cambria; his daughter, Alison C. Judah and her fiancé, Richard Gardona of Moorestown, New Jersey; stepchildren, Mike Walters and his wife Anita of Taft, Steve Walters and his wife Beth of Bakersfield, Cheryl Moncier and her husband John of Bakersfield; grandchildren, Jonathan Walters of Bakersfield, Greg Walters and his wife Christine of Bakersfield, Patty George and Christal George of Taft, Dylan Walters of Bakersfield and Heather Baker of Santa Barbara, George Moncier and Kim Moncier of Bakersfield; one great grandchild, Jessica Walters of Bakersfield and a host of dear and longtime friends.

Per Van's wishes, there will be no service. Memorial donations may be made to Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Disease.
"When he shall die, take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with the night,
And pay no worship to the garish sun."
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Vera Kathryn Nelson, 89
November 13, 1911 - November 12, 2001

No services are scheduled for Bakersfield resident Vera Nelson who passed away at the age of 89 on November 12, 2001 in Fresno, California. All funeral arrangements are under the direction of West Side Family Mortuary, 763-1594.

William Hans "Bill" Nelson
October 25, 1926 - November 8, 2009

Bill was raised in Santa Maria, California. He attended Santa Maria High School where he was a student body president and graduated in 1944. He moved to Kern County in 1955 and worked as a multicraft mechanic for Union Oil Company for 35 years. Bill was a big fan of the theater, an excellent camper and enjoyed traveling around the world with his beautiful bride, Marjorie. He served in the U.S. Navy in 1944. His wide-ranging interests included the following: a Master of Taft-Midway Masonic Lodge #426 in 1979, Bakersfield Scottish Rite, Al Malaikah Shriners, Mizpah Chapter 97 Eastern Star, three-time Past Patron of the Taft Chapter, 60+ year member of Demolay and Petroleum Production Pioneers.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents, Oliver and Corella Nelson and sister, Katie Feland. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; sister, Vivian and Phil Maniaci; brothers, Oliver and Shirley Nelson and Art and Betty Nelson. Surviving daughters include Chris and Jerry Kaufman, Jan and Tony Ferguson and Jody and Barry Hanson. Surviving sons include Bill and Elizabeth Nelson and Bob Nelson. Surviving grandchildren include Traci and Tom Davey, Natalie and Kenny Durban, Katie and Danny Morris, James Cory Ferguson, Elise and Leo Silva, Melissa and Spencer Woolley, William Oliver Nelson, John Nelson, Nicholas Nelson and Emily Nelson. Surviving great grandchildren include KC, Courtney, Kendall and Peyton; and honorary daughter, Gabriella and family; and numerous nieces and nephews. Bill knew how to bring a smile to everyone and had a joke for everyone he met.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2009, at 1:00 p.m. in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel, 501 Lucard Street, Taft. Visitation will be held on Friday, November 13, 2009, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to service time. Private interment will be held in the West Side District Cemetery.

Gordon Lovejoy Newby
January 18, 1930 - September 2, 2008

It's not the dates that are important, but the dash in between the dates that were the years the made this remarkable man. Born in Bakersfield on January 18, 1930 to Onnolee and Arthur "Tex" Newby, Gordon took his final bow on September 2, 2008 surrounded by his family.

Gordon believed strongly in contributing to the community and was a member of several service organizations. He was a 33 degree Mason. Past Master of Bakersfield Lodge #244, a member of the Al-Malaika Shriners, Past Presdient of the Kern County Shrine club as well as a member of the Royal Order of Jesters. He would entertain us with hundreds of stories, but the one about the antics of the Jesters reaffirmed the belief that men grow older but never truly do grow up. His favorite story, however, the one he told often, was the one about the time he first laid eyes on a 14 year old girl that was his bride of 58 years. Each time this tale was retold, he would look at this wife, Tooty, with a sparkle in his eyes as if he were seeing her for the first time and his love for her grew every day of their life together. Gordon reveled in having family with him and his joy was obvious, but his passion and pride was the business he started, which just celebrated it 50th anniversary this year. Gordon L. Newby, Inc., later name Newby Rubber Inc., was the blood that plused through his veins. The mutal admiration and affection that Gordon shared with the men he worked side by side with was evident in the longevity of the employment of these men ... many there 20 years plus and a handful past the 30 year mark. Even after a stroke stole his ability to work, he would visit, what he called "The Shop" as often as his health would allow, just to say hi to all that keeps his business.

Gordon touched many lives and left a hugh impression on all that knew and loved him. And so, as we say goodbye in the immortal words of Bob Hope, "Thanks for the Memories".

Left to cherish him along with his wife, Toody, are his children, Mike Newby and his wife, Marta, Kelly Newby and his wife Lori, and Lori Costa and her husband, Terry. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Matt Newby and his wife, Michelle who is expecting Gordon's first great grandchild, Rani Newby, Jacob Costa, Brent Newby and Eric Newby; brother, Lynn Newby and his wife, Tanya; sister-in-law, Cheryl Ward and her husband, Ray along with many neices, nephews and friends. Meeting him with a huge smile is his grandson, Ryan Newby, who left us last October.

At his request, there will be no service; however we invite everyone to join us at Woolgrowers on Saturday, September 6th at 12:00 p.m. to help us celebrate his life. At his families request anyone wishing to honor his memory can send a donation in his name to Shriners Hospital for Children 3160 Geneva Street, Los Angeles, California 90020 - 1199.

Dorothy "Dottie" La Vaun Newkirk
March 27, 1946 - June 6, 2002

Chapel Services will be held on Tuesday, June 18 at 10:00 a.m. at the West Side Family Mortuary Chapel for longtime Taft resdient Dorothy LaVaun Newkirk. Pastor Olaf from the Taft Seventh Day Adventist Church will be officiating the services.

Dorothy was born in March 27, 1946 in Southgate, California to George and Margaret Imlay and passes away due to a tragic car accident on June 6, 2002 in Taft, California.

Dorothy was a very active member of the Taft Seventh Day Adventist Church where she loved to help with feeding those in need and delivering the food for meals on wheels.

She is survived by her husband, Dan Newkirk of Bakersfield, her son, Robert Daves of Bakersfield, her step-son Michael Newkirk daughters; Sandra Palmer and her husband Charles of Bakersfield, Carol Palmer and her husband Robert of Taft and Barbara Newkirk also of Taft, and one brother, Bob Imlay of Bellflower, California.

A public viewing is scheduled for Monday June 17th from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the West Side Family Mortuary. Dorothy was loved by all who knew her and will be deeply missed. All funeral services are under the care and direction of the West Side Family Mortuary. 763-1594.

Ruth K. Newman
April 19, 1922 - March 8, 2012
Services : Friday, March 16, 2012, 10:00 a.m.

In loving memory of Ruth K. Newman 89, who passed away peacefully on March 8, 2012 in Bakersfield, California. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 16, 2012 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 124 Columbus. Msgr. Michael Braun will officiate and pallbearers will be "Grandma Ruth's" eleven grandchildren.

Ruth was born on April 19, 1922 at her parents' farmhouse on their homesteaded land near Pukwana, South Dakota. She the treasured and only daughter with four older brothers. After a year of junior college, Ruth took a position as a teacher in a one-room rural schoolhouse in South Dakota. She taught grades 1 through 8 and prided herself on teaching all her students to read, younger and older, because she loved to read herself and didn't want any of them to miss out. It was a very snowy winter and the bigger boys would help keep the wood stove going for warmth.

Ruth grew weary of the cold and snow and when summer came, she took her savings, caught a ride with a family that was headed west, and arrived in Taft, California to visit a cousin, who sent her for a job interview at the Sanitex Cleaners there. She was hired; and later fell in love with the boss/owner, who became her husband on July 1, 1942. This was her "one and only", Richard K. "Stubby" Newman, and they had a wonderfully happy 56 years together, raising their four children and moving to their home in Bakersfield in 1954, where Ruth resided until her last day.

When their children were school-age, Ruth was Mother's Club president at St. Joseph's school and continued over the years to volunteer in her children's activities. She also worked in the business office of Sparkle Cleaners, which she and Stubby co-owned. She took up golf in her late 30's and she loved to play, socialize, and compete. Ruth played at Bakersfield and Stockdale Country Clubs. She served as President of the Women's Organization and as golf chairman at BBC. She and Stubby also spent many happy times playing golf and seeing friends at their second home near the 15th green at Vandenburg Village. Ruth made friends whenever she went and stayed in touch with most of them over the years. She was deeply interested in and close to her South Dakota family, who all loved her dearly.

Ruth was always a loving, generous, caring and fun mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She taught all her family to love, to forgive, and to adapt and change when circumstances called for it. When her beloved Stubby passed away in 1998, she never complained about being alone, but renewed old friendships and made new ones, especially around the bridge table. As her life changed, she accepted it all with grace, dignity and gratitude for what she still had in her life, especially her family.

Ruth is survived by her brother, Dale Korzan and wife Ida of Placerville, California; her son Jeff Newman and wife Linda; her daughter Nancy Kovacevich; her daughter Mary Disharoon and husband Rob of Petaluma, California and son Richard Newman III, and (late) wife Nondus. Her loving grandchildren are Jeff Jr. and Adrienne Newman, Michael Newman, John and Jennifer Kovacevich, Greg and Karen Kovacevich, Adam and Janelle Kovacevich, Jenna Kovacevich (fianc'e Scott Gamba,) Michael and Kelly Disharoon, Laura Disharoon (fianc'e) Jack Melkonian), Steven Disharoon, Richard Newman IV, and Joseph Newman. Her great grandchildren are P.J. Gallagher, Ryan Newman, Matthew Newman, Sophie Kovacevich, Curtis Kovacevish, Faye Kovacevich, Amelia Kovacevich, Phoebe Disharoon, Richard Newman V. Carter Newman and Xavier Newman.

Donations in Ruth's memory would be welcomed by Stars Musical Theatre, 1931 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield, California 93301, where she enjoyed and supported many musical productions. At Ruth's services on Friday, guest are invited to wear bright colors, reflecting the joy and happiness in living that she showed us all. Hillcrest Memorial Park & Mortuary

Edra Pauline (Roady) Newsom
June 25, 1909 - July 30, 2012

Edra Pauline (Roady) Newsom went to be with the Lord July 30, 2012. Private graveside services will be held at Sunset View Cemetery in Jackson, California, followed by a celebration of her 103 years of life to be held Saturday, August 4, at 12:00 noon, at Murieta Village Clubhouse at 14751 Poncho Conde Circle, Rancho Murieta.

Pauline was born June 25, 1909 in Brady, Oklahoma. Pauline was the 5th child of Nathaniel Roady and Josie Ellen (Jolley) Roady. When her father died five month later, her mother was left a widow with five children. During this same time period, in the town of Petersburg, Texas, Leroy Carlton, a man with seven children had become a widower. In 1911 Josie Roady and "Papa Carlton" were married, creating a blended family of twelve. This family grew to a total of eighteen in the following years and the "Roady-Carlton" family was complete.

After several years of living in Lamb County, Texas, Paulines' family moved Lamesa, Texas, leaving her to live with a married sister so she could graduate from Olton High School. After graduation Pauline joined her family in Lamesa, where she met Donald Newsom; they were married in October of 1929. During the Dust Bowl, in 1932, Don and Pauline migrated to Corcoran, California along with their 18 month old daughter, and Don's mother, father and brother. Don and Pauline lived in Taft from 1955 to 1966. Don passed away in 1998 after 69 years of marriage.

With a family the size of hers, memories and stories abounded but one of Pauline's favorites was that of being baptized at the age of 12, along with her mother and sisters Kate and Julia, in the "tank" on Mullen's Ranch. Don and Pauline remained active in the Baptist Church their entire lives and were Charter Members of the First Missionary Baptist Church in Corcoran, California.

Don and Pauline's legacy includes 1 daughter and 4 sons: Edra Pauline (Polly) married to Wayne Clift (deceased), Rancho Murieta, California; Dick Newsom and wife Carlos, Klamath Falls, Oregon; Joel Newsom and wife Cindy, St. Marie's, Idaho; Dell Newsom and wife Phyllis, Stayton, Oregon; and Jon Newsom and wife Brenda, Newcastle, California they were blessed with 14 grandchildren: Karen/Darrell Unruh, Miles/Linda Clift, Lori/Rikard Forsberg, Donnelle/Winston Russell, Diana/Karl Engstrom; Brian/Pattie Newson; David Newsom; Janalea/Chris Gades; Kristen Siller; Petra/Adam Bergman; Tracy/Jim Floyd; Tami/Mitch Nichols; Jeni/Eric Kurowski and Jon Paul Newsom; 23 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren. With 17 siblings, Pauline's life was also blessed with many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to: Hospice of Amador County, 1500 S. Hwy. 49, #205, Jackson, California 95642.

Jason [Newt] Newton, 77
January 1, 1925 - March 20, 2002

Jason Edison Newt Newton passed away unexpectedly on March 20, 2002 at the age of 77. Jason was born in 1925 in Arden Missouri. He joined the Army in 1943 and married Mary Terry in 1944. After fighting in the battle of the buldge In the winter of 1944/45. Jason moved to Taft, California with Mary. There he began his 42 year career with Standard Oil and Chevron. Jason lived in western Kern County until 1960, when he moved to Bakersfield. He was a gauger and boiler inspector when he retired in 1986. His interests included photography, leatherworking, woodworking, antiques, and cards. Jason was a supportive father and husband and was well liked by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Janet (1996) and his wife Mary (1998). He is survived by his sisters Lela Johnson ( Brookings, Oregon), Letha Maness (Peoria, Illinois) and Darlene Harris (Manito, Illinois). He is also survived by his son Jerry Newton and his wife Linda (Citrus Heights, California) grandson Devin Newton (San Luis Obispo, California) and grandson Kyle Newton (Carmichael,California).

Private services will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park.
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Dr. Oran Newton
April 13, 1883 - July 23, 1940

Death came Monday evening at 7:55 to Dr. Oran Newton, well known former Taft Physician, at a Bakersfield Hospital, following a stroke several weeks ago.

Dr. Newton was born in Kansas, April 13, 1883, and came with his parents to Chico as a small boy. He recieved his elementary and high school education in the Chico schools and graduated from the California Medical College in 1910.

Dr. Newton came to the West Side from Long Beach in the early part of 1918 and was practicing physician here for 21 years and for 1 year in Oildale where he was residing when he was stricken.

Surviving the deceased physician are his widow, Mrs. Pear Newton, one son, Oran Newton, Jr. of Oildale; one daughter, Mrs. Jessie Bush of Taft, and other relatives.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 11:00 o'clock in the Chapel of the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home with the Rev. F.L. Benedict officiating. Ceremonies will follow at Atascadero.

Friends may call at the Chapel this evening or Wednesday morning until 11:00 o'clock.
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Treva Newton, 88
July 30, 1921 - April 9, 2010

- A cryptside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. for Treva Newton, 88. Mrs. Newton was born in Taft on July 30, 1921 and passed away in Bakersfield on April 9, 2010.

She was raised and educated in Taft. She worked for Garner Field and Standard Oil before moving to Los Angeles. Mrs. Newton moved back to the Bakersfield area 30 years ago. She was a member of the Women's Club of Bakersfield. She loved playing cards and was a member of a bridge club.

Mrs. Newton was preceded in death by her husband, Marland F. Newton, Jr.; her brother Charlie E. Sansome, Jr.; and by her two sisters, Florence Hendrix and Pearl Reed. She is survived by her niece, Darlene Sansome of Bakersfield; her great niece and her husband, Delores and Charles Jaster of Taft; and by five generations of nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.

Ada E. Nichols, 99
July 2, 1897 - November 2, 1996

Graveside services will be held Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at the Arroyo Grande Cemetery for former Taft Resident Ada Edna Nichols, 99. The Rev. James Wickstrom of Berean Bible Church will officiate at the services.

Mrs. Nichols was born on July 2, 1897 in Revere, Missouri and passed away November 2, 1996 in Arroyo Grande. She was a resident of Oceano for 28 years. She was a retired school bus driver for Taft Union High School. After retirement they traveled and moved to Oceano. Mrs. Nichwas a memvber of the Berean Bible Church in Arroyo Grande. She belonged to several senior citizen clubs in the South County.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Nichols, on July 11, 1991, and a daughter, Betty Nichols, in 1938. She is survived by four sons and their wives, Stuart and Frances Nichols of Oceano, Dean and Carolyn Nichols of Bakersfield, Lee and Mabel Nichols of Clayton, and Eston and June Nichols of Bakersfield; a daughter, Garnet Long of Oceano; 10 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; and six great-great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 1-7 p.m. and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until noon at the Marshall Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel in Grover Beach.

Burl Eston Nichols
October 27, 1929 - December 30 2010

Burl Eston Nichols, known as Nick to many of his friends, passed away in Sierra Vista, Arizona of congestive heart failure. He was born in Fellows, California to Vernon Lee and Edna Nichols. He married Dorothy June Orr on September 8, 1968. He attended school and lived most of his life in Taft and Bakersfield, California. He retired in 1990 as an electrical inspector for Chevron Oil Company in Bakersfield, California after 35 years of service. Following his retirement, prior to moving to Arizona, he delivered Meals on Wheels in Bakersfield.

He was the beloved and dedicated father of Charlynn Harless of Stockton, California and husband of 42 years to June Nichols of Sierra Vista, Arizona, and a kind and loving companion to his little dog Lady. He survived by his sons John Nichols and Rick Nichols; his stepsons, Brian Patterson and Calvin Patterson; and step-daughter Laura Chrisman; nine grandchildren: Chris Holck, Donald Nichols, Ashley Nichols, Jacqlynn Furman, Melanie Chrisman, Ashley Milham, Daniel Patterson, Hannah Patterson, Luke Patterson and great granddaughter Madison Furman; three brothers: Stuart Nichols, Dean Nichols and Lee Nichols; a niece Betty Jean Wiebe and five nephews; Bill Nichols, Jim Nichols and Tom Nichols, Curt Nichols and Bob Morton. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Garnet Long and Betty Nichols; and son Michael Andrew Nichols.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at the Evergreen Chapel at Cherokee Memorial Park, Hwy. 99 and Harney Lane in Lodi, California. Committal will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Child Abuse Prevention Council of San Joaquin, 540 N. California Street, Stockton, California 95202-2117. Please sign the online registry and share memories at. Cherokee Memorial Funeral Home (209) 334-9613

Ray V. Nichols
April 18, 1894 - June 17, 1979

Graveside services were held Tuesday in Hillcrest Memorial Park, Porterville, for Ray V. Nichols, 85, a retired railroad employee. He died June 17, in a Porterville hospital.

Born in Wyoming, Nichols had lived in California since 1904, Loyd Chapel, Porterville.

Eunice H. Nicholson
June 6, 1930 - December 30, 2001

Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for Taft native, Eunice H. Nicholson, 71. The Rev. Trent Meadors pastor of the First Assembly of God will officiate at the services and burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mrs. Nicholson was born in Taft on June 6, 1930 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on December 30, 2001. She was raised and educated in Taft and graduated from Taft Union High School in 1948. She had been employed as a clerk for Standard Oil Company and retired after 45 years of dedicated service. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church. Preceding her in death were her parents, Faye and H.E. Hawkins and her husband, Ralph Nicholson.

Mrs. Nicholson is survived by her brother and his wife, Ross and Margaret Hawkins of Taft and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

The services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Sharon Diane Nicholson, 48
December 22, 1954 - December 27, 2002

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Lindsay, California for Lindsay resident, Sharon Diane Nicholson, age, 48.

Mrs. Nicholson was born on December 22, 1954 and passed away in Porterville on December 27, 2002. Mrs. Nicholson was a resident of Lindsay for 6 years and previously a resident of Porterville from 1957 to 1996.

Her brother, Robert Nicholson, Jr. and stepfather Anthony Cannella preceded her in death. Her father, Robert Nicholson of Taft; her mother, Fern Cannella of Porterville, California; her daughter, Jennifer Lynn Schmidt; her brother, Donald Nicholson; and four grandchildren survive Mrs. Nicholson.

Mrs. Nicholson's services are under the care and direction of the Myers Funeral Service, 2148 N. Street in Porterville, California. (559) 784-5454
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Donald Nickerson, 84
July 29, 1918 - September 8, 2002

A private memorial service will be held at a later date to honor the wishes of Donald Alan Nickerson. Mr. Nickerson was born on July 29, 1918 in New York to Perry and Grace Nickerson and passed away at his family residence in Tehachapi, California on September 8, 2002 at the age of 84.

Donald was employed with the Federal Aviation Administration for the Federal Government as an inspector for over 25 years.

He is survived by his loving wife Phyllis. All funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary.
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Jacqueline Audrey Nickerson
April 9, 1927 - March 27, 2010

Jacquie Nickerson passed away on Saturday, March 27, 2010 in her daughters home in Ahwahnee, California with all her family by her side. She was a resident of Ventura County, for more than 35, years, moving to Taft 12 years ago and finally Ahwahnee a year and a half ago.

Jacquie was born in Rockville Center, Long Island, New York. She came to Glendale, California on a whim in 1946 and found her true love. After a couple of months Jacquie was called back to New York to care for her ailing father, Jack, her future husband followed her to New York where they were married. They moved back to Glendale, California and started their family.

The family moved to Camarillo, California in 1963 then lived on the water at Mandalay Bay for 25 years where they enjoyed boating and entertaining their many wonderful friends and family. Jacquie's love for animals led her to a 25 year career as Office Manager at Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital. Jacquie loved cooking, dancing, the ocean, her many pets, her grandchildren and her three daughters. She was fun loving and always happy to be alive.

She is survived by her sister Roberta Greene of Virginia, her 3 daughters; Carla Arnold and husband Andy, Sharon Dorsey and husband Buzz, Donna Barker and husband Mike. She has 6 grandchildren, John Arnold, Jim Arnold, Kerry Garagliano, (Jeff) Jody Dorsey, Shanan Metzer (Albert), Michael and 5 great grandchildren. Jacquie was much loved and we will miss her great smile and zest for life. A wake for family and friends will be held April 10th at 1:00 the Embassy Suites in Oxnard, California.

Virginia F. (Clutter) Nickols
February 10, 1923 - August 30, 2001

Services will be held at Greenlawn Southwest Memorial Chapel, 2739 Panama Lane, Thursday, September 6th at 10:00 a.m. for Virginia F. (Clutter) Nickols, 78, who passed away August 30, 2001. The Rev. Gene Archer will officiate.

Virginia was born February 10, 1923 in Taft and was a resident of Taft for many years. She was employed with Richfield, Honolulu and Standard Oil Companies for 30 years where she worked as an executive secretary.

Virginia was preceded in death by her first and second husbands, Robert Clutter and Louis Nickols. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Patsy and Terry Williams; grandson and wife, Greg and Lisa Williams; grandson, Jeff Williams, all of Bakersfield; great grandchildren, Danielle and Matthew Williams; and numerous other relatives.

No visitation is scheduled. Greenlawn Southwest Mortuary Funeral Directors
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Sarah Noble
February 26, 1925
Funeral Service Held Wednesday

Funeral services were held yesterday at noon at the First Methodist Church for Mrs. Sarah Garner Noble, aged 76, who passed away Saturday morning following a lingering illness. Rev. H. T. Lewis, pastor of the church officiated. The remains were sent to Burbank for burial.

The church was filled with many friends of the aged women, who gathered to pay a final tribure to one who held a high place in the esteem of the community. The floral pieces were numerous and beautiful. Musical offerings were given by Mrs. George F. Moore, and again by Mr. and Mrs. Moore.

She is survived by two sons, living in Taft, who are Arthur J. Garner, president and manager of the Garner-Madison lease, near Taft, and Charles W. Noble. Several other children live in the east.
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Dorothy Sill Nobles
November 25, 1921 - September 23, 2001

Dorothy Sill Nobles was born on November 25, 1921 in Taft, California to Daniel and Gertrude Sill. After a brief battle with cancer she died on September 23, 2001 at the age of 79. Dorothy was a principle in Kern Rock Company and Sill Family Properties founded by her father Daniel Sill, as well as a co-owner of Nobles Trucking Company. Mom had a passion for travel and duplicate bridge. She traveled to parts of the world few outsiders have experienced. She was also a dedicated volunteer. She gave of her time to the Gray Ladies at Kern General Hospital, The Kern Literacy Program, The Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, and Gleaners. She was on the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors for over 20 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Nobles Sr. and son, Joe Nobles Jr. She is loved and survived by daughter, Trudy Nobles Douglass; son and daughter-in-law, Mary Nobles, Middleton and Tom Middleton; grandchildren, Trinity Hicks, Joan Douglass, Adrianne Nobles Campbell, Liza Nobles, Sarah Nobles; great grandchildren, Joe, Elizabeth and Evan; also sisters, Catherine Haupt and Claire Frisch along with numerous nieces and nephews. She will be missed by the long time friends of her Bridge and Birthday Clubs.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gleaners, CASA, American Cancer Society of Guild House. The family wishes to thank Dr. A. Desai, Ellie, the entire radiation staff at CBCC, Alternative Care and Hoffman Hospice. Services to be held Wednesday, Septmeber 26, 11:00 a.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary.

Patricia Lagail Noce
December 3, 1939 – February 20, 2003

Patricia (Walker) Noce of Cuyama passed away on February 20, 2003. Services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2801 S. Real Road, in Bakersfield.

Immediately following the service, interment will be held at the West Side District Cemetery in Taft.

Pat was born in Bakersfield on December 3, 1939 and lived in the Kern County area most of her life. She was a homemaker who loved crafts, reading and the latest gadgets. Her family was always her first priority.

She is survived by her children Mark Gowen of Watsonville, Laura Gowen of Taft and Jason Noce of Bolder Creek; six grandchildren; brother, Bryon Walker of Bakersfield; sister, Margaret Smith of Terra Bella; loving companion, John Wilke; his four children and ten grandchildren; numerous nephews and nieces.

No visitation is scheduled. Greenlawn Southwest Mortuary, Funeral Directors
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David Adam Noel
January 22, 1989 - July 9, 2003

Funeral arrangements are pending with the West Side Family Mortuary for Taft resident, David Adam Noel.

David was born on January 22, 1989 in Irvine, California and he passed away on July 9, 2003 at the age of 14 in Lompoc, California.

All funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of the West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594.

Donald Paul Noel
November 21, 1922 - July 24, 1986

Graveside funeral services well be held on Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. at the Westside District Cemetery for Donald Paul Noel, 63 of 213 Calvin St., Rev. Ralph Williams of the Westside Christian Church will officiate the services.

Mr. Noel was born November 21, 1922 in Kennard, Nebraska and passed away at his home on Thursday afternoon. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp. during World War II. He moved from Nebraska to Taft in March 1953. He had been employed as a pumper for Standard Oil Company for 29 years and retired about four years ago.

Mr. Noel was a life member of the VFW Black Gold #1998 and the American Legion for many years. Mr. Noel served as a Taft City Fireman volunteer. His survivors include his wife Gloretta Noel of Taft; son Paul Leroy Noel of Taft, two daughters Nancy Lee Baxter of Taft, Loretta Jean Brown of Lake Isabella; grandchildren Kimberly Ann Baxter, James Richard Baxter, Gerald Joseph Ellinger, Brian Keith Ellinger, Ronald Robert Ellinger, Katrese Marie Noel, Lisa Marie Noel and Elvis Aaron Noel. A brother Virgil Noel of Tekamah, Nebraska, and his four sisters Vera Lindberg of Lions, Nebraska, Donna Thelfold of Uehling, Nebraska, Delores Lindberg of Craig, Nebraska, Myrt Hoeffner of Lions, Nebraska.

The family has suggested that in lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Mr. Noel's memory to the American Cancer Society. Friends may call at Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. to pay their respects.
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Gloretta M. Stussy, Noel
March 12, 1924 - April 16, 1992

Graveside memorial services will be held Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Westside District Cemetery for Gloretta M. Noel.

Mrs. Noel was born in Taft on March 12, 1924 and passed away at a local hospital Friday morning following an extended illness. She graduated from Taft Union High School in 1942. She was a devoted homemaker and was know as Granny to all that knew her.

Mrs. Noel was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Paul Noel in 1986, and a daughter Nancy Baxter in 1992. Her survivors include a son and his wife Paul and Kathy Noel of Taft a daughter and her husband Loretta and Terry Brown of Boulder City, Nevada. A brother-in-law Rodney Baxter of Vina, a brother Leroy Stussy of Pismo Beach, 11 grandchildren, Kimberly Ann Baxter of Corning, James Baxter of Vina, Katrese Noel of Fresno, Lisa Marie Noel of Taft, Kristy Brown of Las Vegas, Ryan Brown of Boulder City, Nevada, John Brown of Los Angeles, Elvis Noel of Taft, Gerry Ellinger, Brian Ellinger, and Ronald Ellinger all of Nebraska three great-grandchildren many nieces and nephews and special friends Jimmy and Shirley Lines of Taft and Dennis Lacey.

No visitation will be held. Private inurnment was held with burial to follow in the Westside District Cemetery. Services were entrusted to the care of the Bonewell Family, Taft Funeral Home.
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James I. Noell
December 11, 1921 - May 26, 2001

James I. Noell - Age 79 of Tenmile, passed away at his home after a 2 1/2 year battle with cancer, on Saturday, May 26, 2001. He was born on December 11, 1921 in Fullerton, California to James N. Noell and Hazel Mayberry Noell. Jim had an older sister, Dorothea, who died in 1968. He went to Taft High and Junior College in Taft, California, where he graduated in 1942 he then entered the service,and was trained as a Radar Observer Night Fighter in the Air Coprs receiving his commission as 1st Lieutenant. He served in Europe, and was discharged in November 1945.

On October 27, 1945, he married Ruth Everitts in Bakersfield, California. They had a truly wonderful fun-filled marriage. One of Jim's traits was a real sense of humor. The Monday after they were married, he enrolled at UCLA. In 1946 Jim transferred to the University of California at Berkeley where he received a degree in Wildlife Management, and then took some education courses. Ruth worked in the President's Office at the University. In 1950 he worked as Game manager at the Kofa bighorn sheep refuge in Arizona. Jim was soon recalled into the Air Force, and was sent to Whidby Island in Washington, very soon he was sent to Japan, again as a Radar Observer. He was discharged in 1952. His next job was as a deer trapper for the State of Arizona where he trapped deer (for relocation) at both the South and North Rims of the Grand Canyon.

In 1953 they moved to Taft, California where Jim worked for Standard Oil Company as a field technician, and going to school again taking Drafting. He soon became a Draftsman. In 1955 their wonderful son, Michael entered their lives adding more happiness. They moved to Bakerfield, California then to Salt Lake City, Utah and again to Bakersfield. After 10 years with Standard Oil Company. Jim quit and went back to College at Fresno State University where he obtained his teacher's credential. Jim's first teaching assignment; at age 43, was in Manteca, California in 1967, he and Ruth moved to Stockton, California, where he continued teaching 4th, 5th and 6th grandes, and was also a Math specialist. Jim was an excellent and caring teacher, and his students and co-workers thought he was great. While teaching, he designed their home and landscaping and also drove 50 miles to Turlock ("Turkey Tech") College one night a week and acquired his Master's Degree. Ruth worked for the school district, too. After teaching for 21 years, they both retired in 1986; moving to Tenmile, Oregon in 1990, where Jim again designed their current home and landscaping. During their retirement they joined the Collins Trailer Club where they met their wonderful friends and enjoyed many campouts. Jim had great pride in his hard work the last 2 1/2 years was trying to finish a paradise for his beloved wife of 55 1/2 years.

Jim is survived by his wife and best friend, Ruth of Tenmile, his living son, Mike (Michael) and daughter-in-law, Kimberly, grandchildren Michael Jr. & Steffanie, all of Reno, Nevada; sister, Pamela Zulfa and brother-in-law Jerry Zulfa, nephews David and Michael Zulfa and his wife, Laurie, and their 3 children all of Bakersfield, California; brother-in-law Donald Everitts and his wife Alice of Auburn, California; nephew Donald Everitts, Jr., his wife Carrie, their son Skyler, niece Donna Hunt, her husband Fred and their daughters, Jessica and Heather of Sierra Vista, Arizona.

Private memorial to be held at their home. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations can be made to the Douglas County Library in Roseburg, Oregon. The address is 1409 NE Diamond Lake Blvd. Roseburg, Oregon 97470. The second request is for Douglas Home Care - 500 SE Cass Street, Suite 260, Roseburg, Oregon 97470.

Charles Winston "Winnie" Noland
July 8, 1916 - December 26, 1995

Graveside funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 4, 1995, in the West Side District Cemetery for Taft resident, Charles Winston "Winnie" Noland, 79. Bob Kessler will officiate at the services.

Charles Noland was born in Colony, Kansas on July 8, 1916 to John and Clara Noland and passed away on Friday, December 29, 1995 in a Bakersfield Hospital. He moved to California in 1935 and shortly thereafter met and married May Rafferty in 1937.

Charles served in the Armed Forces during World War II and was stationed at Fort Walters in Mineral Wells, Texas. He went to work for Standard Oil Company in 1942, which is now Chevron Oil Company. He was employed with the company for 39 years until his retirement in 1981. In his younger years he was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved he outdoors as well as traveling.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, May Noland, in December 1992. Mr. Noland is survived by his children: two daughters, Winneta Patterson of Ventura and Michele Loosier and her husband, Tom, of Bakersfield; two sons Ray Noland of Taft and Benny Noland and his wife, Lori, of Oregon; 10 grandchildren; his 10 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Dad was loved and will truly be missed by his loved ones and friends.

Friends may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. and again on Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. to pay their respects.

Jill Marie Noland
January 9, 1981 - October 9, 2011

A funeral service will be held on Friday, October 14, 2011, at 12:00 p.m. noon, in Westside Believers Fellowship for Taft resident Jill Marie Noland, 30. Burial will follow in the Westside District Cemetery. Pastor Ron Griffith will officiate at the service.

Jill was born in Bakersfield on January 9, 1981 and passed away at her home in Taft on October 9, 2011. She was very active in her children's education and was a member of Westside Believers Fellowship.

She was preceded in death by her father, John Perry, in 2009. Jill is survived by her husband, Sean Noland; her children, Trinity, Lily and Lex Noland all of Taft; her mother, Naomi Dotson of Taft; her siblings, Lori and Nicole Perry both of Taft; her grandparents, Ron and Barbara Fletrcher-Sims of Wyoming; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation will be held on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.

Dr. Claude E. Norcross
July 29, 1921 - June 3, 2012

Dr. Claude E. Norcross, 90, of Drexel, Missouri, died June 3, 2012, at Louisburg Care Center, Louisburg, Kansas. He was born July 29, 1921, at Norris, Missouri in Henry County, the son of Calvin Edward and Gladys Edna (Rogers) Norcross.

He was united in marriage to Dorothy Osborn on August 1, 1943, in Drexel, Missouri. Claude served in the United States Navy during WWII, retiring as a Lieutenant. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Warrensburg State Teachers College, Warrensburg, Missouri, Master's Degree from Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, California, and his Ed. D. from Stanford University, Palo Alto, California. He served as Superintendent of Schools of theTaft Unified School District, Taft, California. Peoria Unified School District, Peoria, Illinois, and Palos Verdes School District, Palos Verdes, California. He was named National Teacher of the Year while serving as teacher/principal of the Gaviota School District in Gaviota, California after earning his Master's Degree. He and his wife Dorothy spent their retirement researching and writing books on family history and his service in the United States Navy in the South Pacific during WWII.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Bob, Lawrence, and Ernest Norcross and one sister Margaret (Norcross) Ragland. Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Dorothy (Osborn) Norcross, Drexel, Missouri; two daughters, Diana and husband Dr. James McWilliams, Los Angeles, California and Pamela Norcross-Sherrick, and husband James Sherrick, Lafayette, Colorado; one grandson, Cyrus McWilliams; one great granddaughter, Gwyneth McWilliams; one sister, Eunice Clark, Clinton, Missouri; one brother-in-law, Charles Ragland, Clinton, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Lacey Norcross, Clinton, Missouri; and seven nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 9, 2012, at the Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home Louisburg Chapel, visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel. Burial with Military Honors will be in the Sharon Cemetery, Drexel, Missouri. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to the Louisburg Public Library or charity of your choice. To leave a message for the family online, please visit

Maxine A. Norman, 80
March 14, 1915 - December 8, 1995

Graveside funeral services wil be held in the West Side District Cemetery Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. for Taft resident Maxine Alyce Norman, 80.

Mrs. Norman was born in Limon, Colorado, on March 14, 1915 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on December 8, 1995. She moved to Kern County 70 years ago. In 1948 she moved to Ventura County where she lived until seven years ago, moving back to Taft. Mrs. Norman was a former active member of the Degree of Pocahontas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene "Gene" Norman, in August 1993. She is survived by her chidren and their spouses, Bertie Lou and Wayne Wurster of Taft, Leona and Jerry Gustafson of Ojai, and Eugene A. and Linda Norman of Oxnard; 13 grandchildren; and 11 grandchildren.

There are no visitation hours scheduled. The services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.

Virginia Norman, 83
August 4, 1913 - October 21, 1997

Virginia Norman passed away on October 21, 1997 in a local hospital. Virginia was born to Rowan Devan and Leta Adeline Stringer on August 4, 1913 in Mississippi. She was the eldest of six children. Her parents were ministers of the Gospel. She graduated from Taft Union High School and began working at the Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield. She met Denzil Norman and they were married in 1936. They moved to Taft in 1942. She has always been active in her church, teaching Sunday School and leading women's groups.

Virginia is survived by her husband, Denzil; two sisters, Marion Cochran of Misssissippi and Martha Robey of Cameron Park; three daughters Marian Stavros and her hus band, Don, JoLynn Gray and her husband, Randy, and Jacque Frazier and he husband, Ric; 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, October 24, 1997 at 2:00 p.m. and burial will follow in the in the West Side District Cemetery. Friends may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Thursday until 8:30 p.m. and again on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to service time to pay their respects.

Elizabeth "Bessie" Norris, 81
June 26, 1915 - July 30, 1996

A funeral mass will be held Saturday in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Taft for Elizabeth "Bessie" Johnson Norris, 81.

Mrs. Norris was born Elizabeth Murray in Condorrat, Scotland, June 26, 1915 and passed away July 30, 1996 in a Bakersfield hospital after a brief illness. As a child she immigrated to the United States and to the West Side oil fields with her family in 1925. She attended local schools in Fellows and Taft through junior College. In 1935 she married Vernon H. "Runt" Johnson, with whom she operated Cook's Stage Company in Taft and then, from 1940 - 1965, the Mariposa News Company, West Side distributors of the Bakersfield Californian. Widowed in 1968, she married Lawrence Norris and resided with him in Taft until his death in 1979. In 1990, Mrs. Norris moved to Bakersfield where she had been residing in Kern City.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Jim (1944), John (1942) and Billy 1965; her first husband, Vernon (1968); her second husband, Lawrence (1979). She is survived by her children and their spouses, Janice Anne and Stirling Price of Sacramento, Harold Murray and Rita Johnson of Bakersfield, and James Lynden and Mary Johnson of Fresno; 10 grandchildren, Stirling Price, Ian Price, Alison Price, David Price, Jennifer Price, Alexander Johnson, Douglas Johnson, Andrea Johnson, Amanda Johnson and Benjamin Johnson; and eight great grandchildren, Ian Price Jr., Wesley Price, Ryan Price Alexandria Price, Loren Price, Arianna Price, Allyssa Price and Justin Kanama.

Visitation will be held Friday from noon until 8:00 p.m. The services are entrusted to the care of the Bonewell Family of the Taft Funeral Home, A Golden Rule Funeral Home.

Alvin Nelson "Grampa" Northrop
August 31, 1907 - March 30, 2007

Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday, April 3, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. for longtime Taft resident, Alvin Nelson Northrop, 99. Mr. Northrop was born in Butler, Oklahoma on August 31, 1907 and passed away in Shafter on March 30, 2007.

He enjoyed gardening and painting. Mr. Northrop was a diehard Lakers, Dodgers and football fan.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Leona Northrop and his son, Bill Northrop Sr. and his wife, Beverlea. His survivors include his grandchildren and their spouses, Regina and George Lawrence of Palmdale, Derek and Angie Griffith of Taft, Tracy and Rod Bryan of Bakersfield, Marlena and Richard Brase of Clovis, Bill Northrop, Jr. and his wife, Shelley of Bakersfield, Wendell and Jeanne Northrop of Folsom and LaVerne Northrop of Sonoma; his great grandchildren, Tera, Bryan, Dee Carrissa, Maribeth, Abigail, Rick, Scott and Marcia, Laura, Nicholas, John, Jenny, Ashlee, and Michael; his great-great grandchildren, Dayle, Anastasia, Willow, Natalie, Ava and Essien. Mr. Northrop was loved by all his grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, and care providers. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

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

Kazimierz "Pops" Nowacki
May 18, 1937 - January 20, 2010

Services have been scheduled for Derby Acres resident, Kazimierz "Pops" Nowacki, 72. The Funeral Services will be Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Mary's Church, Taft, California. The arrangements have been entrusted to West Side Memorial Services, Porteous Family.

Roslyn Evotia Nua, 19
July 11, 1977 - May 6, 1997

Roslyn Evotia Nua was born July 11, 1977 and passed away May 6, 1997 in Bakersfield. Roslyn came to Taft in 1993 and graduated from Taft Union High School in 1995. She attended Taft College and was the manager of the Panama Branch, McDonalds.

Roslyn is survived by her mother, Aloalii Maino Nua; her father, the Rev. Mefi Nua; a brother, Salofi J. Nua who is attending Palomar College; and her grandmothers, Manu I. Nua and Evotia K. Maino.

Viewing service will be Friday at 5:00 p.m. a the Samoan Assembly of God, 308 North Street. A Farewell service will be conducted Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the First Assembly of God, 214 Asher Street. Burial service will be Monday at 10:00 a.m. with services conducted at the church and concluded at the West Side District Cemetery.
The services are entrusted to the Taft Funeral Home.