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Sunday RILEY, William "Bill" Allen Bill passed away peacefully at Alto Lucero Transitional Care and ascended to Heaven on July 23, 2015. At 12 years of age he experienced the early stages of Muscular Dystrophy and courageously confronted these challenges with support from family and dedicated resources in the Santa Barbara community. Bill was born February 28, 1949 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and shortly afterwards moved with his parents to California. After brief periods in San Diego and Van Nuys the family moved to Santa Barbara where he lived for over 60 years. He graduated from San Marcos High School in 1967 and worked primarily in janitorial and ground maintenance positions at Santa Barbara Research Center and the Santa Barbara Harbor. Bill was a very loyal and reliable employee and took great pride in having a perfect employee attendance record for 18 consecutive years. Bill was well known in the community as a consummate Green Bay Packer fan and was regularly seen wearing the "green and gold" around town. He was a living Packer encyclopedia and made many independent trips to Lambeau Field to see his favorite team play. Bill led a life of dignity, loyalty and a strong faith in God. He was truly an inspiration to his family and friends and always made time to chat with his many acquaintances in the local Packer and Harbor communities. He is preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth Edward Riley and Donna Marie Riley and sister, Diane Marie Riley. He is survived by his brothers, sister and nephews: Kevin Riley of Roseville, CA; Mary Hughes (Riley) and her husband Kim Hughes of Nipomo, CA; and Mark Riley of Centennial, CO and his wife Michelle and sons Austin and Duncan. The Riley family would like to express their appreciation to the staff at Alto Lucero Transitional Care and the Independent Living Institute. Special gratitude is extended to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care of Santa Barbara (512 East Gutierrez Street, Suite A, Santa Barbara, CA 93103) and UCP Work, Inc (423 West Victoria Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101) where donations may be made in his memory in lieu of flowers. A memorial service and mass is scheduled for Monday, August 10th at 10 AM, St. Raphael's Catholic Church, 5444 Hollister Avenue, Santa Barbara. Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels. http://www.wrhsb.com
Sunday FRANCO, Genevieve Hames Was called to Heaven by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on 7-29-2015 where she will join all her loved ones that passed on before her. She was born and raised in Santa Barbara on 9-18-19. She can trace her Chumash ancestor roots back to the early days of the Old Mission. She was pre-deceased by her husband Joseph Franco, sisters - Agnis Hames, Valma Hames Pen (Robert), Frances Hames Franco (Tony), Carmalita Hames and brother William Hames (Georgia) She is survived by a brother, Robert Hames (Ruth) and two sons, Charles (Cathy) and William (Linda). She has five grandsons and one granddaughter. She has two great-grandsons and one great-granddaughter. She has several nephews and nieces. She worked most of her adult life as a waitress and retired from the Montecito Country Club. She was a life member of the Native Daughters of the Golden West Tierra De Oro and took park in many Fiesta Parades. She will be greatly missed by those who cared for her. Graveside Services will be held Tuesday, August 4th, 11 am at Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.
Sunday CONTRERAS, Eileen Heaven gained an angel and the world lost a beautiful soul. Eileen Contreras departed this earth Monday, July 27th, 2015. Eileen will be remembered by those who loved her for her quick wit, contagious laugh, bright smile, love of baseball and her love of life. There are too many words we could use to describe Eileen, but few of them would do her justice. She lived life with passion and tenacity and fought hard until the end. She will join her husband of 50 years, Anthony Contreras, and her friends who have passed before her in heaven. She is survived by her four children Anne Cogan (Allen), Greg Contreras, Terry Contreras (Dave), and Tammy Yates (Frank), five grandchildren, and her four life-long friends (they know who they are).There will be no services per her wishes, the family would like to thank the visiting hospice nurses for all of their help.