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Sunday SMITH, Henry Lee Was born July 29, 1928 in Munday, Texas to parents Belle Smith (Forrester) and Marvin Smith. Henry spent his early childhood growing up in the country on a farm. During his spare time Henry enjoyed bowling at all the old local bowling alleys: Barbara Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, San Marcos Bowl and Orchid Bowl.
Today SHERRILL, Mary Lea Brice October 21,1917-December 21.2015 Mary Lea Sherrill died peacefully at age 98 on December 21, 2015 at the Samarkand Retirement Community in Santa Barbara where she lived for 15 years. She was born on October 21,1917 to James Armour Brice and Evelyn Ada Kennedy in Eau Gallie, Florida. She lived with her family in Key West Florida until she was 3 years old when her mother died. She attended a small woman's college, Bessie Tift College in Forsyth, Georgia where she was known for her prowess in basketball and track and graduated with a degree in Education in 1939. She moved to Buckhead in Morgan County, Georgia to teach and there she met Shirley T. Sherrill and married him in 1940. Shirley Ann was born in 1941. In 1942, the family moved to Gardner, Massachusetts so Shirley T. could attend seminary at Boston University School of Theology and pastor the Methodist Church in Gardner, Massachusetts. Adrienne was born in 1944. In 1945, the family moved to San Francisco where Shirley T. became a member of the Northern California-Nevada Methodist Conference. Linda was born shortly thereafter in 1945. Living in several towns in Northern California, Mary Lea started teaching elementary school once all three daughters were in school. While in Santa Rosa, she pursued a master's degree in Education. She was well known in Santa Rosa as a first grade teacher, a job she took very seriously. Mary Lea had a sparkling personality and she retained her beautiful dark brown hair until she died. She tickled her family and parishioners with her laugh. Her outgoing personality made her a perfect fit as a 'preachers's wife'. She and Shirley T. complemented each other well in their vocations/ avocations at the Methodist Churches that they served. Mary Lea also loved music and sang in the church choirs as a soprano. Mary Lea and Shirley T. were true partners in their lives together. Family was very important to Mary Lea. She always provided opportunities to her growing daughters, with music, dance, and acrobat lessons. She was always there supporting her daughters in their education, recitals, and even at the swim meet competitions. Mary Lea is survived by her daughters, Shirley Ann Hurley, Adrienne Cupples, and Linda Sherrill. She also has four grandchildren: James H. Hurley III of Woodland Hills, California; Lisa Hurley Baker and husband David Baker of Manhattan Beach, California; Amy Cupples of Lafayette, California, Alison Cupples-Archila and husband Juan Carlos Axchila of Boston. She has four great grandchildren: Jackson Cupples Rubiano, Samantha Cupples Rubiano, Matthew Baker and Natalia Baker. Donations may be made in her memory to the First United Methodist Church of Santa Barbara at 305 East Anapamu St. Santa Barbara 93101. A service of remembrance will be held at the church on Saturday, February 13th at 2 p.m.
Sunday RACE, Doreen "Dene" 84, a long-time resident of Santa Barbara and Solvang, died Saturday, January 23, 2016, with her family at her side. Memorial contributions may be made to: Visiting Nurses and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara (www.vnhcsb.org) and the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara with Sansum Clinic (www.cfsb.org)....
Sunday PAGE, James "Jimmy" Benson Formerly of Santa Barbara passed away on January 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada where he had been living the past 20 years. Jimmy was born on November 16, 1946 at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara. Jimmy is survived by his daughters Tondi Page and his grandchildren Elijah and Diandra Medina of Goleta California, Sydne Page Keller (Mike) of Westlake, California...