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Today TOVAR, Maria De La Luz Vera December 7, 1938 to November 20, 2015 •Maria De La Luz Vera Tovar passed away peace fully on Friday, 11/20/2015, surrounded by her children, grandchildren and many other loving family members. She was 17 days shy of her 77th birthday. Maria was preceded by the passing of her devoted husband, Antonio M. Tovar, to whom she was married to for 43 years. She was also preceded by the passing of her son, Carlos V. Tovar. •Maria was born in Cortazar, Guanajuato, Mexico. At the age of 14 Maria met and married the love of her life, Antonio. They migrated to the United States from Mexico in 1959 and established their home in Santa Barbara, CA. The importance of family was the utmost focus in Maria's life. She always stressed the unity and strength of family. When her son Carlos suffered a life-altering accident, she made it her life?s mission to care for him until his death. Additionally, Maria and Antonio always opened their home to extended family and acquaintances that came to the United States from Mexico and helped in their transition in becoming self-sustaining and productive members in their new country. Some of her favorite pastimes were crocheting and sewing. Maria also enjoyed assembling puzzles and working in her garden. Another of her most gratifying diversions was spending time at the casino with her eldest son, Tony. However, her greatest enjoyment was being a caring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was affectionately known as "Mom" by many of her grandchildren and great grandchildren because of her direct involvement in raising them. Maria is survived by five of her children: Tony, Alex, Maria Elena, Javier and Guillermo. Her many grandchildren include: Erika, Evy, Gaby, Alejandrito, Katie, Eli, Manuel, Shantea, Christy, Audrey, Carissa, Robert, Kurt and Angel. Her great-grandchildren are: Izabella, Blanca, Juliana, Giana, Natalie, Noah, Ariana, Marisa, Kaylie, Ben, Jade and Natasha. Services are as follows: a rosary will be held on Tuesday, 11/24/15, from 6-7 PM at Welch-RyceHaider Mortuary. Mass will be held will be held Wednesday, 11/25/15, at 10 AM at Holy Cross Chapel. The burial will take place immediately after at the Santa Barbara Cemetery. To leave an online memory or condolence please visit Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.
Today NELLIS, Bryan C. 1946-2015 •Bryan Nellis passed away on October 13, 2015, while under the wonderful care of the staff at Mission Terrace. He was 69. Bryan was born on March 18, 1946, in Winnipeg, Manitoba to Cliff D. and Olga (Swystun) Nellis. The family moved to Vancouver, British Columbia when Bryan was an infant. In Vancouver, his parents ran a hotel and coffee shop. •The three moved to California where Bryan attended local schools in Ontario. He graduated in 1964 from Chaffey High School where he met the love of his life, Michel Cooper, in junior year English. He attended UCLA, marrying Michel during their junior year. Their two children were born in Los Angeles. He earned his MBA at CSU, Los Angeles while also working as a crime analyst for the Los Angeles Police Department in the Hollywood Division. In 1972, the young family moved to Santa Barbara. A year later, he was hired as controller for the Montecito-based architectural products firm, Forms and Surfaces, later becoming the CFO and briefly the CEO of the company. After 14 years, he left Forms and Surfaces, became an Enrolled Agent, and operated the successful tax practice, NELLIS Associates. He was a loving husband and a compassionate father who took his role as a parent to heart. He was the inaugural president of the newly formed El Camino PTA, served on an advisory committee for the Goleta School District, and participated with his children in both Indian Maidens and Indian Guides through the YMCA. When they reached driving age, he relished teaching them to drive a stick shift, and change a spark plug and a tire. He volunteered at the Goleta Valley Library listening to children describe the books they read as part of the summer literary program. He was an active member of his neighborhood's architectural review board. He was also very supportive of his wife's community and global volunteer commitments. Bryan was an amateur carpenter, creating incredible projects around the family home. He and Michel loved to entertain, with Bryan supplying the jokes and occasionally the music on his accordion. The couple traveled much of the world together, discovering canal and river boating in Europe and upstate New York – he the captain, she the crew. Bryan is survived by his wife, and his children, Ann Opara of Oakland, and Doug (Susan) of Seattle, along with his mother, Olga, formerly of Carpinteria. He was predeceased by his father, Cliff, in 1989. A tribute to Bryan will be held Saturday, December 5 at 1:30 p.m. at Glen Annie Golf Club. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Friends of the Goleta Library, the Animal Shelter Assistance Program (ASAP), or your favorite charity.
Sunday MARTINEZ, Georgina Theresa Born October 4, 1947, a long time Santa Barbara resident has peacefully passed away on November 17, 2015 at the age of 68 due to a lengthy illness. Is survived by her husband David Martinez, Sister Carmelinda Valencia (David), Son David Martinez II (Julie), and two daughters Melissa Rodriguez (Ruben), Delia Ramirez and Grandchildren: Jessica, Ruben Jr., David III, Malia, Christopher, Markie, Zachary, Isaac and 2 ...
Sunday HAGEN, Barbara Ruth Of Santa Barbara, CA passed away peacefully at the age of 94. Barbara was born July 23, 1921 in Alameda, CA, to Walter and Alice Barry. Bob and Barbara moved to Santa Barbara in 1967, and Barbara became quite active in the community. Barbara is survived by her daughters Kathleen Norton (Bill) of Santa Barbara and Joane Hagen of Idleyld Park, OR.
Today BOISE, Martha Tavis 1929 – 2015 ••Martha Tavis Boise died from natural causes on November 18, 2015 at age 86 at the family home on Hollister Ranch surrounded by her five children. ••Marty was born April 7, 1929 in Bismarck, North Dakota. She was a fourth generation North Dakotan. She was married for 58 years to the love of her life, Spencer Boise, with whom she had five children: Barbara Walsh, Beverly Boise-Cossart, Brenda Boise, Steven Boise and Philip Boise. All her life Marty was known for her gracious smile and friendly personality •Marty received her B.A from the University of North Dakota in business education. After graduation she worked for an advertising agency in Chicago. There she met Spencer Boise who was a recent MBA graduate from the University of Chicago and a family friend from Bismarck. They became engaged and were married in Bismarck, October 11, 1952. Two years later the family moved to Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1968 the family moved to Southern California, where all the children completed their high school and college educations. In 1973 Marty and Spence bought property for a second home on the Hollister Ranch. Over the years, this location grew to become the central gathering place for four generations of the family. After Spencer's retirement from corporate life in 1988, he and Marty moved to Montecito, where they lived ever since. Marty became a widow in September 2010. She is survived by her five children and their families, including eighteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, as well as her younger brother, Lee Tavis of South Bend, Indiana. An older sister Nancy Tavis Larson died in 1995. A mass was held for Marty on Saturday, November 21st at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Burial will be at the Santa Barbara Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marty's memory to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 1300 E. Valley Road, Montecito, California 93108.