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Sunday WEISER, Virginia Ruth Virginia passed away on January 3, 2016, in her home in Santa Barbara at age 89. Born on August 31, 1926, in Fairbanks, Alaska, Virginia was raised in various cities across the US and in Mexico. In the 1960s, Virginia followed her passion in Information Sourcing, earning a Master's Degree in Library Science at the University of Chicago, Champaign-Urbana in 1967. ...
Sunday WALTERS, Ruth April 12,1926 January 19, 2016 Ruth Walters passed away peacefully at the age of 90 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Ruth lived for many years in Santa Barbara, California, where she was the proprietor of Ruth Walters of Santa Barbara , a store in downtown Santa Barbara known for its exquisite and unique hand-made objects.
Today UNZUETA QUINTEROS, Concepci n •87, "Concha" as she was affectionately called, died peacefully to be with our Lord, on February 2, 2016, at her home in Santa Barbara, surrounded by her immediate family. Concha was born on December 8, 1928, in Herreras, Durango, M xico, to the late Pedro Quinteros and Celsa Sanchez. In 1946, she married the love of her life, Manuel Unzueta, Sr., and in 1948, a year after the birth of their first child, they moved to Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, M xico. They owned and operated two small, neighborhood markets, the first from 1950-1957, and the second, from 1957-1966. In 1966, Concepci n and her three youngest children migrated to Santa Barbara to join her husband and eldest daughter, Martha and son, Manuel, who had come to Santa Barbara in 1964. Concha worked for a number of years at Surged, as an eye lens maker, but left the workforce to help raise her grandchildren. She enjoyed listening to Mexican ballads which reminded her of her childhood. She had a passion for classic Mexican movies, especially those with Cantinflas, and enjoyed watching the Carol Burnett Show. Concha enjoyed visiting with close friends and was a great singer and cook. Above all, she loved spending time with her familia. Concha is survived by her children: Martha Cabral, Manuel (Carmen) Unzueta, Rosa Serrano, Connie Perrie, and Sylvia Maynez; sisters, Margarita Gonzalez, Ignacia Gomez and Belem Herrera; nine grandchildren, six great grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends. Concepci n was loved dearly by her late husband, Manuel Unzueta, Sr., her late brother Eliazar Medina and late sister, Josefina Ramirez. The Rosary service will be held on Sunday, February 7, 2016, at 7:00 pm and the Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, February 8, at 10:00 am, both at Holy Cross Church, 1740 Cliff Drive, SB, CA 93109. Interment will follow the mass at Calvary Cemetery, 199 N. Hope Avenue. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Concepcion's name to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara, 222 E. Canon Perdido Street, SB, CA 93101. Arrangements entrusted to Pueblo del Rey Funeral Services
Today THOMSON, Jean As I sit here reading the tributes to my sister-in-law Jean Thomson, I am aware that certain words dominate:•friend, radiant, hero, energy, spirit.•It becomes crystal clear that Jean was a person so many of us not only loved but wanted to emulate. Her friend, Fritz Martin,•said it best with his sage Facebook advice: "Be like Jean Thomson." Oh, if only we could. I think those of us in this massive assemblage of people who knew Jean, including those who loved her deeply, those who knew her well,•and those who were briefly touched by her spirit•realize•that we•are blessed by having known her. None of us can be Jean Thomson,•but every single one of•us•is a better person because of her. Jean Louise Thomson was born in Walnut Creek, California,•to William and Jane Thomson. She grew up as a quintessential California girl. Jean was an earthy, free spirit with strong convictions about environmentalism and nature, whose sense of compassion and community spirit came as natural to her as breathing.•Jean was a•tree-hugger but a non-preachy one. She lived her philosophy but didn't nag you about yours. All the same,•you wanted to be a better person if you knew her. Good fortune would have it that Jean met my brother, David Ramsthaler,•at UCSD when both were still kids. She graduated from UCSB with a degree in Environmental Studies. Then, for ten years she and•David•traveled, biked, hiked and explored nature. We got used to their footloose ways and wondered if they'd ever settle down.• Then came•their•"year of decisions."•At a family function,•Jean and David held•hands and shyly announced, "We're going to have a baby." Honestly, they looked like two scared little rabbits. These brave kids who traveled the world without a second thought were taking on a new endeavor that clearly intimidated them. But they mastered it. Shortly after•Emily was born, Jean ended her nascent career•at•the Air Pollution Control District and plunged head first into motherhood. She did a wonderful job. Her children,•Emily and Evan,•attend college at•MIT and UC Santa Cruz,•respectively,•and are•two•fine human beings•with•some big shoes to fill. When•Jean•was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000, she began a battle that she fought so quietly and stoically that it was easy to forget that she was sick. She•did not allow•any negativity. She rode her bike to chemotherapy as easily as healthy people take a spin around•the block. She endured setbacks and side effects•by ignoring them, and her cheerful, bubbly personality rarely wavered. When the cancer returned in 2009 and she was informed it could•not•be cured, she armed herself with a positive attitude and made the firm goal•to continue•living•life to the fullest. She wanted to•finish raising her children. Way to go, Jeannie, you did that. Your children are beautiful. Jean, a.k.a Lambchop,•was a "best friend" to•many people.•You couldn't help but feel joyful when•with•her.•If you happened to be sad,•or mad,•or stuck on something, she would point out•something positive to focus on.•All who knew her•say she had this incredible way of turning every person who crossed her path into a friend. From the mailman to the nurses at the•Cancer Center, she learned everybody's story and cared about them as people.• Besides her family and friends and her environmentalism, Jean had many other passions. She was an ocean swimmer, a birdwatcher, a cyclist, a yoga enthusiast and a gardener. Mostly, she was•the•natural glue that brought people together into fun and caring groups. You could call her•a sort of•’humanity glue'. She brought disparate folks together and by doing so made her community a better place. My brother adored her. He called•her•Honey Bunch and Sweetie Pie and if he ever complained about her, it wasn't in my presence.•She must've been happy with him,•too, because•she•was always smiling and bustling with a zest for life•as•only•a truly happy woman could. Jeannie,•we all want to be•more like•you. We can•treasure as gifts•all•you gave of yourself•and•hope those aspects become•part of us. Even if the only thing we•keep burned in•our memory is•your•glorious, glowing smile•and laugh, we'll be forever richer for having known you.• Jean leaves behind her husband David Ramsthaler, her two children Emily and Evan Thomson, her mother•Jane Thomson, her brother Steve Thomson and her dog,•Skye. The rest of us,•too many to mention, include extended family members and many, many friends who also loved her•dearly.•
Today SMITH, Robert "Bobby" •Robert Gene Smith "Bobby" was born in Los Angeles, California in 1937. He grew up and lived in Los Alamos, CA with his parent James and Estella Smith. After graduating college he married his sweetheart Karen "Jeannie" Zenger. He served in the military and retired from the Santa Barbara Country Fire Department. Bobby passed away suddenly at home on January 27, 2016 of natural causes. •Bobby is survived by his three daughters, Anika Rask (husband Ted), Leah Ayres Hudson (husband Michael) and Carina Richardson (husband David). He is also survived by four grandchildren, Vaughn and David Rask, Sarah Malast (husband Jeff, children Jack and John) and Shane Michael Ayres (children Abbigale, Austin and Alexis (deceased 7-5-05) Having lived his 79 years in Los Alamos, Bobby touched many lives in the community with his unique and generous personality. He will be greatly missed by all. A graveside service will be held at the Los Alamos cemetery at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 6, 2016 followed by a BBQ and gathering of friends and family at the Los Alamos Men's Club.
Sunday SCOTT, Amy Ford 12/9/62 - 1/20/16 Loving wife of James Scott. Our precious Amy passed away suddenly in her Santa Barbara home, of heart complications. Amy was a unique person who never compromised her values and was honest in her dealings with others.
Sunday PEDERSEN, Selena Stone 9/12/1935 - 1/2/2016 Selena Stone Pedersen passed away on January 2nd 2016 at her home in Cedaredge, Colorado. Born Selena Fontaine Stone on September 12th, 1935 in Roanoke Virginia to Norton Alvah Stone and Emille Knight Stone. Selena is survived by her daughter, Katherine Parker, her husband Bill Parker and their children, Matt and ...
Today McKEE, Ruth Alberta (Campos) •Beloved mother and friend, Ruth Alberta (Campos) McKee passed away on October 13th, 2015 at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital following an acute illness. She was 77. •Ruth was an active member of her church and volunteered at Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria. She lovingly created crocheted hats for the babies born at that hospital. Before retirement, she was a Loan Officer at a Federal Credit Union in Goleta. •She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Jim McKee, and is survived by three daughters Stephanie (Warren) Wells, Beth (Brad) Shaw, and Allison (James) Taylor, along with six grandchildren: Joshua Shaw, Jonathan (Tiffany) Brenner Myra (Eric) Palmer, Rachael Shaw, Nathan Wells, and Lydia Taylor, and one great-grandchild Brianna Brenner. A memorial celebration service was held at Orcutt Presbyterian Church on October 16th, 2015. Interment will be at the Santa Barbara Cemetery on February 8th, 2016 at 10:30 AM.
Sunday JONES, Anne Rives White A long-time and prominent resident of Santa Barbara, died on January 8, 2016 at age 94. Anne truly savored life as a member of our "greatest generation." Anne energetically pursued her own career as a community volunteer, and played increasingly important leadership roles in Santa Barbara institutions such as the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (where she initiated the docent program), Santa ...
Sunday GUILFOY, William H. November 8, 1928-January 5, 2016 Bill Guilfoy was born in New York where he worked for Sorg Printing as a Vice-President/Sales Manager. Bill had a love for horses and formed a partnership with horse trainer, Celia ("Cece") E. Thorsen at the Michael Manesco equestrian training facility near Griffith Park, which facility now houses the Los Angeles Police Department Mounted Platoon. In the course ...
Sunday GIRARD, Elizabeth Roome Passed away January 24, 2016 as gracefully as she lived her life. Her father being Clarence T Room, former Public Health Officer of Santa Barbara City and County, and her mother Elizabeth T Roome. She graduated from SBHS, attended SB College then graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio with a teaching degree before returning to Santa Barbara to teach Kindergarten at Peabody Elementary School.
Sunday BARTLETT, Nancy Jane (Frowiss) Beloved wife and mother, of Tehachapi, CA, peacefully entered into rest on November 24, 2015 after a brief but valiantly fought battle with ALS. Nancy is survived by her husband of 50 years, Dave; her son Dani el and her daughter Kelle Pickell (Clark). Nancy was born October 28, 1948 to Claire (Cotton) and Marian Frowiss of Santa Barbara, CA.