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o_Clowers042314 CLOWERS, Laura "Lolo" Elizabeth •Was born January 15, 1986 and died April 10, 2014, at the young age of 28. •Laura was born and raised in Santa Barbara where she attended Roosevelt Elementary School, Santa Barbara Junior High and Santa Barbara High School. A talented musician who played piano, saxophone and clarinet, she graduated from Santa Barbara High School in 2004 and continued her education at the University of Arizona where she graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business. •She had an affinity with children, animals and old folks. Laura was multitalented and creative. She was an excellent cook and had an insightful fashion sense and was frequently sought out by her mother to be her personal shopper. Because of her ability to naturally connect with children, it came as no surprise to any of her friends and family when she decided to take a job as a substitute teacher in Santa Maria, California, where she lived, until recently, with her Aunt and Uncle, Phyllis (Aunt Pi) & Glenn Jackson. Although her life was brief, the positive impact she had on family, friends, children, and animals will never be forgotten. Laura is survived by her parents Beth and Pat Clowers, brother Connor, maternal grandfather Peter Acri, and paternal grandmother Barbara Clowers, as well as aunts, uncles and countless cousins. A mass will be held for her at the Santa Barbara Mission on Thursday, May 8th at 10:00 a.m., followed by a celebration of her life at her family home located at 1928 Cleveland Ave in Santa Barbara, California.
o_DeMaria042214 DeMARIA, Monique, (Henderson) •January 6,1959-April 19, 2014, age 55, of Santa Barbara, California, passed away early in the morning hours of 4/19 after a long, heroic battle with myelofibrosis. She is finally at rest in the everloving arms of our Eternal Father. •Monique was born in Paris, France. She grew up in Montgomery, Alabama, Springfield, Virginia, Vandenberg AFB, California, and Santa Barbara, where she attended Mountain View Elementary, Goleta Valley Jr High, and Dos Pueblos High (where she graduated in 1977). Monique was voted her class Homecoming Queen! She then attended U.C. Berkeley and graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. In 1984, at a New Year's Eve party, Monique met Terry DeMaria. It was love at first sight! God blessed them both with four beautiful children who were all born in Santa Barbara. She was graced with a sparkling smile and a sunny, positive personality. She always had kind words and gentle manners to all who were lucky enough to know her. She was one-of-a-kind and we will all miss her so very much. Cherishing her memory are her loving husband of 29 years, Terry; children Daniel, Richie, Anthony, Pamela, and daughter-in-law Liz; brother Dan Henderson; sister Bebe and brother-in-law Dave Carrico; numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins; and her mother-in-law Chris DeMaria. Monique was blessed with two granddaughters, Soji and Sylvia DeMaria. •Monique was preceded in death by her parents Daniel and Enza Henderson as well as sister Pamela Henderson.Visitation will be at the Welch- Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from I to 5 PM. A celebration of Monique's life will take place on April 23 at 11 AM at the Free Methodist Church at 1435 Cliff Drive. Internment will be at Santa Barbara Cemetery following the service.
o_Ortega042314 ORTEGA, Hortensia Luera 91, passed away peacefully in Santa Barbara on Friday, April 18, 2014. Hortensia was born April 29, 1922 in Hurley, New Mexico to Rumaldo and Jennie Luera. The family moved from New Mexico to Santa Barbara where they stayed and started the La Paloma Cafe Restaurant. She was know to most of her family and friends as ‘Tencha.’ She worked alongside her family in the restaurant for at least 35 years. She spent her later years living in Oxnard, California but returning back home to be with her family in Santa Barbara the last 3 years of her life. She is survived by her daughter Josephone Reynoso (David), grandchildren Katharine and Daniel Reynoso; great-granddaughter Jennifer, her sister Amelia Sarinana and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She is preceded in death by her husband Arnold Ortega, her parents Rumaldo and Jennie Luera, her sister Virginia Gusman and her grandson David Reynoso, Jr. A Memorial Mass will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Raphael’s Church, 5444 Hollister Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA. The family would like to thank the staff at Mission Terrace for taking such good care of my mother.
o_Rose042314 ROSE, Sharon •(Sharry Aline Seccomb Stepner Manzullo) •9/25/43 – 4/10/14 •Sharry Rose, 71, passed away peacefully at her home in Carpinteria on April 10th after surrendering to cancer.•Friends and family were there to comfort and love her through her transition.•She is now reunited with her beloved mother, Virginia Geddes, son, Richard (Bommer) Manzullo and faithful dog Shayla. There were also many good friends waiting to welcome her home. •She is survived by her daughter, Lori Stepner- Battaglia, brother, Steve Geddes and family, three•grandchildren, Tyler, Breanna and Chelsea, her soul sister/heart mother Karen Curtis, and her most infamous love, Xanax the cat. Sharry was born in Upstate New York to a military family that moved frequently.•After moving to Pasadena, CA, she married and had her two children, Lori and Richard.•The wanderlust in her heart kept her traveling and exploring new vistas.•She called many places ‘home’É.Pasadena, Santa Barbara, Marin County, various parts of Europe, and the West Indies. Sharry was blessed with the gift of creativity, beauty, intelligence, talent and charm. She was complex and deep, always searching for a higher meaning to life.•Being a natural born artist and poet with a thirst for adventure and personal growth, she lived life through art and the written word. She had a coy and sometimes outlandish sense of humor and was never afraid to try something new or think outside the box.•If the phrase ‘Well behaved women rarely make history’ had not already been quoted, she surely would have crafted it herself. Sharry was an entrepreneur, eccentric and artist extraordinaire.•She received a credential in Transpersonal Psychology and had diverse jobs and businesses, all of which contributed to her incredible life experiences.• She was always on a quest for knowledge beyond the institutionalized walls of society. She loved and yearned for nature, a free spirit, an entity, traveling this world and sometimes beyond. She understood the duality of her soul:•the caverns of darkness and the gardens of light.•To say too little would not be enough and to say too much would not be appropriate.•Sharry says it best through a segment of one of her poems: SIMPLIFICATION••(by Sharry Rose 2001) If it suffers-- drug it, And if does not see God, paint a picture on a bed sheet, walls, anything.• Write a poem in blood, tears, wine. Most of all--love it. If you learn nothing on this spinning Rock, learn touches, songs, soft hands, forgiveness--for humans can be a pitiful lot. Learn to sew wounds as you would sew a gown that dances and speaks. •You would become magical. Loved.•Hated.•Feared.•Corrupted. Love anyway. Don’t expect any resolution. Die smiling if you can, let nothing be unbearable. But, always carry a knife with an emerald handle or a bullet of silver, Just in case, just in case. A celebration of Sharry’s life will be held on May 4th at her daughter’s house in Ventura. Special thanks and forever gratitude to Danny, Dena , Sweet Lucy, Kerri, S.B. Hospice, Jennifer and Brenda of the S.B.ACT Team, and caretakers/companions Sarah, Julie and Liz for making her last few years, months and days loving and comfortable. It took a village of caring for one ‘Rose.’