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o_Armor121914 ARMOR , Shirley M. 1930 2014 It is with love and gratitude for the life we were given and the lives we have shared that we say "Goodbye, for now" to our beloved Mom, Shirley Armor, who on December 14th, 2014 departed for a joyous reunion with Cam and other loved ones in paradise. Rest in peace, Mom. We miss you already. Born Shirley Marie Ainge on August 18th, 1930 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to George and Marie Ainge and brother Ken, Shirley was a bright light during a difficult time. The Ainge family endured the Great Depression, finding precious security in George's job as a manager for Sears, Roebuck Company. After many moves, the family finally settled in Santa Barbara, where Ken and Shirley would attend High School. A beautiful and outgoing girl, Shirley made many friends and served as President of her class. It was at the University of California at Santa Barbara that she would meet the love of her life, Campbell Armor. As the story goes, the two young lovers began dreaming of a future together. A family of four boys was their wish, and so it would be. After giving her all in raising her boys, Shirley would enjoy a long and successful career in real estate in Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz. Shirley is survived by her four loving sons; Thomas of Buellton, Anthony, (Kate) of Santa Cruz, Stuart of Palm Desert, and Matthew of Santa Barbara, as well as her three precious grandchildren; Hunter, Conor and Alysson, who knew her as 'Gram', her sister-in-law Althea of Florida, and several nieces and nephews. Shirley also had many friends whom she loved and cherished, in particular Mary Kay, Gingie, and her dear friend and confidant Arlene. A family memorial and scattering of her ashes will be held in Santa Barbara. "Fly away Shirley Bird, your sunrise sing the words, In our hearts they will ring, and in the night I will dream, of Shirley Bird." Funeral arrangements by McDermott-Crocketter Mortuary
o_Barnes121714 BARNES, M.D., Elbert Donald March 22, 1925 November 26, 2014 Dr. Elbert Donald Barnes, aged 89, of Santa Barbara died on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at Cottage Hospital after suffering a sudden heart attack. Donald was a long time resident of Levelland, Texas prior to moving to Santa Barbara in the early 1970's. Born in Levelland, Texas, on March 22, 1925, Donald spent the first four decades of his life in Texas, where his primary concern was that of serving as a family doctor in his community. The second child, and firstborn son of Elbert and Odie Faye Barnes' eleven children, Donald was always a joy to his family. Following graduation from high school in Levelland, Donald entered Baylor College. After earning a B.A. degree at Baylor, in 1943 he was inducted into the US Army to serve his country during World War II. While in the U.S. Army, Donald served in Central Europe earning the rank of Sergeant. He was decorated with numerous ribbons and medals prior to his honorable discharge in May, 1946, when he returned to Texas to continue his studies. In 1948 Donald resumed his studies at University of Texas, Galveston, where he graduated in 1954, with his MD degree. He took and passed his State Board Exams that year and immediately began what would become a truly illustrious career. Following his internship, which he completed at Robert Green Memorial Hospital in San Antonio, Donald began practicing as a General Practitioner at Phillips-Dupre Hospital in Levelland, Texas. Donald would later become a partner and eventually the sole owner of the very hospital in which he had started his medical career. Donald was an amazing physician and a true asset to his community. He thoughtfully and lovingly treated many of the citizens of Levelland and delivered more babies than on could possibly keep count of. In 1973 the Texas State Senate awarded Donald with the distinguished designation of Capitol Physician for his effforts treating the legislators of the 63rd Legislature. In 1974 Donald married his childhood friend, Bessie "Betsy" Kitchen Cooper. Soon thereafter the couple moved to Santa Barbara where they have lived happily ever since. Donald was a member of the Nu Sigma Nu Fraternity and of the First Baptist Church. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed photography, travel and adventure. His other interests included attending theater performances, listening to great music and reading. Donald was predeceased by his beloved parents, Elbert and Odie Faye Barnes (nee Bowers), and his sisters Eva Vaughn, Florence Holloway and Barbara Cooper. His sisters Odie Faye Walker, Mildred Childress, Linda Burns and Eula Jane Funk, and brothers Royce Barnes, David Barnes and Douglas Barnes and their spouses survive him. His beloved wife, Bessie "Betsy" Barnes also survives him, as do many nieces and nephews and their children. A graveside service was held at Santa Barbara Cemetery on December 16, 2014. It was attended by his wife and members of his immediate family. According to his wishes Dr. Barnes was buried in Santa Barbara so that he and Betsy may rest in peace in the community that has become their home. Funeral Arrangements were arranged by McDermott-Crockett Mortuary.
o_Cleveland122114 CLEVELAND, Richard C. MARCH 1, 1923-DECEMBER 8, 2014 Richard C. Cleveland passed away peacefully on Dec. 8, 2014 at Serenity House after a short stay at Cottage Hospital. A gentle, kind man who knew no strangers, Dick was blessed with a life of many adventures and friendships. He brought sunshine and light to everyone he knew with his love of tall tales, practical jokes, and photography. Dick was born in Baltimore, Maryland on March 1, 1923, and moved with his family to Santa Barbara in 1930. He attended Crane Country Day School, Laguna Blanca School, Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs, and Santa Barbara State College. Dick had a lifelong love of the sea, which began as a young boy aboard his grandfather's 100' motor yacht, Cynthia , on the east coast. His other passion was photography. He joined the Santa Barbara Yacht Club in 1935, where he was active in racing Moonboats and Flatties. In 1963, combining his two loves, sailing and photography, he began his marine photography company FOTOBOAT. In 1967, Dick began covering the Honolulu finishes of the Transpacific Yacht Race, which he photographed for 10 years. Among other yacht races he covered were the Swiftsure Race in Victoria, B.C. Canada; the Ensenada Race in Mexico; and the Antigua Race in the West Indies. An entrepreneur, Dick started several companies. In the 1950s, he owned the Van Nuys Water and Oil Drilling Company, followed by the Wire Company of America. In the 1960s, he joined Art Snyder and Homer Thompson in the ownership of Santa Barbara Aviation. The trio also owned the Colony Prime Rib House and the Flightline Coffee Shop at the Santa Barbara Airport. They sold these businesses in 1974. In 1975 he started Lanai Things, an outdoor furniture store in Honolulu, Hawaii, with his wife, Barbara. They sold that business in 1985. After retirement, Dick and Barbara traveled to many exotic places. Islands were their specialty-from Pitcairn and Easter Island in the South Pacific to the Seychelles Islands in the Indian Ocean, to the San Juan Islands in the Pacific Northwest and Newfoundland in the North Atlantic Ocean. As his friends will remember, Dick gathered sand from the many beaches he visited all around the world. That collection, displayed in little bottles in the Santa Barbara home he shared with his wife Barbara, is a source of endless fascination to his many friends. Dick is survived by his wife of 32 years, Barbara Cleveland; niece Cynthia Sexton Nordstrom of Oregon; and nephews Michael Sexton of Austin, Texas and Stewart Sexton of Long Beach, California. A celebration of his life will be held March 3, 2015 at the Santa Barbara Yacht Club between 4 and 6 pm. In lieu of flowers, friends may choose to remember Dick by donating to one of his favorite charities, Santa Barbara Braille Institute, Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara, or the Santa Barbara Youth Sailing Foundation at the Santa Barbara Yacht Club, or to their favorite charity.
o_Ewing122114 EWING, Angelica Peale Died peacefully on December 11, 2014, at home in Greenwich, CT, of lung cancer. At her death she was surrounded by her family. Angie was loved by many whose lives she touched through her twelve years as head of Cancer Care Volunteers at the Greenwich Hospital. She took a minor program and turned it into a vital part of the hospital's integrated approach to cancer care, with over 100 volunteers. She brought a deeply empathetic vision to the service of treating patients with this savage disease-and she was remembered and honored for this impact when she herself returned years later in need of treatment for the very illness she'd spent so long trying to defeat in others. Angie grew up in Washington, DC, daughter of Manuelita Boldt White and Walter White. Her mother was the granddaughter of George C. Boldt, manager of the Waldorf-Astoria and creator of Boldt Castle in the Thousand Islands.Her father ran the Business Advisory Council of the U.S. Department of Commerce from the time of its creation in 1933 by Franklin Delano Roosevelt until his retirement in 1958. She was a descendant of the painter and naturalist Charles Willson Peale, founder of one of the country's first museums. Angie attended the Potomac School, Madeira, Vassar College, and graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in French. She had a lifelong interest in foreign affairs, fueled by a year at the University of Grenoble in France, and worked for several years as a researcher at US News & World Report. She served for many years on the board of governors of the Off-the-Record Lecture Series of the Foreign Policy Association. In 1964 she married Edward G. Ewing at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. They lived for five years in New York City before moving to Greenwich in 1969. In later years she became an avid hiker and outdoorswoman. With her husband she hiked and biked in Kenya, France, England, Turkey, Nepal, New Zealand, and many other places. In the last month of Angie's life, she determinedly made a trip to London with her husband of 50 years to celebrate this special anniversary. Despite enormoushealthchallenges, she joyously walked for miles in the countryside, reveled in the love of her English friends, and showered their grandchildren with adoration. Her life was punctuated by love, first by her charismatic father andglamorous mother, then by legions ofsuitors and one lucky and devotedhusband of five decades, by two daughters who deeply admired her and have tried to emulate her life of service, and finally by her profound bonds with friends too numerous to count. Angie had no casual relationships, as each person was special to her. Some of her last words were instructions to her family to deliver Christmaspresents she'd bought and wrapped for friends. In addition to her beloved husband, she is survived by two daughters, Heather Peale Ewing of New York and Jenny Ewing Allen of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, and one grandson, Walter Grady Allen, whose every word and action delighted her. She will be remembered for her great smile, enthusiasm, love of people, caring nature, and rhyming thank you letters and tributes. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Direct Relief, (27 S. La Patera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93117); the Bendheim Cancer Center of the Greenwich Hospital, (35 River Road, Cos Cob, CT 06807); and the Montecito Trails Foundation, (PO Box 5481, Santa Barbara, CA 93150).
o_Hilton122114 o_Hilton2122114 HILTON, Betty Fun loving, adventurous, loyal, hardworking, strong, perfectionistic, athletic, lover of beauty and color; Betty was glamorous to her last breath. These are only a few words that describe our beautiful mother, grandmother and friend. Betty Beaumont was born September 6, 1927, in the Outback of Miles, Queensland, Australia to parents Ellen and Harold Beaumont. It was the Depression and times were tough for the family. At a young age Betty took care of her sickly mother. At age 19 she won the Miss Beach Girl Beauty Competition which catapulted her into a very successful modeling career. With a great deal of hard work and determination, she became one of the leading models of Australia. At age 24, an American named Donald Anthony Shay saw her picture in the newspaper and said, "I have to meet that woman!" Donald had a six year old daughter, Leslie. It was love at first sight - Donald and Betty were engaged within three weeks and married in March of 1952. After three years, Deborah was born. In 1957 Betty and her family left her beloved Australia and got on a ship to travel the seas to America, eventually settling in Santa Barbara, California. Betty became an excellent and highly competitive tennis player. After 19 years of marriage, Betty and Donald divorced. Betty, as the strong and independent woman that she was, became a very successful business owner and owned a McDonalds in Illinois for over 20 years. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Betty met Garrett Van Horne. Together, Betty and Garrett lived on the beautiful La Patera Ranch in Goleta and enjoyed entertaining, walks on the beach, and family. Betty treasured her sixteen years of marriage with Garrett before he passed. Several months after Betty lost Garrett, a shining light was born. Her granddaughter, Kelly Macintosh McCarty, was born and became Betty's joy and delight. Betty felt isolated and alone on the Ranch after Garrett's death and after several years bought a home in Birnham Wood in Montecito. She met John "Jack" Hilton and the two of them fell madly in love and married. Jack was from Pacific Palisades and Betty joined him there. The two of them traveled the world and led a very glamorous life. She and Jack were well matched and enjoyed their life together - Sunday Night Football, parties, and friends. After 14 years of marriage Jack passed on. Five months after Jack died Betty had a stroke, and her daughter Deborah moved her back to Santa Barbara to care for her. Betty was very well cared for by Norma Ocampo (rock star extraordinaire) and her sister Berenice Morales (weekend rock star extraordinaire). She died of natural causes on December 14, 2014 with her loving family and beloved Cruiser at her side. Betty is survived by her daughters, Leslie Victoria Shay and Deborah Patricia Shay; granddaughter, Kelly McCarty;and former son-in-law, William McCarty. In addition, she is survived by her stepchildren, Polly and David Van Horne, Katie Van Horne, Anne (Van Horne) and Steve Evans, Hilary (Hilton), Charlie Marold, Rick Hilton, James and Susan Hilton, Heather (Hilton) and John Keller along with numerous step- grandchildren. Her family would like to send a warm thank you to her Doctors, Nurses, Hospice and all that cared for her. There will be a celebration of Betty's exciting life on January 17, 2015, at 6:00 pm at her home in Birnham Wood. RSVP to Deborah Shay (daughter) 805 886-7643. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to DAWG of Santa Barbara. Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura. Condolences may be left at
o_Panosian121914 PANOSIAN, Ernest Joseph Our beloved father is safely home forever. We grieve, though not as those who have no hope, knowing that, for him, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Ernest was born on October 6, 1916 in Alameda, California to his parents Jacob Serop Panosian and Azniv Jenanyan Panosian. With his brother Howard he enjoyed the warmth and security of a lively, loving family. A bright and inquisitive child, he was often reading several books in a single day by the age of eight. By the time he was fourteen, Ernest was ready to assume the responsibilities of an adult. He began working after school at Campus Shoe Repair in Westwood Village, the largest business of its kind in Los Angeles. There his father put him in charge of a dozen men who manufactured and repaired shoes. It was not long before his father had begun to entrust the entire business to Ernest for extended periods. Following graduation from Beverly Hills High School in 1934 and from UCLA in 1939, Ernest joined the Army, expecting to complete his enlisted service obligation within a year. But war clouds were gathering, and all enlistments were soon declared of indefinite duration. By the conclusion of his eleventh month on active duty Ernest had been promoted from the lowest to the highest enlisted rank. He was sent to Officer Candidate School in Wyoming where, in 1942, he was commissioned an officer in the Army of the United States. Shipped to Guadalcanal at the height of the war in the South Pacific, Ernest commanded a Quartermaster company of 300 men under perilous conditions. His return to California in late 1943 for treatment of malaria unexpectedly opened the door to the greatest joy of his life. After a brief courtship, Ernest and Carolyn were married on June 17, 1944 in one of Oakland's largest wartime weddings. Shortly after Ernest's discharge from the Army in 1946, Ernest and Carolyn built their first house in Brentwood. Jeffrey was born in 1948 and Claire in 1951. While Ernest developed Pan-Pack Foods, his food processing and packaging business, Carolyn made their house a home. School, church, scouts, travel, and family visits filled their busy lives. Moving to Santa Barbara in 1964 and into their new house in Hope Ranch in 1966, Ernest and Carolyn enjoyed a blessed life together as their children pursued their educations and careers. Just as Ernest's success as a military officer had led to prospects for further promotion after the war, so also did Ernest's success as a businessman and commercial real estate principal lead to offers of senior positions in the corporate world and the federal government. These offers he uniformly declined. Ernest had determined that he would never subordinate his family's best interests to career aspirations and never allow himself to be distracted by matters of lesser importance than his family. He was never too busy to help Carolyn, Jeffrey, and Claire, never too busy to help others inside and outside his extended family, and never too busy to spend time together at home and away. He sought the "quiet and peaceable life" that the Scriptures commend. Widely admired for his integrity, industry, intellect, wit, and bearing, Ernest was characterized above all by his love and devotion. He gave himself for those he loved. In this respect he sought to imitate Christ, ever more so as he grew in faith and understanding. Ernest confronted his greatest spiritual challenge during the early part of his final illness. He had been outwardly brave following Carolyn's departure to be with the Lord in 2011, but, as his health problems multiplied, his inner suffering on account of her absence left him disheartened. Then, seemingly without explanation, his attitude began to change. Throughout the last half of his long hospitalization, Ernest impressed those who cared for him with a joy and serenity that was remarkable for someone in his situation. The Lord's grace would be sufficient for him even as the Lord's strength was being made perfect in his increasing weakness. Once again encouraged, and having fought the good fight, Ernest finished his course on November 13, 2014. With Carolyn, he awaits the crown of righteousness which the Lord has laid up for His own. A service of thanksgiving for Ernest's life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at El Montecito Presbyterian Church, located at 1455 East Valley Road in Montecito. A reception will follow at the Montecito Country Club, located on Summit Road a short distance from the church.
o_Potter121614 POTTER, Walter Sydney January 16, 1938 - November 24, 2014 Walter was born in Germiston, South Africa and grew up in Kokstad a town near Pietermaritzburg with his sister Pat now deceased and brother Ron. After high school he graduated with a BSc Hons in maths and chemistry at the University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg. He then worked for Anglo American in Zambia as a learner miner official on the Copperbelt. It was there he met his future wife. He left the Copperbelt to study Chemical Engineering at the University of London, Kings College. He was then offered a job with Canadian Industries Limited in Sudbury, Ontario. Once settled with a job in 1965 he proposed and returned to London to marry Diana. In 1967 as new US immigrants the young couple drove from Canada in their VW Beetle with the first of their four children, Amanda. He had been offered a job with Stone and Webster Engineering in Boston. Over the next several years they lived in Reading, Massachusetts and Summit, New Jersey when Helen and two sons, Walter Jnr and Angus were born. Walter was an intensely loyal family man who instilled the values of determination, hard work, resilience and healthy living in his kids. He also attended night school to get a degree in Engineering Management. Walter worked for Stone and Webster Engineering for 33 years. He started as a chemical engineer designing petrochemical plants and later very successfully led business development in Southeast Asia. In 1980 he and the family moved to Singapore with stints later in Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. Walter had a great adventurous spirit and the courage to take on any challenge. He was a successful businessman and an inspiring colleague and father. He loved to play tennis and golf and was an avid runner. To celebrate their China wedding anniversary he and Diana ran a marathon in Shanghai, China. After retiring, Walter and Diana moved to Santa Barbara where they enjoyed golf and bridge at La Cumbre Country Club, walking at Hendry's Beach, his book club, the strong community at All Saints By The Sea and frequent visits from family. Walter passed away at his home on Monday, November 24th, with his loving wife of almost 50 years and several of his children and grandchildren at his side. He is survived by his wife, Diana, his four children Amanda, Helen, Walter and Angus, his brother, Ron and six grandchildren - all of whom are being raised to emulate the values of their fantastic 'Papam'. A service and celebration of his life will be held at All Saints By The Sea church on Eucalyptus Lane, December 30th at 3pm with the reception afterwards.
o_Stoltze2122114.1 o_Stoltze122114.1 STOLTZE, Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Mary was a southern girl at heart. She grew up in tiny Lake City, Florida, where she was known as Betty. Her father was R.O. Williams, a teacher and school superintendent. Her mother was known as Miss Ida, a woman who loved to bake, quilt and occasionally dip tobacco. Born in 1929, Mary was raised during the Great Depression. She learned to love Jesus from her parents and by attending Methodist youth camp. She was a devout believer all of her life, a loyal member of her bible study, and a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Barbara where she served as an Elder and Deacon. Her high school class voted her "Most Witty" and "Most Friendly." At age 21, she saved enough money working as a telephone operator to attend airline stewardess school in Minneapolis. Much to the chagrin of her family and friends she boarded a train north. It was a fateful decision. A year later, working for Ozark Airlines on a flight to St. Louis, Mary met a handsome insurance salesman named Frank Stoltze. They married within a year and moved to Los Angeles, then to Santa Barbara in 1962. Frank and Mary were together 46 years, until his death in 1998. Mary was a member of the La Cumbre Golf and Country Club. She was a superb putter. She loved fishing Cameron Lake in Canada and frying up rainbow trout for breakfast. She was a member of the National Charity League and VNA Auxiliary. She loved sports, especially the Lakers and Florida State Seminoles. Most importantly, Mary was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother offering unconditional love and support that enriched and nourished the lives of those around her. Mary is survived by a brother Morris Williams; daughters Sharon Lark, Sandy, and Susan, and son Frank; grandchildren Brent Humphreys, Emily Davis, Stephanie Davis and Hunter Davis; and great grandchild Scarlett Humphreys. Services will be held at the La Cumbre Golf and Country Club Saturday, January 10 at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Easy Lift, Santa Barbara Rescue Mission or Braille Institute.