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JoAnn Lee Walker 72


JoAnn Lee Walker, 72 of LaMesa, CA. She was born in Maricopa California on May 29,1929. She is survived by her husband Dewey E. Walker, LaMesa CA., and a daughter Lee Ann S. Tenbroek of El Cajon CA., One son Clarke R. Walker, Palm Desert, CA. Three sisters, Joyce Stockton, of Los Osos, CA., Wanda Mauk, Diamond Bar, CA., and Pat Pheal of Bakersfield CA., One brother Dean Perry, Taft, CA.

Services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on April 21,2001 at VFW Post 6867 Federal Blvd. Lemon Grove CA.
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Betty Snowden Walter, 79


Funeral services will be held at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home on Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Betty Snowden Walter, 79. Rev Scott Pearson, pastor of the First Baptist Church, will officiate at the services. Burial will follow at the Westside District Cemetery, Mrs. Walters was born in Lubbock Texas on September 23,1922 and passed away at her residence on January 31,2002. She came to Taft in December of 1945 where she lived and raised her family, Mrs. Walter worked for the West Side District Hospital before attending Lyles Beauty School. She graduated from Lyles in 1964 and worked a short time in a local beauty shop. Mrs. Walters worked for J.C.Penney for 17 years, retiring in 1982. She was a member of the First Baptist Church for many years. She was also a member of the Rebekah Lodge.

She was preceded in death by her husband and the father of her three sons, Orb Snowden in 1971; and by her second husband, who she married in 1973, Tex Walters in 1981.

Mrs.Walters is survived by her three sons and their wives, Jerry and Betty Snowden of Bakersfield, Dennis and Stella Snowden and Larry and Sharon Snowden all of Taft; her six grandchildren and several great grandchildren. She is also survived by her extended family, step-son, Jim Walter; step-daughter, and her husband Nancy and Gary Doss; her five step-grandchildren; several step-great grandchildren and many close friends. Friends are invited to pay their respects on Monday from 3:00 p. m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Tuesday from 8:30 to service time at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home
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Bob Wayne


A Memorial service for Bob Wayne will he held at the Calvary Temple, 603 Kern Street, Taft on Thursday February 7, 2002 at 10:00 a.m.

Bob was born in Taft and raised in Avenal. He served his country as a member of the U. S. Army from 1953 to 1957. He worked for Chevron for 31 years. Bob attended Calvary Temple and was a avid hunter.

He is survived by his wife Cleo, sons Chip Wayne of Bakersfield, Robert Wayne Jr. of Taft, and Blake and wife Jeannie Loke of Bakersfield; his sisters, Lois Sanders of Rancho Cordova and Judy and husband Garold Bynum of Hanford; his grandsons, Robert Arp of Texas, Brent and RT (squirt) Wayne of Bryant Loke; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, sisters and brothers in-laws,

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Vivian and Dacy Wayne; sister, Barbara Austin and daughter, Penny Wells , Please make donations to Optimal Hospice 1315 Boughton Drive, Bakersfield CA 93308 or to the American Cancer Society 1523 California Avenue. Bakersfield, 93304. No Visitation hours are scheduled at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home
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Jack Dempsey Webb Sr


Jack Dempsey Webb Sr. died April 26,2002, in Barstow at the age of 82. He was born in Newby, Oklahoma, to Charles Shelby Weeb Sr. and Anetta James Webb. Jack grew up in Barstow and graduated from Barstow High School. He married Hazel Siebenthall on December 9, 1939. He served with the United States Navy during World War II. Jack was a pumper for Standard Oil for thirty-six years before his retirement in 1976, when he moved back to Barstow from Taft, California. He attended the Freedom Hill Baptist Church, and was a member of Barstow VFW. He loved square dancing, trading cars, horses. Yard work and gardening.

Jack is survived by his wife of 62 years; Hazel, of the home;, two sons, David Wayne Webb and his wife, Ruth Marie, of Branson, Missouri, and Jack Dempsey Webb Jr. and his wife Charolett, of Bristow; one daughter Lynda Kay Light of Branson, Missouri; one brother Charles srWebb Jr. of Bristow; one sister Lucille Yandell and her husband Carey of Wagoner of Oklahoma; eight grandchildren, Rick Webb, Steven Webb, Jack Webb III, Michael Enault, Jeff Light, Tony Webb, Rona Webb, and Cecilla Webb; eight great-grandchildren and a host of other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Georgia Sauls, and two brothers, Edward, and Homer Webb.

Funeral Services was held Tuesday, April 3,2002 at 2:00 p.m at Schumacher Funeral Home Chapel. Who was in charged of services.
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Bert Victor Wedemeyer, 83


Bert Victor Wedemeyer, age 83, passed away October 13, 2001 at his residence. He was a former Taft resident and a late resident of Bakersfield.

He was a native of Michigan. He was a Merchant Marine in the US Coast Guard. He was a self-employed painting contractor most of his adult life. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

He is survived by: Betty June Wedemeyer – Wife – Bakersfield. Randy Wedemeyer – Son – Bakersfield. Linda Garner – Daughter – Bakersfield. Christine Peterson – Daughter Grass Valley, California. Nancy Maeller – Daughter – Lake Hughes, Calfornia. JeanAcmoody – Sister – Colfax, California. June Touralchuk – Sister – New Mexico. 15 Grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at the family home at 520 Arvin Street in Bakersfield, Saturday, October 20th at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be private. West Side Family Mortuary of Taft, Funeral Directors.
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Artie Y Weinman 80


Private family service will be held in St John's Lutheran Cemetery in Santa Ana for former area resident, Artie Y. Weinman, 80. Mrs Weinman was born in Gethrow Arkansas on April 30, 1921 and passed away in Lamar Arkansas on April 9, 2002.

She was preceded in death by her husband Eddie George Weinman, in November on 1986; her parents; a brother and three sisters.

Mrs. Weinman is survived by her brother, Oren L Yates of Hartman, Arkansas, her nephewsTheodore Yates of Hartman Arkansas, Gordon Wesley Yates of Bakersfield, Orbin Henry Yates of Tupman and Gale Ray Yates of Porterville.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home
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Harold

Harold E. “Shorty” Wells


Graveside services will be held in Greenlawn Memorial Park, 3700 River Blvd., Wednesday February 14, at 1 p.m. for Harold E. “Shorty” Wells 91, who passed away February 11, 2001. Minister Jon Reed will officiate.

Born in Bakersfield, California on November 10, 1909, Harold (Shorty) Wells attended local schools and graduated from Bakersfield (Kern County Union High School). He was an avid hunter and fisherman, a sport he enjoyed sharing with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Inez Wells; son , Edward G. and wife Francis Wills of Taft; two daughters, Gloria Alesso of Lancaster, California and Joyce Holland and husband Carl Holland of Bakersfield and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He and Inez were founding members of the church of Christ of Frazier Park, where they worked and worshiped for the years of his active life.

He retired many years ago from Mobil Oil Co. and enjoyed his retirement years. His grandchildren were his delight and he and Inez often took them on vacations with them. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends.

Visitation will be today from 1 to 9 p.m. Greenlawn Mortuary Funeral Directors.
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Penelope "Penny" Wells 47


Memorial services will be held in the Calvary Temple Assembly of God. Located on the corner of Kern and Seventh Streets, on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. for Taft resident Penelope "Penny" Well 47

Pastor David Daniel will officiate.

Mrs. Wells was born in Avenal on December 26, 1954 and passed away at her home January 7, 2002 from breast cancer. She had been employed as manager of 11-C Market.

Mrs. Well is survived by her parents, Bob and Cleo Wayne; her companion Gary Freeze; her brothers, Chip, Robert Blake and wife, Jeannie; special friend Kris Chambers of Oklahoma; her son Robert J. Arp of Amarillo Texas and her nephews Brent, RT and Bryant.

Penny requested that you plant a pink rose bush as a reminder to get a mammogram.

There are no visitation hours scheduled at Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Glen O. (Skip) Werling, 88


Glen O. Werling of Valley Acres, passed away Tuesday, February 26,2002, form complications associated with Liver Cancer. Born at Shandon Ca. on June 8, 1913 to Fred and Pearl Werling, Skip graduated from Taft Union High School in 1932, and then married Evelyn M. Richie. Their marriage produced two sons Glen O. Werling Jr., and Richard F. Werling.

In 1939, skip purchased his current home in Valley Acres. There he eventually constructed his own welding shop, planted fruit trees, and even maintained a milk cow to feed the family. His stories of being a part-time dairyman, told from time to time to his children, always brought forth intense laughter, and his determined conclusion that he would never do such a thing again, was as sincere as it was emphatic.

Trained as a welder, he became unusually accomplished in his profession, beginning work with Standard Oil in 1943 and staying with the company until his retirement in 1977, Through those 34 years, he earned a reputation as an outstanding skilled craftsman. He could weld with either hand; he worked the job till it was finished; he brought to every task his particular flavor of determination, humor and "homespun" observations.

Nor was his ability with the torch confined to the oil Fields at the shops at 11-c. He frequently created small pieces of art reflecting memories of his youth or constructs which captured the flavor of ordinary activities. He could build a welded fence across the front of his property, but he could also make a 6 inch bicyclist doing a "wheelie" stand up as stable as his fencing.

Skip loved to have fun, to poke humor at life's little inconveniences, in take setbacks in stride and to accept the fundamental proposition that we should all remember things go wrong. "hey, that's life".

When his marriage failed, he raised his sons into their teenage years, and then he married Claire (Dugas) Snyder in 1952 She brought four children to the marriage Dick, Joseph, Rosalie, and Joyce. The boys (Both Claire's and Skip's) were all in high school; Rosalie was in seventh grade, Joyce in first.

The dynamics of raising teen-agers and of being teenagers brought a lot of difficult issues into the family's lives and in dealing with them all. Skip was a resource of unlimited depth offering counsol when asked; quiet when appropriate; calming Claire at times of stress; pointing out alternatives to choices that adolescents might think were good ones, at first glance.

In hi shop, he worked many long hours into to the night to earn additional money to keep the family fed, clothed and secure. And through those years, he maintained his work with the Valley Acres Volunteer Fire Department as a way of helping the community save, and he remained a member of the St Mary's Catholic Church. The religion he chose when he married Claire.

Through the next ten years Skip kept his boat running whatever the mechanical problems it produced, and behind it each of the children first guided their skid out of the water. He taught any who wanted to learn , how to wed He helped all the boys to find their first cars and showed them how to keep them running, and as long as it was part of the "field culture" of standard oil how to yap the drips and keep gas tanks full.

He was always building little gadgets, occasionally submitting A patent for some clever creation, and when a grandchildren started showing up in numbers he built "from scratch a little tractor with a tow wagon into a which 6 of them could ride around the property at one time. He loved to drive them, smiling and laughing in his delight at their excitement. He brought to the new family stability, unconditional love and a resilience which helped all the children find their ways in life.

His daughters, Rosalie and Joyce found deep comfort in his emotional balance, his insistence that there were rules too be followed, and his love of life and of them. His humor echoes in their expressions to this day.

All of his children have led successful productive and rewarding lives.

Glen, Jr. and Richard each found careers with the Kern County Fire Department and are now retired living in Bakersfield. Joseph emerged as an attorney and is now "mostly retired "living in Sacramento. Dick became a professor of history and is now retired from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.

Rosalie and Joyce each work with the public, Rosalie as a teachers aide in Placentia, California and Joyce as a U.S. Forest Service educator in Susanville California. The family has been superb in its support of Skip during his illness. Each contributing in the different was available to them, and each letting him know how much he was loved, and how much we appreciated what he has meant to our lives.

After his retirement from Standard Oil in 1977, Skip and Claire spent the next two and a half decades visiting with family's in California and Wisconsin attending rodeos, and enjoy the pleasantry of watching the fruits of their child-rearing, Skip golfed, getting a lot more practice than most other golfers, he would say. Grandchildren appeared in goodly numbers and another generation was schooled, on the whole successfully, in the value that he and she taught their children.

Skip's trip to the Columbia River with his brother, Lester during the summer of 1979 (June13-July5) was one the highlights of his life. The youngest of the three boys in his family, Skip had never spent time like this alone with any of his siblings. His oldest brother Harry, died earlier in life, and his bonding with Lester and the adventure of moving the boat up that powerful river were experiences that Skip never forgot. He kept a special photo album of every aspect of it and loved to describe it for anyone who would ask.

At home, he continued working in his shop doing part-time welding work for people with full time problems. But by the end of the 1990's, he had retired from the Valley Acres Fire Department. Sold his welding truck, and ultimately his shop.

He cared for his wife, Claire for many years as her health slowly failed. After her death, 1999, he found new outlets for his interest in life. He learned to use the computer and became a "regular" on the little email circuit that the family used daily to keep in touch with one and another; he bought season tickets and began cheering on the Bakersfield Condors hockey team; he regularly drove into Taft to "beat the Widows at Bunco"; he lunched frequently with other senior citizens, walked almost daily and continued to take a keen interest in the news of the day and the foibles of all politicians.

Upon diagnosis of his illness, he simply said, "I have had a good life; I just want to stay comfortable," In their home, his son Glen and wife Shirley have worked with Hospice Care to see that Skip's final journey was exactly as he asked that it would be.

The family would like to extend a special not of thanks to John and Eula Morton, Skips neighbors, who have been so careing, watchful and helped him, John and Eula we knew, were always there for him, and Skip always took pride and pleasure in being able to help John out in solving a welding problem.

Skip is survived by all six of his children, and by 16 grandchildren, and by 33 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. He loved them all, and took particular delight in spending time with all of them, whenever he could. They miss him. We all miss him.

Funeral services will be held at graveside in Taft Westside District Cemetery at 11 am. On Saturday March 16. Reception luncheon will follow in St Mary;s Catholic Church Hall, Taft, California . Arrangements are being handled by Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.

The Family extends a special thanks to Hoffman Hospice for their thoughful and considerate care of Skip, and support for the family, during his final days In lieu of flowers, donations to Hoffman Hospice would be appreciated.
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Robert W. Wheeler - Obit 1


Robert W. Wheeler died on September 5, 2001, born in New York on September 8, 1949 he would have been 52 years old on his birthday.

Rob came to California and worked as an aircraft instrument technician, but for the last 12 years he was the smiling personable tavern keeper at the “Halfway Station” located on highway 33 between Maricopa and Ojai. He greeted thousands of travelers with local information, road conditions and good cheer. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

For funeral information contact Dale Lingo at the Halfway Station.
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Robert W. Wheeler - Obit 2


Memorial funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Robert W. Wheeler, 51, Mr. Wheeler was raised in Denver Colorado. He proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy for several years. He also worked for the U.S. Navy after his discharge. For the last twelve years he had worked at the “Halfway Station” on highway 33.

Mr. Wheeler is survived by his sister, Sally Norton and her daughter, Annie; his brother, Edward “Ted” Wheeler and his children, Mike, Kevin and Katie; and his sister, Emilie Oishi and her children Brice and Hope.

There are no visitation hours scheduled; however, a wake service will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2001 at 4:00 p.m. at the “Halfway Station”. The arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Melvin White, 77


Graveside funeral services will be held in the Corcoran Cemetery on Friday morning 10:00 a.m. for former Taft, resident. Melvin White, 77. Richard Ashford will officiate at the services.

Mr. White was born in Arkansas on January 20, 1924 and passed away in the local hospital on December 23, 2001. During the Second World War he proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army and served in France and Germany. He had been employed as a farmer for most of his life and retired from Boswell Company. Prior to moving to Corcoran 25 years ago he had lived in Taft for many years. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church of Corcoran and the Taft Masonic Lodge #426 F. & A.M. Even though he was a retired farmer he considered himself still to be a farmer since he loved caring for his garden and house. Mr. White enjoyed being from and having a large family and especially enjoyed his grand and great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna White; his brothers, Stan and Buster White and his sister, Nettie Mae White.

Mr. White's survivors include his son and his wife, Ronald and Fay White of Taft; his brother Bill White of Corcoran; his sisters, Dixie Mason of Corcoran and Nan Kellie of Bakersfield; his grandchildren and their spouses. Kerrylea and Randy Pittman of Taft, Andy and Debbie White of Wyoming, Tony and Marcy White of Taft and Joe and Brooke White of Taft and by his 14 great grandchildren.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Harold E. Whitehead, 69


No services are scheduled for Bakersfield resident, Harold Edwin Whitehead.

Harold was born on March 14, 1932 in Carthage, Missouri and passed away in Fresno, California at the age of 69. Harold was employed as a salesman for Sequoia Paints for 10 years before he retired. He proudly served in the United States Navy as an airman, from 1950-1954.

Survivors include his wife Nancy Whitehead of Bakersfield, sons: Michael Whitehead of Lake Isabella and Andrew Whitehead of Wasco, daughters; Kathleen Clerico of Bakersfield and Sara Massey of Bishop, California, mother, Lillie Thomas of Missouri, and brother, Eugene Whitehead of Texas and 8 grandchildren.

All funeral arrangements are under the direction of West Side Family Mortuary, Taft. 763-1594.
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Robert C. Widen


Private family graveside services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery for area native, Robert C. Widen, 81. Mr. Widen was born in Fellows on October 13, 1920 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on August 30, 2002. He was raised and educated from Taft Union High School in 1940. Mr. Widen served in the U.S. Navy during the Secon World War. He had been self employed as a sign painter for over 40 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl Evangelin Widen. Mr. Widen is survived by his sister Virginia Widen of Bakersfield; his brother; Leonard Widen of San Jose; his nephews, Randall Widen of Seattle, Washington, Barry Widen of Los Gatos and Jeffery Widen of Darango, Colorado, and by three grand nieces. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Helen Lucille Williams


Graveside services for Helen Lucille Williams will be held at Hillcrest Mortuary on Tuesday October 30th at 1 p.m. Visitation will be private.

Helen was born February 10, 1918 in Taft, California to Frank and Laura Richardson. She was the first of 3 daughters. She attended Taft schools and graduated From Taft Union High school in 1935. Her senior year in High School is where she met the love of her life, Keith Williams. They were married in 1938. In 1940 welcomed the light of her life, Carolyn into the world. After Keith finished dental school, they returned to Taft for Keith to practice dentistry. Helen was a homemaker supporting Keith and raising Carolyn. She belonged to Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Eastern Star and the Woman’s Club in Taft. In 1963, Helen and Keith moved to Bakersfield to be closer to Carolyn and granddaughter Debbie. Helen began to help Keith in the dental office and they worked side by side until his retirement in 1979. In Bakersfield, Helen was a member of Eastern Star, the Woman’s Club, RV Travel Clubs and the Orchid Club. Helen and Keith loved to travel and spent many happy years in the R.V. and on wonderful trips. Helen loved her flower gardens and she was a wonderful cook.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents Frank and Laura Richardson; her husband, Keith. She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Hollick; granddaughter, Deborah and husband John Peters; her great grandsons, Bryan, Johnnie and Blake; sister-in-law, Tense Camp; and niece, Kathleen Fielder; numerous special friends and 2 sisters.
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Robert D. Willingham, 30


Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Taft Resident, Robert D. Willingham, 30.

Rev. Shona Kiilsgaard, pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Pismo Beach will officiate at the services.

Robert was born on December 15, 1970 and passed away in the local hospital on July 28, 2001. He had been raised and educated in Taft and attended Taft Union High School. He had been employed as a service mechanic for several years. Robert loved to play softball and played on many teams here in Taft and played in a State tournament. He also loved to camp and fish.

He was preceded in death by his Father Charles B. Willingham, in June of 1999; his grandfather, Willie Willington and by his uncle, Wallace Willingham.

His survivors include his wife, Kellie (Fraser) Willingham; his children, Christina, Robert Jr. “Bub” and Melissa Willingham all of Taft and Nathan Fraser of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; his mother Donna Willingham; his brother Charles “Dan” Willingham, Jr. and his wife, Irene; his grandmother, Susie Willingham; his grandfather, Donald Martin; his nieces, Jlynn, Kayla, Ashley and Nicole Willingham, his uncle Bob Willingham all of Taft; his aunt and uncle, Lillie and Gene Hatton of Bakersfield and a special uncle, Neal Brewer of Abilene, Texas.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Rodney

Rodney K. Wills, 52


Graveside funeral services will be held on Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. in the West Side District Cemetery for lifelong Taft Resident, Rodney Keith Wills, 52. Mr. Wills was born in Taft on April 4, 1948 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on March 16, 2001.

He enjoyed gardening and racecars and especially the time he spent with his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Irvin Wills, his sister Gayle Cloud, his loved one, June Bellows and his granddaughter, Jacqueline Whaley.
Mr. Wills is survived by his mother, Nadine Wills of Taft; his children Lilly Wills and Rodney Wills both of Bakersfield and Callie Wills of Sacramento, Rory Barton, Rhonda Henderson and Anita Whaley all of Bakersfield and Stanley Wills of Washington; his sister, Cheryl Krigbaum of Taft; dear friend, Jackie Sharp of Fellows; 12 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Monday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Ruby L. Wilson


Funeral services will be held in the Erickson and Brown Funeral Chapel on Thursday afternoon at 2:00 P.M. for Ruby L Wilson, 49. Rev Scott Pearson, of the First Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial in the Westside District Cemetery will follow. Miss Wilson was born on December 26,1952 and passed away in Bakersfield on April 7,2002.

Her survivors include her parents, Charley and Hazel Wilson of Taft, her siblings and their spouses, Emile and Mike Milliser of Taft, Henry and Jo Wilson of Holdrege Nebraska, Pauline and Bob Rodgers of Bakersfield and Mary Rhoads of Taft; her several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews and her friends and family at Liberty House and Mercy Hospital both in Bakersfield.

Friends may pay their respect on Thursday starting at 9:00 A.M. at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Virginia Ann White 52


A memorial service will be held at the Feather Falls Community Church 2250 Fifth Avenue, Oroville CA. on April 27,2002 at 2:00 P.M. She was born as Ginger Ann Callison on December 4,1949 in Coalinga CA. and passed away suddenly after minor surgery and a short illness. She was raised in Derby Acres, CA during her teenage years. Her family then moved to Ethel D Lease in 1964 and Ginger then attended Maricopa School District where she graduated from High School with honors. She was employed by Feather Falls Elementary School as a Teacher Aide and desired to become a registered Nurse. She moved to Texas to attain her R. N. License and moved back to Feather Falls after she achieved her goal she was then employed by Twin Oaks Hospital of Chico CA. for several years as Head R. N. before becoming ill. She loved to waterski, read, hike and enjoyed life and the company of her family. Ginger was extremely intelligent, quiet and a gentle person who everyone cherished and loved.

She is survived by her ex-husband, Donnie White of Maricopa, CA, her daughter and son-in-law Trishell and Eric Jones of Magalia CA, her grandson Shane Jones of Magalia CA, her parents, Sam and Charlene Callison of Feather Falls ,CA, her sister and brother-in-law Donna and Rocky Morton of Morgan Hill, CA, her sister, Debby Callison of Marysville, CA, her brother and sister-in-law David and Vickie Callison of Maricopa CA, many nieces and nephews, great nephews, nieces aunts, uncles and cousin, Ginger will be greatly missed by her family and anyone who knew and loved her. If anyone has questions regarding directions, please call Donna Morton at 1-779-9553 or David Callison at 769-8185
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Ruby Whitley


Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday, September 20, 2002 at 10 am for longtime Taft resident, Ruby Whitley, 86. Ruby was born on March 8, 1916 in Tipton, Georgia to James and Nina Crawford. She passed away at the Mercy Westside Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility in Taft.

Ruby attended school in Fellows and Taft between trips to Georgia. She met her husband to be in 1938 and they married on March 23, 1940. Ruby loved her family, fishing, and bowling.

She is survived by her husband of 62 ˝ years, Melvin Whitley, her daughter, Linda and her son, Harold all of Taft. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Lisa Adema and Brian Knowles of Taft; her great-grandchildren Josselyn and Christina Adema, Cassandra, Michael, Joshua, Aaron and Erika Knowles and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Dr. Tang and the staff at the skilled Nursing Home for their care and support. In lieu of flowers, please give to your favorite charity. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Alma B. MacKinnon Willis


Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Monday, October 14, 2002 at 10 AM for longtime Taft resident, Alma B. MacKinnon Willis, 79. Rev. Sam White, pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God Church will officiate at the service. Alma was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on August 18, 1923 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on October 9, 2002.

Alma came to Taft in 1952 and was a member of the Taft Women of the Moose. Her husband, Charles MacKinnon in June 1972, her son, Anthony MacKinnon in December 1972 and her second husband, Jim Willis in 1990, preceded her in death.

Her survivors include her sister and her husband, Bonnie and Dave Kilpatrick of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; her children and their spouses, Heather and Roger Stone of Bakersfield, Bruce and Connie MacKinnon of Taft, Holly Simmons of Taft and Laurel and Reggie Stark of Taft of Taft; her grandchildren and their spouses, Jerry and Tiffany Stone of Bakersfield, Codi Lenhart of Taft, Justin and Tesha Stone of Venture, Chuck and Trena MacKinnon of Bakersfield, Sandy and Aaron Walton of Bakersfield, Sonny Simmons of Taft, Jeremy Stark of Taf, and Kristina Yates of Taft; her several great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Sunday from 3 PM to 8:30 PM and again on Monday from 8:30 AM to 9AM at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Elinor (Nan`e) Woods, 70


Elinor (Nan`e) Woods, 70 Elinor passed away peacefully in Taft on Monday, January 28,2002, from cancer.

She was born in California on September 18,1931 and was fondly known to all as Nan`e. She went through schools in Gustine. Elinor worked for Bank of America for a total of 25 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur; her parents Charlie and Mary; her son in-law Vance and by four brothers in-laws.

She is survived by two daughters, Debra Brannon and Bonnie Short and her husband, Mike, her grandchildren, Nicole Berry, Mikey Berry and his wife, Wendy; a great grandchild due in September, her sister Doris Darnell and her husband Bob.; her sister in-law, Winifred, Rose, Toots and Addy; her step great grandchildren Nick and Olivia.

In lieu of flowers the family has suggested that donations in Mrs. Wood's name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1523 California Avenue, Bakersfield Ca. 93309 or to Hoffman Hospice, 6501 Schirra Court Suite 302, Bakersfield Ca 93313.

Friends may pay their respect on Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Earl V. Wyant


Memorial funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2002 at 2:00pm for Taft resident, Earl B. Wyant, 82. Born on January 1, 1920 to George and Mae Wyant in Fresno, CA, and raised in Reedley, CA, Earl passed away at his home in Taft on Tuesday, Sept. 3 2002.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son in 1986; his daughter in 1994. Earl is survied by his loving wife of 37 years, Della; his daughter and her husband, Jane and Richard Strom of Fresno; his granddaughter Vicki Voll of Capitola; his special sister-in-law and her husband; Frances and Jesse Patterson of Sacremento; his sister-in-law and her husband, Leola and Bill Burner of San Diego; his nieces and nephews and a host of dear friends. He retired from Chevron Oil Co. in 1981.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Earl was an honest man and always tried to treat people like he wanted to be treated. He had a great sense of humor and loved fishing and gardening, especially tomatoes.A special thank you to Optimial Hospice nurses, Kitty and Kyle for all the good things they did for Earl. A thank you also to Doctors Droppers, Risbud and Trevino.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Optimal Hospice, 1315 Boughton Dr., Bakersfield, CA. 93308. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. A special thank you to Dee Smith for her love and tenderness in caring for Earl.
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