Weekly newspaper of Three Rivers, California, and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks

Obituaries

  Evelyn Louella Thompson died Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, in Three Rivers. She was 74. A celebration of life will be held Friday, March 11, at 11 a.m., at St. Anthony Retreat, 43816 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. Evelyn was born July 11, 1941, to Edward and Carrie Tweedt in Sioux Falls, S.D. She worked as a cosmetologist for 40 years. Evelyn and her husband, Don, have lived in Three Rivers since 1990. She...
  Lillie Belle Burford, a resident of Three Rivers for over 40 years, died Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, in Porterville. She was 85. Belle’s family — Matt, Beth, and Seth Jones of Three Rivers — invite those who knew Belle to a celebration of her life on Saturday, March 12, from 1 to 4 p.m., at Lions Arena. Belle was born May 14, 1929, in McLoud, Okla., to R.C. and Julia Burford. She was raised in...
  Bernard Edward La Chance Jr. of Ridgecrest, Calif., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016.   He was 83. A memorial service will be held Friday, Feb. 26,  1 p.m., at Holland & Lyons Mortuary, 216 S. Norma St., Ridgecrest.   Bernard was born November 19, 1932, in Portland, Ore., where he spent his childhood. His family moved to Oakland, Calif., where Bernard graduated high school.  He was an...
  Janet C. Fanning, a former resident of Three Rivers, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, of cardiopulmonary arrest in Las Vegas, Nev. She was 81. A memorial celebration will be held Thursday, March 10, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Cort Gallery in Three Rivers. Janet was born Wilma Jane Cobb on May 22, 1934, in Quincy, Mass., to Alfred B. and Miriam Dorr Cobb. She was raised in Squantum, Mass., and attended...
  Elaine D. (Woody) Wissink died Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, at her Three Rivers home. She was 66.   Elaine was born September 22, 1949, in Lindsay, Calif., to Gerald and Ruth (Adams) Woody. Elaine attended schools in Strathmore and Lindsay; she graduated from Lindsay High School.   On February 14, 1969, Elaine married Gary Wissink in Las Vegas. She worked as a cosmetologist for many years, then later...
  Patricia Maynard Turner passed away Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, at her Three Rivers home.  She was 93.  A Celebration of Life service will be held Monday, Feb. 1, at 11 a.m., at St. Anthony Retreat in Three Rivers. Pat was born June 8, 1922, in Sugar Grove, Ark., to Joseph Calvin and Mary Francis (Cobbs) Maynard.  She married Bruce Turner and had three children, Ron (Nina), Cheryl (Brian Ford), and...
  Longtime resident of Jackson Hole, Wyo., Maurice John Zardus died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, Payson, Utah, following a rapid onset of health problems. He was 87. Entering this life on July 7, 1928, in Darby, Penn., he was the first of three children born to Maurice John and Anne Purfield Zardus. He is survived by his younger sister, Joan Zardus of Silver Spring, Md.; his wife of 57 years, Shirley...
  Janine M. (Thornburg) Chilcott died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, at her Three Rivers home. She was 85. A service will be held Saturday, Jan. 23, at 1 p.m., at the Three Rivers Memorial Building. Janine was born May 19, 1930. She married David Slater and had three children, Judy, Jeff, and Jack.  In later years, while living in Southern California, she met Robert Chilcott (1924-1997). The couple...
  Beatrice “Betty” Ann Gutierrez Peña, a lifelong resident of Woodlake, died peacefully in her sleep Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, in Visalia. She was 90.  A viewing will be held on Monday, Dec. 21, from 3 to 6 p.m., with Rosary from 6 to 7 p.m., at the Miller Memorial Chapel, 1120 W. Goshen Ave., Visalia. A Catholic Mass will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 22, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in...
  Cecelia Dawn Castillo-Ammi of Three Rivers died at her home Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, of breast cancer. She was 41. A service will be held Saturday, Dec. 19, at 11 a.m., at Living Christ Church, 2516 North M St., in Tulare. Cecelia was born March 7, 1974, in Hanford to Juan and Anita Castillo. She was raised in Tulare. She and her husband of six years, Elijah Ammi, moved to Three Rivers in 2013....

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