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William Hawkins, 82, of San Diego, went to Heaven on February 5, 2014. Bill was born on February 13, 1931, in Olympia, Washington, to Lee Rothwell Hawkins and Luella Victoria Thomas. He married his beautiful wife, Jeanette Gloria Rose (RIP 3/18/2013), on October 4, 1952. Bill was full of life. Everyone knew that he loved his Navy, he loved his wife and he loved being a grandparent. He was happy traveling all over the world with Jeanette or visiting family throughout the entire United States. He enjoyed and welcomed all family and friends into his home. Bill kept an amazing attitude when he lost his sight to glaucoma. He enrolled in the San Diego Center for the Blind. After graduating, he volunteered teaching Braille to other blind students. The blind school ended up being a big part of his life during his later years. Bill is survived by his daughter, Sherry McDonald; son, William Hawkins Jr.; and daughters, Vickie Brewington and Debra Anderson. He was blessed with eight grandchildren, Jill, Mercedie, Christopher (RIP 2006), Heather, Billy (RIP 2006), Kyle, Tiffany and Rikki; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great- granddaughter; and sister, Truda Miller. We will celebrate Bill's life and rejoin him with his beloved wife, Jeanette, on Friday, September 5, 2014, at 1:00 pm. Bill devoted 26 years to the Navy and he will be laid to rest with full military honors at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name to the San Diego Center for the Blind would be welcomed, www.sdcb.org.
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Ruth May of Dallas, TX, formerly of La Jolla, passed away June 1, 2014, in Dallas. Ruth, known as "Bumps" to her friends, led a long and fruitful life. She was born March 13, 1919, in Dallas. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis L. May Jr.; her parents, Ruth Holmes and Alfred O. Andersson, the founder and publisher of the Dallas Dispatch; and her siblings, Alfred C. Andersson and Alice "Polly" Hudnall. She is survived by three sons, a daughter, and nine grandchildren. Ruth was an alumna of The Hockaday School of Dallas and Scripps College of Claremont. Her interest in art was sparked by Professor Millard Sheets at Scripps College and carried through her life. She was president of the Ski Club. Beginning in WWII, where she served in the Weather Bureau and met her husband, she had a lifelong interest in aviation and remote destinations. The aviation author, Patrick Dean, noted her great knowledge and experience with transport airplanes and attributes her contributions in his work. Gemstones and minerals became an interest, in which she received recognition as a Gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America. She was an early conservationist. Many years ago in Dallas, she adopted a portion of Harry S. Moss Park, restoring it to its original native grassland state. Her botanical watercolors of Texas wildflowers may be recognized by her distinctive signature embracing her initials in a ram's head. Ruth was a member of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, the Gemological Institute of America, the Texas chapter of the Colonial Dames of America, both the Founders Garden Club and Dallas Garden Club, and the Dallas Country Club. She was instrumental with the Scripps College Press which publishes literary works. She graced the Cove at La Jolla with her presence at every opportunity, expressing her love of the unique community and the Pacific Ocean. Interment will occur on September 6, 2014, at 11am at Greenwood Memorial Park in San Diego, California. In lieu of flowers, a memorial may be sent to the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 1700 University Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76107, or to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX 78739.
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Chuck Peinado, of La Jolla, died early Sunday morning, August 17, 2014, after a three month illness. No one can tell Chuck's story better than he, so the following is an excerpt from the speech he gave at his 80th birthday party on January 3, 2014: "I'm 80, can you believe it? Sometimes I feel like it, like when I'm sick, most of the time I don't. I have had a great life, many happy times and a few disappointments. I was second born into a wonderful family. My parents were finding their way into the new world of El Paso, TX, from Mexico. My five brothers and I grew up playing football and baseball in a sandlot across the street. We all went to El Paso High School where I played football for the Tigers. My parents were very supportive. I got a tuition scholarship to Johns Hopkins University and they paid room and board. I was elected Chairman of the Honor Commission, which was an honor. During my graduation ceremony, they announced that I had graduated with honors. My dad was so excited that he put his cigarette out on his new Stetson hat. I held a teaching assistantship at Caltech. After graduating, I took a job with Atomics International. I left and joined General Atomics when I heard that Atomics International was moving into military programs. During that time, my wife and I had two sons, Chuck and Rene. I was at General Atomics for 25 years and retired as Operations Manager of their Nuclear Program. Afterward, I met the love of my life and partner, JoAnne, in 1984. She brought with her a beautiful young daughter, Barbara. Our family is a great comfort to me. I went back to work as a Project Manager and Contract Officer Representative for the Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration. I received an Honor Award from the Secretary of the DOE for my work in removing and securing nuclear material in Kazakhstan. JoAnne and I have had a wonderful life together. We traveled a lot and had many experiences, some disappointments, but many great times. We love to do many of the same things together. We have learned to Live Well, Laugh Often and Love Much." Chuck is survived by his loving wife, JoAnne; sons, Charles Jr. (Nancy) and their children, Alex and Samantha, and Rene (Amy) and their children, Marco, Odessa and Beto; daughter, Barbara (Ken) and their children, Zachary and Ryan; and four brothers, Arnold, Robert, Raul and George. He is predeceased by brother, Arthur. The family is planning a private memorial service.
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Doris Triplett, 89, passed peacefully of natural causes in Marysville, Washington, July 21, 2014. She was the firstborn of Clara Ard and Edward Pavlicek in Elsmore, Kansas, on February 28, 1925. She is survived by her brother, Edward D. Pavlicek; children, Norman Charles, Susan Jean Wilhite, and Cynthia Jane; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. In 1946 she met John Roger Triplett at Kansas University and they married July 3, 1947. In 1948, motherhood began with the birth of their son in Lawrence, Kansas. In 1951, the family of three moved to Richland, Washington, where both daughters were born. Ten years later, the family of five moved to San Diego's North County to settle in Rancho Santa Fe from 1963 to 1994. Besides child raising, the couple continued interests in camping, skiing, hiking, mountain climbing, and cats. As Sierra Club members, they took part in trail building the West Fork of Oak Creek near Sedona, Arizona. Their interest in gardening culminated with membership in the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club. Doris resumed studies at San Diego State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1974. With their last child off to college, Registered Nurse Doris worked in hospitals and in in-home care well into the 1980s. As retirement neared, Doris and John travelled. High points included Stonehenge on a trip to Bath, England, and meeting composer Leopold Stokowski, famed particularly for the Disney film Fantasia. Doris and John moved to Medford, Oregon, in 1994 and joined the Jacksonville Garden Club. Two years later, John succumbed to cancer. Doris became a Marysville, WA, resident in 2006. She reached her final home in Young At Heart in 2011, where she often smiled and enjoyed life through her final days. A private memorial service was held for her in Marysville on August 6, 2014.
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Alice Johnson passed away peacefully on the 15th day of August, 2014, at age 77, while residing at a residential care facility, New World RCFE, in Poway. She was born Alice Dannenbaum to Robert and Letty Dannenbaum on December 11, 1936, in Wilmington, North Carolina. She was the second of two children. Her older brother, Peter Dannenbaum, died in his late 40's and is survived by 5 sons. Alice was a graduate from the University of North Carolina, Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, and was recruited from there to teach school in San Diego, California. She went on to receive her Master's Degree at San Diego State. She taught English, Literature and History. Her first assignment was at Horace Mann Junior High School and she spent the balance of her 35 years teaching 11th and 12th graders at Madison High School. Alice married Irving Johnson in 1998 and enjoyed a full life with him in Ramona, CA, until Alzheimer's got so far advanced that she needed to move to the residential care facility in Poway. She is survived by her husband, Irving Johnson; daughters, Gwyn, Sharon and Desiree'; son, Shannon; six grandchildren, Brittney, Samantha, Trent, Casey, Johanna and Joshua; and one great-grandson, Hayden. Alice was of the old school and believed it was her job to help her students become responsible citizens of our country, with good moral values and a sense of loyalty toward their community and country (along with teaching the subject at hand). That concept seems to be lost in today's generation. She was also a staunch advocate of her students seeking a higher education beyond High School and to that end, she tried to instill that desire in them. Alice loved life! She could light up a room with her million watt smile, dance till sunrise and laugh like a waterfall, her beauty was singular. For us there will never be another Alice but we will remember her always for what she gave us, her love, her kindness, her brave and generous heart. We will miss her terribly, but when we see the sun shining off the water, humming birds flitting through the trees, or hear the sound of children laughing, we'll know she's with us still...and always. Alice was a force in all ways; a fierce competitor on the tennis court, a tireless hiker who never met a mountain she didn't want to climb. She was a fearless traveler who flew down zip-lines in Alaska, faced down bear and moose in the Tetons, swam with the dolphins off the Yucatan coast, parasailed in Baja, hiked the northern coast of Scotland, rafted wild rivers and snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef. Those were just a few of her countless adventures, since every day was a new adventure for her. That was just her spirit – brave, bold, and boundless in every way. Alice was a compassionate and loving parent, teacher and wife. She believed in people and did everything she could to encourage their dreams, sooth their hearts and nurture their spirits. Ever true to her nature, Alice was involved with an Alzheimer's research program for a number of years and has donated her brain immediately upon her death to UCSD for research purposes. There will be a celebration of life held on September 6. 2014, at 2 pm in the ballroom of the San Vicente Inn & Golf Resort, 24157 San Vicente Road, Ramona, CA 92065. A donation to the Alzheimer's Association would be appreciated in lieu of flowers.
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Long active in La Jolla's tennis and social circles, the doubles team of Mary Ann Shelton and John Shelton won dozens of national senior mixed-doubles tennis championships throughout their 35 years together. They played their last competitive senior doubles match in 2003. A career physical therapist and life-long tennis enthusiast, Mrs. Shelton died August 2, 2014, in La Jolla at the age of 90. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Hermosa Beach, California, Mrs. Shelton, then known as Mary Ann Morgenstern ("Morgie"), competed at the top levels of regional, national and international tennis events, going head-to-head with the likes of Gertrude "Gussy" Moran, Louise Brough and later, the legendary Maureen Connolly. After graduating from UCLA in 1941, Mrs. Shelton became a member of the U.S. Federation Cup team that competed in prestigious events around the world. Mrs. Shelton had two sons, Philip and Carl, and a daughter, Rosemary, from her first marriage, which lasted 22 years, to the late Dr. Richard D. Northcraft, a professor of biology at Amherst College and California Western University (now Point Loma Nazarene University). In 1972, Mrs. Shelton married the late Dr. John S. Shelton, an accomplished geologist, aerial photographer, and college professor. Dr. Shelton died in 2008 at age 94. In the early 1970s, Mrs. Shelton served as president of the San Diego Tennis Patrons and was an avid fan of the San Diego Friars pro tennis team. Along with her love of playing and watching tennis, Mrs. Shelton was a devoted fan of the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers. After raising her family in Point Loma, Mrs. Shelton resided in La Jolla. She spent her final years at Chateau La Jolla Inn. She is survived by sons, Philip of Washington State and Carl of La Jolla; daughter, Rosemary of Berkeley; granddaughter, Eleyce of Capetown, South Africa; and grandson, Augustus of Washington State.
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Jeannette Hutchinson, 91, passed away on August 7, 2014. She has reunited with her beloved husband, Edward, who predeceased her in 2004; as well as her sister, Betty, and mother, Blenda. Those who had the joy of knowing her and what a kind, caring person she was were fortunate. "There are no strangers to me, only friends I haven't met yet," sums up her approach to life. Whether she was taking Swedish Classes, visiting Europe with Eddie, or just being a true friend to all who knew her, she always had a smile. Jeannette was a fond friend of the Riford/La Jolla Library and the San Diego Humane Society, and loved her life in La Jolla. She and Eddie were two of the original renters in the Villa La Jolla complex they lived in, as well as original buyers when the units were sold as condo units. "Jeannie" could frequently be found scouring the beaches of La Jolla looking for shells and other treasures. She can now search the beaches of eternity for the treasures of heaven and a life well lived. And remember, if one day you find yourself near the seashore and an unexpected spray from a crashing wave should touch you, maybe it's just Jeannette saying, "hello old friend!!" She is survived by her nephews, Robert (Joanne) Dienhart of Clarksville, TN, Gary (Darlene) Dienhart of Rockford, IL, Gregory (Kathy) Dienhart of Hinckley, IL, and Edward (Cecelia) Dienhart of Oswego, IL. In accordance with Jeannette's wishes, a private family burial was held with interment at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, where she rejoined her beloved husband, Edward. Memorials may be made to San Diego Humane Society, 5500 Gaines St., San Diego, CA 92110. Pacific Beach Mortuary, 4710 Cass St., San Diego, assisted the family.
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Martha "Marti" Kline, 92, of Vista and Palm Desert, CA, died Friday evening, August 8, 2014, Palm Desert, CA. She was born November 21, 1921, in Sandusky, Ohio, to William and Catherine (Stawetski) Mainzer, now deceased. She attended Sandusky High School, but was a graduate of Monroeville High School, class of 1939. She worked in real estate in Michigan, and after moving to California, volunteered at Scripps Clinic until promoted to the Ophthalmology Department as Dr. Sevel's secretary. Marti was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Del Mar, CA, and was a Eucharistic minister for many years. She lived life to the fullest, she was an avid golfer, amateur poet, painter of landscapes, and an accomplished pianist and organist. She loved playing poker and bridge with close friends. She is survived by her son, James H. Kline of Erie, Pennsylvania; daughter, Dr. Diane M. Kline of Palm Desert, CA; and her very good friend, Lou Keller of Vista, CA. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert H. Kline, whom she married October 25, 1941, and who died May 9, 1988; brothers, Gilbert, Clarence and Russell Mainzer; and sisters, Mildred Brubaker, Evelyn Danford, and Kathryn Greilich. A Memorial mass will be held on Friday, August 29, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 43-775 Deep Canyon Road, Palm Desert, CA. Father Howard Lincoln will officiate. Ashes will be scattered at sea according to her wishes the second week of September at Sunset Cliffs. Memorial contributions may be directed to Saint James Academy, Teacher Wish List, 623 South Nardo Avenue, Solana Beach, CA 92075.
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Glenn Conner passed away peacefully in the arms of his beloved wife, Cher, on July 26, 2014, at Silverado Senior Living. Glenn was born December 13, 1924, to parents, Jay Alvin and Christine Hahn Conner in Shelton, Washington. At the age of seventeen, he enlisted in the United States Navy and was assigned the job of Radarman First Class. He served in the European, African and Asian Theaters being awarded medals in all. After college, he started his career in Finance with Merrill Lynch where he rapidly excelled and was promoted to manager of the under-performing Oakland, California, branch where he made it hugely successful. Afterwards, he was promoted to positions in New York City and then Regional Manager for all States west of the Rockies. Subsequently, he elected to come and live in California, becoming the manager of the Beverly Hills and San Diego offices, eventually deciding to retire in 1992 while manager of the La Jolla and Palm Springs Offices. On July 4, 1988, he married Cher Sinton of La Jolla on the island of Maui, Hawaii. They resided in La Jolla. Glenn was a gentle man who always made a point of upholding a level of civility. He was also a true adventurer, not a quality normally associated with someone who prided himself on always being proper, which is why it was such a special trait. Watching Glenn embrace every new adventure that was proposed, be it piloting a yacht, motorcycling, skiing, collecting art, playing tennis and so much more was a joy. His enthusiasm and willingness to try new things was yet another special thing about this remarkable man, husband and friend. Amongst his many interests, he served on the board of the Neuroscience Institute to ensure the health and safety of animals. He was a Shriner and a member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. Diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2004, Glenn lived his life, never complaining or bemoaning his fate and having the finest care possible. He lived a full life and lived life fully, proud in his achievements and sustained by the love of his family and friends, a good man. He will be thought of with love, deep respect and admiration. Glenn is survived by his wife, Cher; sisters, Betty and husband, John Weiss, of Eugene, OR, and Beverly Noa of Honolulu, HI; brother-in-law, Mel Harris and wife, Helen, of Placerville, CA; sister-in-law, Marilyn and husband, Bill Hill, of Galt, CA; nephews, Tyler Harris and wife, Jen, Todd Harris and wife, Kristin, and Jimmy Hill and wife, Daniela; niece, Karima; and their families. A celebration of his life will be held on August 19, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. at the La Jolla Country Club. Donations in his honor can be made to Scripps Hospice or the Helen Woodward Animal Center.
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