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Harris, Maxine - Merced  
Maxine Mary Hallstrom Harris May 10, 1918 - May 24, 2016 Maxine Mary Hallstrom Harris was born on May 10, 1918 to Hyrum and Ella Goff Hallstrom in Brigham City, Utah and passed away on May 24, 2016 at the age of 98 in Merced, California. Maxine was just 9 months old when her family moved to Rexburg, Idaho, she attended Idaho schools and started teaching at schools in Rexburg, Idaho. She later moved to San Diego, California in support of the World War ll Effort where she worked in an airplane factory as a dispatcher. In 1943 she married her high school sweetheart, Arthur Paul Harris M.D. Maxine was active in the Atwater-Merced area; she was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, she taught school in the surrounding area, she was President of the Atwater Women's Club and PTA, Chairman of the Election Board and a member of the planning Commission in Atwater. Maxine was also a Charter Member in the Mercy Hospital Assistance League, active in the Merced Multicultural Arts Center, American Contract Bridge League and a member of the Merced Golf and Country Club for over 50 years. Her hobbies included playing the card game bridge, having a few rounds of golf and traveling to different places. Maxine is preceded in death by her parents; Hyrum and Ella Goff Hallstrom, Husband; Arthur Paul Harris M.D. and her 5 siblings. She is survived by her sons; Paul Arthur (Sharon) and twins Robert Lewis (Susan) and Richard Thomas (Patty), grandchildren; Amanda, Patrick and Alec, great grandchildren; Olivia, Eva and Kyan. Services are under the direction of Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home and is being conducted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. A chapel service will be held on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 11:00 am at Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home located at 1490 B Street Merced, California 95341. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to the Wounded Veteran Program at 8880 Rio San Diego Drive Suite 900 San Diego, California 92108 or by calling 1-877-832-6997, as well as to Macular Degeneration Foundation at P.O. Box 515 North Hampton, Massachusetts 01061 or online at .
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Published in Merced Sun Star from May 27 to May 31, 2016

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Harper, Molly S. - Atwater  
Molly S. Harper May 13, 1926 - May 17 2016 Molly (Mary) Sherwood Harper, 90, died peacefully in Atwater, California, on May 17, 2016, under the attentive care of the staff of Anberry Rehabilitation Hospital and Bristol Hospice of Merced. Molly was born on May 13, 1926, in Boston, Massachusetts, to father Francis Harper and mother Jean Sherwood Harper.  She grew up in Natick, Massachusetts, and Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.  She graduated from Middlebury College and then taught kindergarten in Colorado and Hayward, California, for many years.  She retired later to the fresh mountain air of Mariposa near Yosemite National Park. Molly was a free spirit, with a passionate concern for the natural world, and interests in peaceful spiritual communication, science fiction, the power of dowsing, and the importance of color in our personal lives.  She loved traveling in Europe, especially in the Swiss Alps. She is survived by her brother Robin Francis Harper of Wallingford, Pennsylvania, sister Lucy Lee Harper Traber, of Mendocino, California, and brother David Bartram Harper of Cazenovia, New York; and by numerous nieces and nephews and their offspring in California, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New York, and Ontario. Molly's life will be celebrated in a private family remembrance.  Her cremains will be interred in the Sherwood family plot in Cornwall, New York. Donations may be made to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) or to Bristol Hospice of Merced.
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Published in Merced Sun Star on May 24, 2016
Hatfield, Craig - Atwater  
Craig Stephen Hatfield "Beau" April 1, 1956–May 20, 2016 Beau was born in Chillicothe, Ohio he passed away peacefully in Merced, California after a brief illness. Beau graduated from Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. He worked as a nurse in Merced, San Francisco, and Atwater. Beau was an avid reader, especially Stephen King novels, he loved working crossword puzzles, Jeopardy, his dog Mia, and watching sports. He was a diehard San Francisco 49er fan and Ohio State Buckeye's fan. He found great joy in spending time with his family and his grandson. Beau was a loving father, son, brother and grandfather. He had a great sense of humor and a gentle and compassionate soul.  He is preceded in death by his wife Maurita and son Jeffrey. He is survived by his children, Stephen Hatfield (Amy) of Grand Canyon, Arizona, Michaela Hatfield of Newark, California, Ivana Hatfield-Foster (Russell) of Marina, California, his grandson Rowan Foster, his parents Rudy and Nancy Albritton of Atwater, California, his brothers Michael Albritton, Fremont California, Jeffrey Hatfield (Linda Castro), Honolulu, Hawaii, and Adrienne Werner (Ron), Atwater, California, and nephew Ryan Werner, Stockton, California. He will be greatly missed and will forever be in our hearts. A memorial service will be held at First Southern Baptist Church at 7264 Myrtle Avenue in Winton, California on Friday, May 27, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.  Burial services will be private.
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Published in Merced Sun Star on May 24, 2016
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