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Waugh, Laureldean "Lollie"  
1928-2015 Laureldean (Wright) Waugh died of natural causes on January 18, 2015 after a full life. Lollie, as she was known, was born at St. Francis Hospital in Santa Barbara on June 5, 1928 to Chester R. and Hope (Forster) Wright. Lollie was the eldest of 4 children and was raised on the West Side in Santa Barbara. She attended Harding Elementary, La Cumbre Junior High and Santa Barbara High Schools, where she was the Girl's League Election Board chairman, and a member of the Big Sister committee. Like most families of the time, Lollie and her family endured the hardships of the Great Depression and World War II, but nevertheless they enjoyed many fun and happy times as a family After her graduation from Santa Barbara High School in 1946, Lollie worked briefly for the Santa Barbara Credit Bureau. While advancing quickly in her job there, she soon obtained a job as a secretary at La Cumbre Junior High. Lollie married the love of her life Robert Donne Waugh on January 20, 1950 at the El Montecito Presbyterian Church after a whirlwind romance of three weeks. After the birth of their first child in 1952, Lollie enjoyed life as a full time mother and wife, a career at which she excelled and in which she took great pride. In 1972 Lollie returned to the work force when she took a seasonal job at Sears Department Store over the holidays. This developed into full-time employment and she enjoyed her work in the Children's Department and the many very special friends that she made among her co-workers. After the tragic death of her oldest daughter Lorna Waugh Ruiz, Lollie retired from Sears in 1993 and devoted herself to her grandchildren. She also volunteered at Goleta Valley Hospital in the gift shop up until 2010. Lollie is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Robert D. Waugh (1983); her precious daughter, Lorna Waugh Ruiz (1993); her sister Gwendolyn Wright Covington (1995); her brother Clinton Forster Wright (2001); and her oldest nephew Del Marshall Covington (2012). Lollie is survived by her sister, Lynnette Wright McCoy; her daughter, Maureen (Waugh) Evans (husband Robin D. Evans); her son, Stacey Robert Waugh (wife Sonnia Waugh); her grandchildren: Michael Joseph Ruiz (wife Elizabeth (Swihart) Ruiz), Joel Robert Evans, Melissa Anne (Ruiz) Scheffler, Brian Charles Ruiz; her great granddaughters: Emily Lorna Ruiz, Kristin Hope Ruiz and Chloe Madison Scheffler; her favorite cousin Bonnie (Goodson) Sanders; as well as her very special and adored nieces and nephews. Lollie's family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the caregivers and staff of Heritage House where Lollie called home since May of 2011. She was very happy there. A memorial service and reception will be held on Friday, January 30th at 2:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave., Santa Barbara. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara or other charity of choice.
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Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from Jan. 25 to Jan. 29, 2015
Whatley, William Harold (In Memoriam)  
In memory of William Harold Whatley.
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Published on www.newspress.com on Jan. 26, 2015
Wood, William J. (In Memoriam)  
In memory of William J. Wood.
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Published on www.newspress.com on Jan. 27, 2015
Wotherspoon, Robert "Bob"  
1930-2015 Robert was born to Elizabeth ("Mabel") and Robert Wotherpoon, originally from Glasgow Scotland, in Toronto Canada on August 19th, 1930, and had two sisters Emily and Mary. As a young man, Bob worked for General Foods and The Telephone Company, selling advertising in Ontario Canada. Bob married Margaret ("Peggy") Buffery in April of 1957 in Toronto. The couple immigrated to Los Angeles in September of 1957 and became U.S. Citizens in 1962. In 1959, along with wife Peggy and partner Fred Loakes, owned and operated Edgewood Employment Agency. The couple, and young daughter Pamela, moved to Santa Barbara in 1972 where they opened a second branch of The Edgewood Employment Agency. Bob also formed one of the first temporary placement agencies in Santa Barbara, called Tem-Pos in 1978 and offered one of the first computerized payroll services in the area. Bob dearly loved his beautiful wife and family; especially his granddaughters Kaytee and Kelly. Bob worked hard, but also enjoyed countless hours on the golf course and time spent daily at the Santa Barbara Elks Lodge either eating, playing billiards, working out in the gym and partying at all of the special events. Bob was a great dancer and enjoyed jazz and big band music. Bob leaves behind his sister Emily, his daughter Pamela and Son-in-Law Ken, cherished granddaughters and many friends and brethren of the Santa Barbara Elks Lodge #613. Rest well Bob?we'll see you on the back 9! A memorial service is to be held at Santa Barbara Elks Lodge #613 at 150 North Kellogg Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA on Tuesday, February 3rd at 11:00am - 2:00pm. Please bring stories and words to share. In lieu of flowers, please remember the Santa Barbara Elks Lodge #613 at 150 North Kellogg Avenue, Santa Barbara CA 93111 (805) 964-6858.
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Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from Jan. 28 to Feb. 1, 2015

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Watts, John Graham  
John Watts, born May 2, 1929, left this life and entered into God's rest on January 12, 2015. John was born in Evanston, Illinois and spent his early years in Chicago, Chile and Southern California. He spent his teen years in Virginia, Southern California, and Montana working on his brother- in-law's ranch; he was proud to be a cowboy and a close friend to many in the Crow Nation. During the Korean War, he served as a Navy corpsman in San Diego. He met the love of his life Patricia Hendrickson in 1950; she was a junior in high school and he a 21-year-old sailor! She introduced him to the one that changed his life forever - Jesus Christ. They were married on October 4, 1952 and were inseparable; together they raised three children as they moved from being students at Grace College and Seminary, to pastoring a church together, to different ministry roles with The Navigators and finally to Westmont College where they worked together in the office of College Advancement. John dedicated his life to serving others. He loved his family passionately. He served his friends deeply and took the initiative to make new friends daily. Known as "Watt Dad" to so many of his "kids," he always made it a point to encourage and pray for them. He loved sharing his passion for sports, his kids and grandkids, fishing, the forests, and mountains? Oh and his sense of humor! He was mischievous, loved good practical jokes and hilarious stories; he was always the life of the party. Our hearts are broken for our loss but joyful because he is with our Lord. He leaves behind his wife of 62 years, Patty, son and daughter-in-law Bruce Watts and Jennifer Boteilho, daughter and son-in-law Kathi and Dan Walker, daughter and son-in-law Vicki and Richard Cope, ten grandchildren (Hanna (fiancé Cody), Carisa (husband Ryan), Brandon, Gloria, Hannah, Kira, Isaiah, Rebekah, Noah and Johnny), his sister Henny Davies and several nieces and nephews. Our lives are forever changed and blessed by his imprint on our lives. A service to celebrate his life is planned for 2PM, Saturday, January 24 at Santa Barbara Community Church. Donations in John's honor may be made to the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, Westmont College or Mount Hermon.
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Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from Jan. 18 to Jan. 22, 2015
Wilkie, Geraldine Leticia  
Gerry Cox Wilkie (age 83) passed away peacefully in Santa Barbara on January 11, 2015. Gerry was born in Tucson, Arizona. She never outgrew her love for the stillness and beauty of the desert. Gerry's family moved to California when she was a teenager. Gerry graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara College Riviera campus. She majored in speech with a minor in music. Gerry was her college's homecoming queen in 1952. Gerry was a natural beauty who revealed an inner beauty as well. Gerry and her late husband, Jamie, were active in local repertory theatre staring in many plays. It was at a theater rehearsal that they first met. They enjoyed live theater and musical performances their entire lives. Gerry worked as a medical social worker at the Santa Barbara General Hospital and Cottage Hospital. She retired from social work to live for years in Nahcotta, Washington on the Olympic Peninsula. She enjoyed the natural beauty of Nahcotta, and could harvest oysters from the bay in her back yard. It was not unusual for her beloved Akita, Okami, to spot a bear up a tree in the garden. Gerry is loved and missed by her sister Carolyn Cox Lockhart (Wayne), sister-in-law Molly Schaaf, and numerous nephews, nieces and extended family in the US, Scotland, New Zealand, and Singapore. As Gerry left her lovely home for the last time, a group of deer stood sentinel as if to bid her farewell. At her request no services are planned.
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Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from Jan. 20 to Jan. 24, 2015
Woodward, Howard Donald  
A life-long resident of Santa Barbara County, passed away on January 16, 2015. "Woody" was born in Santa Barbara on February 1, 1926, to Jean Troup Woodward and Percy Woodward. Mr. Woodward's maternal grandfather emigrated from Scotland in the early 1900s; the Troups were a well-known, vibrant family in the area. Woody's early years were spent in Santa Barbara. He attended Hope School and Santa Barbara High School, leaving to serve his nation in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Following the war, Mr. Woodward worked for the County Fire Department, followed by three decades employed with the Santa Barbara County Schools. Woody married Ethel "Wee" Thygesen in 1949. They enjoyed sixty-four happy years together, working, golfing, and traveling around the western United States. Upon retirement, the Woodwards moved to Buellton, California, joining the Alisal Golf Club. They continued their golfing hobby for many years. Graveside Funeral Service with Military Honors for Mr. Woodward will be held on Thursday, January 22nd, 1:00pm at Oak Hill Cemetery in Ballard, CA. A reception will follow immediately afterwards at the Ranch Club Estates Clubhouse, 330 W. Highway 246, in Buellton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Elverhoy Museum in Solvang. Loper Funeral Chapel, Directors.
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Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from Jan. 20 to Jan. 24, 2015
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