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MacArthur, Melville Hebbard - Riverside  
MELVILLE HEBBARD MacARTHUR, DDS September 10, 1914 - April 4, 2016 Melville Hebbard MacArthur was born in Davenport Center, New York on September 10, 1914. He was the son of Alexander Law MacArthur, a dairy farmer and Mary Hebbard MacArthur, a one-room schoolhouse teacher and the first person in her family to earn a college degree. Hebbard is survived by his daughters, Linda MacArthur Ebie and Laurie MacArthur Cook; son, Riverside City Councilmember, Christopher Hebbard MacArthur; sisters, Helen McNair and Mary Schaefer and brother, Seth G. MacArthur, DDS. He is predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Shirley Mae MacArthur and brothers, John J. MacArthur and Paul D. MacArthur. He was the grandfather of eight and great grandfather of three. Hebbard came to Riverside, California as an orphan at the age of 16. He was the oldest of 6 children, ages 13, 11, 9, 7 and 5. He returned to New York and graduated from Hartwick College in Oneonta in 1936, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. While at Hartwick, he served as Student Body President. After returning to California, Hebbard graduated from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry in 1940. He was the last surviving member of his class. He was honored to serve his country in World War II, as a dentist in the United States Army for four years, on the island of Saipan, achieving the rank of Major. Dr. MacArthur practiced Dentistry from 1940-1987 in both Los Angeles and Riverside. Some of his patients included James Arness (Gunsmoke); Fess Parker (Davy Crockett) and Cheech Marin (Cheech and Chong). Hebbard bought his first orange grove in Riverside in 1946 and continued to raise navel oranges on 60 acres in Riverside until his death. He moved his family to Riverside in 1963 and lived in the same house on Adams St, on a 10 acre orange grove until shortly before his death. Dr. MacArthur served his community, as an active member, for over 50 years. He was a former President of Magnolia Center Rotary Club, and a Gage Canal Board Member for over 40 years. He was also a Board Member for the Salvation Army; a 4-H Leader and volunteer for many community organizations. He was a longtime member of Calvary Presbyterian Church. In 1985, Hebbard endowed a scholarship in honor of his mother, Mary Hebbard MacArthur, to assist children of farming families, to attend his alma mater, Hartwick College. He was influenced by many great Americans: Wisdom by Benjamin Franklin; Humor by Will Rogers, Jack Benny and former USC Football Coach, John McKay and followed the investment philosophy of Warren Buffett and Benjamin Graham. Dr. MacArthur was a voracious reader, who enjoyed investing in and studying well-run companies and real estate. He relished traveling, fishing and playing bridge and cribbage. Hebbard had favorite quotations including: "A tree (or a stock) does not grow to heaven," "Only buy the best, because the best is none too good" and "Travel the world, while you have the health to do so." He was a self-made man and believer in the virtue that you can accomplish anything with hard work, persistence and determination. The Celebration of his Life will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Calvary Presbyterian Church, 4495 Magnolia Avenue; Riverside, Ca. 92501. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to: Hartwick College; c/o Patricia Dopazo, Director of Planned Giving, College Advancement; Hartwick College; P.O. Box 4020, Oneonta, NY 13820. Indicate: "Mary Hebbard MacArthur Scholarship" on check memo line. Arrangements Entrusted to the Care of 9695 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA 92503 (951) 785-4071. Please go to www.akesfamilyfuneralhome.com and sign the guest book.
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Published in Press-Enterprise from Apr. 10 to Apr. 26, 2016
Mantz, Mary Reta Hurd - Sun City  
MARY RETA HURD MANTZ, died peacefully with her family near on April 12, 2016 in Sun City, California. Mary was born on April 17, 1933 in Harrington, Delaware to George and Mildred Hurd. She was the third of ten children growing up adventurous and independent in Dover with her sister Laura at her side, her family close, surviving the tragic loss of their brilliant father George who was killed at his job in 1942. A resident of Riverside, Ca since 1957, she always made a beautiful home for her family, sewing the girls matching outfits, working to support everyone and playing her piano to lull them to sleep. After the death of her first husband in 1968, she remained a hard working, devoted mother of five children and didn't slow down to complain. Ever curious about science, psychology and medicine she studied nursing and other interests at night school, desiring to give her heart to those in need of her service. Among many jobs over her lifetime, she worked at March Air Force Base procurement office as well as the base hospital. There she met her partner for life, telling her girls, "I just met the cutest guy!" Wherever Mary lived, no matter what, she planted gardens abundant enough that she sent her children to deliver bouquets to neighbors every season as her mother had done when Mary was little. During her second marriage she found more time and energy to truly express her love and talent for gardening, and for spoiling children! In the early 80's they bought The Gardeners Nursery where she taught her grandchildren to nurture life and make change for customers, letting her little helpers splatter water on themselves and on the huge rows of potted trees and bushes in the hot summertime. At home they worked acres of plain dirt into lush thriving gardens, yielding fruit, vegetables, endless flowers, lawns, trees and open fields for all the children's parties and games. She maintained a greenhouse full of exotic orchids and shared them with us all. Mary and her husband continued to care for and enjoy their growing family, take a little time for themselves traveling abroad and lead an active life in Sun City, CA after retiring. And as always they teamed up to set the standard for the best holiday cooking from her old family recipes, hand made with tons of love. Mary is survived by her devoted husband Donald Mantz; her loving children, Edward Scanlon, IV, Patrick Scanlon, Grace Scanlon, Julie Scanlon and Diane Towe; her step children Carol, Peter and Paul Mantz; adoring grandchildren Shiva, Charmain, Ryan, Serene, Kyle, Tara, James, Loren and Adam; step grandchildren and many precious great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her beloved mother Mildred, her brother Joe, sisters Sara and Betty Jane. She is also survived by her best friend sister, Laura; siblings Georgeanna, Grace, Jimmy, Jason, and Clara, and a host of nieces and nephews. Once she said, remarking on a garden that we were growing, "Its love that does it, does it all." This was her joy and hearts desire, to help love grow, no matter what. A memorial celebration service will be held tomorrow, Monday May 2 at 2pm, Evans Brown Mortuary, 27010 Encanto Dr., Sun City, CA 92585.
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Published in Press-Enterprise from Apr. 20 to May 1, 2016
Mata, Edward P. - Riverside  
EDWARD P. MATA March 17, 1927 - April 20th, 2016 Edward Patrick Mata was born in Chino, California to Ernesto & Maria Mata on the luckiest day of the year, March 17, 1927. He was the second of four children, which included Esther, Hope and Phillip. In his teens he served several years in the Korean War. After his return and a few jitterbugs later he met and married the woman who would be his life partner, Esther Herrera Mata. The years that followed would bring them to the city of Riverside. Their family tree quickly grew with children: Eddie Mata, Dennis & Patti Mata, Patsy & Mick Hammer, and Stella & Randy Rios. As the years passed and the children grew, so did the family. Edward's career with the Meat Cutters Union came to a close around the time his first few grandchildren were born. Each branch of the Mata tree grew stronger as grandchildren Alecia, Tonya, Melina, Yvette, Tamara, Erica, Caylin, Sean, Katie and Randy Jr. and 15 great-grandchildren came into the family. Between years of teaching his grandchildren to swim and traveling the world with his sweetheart, he never stopped working. A passion for building with a knack for carpentry, his hands told the story of a man who lived to know joy and hardship. Never taking a day in vain, "Lalo", as he was known to many, he turned friends into family. Whether it was through work, neighbors or someone who needed a helping hand, no one was a stranger for long. If you were lucky enough to meet and know Edward P. Mata, you likely understood that his pot of gold was nestled in the hearts of those who loved him. On his last days, with Esther by his side, he gathered his "branches" and said goodbye to the family tree he spent his life growing. On Wednesday April 20, 2016, he departed from this life. In his memory his family & friends will live knowing they were lucky to have him and will forever love him. Memorial Service will be on Wednesday, May 4th, 2016, 10:00am Mass at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 3774 Jackson St, Riv.CA 92503. Burial will be at 12pm at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, CA 92518 with Reception from 1-4pm at Riverside American Legion Post 79, 2979 Dexter Dr., Riverside, CA 92501.
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Published in Press-Enterprise on May 1, 2016
McGrath, Donald H. - Riverside  
H. DONALD MCGRATH 4-26-1925 to 4-17-2016 H. Donald McGrath, a Riverside native and resident, passed away at the age of 90 on Sunday, April 17th after a long battle with cancer. The only son of Harry Edward McGrath and Sarah Rosina McGrath (Barber). Don served in the 133rd Infantry during WWII. He married Rosa Elia Lopez Dehesa in 1951 in Mexico City. They lived in Riverside CA and had 3 sons, Lawrence (Laurie), Brian (Maureen) and Marc (Debbie) and were married until the passing of Rosa in 2002. He leaves behind his 3 married sons, 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. In addition to his career as a salesman and stockbroker, Don was an avid musician and vocalist who played in bands throughout his life. Gone but not forgotten. Services will be at the Acheson & Graham Garden of Prayer Mortuary on Magnolia at 3pm Tuesday, April 26.
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Published in Press-Enterprise from Apr. 22 to Apr. 26, 2016
Moreno, Florence V. - Riverside  
FLORENCE V. MORENO Florence was born in Richmond, California on November 1st, 1929. She was the oldest child of 6 who, with their mother, all grew up in a small 2 bedroom home in South Gate. Florence graduated from Queen of Angels Nursing School in Los Angeles, and later worked 32 years for the City of Los Angeles finishing her career as the Chief Nurse of the City of LA. She met Arthur Moreno and married on June 28, t952. Florence and Arthur had 3 children Kathy, Michael and Deborah, with the whole family living nearby when Arthur passed in 2009. Florence has lived with her son in Sun City since 2004. She was an avid bridge and bunco player, and was a member of the Sun City Duplicate Bridge Club. Florence passed in her sleep on April 15, 2016. Florence is survived by 2 sisters, her 3 children, a son-in-law, 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. The Rosary will be held at 6:00pm on Sunday May 1 at Evans Brown Mortuary in Sun City. Mass will be May 2nd at 11:00am at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church in Sun City. The burial will be at 1:00pm immediately following at Riverside National Cemetery.
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Published in Press-Enterprise from Apr. 30 to May 1, 2016
Mueller, Josef - Banning  
JOSEF MUELLER, a 22 year resident of Sun Lakes, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family on April 20 at the age of 86. Memorial Services will be held at Weaver Mortuary, Beaumont on Thursday, April 28th at 10:00 a.m. A celebration of his life will follow at Sun Lakes North Club House from 1:00 4:00 p.m.
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Published in Press-Enterprise on Apr. 26, 2016
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