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Harris, Dr. John White - Sacramento  
Heaven just became a lot noisier with the arrival of Dr. John White Harris MD, who passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, April 24th. He managed to reach 91 years without ever really getting old - he kept learning, reading new books on science, medicine and history, and he loved to tell stories from his remarkable life. He was born in Sacramento on November 17, 1924 to Dr. Junius (himself a Sacramento native) and Hazel Harris; the family lived on a ranch property in Arcade Park, and he was a star swimmer in the Grant Union HS class of 1941. His college years at Stanford were interrupted by WWII; he enlisted in a Navy reserve program while he finished his undergraduate studies at UCLA and Stanford. He was a proud graduate of the Stanford Medical School class of 1949, and he remained close friends with many of his classmates, attending informal and formal class reunions right up to the end. John met his adored wife, Alice, at a Rio Del Mar beach volley-ball game in July 1950 and they were married 10 weeks later. Soon after, he was called up by the Navy and sent to Korea where he served as a Corpsman in the US Marine Corps as part of their 1951 spring and summer offensives, returning home a few days before Richard was born. He sent a letter home every day to remind her that he was returning. They built a home in the Sierra Oaks neighborhood of Sacramento, where they and Rich (Tami) welcomed Mollie (Stephen), Jennie (Buzz), Reed (Linda) and Bruce (Debbie), and he started a private Internal Medicine practice that continued until his retirement in 1990. John and Alice had an interesting life together, full of family events, travel, art, skiing, trips to the Sierra County cabins and collecting rocks and minerals. We all enjoyed watching them dress up for formal events such as the Crocker Baroque Ball. The kids all learned to ski by hanging onto his belt while standing on the back of Dad's skis, and probably half of the neighborhood learned to water ski behind the turquoise boat that he bought at the 1964 SF Boat Show. Dad enjoyed being a regular member of the downtown Sacramento Rotary Club. He seemed happiest when we were boating on their water-ski boat, the "Flagship" houseboat that they moored at Folsom Lake or in the Delta, or on his small aluminum boat at Upper Sardine Lake. They bought a small travel trailer when he retired that they drove across the country several times, making new friends and generating new stories along the way. He was beloved by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who are stunned to hear that Papa John has been silenced. The family thanks and remembers their many interesting friends, including the neighbors who kept watch over them, keeping Dad vibrant after Alice passed away in January 2015. Those who knew him always noted his compelling story-telling gifts. When he introduced Alice to his parents, Mama Hazel told him that "John's the quiet one in our family", which seemed incredible to Alice, but this was certainly true compared to his siblings Robert, Salle, Fred and Graham, all of whom pre-deceased him. The world is a quieter place without his love, his generous spirit, and his tales. No services are planned. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Charitable Foundation of the Sacramento Rotary Club (355 Commerce Circle, 95815).
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Published in The Sacramento Bee on Apr. 27, 2016
Hayes, Glenna Marie - Sacramento  
Glenna Marie Hayes was born on April 8, 1950 in Richmond, Virginia. She passed into Heaven on April 20, 2016, unexpectedly. She was 66. At 6 months of age, Glenna was adopted by Floyd and Marguerite Flynn and grew up in Hampton, VA. She was raised in the church where she found her love of music, singing, taking care of others and serving the Lord. As a self-proclaimed southern belle, she thrived on hospitality, fashion and beauty. As an honor roll student at Kecoughtan High School, she was involved in a variety of clubs and student body roles including Reporter, Treasurer, Journalism, Future Teachers of America and Copy Editor of the Senior Yearbook. Glenna excelled in the performing arts and was a soprano in the A Cappella Choir and many stage productions. She was a member of the Virginia Music Education Association Choir where they toured the original 13 colonies. After graduation in 1968, Glenna attended Longwood College School of Music. Additionally, her first job was at Sears and Roebuck nut and candy counter. While there, she met the father of her future daughters. This marriage took her family to Pacific Grove, then to Davis, CA where she was a resident for 21 years. With her second daughter, Glenna was active with Davis Parent Nursery School. Glenna's love of children, compelled her to start a 15 year business, Glenna's Preschool and Daycare, which was very successful. She had a passion for the children and their families. Glenna also delighted in teaching piano lessons and singing for the elderly in nursing care and included her daughters in this act of service. During this time, Glenna met and fell in love with Stuart Hayes and would be married for 36 years. Glenna was a member of the women's social sorority, Beta Sigma Phi, where she held the position of President and always the life of the party socials. In 1995, when Stu and Glenna were empty nesters, they moved to a brand new development in Elk Grove where they lived for 21 years. Glenna was a thoughtful, caring, hospitable, homemaker, fiercely proud mom to her daughters, grandmother, lifelong friend and wife. She was best known and will be sorely missed for her wit, humor, lavish dinner parties, crazy antics and larger-than-life personality. Glenna loved camping and trailering with her family and husband, cooking 5 course meals, and exuded a gregarious infectious laugh! In the last 6 months of her life, she was filled with joy and love for her newest grandbaby girl. Graveside service will be held on Monday, May 2 at 1:00 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Elk Grove, CA. Reception to follow at Frasinetti's Winery, 7395 Frasinetti Rd., Sacramento, CA 95828. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Glenna's name to National Psoriasis Foundation at psoriasis.org .
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Published in The Sacramento Bee on Apr. 28, 2016
Hesse, Sun Im - West Sacramento  
Born May 7, 1936 in Cholla Pukdo, Korea. Entered into rest April 29, 2016 in her Sacramento home with her family by her side. Beloved wife of 50 years to Lyon Hesse. Loving mother to Charley Hesse (Amanda) and Johnny Hesse. Dear sister of Kim Yon Rye. Devoted grandmother of Phillip, Lillian & Joe. Friends are invited to attend funeral services on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at River Cities Funeral Chapel, 910 Soule St., West Sacramento, CA. Interment, Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, Dixon, CA.
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Published in The Sacramento Bee on May 3, 2016
Hollis, Stephen E.  
Steve Hollis passed away peacefully with his wife and daughters by his side on April 29, 2016, at the age of 59. He was born March 24, 1957 in Ottawa, Illinois to Ed and Marcia (Yocum) Hollis. In 1970, Steve moved to Gering, Nebraska, where he met his wife, Carolyn. In 1978, Steve married his high school sweetheart Carolyn (Wozniak), in Scotts Bluff, NE. They were blessed to be with each other for 43 years, and would have celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary in June. Steve attended Nebraska Western Junior College and during his freshman year, was injured in a dune buggy accident, where he sustained the loss of his left leg. He finished undergraduate work at the University of Nebraska, graduating Magna Cum Laude. A fellowship enabled him to pursue and obtain his MBA in 1981 from the University of NE. Steve and Carolyn then moved to Sacramento when he joined Bank of America's Commercial Banking Division, where he worked for the next 35 years as a client manager, team leader, commercial banking manager, senior credit risk manager, and most recently, as the Central Valley-Central Coast Market Executive for the past 11 years. Steve built a stellar professional reputation centered on hard work, integrity, commitment to the customer and dedication to his colleagues. The bank celebrated Steve's 35th anniversary by creating a scholarship fund in his honor. Steve served on the United Cerebral Palsy board of directors from 1999 to 2010, working on committees and serving as treasurer. Steve also served on the board of Make-A-Wish Foundation in 2010, working with the Finance Committee and coordinating a large donation from a trust. Steve was the king of BBQ gatherings. He loved nothing more than inviting as many friends and family over to roast a pig or grill homemade sausages. Last fall, he and Carolyn hosted Oktoberfest with lederhosen, dirndls and bratwurst. Annual family vacations were important to Steve, whether it was Lake Tahoe, his parents' cabin in Grand Lake, CO, memorable houseboat trips to Shasta Lake, or visiting Hawaii. Family traditions were very meaningful to him: spending his birthday camping at Clear Lake and catching as many crappie as possible, and making cioppino, apple pies, and sausages. December meant decorating the house with his handcrafted Christmas lawn art and as many lights as possible without blowing fuses. Steve coached his daughters' softball teams in recreational and competitive leagues, attending tournaments throughout California and in many states for 10 years. He enjoyed gardening, hunting with his chocolate lab, fishing for salmon with his daughters, cheering for the SF Giants, Denver Broncos and Nebraska Cornhuskers and playing poker. Steve was known for his sense of humor and his love for a good prank, his kindness and generosity, and his bravery. Those left to treasure his memory are Steve's wife Carolyn, daughters Christy Hollis, and Brianna (Hollis) Eller, and son-in-law Curtis Eller, all of Elk Grove; parents Ed and Marcia Hollis of Grand Lake, CO; and brother Dave Hollis of Aurora, CO. Steve was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, and his memorial service will be held there Friday, May 6, at 11 a.m., 8701 Elk Grove-Florin Road, Elk Grove, CA, with a luncheon following in the church's Fellowship Hall. Interment to follow at East Lawn Memorial Park, 9189 E. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove. The family would like to express special gratitude to Katherine, Norma, and Rohnie from Sutter Care At Home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sutter Care At Home, St. Peter's Lutheran Church, United Cerebral Palsy, Make-A-Wish, or American Cancer Society.
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Published in The Sacramento Bee on May 3, 2016
Hudgins, Paul Larry - Sacramento  
Born on Aug. 10, 1952 and passed on April 26, 2016 at the age of 63. Paul proudly served his country and then continued a career in the CA Dept. of Corrections for 30+ years. He is survived by his wife Liezel Hudgins, mother Dixie West, brothers Robert and Mike Hudgins, step-daughter Jennifer Peace and many more family members here in the States and in the Philippines. He has impacted the lives of so many and will be missed by all who loved him.
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Published in The Sacramento Bee on May 3, 2016
Huss, Shirley Jean (Dicus) - Sacramento  
Granite Bay - Shirley Jean (Dicus) Huss, a longtime resident of Fair Oaks, CA died Sunday, February 7, 2016. Shirley was born in Emmett, ID in 1934. She was preceded in death by one son Gregory Kay; and by Husband Mac and two sons, Randy and Brad in an airplane accident in 1991. Shirley was a loving wife, mother, grandmama, sister, aunt and friend. She participated in Inner Wheel Club, and was a booster member of FISH (Friends interested in the severe handicapped) for many years. She loved to ski, golf and enjoyed time with family. Shirley is survived by four grandchildren: Tricia (Huss) Russell of Portland OR, Debra (Huss) Sexton of Everett, WA; Kristin Huss of Rocklin, CA and Gregory Huss of Fair Oaks, CA, and four great grandchildren, as well as, sisters, Patty Swets of Sanborn, IA; Beverly Ripley of Mission Viejo, CA; Debbie Alkire of Horseshoe Bend, ID and brother Frank Aldrich of Rancho Cordova, CA. Shirley is deeply missed by her friends and loved ones. She is remembered for her grace, dignity, perseverance, strength and generous spirit. A celebration of life will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 2201 Bonita Dr., Rancho Cordova, California at 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 21, 2016. It is requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be given to an organization that Shirley valued and supported: Shriner Hospital: www.shrinershospitals.org/donate; Wounded Warrior Project: www.woundedwarriorproject.org ; Special Olympics: www.specialolympics.org or Compassion International: www.compassion.org .
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Published in The Sacramento Bee on Apr. 29, 2016
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