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McPherson, Evie  
Evie McPherson October 29, 1924 - April 24, 2015 Arroyo Seco Our precious mother, grandmother, and friend, Sweet Evie McPherson, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loved ones on April 24, 2015, in her "slice of heaven," Arroyo Seco. Evie was born Oct. 29, 1924 in Flagstaff, AZ, to Walter and Mabel Scott. Her two older sisters, Alice and Florence, helped raise her the first three years. Her beloved and invalid mother passed when she was three, so Evie's family moved back to the fold in Oklahoma to matriarch Nettie Scott who loved and cherished her for the next five years. At age eight, her father remarried and they moved to Fresno. She met her first husband, Bill Atkinson, in church at 17 and son Rusty was born in 1942. Upon Bill's return from the service, they parted ways. She worked at a dress shop in Fresno and was able to transfer to Salinas for a fresh start. She met her next husband, rancher John Andersen, at the Jeffrey's Hotel, next to her dress shop. He was instantly smitten with her, as most of us were. They were married in 1946, joining his three daughters, Judy, Linda and Nancy with Rusty, to create a wonderful new family. Along came David, Cheri, and Danny to round out the family. At first, they lived on a ranch in Chualar where John was in the farming business. Evie was a candy striper at Memorial Hospital, a PTA President, a Cub Scout Den Mother, and a Classroom Mother. Evie and John bought farmland outside of Soledad and built a dairy. She was their bookkeeper as well as full-time homemaker. She loved to paint, antiquing all the furniture in the house. To John's astonishment, she single handily painted the house, inside and out, as well as their 25 ft. high barn, using a scaffold and paintbrush. She loved to garden and was a founding member of the Soledad Gardening Club. In 1950, they bought a rustic cabin in the quiet and unspoiled upper Arroyo Seco area to spend their summers. This began a seven decade love affair with the natural beauty along the banks of the Arroyo Seco River. She nurtured her children and spoiled her grandchildren there. In 1967, Evie began working at Smucker's on the conveyor line and made many life-long friends. Her husband John died in 1971. A close friend, Neil Fanoe, convinced her to help keep the books at Sturdy Oil in Salinas. While she enjoyed her job it was short-lived because greater opportunities were about to unfold. In 1973, she met Todd McPherson through her dear friends, the Garlingers. They fell in love and were married in a fairytale wedding on Christmas Eve 1973. She joined him in Redwood City while he finished his career at PG&E. Upon his retirement, they joined the Peace Corp, being posted in Manta, Ecuador. What an Adventure!!! As Todd taught and supervised work crews installing an electrical grid, Evie endeared herself to the local mothers and children, especially when she taught them how to bake cakes in an electric skillet. In 1982, they decided to make the cabin in Arroyo Seco their forever home, and began remodeling it. The happy couple spent the next 25 years enjoying their peaceful existence together. Evie was an avid reader, writer and communicator, never forgetting a birthday, an anniversary or special day of her many friends and family, she made hundreds of calls every year. She was infamous for feeding local wildlife, such as skunks, raccoons, and foxes; and holding nightly feedings so visitors and local families could observe and participate. Evie, "the animal whisperer", even tamed them to eat out of her hand. She hosted hundreds of hummingbirds each season; Daisy, her special hummer, would even perch on her finger. Evie founded the Trinity Episcopal Church Thrift Store to support the church and community. She ran it for over 20 years. After Todd's passing in 2003, she spent her last years tending her garden, reading and enjoying visits from family and friends. She took special pleasure in watching her great-grandchildren playing in the shallows of the river. For her last hurrah, she threw a humdinger of a party for her 90th birthday in October, attended by more than 100 family and friends. Although many hearts are saddened by her passing, they are gladdened by her touch. Her generous spirit and caring heart made her a friend to all and a stranger to none. Preceded in death by sisters, Alice Cantrella, Florence Roper; husbands, John Andersen, Todd McPherson; son, Rusty Atkinson; step-daughters, Linda Schroeder, Carolyn Randel; grandson, John Andersen; great-grandson, John Roebuck. Survived by daughter, Cherokee (Stan) Nucci of Arroyo Seco; sons, David (Roxanne) Andersen of Fillmore and Danny (Lourdes) Andersen of Mexico; step-daughters, Judy(Chuck) Poffenbarger of Arizona and Nancy Nichols of Ben Lomand; step-son, Sandy (Julie) McPherson of Los Altos; grandchildren, Francesca and Giovanni Nucci, Michael Andersen, Rocio (Bill) Borzage, Danielle (Travis) Roebuck, David (Maelyn) Poffenbarger, Todd Poffenbarger, Vicki (Jim) Tomchik, Eric Baggiolini, Steve (Mo) Percy, Karen (Kevin) Merritt, Chris (Kristen) Percy, Cory (Rob) Haynes, Wendy Moulton, Craig ( Jenny) McPherson, Heather (Nelson) Washington; numerous greats and great-greats. There will be a Celebration of Life held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 27, 2015, at St Paul's Episcopal Church, 1071 Pajaro St., Salinas. Luncheon will follow in the Parish Hall. Donations may be made in Evie's memory to SPCA, P.O. Box 3058, Monterey, CA 93942 or to your favorite charity. Funeral arrangements by Struve and Laporte Funeral Home. Online condolences to www.struveandlaporte.com
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Lagasca, Artemia "Norie"  
Artemia "Norie" Lagasca October 20, 1938 - April 23, 2015 Salinas Artemia "Norie" Curamen Lagasca, 76, longtime resident of Salinas, passed away Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Salinas. She was born Oct. 20, 1938, in Rizal, Nueva Ecija, Philippines. She previously worked at Moran Seeds as a research technician for more than 20 years. Norie was a very loving wife, mother and grandmother. She loved her family very much and always made it a point to be there when one of us needed her. Whenever we would ask her for something she made sure that we were able to get whatever it was that we needed -- whether it be food cooked for us, a caring heart to listen to our problems, a loving hug to comfort us, or her amorous smile to let us know that everything was going to be OK. She loved cooking for the family and friends so they would get a chance to be together and spend time with loved ones. Most people in the community knew Norie for her cooking of various Filipino cuisines including pancit, adobo, denuguan, lumpia and other delicacies. Chances are if you ate food at one or more of the local Filipino gatherings, you had tried Norie's cooking. Norie has volunteered at the Filipino community of Salinas since 1988 and was deemed a Life Member of The Filipino Community of Salinas Valley Inc. and The Laoaguenians of Monterey County. She was also a member of The Filipino American Community Club of Monterey Peninsula. Norie spent a lot of her time helping these communities with fund raising and sponsoring events such as The Asian Festival, senior luncheons on Wednesdays at the Filipino Community Center, and casino trips sponsored by these various clubs. Other than taking care of her grandchildren, whom she absolutely adored, her other hobbies included gardening in her front and backyard of flowers (mostly orchids) and vegetables. When not doing this, she liked to relax and watch the Filipino Channel for news and her favorite drama series. In the hearts of everyone whose life Norie touched, she will always be remembered as a generous, warm-hearted, and loving person who welcomed all into her life with open arms. Norie is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Emilio M. Lagasca, Jr.; daughter, Eleanor (Noel) Dorion; sons, Christopher (Arica) Lagasca and Joseph Duenas; brother, Armando (Mely) Curamen; grandchildren, Ryan, Randy, Rylan Dorion, Andru, Anthony, Arick and Athan Lagasca, along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other loving family and friends. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Maria L. Duenas in 2008. Visitation will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 2, 2015 and also on Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 1 to 9 p.m., with a Rosary vigil at 5 p.m., all at Healey Mortuary, 405 N. Sanborn Road, Salinas, CA 93905. Funeral Mass will take placeat 10 a.m. Monday, May 4, 2015, at Madonna del Sasso Catholic Church, 320 E. Laurel Dr., Salinas, CA 93906. Burial to follow services at the Garden of Memories Cemetery, 850 Abbott St., Salinas, CA 93901. Arrangements are entrusted to the Healey Mortuary & Crematory/www.healeymortuary.com
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Markley, Marilyn Dawn  
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Pena, Eugenia C.  
Eugenia C. Pena September 3, 1934 - April 28, 2015 Salinas Eugenia Contreras Pena entered into Heaven on April 28, 2015, after a year long battle to cancer at home surrounded by her family. She was born Sept. 3, 1934 to Alfonso and Matilde Contreras, in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico. She was a homemaker until her youngest child started to attend school. She then took a job at the Alisal Union School District and retired after 27 years, serving as a Food Service worker. If you were a student in the Alisal District, you were probably served by our beloved mother. She was always smiling and willing to help everyone in any capacity, especially when it came to cooking. Her arms were always open to anyone who came into her home. She will be missed by all who knew her. A special thank you to Andrea for her loving care of our mother in the past year. Thank you to all of the VNA nurses for their care. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Antonio P. Pena, and her four surviving children, all of Salinas; daughters, Rozelena (Greg) Vasquez, Leticia Pena; sons, Antonio (Rocio) De La Pena, Alfonso (Andrea) Pena; grandchildren, Gabriel, Gregory, Paul, Erik, Mercedes, Isabella, Alyssa, Ashley, Adriana, Savannah, Alfonso Jr.; great-grandchildren, Quynn, Jaysin, Eryn, Angel; brothers, Presciliano (Evanjelina), Perfecto (Juanita), Bernardino (Elida), Ermilo (Martha) Contreras, and sisters, Paula Maldonado, Ernestina (Manuel) Contreras, Guadalupe (Manuel) Tijerina, Lucila (Domingo) Flores. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Patricia Pena and sister, Tiburcia (Tia Luz) Pena. Visitation will be held from 1 to 9 p.m. Monday, May 4, 2015, with a Rosary vigil at 7 p.m., at Healey Mortuary, 405 N. Sanborn Road, Salinas, CA 93905. Funeral Mass will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at St. Mary's of the Nativity Church, 424 Towt St., Salinas, CA 93905. Burial to follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 18200 Damian Way, Salinas, CA 93907. Arrangements are entrusted to Healey Mortuary & Crematory, www.healeymortuary.com
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