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Machi, Marilyn Swithenbank  
MARILYN SWITHENBANK MACHI A few months shy of her 87th birthday an extraordinary woman died on February 16, 2015 after several debilitating strokes. Marilyn Fay Swithenbank Machi, a fourth generation Humboldt County resident, lived most of her life at her beloved Shelter Cove. Wife, mother, grand and great-grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, entrepreneur, visionary, local and family historian, gardener, fisherwoman, and master clam digger, Marilyn lived a full and long life. She was born July 22, 1928 at Garberville, California and was preceded in death by her mother and father Gussie and Leo Swithenbank; her husband of 46 years, Thomas "Babe" Machi; and her brothers Darrell and Leo "Barney" Swithenbank. Marilyn is survived by her children Tom, Betty and Sara; her granddaughter Lisa Machi-Pleger; Lisa's husband Robb Pleger, Jr. and their son Wyatt; her grandchildren John Klemm and Haley Klemm; her brothers Des and Joe and their families; and many nieces and nephews. Her Humboldt County roots grew deep. Her great-grandfather on her mother's side Frederick Schumacher, immigrated from Prussia and settled in Petrolia in the mid-1800s; her grandfather Gus Schumacher came to Garberville in 1873; and her paternal grandfather Walter Miller immigrated from Denmark and settled in California. Marilyn graduated from Garberville Elementary School in 1943 and from South Fork High School in 1946 where she was honored as Homecoming Queen. As a youngster she spent many vacations at Shelter Cove. She fell in love with it and met her husband Babe Machi there. Babe and his two brothers had purchased beachfront property in 1946 and were in the process of developing various businesses. Babe and Marilyn were married on October 25, 1952 in Garberville at Our Lady of the Redwoods Catholic Church. Marilyn rolled up her sleeves and joined in the operation of the Shelter Cove Motel until it burned in 1959. She and Babe also ran the Shelter Cove Campground and expanded it to include a small store, built with the help of their children. In 1976 Babe and Marilyn sold the campground and retired. Marilyn soon found she was unable to settle into retirement. She'd long been thinking the Cove needed a real general store. In 1984 she and Babe made that dream become a reality. A maintenance building on Shelter Cove Road was transformed into a first class general store stocked with just about everything visitors and residents could need groceries, dairy, produce, hardware, fishing tackle, and gas pumps. The store is prospering, now run by her son Tom and his family. Marilyn had "shop keeping" in her DNA. Her grandfather Charlie Swithenbank ran Turner & Swithenbank General Merchandise in Garberville circa 1904 and sold it to the Bowden brothers. Bill Bowden, Marilyn's grandmother's second husband, also ran a mercantile store in Briceland in the early 1900s. Grandfather Gus Schumacher operated a general store in Petrolia in the 1870s before moving to Garberville and uncle George Clinkscales leased the Harris Store for five years in the 1940s. Marilyn passed the gene on to her children who were all instrumental in operating both the Shelter Cove Campground store, and the Shelter Cove General Store. After the General Store was up and running she and Babe expanded their business by building the Cove's first mini-storage units and also added two retail spaces next to the store. Not long after her brother-in-law Tony passed away in 1983 she purchased his home on Machi Road from his widow Nora and converted it into The Beachcomber Inn, a three unit motel. She added a second building housing an office and a fourth unit followed by another building with two more units, now managed by daughter Sara. Not only was she a tireless entrepreneur, she was an avid photographer and videographer, capturing many hours of video and hundreds of pictures of both family and local history. Her archives are priceless records of life as it happened at home and in the Cove. Marilyn was an avid gardener and grew the most beautiful roses and fuchsias. She was an equally skilled vegetable gardener. An expert fisherwoman, both in stream fishing for trout, and ocean fishing for salmon and rock cod, Marilyn could also be found on very low tides digging for clams at the Cove. She shared her secret for finding them with only a few. Marilyn was a force of nature packaged as a five foot tall, blue-eyed blond, always with a twinkle in her eyes. She was seldom seen without her hallmark white Navy sailor hat with the brim turned down. She will be loved and remembered long and well. "Mom has left us to be reunited with her husband and our dad, Babe. We will always love and miss them and will always be grateful for the life and love they have given us," her daughter Sara said. An announcement will be made when plans for a memorial are finalized. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com under obituaries.
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Published in Eureka Times-Standard from May 2 to May 3, 2015
Martin Jr., Clarence Lewis  
CLARENCE LEWIS MARTIN, JR. beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother, resident of Crescent City, passed away in Eureka on April 28, 2015. Clarence was born in Los Banos, California on December 11, 1920 into two pioneer San Joaquin Valley families, the Martin's and the McSwain's. After serving in the Army Air Corps in World War II as flight engineer on B-24 bombers in the South Pacific, he returned to Los Banos where he met and ultimately married Amy Clark on April 24, 1945. Amy died in 2002, after 57 years of marriage. In 1955, Clarence moved his family to Eureka where he worked for PG&E until his retirement. In the late 90's, Clarence, Amy and their daughter Jane moved to Crescent City to be closer to their elder daughters and their families. He was a generous contributor to several charities and was particularly interested in conservation and veteran's issues. Clarence is survived by his sister Frances Antonetti, of Dos Palos, California; daughters Kathleen and husband Stephen of Cave Junction, Oregon, Frances Costello and husband James of Crescent City, California, and Jane Martin of Crescent City; grandchildren Jason Costello of Crescent City, Eric Costello of Aptos, California, Patrick Raley of Cornwall, New York, Daniel Raley of Khorat, Thailand, and Shain Raley of Springfield, Illinois; great grandchildren Kayla and Carter Costello, Raegan and Kennedy Costello, and Amy Raley. A graveside service for family and friends will be held Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 2 PM at Ocean View Cemetery, 3975 Broadway, Eureka, California. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com under obituaries.
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Published in Eureka Times-Standard on May 2, 2015
Morini Jr., Leonido "Leo"  
LEONIDO "LEO" MORINI, JR Passed peacefully at home with his wife at his side on Saturday April 25, 2015. Leo was born November 17, 1934 to Leonido and Enes Morini in Eureka, Ca. He lived his entire life in Eureka. A graduate of Eureka High School, class of 1952 he had been active in the Boys Club, 20/30 Club and was a 21 years member of the Eureka Elks Lodge. He worked in the grocery and liquor business for many years, retiring from Youngs Market Co. Leo was married to MaryLou Kern the mother of his children: son Tino, daughter Tina (Jim) Lafenhagen, granddaughter Brandy, daughter Toni (Joe) Perez, granddaughters Savannah and Danielle, great-granddaughters Elena, Maya, Lola and Taina. He later married Elsie James welcoming her sons William, Warren, Roger ,granddaughters Nicole & Lauren and daughter Cindy, granddaughters Samara & Kara. In 2004 Leo married the "last love of his life" LeAnne Perrone Elam and added her children John Elam, grandson Tully and daughter Janelle Jackson , grandchildren, Gregory, Collin and Clara to his family. Leo is survived by his wife LeAnne, sisters Nancy (Ralph) Giannini, and Gena (Kenny) Kyle, brother-in-law Craig (Jeanne) Perrone and numerous nieces and nephews. Leo was preceded in death by his parents Leonido and Enes, sister Julia, infant son Tino, and daughter Cindy. Gathering with family and friends, mornings with his "Coffee Group", golfing, Wednesdays night poker at the Elks, good food, good drinks, dancing, hollering at the TV watching 49er's and Giants games, his annual vacation at the Humboldt County Fair horse races sitting in the box he shared for 35 years with friend Don Anderson, and painting beautiful pictures and burls were all special pleasures to Leo. "Poppie" Leo will be missed by all who knew and loved him. A special thank-you to Dr. Olsgard for his care and compassion and to Hospice for providing such loving care and comforting support in Leo's final journey. You are all so appreciated. Leo's viewing will be at Pierce Mortuary, 707 H St., Eureka Tuesday May 5th from 5 -7pm, Rosary to follow at 7pm. Funeral Mass will be on Wednesday May 6th at 11:00 am at St. Bernards Catholic Church, 615 H St., Eureka. Please consider donations in memory of Leo be made to Hospice of Humboldt, 2010 Myrtle Ave., Eureka Ca 95501 or a charity of your choice. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com under obitutaries.
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Published in Eureka Times-Standard from May 2 to May 3, 2015
Morrison, M. Joyce  
M. JOYCE MORRISON May 27, 1926 - April 19,2015 Joyce Morrison passed away in Eureka, California on April 19, 2015. She was 88 years old. Born to James D. and Marion W. Alumbaugh in Ontario, California on May 27, 1926. She was raised on a small ranch surrounded by peach, lemon and walnut orchards. Eventually the fruit trees were replaced by an extensive chicken ranch and Joyce was proud to be a part of the family business. Joyce graduated from Chaffey High School in Ontario and went on to earn a Bachelor's degree from the University of Redlands in Riverside, California and a teaching credential from the University of California Santa Barbara. She was subsequently awarded a Life Time Kindergarten through 3rd Grade Diploma by the California Department of Education. Shortly after assuming her first position as an elementary school teacher, she met her future husband, Certified Public Accountant Silas Morrison at an Alum Club gathering. They were married on December 19, 1964. They lived and worked in the Los Angeles/Orange County area, while raising Silas' son Silas Marc Morrison, who quickly formed a close bond with his loving Mother. They moved to Silas' hometown Eureka in 1969. Included in her 39 years of teaching, Joyce taught kindergarten, first and second grade at Worthington School and later at Jefferson School. Following her retirement in 1988 she continued there volunteering her expertise and experience to the teaching staff. Joyce enjoyed bowling and playing tennis as a young girl. Later in life she chose the less physical pursuits of sewing, reading and crossword puzzles. Her nieces fondly remember her sewing lessons and special cake-mix cookies. Anyone who knew Joyce, knew of her affinity for soft, fuzzy sweaters and Holly Yashi earrings. She enjoyed her connection with AAUW, her investment club and the First United Methodist Church in Eureka. She always maintained a sweet, quiet nature but she was also known to belt out a song or two at a family get-together. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents James W. and Marion Alumbaugh, her brothers Dr. Robert L. Alumbaugh and James W. Alumbaugh and her step-son Silas Marc Morrison. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Silas F. Morrison, step-son Lafe Morrison (Sharon) of Wyoming, Jaime Morrison Broad (Kip) of Anchorage, AK, her sisters-in-law Carol Alumbaugh (Jay) and Elaine Alumbaugh (Robert). She is also survived by brothers-in-law James K. Morrison (Gay) and John R. Morrison (Beverly), all of Eureka. She was beloved "Aunt Joyce" to six nieces and six nephews and their families. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at Timber Ridge and to Dr. Michael Fratkin of Resolution Care. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church on F Street in Eureka. Suggested charitable donations in memory of Joyce include the First United Methodist Church, Hospice of Humboldt or Resolution Care at 2440 23rd Street, Suite B, in Eureka. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com under Obituaries.
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Published in Eureka Times-Standard from Apr. 26 to Apr. 29, 2015
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