NOVEMBER 29, 2005


Beatriz Francis Briones of Santa Maria died November 23, 2005 at her residence. She was born in Tayug Pangasinan, Philippines, to her parents Rufino Francis and Marcella Villanueva. She came to the United States in the year 2000 to join her husband Juan Briones in Santa Maria.

Beatriz is survived by her children Loida, Esing, Beato, Ronillo, Lyn, and Shirley, who all still reside in the Philippines. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Rufino Francis and Marcella Villanueva Francis.

She was a homemaker and a loving wife to her husband. She was also a loving mother to her children. Special thanks to her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Anastacio Briones, as well as Mr. and Mrs. Ben Pita, for all the care they provided to Beatriz.

Cremation was requested. Arrangements are under the care of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary and Crematory.


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Elsie M. Gracia Teixeira was born to Gloria and Manuel Gracia on July 17, 1915. She was born in the ranch house on Bonita School Road that she was raised in and eventually moved back into as a young bride. She died on Saturday, November 26, 2005. Elsie attended local schools, graduating from Santa Maria High School with the class of 1934. On June 17, 1937, Elsie married her high school sweetheart, Joe Teixeira; they were married for 62 years before he passed away in August of 1999. A homemaker for her entire married life, she enjoyed every moment spent with her five sons. Her cornbread on Friday mornings and icebox cookies were cherished family traditions.

Elsie attended St. Mary of the Assumption Church and was a member of the DES Club and UPPEC. She is survived by her sister, Ethel Novo of Santa Maria; her five sons and their wives; Norman and Evelyn of Santa Maria, Allan and Cecilia of Pismo Beach, Marvin and Paulette of Sisquoc, Glenn and Karen of Nipomo and Dean and Nancy of Santa Maria. Elsie is also survived by seven grandsons, six granddaughters, thirteen great grandchildren, a niece, two great nieces and their families.

Visitation will be Wednesday, November 30, from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Magner-Maloney Funeral Home. The Holy Rosary will be recited on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at St. Louis de Montfort Church on Clark Avenue in Orcutt. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 1, 2005 at St. Louis de Montfort Church.

Memorial gifts in memory of Elsie may be made to the Marian Hospital Foundation at 1400 E. Church St., Santa Maria, CA 93454 or to your favorite charity.

Arrangements are in the care of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home and Cremation Services.


Frank Rodriguez Jr., 90 of Santa Maria passed away at Marian Medical Center, Thursday, November 24, 2005. Frank was born September 26, 1915 in Los Alamos, the son of Frank and Rose Rodriguez. As a young man he began working on the family farm and dairy and continued by running the family farm, following his fatherÊs death until about 1960. At that time he began a career that continued 18 years with the Orcutt Union School District, in the maintenance department.

Frank enjoyed dancing and working in his garden, He was a member of the DES Club, the U.P.P.E.C and served as local president for several years. He was also a member of the I.D.E.S. and served as secretary.

Frank was a member and participated in other Portuguese organizations.

Frank is survived by his loving wife, Helen J. Rodriguez; step-son, Maynard E. Silva and his wife, Rosamund, of Santa Maria; step grandchildren, Ethan Silva and Marisa Silva, both of Santa Maria; brother-in-law, Lawrence Lee, of Santa Maria; nephew, Victor Lee, of Santa Maria. Frank was preceded in death by his sister, Rose Lee.

Visitation will be Tuesday November 29, 2005, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Magner-Maloney Funeral Home and Cremation Services. Rosary and Mass will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 30, 2005 at St. Louis de Montfort Church. Interment will follow in the Santa Maria Cemetery.

Arrangements are in the care of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home and Cremation Services.


Gary Edward Shurtleff died in his sleep in Maui, Hawaii on November 16, 2005.

He was an adventurer, outdoorsman and most of all an avid fisherman. He was never happier than when fishing in his beloved Hana, Maui, Hawaii. He lived in Hana for 16 years where he lived his dream when, in 2001, he hooked up to a 113 lb. Ulua, a near world record! When the fight was over, Gary had his dream fish from which he not only created an artistic fish print but he also shared the fish with his many friends in Hana. His happiness and dream was featured in the publication ßHawaiian Fishing News.à

Gary was brought up in Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA and lived in Nipomo many years. He managed the Sweetwater Kiwi family farm. He is survived by his mother Peggy Barclay and Bob Barclay, brother Mark, sister-in-law, Denise, nephews Sean and Luke, all of Nipomo and brother Blair Shurtleff. A memorial service will be held at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Arroyo Grande, Wednesday, November 30th at 6PM. Gary lived a carefree life, free of stress with no regrets. We will miss him. Aloha, Gary.


Joshua David Nygaard was born January 15, 1978, in Potlatch, Idaho. He loved the farm country and became a John Deere farmer as soon as he could walk. At 11 he became a Boy Scout and learned to love hiking, camping and mountain climbing-climbing with the troop all the major mountains of the Northwest including Mt. Rainier three times. He so loved scouting he was an Eagle Scout at 14. He also enjoyed earning his God and Country Award with the support of Pastor Bill Lemm who taught him life was lived fully but with Jesus at the center, a concept Josh kept until his dying day.

Josh enjoyed junior and senior high school at Logos High School in Moscow, Idaho. He loved playing LaCrosse and basketball.

At 16 Josh was introduced to nursing when he became his grandfather's kidney dialysis technician. He loved taking care of and visiting with the elderly and took CNA training at Latah Care Center. Hungry for more nursing he also worked at Gritman Medical Center in Moscow. After graduation he moved to central coast California to begin nursing school at Alan Hancock College.

He also began work at Villa Maria Care Center then San Luis Obispo Kidney Dialysis Center and Arroyo Grande Community Hospital. Nursing was a great joy to Josh.He loved all patients, kidding them, remembering unique ways to joke with each one of them. He loved it when patients' eyes widened at Josh's various hairstyles and then found ways to laugh with him.

Nursing brought love to his life, for just as his parents were nursing together when they fell in love, so Josh found love at Villa Maria in the person of Rosalinda Fernandez. They were married March 28, 1999, in a gazebo overlooking the Pacific Ocean. His family grew with the arrival of Rokell Sophia (8), Jessica May (5) and Katherine Elizabeth (5 months). Josh found his greatest love after Jesus in his 4 beautiful girls.

Josh leaves behind multitudes of people who met him in schools, nursing jobs, his neighbors who were immediately family, or in loving with him the Green Bay Packers and motorcycles. All who loved him will miss him. What Josh would want for each of them to remember is to live life the same way with love for God and family.

Josh leaves to mourn his wife and daughters; Rosalinda Nygaard, Rokell, Jessica and Katie Beth all of Santa Maria, CA. ; parents: Don and Linda, of Potlatch, ID, sisters; Jennifer Nygaard with nephew Aidan Nygaard, Moscow, ID, Melissa Shrestha, of Las Vegas, NV, grandmother; Eleanor Richardson, Potlatch, ID.

There were two memorials in California. One visitation followed by a block party BBQ in Sisquoc. There will be a Celebration of Josh's Life in Potlatch, ID. at the Freeze Church, Sunday, December 4th.


Julia Mejia Garcia, age 89, beloved sister in Christ, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, went to be with our Lord on November 24, 2005, Thanksgiving Day. She was born to Florintino and Paula Galvan Mejia on February 16, 1916 in San Marcos, Texas. She was reared there with her two brothers and two sisters until she entered into marriage at the age of fifteen. In 1939, she moved to Guadalupe, California where she worked in her motherÞs restaurant. She later worked for Dr. Harold Nelson until she retired. She continued her volunteer work at the local senior citizen and child development centers.

Sister Julia was a devoted Christian and an active member in her church. She loved life, was dedicated to following the word of the Lord and doing GodÞs work. She gave birth to seventeen children, raising fourteen to adulthood. Julia had two passions, one was cooking for her family which gave her joy and the other was flower gardening. She was at peace in her flower garden, spending many blissful hours singing to the Lord and tending to her flowers. Her favorite were her red roses, though thorny, she cared for them with love and gentleness.

Julia will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She was a strong woman who cared deeply for her family and never turned anyone away. She was a kind and loving person that was admired by many. She will be remembered by the many wonderful memoried we have captured in our minds and hearts. She is finally at peace with the Lord and is suffering no more.

Julia is survived by her sister, Dominga Castillo, of Bakersfield, California; her son, Frank and wife, Mary Castillo; son, Robert and wife, Mary Castillo; and son Tony Castillo, all of Santa Maria; daughter, Mary and husband, Reyes Escobedo, Jr.; daughter, Maggie and husband, Raymond Espinoza; daughter, Lupie and husband, Sal Reynoso; daughter, Rosie Garcia and husband Henry Ruiz, all of Guadalupe; son, Manuel and wife, Marie Lou Garcia; daughter Nora Casas all of Whittier; daughter, Consuelo Garcia and daughter, Dora De Los Rios, of Anaheim; 41 grandchildren; 71 great-grandchildren; 26 great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Tomas and Florinteno Mejia, her sister Manuela Regalado, and her sons, Gregory, Jesse, and John Joe Castillo.

Family visitation will be from 2pm-3pm and public visitation will be from 3pm-6pm on Thursday, December 1st, 2005. The evening service will start at 6pm at the Dudley Hoffman Mortuary. Memorial service will be at 10am Friday, December 2nd, 2005 at the Revival Tabernacle Church, at the corner of Clark and Broadway in Old Orcutt. Services will be officiated by Rev. Rick Keyes. Interment will be at the Guadalupe Cemetery. Reception will follow at the Revival Tabernacle Church in Old Orcutt.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at the Country Oaks Care Center for all their love and care that they provided our mother during her stay there. She made many friends there with her charismatic smile.


Karole Shook, 75, of Nipomo passed away peacefully in her sleep at Marian Medical Center on Thursday, November 17, 2005.

Karole was born on January 5, 1930 in San Francisco to Edward and Karoline (Tiedemann) Gray. She was raised and educated in San Francisco and relocated to Nipomo 30 years ago, after her retirement.

Karole enjoyed traveling with her husband in their RV, playing cards, and loved her animals. Her family, friends and neighbors were very special to her. Karole was affectionately known by her family as ßTookie.à

Karole is survived by her sister-in-law, Margaret Gray; nieces, Jane Hanson (Paul), Carol Woodhams (David), Diane Whitmore (Paul), Susan Hall, and six grand nieces and nephews. Karole was preceded in death by her husband of 25 years, Vance Shook; and her brother, Edward Gray.

Cremation was requested with private inurnment. Donations in her memory may be made to SLO Animal Services, 885 Oklahoma Avenue, SLO, CA 93405.

Arrangements are in the care of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

RAYMOND ßRayà L. FORD 1916-2005

Raymond ßRayà Leon Ford passed away quietly with his family at his bedside on November 19, 2005 in Santa Maria. Ray was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas and raised in the Imperial Valley, (Brawley, Holtville, Nyland) California.

Ray married Olive Maraccini on October 27, 1941 in Yuma, Arizona and then moved to Santa Maria that year. He served in the United States Army from 1941-1946. From 1946 until he retired in 1979, he owned and operated service stations in Santa Maria. From 1979 to 1993 he worked for Olloco Brothers as a parts service manager.

In addition to being a member of Saint Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, he was a member of American Legion Post 56 and a member of Santa Maria Elks #1538 for over 50 years. RayÞs hobbies included auto repair and furniture restoration. He was also a volunteer fireman for the City of Santa Maria for many years.

He is survived by son and daughter-in-law Kenny and Joyce Ford of Nipomo, step grandchildren Michelle Randa of Pismo Beach and Danika Randa of Santa Maria, and one step great grandchild Honnalee Kennedy, brother Charles Ford of Arizona, sister Lenora Webb of Barstow, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 59 years, Olive, who passed away August 7, 1999, son Thomas ßTomà Ford who passed away December 18, 1994, and son Richard ßChadà Ford who passed away April 28, 1973.

A vigil will be held at the chapel of the Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary on Tuesday, November 29, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. A mass will be celebrated at Saint Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church on Wednesday, November 30, 2005 at 9:00 a.m. with Father Riz Carranza officiating. Interment will follow at the Santa Maria cemetery.

Visitations will be at the Dudley-Hoffman mortuary on Tuesday, November 29, 2005 from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Contributions may be sent to Hospice Partners of the Central Coast, 277 South Street, Suite R, San Luis Obispo, California 93401, or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the care of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary and Crematory.


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Clifford Earle Jordan was born in North Hollywood, California on August 24,1927. He passed away on November 23, 2005. When Cliff was a baby his family moved to Denver, Colorado where he lived for 39 years. In 1945 Cliff was inducted into the Army and discharged in 1947. Cliff attended Westminster University in Denver and graduated with a degree of law in June of 1952. For the next ten years he waited to practice law so that he could help his father with his electrical business as Cliff was a very astute businessman and excellent electrician. During those ten years Cliff also ran a successful contracting business. Then on April 13, 1962 Cliff was admitted as Attorney and Counselor at law to the State of Colorado and began practicing law. In June of 1966 Cliff moved his family to Santa Barbara, California where he was admitted as Attorney and Counselor at law to the State Bar of California on June 6th of 1967 and practiced law there for 26 years. Cliff and his wife Peggy then moved to Solvang, California where Cliff retired from going into the office everyday. However~ he was a man who could never really retire and therefore he continued to hold a current law license and always kept up on the latest laws. Cliff had a small office in Solvang and often gave legal advice on real estate and business matters as well as other legal matters. Cliff was very informed in current affairs. After extensive research to back up his opinions, Cliff would write excellent editorials regarding community and national affairs. Cliff was also an avid reader as well as an author of short stories. He wrote "A Flight To Remember" which he dedicated to his granddaughters Laura Buchan and Wendy Jordan.

ðCliff was a real humanitarian and loved to help people in need. He made a difference in so many lives and for 15 years Cliff was the President of the Drug Abuse Preventative Center in Santa Barbara, California. Over the years Cliff encouraged many people who felt lost and without hope and he was instrumental in helping them rebuild their lives.

Cliff loved music. He had a great singing voice and everyone loved to listen to him play the piano. Cliff would often stop by the Solvang Antique Center to play a few tunes on their antique pianos. His family would love to sit and listen to him play his beloved piano. He also played the guitar, banjo, harmonica and trumpet.

Cliff was a private pilot for 50 years and dearly loved to fly his airplane. Cliff and his wife Peggy, who is also a private pilot, would take many fun trips in his plane. Through the years he would also fly his family to Catalina Island and up and down the coast of California. Cliff had many great friends at the Santa Ynez airport and quite often you would find him at the airport visiting with his friends.

Cliff loved cars and for many years was his own mechanic. He knew every model and year of most cars and airplanes. Cliff also collected gold watches and loved to refurbish them. Cliff could often be seen sitting in his favorite chair polishing a watch.

Clifford E. Jordan is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Peggy Jordan. He is also survived by his daughter, Debby Jordan; son, Jon Jordan; grandson, Robert Jordan Buchan; granddaughter, Laura Buchan; granddaughter, Wendy Jordan; sister, Rilla Cheeseman; brother-in-law, Larry Cheeseman; nephew, Michael Cheeseman; niece, Emily Chesseman; niece, Jenny Cheeseman; sister-in-law, Joann Franklin; brother-in-law,

Jesse Franklin; niece, Tammi Franklin; niece, Patricia Markham; nephew, Joe Markham; niece, Mollie Franklin. Cliff was also survived by many precious grandnieces and grandnephews and very loving friends.

Memorial Funeral Services will be heldðð Friday, December 2nd ðat 10:30 am at the Santa Ynez Valley Presbyterian Church in Ballard. Pastors Jeffrey Bridgeman and Steve Miller will Officiate.

ð"In Lieu of Flowers, donations may be made to the "SYV Presbyterian Church Building Fund", (Music Room Section), c/o SYV Presbyterian Chruch, 1825 Alamo Pintado Rd, Ballard, CA 93463"

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Viola Mendoza Alberty, 72, went home to be with Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, after a lengthy kidney illness, on November 25, 2005, in Placerville, California.

Viola was born in Santa Maria on July 27, 1933 to a pioneer family. She had been living in Placerville for the past 46 years with her husband of 53 years, Dennis E. Alberty, Sr.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Denise, parents, Madeline and Charles Mendoza, half brother, Theodore Ruiz, and sister, Bessie L. Gault.

She is survived by her husband, Dennis, children, Diane Zaun and husband, Mike, Dennis, JR and wife Lisa, Darlene Phillis and husband, Craig; son James Robert, sister, Charlene Stone, brother, Frank Mendoza, and several nieces and nephews. Also eleven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held on December 3, 2005, Saturday, at 11:00 A.M. in Chapel of the Pines, in Placerville, California.


A visitation will be heldðon Friday, December 2, 2005 for Virginia (Ginny) Rae McManigal, nee Nietsche, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Dudley-Hoffman Funeral Home, located at 1003 E. Stowell Road in Santa Maria, California. A graveside burial service willðfollow at 11:00 a.m. at the Santa Maria Cemetary.

ðGinny was born in Kinderhook, New York, on May 21, 1931. She lived her early life in upstate NY and attended high school in Buffalo, NY.ð Sheðmoved to Sacramento, California in 1952, where she met and married her husband of 52 years, Ronald McManigal. They settled in Santa Maria, California in 1961 where Ginny raised her three children, Phillip, Thomas, and Eileen.

ðShe enjoyed her work as a payroll clerk for Marian Hospital in Santa Maria. After retirement, she and her husband enjoyed traveling around the United States, finding new adventures, new friends, and eventually returned to Santa Maria. They moved to Tucson, Arizona one year ago.

ðGinny passed away on Thanksgiving morning, November 23, 2005, from the ravages of ParkinsonÞs Disease. She is preceded in death by her son Thomas who passed away in 1978. She is survived by her son Phillip, daughter Eileen, 8 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.

ðThe family requests that donations be given in lieu of flowers to the Central Coast Parkinsons Support Group. Please mail your donation to: 1268 Sydney Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401. For further information, please call the contact person for the Central Coast Parkinsons Support Group at (805) 544-1342.


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EMIL WUNDER, 96, of Santa Maria passed away November 22, 2005. Arrangements are under the direction of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

FRANK RODRIGUEZ JR, 90, of Santa Maria, passed away November 24, 2005. Arrangements are pending at Magner-Maloney Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

KENNETH O. CARLSON, 79, passed away November 22, 2005. Resident of Santa Maria, CA. Funeral arrangements pending at Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary and Crematory

BEATRIZ F. BRIONES, 69, passed away November 23, 2005. Resident of Santa Maria, CA. Funeral arrangements pending at Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary and Crematory

MARVALENE J. AGEE, 82, passed away Nov. 24, 2005. Resident of Santa Maria, CA. Funeral arrangements pending at Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary and Crematory

JULIA M GARCIA, 89, passed away Nov. 24, 2005. Resident of Guadalupe, CA. Funeral arrangements pending at Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary and Crematory

VIRGINA R. MCMMANIGAL, 74. Former resident of Santa Maria, CA, passed away Nov. 24, 2005 in Tucson, AZ. Funeral arrangements pending at Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary and Crematory

GERALD HOWELL, 61, passed away Nov. 25, 2005. Resident of Santa Maria, CA. Funeral arrangements pending at Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary and Crematory

CARMEN GUERRERO, 66 passed away November 25, 2005. Resident of Santa Maria, CA. Funeral arrangements pending at Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary and Crematory.

LUPE MENDEZ, 96, of Santa Maria passed away November 26, 2005. Arrangements are in the care of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

YOLANDA JONES, 35, of Fairfield, CA passed away Friday, November 25, 2005. Local arrangements are under the direction of Lady Family Mortuary and Crematory of Arroyo Grande.

ELISE M. MILLER, 71, of Santa Maria passed away November 27, 2005. Arrangements are in the care of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

ROBERT ßBonesà McKEEHAN, 70 years of age of Las Vegas, Nevada, passed away November 18, 2005 in Las Vegas. Memorial service 1:00 p.m., Saturday, December 10, 2005 in the Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary Chapel.

PETRONILO CERENO, 86, formerly of Arroyo Grande passed away November 28, 2005. Local arrangements are under the direction of Lady Family Mortuary and Crematory of Arroyo Grande.

ESTRELLA RAMIREZ-GARCIA, Infant of Santa Maria, passed away November 25, 2005. Arrangements are under the direction of Moreno Mortuary.

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