Browning, Billy Ray
Billy Ray “Bill” Browning peacefully left this earth on November 28, 2014 in Stockton, Ca. Bill was born on August 29, 1931 in Cross Cut, Texas to Claude and Alma Browning. Bill spent his childhood and early adult life in Texas. He attended Texas Tech University and joined the United States Army on January 3, 1950. Bill served until January 3, 1955 when he was Honorably Discharged as a Sergeant with Battery “A” of the 474th, as an artillery survey specialist. In California he met the love of his life, “Helen” Browning, and they were married on November 26, 1958. From his training in the Army and Texas Tech, Bill began working in the petroleum industry and went on to build and operate gas refining plants. This career took him all over the United States where he and Helen lived in places including U.S. cities New York; Rahway, New Jersey; New Orleans, LA; Chicago. IL; and Solvang, Ca; and international cities Madrid, Spain; Frankfurt, Germany; and Bari, Italy, as they traveled for Bill’s job. Bill and Helen lived on a golf course near the California Delta during his retirement years where he enjoyed hours of golfing next to his home and fishing on the nearby Sacramento River. Bill’s wife, Helen, passed away two days before him on their 56th wedding anniversary. Bill was preceded in death by his parents and his only brother, Ronald. He is survived by his daughter Norma Helen “Baby Girl” Miller (Craig) of Stockton; his grandsons Ken Campbell (Patty) of Stockton, and Kelly Campbell of Emeryville; his great-granddaughters Brittany Bobrow (Robert) of Stockton, Brianna Campbell of Stockton, Malory Campbell of Point Loma, and Joel Day (Lauren) of Denver, CO; and his great-great grandson Jude Bobrow of Stockton; numerous nieces and nephews, and one cousin in Texas. One of the happiest times during his final months of life was to bounce his great-great grandson on his knee, just like his other grandchildren and laugh. A graveside service will be held at Fairhaven Memorial Park & Mortuary, 1702 Fairhaven Avenue, Santa Ana, on December 6th, 2014, at 1:30pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a charitable donation be made in Bill’s honor to: Hospice of San Joaquin, 3888 Pacific Ave, Stockton, Ca. 95204.
Browning, Mary Helen
Mary Helen Browning left this world for her eternal home with Jesus on November 26, 2014 in Stockton, Ca. “Helen,” as her family and friends knew her, was born in New Boston, Texas on February 7, 1924 to Willie and Dessie Raney. She moved to California in the late 1950’s. It was there that she met the love of her life, Bill Browning, and they were married on November 26, 1958. She and Bill lived in several U.S. cities including New York; Rahway, New Jersey; New Orleans, LA; Chicago. IL; and Solvang, Ca; and international cities Madrid, Spain; Frankfurt, Germany; and Bari, Italy as they traveled for Bill’s job. Her entire life she distinguished herself as a full-time homemaker; a job she was proud of and did well. Those that knew her could testify to her great cooking and amazing ability to keep a beautiful home. It made it difficult for her to continue to care for her family as she once did, as she spent the last four years of her life bedridden. She passed away on their 56th wedding anniversary, to be followed in death by her husband Bill two days later. Helen was also preceded in death by her parents and all six of her siblings. She is survived by her daughter Norma Helen Miller (Craig) of Stockton; her grandsons Ken Campbell (Patty) of Stockton, and Kelly Campbell of Emeryville; her great-granddaughters Brittany Bobrow (Robert) of Stockton, Brianna Campbell of Stockton, Malory Campbell of Point Loma, and Joel Day (Lauren) of Denver, CO; her great-great grandson Jude Bobrow of Stockton of Stockton; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was delighted, on November 4, 2013, to become a great-great “GaGa,” as she was affectionally known as to all her grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at Fairhaven Memorial Park & Mortuary, 1702 Fairhaven Avenue, Santa Ana, on December 6th, 2014, at 1:30pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a charitable donation be made in Helen’s honor to: Hospice of San Joaquin, 3888 Pacific Ave, Stockton, Ca. 95204.
Burdick, Violet (Jonnie)
Violet (Jonnie) Burdick went home to be with her Lord and Savior on December 4th. She was born on February 1st, 1920 in Beaman, Iowa. Married August 15, 1955 to Melvin Burdick enjoying 59 years together. A Faithful servant of Jesus Christ at the First Baptist Church, Santa Ana. Former Church Secretary and also worked as a Secretary for the Orange School District. Violet, a beloved leader of the "Lamp Lighters" college group in Las Vegas, enjoyed reunions and shared times together until recent years. She is survived by her husband Melvin, Sister Inez Dibble in Reno, Nevada and many nieces and nephews. She will be membered for her wonderful smile and her love for others.
Helen Delores Hahn was born June 20, 1934 to Christian and Victoria Hartman in Manning, N.D. She attended rural school there and graduated from Dickinson Central High School. She lived in Seattle, Washington. Then Long Beach, California where she worked at Douglas Aircraft as a Secretary and married Wallace Lyle Hahn. Spending 55 years in marriage, Wallace preceded her in death as did her parents, one brother and one sister. Helen is survived: by sons Timothy (Evelyn) and; Dale (Christine).Five Grandchildren: Christopher; Amber; Cory; Jason and Devlin. Helen is also survived by brother Edward and sister Lee Allan.
Helen enjoyed being a homemaker, gardening, traveling but most of all being with her family.
Leon, David Ponce, age 74 of Santa Ana, CA entered the gates of Heaven peacefully on November 30th, 2014 at St. Joseph's Hospital surrounded by family. David was born on December 26th, 1939 in Garden Grove, CA. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend to all. He is survived by his wife Carmen Leon, daughters Lisa Leon, Gina Calderon, and Kim Leon, four grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. David worked for the county of Orange for 28 years.
The viewing will be held at Waverly Chapel at Fairhaven Memorial Park on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 from 5pm to 8pm. The rosary will be presented at 6:30pm. Mass will be on Wednesday December 10th at 12:10pm at Holly Family Cathedral Church in Orange, CA with burial to immediately follow at Fairhaven Memorial Park.
Jacquelyn Marie Looker
Jacquelyn Marie Looker (mama Jacki) went to be with our lord November 27th 2014 Thanksgiving morning after a short illness. During her last days, she was surrounded by family and friends at Orange Coast Memorial ICU. She was born in Highland Park, Michigan to Jack and Marie Martin. Her parents moved the family to Orange County when Jacki was a small child. Jacki married and lived in Orange and had three children, Christina Mejia, James Bandy, and Debra Shewman. In 1980, Jacki married Jerry Looker, who had one daughter, Sheryl Williams. They bought a home in Orange to accommodate the now larger family. As the children moved out, Jacki and Jerry started caring for foster babies. I think this was Jacki’s secret plan all along when purchasing the five-bedroom home. She was going to fill it with babies and all of their things. Jacki never wavered in her love for these babies, all 255 of them. Many of them still continued a relationship with her, from her first set of twins 28 years ago to her last set of twins 18 months ago. Jacki helped with Operation Santa Claus for many years as well as countless foster care picnics. She was a wonderful woman, wife, sister, mother, grandmother, and friend to so many. She is going to be greatly missed. She is survived by her husband Jerry, her three children, one stepdaughter, and five grandchildren; along with her 3 sisters and 255 foster children. Please help us celebrate Jacki’s life on December 14th at 1pm at Fairhaven Memorial Park’s Waverly Chapel.
Mantras, Anne Lucille
Anne Lucille Mantras, 85, of Huntington Beach, CA passed away on Wednesday, December 3, 2014. She is survived by her sons Stephen (wife, Melanie) and Gregory (wife, Marcey), her grandchildren Nikolas, Jamie, Natalie and Neve. She is preceded in death by her husband of 62 years James, her parents Joseph and Margaret Sommers and her sister Margaret Gonnello. Anne was born in Newark, NJ on February 3, 1929. She married James in 1950 and they spent a wonderful life together. She enjoyed traveling, tennis, opera and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was very active in the church and spent many years singing in the choir at St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church in Irvine, CA.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Anne’s name to an Orthodox Charity such as Project Mexico, Orthodox Christian Mission Center or the International Orthodox Christian Charities.
The Trisagion service will take place at 7:00 pm on Thursday, December 11th. The Funeral Service will take place on Friday, December 12th at 11:00 am. Both services will take place at St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, 4949 Alton Parkway, Irvine, CA 92604"
RICK … aka … FRENCHY A ONE OF A KIND
The world has lost a wonderful man, way too soon, on Nov 19th @ 10:30 pm… Our Rick passed away, It was his heart and he had no pain. He was helping his daughter that evening witch something he loved to do. Sammy had just given him a kiss and a hug good nite. Jennifer and I where cleaning her vacuum, Rick went outside to the trash to clean out a filter. When he came back through the door at 9:25 pm … we knew he was in trouble. The paramedics and ambulance got there in no time, they took him to the hospital and just a few very long minutes he was gone, our world changed forever.
A Loving Husband, Father ( Dad ), Grandpa ( Papa ) and Good Friend. Rick had so much love for his Kids – Jeremy, Jennifer and my two Kristina, and Scott. He was always there to do anything at any time for anyone of them. His family of three Sisters: DeeDee, Leslie, Jacquelinen and a Brother Leroy were very much loved by him.
As a Grandpa ( Papa) …. Well … you couldn’t find one better! He was a very hands-on, all in, do anything, and of course bragging Grandpa you’d ever know. His Grand-kids .. Riley 19, Chaise 18, Dylan 13 and our youngest one Samuel 6 . They are the Loves of his life from the day they were born, holding them as babies, taking care and playing with them as toddlers, through school, sports, anything they needed. And YES even teaching Riley to drive (SLOW) If you knew Rick getting somewhere was a ….“Slow Ride” Speed was not his thing.
Friends : Rick’s friends were like family to him. There are friends from years back that knew him as Frenchy, Especially three guys that have been best friends for about 50 years … Carlo, Rick/RD and Andy… Then we have the friends from his work at Spicers, Teamsters, my work at Roadway and without question his Harley rider…there’s Gill, John, and Don and that’s just to name a few. Sean: He always called his little Brother …They have been friends for better than 20 years. Sean is the one that gave Rick his Harley in pieces and crates, and then a couple years later he kicked Rick in the rear to get it together. There is another very good friend.. BIG DAN: Dan and Rick…. I swear they had a Bro-mance goin-on ! You couldn’t find another friendship like these two had. It was an everyday thing with them 6 or 7 phone calls, Rick was always going to Dan’s house. The two of them were together a lot. He Loved all of you. Then there were the ones that just knew him as Rick (not Mr. McKeehen ) and people that he had just met liked him. As someone, that has only known him for a short period of time … put it. RICK had a larger than life personality and presents.
Me, the Wife: What was not too Love about Rick. ( I won’t go there.. LOL ) He’s a good husband, loving, caring, funny he had a lot wonderful quality’s the makings of a good man. He liked teasing me about (A LOT) of my habits, hobby’s, my do’s & don’ts and especially the way I ate ( he said it was very entertaining ) It would have been our 19th years of marriage for us this Dec 11th. My Life will not be the same without him here. ….. Rick.. I will always Love You.
Then there’s Rick’s Thing: He wore his hair in a Ponytail, a Big Mustache, Sunglasses, Tee-shirts, and Levi’s very Proudly. That was Rick #One of a kind.
Even though his Harley was his pride and joy….. His Family and Friends is what he Loved the most … back then, now and always.
*** I and his kids want to Thank each and every one of you for being a part of Rick’s life … He Loved every one of us.
He will be deeply missed all.
God bless him and keep him close. We Love You All : Cheryl, Jeremy, Jennifer, Kristina, Scott, Riley, Chaise, Dylan, and Sammy …. XOXOXOX
PS: The service will be of a Harley Theme … he would love it.
In lieu of Flowers Rick has been donating to the .. Wounded Warrior Project. The web site is
www.Wounded Warrior Project.org/donate
Payne, Betty Jean
Betty Jean Payne, 85, of Santa Ana passed away peacefully on November 29th.
Born Sept 2, 1929 in Detroit, MI. She moved to Pasadena, CA with her family as a small girl. John and Betty moved their young family to Santa Ana in 1962.
Betty always offered quality time and endless support to her family and friends. She was a strong woman, loving wife, best friend and a great mother and grandmother.
She is preceded in death by her loving husband, John. She is survived by her son, Mark and his wife Carol, her daughter Pam and her husband Craig and her grandchildren Matt, John, Stacey and Jake. Betty will be greatly missed and remembered by all who knew and loved her. 9/2/1929 – 11/29/2014
Mildred “Millie” Rollins
September 9, 1923 – December 7, 2014
Mildred “Millie” Rollins, beloved wife and mother, passed away Sunday, December 7, 2014 at age 91 in her home in Anaheim Hills surrounded by family.
Mildred Marie Rollins was born on September 9, 1923 to Gaelord and Grace Fletcher in Rowan, Iowa. She served her country in the Navy from 1944 to 1946. Millie moved from Clarion, Iowa to Detroit, Michigan where she met and married Edward K. Rollins in 1951. They were married for over 63 years.
They moved to Orange, California in 1959 where they raised their family and enjoyed summers camping in Sequoia. After retiring from Bank of America, Millie and Ed lived part time in Idyllwild then moved to Sun City. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and playing bridge, reaching her goal of Life Master. Everyone she met became her friend and she will be greatly missed and remembered by all who knew and loved her.
Millie is survived by her husband Ed Rollins; her children, Daniel Rollins, Kevin Rollins, Jennifer Yonis (Lance); five grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; sister-in-law; brother-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, sister-in-law, two brothers-in-law and her daughter-in-law.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date.
Roy, Raeanne (Virginia)
Virginia Raeanne Roy
My mom left the world way too early. We had six weeks at my home and it was ride. When she found out she had cancer she kept telling me it was her fault and she would live with the path chosen for her.
I was not ok with her choice but accepted it. Making the best of it we talked and talked. She would tell me who she wanted things to go to and who she wanted me to call. I felt like her secretary but I loved it.
It was sad to call people but she wanted to speak to them one last time while she was alive instead of me calling people and telling them she had passed.
My mom told everyone she wanted to pass on her birthday and she did not quite make it so my husband Mike thought it would be nice to have closure on her birthday 12/12.
She would tell me no one will care that she is sick. When the cards started coming daily in the mail I was surprised by all of them. They would come daily and I would read them to her. I kept everyone and I see how loved she really was. She had more friends than she really knew.
Her dog “Shakira” knew something was up and never got on her bed from the day she came home. She would say “animals know” and Shakira did. I promised her I would take great care of Shakira and she is loved here in our home so much.
She always talked about her brother Ray. She would say he was “dirty, mean and rotten” but could never image her life without him and Carolyn was her best friend. She would say Carolyn is a wonderful person and she puts up with my brother.
She felt bad she was leaving her mother Virginia here but she said I will be there to greet her in heaven. Mom talked all the time about heaven and what did it look like? and we all had different answers. I am sure it is a wonderful place.
My children are grateful for all the times she came to all their sports and supported them. At the end in a wheelchair and sick she still wanted to be there for Hunter to see him play Water Polo and yesterday
Hunter received an award for All League in the Corona Norco School District he was 1 of top 13 players
In the district and I know mom was there with us when he received this award. Hunter number in Water Polo was 12 and that was my mom favorite number since she was born on 12/12.
As her daughter I learned to love her for who she was. She could say hurtful things, be moody and I could not call before 11am because she was retired but it NEVER change the fact she was my mother and I loved her more than she will ever know.
Thanks you to all her family and friends that loved her as much as I do.
Our mother, Peggie Ann Paul McIntosh Swanson went to her Lord and God on the afternoon of Saturday November 15, 2014. She was 90 years old.
Peggie was born one of 7 children to Walter and Edith (Orth) Paul in Glendora, California in 1924. She grew up in Santa Ana California and during her teenage years her father died. About this time her older sister Barbara, took her to Calvary Church where Peggie came to trust in Jesus Christ as her Savior and began to follow His way. At Calvary Church, she met Fred McIntosh and, at the young age of 17, married him and later gave birth to son Monte. Less than two years after Monte’s birth, Fred was shot down and killed over Nuremburg Germany during WWII. Through Fred, Peggie was blessed with a large extended Christian family, the John McIntosh's in California.
Peggie also met Ellsworth ˈBudˈ Swanson at Calvary Church. A Minnesotan, he was stationed at Camp Pendleton Marine base at the end of the war and often attended Calvary on Sundays. There they met and were married on August 31, 1946 in Tustin, CA. Bud took Peggie to meet his large extended Christian family, the Arvid Swanson’s in Minnesota. Monte, then age 3, followed to join them, riding the train from Los Angeles to Minnesota with Peggie’s sister Barbara Finster. In Minnesota, Bud completed his physical therapy education and later they all moved back to California to start a physical therapy practice in partnership with Bud’s brother-in-law Jim Carlson.
Peggie and Bud spent many happy, productive years in Santa Ana California raising a family and growing a business. Together they had 5 children, Kathie, Paul, Rachel, Beth and Sharon. Peggie was active in the Calvary Church choir and in the women’s mission support group. She and Bud made several trips to South America and Africa to encourage siblings and children who were missionaries in those places. Peggie was an excellent hostess, inviting many people into her home for a meal or a stay and making them feel at home and much appreciated. In 1991 Peggie and Bud pursued a long held dream and moved to Auberry, CA, where they built a home in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. After some years of living in that home, Bud died. He and Peggie had been married 52 years. Peggie moved back to Santa Ana, eventually moving into Town and Country Manor, a Christian and Missionary Alliance continuing care home. This was a good place for Peggie, one where her children, scattered all over the country and world, could come and stay with her to visit without too much burden on her.
Some six years ago Peggie was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis which required a move to assisted living, and dependence on a walker to get around. She eventually began to suffer from dementia, which increased until the time of her death. Close to her death she apparently suffered a stroke and developed an infection. Declining rapidly, she was put in hospice care, but died sooner than many of us expected.
We remember our Mom with great affection. She was a relatively quiet person but she had a sharp mind, a good sense of humor and was compassionate. She loved both of her husbands, all of us and her Lord greatly.
Monte remembers that Mom taught us the importance of being honest and of being respectful of others. If we children ever said "Shut up," to anyone, she washed our mouths out with soap which of course would have gotten her accused of child abuse today, but it achieved its purpose then. Also, the first verses of Scripture we memorized were under her instruction. Monte still remembers his!
Kathie remembers many summer trips to Minnesota. The family would drive across country, stopping in public parks in little towns along the way to enjoy the picnic lunches that Mom had fixed. In the car, Mom would often start singing hymns, for many she knew all the words. We would sing along, learning as we drove. When Kathie was in the 8th grade, a new family came to visit Calvary Church. After church Mom asked Kathie, “Who was that cute new boy I saw in your class?” Mom was always interested in possible romantic connections for her kids.
Paul remembers his visit to see Mom, just the week before she passed away. He wondered many times during those days if Mom realized that it was Paul who was with her. She never said a word for the four days he was there. On the last day, he took her to a Podiatrist appointment. After the appointment was finished, they spent a long time sitting together, Paul holding her hand, just waiting for her transport to show up. At one point, Paul had to move a few things around, and had let go of Mom’s hand. He was talking with another patient; as he did so slowly, out of the corner of his eye, Paul saw, and then felt Mom's hand reach up, touch his shoulder, her hand running down his arm in order to grab him by the hand. Oh the things we assume about a lack of words....we love you Mom!!
Rachel remembers the many times we went to the beach as a family. Mom would always ride the waves with us on one of those inflatable canvas rafts. One time when some of us kids went to jump on a trampoline, she was disappointed that we didn't invite her to come along. Once, Rachel and Beth planned a road trip down Hwy 1 from San Francisco to Santa Barbara and when Mom found out about it, she invited herself to join them! She always enjoyed having fun with her kids.
Beth remembers that friends were an important part of Mom’s life. Betty would often drop in for a cup of coffee or they’d meet up with others for a tennis match. She always admired the laughter and camaraderie. In 2002, four years after Bud’s death, Mom and Beth’s mother-daughter relationship took on a “friendship” quality. Mom met Beth in Freiburg Germany, where Beth was visiting her daughter Hannah. They toured around Freiburg and then the three “girls” traveled by train to Lorraine, France where Mom’s first husband, Fred, had been buried. Mom had never been able to visit Fred’s grave and it was a great privilege for Beth and Hannah to take her there. All of their relationships were changed for having shared it.
Sharon remembers holidays best. Growing up, on Christmas mornings, Mom always had a wonderful breakfast with some kind of egg dish, rice pudding, fruit, and sausage or bacon. We all would sit down together for this big breakfast. Usually the Carlson's would come over and afterwards we opened presents. But one Christmas morning years later, Mom really surprised Sharon. Her family was visiting with Mom and Dad up in their mountain home. At one point, Mom left her breakfast preparations and went outside to play with her grandchildren in the snow! Even then she realized that quality time with grandkids was more important than the task at hand.
Mom never taught a women’s Bible study or evangelized her neighborhood, but she was a faithful wife to both her husbands and worked hard using her gifts to raise six kids. All of us caught her faith in God through Christ by her word and example. Her children have all contributed in different ways to the Kingdom of God. Truly we can say about her “She watches over the affairs of her household... her children arise and call her blessed, her husband also, and he praises her.” (Proverbs 31:27, 28)
And so we affirm that God is good, all the time. We thank and praise Him for the mother he gave us, Peggie Ann Paul McIntosh Swanson.
Sons and Daughters
Monte Swanson and daughter-in-law Melinda
Kathie Watters and son-in-law John
Paul Swanson and daughter-in-law Janet
Rachel Unruh and son-in-law Jerry
Beth Rapson and son-in-law John
Sharon Gregory and son-in-law Ron
Heather Swanson, Becky Swanson Peirce, Dave Swanson
Rachel Watters Ness, Sarah Watters Johnson, Matthew Watters
Erin Swanson McGoldrick, Bretta Swanson Hayes, Maribeth Swanson Hinton
Corriann Unruh Derksen, Andrea Unruh Doidge, Nathan Unruh
Sam Rapson, Hannah Rapson, Clara Quinn
Ryan Gregory, Krista Gregory
Micah and Liam Peirce, Clara Swanson
Renee, Zachary and Kyle Ness; Isaac, Alina and Hannah Johnson
Macey and Maggie McGoldrick; Jackson, Hannah, Mary and Calvin Hayes; Charity and Silas Hinton
Kyle and Andrew Derksen; Madison, Emi and Gabriel Doidge; Eli and Axl Unruh
Cecelia Rapson, Ida Goupell, Jacob Sparkman
Brothers and Sisters
Preceded in death by
Husbands Fred and Bud
Great-grandson Ulysess Quinn
Siblings Barbara Finster, Betty Malone, Virginia Shults, Gordon Paul, Sydney Chaplain
Memorial Service to be held on January 2nd, 2014 at Calvary Church of Santa Ana. Time TBA.
Judith Kjellberg Swayne
Judy was born in Chicago, Illinois April 4, 1941. She moved to California and graduated from Orange High School, Fullerton Community College and Whittier College. She married Keith Swayne, June 27, 1964. They have two children, Kirk and Anne and one lovely granddaughter, Linnaea. Judy had a full life. She made a profound impact on the non-profit and philanthropic community in Orange County. She was a lovely, caring lady who lived a beautiful life with grace and poise. We will miss her immensely and remember her for many years to come. Judy can be remembered for often telling others …”Don’t worry, it will all work out”. Judy died peacefully in her sleep. Saturday, November 29, 2014 after a long journey with Alzheimer’s.
“…Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”