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Julia Barlow

Graveside services for Julia Sophiah Barlow of Rancho Cordova will be conducted at 1 p.m. today at Greenwood Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Grass Valley. Memorial services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday at Capital City Baptist Church, 8050 Jacinto Road in Elk Grove. Dr. Tony Berry will officiate the services.

Mrs. Barlow died Monday, Jan. 24, in Sacramento. She was 96.

She was born June 26, 1908, in Bickleton, Wash., to William and Olive Mefford. She graduated from high school and attended college. She married James E. Barlow on July 7, 1927, in Oregon. She was a homemaker. She had been a longtime resident of Grass Valley before moving two years ago to live with her daughter in Rancho Cordova. She was a member of the Capital City Baptist Church in Elk Grove. She enjoyed her family.



She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law Carma and David Pinkston of Ranch Cordova, and Bonnie and Richard Giles of Medford, Ore.; grandchildren Dallene and Gerald Ward of Rancho Cordova, Cynthia and John Johnson of Citrus Heights, James Giles of Bakersfield, and Daniel and Janey Giles of Folsom; great-grandchildren Jubilee, Caleb, and Samantha Ward all of Rancho Cordova; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Barlow in 1994; and 14 brothers and sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Capital City Baptist Church, 8050 Jacinto Road, Elk Grove 95758.




Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

Richard Birtwhistle

Private services for Richard Connor Birtwhistle of Grass Valley will be conducted.

Mr. Birtwhistle died Monday, Jan. 24, in Citrus Heights. He was 89.

He was born in Englewood, N.J. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was on Omaha Beach during D-day. He was a electronic technician. He was a resident of Palo Alto for 31 years and of Grass Valley for 18 years. He enjoyed spending time with his family, reading, music and electronics.

He is survived by his children William Henry Birtwhistle of Sornora, Barbara Schleisman of Citrus Heights, and Thomas John Birtwhistle of Citrus Heights; brother, John Birtwhistle of Stockton; sister, Anne Diament of Carmichael; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Mary Francis Birtwhistle.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Neptune Society of Northern California.

Edwin Briggs

Memorial services for Edwin P. Briggs of Pike will be conducted at a later date.

Mr. Briggs died Saturday, Jan. 22, at home. He was 71.

He was born July 24, 1933, in Sutton, Quebec, Canada, to Frank and Sarah (Hudson) Briggs. He married Shirley White on June 6, 1952, in Richford, Vt. He was a log truck driver.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Briggs of Pike; son Robert Briggs of Pike; son and daughter-in-law Stephen and Carol Briggs of Grass Valley; and nephew Michael Kirby of Orangevale.

Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels Mortuary.

Clara Holley

Services for Clara B. Holley will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday at the Whitehurst Funeral Chapel in Los Banos. Services will be officiated by the Rev. Morgan Berry. Burial will be at the Los Banos District Cemetery.

Mrs. Holley died Monday, Jan. 24, in Gilroy. She was 84.

She was born April 8, 1920, in Park Falls, Wis. She met and married Edward Daniel Holley and they moved to California in the 1940s. In the 1960s they relocated to Los Banos and she worked for the Los Banos Unified School District as a custodian for 20 years. She and her husband traveled across country. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, cross stitching, all kinds of “crafty stuff,” and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Edward “Dan” Holley Jr. and Connie Holley of Grass Valley; sister, Doris Resch of Park Falls, Wis.; grandchildren Cindy, Alisha, Alana, Kevin, Jeremy and Jared; and great-grandchildren Emily, Brooke, Katherine and Shayne.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Whitehurst Funeral Chapel in Los Banos.

Richard May

Private services for Richard Matthew “Reliable Rick” May of Grass Valley will be conducted. His ashes will be scattered at Lake Tahoe, Mendicino, and the Pacific Ocean.

Mr. May died Saturday, Jan. 22, in Grass Valley. He was 47.

He was born Jan. 27, 1957, in Centralia, Ill., to Robert and Betty May. He completed 10th grade and had lots of computer skills and schooling. He married Candy on April 4, 1993, in Nevada. He was self employed. He enjoyed playing the guitar, writing music, and writing Web sites.

He is survived by his wife, Candy May of Grass Valley; mother, Betty May of San Jacinto; sisters, Linda Morris of Reddington Shores, Fla., and Vanessa May of St. Petersburg, Fla.; brother, James May of Ehrenberg, Ariz.; stepdaughter, Jaclyn Wilcoxen of Grass Valley; brother-in-law, Doug Hunt of Grass Valley; aunt, Helen Kagy; nephews John, Jeremy and Justin May and James Morris; nieces Julie May and Kara Cauter. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert May on May 7, 2003; and stepdaughter, Rayea Wilcoxen on Aug. 6, 1996.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Foothills, 12399 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley 95945.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.


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