Evelyn E. Byrd

Evelyn E. Byrd

Most obituaries are written as matter of fact, containing basic information. But Evelyn Eudora Byrd, born April 13, 1914, to Albert and Elsie Burress in San Francisco, was anything but basic. She was pure magic. She could draw you in with a wink and a . . . Read Full Story >>

Jerry Allen Mattox

Jerry Allen Mattox

Jerry Mattox, 58 passed away in Ridgecrest on Dec. 27, 2017. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at 1 p.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church. Graveside services will follow at the Desert Memorial Park, with a reception held afterward. Jerry was . . . Read Full Story >>

John W. Douglas

John W. Douglas

The Lord called John W. Douglas home early Saturday morning, Dec. 30, 2017. John passed away peacefully with family at his bedside. Services will be held Thursday, Jan. 18, at His Place Community Church in Burlington. John’s family will have a celebration of life at . . . Read Full Story >>

Leonard ‘Scrubby’ Lebow, Sr.

Leonard ‘Scrubby’ Lebow, Sr.

Leonard “Scrubby” Lebow, Sr. (85), of Chino Valley, Ariz., went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 20, 2017, due to complications from pneumonia. Scrubby was born in Pinetop, Ariz., to Olen and Helen Lebow on June 9, 1932. He retired from the Naval . . . Read Full Story >>

Florence P. ‘Chic’ Maclise

Florence P. ‘Chic’ Maclise

Florence P. “Chic” Maclise was born Dec. 11, 1915, to Louis and Laura Carrington Gehrum in Detroit, Mich. She died at age 102 on Jan. 1, 2018, in Ridgecrest. She lived in Ridgecrest from the early 1940s until the ’70s and again from 2009 until . . . Read Full Story >>

Andrew Ivanivsky

Andrew Ivanivsky

Andrew (Andy) Ivanivsky passed away peacefully Dec. 25, 2017, at the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital after a long struggle with cancer. He was 78. He leaves behind his loving wife of 49 years, Gemma; his son Paul Ivanivsky; grandson Michael Ivanivsky; sister Helen Krzyzanowski, and nieces . . . Read Full Story >>

Asteria Galacio

Asteria Galacio

Asteria Galacio, 69, (known as “Ms. G” to her students) went to be with the Lord on Dec. 20, 2017, surrounded by her family after a short but valiant battle with cancer. Born in Calamba, Philippines, she was the only daughter of Gaudencio and Agricula . . . Read Full Story >>

Dennis Parrish

Dennis Parrish

Dennis Parrish passed away Dec. 12, 2017, at Antelope Valley Hospital. He was 71. He leaves behind his wife Barbara of 13 years; stepchildren Alicia, Michael and Kathryn; beloved grandkids; daughters Elizabeth and Marjory; and brother Jim Parrish. Dennis was well know for his volunteer . . . Read Full Story >>

Jesse E. Shaffer

Jesse E. Shaffer

Jesse Edward Shaffer, 83, died Nov. 14, 2017, at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital after a long battle with Parkinson’s. He was a long-time resident of the Indian Wells Valley. Jesse is survived by his stepdaughter Cheryl James and daughter Penny Johnson, both residing in Hawthorne Nev.; . . . Read Full Story >>

Barbara Cole

Barbara Cole

Barbara Ann Cole, age 87, passed away Dec. 17, 2017, surrounded by family and close friends. Services will be held at the First Baptist Church, 1350 S. Downs St., on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 11 a.m., officiated by Pastor Jim Hammett. The eulogy will be . . . Read Full Story >>

Louise H. Dorman

Louise H. Dorman

Louise H. Dorman passed away in her Ridgecrest home Dec. 18, 2017. She is survived by her husband Roger N. Dorman, brother Robert Vernon and sisters Elizabeth Wells and Kimberly Meredith; and preceded in death by her sister, Merry Lewis. She was beloved mother to . . . Read Full Story >>

Leila Totah

Leila Totah

Leila Totah, our beloved mama, grandma, great-grandma (Tete) and friend left this earth peacefully on Dec. 17, 2017, after a two-and-a-half-year battle with lung cancer. She was at home surrounded by her loving family. Leila was born Oct. 5, 1935, in Beirut, Lebanon. She was . . . Read Full Story >>

Carol Lee Michel

Carol Lee Michel

Our beloved mom, grandma and sister Carol Lee (Prokash) Michel of Johannesburg, Calif., passed away on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. A funeral mass will be held at All Faith Chapel, China Lake, on Saturday, Dec. 23, at 10:30 a.m. A reception in the East Wing . . . Read Full Story >>

Mary Hitt

Mary Hitt

Mary Tara Mercedes Hitt, born Dec. 16, 1993, tragically passed away Dec. 15, 2017. She gave her life helping someone else in need on the freeway. Born to John and Lesley Hitt in Ridgecrest California. Even as a child Mary chose to live to the . . . Read Full Story >>

Lisa K. Pelzl

Lisa K. Pelzl

The Lord called Lisa Kaye (Johnson) Pelzl home Nov. 16, 2017. Lisa was born in the little town of Troy, Mo., on Aug. 12, 1959, when the family lived in O’Fallon and her father worked for McDonnell Aircraft. Her time on this earth was shorter . . . Read Full Story >>

Johnnie M. Ames

Johnnie Mae Ames went to be with the Lord on Dec. 10, 2017. She was 90. Mrs. Ames was born Aug. 7, 1927, in Oklahoma City, Okla. She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Howard; sons Donald Junior and Johnny; and . . . Read Full Story >>

Mary Childers

Mary Jeane Cragin Childers, longtime resident, slipped away peacefully Dec. 11, 2017, at her home in Ridgecrest. She was 91. Mary arrived in the valley in 1962. She started work in the valley for the Kern County Sheriff’s Department as a secretary and female prisoner . . . Read Full Story >>

Arthur Acencion Castillo

Arthur Acencion Castillo passed away on Nov. 29, 2017, at the Jerry L Pettis Memorial Veterans Hospital, Loma Linda, Calif. Arthur was born May 26, 1949, in Santa Ana to Juan and Elvira Castillo. At an early age he moved to Trona with his parents . . . Read Full Story >>

Wilda Gail Baker

Wilda Gail Baker, born June 17, 1943, in Red Mountain, Calif., returned to her heavenly Father Dec. 2, 2017. “Gail” loved the gospel and loved serving others in her community. She was always quick with a smile or an encouraging word. She will be greatly . . . Read Full Story >>

Ann-Marie Vargas

Ann-Marie Vargas

Ann-Marie Hollar Vargas passed away unexpectedly Dec. 6, 2017, in her home at the young age of 50. Services are being planned for Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 at the All Faith Chapel on the NAWS station at 10:30 am. A reception will follow at Grace . . . Read Full Story >>