Lena Mary Pulido, a resident of Menlo Park from 2001 to 2009, died April 21 at Alexander Cohen Hospice in Hughson, California. She was 81.
Ms. Pulido was born in Niles. She grew up on the family farm in the Hayward area and spoke only Portuguese until she entered first grade. She married Antonio Pulido in 1959. In 1960 they moved to Patterson, where they raised their five daughters.
The couple relocated to San Francisco in 1995 to live with their daughter and son-in-law, Olga and Bob Crowe. When the Crowes moved to Atherton in 2001, the Pulidos came to Menlo Park.
Ms. Pulido was a devout Jehovah's Witness and will be remembered for her kindhearted and generous spirit, say family members.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Antonio Pulido; daughters Lillian Brown of Modesto, Lorraine Pulido of Patterson, Olga Pulido-Crowe of Atherton, Elsie Kersevan of Brentwood, and Linda Walden of Ceres; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Memorials may be made to Alexander Cohen Hospice House c/o Community Hospice, 4368 Spyers Way, Modesto, CA 95356
Sylvia Bancroft, a longtime advocate for humane treatment of animals, died peacefully in her Menlo Park home on May 8. She was 93.
Ms. Bancroft was the director and principal founding member of the Humane Education Network in Menlo Park, whose mission is to promote ethical treatment of animals.
She is survived by her husband, Charlie Bancroft. A memorial service will be held by friends and co-workers in the near future.