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Merry Davenport Montaudon
May 19, 1938 - Oct. 29, 2018
Tucson, Arizona

"The Belle of the Ball" Born Merry Esplin Davenport to parents John and Beth Davenport on May 19th, 1938 in Atherton, California. Merry, the loving wife of Al and dedicated mother of four sons, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 29th, 2018 in Tucson, Arizona. She is survived by her adoring sons Chuck, Jeff, Adam and Matt as well as her sister Sally, brothers Lincoln and Peter and grandson Thomas. While Merry had more than enough on her hands raising her four boys, she loved being a librarian and adored reading to children. Merry attended Menlo-Atherton High where she was crowned Senior Ball Queen. While Merry did not obsess over such titles, she wore the crown with pride and humility. After high school she attended the University of Missouri where she received her BA in 1960. Never the type to smile out of obligation, when it did happen, she lit up the room. Merry was an animal lover and had a special affinity for Golden Retrievers. She possessed a spunk and determination that could not be equaled. While she excelled in many aspects of her life, both personal and professional, her legacy as a mother, grandmother, wife, sister, daughter, mentor and educator will live long ...

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Luisa "Lilo" Miller
July 21, 1939 - Oct. 11, 2018
Menlo Park, California

Luisa “Lilo” Miller died peacefully on October 11, 2018 at Palo Alto Commons where she resided for 3+ years. Previously, she lived in Menlo Park for 20 years where she had been an active birder and walker, jazz lover, volunteer at Gamble Garden and a member of the Palo Alto Garden Club and Newcomers Club. She became an avid sports fan of the Stanford Cardinal and the Golden State Warriors. Fluent in German and Spanish, Lilo volunteered as a Spanish-language interpreter for families at Stanford Hospital and had worked for years as a translator for the New Jersey courts. She enjoyed travelling and loved to spend summers at the Jersey Shore on Long Beach Island with her family. Lilo was born in Montevideo, Uruguay and spent her childhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina with her parents, Karl and Irma Oertel, and older sister, Irma. She obtained her master’s degree in biochemistry at the Universidad de Buenos Aires and came to the United States in 1963 to pursue doctoral studies in pharmacy at the University of Florida and Rutgers University. While studying in Florida, she met her husband, George, to whom she was married for 53 years. Together, they had two daughters, Claudia (Brian...

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Josephine Loring
Sept. 7, 1919 - Sept. 24, 2018
Portola Valley, California

JOSEPHINE C. LORING Josephine (Jo, Joie) Loring died peacefully on September 24, 2018 in Folsom, California at the age of 99. Josephine is survived by her sons, Calvin Loring, and Stephen M. Loring, grandchildren Ryan, Stephanie, JK, and Craig, nephew Dan Peralta-Cieloha and his partner Janaka, and niece Jan Cieloha. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Stephen, and her brother Charles Cieloha. Her children remember her as a kind, caring, and devoted mother who encouraged them to always do their best. Josephine was born on September 07,1919 in Portland, Oregon to Franklin and Sylvia (Moudy) Cieloha. She married Stephen J.Loring in 1950, they had met a year earlier at the California State Fair in Sacramento. After moving to Portola Valley, California, they became founding members of the Valley United Presbyterian Church, and Josephine also began working as the church’s secretary. Her career at the church spanned over 25 years. Josephine loved singing throughout her life. She was an active member of Valley Presbyterian Church choir, and a frequent soloist. Her beautiful soprano voice was vibrant on into her nineties where she sang informal duets wit...

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Autumn Joy Stanley
Dec. 31, 1933 - Sept. 20, 2018
Portola Valley, California

Autumn Joy Stanley, 84, a 60 year resident of Portola Valley passed away peacefully on September 20th after a long illness. In her memoirs, “Autumn Leaves” she quotes Vivian Greene: “ Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” She was preceded in death by her parents William E and Donna S Stanley of Jackson, Ohio and her companion of many years, David A Brewer. She is survived by her sister Dixie French of Kettering Ohio and four children, Kathyrn Hickinbotham of Idaho Falls Idaho, Holly Parnigoni and Iris Beiswanger of Santa Rosa CA, and Kevin Simmons of Sebastopol, CA. She also leaves behind 8 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Autumn was an accomplished scholar who published two historical textbooks, many technical papers, and childrens books. She is known for her kindness, love of family, love of beauty, photography, singing voice, honesty, community involvement and so many things. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her. Heaven has another angel now watching over us. Donations in her name may be made to the Susan G Komen fight for the cure for breast cancer:

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Loyal E. Apple
March 6, 1932 - Nov. 5, 2018 Columbus, North Carolina

Loyal E. (Gene) Apple's life was one of being thrust in unexpected directions and always meeting challenges with integrity and grace. His life achievements extend far beyond a personal triumph over blindness. He sought major responsibilities, while maintaining a quiet, confident manner. His empathy,...

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Raymond A. Witt
Dec. 16, 1917 - Oct. 30, 2018 Palo Alto, California

Raymond Witt passed away just six weeks shy of his 101st birthday after a short illness. He was a graduate of SF Polytechnic High and San Francisco State College. Ray was a contractor who became a mortgage banker, matching developers and lenders. One of his first such deals involved a fellow looking...

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James D. Lyttle
Oct. 10, 1928 - Oct. 28, 2018 Novato, California

James D. Lyttle died at home in Novato, CA, on October 28, 2018. He was 90 years old. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Susan; two daughters: Alison Hadfield and Gwen Mason; and four grandchildren. Jim graduated from U.S. Naval Academy in 1950. He served during the Korean War on the USS Fec...

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Carol M. Osborne
Sept. 4, 1929 - Oct. 15, 2018 Mountain View, California

Carol Osborne died on Oct. 15, 2018 under hospice care in Vacaville, California. Born in Great Neck, New York, Carol left Barnard College to marry and subsequently to move to Claremont, California, where her first husband, Howard Young, taught at Pomona College. While in Claremont, Carol worked at t...

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