Hazel Mae (Siler) Kirk, 82, passed away at Sonora Regional Medical Center in Sonora on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010. Hazel was born on March 29, 1927 in Santa Fe, NM to Eddie and Glesyner Siler. Hazel spent her early years in Santa Fe, until she left for Rockmont College in Denver, Colo. While attending college, Hazel met her future husband Bud Kirk.
Clarence M. Snelling, 72, of Turlock, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side. Clarence was born in Modesto in 1937 to James and Charlotte Snelling. He lived in this area most of his life, and graduated from Turlock High School in 1956.
Millard Butler passed away at the age of 100. He was a devout Christian and was active in his church for many years. He was a deacon in the Assembly of God church in Concord, Calif. When he and his wife moved to Turlock, he acted as an usher in the Turlock Assembly of God Church. He was a kind and loving husband and father. He will be missed forever by his wife, daughter and sons.
Vernon H. Estey, 90, a third generation native and life-long resident of Benician, passed away Saturday in a local hospital following a brief illness. Vern served in the United States Army during World War II, from 1941-1946. Vern returned to Benicia and opened his own real estate office, Estey Real Estate, in 1946 with his wife Frances.
Adeline Souza was born in Keyes, Calif. and attended Hughson schools. She married Manuel S. Souza in 1941, and settled in Turlock. Together, Mr. and Mrs. Souza owned and operated Manuel S. Souza Dairy and the Diamond Hay Company. Mrs. Souza was a member of Sacred Heat Catholic Church in Turlock. She loved and was dedicated to her family and was always involved with their activities.