Tura Mae Lewis, 95, passed away March 3, at Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock. She was born June 1914 in Texas and spent most of her life in Orenco, Ore. She worked as a grocery checker for 21 years at Cruse's Grocery in Hillsboro, Ore. She lived in Walla Walla before she settled in Turlock 10 years ago. Spending time with her grandkids and socializing with people were the highlights of her life.
James Williams, 65 of Lake Havasu City, Arizona passed away peacefully Feb. 15 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. James was born in California to Raymond and Mary Williams. He attended schools in Hughson and Turlock. He served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. He then served in the Merchant Marines, and afterward he worked on an oil rig. James also worked as a maintenance engineer for years in San Francisco.
Lemuel Emerson Ables, 90, of Ceres, passed away due to natural causes at the Cohen House Hospice facility in Hughson on Feb. 28, 2010. He signed his name L. Emerson Ables, though few knew what the "L" stood for. Most knew him as Emerson, but to close friends and family he was simply Emer.
Veda Rose, 79, of Turlock passed away on Friday, Feb. 26. She was born in Paradise, Texas to John and Pearl McCleskey in 1930. The family settled in Turlock in 1943. Veda attended Turlock High School and graduated in 1947. She married Bill Rose Jr. in 1951. They raised three children and started Bill Rose Construction, in which Veda played a vital role as co-owner. In 1984, Veda started working for House of Fabrics and retired in 1993.
A Rosary/ Mass is scheduled for Maria Jose Bernardino, 88, of Gustine at noon on Wednesday, March 3 at Shrine Our Lady of Miracles, 370 Linden Ave., Gustine. It will be officiated by Father Leonard Trindade. Burial will be at Hills Ferry Cemetery.
Charles Carter Arnold, 70, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 23, following an accident. Born April 24, 1939, in Newcastle, Ind., he was the son of Charles C. and Lula Mae Niles Arnold. Charles was a long-time resident of California, having lived in Hayward, Sonoma, Sacramento and Modesto before moving to Turlock in 1992 to reside at Las Palmas Estates group home. At that time, he began his long relationship with Continuum College for developmentally disabled adults.
Services are pending for longtime Turlock resident and building contractor, Russell Eugene Gerdes. Among his survivors is his wife, Anne Gerdes. Services are under the direction of Turlock Memorial Park & Funeral Home. Friends may share their condolences to the family at www.turlockmemorialpark.com.