Billie Jo (Jody) Nickell, a strong-willed wonderful wife and mother was born in Jay, Oklahoma in the winter of 1932 to Willie and Elsie Goss. Billie was married to Joe, the love of her life for 61 years, and they had two sons Mike and Darrin.
Donald Paul Pendergrass, an amazing human being, husband, father and son, passed away after a tragic accident. Born in Modesto, CA, Donald never was seen with a frown on his face as he was always smiling. He was a hard worker and jokester who loved life. Donald would stop whatever he was doing to help anyone whether he knew them or not.
Hazel M. Rehana was born in the fall of 1938 in Hulburt Oklahoma. The youngest child to Joseph and Margaret Johnston, Hazel married the love of her life, William, in January of 1971 and together they raised their families. Hazel loved her family with all her heart and she will be deeply missed.
Joe was born in Oakdale and grew up on the West Side (Newman, Gustine and Stevinson). He served in the Navy during WWII, allowing him the privilege of seeing the flag raised on Iwo Jima. He married Loreta (Rita) Lowe in 1947 and raised four children while a mechanic for Nutcher's Tractor, Leduc Ford and Tri Valley Growers. In 1972, in addition to his mechanic duties at TVG, Joe began farming walnuts in Gustine, in 1999 Joe sold the walnut ranch and moved to Turlock to enjoy complete retirement.
Willie Durand Porter, 64, passed away on January 17, 2017. He was the widower of Deborah Renell Porter. Willie is survived by his five children, La Tasha, Rosa, Julia, Ashley, William Jr. and his seven grandchildren.
Jeanette passed away from cancer very unexpectedly. She graduated from Turlock High School in 1953. Her passion was music, singing in the Mixed Chorus, Girls Glee, Choir and the Girls Octet. She loved driving her 1936 Plymouth with her crazy friends and having fun. She met the love of her life Louie Aja in Turlock when he and his Navy buddy Mel Oliveira were cruising Main St! She was a member of Turlock Horsemen Club where many family memories were made, Livingston American Legion Auxiliary and Hilmar Y.L.I. Jeanette retired after 25 years at Selma Herndon school in ...
James (Jim) A. Whitaker, Jr., lifelong resident of Turlock, passed away Friday, January 20, 2017, surrounded by his children. He was 72 years old and born in Turlock to Jim and Alfreida Whitaker on November 13, 1944.
Souto passed away peacefully at her residence on Thursday, January 12, 2017, surrounded by her family. She was 66 years old and was born in Pedro Miguel, Faial, Açores, to Jose and Alvarina Rosa. She had lived in the Turlock area for the last 44 years. She battled like a warrior against cancer for over 21 years, especially the last five years.
Marguerite Flora was born in Norcatur, Kansas. She was the second youngest of 8 children. The family moved to Nebraska when she was five years old. Marguerite attended school in a one-room schoolhouse and moved to California after graduating high school in 1937. She met Ray Flora of Empire and the two were married June 3rd, 1939 and months later moved to Turlock. They spent their remaining years together in this area until Ray's passing in 2009. Ray and Marguerite were married 69 years.