Thomas J. Laranjo

Thomas Laranjo, 86, a prominent rancher and civic leader in Buellton, died Friday, Feb. 16, 2007, at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

He was born Sept. 15, 1920, on El Capitan Ranch in Santa Barbara County, Calif. He was the son of Manuel Laranjo and Isabel Dias Laranjo, who were from the Azore Islands.

Laranjo lived in the Santa Ynez Valley most of his life, attending the Vista del Mar grammar school, Santa Ynez Valley Union High School and Santa Barbara College, which later became UCSB.

He joined the Marines shortly after World War II started in 1939 and served as an aviator and instructor at Bunker Hill, Ind.

Tom met his wife, Ava “Bobbie,” in Kokomo, Ind., and they were married in 1946. They lived in Buellton, and he worked as a cattle rancher and farmer with his brothers, Bill and Mannie.

Tom Laranjo was a community leader in Buellton’s early development and the work leading up to its incorporation as a city, which occurred in 1992.

He served as a member of the Buellton Community Services District with Dick Wilson and Bill Olivera and on the city’s early water improvement district board.

Tom was also a member of the American Legion Post 160 and belonged to the Buellton Historical Society.

Survivors are his wife, Bobbie, and daughter Terry Kenner (Jerry) of Buellton; two grandchildren, Jodi and Bobbi; three great-grandchildren, Michael, Jackie and Jon; his brother Manuel “Mannie” Laranjo (Ann) of Buellton; and four nieces.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents and by his brother William “Bill” Laranjo, who died in 2001.

A Rosary and vigil service were held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Loper Funeral Chapel, Ballard Country Church, 2465 Baseline Ave.

Graveside and interment services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Oak Hill Cemetery in Ballard.

Arrangements are handled by the Loper Funeral Chapel directors.


Jerry Michael Velotta

Mike Velotta passed away peacefully Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007, after a long and courageous battle with illness that surrendered him to the Lord.

Mike was preceded in death by his father, Robert Jerry Velotta, and is survived by his mother, Bobby Kay Nichols; his sisters Michelle Riley and Gwen Velotta; his long-time fiance, Bernice Gomez; and his two young children, Robert Velotta, 8, and Brittany Velotta, 7.

Mike was born March 3, 1961, at the U.S. Air Force Hospital at Vandenberg Air Force Base. He served our country in the Army beginning in 1979.

Mike attended the Gateway Foursquare Christian Church faithfully and volunteered much of his time and effort to the community through charitable events and fundraisers.

Mike was a devoted and loving father to his two beautiful children, never missing a football game or a cheerleading performance, and was always there to wipe the tears and give out the bear hugs.

Christmas was Mike’s favorite season; as with any generous heart, Mike would pour out his generosity and love, deliver food to those that needed it, etc., to so many in the Valley that it is with amazement and admiration that we write this.

Mike had many friends in the Valley and was always there to lend a hand. Those of us who knew and loved Mike will never forget the many good times, the laughter, the jokes, the never-ending Ford-versus-Chevy debate, the trailer hitch bet, the too-many-to-count “discussions” over what jersey number a famous football player wore from the 1970s, that silly joker hat that made it impossible to take Mike seriously, the barbecues, the many work-till-you-drop days and, of course, Mike’s famous line: “MY KIDS ____” (those who knew him know the rest).

We are deeply saddened beyond words of Mike’s untimely passing, yet we are blessed and comforted to know Mike is now standing in amazement of the glory of our Lord. By His grace and Jesus work on the cross, Mike now knows that his name truly will be read from the Father’s Book of Life.

All those who knew and loved Mike are invited to attend a celebration of Mike’s life on Saturday, Feb. 24. Private family services will be arranged by Loper Funeral Chapel.

In lieu of flowers and condolences, donations may be made to assist with Mike’s young children’s future college expenses to the Velotta Children Trust Fund, c/o Mid-State Bank & Trust, P.O. Box 718, Santa Ynez, CA 93460.


Pauline Diane Kimberly

Pauline Kimberly, longtime Santa Ynez Valley resident, passed away peacefully Friday, Feb. 16, 2007, at her home in Union City, Cali.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the chapel of the Dominical Sisters of Mission San Jose, Fremont.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the National Kidney Foundation, www.kidney.org/support/donation.

She is survived by her sister, Barbara Kingsley, and her daughter, Sister Karen Elizabeth Zavitz, O.P.


James Talmadge

On Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007, James Talmadge (born Joseph Talmadge Keaton) passed away peacefully with his wife of 63 years, the love of his life, Barbara Talmadge, by his side.

Born June 2, 1922, first-born son of Natalie Talmadge and comedian Buster Keaton, nephew of silent-screen actresses Norma and Constance Talmadge, Jim attended Blackfox Military Academy and Santa Monica High School.

He joined the U.S. Coast Guard in the summer of 1942 and volunteered for the OSS (Overseas Strategic Services, now the CIA) as an underwater demolition expert in 1943.

He served in the CIB Theater (China, India, Burma), where he worked in a British one-man submarine wearing the Lambertson Rebreather Unit.

While based in Ceylon, his mission was to blow up nets in Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo harbors. He trained in the Bahamas where they swam 14 hours a day.

In one of his missions, he went out in a hurricane to recover the bodies of two British pilots who were shot down and trapped in their plane underwater.

After the war, he worked as a publicist/photographer at 20th Century Fox. He was an avid collector and expert on firearms. He also built and restored antique automobiles, especially Model T’s, Model A’s and boat-tail speedsters.

He was an expert on Duesenbergs (he owned eight) and was often consulted for his knowledge on their history and restoration.

He spent many years of his life with family and friends exploring and camping in the high deserts of California. Another of his favorite places to travel and spend time with his family was up in the High Sierra camps in Yosemite.

Born in Los Angeles, he lived in Southern California for 50 years. He spent the last 28 years in the Santa Ynez Valley.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; his sons Michael Talmadge, Mark Talmadge; daughter Melissa Talmadge Cox; and his brother Bob Talmadge.

He was predeceased by his oldest son, Jim C. Talmadge, by two months.

He leaves behind daughters-in-law Rosie Talmadge, Betty Talmadge and Gail Talmadge; son-in-law Bill Cox; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and two nieces and two nephews.


Euna Belle Copass

Euna Belle Copass, 93, a resident of Iowa Park, Texas since 1981, died Thursday, Feb. 1, at Hospice of Wichita Falls. Arrangements are under the direction of Dutton Funeral Home in Iowa Park.

Visitation was on Sunday, Feb. 4, at the funeral home. Graveside services were held on Monday, Feb. 5, at Highland Cemetery in Iowa Park with Jack Calk of Utopia, Texas officiating.

Mrs. Copass was born Sept. 13, 1913 in Dickens County, Texas to Sam and Annie Bachman. The family moved to the Santa Ynez Valley in 1953 and lived here until Mr. and Mrs. Copass retired in the late 1970s. Mrs. Copass was a homemaker, manager of the Santa Ynez Valley High School cafeteria and manager of a country grocery store.

As the wife of a ranch foreman, she was also an accomplished horsewoman and ranch hand. In addition, she was an avid gardener and talented seamstress who enjoyed sharing her skills with others. Mrs. Copass was preceded in death by her husband, James L. (Tex) Copass; her parents Sam and Annie Bachman; her brothers Ruben, J.P., Charlie and Paul, her sisters Mae, Lena and Elsie, one granddaughter Darlene Ramsey, and two grandsons Edward Gary and Leonard Duane Copass.

Mrs. Copass is survived by her children DeLois Fowler of Graham, Texas, Perry and Betty Copass of Iowa Park, Jean and Wayne Watts of Paradise, Texas, Bryan and LoAnn Copas of Norfolk, Va., and MaryAnn Copas of Albuquerque, N.M. Mrs. Copass is also survived by nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.


Sivert “Ron” Windh

Sivert “Ron” Windh of Santa Ynez died Feb. 07, 2007

Sivert, who went by the name of Ron, was born in Hassleholm, Sweden June 4, 1922. He left Sweden at the age of 17 and traveled and worked in South America until, at the age of 20 in April 1942, he arrived in New York City as a crew member on a Norwegian Freighter which received extensive damage from a German U-boat off the New York coastline. This experience motivated him to enlist in the US Army where he was stationed in Minnesota and later transferred to Camp Hale in Colorado where he served as a ski instructor with the 99th Infantry.

He was deployed to Europe and served in England, France, and Belgium. He was shot in Belgium and was awarded a Purple Heart.

After recovering from his injury, Ron was recruited into the Special Forces of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) where he trained under the command of William Colby, the later director of the CIA. Under Colby’s command, Ron was engaged in a secret mission to parachute into occupied Norway and blow up road and railway bridges to prevent German Forces from returning to Germany. The exploits of this mission have been written about extensively and for his role in this mission, Ron was awarded the U.S. Bronze Star medal and later received a Norwegian Participation medal.

After leaving the service, Ron returned to the States and attended technical engineering school in New York and Baltimore and quickly became employed in the growing aerospace industry in Southern California. He worked for Ryan Aeronautical and The Glenn L. Martin Company before joining the Missile and Space Division of Lockheed which brought him to the Central Coast. He retired after 26 years and held the position of missile launch conductor at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Ron had three hobbies in life: Deep sea fishing, amateur radio, and the NORSO Group, veterans, now friends, from the World War II OSS activities.

Ron was active in the Lockheed’s Los Pescadores club and often fished the reefs off the Santa Barbara Coastline. For real excitement he would take occasional trips to Baja California with friends to fish for the big one — which often got away.

Ron, K6PIZ, was well known around the world through his ham radio contacts. On weekend mornings, it was not unusual for him to talk with numerous fellow ham operators from as far away as Africa or Australia, to as nearby as Atascadero. Many a night would be spent “on the air” to friends in Sweden. The three antennas were an easy landmark for directions. These ham contacts resulted in great friendships which were treasured.

Ron was active in the retirement groups formed from former OSS veterans NORSO, the 99th Infantry and the Carpetbaggers. He and Arlene would travel to the reunions annually and rekindle the life long friendships.

Ron lived 45 years in the Santa Ynez Valley from 1962 until his death. Ron is preceded in death by Arlene, his wife of 57 years and is survived by sons, Glenn and Steven, daughter Annalisa, and grandchildren Jennifer, Thor, Jessica, Blake, Randall, and Sherstin.

Ron will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He was a loving husband and father. A man of impeccable integrity who provided strength, stability and inspiration for his family.

Memorial services will be held on Feb. 26, at the Ballard Country Church, 2465 Baseline Ave., Ballard at 2:30 p.m. Internment of the remains of Ron and Arlene will follow the service at the Oak Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to your favorite charity. Arrangements are being handled by the Loper Funeral Chapel.


Ruth Edith Solum

Longtime Solvang resident Ruth Edith Solum died Wednesday, Feb. 7, at the Solvang Lutheran Home of natural causes. She was 81.

Born in Tacoma, Wash., on Sept. 15, 1925, she was orphaned at an early age and was raised by her grandmother.

She married Dale Bruce (Pat) Solum on April 22, 1944. They had four sons and one daughter. She is survived by two sons Tom and Steve, and one daughter Sally Reilly. She had three grandsons, two granddaughters, and one great-grandson.

Ruth and Pat moved to Solvang in 1955 and took over the Danish Village Gift Shop, which they owned until 1972.

Ruth was a creative cook and loved taking part in the cooking of aebleskiver for Solvang Danish Days. She and her husband published the Danish Cook Book with over one million copies in print. This local Solvang favorite is a group of recipes collected over a period of years from Danish immigrants who brought a little bit of their homeland with them to America. All of the recipes were donated to the book as something precious from the giver. The cookbook also contains photos of the Solum family and members of the community.

Ruth loved visiting Hawaii and was a huge Dodger fan. Her vibrant spirit will be missed by her family and friends.

There will be a private memorial service for family members.

Arrangements are being handled by the Loper Funeral Chapel.


Geraldine “Geri” Jensen

Geri Jensen passed away Feb. 9 at her home with family at her side. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Marvin P. Jensen of Buellton, her daughter Julie Claude (who resides in Texas); her son, Jeff Jensen and his wife, Colleen in Los Alamos. She is also survived by her siblings; Steve Kingsley, Judy West, Fred Kingsley, and George Kingsley. She was blessed with five grandchildren and adored by numerous nephews and nieces.

Graveside service will be held Thursday, Feb. 15, at 11 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery in Ballard. Donations may be made to the Cancer Society for Children.

Arrangements are being handled by the Loper Funeral Chapel.


Richard “Dick” O'Neill Johnson

Richard O'Neill Johnson (Dick Johnson), husband of LaVonne Johnson and father of Rick and Laura, passed away on Monday, Jan. 29, 2007 of heart failure. He died peacefully in his home.

Dick was born on June 3, 1922 in Santa Barbara. He was the son of Edward and Elva Johnson.

He is survived by his children, Rick Johnson and Laura Huffman, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. LaVonne, his wife of 41 years, passed away in December 1985.

Dick was youngest of three children. His sister, Dora de la Laing lives in Clovis, Calif. and will turn 90 on March 10. His older brother, Paul Johnson of Newark, Calif., passed away in May 2003 at the age of 83. Dick and his brother Paul served in the United States Army during World War II.

Dick graduated from Santa Barbara High School where he was a halfback on the football team and a track and field star. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and then went to Stanford University in Palo Alto and earned his master's degree. Dick was a committed professional educator and his desire was to provide the best educational experience possible for his students. He was a fifth-grade teacher in 1949 at Menlo Park Elementary School. In 1951 he was appointed principal at Freemont Elementary School and two years later in 1951 he was appointed the principal at Oak Knoll Elementary School, Menlo Park, Calif. In 1963 he became the principal-superintendent at Jonata Elementary School in Buellton, and served there for 18 years. He retired in 1981.

Dick will be greatly missed by his family and friends and fondly remembered for his wonderful sense of humor.


Carrol Lee (CL) Harris,

Carrol Harris, 76 of Frenchtown passed away on Feb. 3, 2007 from a sudden illness surrounded by his loving family.

Carrol was born in Douglas, Ariz. to Julia and Lloyd Harris on Sept. 2, 1930. His family remained in Arizona until 1947 when stepfather James Ben Rogers moved the family to the Santa Ynez Valley.

Carroll served in the United States Navy during the Korean War abroad in the USS Missouri as a driver of a LST. One of his proudest moments was going back to pick up a UDT team member who had missed the pickup on the first run even though he was disobeying orders to only make one run and was severely reprimanded.

Carrol married Margaret Kunze on Jan. 16, 1955 and had daughters Linda, Cheryl and Leanne. Carrol worked as a ranch hand and a heavy equipment operator before buying his own trucks and hauled both hay and cattle.

In 1979 Carrol and Margaret relocated their family to Huson, Mont., where he owned and operated his own truck. Everyone who knew Carrol knew his favorite credo: I’m rough, tough, hard to bluff and #%*- damn good looking. Carrol was known throughout the Frenchtown Valley for his tri-tip barbecues.

Carrol is survived by his wife of 52 years Margaret; daughters Linda Mattson (Dough), Cheryl Schule (Todd) and Leanne Farnum (Lowell); grandsons Chance and Clayton Schule; granddaughters Christe and Katrina Farnum; great-grandson Quois Farnum-Clark; brothers Warren Rogers, Lawrence Rogers, Jim Rogers and Ronald Rogers; sisters June Mattias, Etta Jean Robinson and Joyce Figueiredo; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Jenna Dixon Memorial Fund, c.o Bitterroot Valley Bank, Drawer 9, Lolo, MT 59847.


Dr. Craig L. Larson

Craig Larson was born in Harlan, Iowa, the first son of Gerald and Eleanor Larson. He was a New Year’s Eve baby, Dec. 31, 1933. His dad was an attorney and his mother a school teacher turned homemaker. His mother's dad, Grandpa Pat lived with them and was a great influence in Craig's early life.

Craig soon had two brothers, Jerry and Doug. Jerry became a justice on the Iowa Supreme Court and Dr. Douglas Larson, D.D.S. lives in of Storm Lake, Iowa.

Their dad was drafted three weeks before his 35th birthday. He served his Navy duty on a ship off Japan. Craig treasured the letters his dad sent home and appreciated the importance of family.

Craig graduated Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State College in 1958.

He married his hometown sweetheart, Carolyn in 1956. They have two daughters; Jani Larson-Bergdahl (Bob), of Hailey, Idaho, and Judi Larson-Petersen (Rick), of Atlantic, Iowa. They have four grandchildren; Sky Bergdahl Albrecht (Lt. Michael Albrecht), Bowdrie Bergdahl, Benjamin Petersen and Christopher Petersen. They have two great-grandchildren; Max Albrecht and Tavis Craig Albrecht.

The Larsons have owned five veterinary hospitals and worked side by side in veterinary service. They were the original founders of the Solvang Veterinary Hospital, and owners of San Roque Veterinary Hospital in Santa Barbara. Their first veterinary practice was in Creston, Iowa. Dr. and Mrs. Larson also worked together in real estate.

Craig was a licensed business appraiser. He was a Life Loyal Sigma Chi and past president of Rotary, Midcoast Veterinary Association and Santa Barbara-Ventura Veterinary Associations; a life member of the Southern California Veterinary Association; Gold Life Member of the American Veterinary Association; and charter member of the California Academy of Veterinary Medicine. He was active in many Santa Ynez Valley service organizations, with special focus on children.

He was a devoted husband, father and family man whose goodness and faith in God transcends a small obituary celebrating the wholeness of his life. He was a gregarious and engaging personality and always put others before himself.

Dr. Craig L. Larson died in Twin Falls, Idaho on Jan. 30, 2007 after a long and difficult illness.

A service for Dr. Larson was held at White Mortuary Chapel in Idaho on Feb. 3. Burial followed at Sunset Memorial Park in Twin Falls.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Craig's name to the Harlan Community School District Dr. Craig L. Larson Perpetual Scholarship for the Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in Ames, Iowa, Attn. Kristy Hansen, Office of Superintendent, Harlan Community High School District, 2102 Durant St. Harlan, Iowa 51537.

Condolences may be sent to Carolyn Larson, P.O. Box 5328 Twin Falls, Idaho, 83303-5328.

God Bless each of you as you read and celebrate with us the goodness and lasting memories of Craig's life.


Dorothy Chamberlain Nelson

Dorothy Nelson died Dec. 3, 2006 after a 20-year struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Dorothy is the mother of Lynn Bailey of Buellton and Kitty Giddings of Santa Paula.

A celebration of her life will be held Feb. 10. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to 688-4494.

Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Research, 919 North Michigan Ave., Suite 1100. Chicago, Ill. 60611-1676.


Ruth Elizabeth Patton Wellman

Ruth Wellman, born Sept. 9, 1913 in Hamilton, Texas to Todd J. and Marie C. Patton.

Ruth was called home to heaven after 93 years of loving kindness and humor on Jan. 21. She had seen many things come to pass in this world as she traveled it with her husband of 46 years, William Thomas Wellman, who was called home in 1994.

She resided in North Hollywood and later moved to Antelope Valley, and Lone Pine before moving to Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley.

She had two sons, Todd William Wellman and Warren Charles Wellman. Her son Todd died in 1996, but in 1995 her first granddaughter was born to Warren and C.C. Wellman and Ruth was busy again.

She had a grandson, Charrish Ryder Wellman; granddaughter Alexandra Elizabeth Wellman; great-grandchildren, Chase, Cienna and Christopher.

She will be truly missed for her loving kindness to all who knew her, her big smile and great sense of humor. We trust in Jesus that we will be gathered together again.

A celebration of her life will be held at her son’s home Feb. 10. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to 688-8735.

In lieu of flowers, she would love to know that donations were made to the Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society, as she loved all of God’s creatures.


Essie Lucille Sanchez

Essie Lucille Sanchez passed away at Friendship House, Monday, Jan. 29 at the age of 88. She was born April 2, 1918 in Andrews, Texas, and moved to the Santa Ynez Valley at age 16.

She met and married Anthony ‘Tony’ Sanchez, a local general engineering contractor, in 1938.

Essie was a loving wife and mother and is survived by three daughters; Janeen (James) Cassidy of Solvang, Antoinette (Don) Agnelli of Los Gatos, and Racquel (Michael) Cassidy of Mountain View; grandchildren, Jena (Jeff) Jensen, Scott (Debi) Agnelli, Marisa (Andrew) Schultz, Greg (Lisa) Agnelli, Shannon Cassidy, and Megan (Dennis) Fox; great-grandchildren, Max, Kathleen, Erin, Emily, Rebecca, Arista and Avalon; her sister, Nadine Hansen and brother Robert Dillard.

She was predeceased in by her loving husband Anthony Sanchez in 1989.

Graveside funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 3, at 11:30 a.m., at Oak Hill Cemetery, in Ballard. Immediately following the services, a reception will be held at the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum “Carriage House” in Santa Ynez.

Friends may remember the Solvang Friendship House, 880 Friendship Lane, Solvang, CA 93463 or the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society, 3596 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez, CA 93460


Anne Marie McBeth

On Jan. 30, Anne Marie joined the host of angels and saints in God’s presence after a valiant struggle against cancer.

Anne was born on Nov. 6, 1961 in Park Centre, New York, and her family eventually settled in Santa Barbara. Her parents Max and Eleanor Keller raised her with her brothers Tom, John and her sister Patricia. Anne was a loving, bright child and a joy to her mom and dad. She shared a close bond with her sister and brothers. After graduating from Dos Pueblos High School in 1979, Anne attended San Francisco State University earning her Bachelor’s of Arts Degree. In 1986 Anne began her life’s career in teaching, at St. Raphael’s School in Santa Barbara. She moved to Los Olivos School in 1998 where she taught sixth grade for nine years. Anne and her husband Jerry were married in 1987 and their lives were blessed with two sons, Scott and Adam. She was a devoted wife and mother.

In addition to her family, Anne loved her students and made an impact on so many young lives that crossed paths with her at both St. Raphael’s and Los Olivos Schools.

Her presence will be missed on earth as it will be celebrated in Heaven.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial, Friday, Feb. 2 at 12:30 p.m., at Old Mission Santa Ines. Private Interment Services will be at Calvary Cemetery in Santa Barbara.

Arrangements were by the Loper Funeral Chapel Directors.


Uthana Renee Johnson

Uthana was born Aug. 26, 1968 in Hamilton, MT; Died Jan. 14, 2007 in Santa Ynez, Ca. after suffering a Pulmonary Embolism. She is lovingly survived by her Son, Daniel C. Gosenberg, and Daughter Wendi Li Johnson, her Father Clede L. Johnson, of Santa Ynez, and four Sisters, Shemayne L. Davis, of Utah, April R. Johnson of Santa Ynez, Eulesa Colleen Johnson and Jennifer S. Hampson of Iowa, and many other family members nearby.

Uthana was a talented and charming woman and sister in many ways, who loved life as well as being dedicated and devoted mother of two lovely children. She has touched many lives over the years with her smile and quick wit and delighted those who knew and loved her deeply. Uthana loved gardening with her family and tending to children, where she shared her love for music and the arts, which showed in her proficient knowledge of teaching sign language and was an active woman in her church and community.

Memorial Services were held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Solvang. There will be no burial at this time, as she chose to be cremated.


Elizabeth Rose Juarez

Elizabeth Rose Juarez (Liz), beloved daughter of Tom and Brenda Juarez, of Los Olivos, passed away Friday, Jan. 12 in Los Olivos, six days after her 17th birthday.

Liz was born in Santa Barbara on Jan. 6, 1990, and lived most her life in the Santa Ynez Valley. At the age of 4, Liz began to attend The Family School in Los Olivos, graduating from the fifth grade with the amazing class of 2001. She attended Dunn Middle School from 2001-2004, and at the time of her death was a junior at Dunn School. Liz was one of the founding students of the Los Olivos Dance Gallery where she studied continuously from 1994 until the present.

Liz was an inspirational dancer, an incredible athlete, a talented artist, an excellent student and a loving friend and daughter. While her light shined brightly through everything she did, it was most noticeable on stage when she danced. She was accomplished beyond her years in ballet, flamenco and jazz. Over the past 13 years, hundreds of Santa Ynez Valley residents have been fortunate to have seen Liz dance in Los Olivos Dance Gallery’s annual productions at the Solvang Theaterfest under the direction of her dedicated teacher Miss Maggie Mesikep. She drew in the audience with her beauty, grace, talent and incredible smile.

As an athlete, Liz was a key member of this year’s Dunn School Varsity Volleyball team, which went all the way to the CIF tournament, and she had already been named a co-captain of the team for next year. She was also a member of Dunn’s varsity lacrosse team. Throughout her life, she received many accolades for her athletic ability, positive sportsmanship and her leadership and spirit.

Liz was an artist with a strong connection to nature. She loved the beaches in and around Santa Barbara and was an expert surfer. She loved the mountains and loved to ski and snowboard. She had planned to attend lacrosse camp this winter and an intensive dance camp this summer.

Liz leaves her loving and devoted parents, Tom and Brenda Juarez of Los Olivos; her grandmothers Catalina Juarez of Chula Vista, Calif., and Vera Henry of Clearfield, Penn.; many aunts, uncles and cousins from around the country; and hundreds of adoring friends and teachers in the Santa Ynez Valley at The Family School and The Dunn Schools.

She loved us all, and we all felt her love — and were in all awe of her brilliance and compassion. Her bright smile will live forever.

The memorial service was held outdoors at The Family School at 5100 Figueroa Mountain Road in Los Olivos, on Wednesday, Jan. 17. Donations in Liz’s name may be made to the Elizabeth Rose Juarez Memorial Fund, at 591 Alamo Pintado Road, Valley Oaks Bank in Solvang, CA 93463.


Terrie Anderson

Terrie Anderson, 63, died on Jan. 14, 2007.

Terrie was born in Pasadena, on Sept. 17, 1943. She lived for 40 years in the Santa Ynez Valley. She owned a beauty salon for many years, called The Beauty Parlour, where she made many look beautiful. She had many friends and family, and is now in peace.

Survivors include her mother, Blanche Elizabeth McGregor of Solvang; daughter, Bobbie Vreeland of Solvang; and granddaughter, Alexzandra Lynn Marshall of Santa Ynez.

Terrie was preceded in death by her only other daughter, Ronnie Lynn Marshall-McCormick on May 31, 2005.

A funeral service is planned for Friday, Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. at the Dudley Hoffman Mortuary chapel. Father Charles Stacey will officiate.

Friends may call Bobbie Vreeland at 688-0039 for more information.

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