Robert Lee Evans
Robert Lee Evans, 84, of Ojai, died
Sunday, Dec. 30, 2001 at his home. He was born April 4, 1917,
in Pocola, Okla., to James Robert Evans and Ruth Ellen (Higgins)
Evans, and had been a resident of Ventura County for more than
He married Flora K. Birch on July 27, 1938, in Spiro, Okla.,
where he worked on the railroad. During World War II, he served
in the U.S. Army as a military police. When the war was over
he decided to move his family to California, where he went to
work for Shell Oil Company, remaining with them for 25 years.
Since Mr. Evans never lost his Oklahoma accent, he was forever
known as "Okie Bob." His interests included hunting
and fishing; his photo with a huge thresher shark he caught from
the Ventura Pier ran in the Star Free Press.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Flora Evans of Ojai;
his six children, Doris Benoit, Carolyn Holland, Barbara Reames,
Clara Guzikowski, Ray Evans and Robert Charles Evans; sisters
Pauline Parks of Spiro, Okla., and Faye Ellen Evans of Oklahoma;
14 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Evans was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Claude,
Leza and Guy, all of Spiro, and grandson Curtis Holland.
Friends may call today from noon to 8 p.m. at Clausen Funeral
Home in Ojai. Graveside services will be held Saturday, Jan.
5, at 11 a.m. at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park in Ventura, with Pastor
Scott Harrell officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice at Help of Ojai.
Arrangements are under the direction of Clausen Funeral Home.
Violet Elinor Boise
Violet Elinor Boise, 80, of Ojai, died
Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, at her home surrounded by family after
a lengthy illness. She was born June 7, 1921, in San Diego, Calif.
Mrs. Boise's interests included gardening, family and reading,
especially keeping up on world and current events.
She is survived by her husband, George Boise of Ojai; daughter
and son-in-law Louise and Ron Konstanzer of Ojai; daughter April
of Valley Center and husband Paul Sodeman of Escondido; and grandchildren
Jeff Konstanzer and Shelley DeLano of Ojai, and Greg, David,
Steven and Brian Sodeman of Valley Center.
The family is thankful for the care given Mrs. Boise by her care
Memorial services are pending. In lieu of flowers, donations
may be made to the American Lung Association or a favorite charity.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Neptune Society.
Phyllis Bastorde Fry
Phyllis Bastorde Fry, 93, a 41-year
resident of Ojai, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2002, at her home. She
was born April 4, 1908, in Deabole, Cornwall, England. She immigrated
to Ventura with her parents, Ernest and Nellie Bastorde, in 1912.
She graduated from Ventura High School in 1927, and then attended
the University of California at Los Angeles, where she met her
future husband, William J. Fry, a flying cadet at March Field.
After living in various cities across the United States pursuing
Mr. Fry's career with the Air Force and as a commercial airline
pilot, the Frys returned to Ojai in 1960.
Mrs. Fry was well-known for her many activities in the Ojai Valley,
including Little House, Ojai Music Festivals Committee, Mary
A. Livermore Society, and the Ojai Valley Garden Club, where
her flowers and arrangements won many awards at the annual Garden
She is survived by her husband, William J. Fry Sr., and son William
J. Fry Jr., both of Ojai; daughter Sheila Fry Hornbostel of Williamsburg,
Va.; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held today at 2 p.m. at St. Thomas
Aquinas Catholic Church in Ojai. Friends and family are invited
to attend and celebrate her life. A reception will follow in
St. Thomas Aquinas Center.
Arrangements are under the direction of McDermott-Crockett Mortuary
in Santa Barbara.
Laurel H. Fielder
Laurel H. Fielder, 47, of Ojai, died
Friday, Dec. 28, 2001, in Northridge, Calif., following a lengthy
illness. She was born March 11, 1954, in Pratt, Kan., and lived
in Ojai for 40 years.
Ms. Fielder graduated from Nordhoff High School and attended
college in Los Angeles. She was very involved in the Ojai United
Methodist Church and appreciated their visits, thoughts and prayers.
Her family wishes to thank her best friends, Robin and Lynn Chambliss,
for their unconditional love and support.
Ms. Fielder is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Lyndall
Alexander and Darrel, of Ventura; brothers Bill, Danny, Roger,
Ron and Richard Rhoades, all from the Ventura-Ojai area; niece
Anna and husband Wayne Wilson of Ventura; niece Raquel and husband
Pierre Champagne of Bakersfield; nieces Emily and Chessa Rhoades,
and Heather and Ashley Rhoades; nephews John and Micke Rhoades;
two great-nieces; and two great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Helene Rhoades,
and brother Dallas Rhoades.
Friends and family are welcome to attend a graveside service
Saturday, Jan. 5, at 11 a.m. at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park in Ventura,
with the Rev. David Burgeson officiating.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
Arrangements are under the direction of Clausen Funeral Home
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