Dola M. (Smith) Horton
Dola M. (Smith) Horton, 89, died Friday,
May 24, 2002 in Luther, Okla. She was born June 29, 1912 in Vista,
Okla., to Jim and Maud Smith, and grew up in Maud, Okla. The
family moved to California in 1940.
In 1950, she moved to 99 Kunkle Street in Oak View, and lived
there for 50 years before declining health caused her to move
to Luther, Okla., to be closer to her three children.
Over the years, she managed variety stories in Casitas Springs
and Oak View, and later worked for the Village Pharmacy in Ojai.
Mrs. Horton is survived by her daughter, Betty Muehlenweg, of
Luther, Okla.; sons and daughters-in-law J.B. and Sue Dodson,
and Bill and Joyleen Dodson, all of New Braunfels, Texas; sister
and brother-in-law Fay and Gene Thompson of Pismo Beach, Calif.;
nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two nephews and
Graveside services with interment will be held Thursday, May
30, 2002 at Arlington Memory Gardens, Midwest City, Okla.
Arrangements are under the direction of Bill Eisenhour Funeral
Jacqueline Badgley Christensen
Jacqueline Badgley Christensen, 76,
of Ojai, died Saturday, May 25, 2002 in Oxnard. She was born
Jan. 2, 1926 in Orange, Calif., and was a Ventura County resident
for the past 30 years.
She graduated from Poly High School in Long Beach in 1944 and
was an electronics assembler for Raytheon for 15 years.
Mrs. Christensen is survived by her daughters, Rita Smith, of
Ojai, and Carol Smith, of Santa Barbara; and her son, Anthony
R. Smith, of Ojai.
Arrangments are under the direction of Joseph P. Reardon Funeral
Home in Ventura.
Barbara N. Hunt
Barbara N. Hunt, 59, of Ojai, died Saturday,
May 25, 2002 at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura following
a lengthy illness. She was born Nov. 1, 1942 in Fort Worth, Texas,
and had lived in Ojai for 59 years.
Mrs. Hunt was a member of the Ojai Valley Baptist Church and
a 1962 graduate of Nordhoff High School. She was also a graduate
of the FBI School of Composite Artists in Virginia.
She is survived by son Jim Hunt of Los Angeles; daughter Annelle
Leesa Henselman of Medford, Ore.; brother Phillip Sims of El
Paso, Texas; three grandchildren; and one nephew.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Hunt, in 1988.
Visitation will be Thursday, May 30, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Clausen
Funeral Home in Ojai.
Graveside services will be held Friday, May 31, at 1 p.m. at
Ivy Lawn Memorial Park in Ventura, with Pastor Scott Harrell
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements are under the direction of Clausen Funeral Home.
Mary Bernadette Ladner Garey
Mary Bernadette Ladner Garey, 89, of
Ojai, died Thursday, May 23, 2002. She was born Aug. 15, 1912
in Mobile, Ala., and spent most of her adult life as a resident
of Mississippi. She had lived in Ojai since 1998.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, actress Diane
Ladd and Robert C. Hunter; her granddaughter, actress Laura Dern
and Ben Harper; stepchildren Amy and Milan Oleson, Emily Hunter
and Brandon and Kristen Hunter; and two great-grandsons.
She was preceded in death by granddaughter Diane Elizabeth Dern,
and by her husbands, Daniel Garey and Preston Paul Ladner.
Mrs. Garey, a housewife by profession, had also appeared in several
films as an actress and was on the cover of the London publication,
Hello Magazine, and the book, "Mothers and Daughters,"
along with Diane and Laura, both Oscar nominees. She worked to
protect stray dogs and cats and owned a Pomeranian and seven
A private graveside service was held May 28 at the Santa Barbara
Cemetery, with Father Virgil of the Old Mission Santa Barbara
presiding, and a celebration of life memorial service was held
in the city of Ojai.
Arrangements were under the direction of Clausen Funeral Home
Mrs. Merrington is survived by her son, Floyd L. Clawson, of
Ventura; daughter Betty Banks of Great Bend; sister Dorothy Hagen
of Sapulpa, Okla; five grandchildren, including Dr. Gordon Clawson
of Ojai; nine great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place. A private family inurnment will be
held at the Great Bend Cemetery at a later date.
A memorial fund for the First United Methodist Church is in care
of the funeral home.
Arrangements are under the direction of Bryant Funeral Home,
1425 Patton Road, Great Bend, KS 67530.
Agnes Merrington, 89, of Great Bend,
Kan., died Saturday, May 25, 2002. She was born Dec. 11, 1912
in Great Bend to Perry and Gertrude Hoadley Flory. She had been
a resident of Great Bend for 64 years.
She married Kenneth Clawson on June 9, 1928 in Hoisington, Kan.
She married her second husband, Vi Cal Merrington, on Oct. 5,
1953 in Long Beach, Calif.
She was a former clerk at Montgomery Ward in Great Bend, and
was also a floral designer in Long Beach. She was a member of
First United Methodist Church, Order of Eastern Star (lifetime
member) in Great Bend, and a member of Central Kansas Thread
Benders Quilt Guild.
Doris Kasman, 77, of Ojai, died Tuesday,
May 28, 2002 at Royal Gardens in Ojai without pain of natural
causes. She was born Dec. 26, 1924 in New York, N.Y., and lived
in Ojai for two years, coming from Laguna Hills, Calif., where
she had retired.
Mrs. Kasman was a member of the B'nai Brith Sisterhood and the
Brandeis Association. Her interests incluced ceramic art, films
and world travel.
She is survived by her daughter, Laurel Hunter and wife Sara
Hawley-Hunter of Ojai; son and daughter-in-law Kenneth and Kathy
Jo Kasman of Winnetka, Calif.; and one granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Sidney Zalic Kasman.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, June 2, at 1 p.m. at
the Jewish Community of the Oaks in Ojai, Temple K'hilat ha Aloneem,
with Rabbi Hochberg-Miller officiating.
At her request, her ashes will be scattered off the Ventura coastline.
Arrangements are under the direction of Clausen Funeral Home
James Albert "Jim" Goforth
James Albert "Jim" Goforth,
82, formerly of Ojai, died Wednesday, March 6, 2002 in Bend,
Ore., of pneumonia. He was born Jan. 17, 1920 in San Luis Obispo,
He married Edeen Marlow on Nov. 1, 1941 in Yuma, Ariz. In November
of 1944 he moved his family to Ojai where they lived for the
next 32 years.His three daughters, Jeanne, Diana and Kim, attended
the local schools, all graduating from Nordhoff High School,
where his wife, "Deen," was librarian.
His interests included riding the mountain trails of Los Padres
National Forest. He was an active member of the Ventura County
Saddle Club and served as its president for two years. Mr. Goforth
worked for 20 years with Sears in Ventura.
On July 28, 1974 he married Dorothy "Jerry" Nickerson
of Ojai, moving soon afterward to Bend, Ore., with his new family,
including Jerry's daughters, Tami and Janet. In Bend, Mr. Goforth
and a partner opened Pinewood Appliance Repair in September 1974.
Retiring in 1985, he and Jerry traveled for several years throughout
the United States and Canada.
He is survived by his wife, Jerry, of Bend, Ore.; daughters Jeanne
Greatorex of Watsonville, Calif., Diana Clark and Kim Goforth,
both of Seattle, Wash.; stepsons Robert Nickerson and David Nickerson,
both of Baytown, Texas; stepdaughters Katherine Seeley of Auburn,
Maine, Tami Johnson of Corvallis, Ore., and Janet Wojciechowski
of Bend; sister Gladys King of Shelton, Wash.; 18 grandchildren;
seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Goforth was preceded in death by his two brothers.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Newberry Hospice of
La Pine, 51480 Huntington Road, La Pine, OR 97739.
Deschutes Memorial Funeral Home in Bend, Ore., was in charge
of arrangements. His ashes were interred in the Deschutes Memorial
Gardens, along with the ashes of Roland Daniel "Danny"
Nickerson, the eldest son of Jerry and her first husband, the
late Ernest Hamilton Nickerson. Danny died in 1960 in Ojai.
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