Nadea Butler Middleton
Nadea Butler Middleton, 79, died Tuesday,
Sept. 24, 2002 after a brief illness in Virginia Beach, Va. She was born June 8, 1923 in Southampton, N.Y., to
Dr. Charles Terry and Dorothy Powell Butler. The family moved
to Ojai in 1930, where Nadea Butler attended the Ojai Valley
School (Class of '37). She was a graduate of Smith College (Class
of 1945), majoring in landscape architecture and architecture.
She was married to Dr. David Middleton in 1945, and raised four
children in Concord, Mass., where she cultivated her interest
in the outdoors, music, painting, drawing and architectural rendering.
In 1979, Mrs. Middleton moved to Virginia Beach, where she completed
a master's degree in communication studies at Regent University.
At the same time, she was involved in the alternative energy
movement, and an active participant in Norfolk Club 686 of Toastmasters
International. Mrs. Middleton was a member of the Kempsville
(Virginia) Presbyterian Church, where she taught second-grade
Sunday school and served on numerous committees.
She is survived by her daughters, Susan Terry Middleton of Ashfield,
Mass., and Leslie Butler Middleton of Charlottesville, Va.; two
sons, David Blakeslee Middleton of New York City, and George
D.P. Middleton of Carlisle, Mass.; two granddaughters, Lauren
Kathleen Middleton of Littleton, Mass., and Kaya Lindsay Middleton
of New York City; and her niece, Aletheia Meredith Mystea, of
Fort Collins, Colo.
Funeral services were held Sept. 29 at the Kempsville Presbyterian
Church in Virginia Beach. A memorial service in New York City
is being planned for the spring of 2003. Donations in her memory
may be made to the Concord Family and Youth Services of Acton,
Mass., or the Christian Broadcasting Network.
Kenneth Clark "Bud" Adams
Kenneth Clark "Bud" Adams,
81, of Ojai, died Monday, Oct. 14, 2002 at Acacias Care Center
in Ojai, following a long illness. He was born Nov. 12, 1920
in the San Fernando Valley, and lived in Ojai for 17 years, coming
from Hawthorne, Calif.
Mr. Adams was a carpenter for the Los Angeles School District
for 25 years. He was a member of the Ojai Masonic Lodge No. 663
F. & A.M., and a member of the Ojai Eastern Star Lodge No.
He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Lillian, of Ojai; daughter
Beverly Toby of Simi Valley; stepdaughter Nancy Nordstrom of
Ojai; stepsons Ronald Briggs of Ojai, James Briggs of Grants
Pass, Ore., Frank Briggs of Las Vegas, Nev., and Howard Briggs
of Vancouver, Wash.; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Friday, Oct. 18, at 1 p.m. at Clausen Funeral
Home in Ojai, with the Ojai Masonic Lodge officiating.
Arrangements are under the direction of Clausen Funeral Home,
George Carpenter, 96, of Oak View, died
Monday, Sept. 30, 2002 at his home with family and friends at
his side. He was born March 11, 1906 to Donald and Minnie Carpenter,
who chose to leave their Michigan home and move to the open prairies
of Saskatchewan in western Canada when he was a small boy. Repeated
crop failures forced his parents to abandon the homestead and
they moved to Montana to try again. Loading
their household goods and four children into a covered wagon,
they made the arduous, three-week journey southwest. They arrived
in Havre, Montana, in September of 1914, where they filed for
another homestead. Carpenter grew up in this environment, where
your horse was your only transportation.
When he was 19, the family moved back to Michigan, and he had
various occupations there, including several years with the Michigan
State Police. He always had the urge to return west, and did
so in the late '30s, going to work for the Department of the
Interior as a predatory animal hunter for six and a half years.
He came to California in 1940, and eventually became a foreman
for part of Casitas Ranch. He saw Lake Casitas become a reality
on land where he had raised hay. In later years, he worked at
the lake, becoming its first ranger. Mr. Carpenter retired in
1968 and moved to Oregon. Upon the death of his wife, Jessie
Carpenter, he moved back to California in 1991 to be with his
sister and family, where he lived until his death.
He is survived by two daughters and two sons: Thelma Smith of
Castle Rock, Wash., Clara Borden of Redmond, Ore., Nelson Smith
of Castle Rock, Wash., and Verle Smith of Graham, Wash.; eight
grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
At his request, there were no services, just a family gathering
with prayers of gratitude and celebration of his life.
Arrangements were under the direction of Clausen Funeral Home
Annie Barclay (MacPherson) Dixon
Annie Barclay (MacPherson) Dixon, 87,
of Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada,
died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002 at her home. She was born May 15,
1915 in Vancouver, B.C.
Mr. and Mrs. Dixon and their children moved to Ojai in 1958,
and then relocated to Qualicum Beach in 1968.
Mrs. Dixon is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Dana and
William Huffman of Ojai; son Donald Dixon of Victoria, B.C.;
eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, David Dixon, on Sept.
Memorial donations may be made to Smart Start Child Development
Center, P.O. Box 1208, Ojai, CA 93024, or to the Vancouver Island
Regional Library, 101-660-Primrose, Qualicum Beach, B.C., V9K
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