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Obituaries for the week ending
August 29, 2003
Winifred Mary Dennis
Winifred Mary Dennis, known as "Winnie"
to friends and family, passed away on the morning of Sunday,
August 24, 2003, after living a full life of 89 years.
Born Winifred Mary Soden on May 6, 1914 in Chicago, she was raised
by relatives after the early deaths of both parents, and attended
various boarding schools in the Midwest, as well as business
school in Chicago.
Winnie met and married Branton Dennis. They had two sons, Tim
and Bob, and moved to California. They eventually settled in
Pomona, where they lived for many years. Together they participated
in various community groups and events. Winnie worked at General
Dynamics while Brant had his own business, the Dennis Home Show.
They attended the Lady of Assumption Catholic Church in Claremont.
After the passing of her husband and two brothers, Winnie moved
to Ojai three years ago to live with her son Bob and family.
During the last six months of her life, she lived in the Mountain
Vista Manor, also in Ojai.
Friends and family will best remember Winnie for her delightful
sense of humor. She gave and received strength through her many
friendships, and her unique way of listening and providing emotional
support touched many throughout her life.
Winnie is survived by her son Tim Dennis and his wife Judy of
Upland; her son Robert Dennis, his wife Amy, and their two children
Jessie and James Dennis, of Ojai; her in-laws Robert and Norma
Griffith of Ojai; and her many friends.
Winnie's family would like to thank Dr. Jim Halverson and Ms.
Megan Rodda and the staff at Mountain Vista for their loving
and excellent care in her final days.
Services will be handled by Todd Memorial Chapel of Pomona.
Noel Benjamin Girard Jr.
Noel Benjamin Girard Jr., 41, of Kingman,
Ariz., died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2003 after a brief illness. He was
born Oct. 14, 1961 in Anaheim, Calif., to Noel B. Girard Sr.
and Carolyn Margaret McNulty.
He moved to Ojai in 1972 and attended Matilija Junior High School
and graduated from Nordhoff High School with the class of 1979.
He was quarterback for the NHS varsity football team, which went
on to the CIF finals that year. After graduation he began working
in the construction field, where he continued for 25 years.
He is survived by his sons, Jason (Meador) Girard and Kyle (Meador)
Girard, both of Bakersfield, Calif., and Dylan Girard of Marysville,
Calif.; his parents, Noel Girard Sr. of Lake Havasu, Ariz., and
Carolyn McNulty of Sutter Creek, Calif.; sister Sherrie Swearingen
of Marianna, Fla.; brother Steven Girard of Reno, Nev.; grandmother
Elizabeth Soden; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and
Mr. Girard was preceded in death by his grandfather Alvarez Girard
and maternal grandparents George and Virginia McNulty.
A viewing was held Thursday, Aug. 28, and funeral services are
being held today at 1 p.m. at Berge-Pappas-Smith Chapel of the
Angels in Fremont, Calif.
Herman Iles, 51, of Sour Lake, Texas,
died Thursday, Aug. 7, 2003 of a heart attack. Memorial services
were held in Beaumont, Texas, on Aug. 11, 2003 at Calder Baptist
Church, where he was a member.
A former Ventura County resident of Somis and Ojai, Mr. Iles
spent 10 years in California learning the building trade. At
one point, he handled maintenance for The Thacher School. With
his wife and family, he was an active member of the First Baptist
Church of Ojai in 1995 and 1996 before moving to Texas. Mr. Iles
owned a home construction company in the Beaumont area and was
a member of the National Homebuilders Association.
He is survived by his wife, Bobbi Gail Iles, son Herman Reginald
"Reggi" Iles, and daughter Kerri Nickole Iles, all
of Sour Lake; his parents, Herman and Mary Iles of Beaumont;
brothers Blanchard Frank Iles of Beaumont, and John Stuart Iles
of Elgin; sister and brother-in-law Mary Carolyn and Guido Hanak
of Beaumont; and sister Elizabeth Ann Blakeley of San Antonio.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.