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Camille Oakland Houston passed away suddenly on January 16, 2023, with her family in Montana. Camille Oakland was born in Burbank, California, on December 19, 1956. After a few years of living in Woodland Hills, California, her family moved t…

Sally Harris Wilbur, 85, died December 25, 2022, in Gresham, Oregon, where she had lived since leaving Ojai, California, in 1981. She was a native of Massachusetts.

Born on June 7, 1934, in Ojai, California, Barbara (Small) Coggins grew up in the warm sun and on the sandy beaches of Southern California.

Robert Kenneth Johnson, known by most as Bob, was born on March 20, 1933. He peacefully passed away on January 5, 2023, in Simpson Bay, St. Maarten, with his son, Tom, at his side. He is survived by daughter, Rayne Bristow-Martinez; sons: Dal…

Gordon Black (Gib) passed away at his home in Oak View, California, at the age of 73, on January 18, 2023. He is survived by his wife, Patti, and grandson D.J. Young. A loving husband who was kind and considerate to everyone. He will be misse…

Author and teacher of nonduality, Robert Wolfe, died as he wished at home on Saturday, December 31, 2022, at the age of 86. Robert was friend, teacher, mentor, and beacon to many seeking what it means to live without division.

One year ago, on January 24, 2022, Steve Dodge was tragically killed while working on a ranch in King City, California.

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Marilyn Van Hoosear Goode, humanitarian, artist, and environmental activist, died in her Sonoma home on December 11, at age 92. Marilyn was born on January 23, 1930. Marilyn was raised in San Francisco, California, and was profoundly shaped b…

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After a long fifteen-year battle with COPD, Jo Ann Weigand Carroll passed away at 75, in the early hours of Thursday, December 22, 2022. Jo Ann spent her last moments in the arms of her son, David.

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Norma Lee Gillham, “queen of the kitchen,” whose solution to every problem was to add just a tad more sugar and butter. Norma Lee, 88 years young, passed away December 6, 2022, in Ojai, California, surrounded by those she loved most.

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Shirley Jean King, age 90, of Ojai, California, passed away peacefully on November 22, 2022, with family by her side at home in Ojai, CA. Shirley was born in Houston, Texas, on October 26, 1932, to Dorothy and Sterling Gardner. She graduated …

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Frances was born on the farm of her parents, Dr. George C. Lyons and Jessie P. Draper, in rural East Tennessee. She was the 3rd of 4 girls.

Gloria Elaine Vadnais, 91, of Ojai, California, passed away on December 1, 2022, in Santa Barbara, CA. Gloria was born in Newark, New Jersey, to Charles and Mildred Sipos on August 20, 1931. She went to Polytechnic High School in Los Angeles,…

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The world will not be quite the same without you, Dad. Eddie Ray Pate, born July 30, 1937, in Ojai, California, and died December 1, 2022, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Allen George Spencer of Ojai, California, peacefully passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family on December 7, 2022. Allen was born on August 30, 1929, in Bottineau, North Dakota, he was the eldest son of Archie and Georgia Spencer.

Our friend of many, Cheyenne “Mama” Bear, retreated from the land of the living on December 1, 2022, slipping peacefully into her forever cave, after being hospitalized at OVH due to pneumonia complications.

We are very sad to share the news of Mark’s unexpected passing. Mark was born in Southern California and lived most of his life in Ojai. He was a special guy that loved everyone he met and nearly everyone that knew Mark has a favorite story a…

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It is with great sadness that we share the loss of our beautiful mother, Mary Louise Silvestri.

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On September 14, 2022, Joyce Goodwin Thurlow—longtime resident of Mayfield, New York, and Fort Myers, Florida, celebrated her 99th birthday with her family by her side in Fort Myers. In less than two weeks, the place she had called home for 3…

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We celebrate the life of Sigung Tom Farrar — as we hold him in our hearts. His life began October 5, 1959, in Ventura, California, and, coming full circle, ended close to his hometown of Ojai, CA, on Friday, November 11, 2022. Sifu Tom, as he…

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William Natale Palladini passed away Sunday morning, November 6, in Sonoma, California, just as the time “fell back” from 2 a.m. to 1 a.m. He died from gastric cancer that had metastasized, along with multiple complications, and is survived b…

Longtime Ojai resident Leone Webster passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 6, surrounded by family and friends.

Berkley John Baker of Ojai, California, passed away peacefully on November 7, 2022, in his home surrounded by the love of his family. Berkley was born in Oakland, CA, on December 26, 1926, to Esther and John W. Baker.

Stephanie Quinn Westphal, beloved mother, writer, English teacher, and editor, passed away on October 31, 2022, at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, California, at age 65, following an 18-month battle with metastatic melanoma.

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Aaram Shahi passed away on October 27, 2022, at the age of 38 after a tragic car accident. Aaram was a beloved father, son, brother, cousin, and friend. He will always be remembered for his big, kind, and loving heart, a smile that would ligh…