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Resting here at Mountain View Cemetery are the remains of Pasadena’s pioneer families, California statesmen, and other historically significant personalities.  

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Susanne MacMillan (1937 – 2015)

Death Notice for : Susanne S. Mac Millan  12-21-37 to 9-23-15 Survived by Roy A Mac Millan Jr. (57 years) Lisa Mac Millan-Hageman, Tim, Jon, Andy Mac Millan, predeceased son Greg Sorensen,16 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren. Celebration of life at University  Club of Pasadena, 10/4/15,...

Conchita Grady 1937 – 2015

Conchita Flores Grady was born on May 12, 1937 in Pasadena, Ca.  She went to be with our Lord on September 25, 2015 at 3:30 am.  Conchita is preceded in death by her beloved Marvin Hanley, parents Felix G. & Magdeline G. Flores, brothers Robert, Mike, Ernest, Felix Jr., & Herbie, & sisters Anita & Evelyn.  She is survived by her sister Herlinda, brother Ray & many nieces & nephews. Conchita was always full of joy.  Everyone who met her, loved her.  She was caring & fun to be around.  She loved to tease & make us laugh!   Her favorite TV show featured Chuck Norris.  She loved new clothes, watches & comfortable shoes.  She always had a purse with her photos & a wallet with money! She resided in Los Angeles most of her life and would love to ride the bus and visit with family in Pasadena. She had naturally wavy hair that was always styled. She looked forward to visits & phone calls from her sister Herline.   She spent her life being close to her sister Herline & family. Conchita knew the Lord.  Even with Alzheimers, she could say or sing “The Lord’s Prayer,” bedtime prayer & the song “Jesus Loves Me.” Her niece Arline would tell her bible stories of Zachias, Noah’s Ark,  & Jonah and the Whale.  The more dramatic and animated they were, the better! Her roommate & best friend at West Haven was a precious Christian woman named Ramona.  Ramona was like a mother to her, always making sure she was comfortable. Our family would like to give a “special thank you” for the wonderful loving care they gave to...

Paul John Gedigian (1923 – 2015)

Paul Gedigian was born December 17, 1923 in Pasadena and died  September 3, 2015 at the age of 91 surrounded by family in the home he built. Survived by his wife of 28 years, Judy; brother, Harry Gedigian, 93; son, Jamie Gedigian (Dawn); daughter, Janet Gedigian (Max Heinemann); stepson, Dale Allen (Kristin); stepdaughter, Jill Thordarson (Tom). Also survived by grandchildren, Lisa Gedigian (Jack Deslippe), Matt Gedigian, Mathilde Heinemann, Chelsea & Katelyn Thordarson, and Trevor Allen.  Funeral services are Monday, September 14, 11 a.m. at Mountain View Mortuary,  2400 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Altadena with viewing from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to City of Hope, 1500 E. Duarte Rd., Duarte, CA 91010 or charity of your...

Lewis Farmer (1922 -2015)

Lewis Gardner Farmer was born in Adams, Tennessee on September 14, 1922 and passed away on September 1, 2015. Lew was a “country boy” at heart being born and raised on the family farm in Adams, Tennessee until the age of 10.  The family lost the farm in early 1930’s due to the depression.  His parents, T. G. and Mercedes, decided to pack up the Model T Ford with their three sons, Lew, Bill and Jack, and move west to California to chase the dream of a better life. Upon their arrival in Pasadena, his father bought a gas station and a new life was started for the family.  The schools Lew attended in Pasadena were Hamilton, John Marshall and Pasadena Junior College where he graduated with an Associated Arts Degree.   Lew met his wife, Merlyne Gulden, while working at Lockheed Aircraft, where he worked as a machinist and she worked on the assembly line.  They married in 1944. Lew answered the call to join the World War II effort by volunteering for service in the U.S. Air Force where he served as a navigator and officer.  When the war was over, he continued serving in the Air Force Reserves where he retired in 1982 at the rank of Major after 30 years of service.  He was a proud member of “The Greatest Generation”. With the war over, it was time to settle down with his wife and start a career and family.  His self-taught mechanical engineering skills landed him a job in Pasadena at Consolidated Electrodynamics Corporation (CEC).  The company merged with Bell & Howell and from...

Gayle N. Plunkett (1946 – 2015)

Gayle N. Plunkett passed away on August 27, 2015.  Gayle was a long time member of The United Daughters of the Confederacy, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Daughters of the American Revolution, member of the Huguenot Society, Phi Delta Kappa, and an active member and board member of the Santa Anita Bowling Green Club in Arcadia. Gayle taught in the Pasadena Unified School District at Marshall High School for over 34 years and was an Adjunct Professor at Pasadena City College over 27 years. Survived by her husband Eugene M Plunkett of Pasadena and her sister Tracy Little of Chino Hills. Daughter Shannon Baker Simms of Salem, Virginia.  ...

Sylvia McLymont (1930 – 2015)

Sylvia McLymont, age 85, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 in Las Vegas, NV. She was born on June 2, 1930 in Chicago, IL to the late Lucille Speid and the late Edgar James She confessed Christ at an early age and was active member of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church Los Angeles for over 65 years.  Sylvia worked for Los Angeles County as a Registered Nurse for over 37 years. Sylvia was an amazing woman of God.  She did everything for the Glory of God and will be remembered for her loving and giving spirit.   She is survived by her daughters, Patricia Brown, Melanie Pruitt and Karen McLymont. Son-in-laws Cedric Brown and Lawrence Pruitt Sr. Grandchildren, James Williams, III., Lawrence Pruitt, Jr., Dr. Monique Pruitt-Norwood, Sean Payton, Eric Payton and Nicole Fashaw.  Great-Grand Children, Semara Williams, Kamani Williams, Nicholas Norwood and Noah Norwood.  Brother, Herman James and Sister, Dorothy Thorburn-Parcel and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and dear...

Evelina Dela Cruz (1930-2015)

Please join us for the final celebration of service for Evelina Dela Cruz who recently passed away on August 11,2015. We will be honoring Evelina’s  life in a memorial  service with family, friends, and loved  ones. Saturday, August 22, 2015 2-6 p.m. Mountain View Mortuary, 2400 Fair Oaks, Altadena Ca 91001  ...

Judith Stevenson (1944-2015)

Judith Anne Minoogian Stevenson was born in Portland, Maine on April 27, 1944 and passed away in Glendora California on July 31, 2015.  Judy was educated in Pasadena Schools and was the first graduating class from Pasadena High School.   She is, survived by her two Sisters, Margery Beardslee & Bette Willmon; her nephews Jason (CarolLee & Hudson) Trussell & Michael (Elizabeth &Vanna) Willmon.   She was a member of Armenian Cilicia Evangelical Church and Dorcas Guild & sang in the choir for over 40 years.  Memorial Services will be Saturday, August 15, 2015. 11:30 am at Armenian Cilicia Evangelical Church, 339 S. Santa Anita, Pasadena CA  91107.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Armenian Cilicia Evangelical...

Darcell Hannah (1964-2015)

Darcell Hannah was born May 31, 1964 to the parents of Kelly Avil Hannah and Shirley Long. Darcell was preceded in death by his father Kelly A Hannah, brothers Kelly Hannah III and Peter Hannah. Darcell moved to Pasadena, CA. at an early age where he later met and married his best friend Theresa Winbush.  Spending time with family and friends, low riding, playing chess, and dominoes were among the many things Darcell enjoyed. However, most of all Darcell loved spending time with his children and never missed a baseball, basketball or football game; He was also always present for plays and musicals his children performed in. His children were his life. From the youngest to oldest he was “daddy”. Left to cherish his memories, Darcell leaves behind, wife, Theresa Winbush; sons: Darcell Jr., Darieo, De’Mauria, Darquan, Daejuan, Darrell, Doncell, Darmoni, Darcell A. and Ethan; daughters: Darshell. Avaunta, Daishanae and Daria; Mother, Shirley Long; Brothers: Gary, Greg, Anthony, Andre, Keith; Sisters: Mason and Tracy; * grandsons and 6 gransdaughters; and a host of other family member and friends....

James Otis Potter (1928-2015)

James Otis Potter was born on April 4th 1928 in Birmingham, Alabama to the union of Rebecca Smith and Alstock Potter. Dad was the fourth child of five child (Potters’) in which 4 precedes him in death. Dad attended Lincoln school as a child, and with only a 8th grade education, he decided not to further his education; but instead, put his age up to join the U.S. Navy in which he served as a cook. That was Dads’ way of thinking, he could do anything; it was nothing for a stepper; but, soon his naval career would come to a halt, once learned of his age, thanks to his older sister, who worked for the War Department, dad was honorably discharged. Our dad was rambunctious, and with his mother; now being a single parent, sent him at the age of thirteen to live with his Uncle Boss (James Goldsmith). Our Dad came from a family of progressive, hard working men and Uncle Boss help mold this strong minded young man into the Manly Man our father was. Our father had big dreams and big ideals, which again served him well, after his brief naval career, dad was off again, this time moving to California, where he live with Uncle Red and Aunt Claudia, dad at this time was only seventeen. Dad had earned his nickname “Skeet” which he was called by his family, because our dad was constantly on the go, and you best believe, he hated that name. Dad, left California in the late 40’s and moved to Detroit, where he lived with Uncle Jackson, he met...

Jose Matias (1941-2015)

 Jose Matias passed away on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 12:10 p.m. Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico on August 12, 1941, Jose moved to New York City when he was 12 years old.  After a short time in college, he enlisted in the Air Force. At age 23, he met a beautiful young woman named Casilda Lopez, who would later become his wife of 50 years.   Jose worked at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York City for over 20 years. He loved Salsa music, the company of family and friends and watching Baseball.  He is survived by his wife, Casilda Matias, his four children and eight grandchildren. Services will be held on Saturday, August 1st at the Sunrise Chapel of Mountain View Cemetery  in Altadena, California from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. His ashes will be placed at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California....

Dorothy Wright (1939-2015)

Dorothy Ann Badgett was born December 12, 1939 in Knoxville, Tennessee to Jacob and Rosa Elizabeth Badgett.  She met Donald Milton Wright and they were wed on July 31, 1954. In 1961 with five children, the family moved to California seeking a better life.  While in California, Dorothy held positions as a cook, caregiver and a nurse to support her ever growing family which ultimately included nine children with the early home going of her daughter, Twanda Wright. Her interests included family, gardening, reading and listening to Gospel music.  She was active in many churches and worked with various charities. At age 75, Dorothy left us on July 7, 2015 with her family by her side in Arcadia, California. Mrs. Wright was survived by her husband, Donald Milton Wright, nine children:  Donald Milton Jr., Dexter Lee, Tobytha Renee, Deborah Lynn, Victor, Rebecca, Myron W., Joseph J., Cheryl Regina; 23 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren and several other family and friends. Dorothy leaves a special message to her family and friends: “I love you all and abide what I’ve taught you about the ways of...
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