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Verna Parlee (1921 – 2016)

Verna Caroline Parlee        June 1, 1921 – June 7, 2016 Entering this life on June 1, 1921, Verna Caroline Parlee (Grove) was the second of three children born in Buffalo, NY to Paul Owen and Frances Mortimer Grove.  Her early years were spent in Fort Erie, Canada with a close and tight knit tribe of aunts, uncles and cousins on both her parents’ sides. Later most of the family moved to Cleveland, Ohio where Verna graduated from Lakeview High School.  During the early years of WWII, Verna moved to Pasadena, California, along with her cousins Queen and Marjorie where they worked at The Broadway department store on Colorado Blvd. modeling the fashionable clothing they sold.  In late 1944 Verna met her future husband, Lt. Charles Wesley (Wes) Parlee who had recently completed his tours of duty with the 8th and 15th Air Forces in England and Italy respectively. They married in March of 1949 living in South Pasadena until 1953 when they purchased a small house with a large yard in Altadena. There with steady patience, occasional exasperation, but always with un-bounded love they raised four sons: Eric (Dave), Leland (Christine), Martin (Mary), and Robert (Susann).  When the boys were older and responsible enough not to burn the house down, Verna returned to work at The Broadway  and then at LA County DPSS, retiring after eighteen years as an Executive Secretary to a Regional Director of Social Services.  With the arrival of the first of seven Grandchildren, (Wesley, followed by Robert, Richard, Sean, Amanda, Selah and Paul), Verna and Wes moved to Sugarloaf, near Big Bear, California and close...

Jeffrey Hilliard (1979 – 2016)

Jeffrey Martin Hilliard, (Jeff), was born on August 6, 1979, in Pasadena, California to Roby W. Hilliard Jr. and the late Ethel M. Hilliard. Jeffrey was baptized at Community Baptist Church in Pasadena, California and accepted Christ at an early age. Jeff graduated from John Marshall Fundamental High School in Pasadena, California in 1997. Shortly after graduation, he attended Pasadena City College, and worked at a movie theater during his youth. He later became a security guard at Glendale Adventist Hospital, where he received recognition for saving someone’s life. After working at the hospital for a while, he moved on and obtained his real estate license and practiced real estate for a few years. In 2009, Jeff moved to Lancaster, California and during that time the real estate market crashed and he began freelancing computer services. Jeffrey was a caring man of many talents. He loved to share his technological knowledge with people and offer his assistance whenever he could. In 2010, Jeffrey met his soul mate; the love of his life, “Renny”; who happened to be his next door neighbor. They were inseparable ever since. If he was not with her in person, he made sure he checked in with her regularly via his iphone. On may 2, 2015 he asked her for her hand in marriage, which she happily accepted and became his fiancee. They truly complimented each other. Jeffrey obtained his A+ Certification in computer repair and eagerly set out searching for a job in the computer field. He was a true go-getter and would accept any job to keep busy and use as a stepping...

Helen Vrana (1913 – 2016)

Today we wish to celebrate the life of Helen Josephine Vrana, a remarkable woman, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend.   Her story begins over a century ago in Czechoslovakia and ends in California in 2016.    Helen witnessed a phenomenal evolution over the  past 103 years, including living through two World Wars and The Depression. She observed many technological advances during her lifetime.  What a fantastic period in history in which to have lived.  We know she enjoyed a wonderful and exciting life. She will be loved and missed by all of us, forever. Rest in Peace, Helen.Helen is the daughter of Betuska (Betty) Vana Cabrnoch and Jindrich (Henry) Cabrnoch.   Helen’s parents met in Vienna while working in the same bakery.  Jindrich immigrated to Chicago in 1903 with Betuska following later the same year. Helen was born on May 25, 1913 in Chicago, Illinois.  She was an only child.It was noted that Helen was so tiny at birth that she slept in a shoebox.  Her prognosis for survival was poor yet she defied her doctor’s expectation of an imminent  demise and remained  with us, a child of God, for 103 years. Jindrich operated a bakery in Chicago.  Unfortunately, he passed away when Helen was only three months old.  Betuska remarried Rudolph Holman when Helen was three.  Helen’s new family included two older step- brothers, Emmette and Rudy.  Helen remained in Chicago until she was twelve. In 1925, Helen’s parents returned to Czechoslovakia leaving the three children with an aunt and uncle in Cicero, Illinois.  The children rejoined the Holmans, sailing on the S. S. Leviathan to Czechoslovakia with...

Victor Wright (1961 – 2016)

Victor Johnell “Bullet” Wright was born April 8, 1961 in Knoxville,Tennessee, to Donald and Dorothy Wright, the fifth of ten children. He moved with his family to Los Angeles and then later to Altadena where he has resided ever since.  As a youth, Victor was a promising athlete who lettered in five sports at Eliot Jr. High School. As a sophomore at John Muir High School in Pasadena, Victor was injured during the second game of the 1976 season against St. Francis High. After a lengthy rehabilitation, Victor returned home where he was home schooled and graduated with his high school diploma in 1979 on schedule with his classmates. He noted his dream was to play football at the Rose Bowl but receiving his high school diploma on the field was even more gratifying.A year later Victor enrolled in Los Angeles City College. In 1990, he received his Associates degree in Psychology and Counseling becoming one of the first quadriplegics to receive a collegiate degree. Victor has long sought to benefit others. He was a motivation speaker who inspired courage and perseverance to others. He was also the co-founder of the non-profit organization Family of Friends International, a non-profit Christian charity dedicated to providing relief supplies and educational services to children abroad who have lost their parents to natural disasters. Their efforts included assistance to victims of the 2005 Tsunami along the coast of the Indian Ocean and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. In 2011, he became an ordained minister and in 2014 he became a published author when his book “The Wright Stuff: A Story of Perseverance, Inspiration...

Darnell Jones (1948 – 2016)

Darnell Ivey Jones Sunrise: November 21st, 1948 – Sunset: May 9th, 2016 Darnell Ivey Jones went Home to be with the Lord at age 68. She was born to Ethel Jones & George Johnson on November 21st, 1948 in San Francisco, CA. Soon after, her mother relocated the family back to Pasadena, CA. which is where Darnell stayed and attended Pasadena High School. She graduated in 1966. She soon met and married Sgt. Eddie “C” Jones {preceded in death} she took on the role of Military wife full time and dedicated the rest of her life to raising their six children. Darnell was a Devoted Daughter, Wife, Sister, Aunt, Mother, Grand/Great Grandmother and Friend. She would always shoot straight from the hip and would tell you exactly what she felt or thought. She could be warm, funny and leave you questioning yourself at the end of every conversation. She loved her Grand & Great Grand Babies. Close to the end of her life that is what made her smile and it always gave her joy to see them. Seeing God’s Promise of her Generations during her life time was her reward in this Life. Darnell is survived by one Sister Debra Fisher, Four Brothers Alfred, Robert, Timothy and Ronald Jones. Children: Daughters Marla Williams & Rhoneisha Jones, Son’s Gregory Gates {Edward Jones, Alex Jones, Donald Jones preceded in death}. Two Daughter in Law’s Christy Gates & Tasha Ross-Jones, one Son in Law Michael Patrick Williams, SR. 15 Grandchildren, 6 Great- Grandchildren, a Host of nieces & nephews and Dear Friends. What a Blessed Life, and so it is fulfilled. All...

Helen Canada Morning (1938 – 2016)

Helen Canada Morning, the daughter of Frank Canada and Willie G Turrentine Canada, came into the world on February 2, 193 8 in England, Arkansas. She was the last of seven children. The family moved to Pasadena, CA in 1945, and Helen began her educational journey first at Washington Elementary School, then went to Washington Junior High, and graduated from John Muir High School. In April of 1957 Helen married Talmadge “Bubs” Morning. To this union four beautiful children were born, two daughters and two sons. Their marriage lasted seven years. With the loving support of her immediate family, Helen began her career in 1964 in maintenance for the United States Post Office in the Pasadena main branch. During her tenure Helen was promoted to the position of first female letter carrier in the city of Pasadena. She took great pride in being the “Mail Lady,” who was also affectionately known as “Queen Bee.” She delivered mail for twenty-six years. She loved her job and the families she met on her delivery route. The generosity of these people made our Christmases very special for many, many years. When she wasn’t carrying mail, Helen was an avid bowler on the post office team. Her family remembers the many trophies she proudly brought home and the numerous stories she told after participating in weekly league play or in an out-of-town tournament. Although she carried a bowling average that most only dream of, Helen primarily treasured the camaraderie and long-lasting friendships that bowling made possible. After retiring from the post office in 1992, Helen enjoyed spending quality time with her grandchildren. She...

William “Doc” Morris (1919 – 2016)

William George Morris Sr., also known as “Doc,” was born in Brooklyn, New York on October 19, 1919, to Edward H. Morris and Elena A. Morris. He was the third of five children. His only brother named Ned and his 3 sisters named Dell, Esther and Lena. Doc attended both grade school and high school in Brooklyn. After high school, he attended Xavier University of Louisiana. In 1941, Doc joined the United States Army. While in the army he had the opportunity to travel around the world. He also met his loving and beautiful wife Paullyn Garner in May of 1948, while they were both working in Korea. Paullyn was in Korea working for The Red Cross while Doc was stationed there in the Army. In August of 1948, Doc and Paullyn were married in Los Angeles, California. Shortly after the two were married, they moved to an Army Base in New York. In September of 1949, Paullyn gave birth to their first child and only daughter, Paullyn Smith. Their second child, and only son, William George Morris Jr. was born on April 20, 1952, in Tokyo, Japan. From Japan the family moved to Germany then San Francisco and ultimately settled here in Southern California. While in the Army, Doc received several commendations and medals. There are 13 total, they are the: 1.) Silver Star                                       2.) Bronze Star 3.) Purple Heart 4.) Army Commendation 5.) Army Good Conduct 6.) American Campaign 7.) Asiatic Pacific Camp 8.) Europe-Africa-Me 9.) WWII Victory10.) Army...

Jane Kellogg Baggott (1926 – 2016)

Jane Kellogg Baggott November 6, 1926 – March 31, 2016 LA JOLLA, CA – Jane Kellogg Baggott, a.k.a. Desdy Kellogg, left this world on March 31, 2016 at her home in La Canada, CA with her daughter, Jane Kellogg, by her side. She fought a long and hard battle with cancer, extending her life for more than two and half years beyond the initial pronouncement of three months. During those two and a half years, she made the most of her extra time on earth and accomplished more in that time than many people accomplish in a lifetime. This was a testament to the amazing and talented woman she was. Desdy was born in La Jolla, CA to William and Helen Jackson. Her maiden name was Jane Catherine Jackson. As she put it herself, “I was born there so long ago that the most controversial issue in town was whether or not to remove the horse watering trough from the center of Girard Avenue”. This would have been an important issue for her because one of her lifelong passions was horses. Her first riding lessons were at the Del Charro Woods stables in La Jolla Shores (no longer there) and she told us stories of riding on the beach, riding to the top of Mt. Soledad for Saturday morning pancake breakfasts and riding across the mesa with the Meanley brothers to have barbecues at their house in Miramar Ranch. As she tells the story, she met her future father-in-law, William Scripps Kellogg while riding her horse along Ardath Road (La Jolla Parkway for those new to town). Mr. Kellogg...

John Fletcher (1942 – 2016)

John David Fletcher Sunrise February 8, 1942, Sunset March 12, 2016   Public Visitation April 1, 2016 4-7pm Drawing Room, Mountain View Mortuary Funeral Service April 4, 2016 11am Sunrise Chapel, Mountain View Mortuary.  Pastor Wayne Cooper To Officiate Services.  .  Entombment, Fair Oaks Garden Crypt, Mountain View...

Reginald “Robbie” Robinson (1948-2016)

Reginald “Robbie” Robinson was born September 14, 1948 in Tampa, Florida, the oldest child of Harvey Blandon and Retha Mae Taylor, both deceased.   He passed away at home after a two-year battle with cancer on March 18, 2016. Reginald attended Middleton High School in Tampa, Florida, and after graduation, he enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1966 and served as a military police officer until 1970.   He moved to California and served in the Air Force Reserve for two years and attended California State University – Los Angeles, receiving a B.A. in Sociology.  He then entered the Los Angeles Sheriff Academy and went on to work as a deputy sheriff for 35 years. “Robbie” was a loyal and devoted husband to his wife, Laura, to whom he was married to for 44 years.   He is survived by his sisters Audrey Taylor, Renee LaTouche, Lana Mitchell, and Michael Hardy, his children Rhonda, Retha (Zacharie), and Robert (Kimberly), and his grandchildren Cheyenne, Satchel, Leia, and Dominic. Reginald had a quiet demeanor and didn’t call a lot of attention to himself.  What was most important to him was his family and the youth of the community.  He believed in helping children grow into successful adults, which could be seen through his volunteer work.  He was a little league coach for 14 years, and was always there to support and cheer on his children and grandchildren at their track meets, baseball, volleyball, and soccer games.   He could be counted on to help with fundraising for the athletic teams and music programs at John Muir High School.  He volunteered at Franklin Elementary...

Gary Stevenson (1958- 2016)

Gary Dean Stevenson, 57, of Pasadena, CA, passed away on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 after a long battle with respiratory problems. Gary was a lifetime resident of Pasadena, CA, born to Kendall and Mary Marjorie (Marge) Stevenson. Survived by his wife of 37 years, Shirley; sons, David and his wife Sarah and their 2 children, Kingston and Kendall; Kevin and his fiancé Courtney; daughter Karen Kate (KK); his brother Kenny and his wife Chung and their 2 children, Jason and Kenny Shawn; sister Norma and her husband Robert and her 3 children, William (Billy) (deceased), Susan and Stephanie (Stacy); twin sister Mary Kathy and her son Chase; 3 nieces, Summer, Holly and Elizabeth; and 2 nephews, Blaze and Frost; 15 great nephews and nieces; a great-great nephew and niece; In-Laws, Judith and Eugene Ramaker and extended family all across the country, in which he loved to spend time with. Gary loved adventure anyway he could get it. From motorcycle riding, baseball, auto racing, boating, fishing, golfing, scuba diving, skiing, bicycle riding, off road racing and traveling the World. He was very mechanical and enjoyed building things. For most of his working years, he worked in the concrete field, as well as established a family business. Gary attended church at Fellowship Monrovia and was a volunteer for the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife as well as a lifetime of service on the Little League fields....

Josephine Small (1922 – 2016)

On February 10, 2016, Josephine Anne Small (Joanne), recently of Pasadena, CA,  passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of 93. Born in Des Moines, Iowa to Carol Lorraine and Harry John Bemis, Joanne spent her summers on Lake  Stratton, Wisconsin with her paternal grandmother Fannie Bemis from whom she acquired her lifelong love of flowers and birds.  She more recently was a member of the Pasadena Docent Society where she took people on walking tours of Old Pasadena.  She was also active with bowling and swimming several times a week.  Joanne’s other interests included reading, opera, competitive card games, travel and the Pasadena Playhouse. Joanne is survived by four children: Tom Small of Florida, John Small of Arizona, Georgeanne Myler of Missouri and Mary Reamer of California.  She was preceded in death by her daughter, Nancy Swift and brother John Bemis. She is also survived by two sisters, Susan Blankenship and Nancy Brown, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, nieces and nephews.  She was truly the matriarch of the family and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. A memorial service and interment will be held on March 5th at 2pm at the Mountain View Cemetery in Altadena,...
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