Kelsey Collins

Kelsey Collins

A celebration of life is pending for the resident of Sisters, Oregon.  Collins was a long-time resident of Mammoth Lakes.

On Sunday, March 29, 2015, our friend, sister, confidant and all around angel, Kelsey Collins, chose to end her life here on Earth.
Kelsey Collins was an acclaimed author, elder advocate, healer, and vivacious speaker acknowledged by her peers for her expertise in elder care and her life’s work towards redefining the caregiver-caregivee experience.
Kelsey’s daily, moment by moment practice was to keep her heart wide open, no matter what. She assisted and inspired others to do the same, by reminding us that we don’t die any differently than we live. Her book, “Exit Strategy,” reminded us that we have control over how we think about death, and possibly even the way it will look when we transition from this world to the next.
“We are all going to exit at some point, and perhaps our own exit strategies will help to live each day we have here more fully, genuinely and lovingly.” ~ Kelsey Collins
That was Kelsey through and through. She was preceded in death by her son Chase, and the love of her life, Bruce Capitan, who crossed over in October of 2009.
There will be a Celebration of Kelsey’s life this coming summer on the backside of Horseshoe Lake, one of her favorite places to meditate in the Mammoth Lakes area. Date and time TBA.


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Bennie Arebalo

Bennie Arebalo  1930-2015

Bennie Arebalo, age 85, resident of Bishop for 36 years passed away on March 27, 2015 at his home in Bishop.

Bennie was a loving father of 3 children. He left this world to join his wife, mother, father and brother. He was a very kind and giving man, those that knew him always talked about his laugh and loved to tell jokes to make people laugh with him.

Bennie is survived by his daughters Liz Arebalo of Atascadero, Carrie Davila of Atascadero and Mary McCorkle of Sacramento along with grandchildren Brandy of Victorville, Timothy of Colorado, Paul, Gary, Nichole, Carrie of Sacramento, Cherie of Orcutt, CA, Anissa of Sacramento and Siahna of Colorado. We will miss him with all our hearts.

A family service will be held for Bennie in his home town at a later date.


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Irmalee Jones Walker

Irmalee Jones Walker

Irmalee “Lee” Walker, born in Goodrich, CO, on May 27, 1925, passed away at her home in Bishop on March 20, 2015. Lee and her husband and retired in Bishop 20 Years ago to be near two of their children and granddaughter; they made many friends while living here.
Lee was a loving and caring wife, mother and friend. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, J. Kimball “Kim” Walker, and is survived by her four children, Janice, Bradley, Kimberlee, and Terry, as well as three grandchildren. Lee will be missed by all who knew her.
There will be a celebration of life held at her daughter, Terry’s home on April 11, 2015 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. All friends of Lee and the family are welcome to attend.


Scott Sederstrom

Scott Thomas Sederstrom

Scott Thomas Sederstrom, age 44, resident of Mammoth Lakes, Ca. for 21 years, born in Longmont, Co on May 6, 1970 passed away on March 13, 2015 of a climbing accident.
Scott’s beautiful soul and spirit will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.
Survivors include his mother Carla Sederstrom, brother, Eric Sederstrom along with his wife Elini and their sons, Nicholas and Athanasios. His fiancée Suzanne DeBono. All the Sederstrom and Bergstrom families and all whom he touched in this world.
A celebration of his life has been ongoing this past week. A future memorial will be held in the Flathead Valley in early July.  Exact date later to come.




Shirley Davis

Shirley Davis, 1923-2015

On March 13th 2015, Shirley Leone Davis was reunited in heaven with her loved ones; husband Emmett Davis, parents Sydney and Pearl Bacon, sister Dorothy, brothers-in-law Gene Davis, John Ed Davis and Jack Davis, grandchildren Michael Davis, Jerry Davis, Richard Nelson, Monica Davis and Jimmy Huber, and great-grandson Connor Howell.
Shirley and Emmett, who was employed by LADWP, moved to the Owens Valley in 1950. They spent 30 years moving throughout the valley with his job, and in 1980 they settled in beautiful Big Pine.
Born on July 11, 1923 in Santa Monica, California, Shirley had many careers in her life. One of interest was being a “Rosie the Riveter” during WW2 in 1942. However, the most important thing in her life was giving her family and friends “unconditional love”. Grandma Shirley will be remembered by her bright blue eyes, nurturing personality and her beautiful smile. She loved music, dancing and celebrating life.
She is survived by her four daughters, Dorothy Nelson and husband Jigger, Debbie Mason and husband Mike, Tammy Deyo and husband Dan, and Leslie Davis; four sons, Tommy Davis, Buddy Davis and wife Beverley, Jerry Davis and wife Babe, and Jack Davis and wife Napuah; nephew Bob Bann and wife Jeanette and daughters Cindy and Lynette; cousin Nelda Adkins and husband Clem and daughters Denise, Janel and Marla; brothers-in-law, Charles Davis and wife Ann, and Curtis Davis and wife Kathy; and sister-in-law Joyce Hill. She also leaves behind 29 Grandchildren, 38 Great-Grandchildren and 4 Great-Great Grandchildren.
A viewing will be held on Friday March 20th from 4-6 pm at Brune Mortuary, 325 West Elm Street, in Bishop.
Services for Shirley will be held at 2:30 pm on Saturday, March 21st, 2015 at the Big Pine cemetery, with a celebration of life to follow at the home of Dan and Tammy Deyo, 700 Glacier Lodge Road in Big Pine.


Kathryn Brand

Kathryn (David) Brand

Kathryn Suzanne (David) Brand “Katmandu” was born in Inglewood, CA August 10, 1959. She passed away February 28, 2015 in Bishop, CA . Kathryn lived most of her life in Lone Pine and was a member of the Lone Pine Paiute/Shoshone Tribe. She was able to spend her last years in Big Pine, close to her children and grandchildren.
Kathryn enjoyed life to the fullest. She could always tell a good joke, making everyone laugh. She was very loving, kind hearted and willing to help wherever help was needed. She enjoyed spending time with her grand children , playing everything from board games to video games, to drawing pictures of them. Drawing was the favorite of her many talents. She loved being around people and meeting new friends. She was known for making her stew and homemade tortillas. She also lived to pick sage and was always giving. Her smile, laughter and generosity will truly be missed.
Kathryn was preceded in death by her parents, LaVerne Bellas and Stewart David, grandparents Leon Belles and Katherine Hacket. Aunt Ruth Bellas, Uncle Russell Sheppard, cousin Evelyn Sheppard. And Brother Neil Stone.
Kathryn is survived by her long time companion of 17 years James R. “Jim” Williams. Sister Barbara David and brother Marty David. Son Doyle Spratt and daughter-in-law Gina Peterson. Daughter Denay Shaw and son-in-law Arlo Thomas. Granddaughters Hai-wee Mason and Anahkee Mason. Grandson Nathan Shaw. Aunt Marie Bellas. Foster sisters Gina Jones and Ramona Jones. Also numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and life long friends.
Services will be held Saturday, March 14th, at 11 am at the Alan Spoonhunter Memorial Gym, Big Pine.


Jack Scrugham

Jack E Scrugham 1934-2015

Jack E Scrugham (80), Resident of Bishop, CA for 34 years, born in Altoona, PA on May 27, 1934, passed away March 5 at his home in Bishop with his beloved wife by his side.

Jack came to California at the age of 12. He met Dee in high school and they married in 1953. They moved to Bishop in 1980. Jack worked as a bartender at Tom’s place for many years, after leaving Tom’s place; Jack worked for Crowley Lake as a dock hand. Jack was an avid fisherman and also enjoyed hunting. He enjoyed taking care of his roses and his vegetable garden. He also tried his hand a bull riding at the age of 47 and was awarded the “Hard Luck Cowboy “ belt buckle. Jack also, enjoyed sitting on the porch with his friends enjoying a Budweiser.

He is survived by his wife Dee Scrugham of 61 years, daughters Jackie Gonzaliz and husband Luz of Orange, CA and Linda Scrugham of Bishop. Grandson Chris Greeley and wife Kori, and Granddaughter Jennifer Walker. Great grandchildren Nathan, Jordan and Kaelynn, Sister Betty Peck of  Altoona, PA and numerous nieces and nephews and his favorite granddogger Zelda Mae.

Jack did not want to have any services, but would appreciate if you just raise a beer in his memory.


Mary Jones

Mary Jones

Memorial services for Mary Irene Jones of Lone Pine will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at Trinity Anglican Church in Lone  Pine. She died March 4, 2015, in Reno, Nev.
Mary was born Jan. 10, 1932, in Pawhuska, Okla., to Luther and Opal Cole. In 1941 the family moved to the Owens Valley, where her father worked as a section foreman for Southern Pacific Railroad.
Mary graduated from Owens Valley High School in 1949 and three years later married Edson Jones. She worked as an assistant Inyo County librarian before taking time off to raise four children.
She later returned to work as bookkeeper for Ivey Auto Parts and worked there until she retired in 1988.
She was heavily involved in her community, including more than 50 years of service at Trinity Anglican Church. But her deepest love was her family.
She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Edson Jones of Lone Pine; children, Cindy Coats of Cartago; Christa Arthur of Anderson; Tim Jones of Olancha and Paula Stafford of Gardnerville; brother Don Cole of Independence; sisters Margie Fejfar of Bishop,
Majorie Bowen of Lancaster, Marguarite Shirley of Lancaster and Maggie Parsons of Rolla, Mo. She also leaves behind numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Jack and Arnold Cole.
In lieu of flowers, send donations to the charity of your choice.


Ardith Morse

Ardith Morse

Ardith Morse left earth peacefully at her home on Sunday, February 22, 2015 a bit short of her ninety-fourth birthday.  She was preceded in death by her husband of over 60 years Kenneth Dale Morse, brothers Loren and Richard, Sister Dorothy and daughter-in-law Linda Louise.
Ardith was born April 25, 1921 in Sac City Iowa to Augusta and Glenn Post.  Ardith came west to California in the thirties and to Big Pine in 1967 where her and husband opened and operated Kenedars a fast food restaurant where the Country Kitchen is now.  She also worked at The Big Pine Convalescent Home, “The San” until her retirement.
She served her community as a Gold-digger, in the American Legion Auxiliary and volunteered at the Big Pine Library for many years.
Ardith is survived by her baby sister Julie of Arizona, son Edward Glenn, four grandchildren Rachel, Moody John, Naomi and Elisha and two great-grandchildren Cheyanne and Malachi.  She also leaves behind many Nieces and Nephews and countless friends.
A celebration of life will be held at Ardiths’ church, the First Baptist Church of Big Pine, 293 Chestnut Street, March 21, 2015 at 11:00am.  Reception to follow, please bring you favorite dish and your favorite stories to share.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to The Salvation Army, Bishop in Ardiths name.


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