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Obituary: Chalmers

Marie June Chalmers






Marie June Chalmers (84), Born in Sacramento, CA June 20, 1930 passed away October 10, 2014 in Bishop CA. Marie was preceded in death by her husband Albert in 2009. She leaves behind her loving daughters Debra, Janice, Christine and Linda, grandchildren Bryan, Sarah and Roman.

She moved to June Lake in 1970 before migrating to Bishop in 1997 with husband Al to escape the snowy winters of June Lake. Marie served in the lady bills and enjoyed playing bingo at the Elk’s lodge with friends.

She will be dearly missed by family and friends.

A celebration of life for Marie will be held Sunday October 26 at 1:00 PM at the June Lake Community Center. A potluck social will follow.

Donations in Marie’s name can be made to the following: Bishop Elk’s Lodge (Lady Bills), Calvary Chapel of June Lake or Calvary Chapel of Bishop.

Obituary: Jeffery

Drucilla Mae Jeffery

Drucilla Mae Jeffery
Drucilla Mae Jeffery


Born April 27, 1919 in Maricopa, California. Died October 14, 2014 surrounded by her beloved family.

Dru moved to Bishop in 1958 with her family. Dru was preceded in death by her beloved husband Bus, her son Bill, and her grandson Darren. Dru worked as a receptionist for Dr. Denton for many years.

When she retired at 60 she moved to Fresno to work at World Wide Ministries where she traveled to Israel and all over the United States spreading the word of Jesus Christ. She was a devoted Christian and an example to many in her work and love for the Lord.

She is survived by her daughter Diane Corsaro and her son George Jeffery, her grandchildren, Darrell Davis, Darcy Miller, Denelle Carrington, Taylor Valencia, Jessica Jeffery and Sarah Wilson, and her great-grandchildren, Brad Davis, Jared Davis, Mitch Davis, Colton Carrington, Christian Jeffery (CJ) Carrington, Sophia Wilson, Collin Wilson, Jonah Bus Jeffery, Mikayla Valencia, and Nathan Valencia.

Dru will be missed by her family and all the many friends she made over the years. Her family would like to thank all of the caring, loving people at the Bishop Care Center for all they have done for her these last few years.

Services will be held at a later date.



Obituary: Andrea J. Garrison-Erickson

Andrea J. Garrison- Erickson

Andrea Erickson
Andrea Erickson

Jan 7, 1952 – Sep. 10, 2014

Andrea J. Garrison- Erickson, 62, of Coleville, CA passed away on September 10, 2014 at her home on the Garrison Ranch in Antelope Valley, Coleville.

Andrea was born on January 7, 1952 in Schurz, Nevada to Andrew “Andy” Garrison and Gertrude Tom-Garrison of Coleville, CA.

From a very early age Andrea was the picture of strength and determination. After recovering from childhood arthritis, she went on to lead the typical life of a child growing up on a ranch; horseback riding, playing in the fields, and keeping her siblings in line.

In adulthood, Andrea took pride in the raising of her own family. A firm believer in providing for her family, she was employed in many different capacities of office administration. She worked for Mono County, Department of interior (Office of Special Trustee), Toiyabe Indian Health Project and the Department of the Navy. For many years she served with distinction on the Toiyabe Indian Health Project Board of Directors proudly representing the Antelope Valley Indian Community. In her retirement, she enjoyed following the family and tribal tradition of irrigating the family’s agricultural fields.

Andrea’s many hobbies included; playing fast and slow pitch softball, walking/running, gardening and beading. Her absolute favorite things in life were spending time with her family which included; outdoor activities, spending time at Topaz Lake during the summer, and exploring the nearby beautiful mountains scouting for firewood, pinenuts and berries. She will be dearly missed by many, especially her family.

Andrea joins her daughter Angela Fredericks, father Andy Garrison, mother Gertrude Tom-Garrison, and brother Antone Garrison, who preceded her in passing. She is survived by husband Joel Erickson, son John Fredericks and daughter in law Christine Hunt-Fredericks, son Jerome Fredericks and daughter in law Tavoosee Eddy-Fredericks, son Jacob Erickson, and grandchildren Hai-wee and Sai-yah Fredericks, and her sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A traditional Paiute Cry Dance will be held on Friday September 19, 2014 at the Garrison Ranch beginning at dusk. Funeral services will be commenced at the Coleville Methodist Church at noon on Saturday September 20, 2014 with burial to proceed after at the Antelope Valley Cemetery in Coleville. Fellowship will follow and be held at the Walker Community Center in Walker, CA.


Saying Goodbye to Clara Armstrong

Clara Hofer Armstrong

Clara Armstrong
Clara Armstrong, the sparkle of the town’s social scene…

The town’s social scene has lost a bit of sparkle as Clara Armstrong has left our company for an engagement she simply couldn’t refuse.

She departed on Monday, September 8 to join the company of her mother, father, three sisters, husband of 45 years Jim, and best friend Gayle, for what we can only assume is one hell of a good party. 

Although her poofy orange curls will no longer bounce down Main Street as she makes her way to her weekly hair or nail appointment, she will always be remembered for her keen fashion sense and fabulous style. For her large, sparkly jewelry, for her outfits that matched from her socks to her handbag, and of course for her trademark full face of make up that she wouldn’t be caught dead without wearing.

And she wasn’t. 

As the paramedics loaded our beloved 97-year-old grandma into the ambulance on what would be the last day she would ever see, she shouted to her daughter, “Don’t forget my makeup!” We didn’t. And as she lay in the hospital bed, surrounded by family and friends from over the years who came to wish her a fond farewell, she looked absolutely perfect.

She is survived by her three children, James Armstrong (wife Rochelle), Marjorie Parsons (husband Chuck) and Marilyn Armstrong Jackson, as well as her five grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and a whole bunch more step and virtually-adopted family members, who will always remember to “Stand up straight!” just as Clara constantly reminded.

We will miss her amazing warmth, hilarious dirty jokes and monkey impression, delicious pecan butter cookies, and unhealthy distaste for the Republican Party. 

We will try our hardest to emulate her way of making a home feel so warm that no matter which part of the world it was located (she lived in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Tel Aviv, Iowa, Arkansas, New York, San Diego, Long Beach and Bishop) you were ensured that friends would always gather there. 

We will aim to break new ground, as she did when, as working as a nurse in World War II, she assisted in the first-ever bone graft procedure. 

We will thirst for adventure like she did at age 12 when she skipped school and hopped aboard a train to join the circus with Gayle.  

And we will strive to match her extraordinary sense of camaraderie and inclusiveness that resulted in everyone she loved (and there were hundreds) receiving a greeting card on every holiday. She never forgot a birthday, either. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you donate to the Northern Inyo Hospital Auxiliary where Clara volunteered for the entire 21 years she lived in town and where she met some of her favorite bridge partners.

Everyone she ever met loved her. And she lived a fabulous life.

Until we meet again, little woman.

Clara Hofer Armstrong

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Obituary: Joann Stanford

Joann Stanford

Joann Stanford  1934-2014
Joann Stanford (1934-2014)


Joann Barbee Stanford, age 80, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 at home in Bishop surrounded by family after a long illness.

She was born in San Diego on July 16, 1934 to Richard and Helen Shanks, later followed by brothers, Richard and Robert.

Joann attended schools in San Diego, graduating from San Diego State University in 1957 with a BRN degree. She worked in hospitals in San Francisco and San Diego until 1966 when she met Robert Stanford and his four children.

Robert and Joann were wed on Jan. 4, 1967, with Joann leaving nursing and joining Robert in operating Tamarack Lodge in Mammoth Lakes.

Together they added two more children to their family, Heather and Laurel. Subsequently the couple owned and operated Wildyrie Lodge and Crystal Crag Lodge along with Tamarack Lodge, all in Mammoth Lakes.

Together they retired from the lodge business in 2003 with many happy memories and stories to tell.

During her married life, Joann enjoyed world travel, gardening, needlework and knitting, and serving in her church, which was St Timothy’s Anglican Church, for the past nine years.

A wonderful hostess with a great sense of humor, Joann also ably hosted many gatherings of family and friends.

Joann is survived by her husband, Robert; six children, Christina Kallemeyn (Dennis), Gretchen Sippial (Charles), Heidi Leary (Kevin), Robert L. Stanford (Alison), Heather Weston and Laurel Manning (Michael); 15 grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Lynn Shanks; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins all of whom she loved so much.

A memorial service will be held for Joann at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5 at St. Timothy’s Anglican Church, 700 Hobson St., Bishop.

Because St. Timothy’s was such an important part of Joann’s life, the family asks any memorial donations would be made to St. Timothy’s Anglican Church.


Obituary: Winona Jo Sam

Winona Jo Sam (1960 – 2014)

Winona Jo Sam
Winona Jo Sam

Winona Jo Sam was born on July 26, 1960 in Bridgeport, CA. She passed peacefully on August 23, 2014 surrounded by her loving family.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Maxine Sam, and survived by her son Jo-Dee Sam, Companion/Best Friend Larry Bailey, Father Joseph Sam, Brother Faron Sam (Marlene Sam), Nieces Raquel Sam, Bethany Sam, & Jolene Sam, Great Nieces LaSade Rose Conti & Aubrey Ellen Lucier, Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins.

She worked many jobs, mainly flagging for various road construction companies in California.

She loved life, her family, and all activities, especially sports that her son, Jo-Dee, was involved in.

Winona’s smile, energy, & positive attitude will be missed by all who knew her.

Services will be held Saturday, August 30th, 1:00pm at Walton’s Funeral Home in Carson City (on Roop St). In Leiu of flowers, make donations to the Carson Tahoe Cancer Center in Carson City.

Obituary: Patrick Kyle Canfield

Patrick Kyle Canfield

Patrick Kyle Canfield
Patrick Kyle Canfield

Patrick Canfield was born Oct. 20, 1946 and was raised in Santa Barbara.

He graduated from Santa Barbara High School in 1964 where he played varsity basketball. Pat did his undergraduate work at Stanford University and was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He played basketball for Stanford until he broke his elbow skateboarding. He studied abroad on Stanford’s Florence, Italy campus in 1966. Upon graduation from Stanford in 1968, Pat attended the University of California, Hasting School of Law in San Francisco and graduated with a Juris Doctrate in 1971. After a brief private practice in Santa Barbara he joined the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office at a Deputy District Attorney and was the resident Deputy DA in Coalinga for part of that tenure.

In 1974, Pat was hired by then Inyo County District Attorney, Frank Fowles and served as a Deputy District Attorney and Deputy County Counsel under the newly elected L.H. “Buck” Gibbons.

At 35-years-old, Pat was appointed as Judge for Inyo County. Pat was well respected in Inyo County, Mono County and throughout the state. He was re-elected without opposition several times until his formal retirement at the end of 2002. Pat then continued to serve on assignment locally and though out the state on a part time basis until his full retirement in 2010.

Pat had a love of the outdoors and became acquainted with the Eastern Sierra as he grew up. He spent two of his summers as a backcountry wilderness ranger for the U.S. Forest Service during his college years.  In his younger years Pat was a skilled rugby player and participated in the Monterey National Rugby Tournament among other prestigious events. It was following one of these rugby games in Santa Barbara that he met his wife Dori.
Pat enjoyed traveling, whether it was touring the U.S. after high school with a close friend in a VW Bug, or later in life traveling the world with his wife Dori, often with his Stanford friends and their wives.

Pat enjoyed community service as a member of the Rotary Club of Bishop, as an AYSO coach and referee and lately as a Trustee of the Donald M. Slager – Sunset Foundation.  Pat was involved in the men’s Bible Study group of the local Methodist Church.
Most of all Pat loved being with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Dori; Taylor and Angie Canfield and their children Malava, Vivian and Eliana; Cassie and John Mason and their children, Kyle and Neila; Kelly and Jonathan Willy and their son, Benjamin; and beloved nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, and great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews.

A memorial service will be held 1:00 PM, Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at the First Methodist Church in Bishop.


Obituary: Retired Judge, Patrick Canfield – Bishop, CA

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City of Bishop Mourns Loss of Retired Judge, Patrick Canfield

Community Mourns After Passing of Retired Judge, Patrick Canfield (Age 67)

The Inyo County coroners office confirms retired Judge Patrick Canfield passed away Tuesday. Just prior to noon yesterday, Canfield, age 67, was involved in a minor traffic accident and transported to Northern Inyo Hospital.

According to the California Highway Patrol accident report, Canfield was driving eastbound on west line street near Grandview drive when, “Due to a medical Problem” lost control of the vehicle striking a utility box and wooden fence.

Canfield’s wife, Dori was a passenger in the vehicle and was not injured. Judge Canfield was transported to Bishop’s Northern Inyo Hospital by Symons ambulance, where he was later pronounced dead.

Canfield served as a Judge in Inyo county for over 20 years. When reached for comment, current Judge Dean Stout said, “The death of Pat Canfield is a devastating loss, he was a phenomenal Judge, a mentor, and a close friend.” Prior to serving as Judge, Canfield also worked in the Inyo County district attorneys office.

Services are currently pending.


Update: A memorial service will be held 1:00 PM, Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at the First Methodist Church in Bishop.


Community Mourns After Passing of Retired Judge, Patrick Canfield (Age 67)

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Betty Goin, 85, of Bishop

Betty Goin

Betty was born in Medford, OR January 22, 1929 to Lester and Bertha Banta.  She was one of eight children.  Betty moved to the Owens Valley with her family when she was only three years of age and has been here ever since.  She passed away in Bishop, CA  on July 27, 2014 at the age of 85 with her husband Votie of 66 years by her side.

Although Betty lived in Bishop most  of her life, she lived in Cartago, CA where she attended grade school .  She then moved to Bishop and graduated from Bishop Union High School in 1947.

She met the love of her life Votie in 1948 and married him in 1949.  Together, they raised four children.  Betty spent her life as a very devoted homemaker, wife, and mother.

Her occupation was to tend the office and keep the books of the family business,  not only for her husband, but also for her son as he took over the business.  She did this until she was unable to do it anymore, and that was the way she wanted it.  Betty was an unselfish lady as  she volunteered countless hours flying with her husband  searching for downed aircraft and anybody in need  of assistance from the Civil Air Patrol.  She did this for 27 years.

She loved the outdoors as she was a country girl, and it didn’t really matter what she was doing, as long as she was with her family.  She could really grow a good vegetable garden.

Betty is preceded in death by her oldest son, Devotie Goin, sister Ina Mason, sister Florinda Banta, and brother Lester Banta.  She is survived by her husband James (Votie) Goin, daughter Lyndi Goin, son Mark Goin and son and daughter in law Kyle and Tammy Goin, Sister Pat Schley, Brother Rodger Banta, Brother George Banta, and brother and sister in law Willard and Connie Banta.  She is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Betty will be severely missed as she made a difference in many people’s lives.  She was always there to help anybody.

Funeral Services will be held at the East Line Street Cemetery, Thursday,  August 7th at 10:00 AM with Pastor Rick Klug officiating.

Obituaries: Frank Grazide, 101, of Bishop

 Francisco ‘Frank’ Antonio Grazide III

Frank Grazide
Frank Grazide


Born in La Puente, California to Helen Walsh and Francisco Grazide II on March 13th, 1913, Frank Grazide lived a long and prosperous life, passing away peacefully in Bishop, California on July 16th at the age of 101.

Frank is lovingly remembered by his family and friends as a remarkable man who in his later years defied odds by living an active and interesting life, with the vigor of a man decades younger than his true age.

Frank was raised in La Puente in the Los Angeles area on the Grazide ranch in the family adobe home, which later went on to become a state landmark for its rare heritage as an adobe house which was built by his grandfather Francisco Grazide for his young bride Isabel Rowland in 1875.

An explorer at heart, Frank left home early when the family fortune was lost in the great depression, and spent many years travelling the West Coast as a truck driver, establishing a pattern of travel that would stick throughout his life.

Frank eventually joined the Navy, working aboard the USS Onslow as an engine mechanic where he proudly served during World War II from 1942-1944.  He would recall vividly his duties and experiences as a young man in the armed services,  it was a time in his life he spoke of with a distinct pride.

He married Arlene Grazide and had four children; Philip, Michele, Rex and Dana Grazide.  After his time in the Navy, he became an avid sailor and enjoyed many years of sailing out of Newport Harbor with his boats.  Making frequent trips to Catalina and Mexico with members of the family, he instilled a particular love of the ocean in his youngest sons Rex and Dana.  Frank eventually made a home for himself in Bishop, CA, having first gone through Bishop on a cattle drive as a very young man on horseback, making the trek from the family homestead in La Puente, it is hard to imagine such an adventure this day in age.

An entrepreneur his entire life, Frank enjoyed the freedom of trucking in his early days, and then as an investor in business and real estate later, he was buying and selling up until the very last years of his life.  He believed in staying active, and never felt comfortable sitting for too long, he loved to stay on the move.

A generous and supportive man, he made a positive impact on everyone in his life, and will be sadly missed but happily celebrated by his extensive network of family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his life partner Katherine Lewis, son Phillip Grazide, daughter Michele Smith and granddaughter Jana Barnes.  His remaining grandchildren include Nicole Behrendt,  Ron Bartely, Amber Smith, Philip Grazide Jr., David Grazide, and Stephanie Grazide-Tidwell.  He leaves behind 8 great grandchildren and 10 great great grandchildren, all of whom were blessed to have had him in their lives for such an extraordinarily long time.

A graveside service will take place at the East Line Street Cemetery at 10:00am on Friday, July 25th.  A reception will follow at Frank’s favorite spot in town, Jack’s Waffle Shop, from 11:30am-1:00pm.

Frank enjoyed countless breakfasts there for the last several years of his life, and his family would like to celebrate with those who knew him, his favorite breakfast items will be served in his honor.

Francisco ‘Frank’ Antonio Grazide III

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