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November 6, 1930 – September 27, 2018
Charles Edward Badger Rancho Santa Fe
Chuck Badger, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, died and went home to be with his Lord and Savior on September 27, 2018. He is survived by his 4 children and their families.
Chuck grew up in Rancho Santa Fe and attended San Dieguito High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was married to his wife, Sue, for 63 years. Chuck took over the agriculture family business his father had begun in 1922 and served as a Director on the SD County Fair Board. He will be forever missed!
LOS ANGELES, August 7, 2017 – Sri Mrinalini Mata, president and spiritual leader of one of the world’s most influential Yoga organizations, Self-Realization Fellowship/Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (SRF/YSS), founded in 1920 by Paramahansa Yogananda (author of Autobiography of a Yogi and widely regarded as the father of Yoga in the West), passed away on August 3, 2017 at one of the society’s residences for nuns in Los Angeles. She was 86 years old.
Self-Realization Fellowship teaches the universal essence of all faiths – love for God, and for the Divinity in all beings – and teaches its members to commune daily with God through the system of techniques of yoga meditation brought to the West by Paramahansa Yogananda nearly 100 years ago. Today, SRF/YSS has more than 800 temples, centers, and retreats in more than 60 countries….
…An ardent proponent of Yoga philosophy and the science of meditation, Sri Mrinalini Mata, was one of a small group of monastic disciples personally trained by Sri Yogananda to carry on the spiritual and humanitarian work of SRF/YSS, serving his society for more than 70 years. She served as vice president of SRF/YSS from 1966 through 2010, and was editor-in-chief of SRF/YSS publications. In 2011, she became president of the society, following the passing of former president Sri Daya Mata, who held the position from 1955 until her death in November 2010.
Born Merna Brown on May 8, 1931 in Wichita, Kansas, to Vera and William Wesley Brown, Mrinalini Mata spent most of her youth in Southern California. From a very early age she showed a strong interest in religion, regularly attending church with her family. She was drawn to the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda at the age of 14, shortly after hearing him speak at the SRF Temple in San Diego, California, which her sister and mother had begun attending. When she met Sri Yogananda for the first time in December 1945, he instantly recognized her as one who would play a key role in his work in years to come.
With her parents’ permission, on June 10, 1946, Mrinalini Mata came to live at the SRF Hermitage in Encinitas, California, where she finished her final years of high school and simultaneously began receiving Sri Yogananda’s personal guidance. She entered the SRF monastic community in 1946, at the age of 15. Paramahansaji bestowed on her the final vows of sannyas (renunciation of worldly ties and ambitions) in 1947, and he chose for her the monastic name of “Mrinalini.” A year later her mother also entered Sri Yogananda’s ashram, receiving the name Meera Mata after taking her final vow of sannyasi.
From the very beginning of her life in the ashram, Sri Yogananda spoke openly to other disciples about Mrinalini Mata’s future role. Through daily association during the years that followed, he devoted close attention to the spiritual training of this young nun (she also completed her formal education in the local schools), and personally guided her in the preparation of his manuscripts and talks for publication after his passing, and to oversee their translation into other languages.
She served as editor-in-chief of Self-Realization Fellowship books, lessons, and periodicals for many years, right up until her passing. Sri Yogananda’s critically acclaimed translation and commentary on the Bhagavad Gita, God Talks With Arjuna; his masterful commentaries on the Gospels, The Second Coming of Christ: The Resurrection of the Christ Within You; a multi-volume series of his Collected Talks and Essays, and several other volumes of his poetry and inspirational writings were all prepared and published as a result of her work. Most recently, she completed a major enhancement and enlargement – as per the instructions given to her by Yogananda – of the Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons, a comprehensive home-study series providing instruction in the Kriya Yoga system of meditation that Paramahansa Yogananda introduced worldwide, and his counsel on all aspects of spiritual living.
Sri Mrinalini Mata often spoke on the topic of the science of living. “In this world of dualities and relativities, in which we find so much pain, sorrow, suffering, and turmoil,” she once said, “there is a definite need for a scientific knowledge of how to live. We need a science not just of bringing more material prosperity and more material ‘gadgets’ into our lives, but a science of living. That is what humanity is missing—what is causing all of the problems and troubles in our world today. And that is what…Paramahansa Yogananda brought to the West in his Kriya Yoga teachings.
“[Yoga] is a way of living, a way of thinking, a way of behaving—and more than that, a way of becoming. It is a changing of one’s self. The goal of the science of Kriya Yoga…. is to reawaken the sleeping image of the Divine within….By contacting God in meditation, each one of you must bring Him into your own life, your own being, your own consciousness, so that you become changed—so that darkness is banished from your own consciousness.”
Over the years, Mrinalini Mata made numerous visits to India to assist Sri Daya Mata in guiding the work of Yogananda’s spiritual society there. She lectured on his teachings to large audiences in principal cities of the subcontinent. Her talks on a variety of subjects, including Kriya Yoga science of meditation and the art of God-centered living , have been published in Self-Realization magazine, in book form, and in audio and video recordings.
Until the very end, she never ceased encouraging people to seek God above all else. “If you give even one hour of the day to God in deep meditation, making sincere effort,” she said, “you will see how your life changes.”
RF/YSS members will be commemorating her life and legacy in memorial services, the venues, dates and times of which will be announced shortly.
3 Feb 1931 _ 22 Aug 2004
Nancyann Curtis-Dubost was born in August of 1932 in Los Angeles. She passed away on Monday, June 7, 2010, Adelaida, California
Nan, as she was known most of her adult life, and Granny Nanny as she was known to all later in life died peacefully in her sleep at her home in Adelaida early Monday morning.
She led a remarkable life.
As a student at San Dieguito High School, she was a champion track star and the outstanding female athlete in San Diego County. In college, she was the first woman ever to earn a Bachelor’s of Science degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Nan later earned a Masters Degree from San Diego State University and was a teacher, administrator and counselor in the Sweetwater District for many years, most notably at Chula Vista Junior, Southwest Junior and Montgomery High school.
She was also President of the Sweetwater Counseling and Guidance Association and taught Basic Mountaineering in the Sierra Club.
Following her retirement she served as a community leader in San Luis Obispo County with the Templeton Farmers Market, the Adelaida Historical Foundation and as Director of the Adelaida Cemetery District.
Granny Nanny was preceded in death by her parents, Mabel and Jack Curtis.
She is survived by her son, Dr. Curt Dubost and wife Kate of Paso Robles; her former daughter-in law, Rosa Dubost of Bonita; her beloved grandsons Ted and wife, Sarah of Templeton; Tim and wife Colleen of San Clemente; by her great grandchildren Davis, Raymond, and Dylann. and by her closest friend, Sandra Snodderly of Tennessee.
Graveside services will be held at the Adelaida Cemetery at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 12 with a reception to follow at the Dubost Winery at 9988 Chimney Rock Road in Paso Robles.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Adelaida Historical Foundation at that address.
Paso Robles Press, published 14 June 2010
December 9, 1930 – November 26, 2014
In 1953, Mr. Cobb (inventor of the Cobb Salad) asked her to come play at the famous Brown Derby restaurant on Vine Street in Hollywood, where a Wurlitzer Organ had been installed. 23-year-old Pat declined the invitation insisting she only play her Hammond Organ. Mr. Cobb finally called and agreed to the young girl’s terms, adding that no one ever argued with him — and won. All of Hollywood movie greats came to hear this beautiful girl play.
She was in the movie, Story on Page One, playing the organ was the music behind the scenes of the Del Mar Horse Shows.
Pat attended San Dieguito High School and received a Theater degree at Mira Costa Community College. Since 1929 her family owned the gas station in the location now occupied by Hansen’s Surfboards.
She was married briefly to Bill Macintosh of Hollywood. She moved to Scripps Ranch late 1970s and married Retired Marine Corps Major William “Bill” Nuckols in 1992. Pat also sold organs and gave lessons in Mission Valley Mall.
Pat is preceded in death by her mother: Virginia Ruth Brisco Gresham, father: Marshall DeHaven Gresham, and brother: Marshall Edward Gresham “Bud,” her husband: Bill Nuckols and Bill’s son, Chuck, and her beloved dog Rocky.
Pat is survived by two step-children, Nancy Nuckols Jolley of Orem, UT, William Nuckols Jr. of Desert Hot Springs, CA, and four nieces and nephews; Charlotte, Bruce, John, and Richard Gresham, and her cousin, Pat Briscoe Kellogg of Madison, WI.
Submitted by Bruce Gresham (’74)
March 19, 1931 – March 16, 2007
At the home of Larry Guidotti, Jesus opened the gates of Heaven to him at 12:22 am March 16th, three days short of his 76th birthday.
Larry was born in Los Angeles, and met Geri, his wife to be, at San Dieguito High school in 1949. He served his country in the army with the 40th Division during the Korean War. Married in 1954, he worked for Knudsen Creamery in San Diego for 20 years then transferred to San Bernardino where he worked in management with Knudsen & Kraft Foods until he retired in 1988. Larry made Yucaipa his home for 33 years. During that time, God granted Larry and Geri the enjoyment of traveling in their 5th wheel after selling some income properties.
Left behind to follow is his wife Geri, son Mark and his wife Sheri of Corona, daughter DeVon Lidar and her husband Tor of Yucaipa, 3 grandchildren – Brian, Shannon and Flint, his sister Marlene Keith of San Diego and her husband Zane who is a lifelong friend, and many nieces and nephews. He also leaves John Farrell, a friend of 43 years who is part of our family. We are certain he was greeted at the gates of Heaven by his granddaughter Erin Michelle Guidotti. There will be private graveside services at El Camino Memorial Park in San Diego on March 21st, followed by a Celebration of Life at his home in Yucaipa on April 7, 2007.
Published in the Riverside Press-Enterprise, March 21, 2007
d. March 9, 2018
Submitted by Betsy Ash Schreiber
5 Feb 1930 — 6 Dec 1992
31 October 1929 – 22 July 1951
Private Raney was a member of the 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in North Korea on July 21, 1951. Private Raney was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Korean War Service Medal.
Source: Korean War Veterans Honor Roll