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May 12, 2015
Today an angel was welcomed into Heaven. We are thankful to have been able to call her our mom, wife, sister, aunt, friend and her personal favorite was grandma. She was known as a second mother to a lot of our friends over the years and truly is the kindest most honest person this world will ever see. Susan Adkins Connerley you will be missed everyday. We love you.
Nicholas Wheeler Ashcraft
Nick Ashcraft April 25, 1950 – November 16, 2016 Vista
Nick passed away on Nov. 16 in his home from bilateral pneumonia. His death was unexpected, passing at the age of 66.
A memorial service and reception will be held on Dec. 10 at 3:00 PM, at the RBVLL baseball fields and Vista Optimist Club, 600 Optimist Way, Vista, CA, 92081.
November 18, 1950 – September 17, 2012
Marsha Leigh Borders, 61, of Fritch, passed away Monday, September 17, 2012 in Amarillo.
A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, September 22, 2012 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with Scott Gordon of the Borger ward officiating.Services are under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Fritch.
Marsha Borders was born November 18, 1950 in Decatur, Illinois to Edward Eugene Borders and Ramona Louise (Jackson) Borders.She was a resident of Fritch since 1996, after moving from Ramona, California.Marsha worked as an Electrical Technician at the Conoco Phillips Refinery for 15 years, and loved showing miniature horses, traveling, camping, hiking, and cooking.Full of charisma and panache, Marsha Borders lived an adventurous life which involved horseback riding, skydiving, and a love for exploring the country of Jamaica. As someone who embodied a Reggae spirit, she was a loving mother, a beloved daughter, and a caring sister that was a true trail blazer.
Survivors include her father, Edward Borders of Sierra Vista, Arizona, her mother, Ramona Borders of Encinitas, California; her son Ben Miller of Tamarac, Florida; two daughters; Sarah Miller of Audubon, Pennsylvania, and Jessica Hill of Denton; a sister; Ginny Archambault of Ruidoso, New Mexico; three brothers; Steve Borders of San Marcos, California, Jeff Borders of Kansas City, Missouri, and David Borders of Santa Cruz, California.
In Lieu of flowers, we ask that people make donations to the Rockhouse Foundation either online at www.rockhousefoundation.org or by check to : Rockhouse Foundation, P.O. Box 2460, New York, NY 10008.
Online obituary submitted by Jan Thompson.
Baumgardner, Robert (Bob) Nathan, died from heart failure on March 5, 2017 at his home in Costa Mesa. He was 66 years old.
Bob was born in Whittier on October 22, 1950 and grew up in the coastal city of Leucadia in San Diego County. A longtime resident of Orange County, Bob was an underwater construction diver for 12 years before serving in the Costa Mesa Police Department for 16 years. After a life-threatening motorcycle accident on the job in 1989, Sergeant Baumgardner returned to work but shortly thereafter retired.
Bob is survived by his spouse of 34 years, Sally Gene Baumgardner, whom he loved dearly, and nine nieces and nephews: Amy, Ashley, Alex, Ada, Nathan, Lauren, Hannah, Isaac and Jake (and all of their many children). Bob was passionate about all of his “kids” and always made time to help them and show sincere interest in their lives.
Over the years, Bob and Sally opened their home and their hearts to a number of dogs, including Tedda, Aspen, Callie, Muggins, Simone, Hoddy and most recently, Maybe.
Bob was an avid reader and particularly enjoyed history, political science and biographies. He also loved watching and discussing movies, both classical and modern. Bob and Sally often rode bicycles together along the Back Bay trail and frequented Bob’s favorite restaurant, Il Dolce.
A memorial service for Bob will be held on March 18 @ 2:00 P.M. at the Newport Mesa Christian Center, Vanguard Campus, 2599 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa.
12/07/1949 – 12/15/2017
Virginia “Jini” Kristina Carlsen (Dolan)
DOLAN JINI May 27, 1950 to June 3, 2011
Jini was born in Boston, MA and raised in Cardiff by the Sea, CA.
She attended SDSU, worked in Public Relations, founded a cleaning business and was Executive Director of the Mid-Cities Christian Service Organization. Jini was active in her church, and sang in the choir.
A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Philips Episcopal Church in Lemon Grove on Saturday, July 23rd, at 2 p.m. A celebration of her life will follow the Service at the Church Hall.
Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on July 10, 2011
Dana’s father was Dr. John Clark, the seventh San Dieguito principal.
Dana Cameron Clark of Paso Robles passed away August 13, 2018, when he lost his courageous battle with cancer.
Dana was born in Elmhurst, Illinois July 27, 1950. He was the middle child of five born to John and Carol Clark. When he was in middle school the family moved to Solana Beach from Illinois. He graduated from San Dieguito High School in 1968. He attended Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.
In college he met Jim and Judy Dewing and they formed a life long friendship. Dana fell in love with the Central Coast area so he made his life here. After working for different gardening concerns, he took a job at Farm Supply. He was in their irrigation department for 36 years and became part of the firm’s family.
A celebration of Dana’s life will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, August 25th at Plymouth Congregational Church, 1301 Oak St., Paso Robles. A buffet luncheon with follow. All are invited to join us to remember the wonderful man Dana was. In lieu of flowers please donate, in Dana’s name, to the American Cancer Society or the Plymouth Congregational Church.
We lost Vico today pulmonary fibrosis. Please help get the word out to our old friends. Thanks
Submitted by 1968 class representatives on November 2, 2012; more details to follow as we get them.
12/19/1949 — 07/31/2012
31 March 1950 – 26 January 2015
A celebration of Varda Louise Mattson
Above all else, you could say that Varda was inquisitive. From her early childhood, spent in Astoria Oregon, to her gradeschool and high school years in sunny Encinitas California, and right on through the later Orange County years, she voraciously ate up knowledge.
Known as the family’s encyclopedia, if anyone had a questions about anything, the answer was always: “Varda would know.”
Varda, whose name means “Rose” in Hebrew), read widely – both fiction and non-fiction, history, science, science fiction, she was always in themiddle of another thick novel.
But she loved stories in all their forms. Movies were a particular passion for her, along with TV, talk-radio, books-on-tape. She ate it up!
A natural artist, she explored most every medium, painting, printmaking and sculpture. She invented detailed miniature saddles out of leather and gave hand-made ornaments at Christmas.
If something caught Varda’s eye, she’d jump in with both feet, reading every book on the subject. She’d fill scrapbooks with photos, ddrawings and favorite quotes. Then make arts and gifts to share her enthusiasm.
With no children of her own, she lavished her love, time and gifts on nieces and nephews. Everyone’s favorite aunt!
Young at heart, she’d build forts, make toys, watch movies and play games with us. Her “care packages” full of delights, picked out specially for us, are legendary.
She opened the world to us.
A steady light has gone out. Varda will be greatly missed.
d. January 2016
Submitted by Jan Nasif Thompson
Submitted by Varda’s mother.
Louis “Chris” Russell passed away Friday, June 17, 2011. He was born December 25, 1949 in El Paso, Texas.
Chris was a Road Crew Supervisor for San Diego County, and a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother to his family. He will be deeply missed by all.
Chris is survived by his wife of 40 years, Leanne Russell; daughters, Kristie Morrison, and Jennifer Hoffmann; sons-in-law, Matt and Jason; four grandchildren, Sienna, Jonah, Connor, and Cash; sister, Lynne McElwee; and numerous nephews and nieces.
A Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 21, at St. John’s Catholic Church, Encinitas. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Assoc. file #30947 P. O. Box 60000, San Francisco, Calif. 94160. Phone 800-242-8721, in honor of Chris Russell.
“He lost his 3 year courageous battle with lung cancer on January 3, 2012. He very much enjoyed receiving the updates on his classmates and attending the various events through the years. She wanted me to let his friends know of his passing.
Very sad news, indeed. We will all miss you, Dave!
submitted by Jan Thompson, 1968 Class Rep