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Marilyn Cordon Lowe
1932 - Jan. 7, 2019
San Francisco, California

Marilyn Cordon Lowe, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, passed away peacefully on Jan. 7 in Arden Wood, San Francisco. She was born in Berkeley on Feb. 29, 1932, to Royal and Lisle (Hubsch) Lowe. She was a graduate of Albany High School and the University of California, Berkeley, Class of 1954, with a major in music. She taught elementary school in Bay Area schools and in Berlin from 1960 to 1964 and in Tokyo, 1970-71, and in Brazil. Marilyn also worked for Capitol Artist Management, Inc. (CAMI) as an advance person for the summer concert series in the Rocky Mountains. Marilyn loved cats. She also loved teaching young children and created several children's story books. An ardent traveler, Marilyn visited many countries and promoted world travel. She was an observant Christian Scientist. She was preceded in death by her sister, Joan Small, and is survived by nephews Howie (Cindy) Small and Robbie (Dottie) Small; second cousins Randolph (Donna) Koch, David (Marla) Koch, and Rolland (Janice) Koch; and grand nieces and grand nephews. She was a kindred spirit who will be missed by many whose lives she gently, sweetly and kindly touched....

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Ellen Uhrbrock
Sept. 25, 1930 - Dec. 30, 2018
Palo Alto, California

Ellen Uhrbrock, 88, a 64-year resident of Palo Alto, died Dec. 30, 2018 in Palo Alto. She was born in Cincinnati, and graduated from the Westtown School in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Oberlin College, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she was one of three women who graduated in the Class of 1956. For many years she was an entrepreneurial small business-woman in the travel industry. Throughout her life, Ellen brought her training, skills, energy and intelligence to a variety of business and volunteer projects. Late in her life, during the past few years, she participated in Palo Alto's Comprehensive Plan Update Leadership Group as a member appointed by the City Council, where she championed transportation planning because of her long-term interest in transit systems. Ellen was fortunate throughout her life to have many friends whom she valued and cherished. She is survived by her niece, Carol Berry of Clarksburg, California; her nephew, Steve Schultz of Naperville, Illinois; great-niece Jessica Schultz and great-nephew Steve M Schultz, both of Naperville....

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Elizabeth "Betty" Tight
July 23, 1926 - Dec. 30, 2018
Portola Valley, California

Betty passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of her family at her home at the Sequoias of Portola Valley, CA on Sunday, December 30th at the age of 92. Known for her exceptionally kind, selfless, and compassionate personality, Betty now reunites with her beloved husband, Dexter “Ted” of nearly 70 years, who passed away in April 2018. Betty was a native San Franciscan, born to Dr. Curle and Sara Callander in 1926, and predeceased by her brother Dr. John Callander (survived by wife Barbara). She attended Miss Burke’s School, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University where she was Chairperson of the Woman’s Council and named to the Cap and Gown honor society. She pursued post-graduate studies at the ArtCenter College of Design, and was an accomplished artist. Betty was keen for any outdoor adventure, and in her youth would ride horses throughout the hills of Woodside. Later in life she could often be found hiking the hills of the Bay Area with her long-time “Walkie-Talkie” group of friends or puttering in her beautiful garden. Betty raised her family on the ski slopes and backpacking in the Sierras, playing tennis, and spending man...

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Barbara N. Crawford
Dec. 19, 1922 - Dec. 24, 2018
Menlo Park, CA

Barbara Norris Crawford passed away peacefully on December 24, 2018. She was 96. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Menlo Church, 950 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park. Born to Jean & Grace Norris, and raised in Aberdeen, South Dakota. She graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1944 with a Bachelor of Mathematics degree. Following graduation, she moved to Schenectady, N.Y. to work for General Electric as an engineering assistant. It was there she met her future husband, Robert Crawford. In June of 1946 they were married and settled in Menlo Park, CA. Barbara was an active volunteer, serving in local schools as PTA President, Girl Scout leader and math tutor. She was a member of Allied Arts Auxiliary serving the Children’s Hospital at Stanford, Palo Alto Garden Club, Gamble Garden Center, and Cantor Arts Center where she was a docent for 25 years. She was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto and Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. Barbara sang in both church choirs and with the Clef Hangers, a local women’s choral group. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who created a wa...

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Barbara Collins Gray
Sept. 22, 1922 - Dec. 24, 2018
Menlo Park, California

Barbara Collins Gray September 4, 1922 – December 24, 2018 Menlo Park, California Barbara “Barb” Collins Gray of Menlo Park passed away peacefully surrounded by family members. Her passing at the wonderful age of 96 was due to complications from surgery. Barbara was born in San Francisco and was a third generation Californian. She was the first daughter of Earnest and Muriel Collins and was raised in Burlingame. She attended Notre Dame High School in Belmont and Lone Mountain Girls College in San Francisco. While at Lone Mountain she met the love of her life, William Thomas Gray. William “Bill” went off to serve as a Merchant Marine Officer in World War II and upon returning from the war, he married Barbara Collins in June of 1945. They raised four children together and were married for 65 years. The Gray’s initially resided in Menlo Park and ultimately moved to Atherton for 35 years. In their golden years Barb and Bill re...

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Maureen Elizabeth Dooher Ryan
Oct. 31, 1930 - Dec. 22, 2018
Woodside, California

Maureen passed away after a short illness Dec. 22nd at her home in Woodside, CA. Vivacious, energetic, extremely determined, and always ready with a quick and infectious Irish laugh, Maureen will be sorely missed by her family and friends. She was born on Halloween, October 31, 1930, in Brooklyn, New York, the youngest of three girls and one boy. The Doohers eventually moved to Hillsborough, CA, where Maureen graduated from San Mateo High School, and after, The University of California Berkeley, in 1952. In 1954, Maureen married Robert Ryan and had six children, living in San Francisco, later moving down the Peninsula to Atherton, then Rome, Italy, and eventually to Woodside. The Ryan’s were divorced in 1968 and Maureen never remarried. She was preceded in death by her daughter Molly Ryan in 1975. Maureen was a sports fan, a passion she shared with her four sons. Some of her favorites were Cal Football, her Brooklyn/LA Dodgers, Aaron Rodgers and Roger Federer. In addition to loving sports, Maureen was an avid equestrian, competing her beloved hunter, “Sky Crown” in her youth, and later, fox hunted with The Los Altos Hunt Club. One of her greatest impacts cam...

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Jeanne Killeen Scherba
Dec. 12, 1928 - Dec. 21, 2018
Menlo Park, California

On Friday, December 21st, 2018, long time Menlo Park resident Jeanne Killeen Scherba, loving mother of four children, Jim Scherba (Janice), Rick Gannon (Kathy), Rod Scherba (Jodi), and Nancy Whelan (Jim) passed away at her home after living a full life of 90 years. She was a devoted grandmother to Tony Scherba (Lauren), Billy Scherba, Angela Schram (Steve), Mathew Gannon, Kyle Scherba, Tori Scherba, Ray Whelan, and Danny Whelan. Jeanne was born in 1928 to Theodore Thomas Killeen and Kathryn Marie Rosetta Killeen. Jeanne was a native San Franciscan and attended Presentation Academy then went on to graduate from UC Berkeley with a degree in political science and a certification in education. At Cal she was a member of the Alpha Xi Delta Sorority. Jeanne had a passion for gardening and flower arranging and spent over 20 years volunteering at Filoli. Other endeavors included volunteering for the PTA, Children’s Home Society, and the Atherlons. Jeanne was happiest spending time with family and friends and tending her garden. A memorial mass will be celebrated at the Church of the Nativity, 210 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park on Saturday, January 5th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flow...

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David Mitchell
Nov. 11, 1935 - Dec. 19, 2018
Palo Alto, California

David Mitchell, a Palo Alto attorney, environmental advocate and community volunteer, died on Wednesday, Dec. 19, after a battle with lymphoma. He was 83 years old. Mitchell was a tax and estate attorney; a husband, father and avid hiker; an Eagle Scout; a longtime board member for the Peninsula Open Space Trust; a fixture in the First Congregational Church of Palo Alto; and above all else, someone who was devoted to serving others, family and friends said in interviews on Friday. "David felt very lucky to have been able to participate in a small way to increase philanthropy in the Valley, while pursuing his many interests," his wife of nearly 58 years, Lynn Mitchell, said he communicated before he died this week, surrounded by family. Mitchell was born in Berkeley but was raised in Los Angeles, his family said. He joined the Cub Scouts during World War II, then the Boy Scouts and later Explorer Scouts in San Gabriel. Through those groups, he went on frequent overnight camping trips and developed an early passion for the outdoors. In 1951, he became an Eagle Scout, the highest distinction possible as a Boy Scout. He went on to attend Stanford University on a full undergrad...

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Gurdon Saltonstall Howe Pulford
June 22, 1922 - Aug. 31, 2018
Los Gatos, California

Gurdon Pulford, a Palo Alto pediatrician for more than 40 years, passed away peacefully at his daughter's home in Los Gatos on Aug. 31, 2018, with loving family by his side. He enjoyed good health until the last few months of his full and active 96 years. Gurdon was born on June 22, 1922, to Reginald and Ramona Pulford in Detroit, Michigan, where he grew up to become an outstanding swimmer and scholar. He was president of the senior class at Highland Park High School and was awarded a scholarship to Brown University. Following his graduation from Brown, he entered Medical School at the University of Michigan, where he swam on the renowned University of Michigan swim team under coach Matt Mann. During his years on the team Gurdon won 6 NCAA medals: four gold, one silver and one bronze. In 1945, Gurdon married his high school sweetheart, Florence (Atwood) Pulford. She taught school in Ann Arbor while he attended medical school until 1948 when he graduated and their first child was born. They then moved to Oakland for Gurdon's residency at Highland Hospital, and then moved again to Travis Air Force Base where Gurdon served as a Captain during the Korean War. Both Gurdon and Floren...

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Anna Beth (Ann) Eubanks-Inglis
Feb. 15, 1922 - Jan. 7, 2019 Palo Alto, California

Ann left this life peacefully just a few weeks short of her 97th birthday. Born in the small town of Lindsay, Oklahoma to Robert and Ila Reeves, she grew up in near-by town of Pauls Valley. A self-described tomboy, she recounted adventures with her younger brother, Bob, including how they would hi...

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Virginia D. Roudebush
April 8, 1930 - Jan. 5, 2019 Woodside, CALIFORNIA

Virginia Dale Roudebush “Ginnie” passed away at her longtime residence in Woodside, CA on Saturday January 5th, 2019. She was 88 years old and surrounded by loved ones including her faithful golden retriever Barkley. Virginia was born in Klamath Falls OR. Parents Henry and Anne Pahland moved to...

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Patricia M. Jenkins
Aug. 30, 1925 - Dec. 30, 2018 Linden, Virginia

Patricia Margaret (Nagle) Jenkins passed away peacefully in her home at age 93 on Dec. 30, 2018, surrounded by her large, loving family. She was living in Linden, Virginia, with her daughter Marilyn and son-in-law Wayne Coffron. Pat was born Aug. 30, 1925, in Sydney, Australia, to Patrick Francis Na...

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John R. Walker
Aug. 15, 1932 - Dec. 19, 2018 Palo Alto, California

John Richard Northrup Walker (Dick), a 50-year resident of Palo Alto, passed away peacefully at home Dec. 19, 2018, surrounded by his loved ones. He was born Aug. 15, 1932 in Puunene, Maui. He attended Punahou High School in Honolulu and Stanford University earning a bachelor's degree in Civil Engin...

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