Merry Davenport Montaudon
May 19, 1938 - Oct. 29, 2018
"The Belle of the Ball" Born Merry Esplin Davenport to parents John and Beth Davenport on May 19th, 1938 in Atherton, California. Merry, the loving wife of Al and dedicated mother of four sons, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 29th, 2018 in Tucson, Arizona. She is survived by her adoring sons Chuck, Jeff, Adam and Matt as well as her sister Sally, brothers Lincoln and Peter and grandson Thomas. While Merry had more than enough on her hands raising her four boys, she loved being a librarian and adored reading to children. Merry attended Menlo-Atherton High where she was crowned Senior Ball Queen. While Merry did not obsess over such titles, she wore the crown with pride and humility. After high school she attended the University of Missouri where she received her BA in 1960. Never the type to smile out of obligation, when it did happen, she lit up the room. Merry was an animal lover and had a special affinity for Golden Retrievers. She possessed a spunk and determination that could not be equaled. While she excelled in many aspects of her life, both personal and professional, her legacy as a mother, grandmother, wife, sister, daughter, mentor and educator will live long ...
1925 - Oct. 15, 2018
Menlo Park, California
Charlotte Perkins Mansfield Murphy, age 92, passed away peacefully at home in Menlo Park with family by her side on October 15, 2018. She was born on November 18, 1925, in Morristown, New Jersey, the oldest of four children of Lewis Pierce Mansfield and Elinor Perkins Mansfield. She moved with her family to San Francisco in 1935 and graduated from the Convent of the Sacred Heart High School there in 1943. She attended Vassar College, graduating in 1946, and was married that same year to Daniel Jerome Murphy, who had recently graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy. Charlotte and Jerry, together with their growing family, lived in a number of places (including the Bay area, Long Beach, San Diego, Hawaii, Washington, DC, Cuba and Albuquerque). The family’s final move was in 1958 to Mallet Court in Menlo Park, which was Charlotte’s home for the rest of her life. In addition to raising and making a home for seven children and a number of dogs, cats and other assorted pets, Charlotte was an active member of the community, including leading Great Books discussion courses for adults and local school children, working part time at the local toy store and book store, helping to correct a...
Luisa "Lilo" Miller
July 21, 1939 - Oct. 11, 2018
Menlo Park, California
Luisa “Lilo” Miller died peacefully on October 11, 2018 at Palo Alto Commons where she resided for 3+ years. Previously, she lived in Menlo Park for 20 years where she had been an active birder and walker, jazz lover, volunteer at Gamble Garden and a member of the Palo Alto Garden Club and Newcomers Club. She became an avid sports fan of the Stanford Cardinal and the Golden State Warriors. Fluent in German and Spanish, Lilo volunteered as a Spanish-language interpreter for families at Stanford Hospital and had worked for years as a translator for the New Jersey courts. She enjoyed travelling and loved to spend summers at the Jersey Shore on Long Beach Island with her family. Lilo was born in Montevideo, Uruguay and spent her childhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina with her parents, Karl and Irma Oertel, and older sister, Irma. She obtained her master’s degree in biochemistry at the Universidad de Buenos Aires and came to the United States in 1963 to pursue doctoral studies in pharmacy at the University of Florida and Rutgers University. While studying in Florida, she met her husband, George, to whom she was married for 53 years. Together, they had two daughters, Claudia (Brian...
Allan A. Harris
Oct. 27, 1923 - Oct. 2, 2018
Menlo Park, California
After almost 95 years of spreading kindness throughout our community, and leaving a wake of smiles and laughter wherever he went, "Big Al" Harris transitioned peacefully in his sleep, just before daylight as the first rains of the Fall quenched the Peninsula. Dad was born in Rockford, Illinois and moved West as a young boy with his mother Margaret Harris Lovejoy and younger brother Louis to start a new life after losing his father Allan Beck Harris in an aviation accident. Dad was 9 years old at the time. He loved planes and trains, and taking after his dad, was an avid pilot. He attended Stanford University, graduating from the Department of Engineering. He also served in the second World War. Sadly, I am only able to recall this part of his distinguished life through stories. Perhaps Dad’s greatest legacy is the number of lives he enriched each and every day. For the last six months, as I chauffeured him to his appointments and helped him run errands, Dad would be sure to introduce me to all his favorite local merchants and the medical assistants at the handful of offices we visited. Each would greet him with a beaming “Hey there, Mr. Harris! So good to see you again!...
Willis Marie (UpC) Scott
Feb. 13, 1933 - Oct. 1, 2018
Menlo Park, CA
Willis (known as UpC) passed away peacefully in her home on October 1, 2018 aftrer a year-long battle with lung cancer. Originally from Excelsior, MN, UpC moved to Menlo Park in 1954 after completing nursing school at St. Catherine University in Minneapolis. UpC was an emergency room nurse at Stanford hospital when she met Stan Scott in Menlo Park in 1958. They were married in 1960 and enjoyed a full and active life with regular adventures to Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada for skiing and backpacking and many days sailing on the San Francisco Bay. UpC raised four boys and was proud as a peacock of each of them. As the boys grew, she continued to work as a nurse at Hewlett Packard. She was an active volunteer her entire adult life, most recently with the Peninsula Volunteers where she continued to serve Thanksgiving dinner at the Rosener house until 2016. UpC leaves behind her beloved husband Stan and sons Jonathan, Kevin, Thomas, Brennan, their spouses, and 10 grandchildren. UpC was a person of great faith for her entire life, attending Catholic school through college and mass regularly at Saint Raymond. The family will have a private church service in the coming days follo...
Autumn Joy Stanley
Dec. 31, 1933 - Sept. 20, 2018
Portola Valley, California
Autumn Joy Stanley, 84, a 60 year resident of Portola Valley passed away peacefully on September 20th after a long illness. In her memoirs, “Autumn Leaves” she quotes Vivian Greene: “ Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” She was preceded in death by her parents William E and Donna S Stanley of Jackson, Ohio and her companion of many years, David A Brewer. She is survived by her sister Dixie French of Kettering Ohio and four children, Kathyrn Hickinbotham of Idaho Falls Idaho, Holly Parnigoni and Iris Beiswanger of Santa Rosa CA, and Kevin Simmons of Sebastopol, CA. She also leaves behind 8 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Autumn was an accomplished scholar who published two historical textbooks, many technical papers, and childrens books. She is known for her kindness, love of family, love of beauty, photography, singing voice, honesty, community involvement and so many things. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her. Heaven has another angel now watching over us. Donations in her name may be made to the Susan G Komen fight for the cure for breast cancer: www5.komen.org....
Loyal E. Apple
March 6, 1932 - Nov. 5, 2018 Columbus, North Carolina
Loyal E. (Gene) Apple's life was one of being thrust in unexpected directions and always meeting challenges with integrity and grace. His life achievements extend far beyond a personal triumph over blindness. He sought major responsibilities, while maintaining a quiet, confident manner. His empathy,...
Raymond A. Witt
Dec. 16, 1917 - Oct. 30, 2018 Palo Alto, California
Raymond Witt passed away just six weeks shy of his 101st birthday after a short illness. He was a graduate of SF Polytechnic High and San Francisco State College. Ray was a contractor who became a mortgage banker, matching developers and lenders. One of his first such deals involved a fellow looking...
James D. Lyttle
Oct. 10, 1928 - Oct. 28, 2018 Novato, California
James D. Lyttle died at home in Novato, CA, on October 28, 2018. He was 90 years old. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Susan; two daughters: Alison Hadfield and Gwen Mason; and four grandchildren. Jim graduated from U.S. Naval Academy in 1950. He served during the Korean War on the USS Fec...
Carol M. Osborne
Sept. 4, 1929 - Oct. 15, 2018 Mountain View, California
Carol Osborne died on Oct. 15, 2018 under hospice care in Vacaville, California. Born in Great Neck, New York, Carol left Barnard College to marry and subsequently to move to Claremont, California, where her first husband, Howard Young, taught at Pomona College. While in Claremont, Carol worked at t...