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Charles and Eva (Hatfield) Carpenter , Mildred
Bonnie Lou Merrill, 78, a 48-year resident of Douglas died Sunday, June 20, 2010 at the Memorial Hospital of Converse County following a period of declining health.
Bonnie was born on April 17, 1932, in Scottsbluff, Neb., the daughter of Roy and Ethel Carpenter. She was raised in Nebraska and Wyoming, moving to Douglas in 1962 with her husband, Orris LaVern "Vern" Merrill, Jr., whom she married on may 24, 1950 in Wheatland. To their union a daughter and a son were born. They were married for 46 years until Vern's death in July 1996.
Bonnie loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren playing cards and board games. She was a very funny woman, and always considered the life of the party, but was completely unable to tell jokes without botching the punch line. She loved to garden and to cook, and she spent many years cooking for her ranch hands as well as the hands from the surrounding ranches. She also loved to spend time with her dogs, Pee Wee and Paco, and asked about them often after moving to the care center approximately one year ago.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her husband, parents and a great-grandson who passed away in infancy.
She is survived by her daughter, Debra (Ron) McNare of Douglas; son, Kevin (Tacie) Merrill of Cody; grandchildren, Chad (Marcie) McNare, Bridget (Shane) Stinson, Bill (CJ) Merrill, Gyna (Kevin) Grogan, and Todd (Nicole) Merrill; 15 great-grandchildren; sister, Helen Puzo; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ruby is buried in Sonora, California # 72002028
"Longtime Twain Harte resident Ruby Jean (Carpenter) Mansur died Nov. 21 at a Sonora hospital. She was 78.
Mrs. Mansur was born in Scottsbluff, Neb., the 11th of 13 children.
She met her husband while he was in the U.S. Army stationed in Nebraska.
In 1946 she moved to California, first living in the Reedley-Fresno area. In 1951, they moved to Palo Alto. They lived there until 1979 when they retired to Twain Harte, where they had owned a vacation cabin for many years prior.
Her role as a homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother was very important to her. She was a Camp Fire leader, room mother, Cub Scout den mother and taught religious education classes in Palo Alto. She was a member of Third Order of St. Francis of Assissi and, in Twain Harte, she was a member of All Saints Catholic Church. She was also a member of Professional Business Women's Association in Tuolumne County.
After her children had grown, Mrs. Mansur was a real estate broker for 39 years. She and her husband owned and operated H & R Mansur Properties in Sonora. She loved to read and tell stories of her life. Her family said she was the "true matriarch" of the family.
Mrs. Mansur is survived by her son and his wife, Jack and Gail Mansur of Rogue River, Ore.; daughters Pamela Ledwick of Jamestown and Christina Douglas of Sonora; grandchildren and their spouses Steven and Kim Ledwick of Twain Harte, Kevin and Donna Ledwick of Sonora, David and Gina Mansur of San Jose, Paul and Harmina Mansur of San Jose, Daniel Mansur of San Jose, Mark and Andrea Mansur of Seattle, Wash., and Sarah Andrade of Sonora; great-grandchildren, Nicholas Ward Ledwick of Washington, Kayla, Joseph and Megan Ledwick of Twain Harte, Kylie and Joshua Mansur of San Jose, Daniel Jr. and Thomas Mansur of San Jose and Jaylin, Alex and Josiah Andrade of Sonora; sisters Helen Puzo of Texas and Bonnie Merrill of Wyoming; sisters-in-law Margie Mansur of Sacramento and Marie Mansur of San Jose; her caregiver and good friend, Dianne Leal of Twain Harte; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Harry Mansur, in 1999; an infant son, Harry; her parents, LeRoy and Ethel Carpenter; 10 brothers and sisters; three brothers-in-law; and one sister-in-law."
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