Christopher Lee Hoffman, age 49, passed away suddenly on February 5, 2020. Chris loved his God and his country. He lived his faith. His children were his pride and joy. He loved to joke around with his granddaughters. Chris would give you the shirt off his back. If you were a guest at the Hoffman home he made sure you were never hungry. Cooking was his passion, which he shared with his children. Chris possessed the gift of hospitality. He loved people, all people, unconditionally. He knew no strangers. He was blessed with a keen sense of humor, which was such a gift to all who were fortunate to know him. When you'd been in Chris' presence, you felt happy and special.
He is survived by his wife, Gail, who was the absolute love of his life. The love they shared is rarely seen in this world. He is also survived by 4 children: David Rose (Bre), Ethan, Jacob and Amanda Hoffman. He was a loving grandpa to Ryanne and Leah Rose, son to Luther and Beverly and brother to Allison Haynes (Steve). He was also a son-in-law to Paul and Sharon Rodrigues, a nephew, special uncle to many nieces and nephews, brother-in-law and friend to all.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at Reedley First Southern Baptist Church, at 10:00 AM.
On February 9, 2020, Marlene Worrell joined her husband Walter in God's Kingdom.
Marlene enjoyed a full life. In her lifetime, she was active at St Brigid Catholic Church, serving as an RCIA instructor and a Eucharistic Minister. She also loved dancing, and attended many local senior dances, as well as square dancing. As a young woman and mother, she was also busy with her children's schools, serving in Mother's Clubs and PTAs, including a term as president at the Kings River Hardwick Mother's Club.
In 1932, Marlene was born to Manuel and Viola Miguel in Hanford. She had two sisters, Diane Montgomery and Beverly (Cookie) Hagood, and a brother, Marvin (Buddy) Miguel.
On March 6, 1970, she married Walter Worrell. They enjoyed 30 years of love together, caring for children and friends, who became family, until his passing in 2000.
Marlene was a retired LVN. She enjoyed spending time with her family and making holidays special.
She is survived by her sister Diane, her brother Marvin, her sons Michael Stater and Verne Stater, and her daughter Lynette Tracy. Another daughter, Brenda, preceded her in death in 2014. She also has two stepchildren, Valerie and Joey Worrell, 25 grandchildren, 47 great-grand-children, and 4 great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be on Thursday, February 13, at Whitehurst-McNamara Funeral Home from 5:00 – 8:00pm. A rosary and funeral Mass will be at St Brigid Catholic Church, Friday, February 14, beginning at 12:00 noon, with interment following at Calvary Cemetery in Hanford.
Our beloved and beautiful Betty Louise Slocum passed peacefully at home on February 7, 2020.
Betty was born in Watonga, Oklahoma on December 21, 1935 to Elmer and Lola Mainer. She graduated from Hanford High School in 1954. Betty married Vernon Slocum on June 14, 1954 and lived happily together for 65 years. Along with nurturing her children and helping on the ranch, Betty began a career as a rural route mail carrier in 1968. She was the friendly mail lady who made connections with many people on her route until she retired in 1996. Betty was loved by all who knew her because of her caring and giving nature. She was an avid sports fan and enjoyed movies as well. She loved gambling trips with family and friends, and usually luck was on her side, but her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Betty is survived by her husband, Vernon Slocum; her children, Mark Slocum and wife Cindy, Sherri Holland and husband Rick, Dean Slocum, Lori Valentine and husband Jeff; her sister Jeanne Chlouber and husband Jim; and her brother Tuffy Mainer and wife Helen. She also leaves four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren: Heather Beamer and husband Chris and their two sons Carter and Carson, Erik Holland, Jenna Valentine, and Jacie Valentine.
You will forever be with us and forever in our hearts!
A graveside service will be held on Friday, February 14, 2020 at 1:00pm at the Grangeville Cemetery in Armona. The family invites you to join them for refreshments following the service at the Valentine residence, 15566 Iona Avenue, Hanford, CA.
Donald Wayne Montgomery, 86, of Bartlesville, died Friday in Bartlesville.
Services will be held 2 p.m. on Thursday, at the Davis Family Funeral Home – Walker Brown Chapel, with Rev. Tom Cox officiating. Services are under the direction of Carter Davis and the Davis Family Funeral Home – Walker Brown Chapel.
Leonard Rodrigues, 67, of Stratford died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday. Those that knew Leonard fondly describe him as generous, selfless and extremely hard-working. Leonard's immense love of family provided him with the fortitude to battle cancer with admirable determination. His struggle has ended and ours begins as we cling to our memories of him and trust we will meet again in heaven.
Leonard was the sixth of nine children born to Mary (Nunes) and Tony Rodrigues of Stratford. He attended MIQ and Lemoore High School. He began working on the family farm as a youth and returned to farming after serving in the U.S. Army from 1972-1974. His military service took him to Germany. He partnered with his father and brother, Louie, as Triple R Farms and was still actively working despite his battle with cancer.
The large farming operation left him little free time. But he managed to fit in serving as a member of the Stratford Volunteer Fire Department for many years. In recent years he became a huge supporter of his sons' mud bogging hobby. He donated his time and equipment to the Stratford Mud Park whenever asked and enjoyed cheering them on when his health allowed.
He is survived by his three children, Leonard Jr and his wife Luz of Hanford, Steven and his wife Candace of Stratford and Dana and her husband Derek White of McArthur. He leaves six grandchildren: Noah Mendoza, Genevive, Kristen, Madilyn Hagopian, Valerie and Luke White. His surviving siblings are Tony Jr and his wife Manuella, Brenda Rodrigues Roberts, Louie and his wife Gina, Mary Jean and her husband Tony Whitehurst, Irene Gomes, Cindy Rocha, Laverne and her husband Ward Johansen and Bernadette and her husband Richard Bray. He also leaves many dearly loved nieces, nephews, cousins and his former spouse and friend, Sonya Johnson. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Daniel and Christopher; and a stepson, Neil Hash.
A Rosary & Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, February 13, at 10:00 A.M. at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Lemoore with burial to follow at Lemoore Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made to Valley Animal Haven, a no-kill rescue facility, 990 E. D St., Lemoore, CA 93245.
Lucia Enriquez Garcia, age 66, passed away on February 6th, 2020. She was born April 4th, 1953 in Corpus Christi, Texas to Federico and Teresa Enriquez. She was the youngest of eight siblings and moved to California when she was a small child.
She spent her life as an LVN until health issues caused her to retire, but she continued to do her best in the roles that meant the most to her; Mother, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother.
Lucia, or ‘Lucy' as many called her, always had an open door to anyone who needed it. Her family, however, was the most important thing to her and she made sure that everyone knew it. She made sure everyone felt loved.
While Lucia is happy to finally reunite with the loved ones she has missed (her father-Federico, her mother-Teresa, her siblings-Jimmy, Joe, Fred, Manuela, Elena, and her grandson-Jason), she is survived by her two daughters, Teresa Lara and Monica Clayton, her grandchildren, Felicia Moreno and Cyriss Clayton, her son-in-law, Shellie Clayton Jr., her grandson-in-law, Andrew Moreno, and her four great-grandchildren, Ian Alexander, Trystan Alexander, Carson Moreno, and Zoey Moreno. She is also survived by her brother, Willie Enriquez and her sister, Carmen Franco, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Please join us as we say our final goodbyes on Thursday, February 13th, 2020 between 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Phipps-Dale Funeral Chapel, in Lemoore. Donations may be made to the American Heart Association, Donation Processing Center, P.O. Box 742030, Los Angeles, CA 90074.
Sharon Marie Austin of Hanford passed away peacefully January 30, 2020. She was born November 11, 1943 in Visalia, California to Charley and Noble Jones. Sharon attended Goshen and Lemoore Union Elementary Schools and was a 1961 graduate of Lemoore High School.
Sharon was a devoted mother actively participating in her children's activities where she was a Cub Scouts Den Mother and Girl Scouts Troop Leader, along with holding numerous roles with PTA throughout the years.
Sharon was a strong woman of faith where she served as a Sunday School Teacher, a Bell Choir Member and held many leadership positions at Central Community Church in Hanford. She was equally devoted to her community from the time of her youth up until recent months through her active participation as Junior Grange Leader along with other offices held with the Central Union Grange, including activities on the state level. She was also involved with the Salvation Army and a member of the Kings County Cabrillo Civic Club No. 9.
Not only did she spend her lifetime caring for her children, church and community, Sharon worked for 35 years as a school bus driver for the Kings County Office of Education driving special needs children and community school students. She also worked part time as an in-home health care provider for the elderly. For Sharon, serving others was a calling.
She will be remembered for her loving heart, always wrapped up with a laugh and a smile, her desire to help others and most importantly for her devotion to her most cherished role of mother and grandmother.
Sharon is survived by her 5 children, son Breck(Jacqui) of Vista, CA, son Paul(Mindy) of Colorado Springs, CO, daughter Deanna(Steve) of Diamond Springs, CA, son Charles(Veronika) of Arvada, CO and daughter Amanda(Levi) Kelsey of Corcoran, CA. She was a loving grandmother to 10 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by 3 brothers, John Jones, Leonard(Shirley) Brothers, Lester(Jan) Brothers and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents Charley and Noble Jones(Brothers) and Frank and Thelma Brothers, an infant son Allen, brothers Jerry Jones and David Brothers and sisters-in-law Carolyn Jones and Diane Brothers and brother-in-law Robert Mares.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, February 15th at 11:00 a.m. at Central Community Church, 1100 N. Redington Street, Hanford.
Family and friends who wish to remember Sharon may do so by contributing to Central Community Church, 1100 N. Redington Street, Hanford, CA 93230 in her memory.
Jennifer Kelly passed away quietly surrounded by her family and friends Tuesday, January 28, 2020, after a long battle with ALS. She was 43 years old. Jennifer was a graduate of Lemoore High School, University of Davis, and the University of Maryland, College Park. Jennifer loved her family, the Lord and helping those around her maneuver through the educational process.
She leaves to cherish her memory a host of family and friends.
We will celebrate Jennifer's life Friday, February 14, at South Valley Community Church, 11:00 a.m.
Passed away February 5, 2020 in Bakersfield, CA Lynn was the daughter of Joseph Westmoreland and Erline Tallon in Hanford, CA.
She recieved her GED from Hanford High School. Evelyn was married to Charles Davis in June 2020. She was known to be a homemaker, making special crafts and sewing for her family and friends.
Lynn was a crafty woman and loved to create things for her loved ones. She would go out and always found a friendly face at the grocery store. Often talking to many on her outings, she often found the best in all she came across.
She is proceeded in death by her father Joseph, mother Erline, brother Jack and step daughter Marvena.
Lynn is survived by her loving husband Charles, her daughter Jesica, son in law Jason, Grandson Zachary. Step son Ranadall, daughter in law Tracey, grandson Jason.S tep son James grandchildren Jeremiah, Daniel and Jamie. Step son Michael, daughter in law Merlene, grand children Tina and Kara. Sister Jolene and Brothers Ronnie, Joseph and Rusty.
Lynn's services will be held February 12, 2020 at 10:00am at Greenlawn NE Cemetery. 3700 River Blvd. Bakersfield. Graveside services only.
Freda Mae McHone of Hanford passed away Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at home surrounded by her family. Freda was born November 2, 1939 in Paden, Oklahoma to Mont and Sevella Miller. She and her family came to California when she was a teenager, where they settled in the Selma area. She graduated from Compton High School in 1958. She met and married the love of her life,Thomas McHone in 1961, and made a home in Hanford, CA.
Freda worked for over 30 years as an Escrow Officer before retiring. In her leisure time she enjoyed reading and playing card games especially Yatzee. She was a member of Church of Christ in Hanford and she loved spending time with her Church Family.
Freda is survived by her husband of 58 years, Thomas McHone and her daughter Lynette Lemos (Steve) of Hanford. She leaves her cherished grandchildren Jesslyn Clark (Josh) and Lauren Zimmerman (Mark) both of Hanford. Also surviving are her brothers; Monte Miller, Edward Miller, Robert, Miller, Leonard Miller, Phillip Miller all of Oklahoma and her sisters; Jane Shelton of Missouri and Elaine Speer of Hanford.
Visitation for Freda will take place on Monday, February 10, 2020 from 9:00-11 a.m. at Whitehurst McNamara Funeral Home, 100 W. Bush St., Hanford, CA. A graveside service will follow at 11:30 a.m. at Oak Grove Cemetery, 19811 S. Cedar Ave, Laton, CA.