Earline Puckett Reed-Santoni
November 8, 1922 - March 4, 2018
Earline Puckett Reed-Santoni, age 95, died on Sunday, March 4, 2018. From her birth in Marmaduke, Arkansas on November 8, 1922 to her death on Sunday she blessed people around her with love. She was born to Mamie and Jessie Puckett and was the third oldest of twelve children. Earline worked hard her entire life, even as a young girl because she liked to have nice things.
In her early years she picked cotton in the fields to buy herself nice dresses and help take care of her younger sister Betty. Earline had an adventuresome spirit and wanted to get ahead in life, so she came to California with her Aunt and Uncle in 1940. She met Clifford H. Woolever and they married on December 6, 1941. The next day Pearl Harbor was bombed, and Clifford was drafted and died on Normandy Beach leaving Earline a young, widowed, single mother.
She later remarried Aaron Dalton “Jack” Reed and they made their home in Lemoore, California. After the death of her husband Jack in 1971, she was happily married to Harold Hogan for many years in which they traveled by motorhome to Alaska, and he built her beautiful home in Lemoore. She later married Jim Santoni, and they traveled the world taking trips to Turkey and Australia.
Earline was a hairdresser for 60 years. One of the greatest legacies she leaves her family is her example of having a strong work ethic. She worked hard for everything she achieved, but she also knew how to have fun. She had many hobbies through the years such as ceramic painting, gardening, quilting, and even making a stain-glassed window that was incorporated into her son-in-law and daughter's home. She was a member of Lemoore Women's Club for over 20 years and enjoyed the company during their monthly meetings as well as the social service they provided to the community.
Earline put her heart and soul into all that she did. She was never one to take responsibility lightly, and after her mother died in a fire, she took on role of mother to her younger siblings, particularly her brother Sonny who came to live with her. She later was a grandmother figure to their children who remember their Aunt Earline fondly.
Left to honor Earline and remember her love are her daughter Frances and husband Melvin Garcia; Grandchildren, Gregory (Yvette) Garcia, Kenny (Andrea) Garcia, and Katie Yancey; four great-grandchildren; Hadley Garcia, Bret, Dalton, and Courtney Garcia; Siblings, Wanda Miller of Armona, Bill (Mary) Puckett of Sunnyvale, Betty (Howie) Lancaster of Hanford, sister-in laws Carol Jean Puckett and Bonnie Kowski, as well as many nieces and nephews. Earline was preceded in death by her parents Jessie and Mamie Puckett, daughter Sue Yancey, brothers J.C. “Mutt”, Melvin, Dee, Larry Joe, Clois, and Sonny Puckett, and sisters, Pauline Bolin, and Patsy Puckett.
Earline will be remembered as a special mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. The Garcia Family would like to extend our thanks and gratitude for the attentiveness and loving care that Tina DePiller provided for Earline in these last years of her life.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Earline's name to Lemoore Women's Club Scholarship Fund, 15315 17th Ave., Lemoore, CA 93245.
Visitation will be held on Thursday from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. at Phipps-Dale Funeral Chapel. A Vigil Rosary Service will be held on Thursday at 6:30 P.M. at Phipps-Dale Funeral Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 1:00 P.M. at St. Peter's Catholic Church with burial to follow at Grangeville Cemetery in Armona. Arrangements are under the direction of Phipps-Dale Funeral Chapel.