Carmen Vineyard

September 3, 1929 - November 29, 2018

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Carmen was born September 3, 1929 in Los Angeles, California to Charles & Aurelia Roberts. She grew up in the Great Depression and married a young Marine, Harold Long at the age of 16 in 1945. She had two children, James & Carmencita Long while living on a farm in Algona, Iowa. Back in Los Angeles in 1950 as a single parent, she subsequently married Joe Sarabia in 1956 and moved to Downey. In 1967 they adopted a baby boy Dominic Sarabia. After an amicable separation in 1975, the couple proceeded to raise Dominic through joint custody, living on the same street, Cheyenne Street. Carmen built her own duplex and became a successful business woman in Downey before marrying Bob Vinyard in 1986. As President of the Downey Chamber of Commerce in 1992 she received Woman of the Year Award by the State Legislature. Bob and Carmen lived in the house she built for the rest of their days.

Carmen was preceded in death by her husband Bob in October of 2017. She is survived by her three children, seven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren. She passed away quietly on November 29, 2018. Services will be held at Miller Mies Mortuary Downey on December 14 at 10:30 AM.

Arlene McArthur

January 4, 1933 - November 27, 2018

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Arlene June (DeWitt) McArthur passed into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 around 6am. Born on January 4, 1933, to Beulah (Zorn) and Harold DeWitt, in Emporia, Kansas, Arlene and her brother, Earl (Edie) Troutman grew up in California.

She was a devoted wife to Ron McArthur who welcomed her at the gates of heaven and a loving mother to Mark (Denise) Philpot and Rhonda Stankiewicz, and step-mother to Dianne (Gerry) Adams and Terry (Rod) Appleton. She adored her grandchildren: Kris (Lindsey), Matt (Chelsea), and Kellie Philpot; Reese and Evan Adams; Josh (Alison), Ben, and Emma Appleton; and great-grandchildren Audry Appleton and Harrison Philpot.

A lifelong educator, Arlene graduated from Long Beach State College and became a teacher at Huntington Park Baptist School and Montebello Christian School. An avid reader with a book always in her hand, after retiring from teaching she volunteered at both her Downey First Baptist church library and the Downey City libraries. She was a member of the Chi Alpha Sunday School class at First Baptist Church of Downey and will be dearly missed by her cherished friends.

Her love of teaching and mentoring others carried on long after retiring. She took art classes at the Downey Adult School where she met new friends to encourage.

Her love of animals was displayed by all the bird feeders in her yard, the squirrels that fed out of her hand and her pride in showing friends pictures of all her Granddogs.

Arlene was blessed with opportunities to travel the world on mission trips and was a wonderful example of the Christian faith. Arlene and Ron were passionate about missions and championed the cause of Christ at DFBC and around the world. They gave selflessly, cared well for others, including missionaries. Home town ones knew they always had a “home” to go to when they were in southern California. They loved all missionaries well, supported them and encouraged them always.

Please join her family in celebrating her life on Sunday, December 2, 2018, at 1:00 pm, at the First Baptist Church in Downey, California. Charitable donations can be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) or a charity of your choice.

You may leave the family condolences on our web site,


Erica Joan Seelig

June 6, 1956 - November 12, 2018

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Erica Joan Seelig passed away on November 12, 2018. A lifelong resident of Downey, California, Erica was a student of the world’s enduring pastimes, an excellent cook and baker, an accomplished needlepointer, and a connoisseur of midcentury television and music. Erica taught elementary school for 38 years, most of them at Frank M. Wright Elementary School in El Monte, California. A beloved daughter, sister, aunt, teacher, and friend, she survived her father, Robert Mallory Seelig MD, and is survived by her mother, LeNoma Joan Seelig. She is also survived by her sister, Lesley Fry, and her husband Lance, and her brothers Dana, and his wife Cathy, and Scott, and his wife Rocio. Erica had six nieces and nephews especially Courtney Fry, and her husband Jamie Fleet, Whitney Kellaher, and her husband Anthony, and Ian Fry. She is also survived by seven grand nieces and nephews especially Rosalie Erica Kellaher and Harriet Lesley Fleet. Her family will remember her as a compassionate listener, a perfect gift giver, and the kindest and most caring soul. An animal lover, she leaves behind her cats, Lucy, Peanut, Linus, and Sally. Donations can be made in memory of Erica to Alley Cat Allies by calling 240-482-1980 or at under “Make a Memorial Gift”. Please add to the recipient email address.

Isabel S. Frailey

December 17, 1924 - November 24, 2018

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Isabel S. Frailey, 93, of South Gate, passed away peacefully at her home on November 24, 2018. She was born on December 17, 1924 in Huntington Park, California. At an early age her and her family moved to Gardena, CA where she graduated from high school in 1942. She worked as a laundromat attendant and as a waitress prior to being hired by Owens Illinois Glass Company in Vernon where she retired after 39 years of employment. In May 2001, she was named Senior of the Year in Downey.

Isabel loved music, dancing, cooking, baking, sewing, gardening, pets, playing bingo, going to the casino, family time and watching her favorite baseball team, the LA Dodgers. She was predeceased by her daughter Darlene Frailey in 2001. She is survived by her two daughters, Gerri Cunningham and her husband Howard, of Downey, Ca, and Geneva Frailey of South Gate, Ca, four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Services will be held at All Souls Mortuary 4400 Cherry Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807 on Monday, December 10th, at 11am. Reception to follow.

Raymond Jantz

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Raymond Jantz was born on November 21, 1932 in Cleveland, Ohio to Tabea and Adolph Jantz. When Ray was 10 years old, the family moved to the Los Angeles area where he attended public schools and graduated from Fremont High School. He went on to graduate from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1956.

In 1959, Ray began a 38-year career with the City of Los Angeles and was Chief Administrative Analyst for the Department of City Planning when he retired in 1998. Ray was an outgoing, intelligent, compassionate man who loved his family and loved God. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Downey for over 50 years. Golf, gardening, cars, corny jokes and especially USC football were some of the things he enjoyed.

He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Mae Jantz of Downey, his son, Jeff (Terry) Jantz of Chino Hills, his daughter, Susan (Steve) Swartout of Diamond Bar, his grandchildren, Jason (Maegen) Jantz of Dana Point, Carissa Jantz of La Jolla, Natalie Swartout and Jillian Swartout, both of Diamond Bar, his great granddaughter, Ava Dixon of La Jolla and many nieces and nephews. He also leaves his brother, Herb Jantz of El Cajon and is predeceased by his sister, Dorothy Pitt.

A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church of Downey on Saturday, December 8 at 10:30am.

Condolences may be sent to the family through our web site,, 562-699-0916.

Cecile Jeanne Demers Dalmau

December 12, 1924 - October 20, 2018

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Cecile Jeanne Demers Dalmau, 93, was born in Montreal, Canada. She passed peacefully at her residence in Seal Beach, California on October 20th. She will be greatly missed by her family, relatives, and friends. She was such a sweet, gentle, kindhearted, gracious, and thoughtful person. She left a great legacy, showing us how to love unconditionally, with care and devotion. All those that met her would comment on what a classy lady she was...yet so cute!

She is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Narcisse Dalmau, as well as her 3 children: Alain (Lisa), Nadine (Max), and Cynthia; 7 grandchildren: Natalie (Jason), Andrew (Melanie), Matthew, Darren, Michelle, Weston, & Lauren; and 2 great-grandchildren: Arianna & Emmett.

She loved spending time with her family.

Cecile was a longtime resident of Downey, where she taught English as a second language at Downey Adult School, and French at Warren High School. She enjoyed her teaching career and then fully embraced her retirement years by traveling the world. She led a long, fulfilling and fruitful life. She will truly be missed and lovingly remembered.

A service to celebrate Cecile’s life will be held at Calvary Baptist Church (14722 Clark Avenue, Bellflower) on Saturday, December 8th at 1 pm.

A reception will be held in the Fireside Room immediately following the service.

Della Welch

October 26, 1922 - October 28, 2018

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Della Welch unexpectedly passed away two days after her 96th birthday in Long Beach, CA. She was born Della Rosella Bales on October 26, 1922 in Waynesville, MO to William Franklin Bales and Martha Jane York, she was one of their eight children. While attending Central Missouri State College she met her future husband Ralph W. Welch, Jr. and they were married August 3, 1948 in Waynesville, MO. They moved to Clovis, NM in 1948 and then to Norwalk, CA in 1956 and then moved to Downey, CA in 1960, which was her home until her death. She had been a member of Downey United Methodist Church since 1960. Della was a 50 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Della leaves behind her loving husband Ralph W. Welch, Jr. and her loving son Wayne R. Welch. Her body was laid to rest at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, CA. Services were private.

Helen Jane Gregorio

June 25, 1920 - October 26, 2018

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Helen Jane Gregorio, 98, was born on June 25, 1920 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, an only child to Charles Peters and Mary Rhodes. She passed peacefully at her home on Friday, October 26, 2018 in Downey, California.

Over the 60 years she lived in Downey, Helen was a dedicated and devoted church and community volunteer. She served at the Downey Family YMCA and also in countless roles in PTA – including helping in the Downey Council PTA HELPS food bank over the past 30 years it’s been in operation. In addition to PTA, Helen logged over 40,000 hours of service in virtually every Auxiliary role in the 32 years she served at Downey-PIH. In addition to her community service, she also spent countless hours in ministry at Christ Lutheran Church here in Downey by singing in the choir, setting up for communion, greeting, ushering, and doing whatever else was needed. Her time and dedication to blessing others was acknowledged with both Rotary Club and Downey Coordinating Council Outstanding Volunteer Awards.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Angelo, and leaves behind her loving family: son James Edwards (Peggy) and granddaughters Sandy Edwards and Lisa Prough of Paso Robles, California; son Charles Gregorio (Melody) of Downey, California, granddaughter Emily Gregorio of Los Angeles, California, and grandson Evan Gregorio of Downey, California, as well as several other family members and friends who loved her and will miss her dearly.

A service to celebrate Helen’s life will be held at Christ Lutheran Church (7707 Florence Avenue, Downey) on Friday, November 16th, at 10:00 AM. A light lunch will be served at the church Fellowship Hall following the internment at Rose Hills. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Downey Council PTA HELPS or Downey Family YMCA.

Barry (Herman) Ord

December 12, 1941 - October 31, 2018

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Long time Downey resident, Barry (Herman) Ord, passed away peacefully at her home October 31, 2018, surrounded by her family. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved spending time at family gatherings, birthday parties, holidays and sporting events cheering on the grandchildren. She was an amazing person and will be missed dearly.

She is survived by her loving husband of nearly 28 years, Donald Ord, as well as her son, Todd Herman and his wife Margaret, her daughter, Kelly Henderson and her husband Bill and 3 stepchildren, Michael Ord and his wife Cathy, Kim Stromen and her husband Dan and Kevin Ord and his wife Carrie. Also 15 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and her niece Susan Groff Cole.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Rufus Paul Groff and Esther Elizabeth Vincent, her brother Richard P. Groff and daughter Shelly Montgomery.

Memorial Service will be held November 9, 2018, 11:00 am at Miller Mies Downey Mortuary.

Jerry Lee Klett

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Jerry Lee Klett, beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Friend has passed away peacefully at 75 on November 2 at his home in Downey.

A memorial will be held Monday, Nov. 12 at 9 a.m. at Rose Hills Mortuary - SkyRose Chapel.

He was born January 13, 1943 to Charles and Mable Klett in Everly, Iowa. He is survived by his children John, Nora, Jason, Dustin, Derek, Darren and grandchildren Autumn, Lincoln, Leyla, Jace, Austin, Aiden, Kaitlyn, Travis, Madelyn, Josh, Dylan, Cassidy, Levi and great grandchildren Aubree Renee and Aria. In the early 80s after being surprised with triplet sons, he ventured off and started his own business to help feed his growing family. He loved spending time with family, camping, boating and gardening. He will be deeply missed, but we know he has once again joined his wife Diana for all eternity.

Ellen Lena Mascaro

August 12, 1927 - October 5, 2018

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Funeral Service 11/01/2018 at 10:00am at Miller Mies Downey Mortuary Chapel.

Burial to follow service at Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA.

Ellen is survived by: her only brother John Mascaro (86/Wife Patricia), her only niece Claudia Walsworth (66/husband Rick), and six nephews Stephan John Mascaro (63/Wife Betty), James Lee Taylor (62/Wife Ginger), David William Mascaro (62/Wife Rosa) , Michael Wayne Mascaro (59/Wife Vicki), John Anthony Mascaro (57/Husband Andy), and Patrick Joseph Mascaro (56/Husband Sergio). Ellen never had children but she had a big extended family including many grand nieces and nephews: Wesley James Walsworth (39), Christine Marie Campbell (35/Husband Sean), David Joseph Mascaro (33), Stephen Tyler Mascaro (31/Wife Lauren), Cristina Laurel Walsworth (30), Sarah Elizabeth Nelson (30/Husband Dan), Sean Anthony Mascaro (26), Nicole Amber Mascaro (24), Jeremy Parrish Taylor (19), Bridget Rose Taylor (17), Adam Joseph Mascaro (9), Alyssa Cheree Mascaro (7), Ally Kat Campbell (3), Sage Avela Nelson (3) and Hadley Regen Nelson (1).

Lillian Lenora Freeman

April 22, 1919 - October 20, 2018

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Long time Downey resident, Lillian L. Freeman, passed away at the age of 99 on October 20, 2018. Lillian was born in Lawrence, Kansas on April 22, 1919. She was the very first “Miss Baldwin City” in the Kansas Division of the Miss America Contest. Lillian was a gifted pianist and played a difficult classical number as her exhibition talent. Based on her piano skills, she won three musical scholarships to Baker University, Emporia State Teacher’s College and Kansas University.

Lillian was married to Edward Garner Henrich from 1937 until he passed away in 1964. She then married Berkley Ludwick “Lud” Freeman in 1965 until he passed away in 2004.

Lillian was a member of the Downey United Methodist Church and played the piano and organ. She was active with the Downey Shrinettes, serving as President in 1985. She was also an active member of the Woman’s Club of Downey for several years.

Lillian was an avid sports fan, especially baseball, when her son, Robert “Bobby” Henrich played for the Cincinnati Reds. She was a devout Los Angeles Lakers supporter. In addition to sports, she also followed the entertainment industry and enthusiastically looked forward to the Red Carpet and Academy Awards Ceremony. Lillian remained mentally astute throughout her life and was an expert on fashion and current events.

Lillian is survived by her two sons, Robert E. Henrich, James W. Henrich and granddaughter, Kristina P. Henrich-Blaich. She was preceded in death by her two husbands, Edward G. Henrich and Berkley L. Freeman and two grandsons, Donald J. Henrich and Thomas W. Henrich.

Lillian L. Freeman led a long, fulfilling and fruitful life. She will truly be missed by all of her relatives and friends, but she will never be forgotten.

Lawrence Scott Zowada passes away

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Lawrence Scott Zowada, 51, left us unexpectedly on Wednesday, October 3 surrounded by family, friends and church community. He leaves behind his wife of 18 years, Jeniffer, his precious children, Jackson (14) and Sophie (8) and the daughter of his heart, Krystal. Also grieving his loss are his parents Lawrence and Diane Zowada.

The family would like to invite you to celebrate his life with them at 10 am on Friday, October 12 at Seacoast Grace Church in Cypress.

Scott will be remembered in our community as an encouraging coach and mentor. Football was his passion. The Rams were his team. He led the Cerritos College Falcons, the Warren High School Bears and volunteered as the coach for the DJAA Panthers for 9 years. Over the last couple of weeks, the family has been flooded with countless stories of the lives that he has impacted with his wisdom and leadership.

Scott had a servant’s heart and spent time volunteering with the homeless and in the community. If you needed something, Scott would be there for you. He had a recent goal to participate in the Triumph Foundation Super Hero 5K which unfortunately he was not able to achieve. Scott didn’t need a race to prove that he was a hero. He has been and always will be a hero to his family. And now through organ donation, Scott continues to come to the aid of other people.

Born in Fullerton, Scott was raised in Downey and attended Warren High School graduating in 1985. He worked for the Downey Unified District faithfully for over 20 years. An amazing and caring hero, Scott was above all things a family man. His love for his wife was unending and continues to give her strength.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Triumph Foundation. This non-profit foundation is close to the hearts of the Zowada family and has helped them in so many ways. It would bring so much joy to the family to know that they could be part of helping

If you feel called and are able to give, please consider donating to help Jeniffer and her family during this time of loss and uncertainty at

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DOWNEY – Patricia J. Beckerman, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away Monday, Sept. 24, at her home in Long Beach.

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She was predeceased by her husband, Raymond Beckerman, in 2005 and her daughter, Cindy Halstead, in 2008.

She is survived by her daughters, Lynda Maybruck (Alan) of Saratoga, Christine Mortensen (Craig) of Laguna Niguel, and Laurie McDaniel of Lake Arrowhead, and Colorado Springs, Colo., as well as 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

A vigil will be held Friday, Oct. 12, at 4 p.m., followed by the praying of the Holy Rosary at Miller Mies Mortuary in Downey.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, Oct. 15, at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Downey, followed by internment at Resurrection Cemetery in Rosemead.

Donations in her memory may be made at

Harriet Wadsworth (Hobart) Littlewood

October 21, 1917 - September 23, 2018

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Harriet Littlewood of Downey met with her Lord one month shy of her 101st birthday on September 23, 2018. She passed peacefully at her home of 60 years surrounded by family.

Born October 21, 1917, Harriet was raised in Roscoe, Illinois along with eight siblings, seven whom grew into adulthood. She was born into humble beginnings that she fondly remembered as an idyllic time of life and often reminisced about sweeter less-complicated times. Harriet married Raymond Littlewood in 1938 at 21 years old and traveled with him to California three times before settling in Downey in 1953. She gave birth to identical triplet sons, a daughter, and then identical twin daughters.

She lived her life with a strong belief and love for Jesus and very much wanted everyone she met to share that zest and conviction. Harriet had an amazing gift of memory. She kept in touch with her large extended family and dear friends on every occasion. Harriet told stories of her life with vivid detail as if she were there in the moment. She never stopped learning while pursuing myriad ways to express her artistic talents.

Harriet had a pure childlike heart, and although sometimes ornery, did her best to be helpful wherever and however she could. Harriet worked hard throughout her life to provide for her family by selling Avon, Sarah Coventry, Amway, and by taking odd jobs such as a lunch yard-duty at Rio Hondo Elementary School and as nighttime baby-sitter at Del Rio Lanes bowling alley. She loved working with kids. Harriet volunteered at her local polling venue for over twenty years. But the job she loved most was actual yard work. Attributing her love of all things green from working alongside her father and siblings in his garden.

Living a 100 plus life means that she has lived through many major U.S and world events. Three of her siblings served in WW2, each serving in different branches. As a 10-year-old her family gathered around the radio and heard an announcement that Lindbergh would be flying his plane, The Spirit of St. Louis, from St. Louis, Missouri to over Forest Park, Illinois. They heard the engine and ran outside in time to record the historic moment on film. Life was often tough, the money tight, but even at that, there were many adventures and Harriet’s faith never wavered. Harriet will be remembered by many for her tenacity and often-used phrase, “Life is interesting.”

Harriet went on to join her parents, siblings, husband, triplet sons, and twin daughter Wendy. She leaves behind two daughters Carol and Nita, three grandchildren, and three great grandchildren, extended family, and wonderful neighbors and friends.

We who believe as she, have no doubts that she was ushered into God’s light and love with the greeting, “Welcome dear and faithful servant.”

No services are scheduled at this time. For those whom wish to honor Harriet in some way, a donation to her favorite charity on her behalf would be a great way to do so. At their website a 501 (3) 5 non-profit organization or by mail.

The S.E.E. Center for the Advancement of Deaf Children

10443 Los Alamitos Blvd.

Los Alamitos, CA 90720

Raymond Richard Armas

June 27, 1954 - September 29, 2018

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Raymond Richard Armas, 64 of Downey, passed away on September 29 from complications of pneumonia.

Ray was born in Lynwood, CA on June 27, 1954. He graduated from Warren High School and studied Business Administration at Long Beach City College.

Ray worked as a plasterer for 32 years, a Controller of 2 Hospitals, installation manager for Win Dor Windows until he worked with his son at American Family Bail Bonds.

He enjoyed traveling and meeting people and had traveled to over 13 countries. He loved watching movies and could quote any line from most any movie verbatim. His biggest love was his family and he dedicated his life to their happiness.

Ray is survived by his wife Gaylen, of 34 years, granddaughter Brooke (whom he loved with all his heart), son James, daughter Alicia, brother Paul and nephew Kyle.

Ray is preceded in death by his parents Richard and Stella Armas.

Visitation is Friday, Oct 5 from 5-9 at Miller Mies Mortuary 10229 Paramount Blvd. Downey. Burial will follow on Monday, Oct. 8 at 11:00 at All Souls Cemetery in Long Beach.

Caryl Maniscalco

August 5, 1942 - September 9, 2018

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Caryl Louise Maniscalco of St. Helena, California, passed away peacefully in her sleep at the home of her first son, David Boies, overlooking the Swan River in Big Fork, Montana on Sunday, September 9. Caryl was 76 years old. While her loss was sudden, Caryl died of natural causes and left this earth with grace and dignity.

Caryl was born August 5, 1942, Caryl Louise Elwell, in Glendale, California. She dedicated her life to her children, grandchildren and to helping others.

Deeply loved grandmother, mother and fiercely loyal and giving friend to all she met, Caryl was a quiet powerhouse of a woman. A maverick, she raised her four children on her own while operating a small hometown cafe in the Sonoma County village of Monte Rio. She instilled in her children a sense of ethics, responsibility and self-reliance through her example. Despite difficult challenges, she provided stability to her family, friends and community. Regardless of the circumstances, Caryl exuded an infectious optimism and was always there for her children, grandchildren, or anyone who needed her.

Caryl was raised in Southern California. She graduated from Fullerton High School. She then supported her husband, David Boies, and two first children working as a switchboard operator, among other early jobs. She further supported her first husband through college and then law school in Chicago. When her first marriage ended, she moved back to California where her second two children were born. Her second husband was Peter Maniscalco.

Eventually, she opened a small restaurant in Monte Rio. While operating the restaurant and raising her children, Caryl aspired to fulfill her dreams further. She studied for and attained first her real estate sales license and then her real estate broker’s license.

She set an example as a life-long learner, going on to fulfill her life-long dream of being an attorney. She attended Empire Law School in Sonoma County and graduated before her children were out of the house. She became a lawyer - passing the bar exam on the first try - in 1987.

Caryl took up family law because she knew the pain and struggle of leading a broken home. She worked with legal aid to help those in most need. She also practiced real estate law. She was a font of knowledge and could answer just about any question on those special areas of law that would be posed to her. She loved wine and California’s wine country and was house counsel for Hawk and Horse Vineyards for the past 18 years.

In spite of her many accomplishments, Caryl was not prideful. She downplayed her achievements and always put others before herself, especially her grandchildren.

Caryl’s chief passion was her eleven grandchildren. With family spread all over the U.S. and abroad, Caryl kept up with each and every one of her children and grandchildren’s lives and maintained close relationships with all. In fact, just about everyone who met her under the age of 30 called her her “Grandma Caryl.” The rest of us called her “Mom.” The archetypal mother, she would fight any battle for her children or grandchildren. There was only one side - their side. In private she would not shrink from correcting her family with a gentle strength, but where family was concerned, against Grandma Caryl, the outside world did not stand a chance! She led through quiet fortitude and by example.

Rising from virtually nothing, she attained all of her dreams and inspired each of her children to do the same. All of her children achieved college degrees and followed her advice to believe in yourself and all things are possible. She could be feisty, opinionated and fierce but she was even more loving, caring, compassionate and intellectually brilliant. She would stand her ground but was also quick to forgive. She would sacrifice her needs for those of her children and grandchildren - and even strangers. Caryl was deeply human, kind and approachable. She had a wonderful sense of humor and was quick to laugh. Everyone who knew her loved her.

Caryl loved to travel to exotic places and had amazing opportunities to see the world. She was an avid 49er football and San Francisco Giants fan. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, antiquing and playing piano. She founded several small businesses including two restaurants, a real estate brokerage and a candy store. She ran for judge in Sonoma County, receiving 40% of the County-wide vote against an entrenched incumbent. Most of all, she loved to attend any event in which her grandchildren featured - from California high school rodeo to soccer, to Yale baseball, to St. Helena Montessori School Christmas pageants.

Caryl was preceded in her ascent to heaven by her beloved daughter, Caryl Louise Boies, an attorney in her own right, whom she loved with all her heart. One small comfort is that their two spirits may be seated together at the right hand of the Father.

Caryl is survived by her remaining three children: David Boies III, Tracey Allynne Hawkins (Mitch Hawkins), Matthew Patrick Maniscalco (Tania Maniscalco), along with her eleven grandchildren, Autumn Brook Turley, David Boies IV, Marie Louise Maniscalco, Robert Buckley Boies, Virginia Louise Boies, Hannah Maniscalco, Katherine Maniscalco, Samuel Boies, Francesca Michelle Hawkins, Nina Pauline Hawkins and David Baibula.

She has left a space for all to fill in caring for one another. She would be honored if we look for ways to be of service and fill those needs in her honor.

Caryl’s remains will be placed at rest at the St. Helena Public Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. on November 10. A celebration of Caryl’s life will be held at The American Legion in St. Helena, immediately following. All are welcome.

Please honor Caryl’s memory by donating to Caryl’s Kids, a charity established in the loving memory of her daughter, Caryl L. Boies: Caryl’s Kids, C/O Sigrid McCawley, BSFLLP, 401 Las Olas Blvd. Ste. 1200, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301.

Cards, condolences and remembrances of Caryl’s life may be sent to Tracey Hawkins, P.O.B. 324, Calistoga CA 94515.

Caryl wanted to be remembered in joy and beauty! Please find a moment to be joyous in her memory today!

Mary Stella Cuicchi Jones

March 23, 1936 - July 27, 2018

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Mary Stella Cuicchi Jones passed away on Friday, July 27, 2018. She was born on March 23, 1936, to Frank and Phill Cuicchi in Greenville, Mississippi. Soon after graduating from Shaw High School in 1954, she met and married Russell N. Jones on March 1, 1957. An Air Force man at the time, they met at a basketball game.

Looking for work, they traveled to Illinois and eventually came to California in 1958. They quickly entered in the fast-food restaurant business, working alongside founders of local Downey establishments El Taco and Plaza Guadalajara, as well as famous chains such as Taco Bell, Baker’s Burgers, and Wienerschnitzel.

With assistance from Glen Bell, founder of Taco Bell, coupled with additional investment from her parents, Mary and Russ started Taco Quickie in 1963. Over a 54-year career, they oversaw restaurants in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Maywood, Lynwood, and Bell Gardens. Their Quickie Dog restaurant was once featured in a Los Angeles Magazine article listing them as a classic choice along with the likes of Hot Dog on a Stick, Larry’s Chili Dog, Pink’s, Oki Dog, and Tommy’s.

The last remaining restaurant in Bell Gardens closed on October 8, 2017. Mary and Russ prided themselves in providing jobs for countless employees, including for a number of relatives from their home state of Mississippi.

Inspired by her parents who had run a grocery store, Mary successfully juggled entrepreneurship with running a household. Following in Mary’s footsteps of being very active–basketball, yearbook staff, homecoming queen, and Miss Shaw High School–she made sure her daughter did the same. She coached, was a team mom, and dance mom. She led countless excursions and camping trips for Girl Scout Troop 1239. A masterful fundraiser, she excelled at cookie and calendar sales, firework stands, hot lunch days, and 50/50 drawings. One of her proudest accomplishments came as President of Downey Girls Ponytail Athletic Association and having a sign installed at Independence Park.

She is survived by her husband of 61-years, Russell; daughter Pamela (Jeff). She was predeceased by a daughter, Kathryn. She is also survived by a sibling Paul (Rosemary).

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to a favorite charity in honor of Mary. In recognition of her passion for sports and commitment to helping others, the family would like to highlight the following for consideration:

Bishop Amat High School Boys Basketball (14301 Fairgrove Avenue, La Puente, CA, 91746.   Checks should be made out to Bishop Amat and specify “Boys Basketball” in the memo line).
UCLA Softball (UCLA Athletic Department, Atten: Emily Lerner, PO Box 24044, Los Angeles, CA 90024. Checks should be made out to UCLA Foundation and specify “UCLA Softball” in the memo line).

LMU LionsFund for Softball (

Please indicate that the gift is in memory of “Mary Jones”. Sympathy notes and words of support may be expressed at