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Category: Obituaries

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Jenny Elizabeth Mercer

Jenny Elizabeth Mercer

Jenny Elizabeth Mercer, 34, died Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, on Hilton Head Island, S.C. Mercer lived on Hilton Head Island and Pittsburgh as a young girl and recently moved back to Hilton Head Island from Laguna Beach. Mercer was a graduate of Proctor Academy in Andover, N.H. While at Proctor Academy she participated in the […]

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Memorial Service: Jeannette York Merrilees

Memorial Service: Jeannette York Merrilees

The life of Jeannette York Merrilees will be celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 1 p.m. with a service at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 428 Park Ave., followed by a 2:30 p.m. reception at the Woman’s Club, 286 St. Anne’s Dr.  

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Ira Silverstein

Ira Silverstein

Dr. Ira Silverstein, 74, of Laguna Beach, passed away on Oct. 9 after an accident while traveling overseas. He grew up in New Jersey where he graduated from Hillside High as class valedictorian. At Princeton, he was pre-med but majored in English. After graduating from University of Pennsylvania Medical School, he did an internship in […]

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Clarence Boyd

Clarence Boyd

Clarence Hagood Boyd III, or “C” as his friends knew him, a long-time resident of Laguna Beach, passed away suddenly on Oct. 23.  He was 72. Born Aug. 15, 1941, to C.H. Boyd Jr. and Alice Boyd, he grew up in the Forest Park area of Fort Worth, Texas. He married his high school sweetheart, […]

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Virgil Marvin Irwin

Virgil Marvin Irwin

Virgil Marvin Irwin, 87, died peacefully at home in Ventura, Calif., on Oct. 25.  He left a far flung, extended family and many friends to celebrate his long life. Marv was born on Jan. 13, 1926, in Spokane, Wash., to Lila White and Joseph Irwin.  He graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in 1944 […]

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Sally Ann Kennedy

Sally Ann Kennedy

Sally Ann (Rusestine) Kennedy, 71, succumbed to lung cancer on Oct. 10, 2013. Kennedy resided in Santa Ana since 1993. She was born on Aug. 15, 1942, in Ferndale, Mich., the city in which she grew up. Sally graduated from Ferndale High School in 1960 and was her class homecoming queen. She moved to Southern […]

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Open-Space Advocate Merrilees Dies at 83

Open-Space Advocate Merrilees Dies at 83

Jeannette York Merrilees, age 83, died on Oct. 14, 2013. She was a resident of Laguna Beach since 1973. Jeannette was born (Jeannette Faas York) on March 18, 1930, in Newark, N.Y., the second child of Dr. and Mrs. Edwin Whittier York.  Her father died when she was still an infant. Jeannette was raised by […]

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Robert French

Robert French

Dr. Robert E. French, a prominent Orange County orthodontist, passed away peacefully On Saturday, Oct. 12, with family members at his bedside. The cause of death was related to complications from a degenerative lung condition. Bob was born an only child to Ursula and Schuyler French on May 7, 1930, in St. Louis, Mo. In […]

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Katherine McGilvray Pitts

Katherine McGilvray Pitts

 Katherine Pitts passed away peacefully Sept. 13, 2013, in Newport Beach’s Hoag Hospital after a 48-day illness. She was 66. Kathy was born in Pasadena, Calif., on Sept. 30, 1946, to Donald Alexander and Judith Bailey McGilvray. She was raised in Arcadia and attended Arcadia High School. Kathy was a ranked tennis player in high […]

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Richard S. Clark

Richard S. Clark

Richard S. Clark, longtime resident of Laguna Beach, died peacefully on Sept. 22, 2013. Clark was born in Cooperstown, N.Y., on Feb 13, 1923. He graduated from Ithaca High School at age 16 and attended Cornell University. At the outbreak of World War II, he joined the Army where he served in the Pacific. It was […]

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Margot Seeholzer

Margot Seeholzer

Margot Seeholzer, resident of Laguna Beach of over 40 years, passed away suddenly in her home Saturday, Sept. 14. Born in Germany in 1942, her wanderlust brought her to sunny Laguna Beach in the early ‘70s, where she joined her cousin, Anneliese Schimmelpfennig, to help teach at her new school, Anneliese’s. In the early years […]

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David Campbell Winckler

David Campbell Winckler

David Campbell Winckler passed in peace and comfort on Wednesday, Aug. 21 from Alzheimer’s dementia. Born in Long Beach on Feb. 4, 1937 to his parents Richard and Elizabeth, Dave spent his youth in both the avocado fields of Tustin and the sunny sands of Newport Beach.  In these places, Winckler began to foster what […]

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‘Doc’ Blacketer, Artist-Craftsman, Dies at 96

‘Doc’ Blacketer, Artist-Craftsman, Dies at 96

By Belinda Blacketer, Special to the Independent   Francis LeRoy “Doc” Blacketer, an artist with ties to Laguna Beach’s early settlers, died in Atwater, Calif., on Aug. 30. Born on July 10, 1918, to Lewis Sherman Blacketer and Frances Mae Lovelace Blacketer on a farm near Seward, Neb., he was the youngest of 10 children. […]

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Mary Louise Hart Delaney

Mary Louise Hart Delaney

Mary Louise Hart Delaney passed away peacefully on Sunday, Sept. 8., at her home in Whitefish, Mont., surrounded by her loving husband Laurence Delaney, daughters Elizabeth Phillips and Jennifer Clemente, and son Morgan Hart Delaney. Life began for Mary Louise in 1941 where her parents Doris and Arthur Hart raised her with her sisters Helen and […]

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Andrew Lyon

Andrew Lyon

  Ten months after triumphantly crossing into Canada having walked there from Mexico, Andrew Lyon, 24, passed away on the morning of Aug. 30, 2013 cradled in the arms of his mother and sister. Lyon took his final breath at Ananda, a spiritual community in northern California where he had spent many months throughout the […]