Wandering George, as he was affectionately known, passed away peacefully in his Newport Beach home Friday morning, March 30, 2012, at the age of “90-1/2” (as he liked to say).
Born Aug. 3, 1921, he lived in Louisiana, Mo., until moving to Los Angeles at the age of 10 with his mother and sister.
Adventure was George’s life. After graduating from Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy in New York, he traveled the world on a Liberty ship, as a second mate officer, during WWII. He married Rae Ashman in 1943, and they had four children: Steve, Rick, Alison and Suzanne. Then in 1964 he took the entire family, and their dog, Beau, on a six-month journey on a 40-foot trimaran sailboat he had built in Seattle, all along the Pacific Coast down to Baja, Mexico. There were always annual trips with friends and family waterskiing, rafting, four-wheel driving in Baja, and later, exploring the USA and Canada in a motorhome with Rae and their dog, Charlie.
George was an exceptional businessman, and a top-producing, very popular loan agent for Cal Fed in the Long Beach area. He also partnered on the building and operating of several large apartment complexes.
In 1975, George and Rae discovered beautiful Lake Almanor, and decided to buy a waterfront lot on the new “West Shore,” and build a home. The following year they moved there year-round with their youngest daughter, Suzanne, who attended her senior year at Chester High School. Water skiing in the summers, and ice skating in the winters, family and friends enjoyed the area for years to come. George and family had one last vacation there last August.
Rae passed away in 2004, and George married their long-time friend, Pat Spooner, the following year. George and Pat spent nearly seven years enjoying life on Lido Island, and George loved playing tennis and bocce ball with “the guys” up ’til the end.
Kind, generous and fun, George Shaw was loved and admired by everyone. He made us all feel so special and inspired us to be the best we could be. We’ll miss you, George!
We had a wonderful 90th birthday party for him six months ago with friends and family, and the immediate family will have a private ceremony at sea next weekend.
Coetta Maxine Tilford entered into eternal rest Saturday, March 31, at the age of 83, in Chico.
She was born July 14, 1928, in Stratford, Okla., to Lee Roy and Nellie Mae Lewis, and married Henry Charles Tilford Dec. 23, 1943, in Modesto. Maxine and family moved to Westwood in 1970 and become a fixture in the town.
Since 1992, Maxine had been known as the “Pie Lady,” owing to her ability to create mouth-watering pies from scratch at her daughter and son-in-law’s restaurant, the Old Mill Cafe. Prior to becoming the Pie Lady, she worked for Young’s Super Market in Westwood as a cashier before retiring, twice. Before her years at the market, Maxine and her husband ran a cafe in Westwood called Hank’s Cafe. This lasted from 1970 through 1972.
When not working, Maxine spent time gardening, playing bingo and beating the odds on slot machines at whichever casino she happened to walk into.
She was preceded in death by her son Jimmie Carl Tilford in 2003, and her loving husband Henry Charles Tilford in 2004.
She is survived by her son Johnny Tilford and daughter-in-law Randee, of Loomis; daughter-in-law Carol Tilford, of Quincy; and daughter Connie Theobald and her husband Rod, of Westwood.
In addition, she leaves a legacy of seven grandchildren: Brian Tilford and wife Shelly, of Westwood; Jeff Tilford and wife Nancy, of Lincoln; Jimmie Tilford Jr. and wife Kari, of Reno, Nev.; Trisha Fripp and husband Sean, of Beaufort, S.C.; Michelle Redman and husband Tony, of Beaufort, S.C.; Jason Theobald and wife Katelyn, of Westwood; and Ronnie Theobald and wife Ashley, of Westwood. Maxine also leaves behind 15 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held Sunday, April 15, at the Calvary Chapel in Westwood, and will be followed by a private interment at Westwood Cemetery.
The morning of her passing we know that her husband and son were waiting with open arms at Heaven’s Gate to welcome her home. Her love will forever live in the hearts of family, friends and all those who knew her. She will be greatly missed.
Patty Mallery died March 29, 2012.
She was born April 24, 1925, in Westwood to Frank and Mary Nixon.
She was preceded in death by her twin brother, Frank Jr.; sister MaryLou Wales, of Susanville; and her husband, Milton Mallery.
Patty is survived by six children, Arlan Mallery, of Susanville, Wilson Mallery, of Susanville, Paulette Carter, of Chico, Fred Mallery, of Janesville, Rita Reich, of Rangely, Colo., and Mark Mallery, of Los Angeles; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
In respect for her wishes, no services will be held. Her family plans a celebration of her life this coming summer. An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.