Elmo Henry Turner, a 54-year resident of Livermore and Topock, Ariz., died Jan. 3 at Valley Care Medical Center. He was 90.
Born Oct. 18, 1918, Mr. Turner was the youngest of 12 children of Andrew J. and Martha (Ambrose) Turner of Green Forest, Ark. At the age of 13, he rode a freight train to California seeking adventure and a life away from dairy farming. On Sept. 1, 1944, he enlisted in the Army and served in Burma as a heavy truck driver until the end of World War II. He returned to Hayward to marry the love of his life, Mary Lou Cooper, on Sept. 7, 1946. They moved to Livermore in 1955 and purchased a retirement home in Topock, Ariz. in 1974. They were happily married for 57 years before Mary's death in 2003.
Mr. Turner was employed as a truck driver for Alameda County through the 1960s when he bought his own tractor and became an owner/operator leasing himself and his Peterbilt to Warren Transportation in Union City. He continued as a teamster until his retirement in 1983.
He loved retirement, rock hunting in the desert, gardening, fishing and telling tall tales to his grandchildren.
He is survived by his sons, Donald E. Turner (partner Brian Fernandez) of Livermore, Gary W. Turner of Newark and Dale R. Turner of San Bruno; four grandsons, including Donald B. Turner (Michelle) and Jeffrey A. Turner, both of Pleasanton; and two great-grandchildren, Trevor and Auburn Turner, also of Pleasanton.
Services were held Jan. 22 at First Presbyterian Church in Livermore. Private inurnment will be in Topock, Ariz. Contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Livermore.
Marjorie A. Walker
Marjorie A. Walker died peacefully Feb. 1 after a brief illness, with her family by her side. She was 80.
Mrs. Walker was born June 7, 1928 in Cambridge, Mass., the beloved daughter of Elizabeth and Patrick O'Neill.
She attended Cambridge High and Latin School, followed by business school. She worked for the Army Intelligence and the Veteran's Administration during her career. She received decorations from the secretary of the Army and the mayor of Boston, honoring her bravery in supporting firefighters fighting an extensive fire in the hold of the SS Black Falcon Victory which was docked at the Boston Army Base.
She was the loving wife of Leo Walker of Pleasanton, who cherished her during her 54 years of marriage. They were wed at St. John's Church in Cambridge, Mass. on June 11, 1955. She spent many rewarding years as a homemaker raising their five children.
Mrs. Walker is survived by her loving husband, Leo; sons, Steve Walker (Debbi), John Walker (Laurel), Bill Walker (Melissa), Bob Walker; daughter, Betsy Jones (Doug); grandchildren, Kimberly, Christopher, David, Christopher, Julia, Katie, Kirsten, Victoria and Kate; brother, Bill O'Neill; sister, Betty Leppzer; and numerous nieces and nephews, including Robbie and Ted Leppzer, who spent several years with the family during their childhood and who she loved dearly.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Livermore. A mass will be held at 10 a.m. today at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive. Burial will be private.
Barbara J. Hylton-Bailer
Barbara J. Hylton-Bailer died Jan. 26 at the age of 69.
Ms. Hylton-Bailer was born in November 1939 and was a resident of Pleasanton.
She is survived by her daughter, Carey Hylton; son, Scott (Josie) Hylton; grandchildren, Chelsea Hylton-Ransome, Elijah and Brianna Hylton, Aldrin Montana and Devon McMillan; her best friend, Cookie Clark and longtime partner, Lupe Espinoza. She was preceded in death by her aunt, Bernice and uncle, Pat.
Services were held Feb. 2 at Callaghan Mortuary Chapel in Livermore.
Rene Marie Margaroni
Rene Marie Margaroni died Jan. 22 at the age of 68.
Ms. Margaroni, a resident of Pleasanton, was born Jan. 19, 1941 in San Francisco.
Her grandchildren were truly the joy of her life as well as socializing with friends and shopping for her grandchildren. She leaves behind family and friends that will miss her endearing charm and love of people.
She is survived by her children, Steve and Jennifer; daughter-in-law, Taren; son-in-law, Michael and her beloved grandchildren, Joseph, Jonathan, Zachary and Jessica.
She will be laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery in Daly City beside her mother and father. Per her request, no services will be held.
Elizabeth "Libby" Shutts *
Libby Shutts, artist, family matriarch and zucchini connoisseur, died peacefully Jan. 26, surrounded by her loving family.
She was a longtime resident of Hollister and Palo Alto, where she was a substitute schoolteacher for the Palo Alto Unified School District for many years. She later worked in the planning office at Stanford University until her retirement. The past six years, she resided in Pleasanton. Mrs. Shutts was a respected Chinese brush painter who loved to share her passion and talent with everyone she could, and her cheerful and polite demeanor ensured that she was universally loved. Her sense of humor, even in times of pain or crisis, was legendary.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hamilton Shutts. She is survived by three children, Judson Shutts, Peter Shutts, and Janet Rowe; and five grandchildren, Scott Rowe, Monica Shutts and Shannon, Cameron and Taylor Shutts.
Services were held Jan. 30 at Christ Episcopal Church in Los Altos. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to California Baron's Ball, c/o the American Cancer Society, 747 Camden Ave, Ste. B, Campbell, CA 95008.
Robert H. Ronald
Robert H. Ronald died Jan. 31 at the age of 88.
Mr. Ronald was born May 6, 1920. He was a Pleasanton resident for more than 40 years. He served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II and was retired from Union Local 302.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Dorothy Ronald; his son, Robert and and daughter-in-law, Joanie from Yuba City; five grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Cathye Rahlves and his mother-in-law, Hazel Partridge.
Services were held Feb. 4 at Chapel of the Chimes Cemetery in Hayward.