Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - February 26, 2010


Mavis Mae Williams

Mavis Mae Williams died Feb. 10 at the age of 88.

Mrs. Williams was born May 19, 1921 in Decoto, Calif. She was a longtime resident of Fremont before moving to Pleasanton and later, Livermore.

She is survived by her daughter, Janice Robinson (Paul Scott Robinson); grandchildren, Derek Krikava, Keith Krikava, Jason Krikava, Kelly Reilly Kent (Jessie Kent) and Katie Nicole Reilly; and great-grandchild, Taylor Mae Krikava. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Wilbur L. Williams; and treasured daughters, Maxine Blankenship and Roberta Krikava.

A service was scheduled to be held Feb. 16. Burial was to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sisters of the Holy Family, 159 Washington Blvd., Fremont, CA 94539.

Connie Eileen Myers

Connie Eileen Myers died Feb. 14 with her husband, Dennis, and children -- David Dunkin and his wife, Elsa, and Dawn Newport and her husband, Ryan, and their unborn daughter -- at her side.

Mrs. Myers was born in 1950. She was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew her. Family and friends meant everything to her; she placed everyone else first and herself last.

A service was held Feb. 19 at Graham-Hitch Mortuary, with a reception following at Vineyard Villa.

Evelyn Irene Gonzalez

Evelyn Irene Gonzalez, totally loved daughter of Saida Diaz and Jose Gonzalez, died suddenly Feb. 19 at the age of 14.

Born May 23, 1995, Evelyn was the light of her parents' world and say they will always have with us her beautiful smile and voice. They will always remember her ability to enjoy life wherever she was and whomever she was with. Evelyn made new friends all the time enjoying all types of exercise (especially track) and any outside activity while being equally at home with her online stories and letters. She was an expert Guitar Hero player and reveled at her Wii games.

She is survived by parents Saida Diaz and Jose Gonzalez; cherished brother Axel Gonzalez of Pleasanton; sister Wendy Diaz of Guatemala; grandparents Marina Guerra and Salomon Diaz of Guatemala; grandfather Juan Gonzalez of Mexico City; aunts and uncles Armando Gonzalez of Bay Point, Maria Diaz and Victor Chicas of Fairview Oregon, and Silvia Gonzalez, Adriana Gonzalez, Gabriela Gonzalez, Susana Gonzalez all of Mexico City, Rosalina Diaz of Guatemala, Alfredo Diaz of Nebraska; and numerous cousins who all loved her very much

Evelyn's extended family includes her many friends from Amador Valley High School, Harvest Park Middle School, teachers and her beloved "gato" Nermal.

Evelyn's many friends and family attended a memorial service Feb. 24 at at Pleasanton Community Church, 4455 Del Valle Pkwy. Anyone wishing to make a donation in Evelyn's name may do so to the Saving Teens In Crisis Collaborative, P.O. Box 441363, West Somerville, MA, 02144;

Elaine Marie Anderson

Elaine Marie Anderson died Feb. 18 peacefully at her home in Pleasanton, surrounded by two of her daughters and a devoted caregiver. She was 86.

Born May 9, 1923 in the Bronx, N.Y., she was described as a light to everyone who met her. Her father was French and her mother was mostly of German heritage. Her family was very musical. Her father played the French horn, her mother the piano, and Mrs. Anderson and her two sisters sang in their church choir and various choral groups.

Mrs. Anderson met her husband, Ralph, when her family moved to a new neighborhood during her high school years. He lived a few doors down the block and delivered newspapers. They were married in 1943 while Mr. Anderson was on a two-week leave from the Army during WWII.

Throughout her life, she was a loving wife, a wonderful mother, and a skilled and competent manager of her household. She and Ralph viewed their life together as a partnership. Each had his or her own areas of expertise and responsibility.

She is survived by her three daughters and their husbands: Laura Anderson (John Hall), Claudia Smiley (Robert), and Robin Butler (Steven); one grandson, J.R. Butler; and several nieces and nephews.

Her husband of 66 years, Ralph, preceded her in death almost five months earlier.

A viewing was held Feb. 25 at Graham-Hitch Mortuary in Pleasanton and a funeral taking place Feb. 26 with internment following at Oakmont Memorial Park in Lafayette.

Arvilla Ruth Bollier Longacre

Arvilla Longacre, a wonderful and well-loved mother and grandmother, died Feb. 18 at the age of 86.

She was born on March 24, 1923 in Horace Greeley County, Kansas to Mary Orpha Barrows Bollier and Chester Roy Bollier. She was raised on a farm in Kansas, and graduated from high school in 1941. After completing her Nurses Training in Wichita, she then joined the Navy and served at the Naval Hospital in Oakland for three years. Following her time there, she returned to Ohio State for her bachelor's degree in Nursing, and graduated in 1950. Returning to California, she married Charles Innes Longacre in 1955, and lived in Lindsay. She later taught nursing at Bakersfield College for over 10 years, received her master's degree at Cal State Bakersfield in 1981, and retired in 1984.

Mrs. Longacre was very energetic and caring, characterized by her kindness and giving spirit. She was a very special woman who thought primarily of others, and had a true servant's heart. As a committed Christian, she was involved her entire life in a variety of churches, and loved both music, and especially, medical missions. She worked diligently with Medical Ambassadors, and served in missions with Mercy Ships to South America, missions trips to Mexico, and outreaches in Hawaii, as well as with the Gideons. She loved the missionaries she worked with, and was a constant support for them.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles, who died in 1981.

Mrs. Longacre is survived by her daughter, Amy Liu Longacre, and her son-in-law, Ed Liu along with their three children, Nikki, Jeremy and Zachary Liu. She also is survived by her three stepchildren, Vicki Peirotes with her sons Tristan and Adrien, Shirley Longacre along with her children Julie, Antoine, Capucine and Marine Andre, and John Longacre with his wife, Linda. She was preceded in death by her stepson Charles Longacre, but his daughter Lowrie and granddaughter survived along with his son, Michael, and his two children.

A memorial service was scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at Valley Community Church, 4455 Del Valle Pkwy.


Posted by Friend of Evelyn, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Apr 1, 2010 at 9:46 am

I miss you so much Evelyn! I wish you were here, but I hope you have found your happy place. )':

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