Tony died July 1, 2018 in Trona just before his birthday. He will be missed by his classmates and friends.
Edie, as she was known to all her family, friends, and co-workers, was born in Mojave, California, to Clyde Emerson and Dorothy Elva Keith of Trona, San Bernardino County, California.
She did all of her elementary and secondary schooling in the Trona Joint Unified School District. The day after her 1959 high school graduation she drove herself the 125 miles to San Bernardino to start Skadron Business College and find employment. Within a very short time and several months before she turned 18, she accepted employment with a small but well-respected law firm in Rialto, California, where she would be trained on the job to be a legal secretary.
On July 2, 1960, she married her high school sweetheart, John Thomas (âTommyâ) Barrick, in service presided over by the pastor who had headed her Trona church when she and Tommy had first met. The ceremony took place in a small church in Rialto. Tommy had just returned from military duty in Munich, Germany, and mustered out of his Army enlistment. When he was unable to find employment in the vicinity of Rialto, he resumed his employment at the chemical plant in Trona. That meant that Edie drove back out to the desert on her weekends off and he drove down to Rialto on his âlong changesâ. The long-distance arrangement continued for almost 2 years.
They rented modest living quarters in Rialto for the first 4 years of their married life. Then they bought a house in San Bernardino. Their home was always welcoming to friends and family and the gathering place for every holiday and many other celebrations. However, they never had children.
Edie worked diligently at her career. She was critical support for five separate members of the local legal profession who successively terminated her employment as they received appointments to assume judicial office in San Bernardino. Only one lawyer-employer chose not to follow that path during her 1959 to 2001 career; she retired from his practice.
Edie attended and helped develop formal legal assistant/paralegal courses at the University of Southern California to augment the many years of on the job training she gained in legal practices concentrating on litigation, personal injury, family law, probate, and estate planning. Over the course of a 43 year career, she saw law office technology transition from manual typewriters through personal computers and computer networks.
She was active as a member and as an officer in the local, state and national professional associations for legal secretaries, paralegals, and legal assistants. In 1985 she was recognized as “Legal Secretary of the Year” by her peers and the legal community in San Bernardino.
In retirement she provided caregiver services to her husband who had been forced into early retirement by a vehicular accident in 1996. Due to health issues for both spouses, they became homebodies after 2006, and ultimately engaged professional caregivers in their home. Prior to 2006, they had traveled within 28 of the states, including Hawaii, and portions of Canada. Their 54-year marriage ended with her husbandâs passing in 2014. She was a resident of San Bernardino County for her entire 76 years of life.
She is survived by her only sibling, Cheryl E. Keith, of Rancho Cordova, California; her cousin Terry Jane (Garrison) Fasana of Baldwin Park, California; her cousin Colleen Baker of St. George, Utah; her cousin Judith Hamblin of Henderson, Nevada; and many other cousins in Kansas, Nevada, Idaho, Ohio, and West Virginia.
Her internment was at Crestlawn Memorial Park in Riverside, California, on March 13, 2018.
Word has come our way that David Denman passed away about the middle of 2017 due to cirrhosis of the liver. I have no further information. He has several relatives living in the Ridgecrest area.
Beverly Jean Milbrath Wallack, 81, went to be with her savior on February 17, 2018, after a short bout with cancer.
Beverly was born on March 7, 1936 in Santa Paula, California, to Rita and Jasper Compton. With siblings Clova and Jim not far behind, they lived most of their school years in Trona, California. She was a cheerleader for Trona High, and well-liked by all her classmates. Up until 2017, she continued to attend the Trona High School reunions and kept in touch with classmates. After high school she married Adrian Milbrath and in 1957 had twin boys, and a year later, a girl. The family moved to Ridgecrest and lived in Wherry Housing, where she made more life long friends, and early on took in ironing to help with finances. They soon opened Balsam Coin Cleaners, a dry cleaning business on Balsam Street, a street which was the hub of the town in the day. Beverly had many talents, one being a seamstress, and she made many matching outfits for the kids (whom everyone then thought were triplets). During the time in Wherry, they bought property on Downs street, and spent many weekends planting and watering trees, and eventually building their dream home, which they were able to move into in 1971. Adrian had his pilotâs license, and together they would fly various friends to Mexico for vacations. They attended many evening functions, and she would always make something new to wear. Usually, it included some kind of feathered accessory. She was indeed the fashionista. She worked at Mesquite High School as the secretary for Pat Davis, who was the principal. She loved her job, the people she worked with, as well as the students, and made more lifelong friends. She then attended Lancaster Beauty School and came back to Ridgecrest to open The Face Place. It was a career that she had a passion for, she loved her clients and her clients loved her. After she and Adrian divorced, she gave up The Face Place, married Mike Wallack, and moved to San Bernardino. Mike and Beverly made many a trip flying to various air shows in his plane. After Mike retired from the San Bernardino Sherriffâs department, they moved to Silver Lakes and made it their forever home. They had a house built on one of the fingers, and a party barge. On 4th of July you could find them on the water watching the fireworks with friends and family. Every morning she would walk 3 miles around the lake, and in the summer you could find her at the pool doing laps, and water aerobics. She joined the Arts & Crafts Guild and was the expert for all the sewing, knitting, and crocheting needs. At the annual luncheon, everyone would anxiously wait to find out what Beverly had made to wear this year. After Mike passed, she bought a motor home and was a member of the Elkâs and Silver Lakes RV clubs. She traveled all over the country with her sister, friends, and the clubs enjoying life at its fullest. All anyone had to say was âBeverly we are…..â and her answer was âcount me inâ.
Everywhere Beverly went, she was involved in many activities, making new friends, and never letting the grass grow under her busy feet. She played racquetball and swam on her lunch hours while working at Mesquite, she learned to line dance, and would take every opportunity to participate wherever she was. She was a member of the Arts & Craft Guild in Silver Lakes, the American Sewing Guild, the Red Hat Scarlets, Knitting and Crocheting Club, The Republican Womenâs Association, and she was a Shepherdâs Helper at Christ the Good Shepherd Catholic Church. Beverly was a vivacious woman who loved Jesus, her family and friends, and life. She was a great mom and grandmother, a good and giving friend to many, and in turn, loved by many and will be dearly missed.
Beverly is survived by her children, Robert Milbrath (Jeana) of Havasu City, AZ, Richard Milbrath, and April Castleberry (Tim), both of Ridgecrest, CA; Sister, Clova Dyer of San Bernardino; Stepchildren Linda Ferguson and David Wallack, both of San Bernardino, CA; grandchildren Bryan, Cody, Vanessa, Gregory, Lucas, Michael and Travis; and great-grandchildren Kaylee, Jacob, Madison, Jaxson, Cheyanne, Joseph, Jude, Gianna, and Daniel. Her parents, her brother Jim, and husband Mike preceded her in death.
A funeral mass will be held at Christ the Good Shepherd Catholic Church at 17900 Jonathan St. in Adelanto on March 8th at 11:00, with a reception to follow. A charitable contribution may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Elizabeth M. Beth’ Smith December 25, 1927 – February 20, 2018 Solana Beach
Elizabeth Mary Smith passed away on February 20th, 2018. Beth was born on Dec. 25, 1927, to Jeoffrey Lycurgus Robinson and Eileen Stella Loman in Santa Monica, California and raised in the desert town of Trona. As loved and revered by her family as any person could be, it was said she was a “matriarch with a heart”. This was displayed daily by her actions, supporting Catholic charities, taking in the poor and disadvantaged, being a mother to many beyond her cherished children. Beth will be met in heaven by her dearest husband the Honorable Donald Smith, son Geoffrey, granddaughter Megan, and brothers Mark, Malcolm, Michael, and Bruce. She is survived and beloved by her children Matthew (Pam), Peter (Rita), Suzanne (Bill), Sara (Steve), John (Beatriz), daughter-in-law Christine, sister Eileen and brother Bill, as well as her eleven grandchildren and one great granddaughter. She attended Flintridge High School and later in life went back to San Diego State University and received a bachelor degree in Spanish. In life, Beth loved her family, her Church, and the Democratic Party. She was an avid traveler who took trips to every corner of the globe to meet new people, expand her worldview, and learn about our common experiences. During summers and holidays, she hosted her family for weeks at a time, playing with grandchildren and extend family who lovingly called her “Ba” and talking the latest news of the Church, U.S. politics, and global events. In quiet times, she loved a glass of chardonnay with an ice cube and a good book or film. She will be remembered for her beauty, humor, and grace.She was loved so much by her family and will be missed more than words can express. The family ask flowers be sent to the El Cajon Mortuary or donations be made in her name to NAMI San Diego. Viewing will be held at the El Cajon Mortuary on Friday, March 2nd, from 4 P.M. to 7 P.M. followed by a Rosary. Services will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery Chapel at 11:30 A.M. on Saturday, March 3rd with reception to follow.
Sad news comes from Barbara (Brummett) Weimer’s daughter that she has passed away. I will add more details if they become available. Barbara’s daughter said they are planning on having a service in Ridgecrest sometime soon and that she will be buried in Trona next to her husband.
Services will be held at 7344688034 on Feb 23, 2018.
Barbara was married to Bill Weimer of the class of 1953. Bill died in 1988. Barbara is the daughter of Zack and Thelma Brummet who are both buried in the Searles Valley Cemetery.
Interment will follow mass at Good Shepard Cemetery, Lancaster, CA
Published in (631) 883-6670 Press on Jan.Â 21,Â 2018
December 23, 1930
August 6, 2017
Our mother Mary Harmon passed peacefully in her sleep on August 6th from complications of Alzheimer’s. Mary was so full of life and living right to a few weeks before her death. Born in Oklahoma City in 1930, she was that generation that loved the blessings given by a good life. Raised on the Mojave Desert, she loved the mountains and lived many years in northern California, Lexington Kentucky and for the last 30 years in Reno, NV. She was a great beauty. She played the piano and organ all her life, for church, for musical reviews, little theater, for friends and for parties (and she had a Lot of parties!). She met the love of her life Doug Harmon in 1971 while playing at an Organ Bar in Berkeley California. Married 45 years, Mary and Doug loved traveling and took many trips all over the world and loved cruises. Our mother never met a stranger and could talk to anyone, anywhere, anytime about anything they were interested in. She and Doug were very involved in Hot August Nights as volunteers since 1987. She was so kind (with a fiery side!) and supported many causes over the years including CAAW, Nevada Humane Society, Easter Seals, Nevada Women’s Organization,Â Breast CancerAwareness, UC Davis Eye Center and various Veterans Groups. She is survived by her Daughter Sharon Rodarte of Reno, Son John Blanche of Sacramento and the dearest children to her – her Grandchildren: Grandsons Aaron Ware, Eric Morgenroth, James Blanche; Granddaughter Victoria Blanche; Great-Grandchildren Ethan, Gabby, Ben, Lukas, Savannah, Jackie, and Skye. As more than one of her many friends said, she was a “force”. When she walked into a room, she had the attention of all. She will be so missed by her friends and family and we will never forget you Mama.
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Sept.Â 17,Â 2017