Obituaries: Martha Jeffs, Mary Vasquez, Arthur Lillund

Martha Dean Jackson Jeffs was born September 2, 1926 in Los Angeles and passed away March 26 in Reno after a brief illness.

Martha Jeffs

Martha Jeffs

The youngest of five children, Martha was a popular and vivacious student at Fremont High School, where she met her true love, Ralph.

After they married at the age of 19, Ralph was ordained and they served the Episcopal churches in and around the San Joaquin Valley for many years, eventually moving back to LA where Ralph was a chaplain at USC and Martha graduated from college with a teaching degree.

Martha taught English Literature at Jefferson High School in the inner city for many years. In 1974, Ralph and Martha moved to Mountain View and served at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church until 1995.

They retired to Bishop to be close to their children and grandchildren. Martha lived her faith and gave herself to all around her every day.

Martha Jeffs is survived by her sister, Betty Schneider, son Paul Jeffs of Grass Valley, daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Steve Kothman of Bishop, grandchildren Brendan, Caitlin, Zoe and Graham, and great grandchildren Alexis and Brody, and many nieces, nephews and extended family.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 5th at 11 a.m. at St. Timothy Anglican Church in Bishop. A celebration of Martha’s life and faith will be held in the Parish Hall following the service.


Mary Vasquez

Mary Vasquez , Long time resident of Big Pine passed away

March 26. She was 68 years old. Mary worked at JC Penny’s for several years. She is survived by her father, Pete Hernandez, her sister, Gloria Brown, Nephew Matthew Brown, Niece Vanessa Brown, several cousins and countless friends.

Services are at Big Pine Cemetery Sat. April 5th with a memorial service following at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses at 11 a.m. at 2935 N Sierra Hwy. Bishop CA.


Arthur Lillund

Arthur Lee Lillund, age 76, resident of Bishop for 41 years, born in Michigan on August 2, 1937, passed away on March 29, 2014 at the Bishop Care Center.

“I was born, I lived, I died, Goodbye.” Arthur worked as a dispatcher for the California Highway Patrol for 35 years. He was a member of Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care, and the Manny Stein Club. Arthur had a love and hobby of collecting snakes.

He is survived by his good friends Steve & Amber Fletcher & family; friends Dave Crose, Emma Ruelas & family, and Eastern Sierra Wildlife; brother Wayne Jack Lillund.

No services planned at this time.







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