William (Bill) D. Baker
William (Bill) D. Baker, also known as Papa Bill, passed away on July 5, 2019 at the age of 88. He made his journey home to the Lord surrounded by his family.
Bill was born in January of 1931 in Tacoma Wash. He was the son of Talbert and Maude Baker. They moved to Alberton where he attended high school before joining the army in November of 1950. During his three years in the army he was in Korea where he fought three major battles and attended culinary school. Following his time in the army he went to work for the Milwaukee Railroad. Over the course of 25 years with the Railroad Bill had many jobs. He worked as a fireman, brakeman, conductor, yard foreman and relief yard master. He absolutely loved riding the trains. When the railroad shut down Bill spent some time working for Grant-Kohrs Ranch as well as the local museums. He also did some post and pole work and ran a second hand store.
In January of 1966 he married the love of his life, Sharon A. Malcom. They made a home in Deer Lodge where they had one daughter, Tawni. In 1980 Bill was devastated when his beloved wife lost her battle to Cancer.
Bill was also a member of the Anaconda VFW for many years and at the age of 55 he received his high school diploma through the Anaconda Job Corps External Diploma Program. He had many hobbies some of which include hiking, camping, hunting and fishing. Bill loved eating and visiting friends at the Deer Lodge Senior Citizens Center. His family and his dogs were his whole world.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents Talbert and Maude Baker, his sister and brother-in-law Mary and Gene Shows, twin sister Lois Baker and wife Sharon Baker. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Tawni and Pat Campbell. Granddaughter, Jackie Campbell, grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Brian and Jamilyn Campbell. Five great-grandchildren, Damian, Brayden, Izayah, Brody and Bailey. Bill is also survived by his nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was a very kind, loving and caring soul and he will be missed by many. His family celebrated his life with a private get together, there will be no community services. The family is asking for you to say a prayer in remembrance of Bill, recall a wonderful memory and pay forward one act of kindness to celebrate his wonderful life.
(Anna) Jean Ellsworth Williams
(Anna) Jean Ellsworth Williams, May 16, 1924 - May 4, 2019. Resident of Palo Alto.
Jean Ellsworth Williams passed away in her home just 12 days shy of her 95th birthday. She was preceded in death in 2015 by her loving husband of nearly 65 years, Philip.
Jean was born in Deer Lodge and spent the early years of her life in the small town of Helmville. She moved with her family to Deer Lodge when she was seven years old. Jean attended Montana State Normal for college (now known as University of Montana Western) and taught for one year prior to meeting Phil when they were both working summer jobs at the Lake Lodge soda fountain in Yellowstone Park in 1950. They were engaged to be married after knowing each other for only 10 days. Following their wedding that September, they moved to the town of Menlo Park, Calif., and then purchased their first home in Palo Alto, Calif. in 1951. With the arrival in early 1955 of their third child, that prompted the move a short distance away to a larger home in Palo Alto, where they lived for the rest of their lives. As with so many women in Jean’s generation, she enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom. At the same time, Jean was interested in continuing her education and enrolled at San Jose State in 1964, where she was invited to join the Beta Alpha Chapter of Kapp Delta Pi, a national education honor fraternity to which she was inducted in January of 1965.
Jean loved to travel with Phil up to Yosemite and loved experiencing Disneyland with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed weekends up at the family cabin in Felton, Calif., which was just an hour away and the site for many memorable weekends for the 50 years that it was owned by the family. Jean also traveled back to Montana periodically to visit friends and relatives.
Jean was always very interested in other people. She enjoyed the company of many long-time women friends in the “Coffee Group” from Van Auken Circle for decades, as well as lady friends with whom she enjoyed playing bridge. Jean was plagued by macular degeneration in later life, but always had a great attitude. She was raised in the Catholic faith and, along with her husband, Phil, attended various Catholic churches in the Palo Alto area over the years, most notably Our Lady of the Rosary, St. Albert the Great and St. Ann’s. Jean is survived by her three children, Don Williams (Suzanne) of Milpitas, Anne Santiago of Alameda and Gregg Williams (Barbara) of Sunnyvale, as well as her four grandchildren, Kristina Reynolds (Soren) of Alameda, Katherine Williams of San Jose, Danielle Williams Howard (Jeremy) of Santa Ana and Robert Kim (Melanie) of San Jose, and her great-grandchildren, Tyler Gonzales and Jackson Reynolds of Alameda.
Internment took place on June 12 at Alta Mesa Cemetery in Palo Alto.
Beverly A. Young
Surrounded by her family, Beverly A. Young of Elliston passed peacefully into the hands of the Lord on December 17, 2018. She was born Beverly Ellrott on December 25, 1941, in National City, Calif. She is survived by her husband, Gary Young of Elliston; their children Tamara (Steve) Turza of Rifle, Colo.; Charles McGuffie of El Cajon, Calif.; Angela (James) Seidl of Cambridge, Wis.; and Christopher (Shuli) Young of Kalispell; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Beryl Ellrott, and her son, Troy McGuffie.
Services will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the St. Theodore Catholic Church in Avon. The mass will be followed by a graveside service at the Avon Cemetery. A luncheon celebration of life will immediately follow at Gary and Bev Young’s home in Elliston. Memorials may be made in Beverly’s name to the volunteer fire departments of Avon or Elliston.
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