September 08, 2000
John C. Reyes John C. Reyes, age 70, of Santa Paula, passed away after a brief illness on Thursday, August 31, 2000 at his home, surrounded by his loving wife and immediate family.John was born on June 3, 1930 in Santa Paula to the union of Joe L. Reyes and Anita Chavez. He was a life-long resident of Santa Paula, where he resided with his wife, Mary.John played football for Santa Paula High School, where they were All-C.I.F. and All-League Champions in 1948. He was a heavy equipment operator working for Local 12 Operating Eng. for 32 years. He always took great pride in his work, traveling all over California and Nevada. It was more than just a job to him.John was very active in his early years; he would coach Little League and youth football, and always brought cut-up oranges for his team as treats. He was also active in Los Comaradas Organization.John’s favorite things were listening to Big Band music and traveling to Laughlin, Nevada with his wife as often as possible. But most of all was the love he had for his grandchildren. He loved to watch their sporting events, and was especially looking forward to watching all four of his grandsons play football this year. He will have the best seat in the house. John was a big man with a big heart, and he will be greatly missed.John is preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Anita Reyes, his sister Ruby, and his niece Anita Sanchez of Santa Paula. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Mary Navarro Reyes of Santa Paula; sons and daughters-in-law, Randy and Virginia Reyes, and Larry and Virginia Reyes, all of Santa Paula; daughter and son-in-law Lorraine and Michael Cardenas of Santa Paula; grandchildren, Christy Rd. Reyes of Oxnard, and Miranda R. Reyes, Randy Reyes, Jr., Steven R. Reyes, Christopher J. Reyes, and Victor J. Barrios, all of Santa Paula; stepgrandson Joseph Cardenas of Santa Paula; great granddaughter Kianna D. Denton of Oxnard; sisters, Rachel and husband Alfred Aguilar, Sally Reyes and husband Manuel Cardenas, Anita and husband Manuel Ramirez, and Alice Nava, all of Santa Paula; along with numerous nieces and nephews.“You went before me to pave the way, with open arms you will wait, until we meet at heaven’s gate. All my love forever, your loving wife, Mary.”A funeral mass was held September 7 at St. Sebastian Church, with burial following at Pierce Brothers Santa Paula Cemetery.Arrangements under the direction of Garcia Mortuary, Oxnard.PHOTOMarie Faye FindleyMarie Faye Findley, age 85, of Santa Paula, passed away on September 2, 2000 following a brief illness. She was born October 16, 1914 in Edgar, Montana, and was a county resident for six years, coming from Blythe.Mrs. Findley was an elementary school teacher for 41 years. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church of Blythe, and Santa Paula’s Trinity Lutheran Church.She is survived by her daughter Paula (husband, Brad) Talbot of Ventura; and grandchildren, Tiffany Talbot and Kelley Talbot, both of Ventura.Burial was at Rockvale Cemetery, Edgar, Montana. Arrangements were under the direction of Skillin-Carroll Mortuary, Santa Paula.PHOTOClarence “Chuck” Franklin HinesClarence “Chuck” Franklin Hines, age 63, of Santa Paula, passed away Monday, September 4, 2000.Chuck was born in Seminole, Oklahoma on November 2, 1936 to Leslie James and Stella Standifer Hines. He served in the United States Navy. While stationed at Point Mugu Naval Base he met his wife of 40 years, Hilda Reyes.Being a jack-of-all-trades, Chuck was employed by many and called on by all who knew him for help with everything. Best known for his love of cars, he was always helping anyone who asked him for help. He truly enjoyed fixing cars, especially his 1969 Mustang fastback.He is survived by his wife, Hilda of Santa Paula; mother Stella Hines; daughter Cynthia Ramos; daughter and son-in-law Patricia and Steven Foster of Santa Paula; and son Kevin Hines of Van Nuys. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren, David Hines, Elvia, Michael and Cassandra Ramos, and Dakota and Danielle Foster, all of Santa Paula; sister Virginia Patrick; brothers and sisters-in-law Roy and Maxine Hines and Earl and Carol Hines of Seminole, Oklahoma, and Robert Hines of Texas; mother-in-law Guadalupe Reyes; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Leslie James, his brother James, and his father-in-law Pablo Reyes. He will also be missed by his many friends.Mass will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church on Friday, September 8 at 9:30, with burial to follow at Santa Paula Cemetery.PHOTOPete Soto NavaPete Soto Nava, age 93, of Santa Paula, went home to be with his Lord September 4, 2000 in the presence of his loving family, following a lengthy illness. He loved the Lord and had a lot of faith and devotion.Pete was born June 29, 1907 in San Francisco del Rincon, Guanajuato, Mexico. He was an 80-year Ventura County resident, coming from Mexico in 1920.Pete worked as a laborer for the Laborer’s Local Union #585 for 35 years. He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Santa Paula, and La Casa Del Mexicano, Santa Paula.Pete loved ranching and taking care of his avocado trees, watching the Dodgers, and boxing. His favorite thing was to take naps in the back seat of his car where it was warm.He is survived by his loving family and friends, including his sons and daughters-in-law, Henry and Connie Nava and Jack and Margaret Nava, all of Ventura; daughter and son-in-law Margaret and Julio Garcia of Ojai; sister Francisca Herrera of Mexico; brother George Nava of San Jose; brother Marcelino Nava of Santa Paula; sister Patricia Sanchez of Mexico; brother Antonio Nava of Santa Paula; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Rafaela in 1993 and son, Jess in 1999.
The family wishes to express their deep appreciation to Pete’s caregiver, Maria Aleman for the loving care she gave to their father.God saw you getting tiredAnd a cure was not to be,So He put His arms around youAnd whispered “Come with me.”With tearful eyes we watched you sufferAnd saw you fade away.Although we loved you dearly,We could not make you stay.A golden heart stopped beating -Hardworking hands at rest.God broke our hearts to proveHe only takes the best.It’s lonesome here without you -We miss you more each day.Life doesn’t seem the sameSince you’ve gone away.When days are sad and lonelyAnd everything goes wrong,We seem to hear you whisper“Cheer up and carry on.”Each time we see your picture,You seem to smile and say“Don’t cry, I’m in God’s keeping,We’ll meet again someday.”Author unknownFuneral mass was held September 7 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Santa Paula, with burial following at Santa Paula Cemetery.Arrangements under the direction of Pierce Brothers Stetler Mortuary, Santa Paula.

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