Published: September 19, 2012
Janice Eloise “Ellie” Eakins
Janice Eloise Eakins, 78, of Santa Paula, passed away on July 3, 2012. Eloise was preceded in death by her parents, Rollin and Lola Eakins, and brother, Rollin G. Eakins. She is survived by her six nieces and nephews.
Ms. Eakins was born June 16, 1934 in Springfield, Ohio. She attended City High School in Springfield, graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in nursing, and then continued her education at San Diego State University. Eloise moved to Santa Paula in 1964, where she was an English teacher at Santa Paula High School until she retired in 1989.
Ellie was an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan. She was passionate about making a difference in the lives of her students and generously supported many high school programs, local charities, and organizations in Ventura County. She was an animal lover and supported the local animal shelters and rescues.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 21 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 196 N. Ashwood Ave. in Ventura. Refreshments will be served following the service.
Marjorie Geisler Hudson
Marjorie was born in Los Angeles on May 6, 1915. She spent the majority of her life in Santa Paula, raised on the Geisler family ranch, founded in 1890, west of Santa Paula, and attended Briggs Elementary School.
Marjorie helped out with the day-to-day work on the ranch. She quickly developed a passion for playing the piano while taking lessons from Mr. Richard Wagner. He was tough, but taught her well! She went on to graduate from Santa Paula High School, a Gold Seal graduate. She then went on to attend UCLA and graduated in 1934 in which time her graduation ceremony was held in the Hollywood Bowl, due to a lack of a stadium at the then new UCLA campus.
After graduating from UCLA, Marjorie started her career as a teacher at Isbell Elementary School in Santa Paula. Her children always found it interesting when they were out and about with their mother how people would come up and talk to Marjorie at the local stores. They would ask who that was and many times it was a previous student, Wayne Allee being one of them!
Marjorie married her high school sweetheart, Al Hudson, in 1941. Al entered the U.S. Army in 1942 and was sent to Hawaii for basic training, where he spent the entire war in the Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC). In 1945, Al arranged a teaching position for Marjorie at Ionani School for Boys in Honolulu. This was the start of their love affair for the Hawaiian Islands. Many friendships were formed and have lasted throughout the years.
When the war ended, Marjorie and Al moved back to Santa Paula to raise their family. Son Dwight was born in 1947 and daughter Marilyn in 1950.
For many years, Marjorie continued to study music and play the piano. At one point she saved up enough money to fulfill one of her dreams and purchased a Grand Steinway Piano.
Another one of Marjorie’s loves was gardening. She sure had a green thumb! The house was always surrounded by beautiful flowers and plants.
The family spent many weeks during the summer camping in Yosemite Valley and also on the eastern side of the Sierras fishing at Rock Creek Lake at 9,700 ft. elevation. The washbasin water would usually freeze every night and Marjorie was a real trooper! Like all good mothers, she knew how to take care of a problem; when the wind would blow dirt into the milk before dinner, she would just add chocolate to it and no one knew the difference.
Marjorie was always interested in politics and campaigning for her favorite candidates and always kept up with world events, reading the newspaper daily. Many came to her for voting advice as they respected her political views.
Her peak in politics and one of the highlights of Marjorie’s career came in 1972 when she was chosen for the Ventura County Grand Jury for a year. It was then that Marjorie was able to view firsthand the processes of local government.
Marjorie and Al volunteered for many organizations while they lived in Santa Paula, among these were the American Heart Association and Assistance League.
Marjorie was an active member of the Ebell Club in Santa Paula and was responsible for the Ebell Club being placed on the list of National Historical Buildings. This was close to her heart as Al’s father had originally built the Ebell Club in 1917.
In 1999, the Hudsons decided it was time to move to Irvine, CA, to be closer to Dwight and Marilyn. They traded their large home and lot for a smaller condo. The good news, the condo was on a greenbelt and their “backyard” increased tenfold!
They continued their yearly trips to Yosemite and Hawaii and Marjorie made her last trip to Hawaii in 2011! Even in a wheelchair, she was able to enjoy the great beauty of the world.
Marjorie was a breast cancer survivor in the 1950s at which time was only treated by radiation in which she received radical burns. The cancer came back twice ad she beat it every time! Her experience with cancer led her to be empathetic and she loved to help others confronting this terrible disease.
Marjorie Geisler Hudson passed away in her home on Monday morning, September 10, 2012. Her faithful caregiver for the last four years, Susana Bravo, made her life so comfortable. The family could not have asked for a more caring person to be with her.
Marjorie is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Dwight and Carol Hudson; daughter, Marilyn Darracq; 99-year-old sister, Frances Towne; five nieces and one nephew.
Services will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at Skillin Carroll Mortuary on Santa Paula Street. The family would love for anyone to share a memory about Marjorie and/or Al.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.
Edward Leroy Brown
Edward Leroy Brown, 83, passed away September 12, 2012 at Ventura County Medical Center after a short length illness. He was born October 20, 1928 in Manning Oklahoma and was a longtime resident of Santa Paula, California.
Edward was a retired mechanic after working for 61 years. He was a member of Moose, loved to garden, lived for his wife, sons, and grandkids.
He was preceded in death by Brother -John L. Cole, Mother- Julia Frances Miller, and Father- James Brown.
He was survived by Wife -Evelyn Brown, Sister- Wanda Chittum, Sons- Ed (Nancy), Steve (Peggy). Grandsons- Robert, Eric, Jonathan, Bryan, Jared. Great Grandkids- Sharon, Lillianna and Jayden.