Archive - 2014 - Obituary
Bonnie Lucille Wallis
Bonnie Lucille Wallis, age 84 died peacefully on Feb. 13, at her home in Bishop. Bonnie was born Oct. 19, 1929 in Ringling, Okla. She was preceded in death by her significant other of 35 years, Gene Black, of Bishop.
Bonnie retired from Contel Telephone Company (now known as Verizon) in 1986, at which time she relocated from Victorville to Bishop. She also lived many years in Barstow where she raised her three children.
Francis â€˜Frankâ€™ J. Byrne
Francis passed away Jan. 16, 2014 in Arizona. He grew up in Bishop during the â€™30s and early â€™40s with his four brothers and sister. They lived on North Home Street for many years with their parents, John and Agnes.
Frank and his brother Tom were great athletes, particularly in football and were on many championship teams in California.
The smile of Ronald Walton (more affectionately known as Ronnie, Ron-boy and Smiley) beamed from Feb. 11, 1960 until Feb. 3, 2014, and will continue to shine in the memories of the many who loved him. He was a good and generous friend to all and an inspiration to many.
Michele Urquhart (Pinizzotto)
We are sad to announce the passing of our sister, aunt and friend, Michele Urquhart (Pinizzotto), on the morning of Feb. 4, 2014 at Renown Medical Center in Reno. Michele left us unexpectedly after a brief illness.
Brenda (Larson) Mack
Brenda (Larson) Mack, 53, beloved educator and wife of Louis J. Mack, died peacefully at home in her sleep on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, after a long battle with cancer.
Born in Weaverville in 1960, she grew up in Northern California. She graduated from Yreka High School in 1978. While attending College of the Siskiyous, she met Louis Mack, and together they attended Humboldt University, graduating in 1982. The same year, Brenda and Louis were married in Yreka.
Russell H. Forsyth
Russell H. Forsyth, age 101, a resident of Big Pine for 35 years, born in Los Angeles on June 29, 1912, passed away Feb. 7, 2014 in Bishop.
Russell worked for the same company for 47 years, retired and moved to Big Pine with his wife Norma. They traveled 125,000 miles through 49 of the 50 states stopping to play his favorite sports: golfing and fishing. He loved life, his family and fishing Big Pine Creek.
Evelyn Lillie Nelson
Evelyn Nelson, a longtime Lone Pine resident, went to be with her Savior Feb. 3, 2014 at the age of 102.
Born Evelyn Lillie Wiltfang on Dec. 30, 1911 to Leonard and Carrie Wiltfang in Eugene, Ore. She lived 77 years in Inyo County and most of those years in Lone Pine. She was crowned the first Miss Inyo County at the Keeler Pool in July 1929 and graduated from Lone Pine High School in 1930. She had been a great fan of â€“ and player on â€“ the girlsâ€™ basketball team. She was married to Delbert George Nelson in August of that same year.
Noreen Rae McKellips
Noreen Rae McKellips, age 80, a resident of Bishop, born in Los Angeles on July 24, 1933 passed away peacefully on Jan. 31, 2014 at her home.
Roberta Lynn Corning
Roberta Lynn Corning, born Dec. 18, 1963, passed away at her home in Dyer, Nev. Jan. 18, 2014.
A beloved wife of David Corning, she was also the devoted daughter of Isabel Marshall of Big Pine and loving sister of Ruth Ann Goede of Bishop.
Roberta was born in Pasadena and grew up in Sierra Madre, but lived 24 years in the Bishop area before moving with her husband David to Dyer.
She was preceded in death by her father, William Hayward Marshall of Big Pine in September of 2012.
Corrine Piper was born April 12, 1928, to Ed Lewis and Tennie Lent. She was called to start her journey and meet her loved ones that went before her on Jan. 25, 2014.
She was the head maid at Vagabond when it first opened and she worked at Speagles Laundry.
She then met and married Steve Piper.
They resided here in Bishop and had five kids. Unfortunately Steve was taken early from the family and then she lived in Benton for many years until her death.