Tuesday, 31 January 2023


Kate Tillman. Courtesy photo.

COBB, Calif. — Kate Michelle Tillman of Cobb passed unexpectedly on Oct. 30, 2021.

She was the youngest of seven siblings, born on July 4, 1991.

Kate had a contagious laugh that always filled more than the room she was in. Her smile was so incredible that you couldn’t help but smile too. She had a boisterous personality and a need to make others laugh even at her own expense.

Kate was incredibly talented with her hands, able to make beautiful art out of clay models, floral arrangements and drawings.

She loved giving gifts, most often for no reason at all. She enjoyed true crime stories with her mom, and horror films with anyone that would dare to watch with her.

She loved spending her days on a road trip with family, preferably to the beach.

Kate leaves behind the love of her life, her beautiful daughter Ellie, who inherited her mother’s smile and sense of humor. She was called to heaven entirely too soon, and will be loved and missed greatly.

She also leaves behind her mother and father, Gerald and Kathy; siblings, Rick, Sally, Debi, Tonja, Jacob and Tim; sister-in-law, Deanna; along with many nieces and nephews who were her pride and joy.

A celebration of life will be held for family and friends at the Little Red School House on Cobb, Dec. 5, at 1 p.m.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-995-0357, or visit www.chapelofthelakes.com.

Milton Heath. Courtesy photo.

Milton Eugene Heath
Oct. 28, 1934 – Nov. 12, 2021

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Milton was born in Aromas, California, to Marion (Bud) Heath and Ava Del Sell.

Milton passed away peacefully in his home on Nov. 12. His death is preceded by his parents; his brother, Maskey Heath; his first wife, Carolyn; his second wife, Ellen; and a granddaughter, Ambra Heath.

One could always pick Milton out of a crowd because of his cowboy hat, boots, belt buckles and big smile. He had a genuine love for life and enjoyed sharing it with family and being the patriarch of multiple family businesses.

Milton’s friends knew him as a great negotiator, a shrewd businessman and a guy who loved to have fun. They also might tell you that he was honest to a fault. Even when Milton was running multiple businesses at the same time, he was traveling, going wine tasting, dancing, playing pool or trying that next great restaurant.

Milton was a successful entrepreneur, becoming involved in several different businesses over his lifetime including owning Superior Propane in Lakeport with his dad Bud, Heath and Heath Vineyards (later called Nova Vineyards), UCC Rentals, Superior Propane, Nevada City (there were three different Superior Propanes spanning more than 60 years and counting), Novavine and United Pacific Energy.

Milton’s first big success was Superior Propane in Nevada City, California. In 1966 he started the company with a pickup truck, a few propane tanks and a shared office.

Later, Milton invited his brother Maskey to be his partner and the company grew to seven branches with more than 17,000 customers. They sold the business in 1995 and Milton used the proceeds to start two new companies, Superior Propane based in Williams, Arizona, and Novavine, a grapevine nursery in Santa Rosa, California.

Beyond family and business, Milton cared about the community. He was actively involved in the Mason-Shriner-Scottish Rite, Lakeport Elks Lodge #2704, Lakeport Rotary Club/Guerneville Rotary Club (President 1995-1996), Philosophers Club of Lake County, the Gourmet Club of Lake County, The Cotillion Dance Club, The West Point Parents Club of Northern California, the Lake County Republican Central Committee and was a Lifetime member of the NRA. He was a true patriot and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

Milton is survived by his children: Larry Heath (Donna), Lakeport, California; Lindie Rodgers (Bill), Williams, Arizona; Lonny Heath (Stacey), Anderson, Missouri; Jay Jensen, Santa Rosa, California, and Jill Jensen, Lakeport; by 17 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Milton also leaves behind his significant other for the past seven years, Priscilla Lipscomb, and her three daughters, Teresa Jackson (Joe), Kimberly Norton (Chuck) and Janice Hicks.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 20, at 1 p.m. at Milton’s home, 16855 Black Oak Hill Drive, Middletown, CA 95461.

The family suggest memorials to: Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607 or visit http://lovetotherescue.org.

Nicole Parrott. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Nicole “Nikki” Danielle Parrott and her unborn son, Axel Joe Wittman, died in a tragic motor vehicle accident on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021.

Nikki was born on June 6, 1983, in Vallejo, California.

Nikki graduated from Kelseyville High School in 2001 and completed cosmetology school at Lytle’s Beauty College in 2008.

She worked as a hairdresser and a school secretary at the Lake County International Charter School.

Nikki and Axel are survived by Wade Wittman (fiance/father); Elijah Smith (son/brother); Wade Wittman Jr., Camara Wittman and Delilah Wittman (siblings of Axel); Linda Inong (sister/aunt); Eugene “Pac” Inong III, Mikayla Parrott, Eugene Inong IV, Lorena Inong; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Nikki and Axel were preceded in death by her parents, Bobby Parrott and Tammy Parrott; her grandparents, Linda Fritz, James Fritz, Leah Marie Parrott and Altus Clifton Parrott; and cousins, Kayli Jefferson Henkel, Dwayne Usher and Rita McDivitt-White.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, in the banquet room at Konocti Vista Casino, 2755 Mission Rancheria Road, Lakeport.

Donations are being taken to benefit her son and fiance through an online fundraiser.

Lloyd Minor and his family. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Lloyd Kendall Minor was born July 13, 1954, in Vallejo, California, to Leonard Minor and Euna Mae Whitehead.

He passed away at 67 years old due to heart failure on Nov. 8, 2021, in Clearlake Oaks.

Lloyd was one of nine siblings raised in East Palo Alto.

Upon graduating high school, he received an athletic scholarship to Washington State University, a proud moment for his high school and EPA.

Lloyd Minor and his family. Courtesy photo.

He was an avid athlete, lover of jazz music, the Los Angeles Lakers, cooking and fishing.

He retired as a caretaker who built lasting friendships with all of his clients and their families.

Lloyd is survived by his sister, Elayne Danks Whitehead; his brothers, Christopher, Arnold, and Lincoln Minor; son, Vaughn Ginette; daughter, Aja Minor; and three grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held for Lloyd at an undetermined day and time but can be guaranteed to be unique and nontraditional — just like him.

Lloyd Minor. Courtesy photo.

Marcia Murray. Courtesy photo.

KELSEYVILLE, Calif. — Marcia Murray, 88, of Kelseyville passed away on Oct. 28, 2021, due to ongoing heart issues.

She was born Dec. 6, 1932, in Oakland and spent most of her life there and in other parts of the Bay Area.

Marcia worked for over 20 years as a medical secretary in Oakland and stayed in touch with former co-workers who had become good friends.

She liked to go skiing and her adventuresome spirit led her to go skydiving in her 50s. Dining with friends and dancing, particularly to music of the Big Band era, were on her list of favorite things.

Marcia was an avid reader who loved to shop for new books. She watched news programs and read the daily newspaper with her morning coffee to stay current.

Marcia was the widow of Connel (Conn) Murray, who died in 2019. He was the mastermind of the annual Wine and Beer Maker’s Festival which helped raise funds for the Lake County Symphony Association. Marcia and Conn were longtime supporters of the LCSA and enjoyed concerts regularly at the Soper Reese Theatre.

Marcia and Conn met later in life after the death of Conn’s first wife, June. Conn’s sister introduced the pair at a dance at Oakmont in Santa Rosa and they were married in 2012. They thoroughly enjoyed their remaining years together, socializing with friends and family, dancing, dining, and traveling the world together.

Marcia’s many friends remember her as “sweet and fun,” and were saddened to hear of her passing. She had recently re-joined the Lake County Women’s Civic Club and looked forward to seeing old and new friends there at the monthly lunch meetings.

Marcia is survived by her nephew Adrien Coe in Alameda and by family members she gained from her marriage to Conn.

Marcia was especially close to Conn’s daughter, Alison Murray, her husband, David, and their son, John, who she considered her grandson.

She also enjoyed going out to Sunday breakfasts with Dave Worswick, Conn’s nephew, followed by a visit to Ely Stage Stop to hear the Old Time Fiddlers.

Marcia will also be greatly missed by her dog, Molly, a terrier mix she and Conn adopted from a shelter nearly 8 years ago. Molly is getting extra hugs from her extended family.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Carol Schield passed away on Nov. 2, 2021.

Carol is survived by her brothers, Dennis and Arthur Mann.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m. at Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 1625 N. High St., Lakeport.

Anyone wishing to make a donation in Carol’s name should do so by donating to the Humane Society of Inland Mendocino County.

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