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Verna Riggins died on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011. She was 88 years old. Courtesy photo.




Verna Marie Riggins, a longtime resident of Clearlake, passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter, in Redding, Calif., on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011.

She was born on July 8, 1922.

During her many years in Clearlake she was active in several local service and business clubs, including the Soroptimist Club. She also was on the planning committee for the original Redbud Hospital and the gymnasium at Burns Valley Elementary School.

She was a very active supporter of the local SPCA and rescuing cats was her passion. Her help could always be relied on for fundraising events for the groups to which she belonged.

Verna had several occupations during her long life. When she first moved to Lake County in the 1950, she worked at the Lower Lake Branch of Bank of America.

She later worked by the side of her husband, Auttis, in several businesses. Their joint ventures included Riggins Variety Store, Wildwood Nursery, The Mountain Shop in Forest Lake and the store and dress shop at Hoberg’s Resort.

Her last occupation and her favorite was head legal secretary for Richard Freeborn, attorney at law and later a Lake County Superior Court judge.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Auttis Riggins, and her sister, Virginia Griffith.

She is survived by a sister, Dorothy Lillard of Santa Rosa; son, Ed Riggins and wife Mary of San Francisco; daughter, Cindy Benting of Redding; daughter, Pamela Karnatz and husband Virgil of Crossville, Tennessee; seven grandchildren, Lauren, Eddie, Candace, Brandon, Shawna, Heidi and Heather; two great-grandchildren, Aaron and Bethany; and two nieces, Karey and Coleen.

No services were held at Verna’s request. Donations in her name can be made to your local animal shelter, SPCA or animal refuge of your choice.

Cleo Devoto, a longtime residence of Lakeport, passed away on July 19 in San Diego.

She was born to Madison and Edna (McQuiddy) Anderson on Aug. 31, 1912, in Rebel Creek, Nev., near her parents' large cattle ranch in Battle Mountain.

When she was about 12 her parents sold the ranch and moved to an apartment house which they bought in San Francisco. She attended Galileo High School in San Francisco and then Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash.

She met her future husband, the late Judge Ralph V. Devoto, when he rented a room in her parents’ apartment house. They married in 1932 and moved to his home town of Santa Rosa where he practiced law.

They moved again to Lake County in 1938 when they bought Lake County Title Co. and lived for many years on S. Main Street at the corner of 16th Street.

With her husband Cleo was busy with many activities. In the 1940s the local Red Cross held their annual swimming classes on the beach at their home. Later she took up horseback riding with her children and was an active member of the Clear Lake Horsemen.

To pasture their horses they bought a ranch in south Lakeport. She grew hay there and also planted walnut trees. They later sold this ranch and bought several walnut orchards and a pear orchard in Big Valley. In 1971 she began to grow winegrapes which went into several prize-winning wines.

Judge Devoto passed away in 1983 and, shortly after she moved to Rossmoor, a retirement community in Walnut Creek.

She sold her apartment in Rossmoor in 2005 and moved to a senior residence, first in Moraga, then in Ukiah and finally in San Diego near her daughter.

She is survived by her son, Steve of Kelseyville; her daughter, Janis Devoto, of San Diego and Boulder, Colorado; five grand children; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

No public service is planned.

Jackie Myers, 72, of Lakeport, Calif., died January 23, 2011. Courtesy photo.





Jackie Myers, 72, passed away peacefully at her home in Lakeport, California, on Jan. 23, 2011.


She is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Phillip Myers of Lakeport; her son, John Myers (Tamara) of Oakdale, California; daughter, Debra Sommerfield (Rian) of Lakeport; son, Kevin Myers (Daphne) of Elk Grove, California; and daughter, Ann Myers of Burbank, California; and six grandchildren, Amanda, Jessica, Kylie, German, Katrina and Shayna; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.


She was born Jacqueline Raelene Araujo in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1938.


A true “island girl” and an artist from a young age, Jackie enjoyed painting, with much of her work in oils and pastels, drawing inspiration from Hawaii’s beautiful flowers, beaches and seascapes.


Jackie attended Sacred Hearts Academy and Star of the Sea High School where she graduated as salutatorian in 1956. She attended the University of Hawaii and embarked on a career as a medical secretary/artist during which she sketched and colorized surgical procedures with intricate detail that could not be captured by the color photography of the time.


While working as an executive secretary in the early days of the computer industry, she met and fell in love with Phil, her “Midwestern sweetheart.” They married and raised their young family on Oahu until a job relocation for Phil prompted the family to move to California’s Silicon Valley in 1974.


A loving wife and mother, she devoted herself to her husband, her children, and her church where she actively contributed her time, energy and creative talents at Saint Anthony’s Parish in Kailua, Hawaii; Saint Victor’s Parish in San Jose, California; and Saint Thomas More Catholic Community in Paradise, California.


Jackie continually nurtured her creative spirit as an avid crafter and Cub Scout den mother, as well as in her love of baking and her passion for travel. Together with her husband, she visited many historic and religious sites around the world.


Once her children were of school age, Jackie returned to the workforce and enjoyed 12 years as office manager at Vinci Park School in San Jose. She and her husband retired in 2002 moving to Paradise, California, and subsequently, to Lakeport, California.


She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Sarah Araujo and Jacinth Araujo, and her brother, Jason Araujo.


Visitation will be held on Friday, Jan. 28, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with rosary at 7 p.m. at Chapel of the Lakes, 1625 N. High St., Lakeport.


The funeral service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 29, at 1 p.m. at Saint Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, 801 N. Main St., Lakeport. Interment will be at Saint Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Lakeport.


Memorial contributions may be made to CurePSP to fund research for a cure for progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), as well as physician education and caregiver support, by visiting and identifying the donation “in memory of The Jackie Myers Family Fund.”

Ronald Dothage died at his home in Clearlake Oaks, Calif., on Thursday, December 23, 2010. He was 80 years old. Courtesy photo.

Ronald Rex Dothage passed away on Dec. 23, 2010, peacefully at his home in Clearlake Oaks, Calif. He was 80 years old.

We will dearly miss him. He was loved very much by all of us. Our memories of him will live forever.

Born on Nov. 22, 1930, in Columbia Missouri, Ron was a veteran serving his country in the United Air Force.

After several years of coming to their vacation home in Clearlake Oaks, Ron and his wife Evelyn became permanent residents on April 1976, where they opened R&E Auto Marine on May 1976. Ron retired in 1990.

Ron enjoyed traveling in his motor home, fishing, boating, jewelry making and buying and selling on eBay.

Ron became very familiar and enjoyed the technology of the computer. He attended Clearlake Oaks United Methodist Church and enjoyed participating in church fund raisers and functions.

Ron is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Evelyn; children, Greg, Ronette and Barry; and stepchildren, Linda, Chris and Debbie. He had 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

There will be a celebration of life on Jan. 15 at Clearlake Oaks United Methodist Church, 12487 The Plaza, at 12 p.m.

In lieu of flowers please donate to the American Cancer Association or Hospice Services of Lake County.




Lola Lorene Koelling passed away on Dec. 18, 2010, in Fairfield, Calif.

Born in Missouri on Nov. 30, 1917, Lola and her husband William (Willie) moved to the San Mateo area in 1949 where they lived and raised their children.

Lola and Willie were married on March 31, 1936 in West Plains, MO. She was very active in the Methodist Church and she and Willie were dedicated Boy Scout leaders. Lola was named “Mother of the Year” in the early 1950’s.

After selling Koelling’s Auto Body Shop, located in San Francisco, in 1977, they retired to the Middletown area. Lola loved gardening, her family, the Methodist Church and her women’s group. She was a very giving person and was everyone’s “Grandma” whether they were related or not. She will be missed very much.

Lola is survived by her beloved family; children, Floyd Koelling (Karen) of Fairfield, Darryl Koelling of Middletown, Lorene Auvinen (Mike) of Santa Rosa; grandchildren, Ricky Koelling of Santa Rosa, Denise Ibsen (Greg) of Rifle, CO, Daniel Koelling (Shirley) of Vacaville, Brian Koelling (Rachel), Brad Koelling (fiance, Amarissa) of Fremont, Jamie Kimball (Jason) of Evans, GA, Dawn Meeks of Santa Rosa and Jason Meeks of Fort Bragg; great-grandchildren, Shane Koelling of Folsom, DJ Koelling of Fairfield, Gabby Ibsen of Rifle, CO, Jaydra Ibsen of Riffle, CO, Brooke Koelling of Vacaville, Stephen Grippin of Santa Rosa, Daylon Grippon of Santa Rosa and Mia Kimball of Evans, GA and sister Nora Bench of West Plains, MO.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Koelling; son, Ralph Koelling; grandson, Ronnie Koelling; and siblings, Lillie Jones, Ralph Johnston and Virgil Johnston.

Funeral Services for Lola will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, at the Middletown Methodist Church.

Visiting hours will be held at the church prior to the service from 10 a.m. until noon.

Interment services will follow at Middletown Cemetery.

Arrangements were entrusted to Jones and Lewis Clear Lake Memorial Chapel, Lower Lake, CA, 707-994-6417, .

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