Thursday, 25 February 2021


Shirley L. Woodward. Courtesy photo.

Shirley L. Woodward (Ellis)
1921 – 2020

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Shirley was the oldest living member of the Ellis family of Clearlake, California, at age 99.

She was born to Phil Ellis Sr. and Myrtle (DeVecci) Ellis on Feb. 23, 1921, in San Jose, California. They lived in San Francisco, California, until Shirley was 6.

The family moved to Clearlake in 1927 and that is where Shirley lived most of the remainder of her life.

Shirley is remembered for being a loving and caring woman with a sense of humor and smile that always lit up a room. We all love and miss her so very much.

After moving to Clearlake Shirley attended Burns Valley Elementary School. She later would graduate from Lower Lake High School. There she met her sweetheart, Harold Martin. They had a long courtship before Harold was inducted into the U.S. Army.

While on furlough, Shirley and Harold were wed on March 4, 1944, in a lovely evening ceremony in the Lower Lake Community Church.

Within the year a son, Gary Ellis Martin was born on Dec. 11, 1944. Two years later on Oct. 26, 1946, a daughter, Cherie Lee was born to the Martins.

Shirley taught Sunday school at Clearlake Highlands Methodist Church, became active in the community, worked outside the home and loved working in her yard. She enjoyed bowling, joined the Order of the Easter Star and traveled with her parents.

In 1964, Shirley went to work for Bank of America in Lower Lake as a pro-assistant cashier. After 18 years, Shirley retired with the title branch administration officer at the Lower Lake branch. There was quite a celebration for her held at the Elks Lodge in Clearlake.

For many years, Shirley was an active member of the Community United Methodist Church in Lower Lake. She also volunteered in the church thrift shop for nearly 20 years.

Shirley loved to play bingo the most, but she also enjoyed playing cards, and going on road trips with her best friend Helen.

Shirley was fortunate in her later years to find love again with Robert l. Woodward. They were wed July 24, 1993. She always said she saved the best for last.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Phil and Myrtle Ellis; brothers, Phil Ellis Jr. (Rae), Keith Ellis (Evelyn) and Don Ellis (Patricia); sister, Burdette Pontier (Tony); ex-husband, Harold Martin; son, Gary E. Martin (Carol); and her beloved husband, Robert Woodward.

Shirley leaves behind her daughter, Cherie Carr of Clearlake; granddaughter, Brenda Ahart (Keith) of Lakeport; grandsons, Gary Dean Martin (Kathleen) of Elk Grove, John Beason (Melinda) of San Jose, Adam Beason (Mary) of San Diego and Nathan Beason of Los Angeles; great-granddaughters, Kaylee, Korie, Gianna and Olivia, and great-grandson, Bubba; as well as six nephews and two nieces.

Shirley’s family would like to thank all who sent cards and other expressions of love during this time of mourning.

Donations in her memory may be made to Lower Lake United Methodist Church.

Evonne Donohue. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Evonne Sheree Donohue was born on Dec. 27, 1969, to Thomas Donohue and Denny Horne and passed on Jan. 26, 2021, at 51 years old.

Evonne is survived by her mom and dad; her siblings, Caryn, Donnie, Brian and Brady; her daughters, Amanda, Sam and Cierra; and her grandchildren, Bella, Ellyana, Ezekiel and Calder.

Evonne was a natural-born leader, a force of nature who lived life on her own terms.

She was a spirited and helpful daughter, a protective and fierce big sister, and her daughters' biggest fan.

Evonne is deeply loved and will be sorely missed by many.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit

Lou Hill. Courtesy photo.

KELSEYVILLE, Calif. – Louis Harry Hill, age 55, of Kelseyville passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 26, 2021.

Lou was born in the original hospital in Lakeport on Oct. 1, 1965, and adopted by Ike and Lucille Hill, who preceded him in death along with his older sister Millie.

He spent his entire childhood growing up in the same country home. He rode the bus to school each day with Mr. Colton and graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1983.

Lou only left Lake County for a short time to attend trade school in the Central Valley and drive commercial truck.

He returned to Lake County and married his high school sweetheart, Cyndi, in 1987. Together they reared a wonderful daughter, Kylie, who is now starting a new family of her own.

Lou spent his years working hard as a farmer, mechanic, equipment operator and commercial driver.

Lou is survived by his wife of 33 years, Cyndi; his daughter, Kylie Whited; son-in-law, Chad; and new baby grandson, Cooper.

Lou also leaves behind many cousins, in-laws, wonderful neighbors and dear friends.

Due to COVID-19, no services will be held. Donations in his name may go to the Lake County Junior Livestock Association.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit

John Glenn Wilds. Courtesy photo.

John Glenn Wilds
Feb. 14, 1963 – Jan. 14, 2021

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – John passed from a swift and brief illness, with a brother by his side.

As John's soul peacefully left his earthly body, Kyle Wilds delivered loving messages and shared music from other surviving siblings: Laura (Steven) Rethemeyer, Linda (Ron) Beltz, Leanne Wilds (Mike), Max Wilds and Elizabeth Wilds.

He leaves six nieces and nephews, a great-nephew, many extended family members and friends, and a companion dog.

A long-time resident of Lake County, from a family that spans back four generations, John is predeceased by his parents, George and Evelyn Wilds and brother, William, who died in infancy.

John was a kind man, both to those he knew well and to many who simply crossed his path. A good listener and conversationalist. An explorer at heart … a lover of nature, watcher of night skies, dreamer of other realms.

“You’re sailing softly through the sun, in a broken stone age dawn, you fly so high …”

(From one of John’s favorite songs, “Strange Magic,” by ELO)

“Bye for Now,” John.

In John’s memory, please consider donating to a charitable organization of your choice, benefiting animals or the homeless.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit

Christine Mora. Courtesy photo.

UPPER LAKE, Calif. – It saddens our heart that we have lost Christine Mora on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Upper Lake.

She was born in Santa Barbara, California.

Christine leaves behind her husband, Bill Mora of Upper Lake; children, Yvonne Sifuentez (Patrick), Mark Corral (Regina) and Leanna Corral (Monse), and granddaughters, Raelene and Leilah Schnereger, all of Lompoc, California; her father, John Sifuentez (Terri) of Upper Lake and mother, Mary Sifuentez, of Lompoc; siblings, Yolanda Sifuentez, Juan Sifuentez Jr. and Victoria Ramirez, all of Lompoc; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Christine was known in her community from her work at Management Connections in Upper Lake and back home at Imery's in Lompoc.

Christine was known as our Dancing Queen, she would light up a dance floor with her moves and her contagious smile. She was known for her warm embrace, always making everyone feel welcomed.

She loved to cook, spend time with her grandkids and her dogs. She loved to garden and care for her rose bushes.

Her children will be taking her back home to Lompoc, where she will rest next to her grandparents, Jose and Marcelina Munoz and brother, Daniel David Sifuentez.

At this time we ask that you always keep her in your heart and if a song were to come on with a moving melody, just dance as she would.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit

Sandra Adams Wolfe. Courtesy photo.

LAKEPORT, Calif. – Sandra Adams Wolfe passed away shortly before her 81st birthday on Jan. 26, 2021.

On the final night of her life, a rare, heavy blanket of snow fell on Lakeport and enveloped the town in a peaceful quiet. We felt as though the world paused to acknowledge the end of the earthly time of a lively spirit.

Many of us will recall gathering in her home for holidays or football Sundays. If it was Christmas or Thanksgiving, folks would be drawn to her kitchen for a warm chocolate chip cookie or a taste of oyster stuffing. She’d happily provide a sample and then chase you out of the kitchen with a smile and a few stern (possibly choice) words.

If the Patriots were playing, folks likely heard halftime stories of her days of making venison steaks and beer-infused pancakes for family hunting trips up at “the cabin.” She didn’t mention that she was wearing go-go boots while at the cabin stove, but pictures show she would hunt and fish with well-coiffed hair and the latest attire. All who knew Sandy can conjure a memory of her fierce devotion to family and lasting beauty.

Some of us will continue to wonder at the magic of her green thumb that coaxed dazzling blooms from azaleas and hydrangeas. She spent countless hours tending her yard, including a lovely hill of mostly purple irises that she planted to memorialize her husband of nearly twenty-five years. Her indoor ferns and lilies flourished for decades despite the average short lifespans of most house plants in the hands of more novice gardeners. Her steady faithfulness was made evident in those thriving plants.

Still others may recollect the gorgeous and cheeky radiologist whose warmth solicited laughter and trust from patients even during times of distress. Sandy was proud of her profession in nuclear medicine that closely paralleled her father's career as a doctor and mother's career as a nurse. Her final moments were spent in the care of the hospital where she spent 20 years serving others.

Sandy’s life will be celebrated by her adoring friends and family who will gather on Friday, Feb. 5th. A virtual event is planned and detailed on her memorial website:

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit

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