McNeil, Mary Jane
Mary Jane McNeil, 78, Mutual 5, died Dec. 12, 2013.
She was born to the late Paul and Etta McNeil on March 21, 1935, in South Gate, Calif. Mary Jane graduated from South Gate High School in 1953 and attended USC.
She was employed at The Aerospace Corporation as an engineering assistant and retired after 32 years of service.
Mary was also a pilot, and an active member of the Ninety-Nines, the International Organization of Women Pilots. Mary’s love for flying was partially attributed to her father who was a stunt pilot during the 20s and early 30s.
In addition to flying, Mary was a talented artist and craftsperson. She travelled the world by plane, ship and in her beloved Corvette.
Mary is survived by her brother John, and his wife Glenda, Santa Ana, Calif.; her niece Karen, Southaven, Miss.; her nephew Paul, Truckee, Calif.; and her lifelong companion and love of her life, Norman.
Wait, William A.
William A. Wait, 93, Mutual 12, died Nov. 30, 2013, in his home.
William, the youngest of four children, was born March 31, 1915, in Decatur, Ill., to Flora and Arthur Wait.
He was preceded in death by sisters Erma Cook and Margaret Parenti and brother Frank Wait.
In his youth, Bill traveled widely by rail and ship throughout the United States; to Europe, Africa, Asia, the South Pacific and around the world in the company of his family, taking an estimated 31 voyages in his lifetime.
While later taking his own family on numerous trips, he passed along his love of travel and history to his children. He also maintained contact with numerous family members throughout the country, and collected detailed records of his family’s history.
William married Mary Kathryn Keller of Ste. Marie, Ill., in 1944. He owned and operated Wait’s Art Supply and Framing in downtown Decatur for 40 years. Bill was active in the Decatur arts community for many years.
Bill and Katie moved to Leisure World in 1998.
Bill is survived by his wife, Katie; son, Douglas (Sharon Leavitt) Wait, Chapel Hill, N.C.; daughters Pamela (Don) Miles, Seattle, Wash.; Martha (Les)Wait-Hubner, Huntington Beach, Calif.; Carolyn (Bob) Davenport, North Brookfield, Mass.; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Through his words and actions, William, left no doubt that his wife and children were the most important possessions of his life.
Do not be sad that he is gone, but be happy that he was here.
Morgan, Willard Franklin
Willard Franklin Morgan, 82, passed away peacefully Dec. 15, 2013, at his home in Leisure World, Seal Beach, Calif.
A memorial service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 6500 Atherton (just west of Studebaker Road) on Saturday, Dec. 21, 3 p.m.
Willard was born Dec. 30, 1930, to Chester and Julia Morgan. He married his sweetheart, Barbara Jo Allen on June 26, 1965.
He is survived by his wife, his seven children, William Morgan, Beverly Huey, Bernice Wilkins, Brenda Simko, Bonnie Liddell, Belinda Haderlie, Bobbi Johnson, their spouses, and 31 grandchildren.
He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served a mission for the church in the Northern states mission.
He was a school teacher in Barstow, Calif., for 28 years. He also tuned pianos in order to send all of his children to college.
He was an Eagle Scout. He served in the Coast Guard and the Navy Reserves.
Willard graduated from Pasedena College. He later earned a master’s degree from Chapman College.
He was a musician. He played the violin, harmonica, and the musical saw. He also loved to sing bass in various choirs through out his life.
Willard requested that in lieu of flowers, make donations to favorite disaster relief organizations.
Craven, Donald F.
Donald F. Craven, 82, resident of Mutual 12, passed away on Dec. 14, 2013.
Don was born June 23, 1931, in Denver, Colo.
He served in the U.S. Navy for 22 years. After leaving the Navy, Don and his friend started a plastics business.
He married his wife, Jan, on June 29, 1973 in Garden Grove, Calif.
Don and Jan moved to LW 27 years ago.
He loved playing golf and played most of the time at the Navy Golf Course. He loved to fish, and he and his wife traveled a lot after they retired.
Don had five children, Pam, Judy, Pat, Betsy and Mike; one step-son, Scott; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The times he loved most was being together with all of his family.
We all love him so much, and God bless him always.
In lieu of flowers, send donations to St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, 6201 E. Willow St., Long Beach, CA, 90815.
Jonathan Harris 32
Maria Camacho 87
Mary Case 94
Yolanda Heys 101
Gregory Johnson 48
Evangelyn Lewis 91
Elizabeth Tracy 73
Veda Barken 72
Roderick Clark 51
Lisa Abraham 48
Dorothy Cameron 87
Aaron Sandler 82
Henry Thompson 87
Ernie Holmes 54
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