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Recent Deaths With Cupertino Connections

Two deaths which occurred the week of Oct. 28, 2012.

Ammie Hope Emmert

Hope passed away November 1, 2012, in Grass Valley, Calif. 
She was born in Marshall, Texas, on July 16, 1938, the daughter of John Wesley and Valrie (Coleman) Baker Sr. She attended Marshall High School, Centenary College and graduated from De Anza in Cupertino.

On August 14, 1960, she married James Frederick Emmert at the Second Baptist Church of Marshall, Texas.

Hope worked for Sam Della Maggiore. She was later the Recreation Director of the Sunnyvale Convalescent Hospital in Sunnyvale. Hope was a member and Past President of the De Oro Club of Cupertino, Alto View Alphas of Mountain View,  and the Union Church of Cupertino.

Upon her husband's retirement in 2001, she moved to Nevada City, Calif., where she lived for many years.

Hope is survived by her husband and many cousins. Her parents and her brother, John Wesley Baker Jr., preceded her in death.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, November 10, 2012, at Colonial Gardens in Marshall, Texas, under the direction of Downs Funeral Home.
Donations may be made to the charity of one's choice

Online condolences may be made at www.downsfuneralhome.com

Howard Nichols McLaughlin Jr.

On October 31, 2012 at the age of 86 Howard Nichols McLaughlin Jr. of Fortuna, CA peacefully passed on. Howard (Mac) was born to Muriel Elaine Berry and Howard Nichols McLaughlin in Yreka, CA on December 9, 1925. Upon Graduating from McClatchy High School in Sacramento in 1943, Howard joined the Marine Corps. He was deployed to Iwo Jima in 1945 and fought a 35-day battle before being evacuated off the island. He was then involved with the occupation of Japan at Sasebo and the occupation of China. On May 22, 1946 he married Helen Ulrey.

They started their life together in San Mateo, where Howard became a civil engineer for the California Division of Highways. They later settled in Cupertino.

They raised two sons and Howard retired from Caltrans. He obtained his real estate license and general contractor's license. Later Howard and Helen moved to San Juan Bautista.

There he had a commercial greenhouse business, during which time he hybridized and introduced 23 new fuchsia varieties. Then they made their finale retirement move to Fortuna, CA. Howard was involved with the community as a volunteer for the Fortuna Police and a member of the Rotary Club, as well as the Marine Corp. League.

Helen passed in October 2006. Howard is survived by his two sons Doug and his wife sue of Terrebonne, OR and Dale and his wife Vicki of Peyton, CO; his brother Robert of Windsor, CA; five grandchildren Jeff, Jason, Ryan, Katie and Kevin and five great-grandchildren Megan, Amber, Hailey, Julian and Jeremiah. He also leaves behind a close friend Chris Kitna and a very special person in his life for the last five years Bette Moore.

Also a Very special thanks to the doctors and caregivers over the last few years. A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, November 15 at 1:00 P.M. at the Fortuna River Lodge. Arrangements under the care of Goble's Fortuna Mortuary, Fortuna, Ca. Please sign the guest book at www.Times-Standrd.com, click obits.

Published in Eureka Times-Standard on November 10, 2012.

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