Longtime COURIER reporter Patricia “Pat” Lee Yarborough died on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at the Pilgrim Place Health Center. She was 80.
She was born on December 12, 1934 in Riverside to Clifton and Leona McCasland. Her parents had come to California from the dust bowl area of Arkansas and settled in the Coachella Valley, where Mr. McCasland worked as a ranch manager on a raisin farm and later for the Coachella Water District.
Kathryn Theresa “Kit” Tournay, a longtime Claremont resident, died on February 3, 2015 of a stroke. She was 87.
She was born March 18, 1927 in Newark, New Jersey where she graduated high school. Since World War II was in progress and women were needed in keeping the economy going, instead of college she went to work for Western Union where she became a teletype operator and night manager of a branch office at the age of 17.
Richard Boly Whitham died comfortably on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 in Claremont after a short illness. He was 80.
He was a very humble man who loved his church, his family, his duplicate bridge, his German shepherd dogs, his sports and his Dodgers.
He was born in 1934 in Pomona to John Leroy Whitham and Sylvia Caroline Whitham.