On April 19, 2017, longtime Claremont resident Bessie R. Denes died of natural causes at the age of 96.
She was born in 1921 to Alva Earl Lynam of Bond, Illinois and Alice Violet Gaither Lynam of Waldron, Kansas. Bessie was raised in Anthony, Kansas where she was one of eight children, including Dwight, Anith, Genia, Betty, Joann, Aline and Jack
George Wainwright Stanley, a longtime Claremont resident, died on January 22, 2017 after a brave yearlong fight with lymphoma. He was 88.
The oldest of six children, he was born in Du Quoin, Illinois on April 18, 1928 to George and Margaret Stanley. In 1956 the Stanleys moved out west to Hollywood and then a year later moved to Pomona where their two children, twins Leslie and Wade, were born in 1961. They finally settled in Claremont in 1962.