Esteemed Pomona College professor of biology, violinist, husband, father
Jonathan C. Wright, the William A. Hilton Zoology Professor and Professor of Biology, and former Associate Dean at Pomona College, sustained a major heart attack and died at his home in Claremont on December 16, 2019.
Jonathan, a Claremont resident for 22 years, was born in Hull, England to John and Marjorie Wright. When he was three, the family moved to Eastry, Kent, where his father was teaching at a local college.
Trailblazing female Presbyterian minister, tireless volunteer
The Rev. Barbara M. Stout died February 15 in Claremont, after a long illness.
She was born Barbara Ann Mullen in 1926 in Los Angeles, to Calvin Mullen and Dorothy Reynolds Mullen.
She grew up during the Depression, learning the value of thrift. Both her parents were schoolteachers.
Iconic Padua Hills Theater Mexican Player, devout Catholic, devoted wife, mother, friend
Alice Marie Flores died February 13 at her home in Montclair, surrounded by her family.
She was born on February 27, 1934 in Watalula, Arkansas to German Methodist father Charles Nathaniel Mitten of Oklahoma and immigrant Mexican Catholic mother Maria Dolores de la Torre of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.
Harry Cornelius Battin, Jr., 88, of Owings Mills, Maryland, died in February at his home.
Born May 10, 1931, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of Harry Cornelius, Sr., and Dorothy May Battin. He was the beloved husband of the late Rachael Barbara Battin, who died in 2004.
Harry grew up in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, in suburban Philadelphia. He served in the United States Navy from 1951 to 1953. He then graduated from Saint Joseph’s College in Philadelphia in 1957.
Longtime Claremont resident, former Country Classics owner
Longtime Claremont resident Dorothy Isobel Lacy died peacefully in her sleep at home on Friday evening, December 27, 2019. She was 91.
She was born Dorothy Eblett in Tynemouth, England on March 12, 1928. She met her husband to be, Garry Lacy, while they both worked in the de Havilland Aircraft Company design office in England.
Ophthalmologist, volunteer, philanthropist, gardener, traveler, friend to many
Dr. Marjorie “Margie” Parker, who came to Claremont to work with the late Dr. John (Jack) McDermott for one year, which turned into her practicing in her much-loved Claremont community for 31 years, died at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center on February 11 in the presence of her husband, James Thurman, and close friend Janie Higginson of San Diego. She was 64.
Alice Marie Flores, renowned Padua Hills Mexican Player who performed at the Historic Padua Hills Theater in Claremont, died February 13.
Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, February 21 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 10191 Central Ave., Montclair.
A full account of her life will appear in a future edition of the COURIER.
Longtime Claremonter, preservationist, activist, kindergarten teacher, volunteer
Longtime Claremont resident and activist Barbara Fowler died peacefully in hospice care Tuesday, January 28 in Shreveport, Louisiana, surrounded by family. She was 89.
Born in 1930 in Glendale, California to Loren and Lois Blakeley, Barbara was raised in Santa Ana. She spent summers on her grandparents’ apricot farm in Hemet, and was active in the Congregational Church Pilgrim Fellowship as a teen.
Artist, educator, musician, architect, builder, adventurer
Former Claremont resident Lindley Mixon died January 20 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
He leaves behind his beloved wife, Charlotte Mixon; children, Marlin Mixon, Deva Kaur Khalsa (Jimmy) and Leslie Hvamstat (Nathan); stepchildren, David Maxwell (Terri), Suzanne Blackwell (Don), Jolene Kaufmann (Gary) and Daniel Huber (Beth); 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Rosemary Snow (Richard); brothers, David Mixon and Robert Mixon (Barbara); three nieces and two nephews.
Beloved grandmother, life member of Assistance League, tireless volunteer
Valerie Ault Romero died January 8 at age 84, with family at her side and her grandchildren singing to her.
Val was born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1935, and moved to California as a toddler with her parents LaVerta and Robert Ault, and her siblings, retired sheriff Robert Ault (deceased), Susie Weekly, Chris Ault and Patrick Ault (deceased).
Pete J. Nelson died peacefully on January 1, 2020, cradled by his wife, Judith Favor.
He had refused food since fracturing his spine on December 20. Under the care of VNA Hospice and Palliative Care of Southern California, “Pete grasped death with tenacious fortitude after having suffered the diminishments of Parkinson’s Disease,” his family shared. He was 82 years old.
Nature enthusiast, loving mother, lifetime Claremont resident
Sydney Jean Hill, a lifetime resident of Claremont, died Friday, November 29, after a long battle with cancer. She was 51.
Sydney was born April 1, 1968 at Pomona Valley Hospital. She is the youngest of three children born to Mike and Bobbie Hill, longtime Claremont residents.