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  • WILLIAMS, John E.

  • Los Angeles Times, Jun 26, 1939


    John E. Williams

    Requiem mass for John E. Williams, 61, for 25 years employed in the City Engineering Department, will be celebrated in St. Agnes Church at 9 a.m. tomorrow.  Rosary will be recited tonight at 8 o'clock at the Edwards Bros. Colonial Mortuary, 1000 Venice Blvd.  Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.  Williams, whose mother before her marriage was Miss Josepha Sanchez, daughter of one of the pioneer families of Ventura County, was born in Ventura in 1878.  He died yesterday at his home at 4838 1/2 St. Elmo Drive.  In addition to his mother he leaves his widow, Mrs. Adela G. Williams; two sisters, Mrs. Belle Giesler and Mrs. Clara Hernandez, and a brother, Frank Williams, all of Los Angeles.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • WILSON, Mrs. Grace Lopez

  • Los Angeles Times, 27 Oct 1931


    Last rites for Mrs. Grace Lopez Wilson, member of a pioneer San Fernando Valley family, who died Sunday of complications from a fall about a year ago, will be conducted tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. at the St. Ferdinand Church in Pico street, San Fernando.  Interment will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale.

    Mrs. Wilson, who was 65 years of age, was born on the Lopez rancho near San Fernando.

    She leaves her husband, John T. Wilson, vice-president of the Federal Board Land Bank at Berkeley; two sons, John J. Wilson and Roland Wilson, both of Los Angeles; a brother, J. J. Lopez of Bakersfield, and six sister, Mrs. Louisa McAlonan, Mrs. Mary Villegas, Mrs. Charles Shaw, Mrs. William Mellon, Mrs. Dan Britton and Mrs. J. W. Alexander.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • WILSON, Mildred Frances

  • San Mateo County Times, 20 July 2004.

    MILDRED FRANCES WILSON. A founding Millbrae resident whose family has been in Millbrae for over 200 years, passed away in Burlingame on July 17, 2004. Beloved wife of the late Al Wilson, married for 46 years. Loving daughter of the late Bert Cavanaugh and the late Rose Cavanaugh. Dear sister of the late Gerald Cavanaugh. A native of Millbrae, California, age 88 years. "Millie" was a founding member of Saint Dunstan Catholic Parish and the first baby to be baptized at the old Saint Dunstan Church, which her father and Mr. Mahoney built. Millie is a direct descendent of the Jose Antonio Sanchez family, the founding family of Millbrae. Her great great grandfather, Jose Antonio Sanchez, who was on the original DeAnza expedition which headed north from Sinaloa, Mexico, in 1775, founded the Presidio in San Francisco in 1776. Rancho Buri Buri was granted to her great-great-grandfather by the Mexican government and consisted of 14,639 acres, reaching from the top of San Bruno Mountain to Burlingame Creek, and from the Bay up to the top of the hills in the West. She is the first person in the Western United States to have her name entered in the Congressional Records in Washington D.C. for being the living descendent of the Sanchez family. Her great-grandfathers were both mayors of San Francisco under Mexican rule. She was a 1937 graduate of San Mateo Junior College.

    Friends are invited to attend the visitation on Monday, July 19, 2004, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the CHAPEL OF THE HIGHLANDS, El Camino Real at Millwood Drive in Millbrae. The Vigil Service will follow at 7 p.m. at the Saint Dunstan Catholic Church, 1133 Broadway in Millbrae. Friends are again invited to attend the Mass of Celebration on Tuesday, July 20, 2004, at 10 a.m. at the Church. Committal to follow at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Coma. Donations in Mrs. Wilson's memory may be made to your favorite charity. CHAPEL OF THE HIGHLANDS (650)588-5116

    Submitted by: Julia Christy