Veterans in Need

North of the River

VFW Post 10859​​

Shirley Iris (Reeves) Karr

(25 May 1913 - 1 June 2008)

​Charter Member – Ladies Auxiliary

Shirley Iris Karr, 95, of Gentry, Arkansas died Sunday, 1 June 2008 at her granddaughter’s home. She was born on 25 May 1913 in Isabel, South Dakota to Wilber Marvin Reeves and Ada Mildred Kitterman Reeves.

She was raised and educated in Long Beach, California. She enjoyed back-packing on horseback. She lived in Torrance, California and later in Bakersfield, California where she owned and operated at Real Estate Company. She came to live in Gentry, Arkansas, at the age of 91, in 2003, where she was cared for by her granddaughter Claudia Martin Moss.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Joseph Sherman Martin, and Oscar “Bud” Karr; brothers, Lyle Howard Reeves, Marvin Wilfred Reeves and sisters, Margaret Maie Reeves, and Dorothy Veneta Reeves.

She is survived by five sons, Larry Lee Martin and wife, Hallie of Gravette, Arkansas, Gene Allen Martin and wife, Edwadene of Roseville, California, Michael Anthony Karr and wife, Donna of Bakersfield, California, Jess Clayton Karr and wife, Geovana of Bakersfield, California, Fred Karr of Keene, California; one daughter, Patricia Ann Karr Wesala of Bakersfield, California; twenty-three grandchildren, forty great-grandchildren and ten great-great-grandchildren.A Memorial Service will be held at a later date in Shafter, California. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Arkansas.


Published in Statesman Journal on         17 January 2012.

Ruby Nell (Eaves) Hamilton

(2 July 1936 – 14 November 2004) Charter Member - Ladies Auxiliary


Ruby Nell Hamilton was born 2 July 1936 in Wichita Falls, Texas and she passed
away on 14 November 2004 in Bakersfield, California.


Ruby was preceded in
death by her husband of 39 years, Leoren Oak Hamilton; and she is survived by her daughter, Lanora Birdwell; 2 grandchildren, Ryan Edwards and Lindsay Rah and her husband, Clint; 2 great-grandchildren, Vanyel Ray and Melayna Edwards and many nieces and nephews.

 Ruby was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed making care packages of graham crackers and cookies for her grandkids (in their
younger years) and more recently for her great-grandchildren. Ruby lived in
Bakersfield for over 42 years. She was very proud to be a life-time member of
the VFW Women's Auxilary. She loved her dog Buster. She was loved by all that
knew her and she will be deeply missed. 

Patsy Ruth (Miller) Carrithers

(23 September 1930 – 17 November 2009)
Charter Member - Ladies Auxiliary
Greenlawn Memorial Park, Bakersfield


Pat Ruth Carrithers September 23, 1930 - November 17, 2009 Pat entered eternal life in Heaven November 17, 2009, in the early hours of the morning at the age 79, from her home in Bakersfield. California. Pat was born September 23, 1930 in Maricopa, California to Leo and Charlotte Miller. Her nurturing began at a young age as she was blessed with three brothers, John, Gene, and Bill. Pat married the love of her life O.C. “Bill” Carrithers April 9, 1949 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pat was a devoted wife and friend to Bill and they celebrated their 60th Anniversary this past April. Over the years they were active members of the community and were blessed by many friends. Pat and Bill were blessed with two beautiful daughters, Nancy and Stacy. Pat was a dedicated homemaker and loved being a wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a true living example of unconditional love, a phenomenal woman with immense strength, dedication, compassion, and courage. She enjoyed the theatre, cooking, sewing, crafts, and was a truly giving soul. We will miss her beautiful smile, warm hugs, reassuring words, and delicious cooking. She was an active member of the Women’s Auxiliary VFW Post #10859 and a member of the Elks Lodge Emblem Club and an active volunteer at Castlewood Retirement Home. Pat was preceded in death by her brother, Gene and survived by her loving husband, O.C. “Bill” Carrithers; children, Nancy and Jack Draper and Stacy Carrithers; grandchildren, Krystal, Whitney, Samie, and Bo Froehlich, Jack III and Faye Draper, and great granddaughter, Ruby Draper; siblings, John and Betty Miller, Bill and Linda Miller; and many loved nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank all the wonderful friends who have shared their love, support, and prayers. Pat touched everyone whomever she met in life with her generosity and compassion and will be dearly missed by all. We love you and you will forever be in our hearts. Services will be held at Greenlawn Memorial Chapel, 3700 River Blvd., on Monday, November 23, at 10:00 a.m. Greenlawn Mortuary

Mary Jo (Padgett) Davis

(30 August 1932 – 15 July 2015)
Charter Member – Ladies Auxiliary
Greenlawn Cemetery, Bakersfield


Mary Jo Davis passed away peaceably, July 15, 2015 in Bakersfield CA at the age of 82. Mary was born August 30, 1932 to Bill and Bessie Padgett in Addington, OK. The family moved to Bakersfield in 1934. She attended school at Rosedale Elementary, Bakersfield High School and Bakersfield Junior College.

Soon after college, she met and married Kenneth Wayne Davis. They had two boys. She retired from Kern Regional Center in 2004, where she worked as a bookkeeper. Mary and Ken were active in the local VFW, Post 10859 and the Rosedale 4-H Club.

She was predeceased by her parents, William Glen and Bessie Padgett (Malena) and husband, Ken, on July 26, 2014. They would have celebrated 62 years of marriage on December 5, 2014.

Mary will be missed by her loving children and family, sons; Stephen Wayne (Laini) and Scott Earl (Roxan); grandchildren, Kelcy Davis, Kalyn Davis; extended grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Ann Coombs; and brother, Howard Padgett (Virginia).

Special thank you to Arbolado House and Optimal Hospice for taking great care of Mary Jo during the past year.

Miriam Helen (Kay) Haddock

(13 November 1924 – 5 April 2015)
Ladies Auxiliary
Hillcrest Memorial Park, Bakersfield


Miriam was born in Eastbourne England to Bernard and Sarah Kay. She grew up in England during World War II. She worked in a button factory until the war, then she made bombs. She came to this country as a war bride with her first husband who is deceased. She had two children. She became a US Citizen in 1963. She worked at the Buttonwillow School when she met her husband Rexford Haddock, who she was married to for 49 years. Miriam was a positive person with a fun loving personality; she was a good wife and mother. She never met a stranger, she enjoyed fishing with friends and family at the lake, having fish fry’s down by the lake.

Miriam was preceded in death by her parents Bernard and Sarah Kay, sisters, Evelyen and Ennis. She is survived by her husband Rexford, daughter Bonnie Ornelas, son Ron and Pat Huston, her brother Len Ray, granddaughter Misty and Sam Coronado, grandson, Greg and Aimee Huston, granddaughters, Debbie and Jennifer and husbands, seven great grandchildren, sister-in-law, Jackie Pierce and numerous nieces and nephews.

Shirley Mae (Walton) Lounsbury

(19 May 1928 - 13 January 2012)
President: 1995 -1996, 1997 - 1998
Charter Member – Ladies Auxiliary
Salem, Oregon

​Ashes spread over the Sea.


Shirley Mae Lounsbury, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, entered into the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Friday, January 13, 2012 at the age of 83. She was born on May 19, 1928 in Upland, CA to Jerome and Eva Walton. Shirley was raised in California and moved to Alaska with her husband, Jack Lounsbury in 1955. She was very adventurous and along with her husband opened many businesses and raised their three children while living in Soldotna, AK from 1960-1991. Retiring to Bakersfield in 1991, Shirley and Jack had many happy years traveling and spending time with friends and family. They moved from Bakersfield to Salem, OR in the spring of 2004. Shirley is preceded in death by her husband, John H. Lounsbury Jr; son, John H. Lounsbury III and granddaughter, Melissa A. Davidson. She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Wayne Davidson of Salem, OR; son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Lupe Lounsbury of Bakersfield, CA. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. The family requests remembrances to Salem Evangelical Church.

Published in StatesmanJournal on Jan. 17, 2012

Eleanor June (Kliewer) Unruh

(24 June 1929 – 20 June 2003)
Charter Member - Ladies Auxiliary
Shafter Memorial Park, Shafter


​Eleanor June Unruh June 24, 1929 June 20, 2003, Following a short battle with cancer, Eleanor went home to be with her Lord on June 20, 2003, at the age of 73. She joins her husband, Robert, grandson, Jason Meyer and brother, Aron Kliewer. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 28, 2003, at 9:30 a.m., at Shafter Memorial Park, followed by a celebration of her life at 11:00 a.m., at Rosedale Bible Church, 16000 Rosedale Hwy. Pastor John Scoggins will officiate. Eleanor was born in Bakersfield to Aron and Flora Kliewer on June 24, 1929. She attended Greeley School, Kern High School, and Pacific Bible Institute in Fresno, CA. On January 21, 1949 she married Robert Unruh. They farmed in the Rosedale area and raised five children. Eleanor was a beautiful loving wife and mother, always making life fun. She spent most of her working years at Allstate Insurance Co. and Bakersfield City Schools. She was a longtime member of the Rosedale Bible Church, active in the music ministry, Sewing Circle and wherever she was needed. Upon retirement, Robert and Eleanor enjoyed 3 years of travel throughout the states. Eleanor was an active member of VFW and Kern City Christian Women’s Club. Since Roberts death in 1999, God blessed Eleanor with three mission trips to Africa. A true woman of God, her love and devotion to Him was evident in every area of her life. Eleanor is survived by her children, Judy and husband, Richard Meyer of Bakersfield, Marlene and husband, Dennis Atkinson of Shafter, Gail and husband, Ron Neufeld of Bakersfield, Roger Unruh and wife, Terri of Sacramento, and Greg Unruh and wife, Maura of San Clemente and 10 loving grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege to know her. Visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. June 26 and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., June 27, at Peters Funeral Home, Shafter. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made towards the Save Orphans Ministries in Malawi, Africa, c/o Judy Meyer, 11511 Crabbet Park Dr., Bakersfield, 93311.Peters Funeral Homes-Shafter Published in the Bakersfield Californian from 6/25/2003 - 6/26/2003.

Burial: Shafter Memorial Park, Shafter, Kern County, California, USA

Find A Grave Memorial# 7716584

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